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Zenit-M tied with UNICS-2 in Kazan

1 March 2022
Zenit-M tied with UNICS-2 in Kazan

The long trip of the youth team to the banks of the Volga River ended in Kazan, where the local UNICS-2 was the opponent.

February 28: UNICS-2 – Zenit-M: 73-64 (-9)

U: Polstyanov (22 + 6 rebounds), Kabanov (1 rebound), Pilipchuk (6 + 6 rebounds), Gunter (19 + 5 assists), Lakhanov (4) – start; Pavlov (6), Pinchuk (10 + 9 rebounds), Grechishnikov (did not play), Drakovsky (2), Ogleznev (4 rebounds), Vedenev (4), Gimaev (did not play).

Z: Borisov (2), Ivanov (4 + 7 rebounds), Zemsky (14 + 5 rebounds), Sorokin (8 + 8 rebounds), Prokopenko (2 rebounds + 3 assists) – start; Kolosov (1 rebound), Tikhomirov (0), Kozin (2 + 4 rebounds), Samukhin (did not play), Antipov (2), Ryzhov (22 + 11 rebounds), Lenkin (11 + 5 rebounds), Fedkin (did not play ).

March 1: UNICS-2 – Zenit-M: 56-79 (+23)

U: Polstyanov (7 + 5 assists), Vedenev (4 + 3 rebounds), Drakovsky (4 + 2 rebounds), Pavlov (12), Lakhanov (4 + 5 rebounds) – start; Pinchuk (3 + 5 rebounds), Grechishnikov (1 rebound), Gunter (17 + 4 assists), Kabanov (0), Pilipchuk (2 + 2 rebounds), Ogleznev (2), Gimaev (1).

Z: Kozin (5 + 5 rebounds), Lenkin (9), Ivanov (4 + 9 rebounds), Sorokin (15 + 11 rebounds), Prokopenko (3 + 3 rebounds) – start; Kolosov (1 rebound), Tikhomirov (5 + 2 rebounds), Samukhin (3 rebounds), Borisov (11 + 5 rebounds), Antipov (2), Ryzhov (13 + 8 rebounds), Zemsky (14 + 6 rebounds), Fedkin (2 rebounds).

Maxim Uchaikin, Zenit-M Head Coach:

With such a percentage of throws as in the first game, it is simply impossible to claim victory. Also, we did not have enough rigidity in defense: we chose a defense model that turned out to be wrong. They couldn’t hold back Polstyanov and Gunther, the leaders of the team, about whom everyone seemed to know everything. They didn’t throw alone, they just caught their game. In the second game, the opponents simply became a wedge and offered to throw from a distance. The rims in the gym are very tough, and even additional training does not always help. This time we managed to score all our goals. Departure to Kazan is not satisfied. For young players, there is only one step from confidence to failure. It is very difficult sometimes to “reconfigure” them so that they step over themselves when they miss several times in a row. We set small goals and achieve them. Even in the winning game, the ending was still blurry after three great quarters.

Next game

After a long trip, we return home, where on March 10-11 we play against the VTB Youth leader MBA-2 Moscow.