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Zenit-M took a revenge against favourite CSKA-Junior

18 February 2022
Zenit-M took a revenge against favourite CSKA-Junior

Zenit-M lost in the first home game against favorite CSKA-Junior and took a revenge in the second leg of the VTB Youth League regular season.

Feb 17: Zenit-M – CSKA-Junior: 68-73 (-5)

Z: Prokopenko (9 + 5 assists), Borisov (17 + 7 rebounds), Ivanov (4 + 4 rebounds), Zemsky (1 interception), Sorokin (6 + 3 rebounds), Ryzhov (9 + 5 rebounds) – start; Kolosov (3), Lenkin (8), Tikhomirov (0), Fedkin (1 rebound), Rodionov (0), Firsov (0), Antipov (2).

C: Budin (4), Knyazev (12), Makarov (12 + 4 assists), K. Petukhov (11 + 9 rebounds), Makarov (6) – start; Mikheev (3 + 4 assists), Klyuchenkov (6), A. Petukhov (10 + 9 rebounds), Nikonov (7), Kirilyuk (1 + 6 rebounds).

Feb 18: Zenit-M – CSKA-Junior: 71-77 (+6)

Z: Prokopenko (4 + 3 assists), Borisov (17 + 7 rebounds), Ivanov (4 + 4 rebounds), Zemsky (1 interception), Sorokin (12 + 6 rebounds) – start; Ryzhov (16 + 8 rebounds), Kolosov (0), Lenkin (9), Tikhomirov (did not play), Fedkin (did not play), Rodionov (0), Kozin (0), Antipov (15 + 6 rebounds).

C: Knyazev (1 + 5 assists), Makarov (20), Nikonov (4), K. Petukhov (2), Kirilyuk (23 + 9 rebounds) – start; Mikheev (2), Budin (6 + 7 assists), Klyuchenkov (4), A. Petukhov (5).

Maxim Uchaykin, Zenit-M Head Coach:

It would be great if we have taken two victories, but it didn’t work out. The first game lacked a bit of concentration. CSKA-Junior is a competent team and likes to catch such mistakes. A few inaccuracies over a period of several minutes are often worth a lost meeting. Three defeats in four games against the army team ended that way. In the second game, good concentration did not allow the opponents to score easy points. Nevertheless, we went very smoothly for three quarters. In the end, we managed to contain our nerves and realize the chances given. Borisov played a good game, but I hope that his best is yet to come. Now we have one day off, and then three days of preparation for the next tour. Several players will continue to play for CYBL, so there is simply no time to relax.

Next game

On February 24-25, Zenit-M goes to visit Nizhny Novgorod-2, which is in 8th place in the VTB Youth standings.