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Zenit-M stays in the second spot in the VTB Youth League

15 January 2022
Zenit-M stays in the second spot in the VTB Youth League

Zenit Youth Team run by Maxim Uchaykin began a series of trips with a visit to the third-ranked Khimki-2. The high intensity of tours and the lack of some players caused difficult challenges for our coaching staff. The starting five of Khimki-2 (61 points out of 88 team points) set a high pace, which our team could not withstand, as the result it led to a rather painful defeat.

The first thirty minutes of the second game kept everyone in suspense: 9-10 points of advantage of our team every now and then “sought” to turn into a distance of one or two shots. Crazy mood, which was enough for the whole game, led to the fact that the fourth quarter was won outright (21:12), and the game itself can be confidently considered exemplary in terms of psychological preparation.

Jan 14: Khimki-2 v Zenit-M: 88-64 (-24)

Kh: Savitsky (5), Kipkeev (14), Potezhny (12), Chizhenok (22), Garsky (8) – start; Vasiliev (2), Shaduro (2), Kizilov (2), Shchurat (6), Avilov (2), Polishchuk (4), Blank (9).

Z: Bokarev (12), Ivanov (6 + 9 rebounds), Zemsky (11), Borisov (9), Sorokin (5) – start; Burinsky (0), Tikhomirov (0), Kozin (0), Fedkin (1), Ryzhov (14 + 8 rebounds), Rodionov (0), Prokopenko (10).

Jan 15: Khimki-2 – Zenit-M: 69-85 (+16)

Kh: Savitsky (5), Kipkeev (14), Potezhny (12), Chizhenok (22), Garsky (8) – start; Vasiliev (2), Shaduro (2), Kizilov (2), Shchurat (6), Avilov (2), Polishchuk (4), Blank (9).

Z: Bokarev (19), Ivanov (7 + 13 rebounds), Zemsky (26), Sorokin (8 + 8 rebounds), Prokopenko (5) – start; Burinsky (0), Borisov (0), Tikhomirov (4), Kozin (0), Fedkin (3), Ryzhov (13), Rodionov (0).

Maxim Uchaykin, Zenit-M head coach:

Dedication is the most important thing a team should have if it wants to win. In the second game, we did not fundamentally change anything compared to the first, the team just went out with a crazy attitude. There are two more trips ahead of us, the intensity is high, so we need to approach each game with this approach.

Next game

On January 24-25 Zenit-M goes to the longest trip to visit the outsider Enisey-2.