Fail in Madrid. Zenit finishes double week
In a key battle in the upper part of the standings, Real Madrid grabbed its ninth consecutive victory by downing Zenit St Petersburg 85-64 at WiZink Center on Friday. Real improved to 20-3 at the top of the standings and swept Zenit, which dropped to 14-8.
Real Madrid – Zenit: 85-64 (-21)
R: Tavares (8), Abalde (6), Yabusele (13), Cozier (9), Ertel (6 + 4 rebounds) – start; Poirier (10 + 8 rebounds), Lull (13), Williams-Goss (0), Fernandez (8), Tompkins (12), Alosen (0).
Z: Loyd (14), Kuzminskas (1 rebound), Kulagin (8), Mickey (10 + 4 rebounds), Poythress (21 + 9 rebounds) – start; Carter (0), Baron (6), Karasev (5 + 4 rebounds), Zubkov (0), Volkhin (0), Pushkov (0).
BC Zenit Head Coach Xavier Pascual:
Congratulations to Real Madrid on the victory, they were much better than us. In the first 20 minutes we played on equal terms, but after a few free throws that we didn’t score, the hosts managed to take the lead. We were not as efficient as we would like. It is a reality that we cannot compete with Real Madrid at the moment. To play at the level that Real Madrid plays at, you need to have a full squad. We didn’t have 5 people today. This is not an excuse, this is a statement of fact. We keep going in 4th place and getting ready to play against the next opponent.
On February 7, in Tallinn, Zenit will play against Kalev in the VTB United League. Zenit’s next home game in the Euroleague will be played on February 25 against Barcelona. Tickets on sale at tickets.bc-zenit.com