2016-17Top 16Round 6
February 08, 2017 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SIEMENS ARENA
David Logan - Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius - EC16 (photo Lietuvos - Paulius Zukauskas)

Despite loss at Rytas, Zenit advances to EuroCup playoffs

Zenit St. Petersburg reached the 7DAYS EuroCup quarterfinals despite an 86-84 loss against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in Group G in the Lithuanian capital on Wednesday. Both teams finished Group G with 3-3 records, but Zenit had the tie-breaker due to an 88-79 win in Round 2 in St. Petersburg. Accordingly, Zenit placed second and will face Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the best-of-three quarterfinal playoffs series, while Rytas is third and thus eliminated. Sergey Karasev led Zenit with 24 points, Janis Timma added 21 and Stefan Markovic tallied 10 points and 9 assists. David Logan led Rytas with 28 points, Corey Fisher added 17, Drew Gordon had 14 and Rokas Giedraitis and Arturas Gudaitis each scored 11 for the hosts. Zenit hit 9 of 12 two-point shots in the first quarter to take a double-digit lead, 12-22. Logan, who had 20 points before the break, brought Rytas to within 36-40. Rytas held Zenit to just 11-of-31 three-point shooting (35.5%), which allowed the hosts to win the game, but Zenit walked away with a playoffs berth.

A five-meter jumper by Karasev and a dunk by Timma prompted Rytas to call an early timeout at 0-4. Clevin Hannah and Gordon stepped up for Rytas and a three-pointer by Logan gave the hosts their first lead, 9-8. It didn't last long, as Anton Pushkov and Aaron White each dunked in a 1-12 run in which Markovic had 4 points. A layup by Evgeny Valiev made it a double-digit game, 12-22, after 10 minutes. Logan and Giedraitis stepped up for Rytas early in the second quarter, but back-to-back jumpers by Karasev and Trevor Mbakwe caused Coach Tomas Pacesas to stop the game at 16-27. Giedraitis followed a layup with a triple and after Timma struck twice from downtown, an unstoppable Logan brought Rytas within 28-33. Zenit went on a 0-7 run, which Karasev capped with a three-pointer, but Logan buried a couple of triples and added an off-balance basket to get within 36-40 at the break. Karasev and Valiev kept pushing Zenit after the break and Timma followed a layup with a three-pointer to restore a double-digit lead, 40-51. Logan buried a step-back jumper and Gordon added a put-back slam in an 11-0 run that Fisher capped with free throws to tie the game at 51-51. Markovic struck twice from beyond the arc, but Giedraitis answered with consecutive layups and Fisher hit 4 free throws and added a buzzer-beating triple for a 64-61 Rytas lead after 30 minutes. White and Karasev buried back-to-back three-pointer to put Zenit back in charge, 66-67, early in the fourth quarter. Fisher and Gordon took over, but a jump hook by Kyle Landry and a triple by Timma tied the game at 75-75 with three minutes left. Zenit kept running the clock down with long possessions and a three-pointer by Timma allowed Zenit to celebrate that it will keep fighting for EuroCup glory!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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Referees: PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO)
Attendance: 5391
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius12242822
Zenit St Petersburg22182123
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius12366486
Zenit St Petersburg22406184
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 FISHER, COREY 22:54 17 1/4 3/5 6/6 1 1 2 4 2 3   1   5 21
2 NORMANTAS, MARGIRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 21:28 11 0/6   11/12 5 4 9 1   1 1 2 3 8 17
10 KISIELIUS, LAIMONAS 19:32 1 0/1 0/2 1/2 1 2 3     2     3 3 -2
11 HANNAH, CLEVIN 17:05 2 0/1 0/1 2/2           1     1 3 1
12 LOGAN, DAVID 39:49 28 6/8 5/11 1/1   3 3 7 5 3     3 1 30
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 5:16   0/1               1     2 1 -3
16 LAPETA, ADAM 14:20 2 1/3     1 2 3   1 1 1   3   1
27 JUCIKAS, JULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 29:19 11 4/5 1/2   1 1 2     1 1   1 1 11
32 GORDON, DREW 30:17 14 6/10   2/8 4 8 12 2 1 1   1 4 5 18
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 86 18/39 9/21 23/31 14 26 40 14 9 14 3 4 20 27 100
        46.2% 42.9% 74.2%
Head coach: PACESAS, TOMAS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VOITIUK, EVGENII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 WHITE, AARON 17:45 5 1/3 1/1     1 1               4
6 TIMMA, JANIS 34:01 21 2/5 5/9 2/2 3 2 5 1 1 3 1   4 3 18
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 30:37 24 7/12 2/10 4/6 1 5 6 1 2       2 7 23
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 34:48 10 0/1 3/8 1/4 1 3 4 9 2 4     3 3 12
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 5:12           1 1     2         -1
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 19:24 4 1/7   2/2 2 1 3 1 1   1 2 5 1 -2
21 MBAKWE, TREVOR 17:13 8 3/3   2/4 4 3 7   1   1   3 2 14
24 RAZUMOV, ALEKSANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 SERGEEV, PAVEL 12:53     0/2         2       1 1 1 -1
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 13:45 4 2/2     1 1 2 1 2       5 1 5
33 LANDRY, KYLE 14:22 8 4/6 0/1   2 2 4     2 1   5 1 4
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 84 20/39 11/31 11/18 15 22 37 15 9 11 4 3 28 19 80
        51.3% 35.5% 61.1%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

PACESAS, TOMAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"Bad defense was our main problem in this game. Also they grabbed 15 offensive rebounds. I believed that all my players would step on the court and put their hearts in such an important game, but unfortunately I was wrong; we lacked efforts from some of them."
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