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No wins in Moscow against defending Champion

29 January 2022
No wins in Moscow against defending Champion

Zenit-M on the road put on a difficult test on the VTB Youth defending Champion – CSKA Junior. In both games, the winner was determined only in the end.

January 28: CSKA-Junior – Zenit-M: 88-83 (-5)

C: Mikheev (1), Akramov (28), Krylov (8), Khalturin (13), Petukhov (13) – start; Budin (6), Makarov (8), Shirinkin (9), Zatsepin (0), Popov (2), Gusev (0).

Z: Bokarev (18), Zemsky (13), Fedkin (3 rebounds + 2 assists), Sorokin (30 + 8 rebounds), Prokopenko (12) – start, Burinsky (0), Tikhomirov (8), Borisov (2 assists) ), Gusev (0), Firsov (2),

January 29: CSKA-Junior – Zenit-M: 75-74 (-1)

C: Mikheev (6), Makarov (15), Akramov (11), Krylov (6), Petukhov (26) – start; Budin (0), Shirinkin (7), Zatsepin (0), Popov (2), Gusev (2),

Z: Bokarev (13 + 4 assists), Zemsky (20), Fedkin (4 rebounds), Sorokin (15), Prokopenko (13) – start; Burinsky (0), Tikhomirov (0), Borisov (3), Gusev (0), Firsov (10).

Zenit-M Head Coach Maxim Uchaikin:

To be honest, two bitter defeats. There were chances to win yesterday as well, today we just didn’t have enough strength in the end. We must learn from such defeats and draw the most correct conclusions. In general, these road games were useful, because in the truncated line-up we played on equal terms half of the first games and 38 minutes of the second. The opponent stole two victories from us, but even more so, we will have to prepare for home games with even greater desire.

Next game

The next games our youth team will play at home. On February 7 and 8, Maxim Uchaikin’s squad will face against Samara-2.