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Zenit-M had no problems against Samara-2 at home

8 February 2022
Zenit-M had no problems against Samara-2 at home

The blue-white-blue youth team beat the basketball players from Samara twice in the second round of the regular season of the VTB United Youth League.

Feb 7: Zenit-M – Samara-2: 91-56 (+35)

Z: Bokarev (7 + 4 assists), Prokopenko (6), Zemsky (16 + 7 rebounds), Sorokin (16 + 7 rebounds), Ryzhov (20 + 11 rebounds) – start; Kolosov (4), Tikhomirov (0), Fedkin (3), Lenkin (7), Rodionov (0), Firsov (6 + 7 rebounds), Borisov (6).

S: Shevchenko (2), Maskaev (5 + 5 rebounds), Fatkin (11), Kalashnikov (10 + 5 rebounds), Muraviev (5 + 6 rebounds) – start; Irkov (4), Afonin (15 + 7 rebounds), Karkov (5), Ponamarev (8), Tumanov (2).

Feb 8: Zenit-M – Samara-2: 85-49 (+36)

Z: Zemsky (9 + 5 rebounds), Ryzhov (26 + 15 rebounds), Sorokin (16), Lenkin (8), Prokopenko (3 assists) – start; Borisov (9), Tikhomirov (5 + 6 assists), Fedkin (9 + 6 assists), Dodeus (0), Kolosov (3).

S: Shevchenko (4), Maskaev (0), Fatkin (6 + 5 assists), Kalashnikov (6 + 6 rebounds), Muravyov (7 + 7 rebounds) – start; Irkov (3), Afonin (4), Karkov (0), Ponamarev (5), Tumanov (3 + 7 rebounds).

Maxim Uchaykin, Zenit-M Head Coach:

The most important result of these games is getting important points for the standings. We tested new schemes, new combinations, gave time to the young players. The first quarter of today’s game was terrible: a lot of turnovers, a lot of missed free throws. Then we corrected ourselves and brought the matter to victory. The biggest danger of such victories is that they are very relaxing and discouraging. Avtodor-2 is a team that will not forgive mistakes and weaknesses. It’s good that we have time to prepare, because after all, we haven’t gathered in the optimal line-up for a long time. I hope that by the game with the Saratov team we will be able to catch up due to the long break. I repeat that in victories with such a large difference there is always a danger of underestimating the opponent. We will try to prevent this.”

Next game

On February 11-12, Zenit-M hosts Avtodor-2, which is in 10th place, at the Basketball Academy.