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Youth team gets 2 wins to climb back to fourth place

16 March 2022
Youth team gets 2 wins to climb back to fourth place

Perfectly, a bit nervously. Zenit-M takes two victories over Runa-2, and one of them was huge. We rise to the fourth place in the VTB United Youth League.

March 14: Zenit-M Runa-2: 77-72 (+5)

Z: Ryzhov (15 + 8 rebounds), Kozin (0), Sorokin (15 + 3 rebounds), Borisov (7 + 4 assists), Prokopenko (11 + 7 assists) – start; Kolosov (4), Zemsky (6 + 4 rebounds), Lenkin (5), Bokarev (18 + 5 interceptions), Ivanov (6 + 9 rebounds), Tikhomirov (2 assists), Antipov (6 + 5 rebounds), Fedkin (0).

R: Mitkin (2 + 2 rebounds), Markovich (10 + 10 assists), Grashkin (9), Vanin (6), Kochergin (2) – start; Malofeev (2), Naydenov (0), Shpegel (10), Baranov (2), Kovalev (2), Sonin (24 + 5 rebounds), Soldatkin (3 + 4 assists).

March 15: Zenit-M Runa-2: 88-67 (+21)

Z: Ryzhov (15 + 8 rebounds), Kozin (0), Sorokin (15 + 3 rebounds), Borisov (7 + 4 assists), Prokopenko (11 + 7 assists) – start; Kolosov (4), Zemsky (6 + 4 rebounds), Lenkin (5), Bokarev (18 + 5 interceptions), Ivanov (6 + 9 rebounds), Tikhomirov (2 assists), Antipov (6 + 5 rebounds), Fedkin (0).

R: Mitkin (3 + 3 rebounds), Markovich (12 + 4 assists), Grashkin (5 rebounds), Vanin (4 + 2 rebounds), Kovalev (17) – start; Malofeev (9 + 9 rebounds), Naydenov (3), Shpegel (2), Baranov (not played), Sonin (9 + 3 rebounds), Kochergin (8 + 5 rebounds), Soldatkin (1 rebound).

Maxim Uchaykin, Head Coach of Zenit-M:

I am satisfied with the result. In 4 games against the leaders of the championship took 3 wins. I am a little worried about instability not only from game to game, but also within a single meeting. In the third quarter, there was not enough discipline again, which is why nervousness turns out. We have a slight imbalance in the game due to the fact that some players were invited to the main team. The second position was useful today – Borisov and Bokarev. Antipov and Sorokin also looked good. In general, 10 people played at their level. The last home games of the regular season will be against the Krasnodar team. A lot will depend on their shape. If all the players are “pulled up”, then it will be the team that claims medals. If the guys from CYBL are involved, then this is a different team.

Next game

On March 24-25, Zenit-M will play the last home games of the regular season against Lokomotiv-Kuban-2-COP.