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VTB Youth League. Zenit-M at UNICS-2. Preview

28 February 2022
VTB Youth League. Zenit-M at UNICS-2. Preview

Immediately from Nizhny Novgorod, Zenit-M moved to Kazan, where on February 28 and March 1 they will play against their peers from UNICS-2. The hosts are very motivated to play, as a successful outcome of the round can bring them closer to a higher position.

Opposition

UNICS-2 Forces

Points
15.9 – Sergey Polstyanov (Guard, 194 cm)

Rebounds
7.6 – Ilya Karpenko (Forward, 199 cm)

Assists
3.5 – Sergey Polstyanov (Guard, 194 cm)

Steals
1.5 – Sergey Polstyanov (Guard, 194 cm)

Zenit-M Forces

Points
13.8 – Egor Ryzhov (Forward, 205 cm)

Rebounds
8.1 – Egor Ryzhov (Forward, 205 cm)

Assists
3.6 – Mikhail Bokarev (Guard, 193 cm)

Steals
1.6 – Mikhail Bokarev (Guard, 193 cm)

Maxim Uchaykin, Zenit-M Head Coach:

A team that is part of the TOP-8 cannot be an easy opponent. Youth team from Kazan is going a little unevenly in the championship: they started the season well, then a long series of defeats, now they have found their game again. UNICS-2 has a good back line: Drakovsky, Gunther, Polstyanov. There are very hardworking guys in the front line, let them not grab the stars from the sky, but they bring a lot of benefits, and often this is not enough to win. I think that in defense they will let us shoot from a distance and not let us into the three-second zone. They will force us to attack from the first assist in order to accelerate the pace and force us to make qucik decisions. We are definitely waiting for a good confrontation, we are preparing in the regular mode. Everyone who went on this long trip is healthy and gets their chances.