Euroleague. Zenit at Baskonia. Preview
On February 1 Zenit St.Petersburg will have a road game against Spanish Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in Euroleague r.24.
At the start of the season, the Spanish team got three wins in the first five games, which was the only time when the number of wins prevailed against the number of losses. After an October winning streak, the Vitoria-Gasteiz team has been looking for their game and now they are on the 15th place in the standings.
Baskonia’s forces in the Euroleague
13.0 – Wade Baldwin IV (USA, guard, 193 cm)
6.0 – Steven Enoch (USA, center, 208 cm)
4.0 – Jayson Granger (Uruguay, guard, 189 cm)
1.1 – Simone Fontecchio (Italy, forward, 203 cm)
Zenit’s forces in the Euroleague
12.9 – Jordan Loyd (USA, guard, 193 сm)
5.2 – Mateusz Ponitka (Poland, forward, 198 сm)
4.0 – Jordan Loyd (USA, guard, 193 сm)
0.9 – Jordan Loyd (USA, guard, 193 сm)
BC Zenit Guard Jordan Loyd:
Baskonia is a dangerous team. A while ago they beat up Barcelona at home. It’s always a tough place to play. We’re going to be ready for all aspects of the game, all 4 quarters, and mentally locked in from the jump. We’re not thinking about that first game. That was a long time ago. It’s a different team now, and we are a different team now. It’s a new strategy, new everything. So, we’re just going to have the next game approach, we can’t look at the past, we have to look forward. We’re going to play defensively first, we’re going to stop their fast break, they run very well at home. We gotta share the ball. I mean if we communicate, get a lot of people involved on offense, we will have a great chance of winning. Yeah, yeah, I mean that’s how it’s going. Every game we want to play great defense, try to slow teams down. Throw different looks at them, I think we have to do a good job on balling. And also, they have a lot of big men who can shoot the ball, so that’ll be our task.
BC Zenit Head Coach Xavi Pascual:
We’re going to Spain to play against Baskonia. One team that at home is very dangerous. They play with full energy, with a high tempo. Despite the fact that we have problems now with Coronavirus and with some injures, we know that we will play against one team that will be very difficult for us. Neven Spahija is a very good friend, we have a good relationship, we have played a lot of times with each other. He is making a good job right now. Dusko Ivanovic for me is one maestro, he is a super coach in Euroleague. We cannot compare each other. He has his own style. He is a great coach and nothing else. The players are very good also, very good shooters, pointers, and creators. The most important for us is to continue going our way, to be serious defensively and offensively. If you play Away you have to play very seriously if you want to win.