Tough loss to UNICS in Game 1 of the semis
Despite great support from SIBUR Arena not everything worked our for Zenit against UNICS Kazan tonight in the first leg of VTB League semifinals.
Zenit – UNICS Kazan: 65-74 (-9)
Z: Loyd (15 + 4 assists), Poythress (10 + 7 rebounds), Karasev (1 rebound), Mickey (6 + 5 rebounds), Kulagin (8) – start; Monia (DNP), Carter (2), Fridzon (3 rebounds), Buckner (3), Baron (17), Zakharov (played 6 minutes), Zubkov (4).
U: Brown (10 + 6 assists), Hezonja (27 + 11 rebounds), Klimenko (8), Vorontsevich (3), Komolov (3) – start; Zaitcev (2), Uzinsky (did not come out), Mayo (5), Shakic (5), Lazarev (DNP), Mosley (6), Johnson (5).
Xavi Pascual, Zenit BC Head Coach:
Congratulations to UNICS on the victory, they were definitely better than us in this game. Our team looked nervous today, we didn’t control the game and emotions, that’s why we found ourselves in situations that we didn’t allow ourselves during the season. This is a serious playoff series against a serious team. On the one hand, when you have the advantage of home court, it gives you confidence that we can’t lose. On the other hand, the thought that you can’t lose makes you feel excited. Today we couldn’t stop Hezonja, no one from the team could. He is a top-level player who is not so easy to stop, but we must continue to defend as a team.
Game 2 of the VTB United League semifinal series will take place on May 8. Tickets on sale for tickets.bc-zenit.com .