2017-18Regular SeasonRound 2
October 18, 2017 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 YUBILEYNY SPORTS PALACE

Zenit follows Harper, Gordon past visiting Trento

After a rough start, Zenit St Petersburg regrouped in time to defeat visiting Dolomiti Energia Trento 81-70 on Tuesday for its first win of the new 7DAYS EuroCup season. Both teams now have 1-1 records, as does the rest of Group D. Trento led by as many as 11 before Kyle Kuric drilled 3 three-pointers in as many minutes of the second quarter to make it a game. Trento was still within a point, 71-70, with 3:11 to play, but Zenit scored the next and last 10 to dodge the upset threat. Demonte Harper had 22 points and 6 assists to lead Zenit. Drew Gordon posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Sergey Karasev and Nicolas Laprovittola scored 13 each and Kuric 12. Dominique Sutton and Shavon Shields paced Trento with 18 points each, but weak three-point (23.8%) and foul shooting (56.3%) hurt the visitors.

The teams traded baskets until Shields drilled the game's first triple to make it 6-9 for Trento. Gordon responded with a huge put-back slam, but soon Toto Forray and Chane Behanan upped the Trento lead to 7 points, where it stayed until the first quarter ended 14-21. Gordon already had 10 points and 6 rebounds for Zenit, but he was alone, and when Beto Gomes turned an offensive rebound into a three-point play, the Trento lead was 19-29. Shields returned with another triple, but Kuric soon hit a trio of his own to keep the hosts within striking distance. His shooting was contagious, as Harper followed him from deep to make it 34-37. Ojars Silins and Harper traded triples in the final minute of the second quarter as Trento clung to a 42-45 advantage at the half. Sutton and Karasev hit from deep after the break, then Harper followed suit. That set up Zenit's first go-ahead points since the game's first basket, on Laprovittola's three-point play. Karasev followed with a put-back dunk and Harper with a triple to suddenly make it 58-52. Diego Flaccadori personally re-took the lead with 6 points in a row for Trento but Kuric was back with his fourth three-pointer to leave a 66-61 score in Zenit's favor after 30 minutes. Only free throws fell for 4 full minutes of the fourth quarter until Harper's loose-ball fastbreak finish made it 69-64. Sutton soon powered up 2 tough baskets, however, for a 71-70 scoreboard with 3:11 to play. Evgeny Voronov's single free throw and layup on a feed from Harper steadied Zenit. Karasev next put back an airball and when Laprovittola buzzed in for a layup, the victory was staying in St Petersburg.

Demonte Harper - Zenit St Petersburg (photo Zenit) - EC17
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), PEERANDI, RAIN (EST), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO)
Attendance: 2787
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Zenit St Petersburg14282415
Dolomiti Energia Trento2124169
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Zenit St Petersburg14426681
Dolomiti Energia Trento21456170
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 REYNOLDS, SCOTTIE 1:25                         1   -1
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 28:58 13 2/4 2/5 3/4 3 3 6 1 1 2 2   4 5 16
9 MOTOVILOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 22:41 13 5/8 0/3 3/3   3 3 4 3 2   2 2 3 14
11 BARINOV, NIKITA 1:19                              
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 15:18   0/2     1 2 3           1 2 2
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 10:51 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   2 2 1         2 3 4
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 16:00 2 0/2 0/1 2/4   2 2         1 2 2 -2
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 34:08 22 4/10 4/5 2/2 2 3 5 6   1     2 3 26
24 KURIC, KYLE 25:43 12 0/1 4/10   1 3 4 1 1 1   1 1 2 10
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 14:06   0/1     1   1 3 1 2 1   5   -2
32 GORDON, DREW 29:31 16 6/11   4/10 5 9 14 1     1     6 27
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 81 18/41 10/25 15/25 14 31 45 17 6 9 4 4 20 26 98
        43.9% 40% 60%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY
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
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 FRANKE, YANNICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 SUTTON, DOMINIQUE 25:45 18 7/13 1/2 1/5 1 6 7 2   1 2   4 5 18
4 SILINS, OJARS 16:40 3 0/2 1/1     1 1       2 1 1   2
8 BALDI ROSSI, FILIPPO 11:25   0/1 0/2   1 2 3 1   1     2   -2
10 FORRAY, TOTO 20:23 7 3/6 0/4 1/1   2 2 1 2 2   1 5 1 -2
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 20:43 9 3/4 1/5     2 2 2   2     3   3
13 GUTIERREZ, JORGE 22:43 1 0/5 0/1 1/2 1 5 6 4   1   1 4 2  
15 GOMES, BETO 27:07 7 2/4 0/2 3/3 1 3 4 1 1     1 4 6 10
21 BEHANAN, CHANE 23:16 7 3/6 0/1 1/2 2 4 6 4   1     2 2 11
25 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 31:58 18 5/8 2/3 2/3   3 3 1 2 2     2 3 18
Team           6 1 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 70 23/49 5/21 9/16 12 29 41 16 5 11 4 4 27 19 64
        46.9% 23.8% 56.3%
Head coach: BUSCAGLIA, MAURIZIO

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"First of all, this is a very important victory for us because before this game started, all the teams in our group already had one victory each. If we had lost today, it could have been trouble for the future."
BUSCAGLIA, MAURIZIO
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"We didn't play a bad game. We had a good start, shared the ball, spaced the floor. Maybe we had a couple mistakes on defense that hurt us a little. In the second half on defense we had trouble, and with boxing out. We had problems in the offensive half court, too, and that changed the rhythm of the game. The game got away from us and we lost, but it will help us see the way in the future."

Players

LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a really tough game for us, because Trento is a good team. It was our first game here in St Petersburg for us and we have to win every time at home. I think we fought for that and we won in the end."
GUTIERREZ, JORGE
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"Like coach said, we came out the way we wanted to, had a lead at halftime, but down the stretch in the four quarter, we just didn't get the stops we needed. Some loose balls and rebounds, a few bad shots on offense, and that kind of threw the game for them."
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