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VTB League. Parma – Zenit. Preview

3 January 2022
VTB League. Parma – Zenit. Preview

The Perm team is worthy of the start of the season – since November Parma have suffered only one defeat at home from Lokomotiv-Kuban. Now the team is on the fifth line of the tournament table.

Head coach

Kazis Maksvitis headed Parma before the 2019-20 season, before coming to Russia, the coach worked only in Lithuania. He started his professional career in 2010. He spent a total of five years at Neptunas and won silver and bronze medals in the Lithuanian championship with the club. Since September last year, the 44-year-old specialist has been combining his work at Parma with the position of the head coach of the Lithuanian national team.

Personnel reshuffles

At the end of 2021, Parma announced the signing of Valery Likhodey. The most experienced 35-year-old forward played for Khimki, Lokomotiv-Kuban, UNICS. The contract is valid until the end of the season. In the summer the leader of Astana, 26-year-old guard Jeremiah Hill, also joined the team. The signing of Artyom Parakhovsky significantly strengthened the team – the center of the national team of Belarus – the best in the rebounds.

X-Factor

In the offseason, the club retained the backbone of the team, which reached the VTB United League playoffs. The main stars – 32-year-old guard Adas Juskevicius and 30-year-old forward Mareks Meyeris continue to conduct Parma’s play on the floor.

Last game

The away win over Parma this season was Zenit’s second in the quarterfinal series. Thanks to the brilliant performance of Poythress, the Saint Petersburg increased the lead to +36 by the end of the game – 62:98.

Games in the VTB United League – 10: 2 in favor of Zenit.

Opposition

Opponent forces in the VTB League

Points
14.1 – Mareks Meyeris (Latvia, forward, 207 cm)
Rebounds
8.2 – Artem Parakhovsky (Belarus, center, 211 cm)
Assists
5.0 – Adas Yushkevicius (Lithuania, defender, 193 cm)
Steals
0.9 – Mareks Meyeris (Latvia, forward, 207 cm)

Zenit’s forces in the VTB League

Points
16.3 – Jordan Mickey (USA, forward, 203 cm)
Rebounds
5.3 – Jordan Mickey (USA, forward, 203 cm)
Assists
4.6 – Mateusz Ponitku (Poland, forward, 198 cm)
Steals
1.0 – Sergey Karasev (Russia, forward, 201 cm)

Quote

BC Zenit head coach Xavier Pascual:

First, I would like to congratulate the Russians and all VTB United League fans on the New Year, as well as wish you health and happiness. We have our first game in the new year against a very high-quality team, which includes many talented players who have been playing together for several years. Parma’s head coach organizes his team’s play very well at both ends of the court. Of course, we want to start the new year with a victory, but we know that we must play at the maximum in order to achieve this goal.

BC Zenit guard Denis Zakharov

We are in a working mood. We rested a couple of days after the Euroleague match, and are determined to win only. Parma plays modern basketball, fast, with active movement, a lot of three-pointers. We have analyzed their game, we will be ready for the match.

About the opponent

Parma (Perm Territory, Russia)
Foundation year: 2012.
Club colors: blue, white.
Achievements: two-time Russian Cup winner (2016, 2019), bronze medalist of the Russian Cup (2017), semi-finalist of the FIBA ​​Europe Cup (2021), quarter-finalist of VTB United League (2021).
Home arena: Molot Arena (7000 spectators).
President: Sergey Boguslavsky (Russia).