2019-20Regular SeasonRound 14
December 17, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA
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Records

3-10 Regular Season 9-4
3-10 Overall 9-4

Referees

Crew Chief
RYZHYK, BORYS
Umpire 1
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 2
REITER, MORITZ

The Take

Zenit will seek its second straight win at home when it hosts red-hot, yet short-handed Maccabi. Zenit lost in Munich last week, but bested LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne in its last home game and will look to give its fans another thrill. Maccabi stunned CSKA Moscow last week despite missing three starters and could be without them again this week; Nate Wolters and Omri Casspi are certainly sidelined and Tarik Black’s participation remains in doubt. Zenit swingman Mateusz also sat out last week with a concussion.  

Marquee matchup

With so many key players – not to mention two key ball-handlers – out, Scottie Wilbekin has become the most important player for Maccabi. He leads the team in scoring (16.8 ppg.), assists (3.2 apg.) and steals. Zenit will likely charge Alex Renfroe (7.2 ppg., 4.9 apg., 1.0 spg.) with the task of slowing down Wilbekin. Renfroe has been hot recently with totals of 34 points and 10 assists over his last two games. If he can hamper Wilbekin, it would be a big plus for the home team. 

Stealing centers 

Zenit's Gustavo Ayon, a two-time All-EuroLeague selection, is in second place for the most steals among centers in EuroLeague history with 179. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv manager Nikola Vujcic, a five-time All-EuroLeague choice, is the all-time leader among centers with 181 steals. Will Ayon take advantage of this opportunity to become the record holder for centers at the expense of the Maccabi great with him watching? 

Keys to victory: Zenit

Maccabi has been the better rebounding team this season (36.6 rpg.), but if Tarik Black cannot play Zenit will have a significant size advantage in the paint – especially when Othello Hunter gets a breather. Zenit leads the league in offensive rebounds (12.0 orpg.) and if it crashed the boards aggressively on Tuesday and can convert missed shots into second-chance points at a high rate, it will be in a promising position. 

Keys to victory: Maccabi 

With as many as four key rotation players sidelines, the key for Maccabi relies in Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos getting maximum production from his reserves. Yovel Zoosman and Quincy Acy have become fixtures in the starting lineup and Tyler Dorsey, Elijah Bryant and Angelo Caloiaro are being asked to do more than before. Maccabi has been firing on all cylinders at both ends, but there is less margin for error now than ever before. 

Monday, December 16, 2019
Euroleague.net
Zenit St Petersburg
# Player Pos. H. Age
4 IVERSON, COLTON C 2.13 30
6 ALBICY, ANDREW G 1.78 29
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON G 2.00 33
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN G 1.93 28
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 33
11 BALASHOV, SERGEI F 2.06 23
12 RENFROE, ALEX G 1.91 33
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY G 1.90 30
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON C 2.08 31
15 SHEVCHUK, KONSTANTIN G 1.90 19
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV F 2.01 26
18 VORONOV, EVGENY G 1.94 33
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY F 2.06 28
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM F 2.03 30
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ F 1.98 26
34 AYON, GUSTAVO C 2.08 34
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH G 1.96 24
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE G 1.88 26
2 ACY, QUINCY F 2.01 29
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO F 2.03 30
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO C 2.03 33
6 COHEN, SANDY G 1.98 24
7 CASSPI, OMRI F 2.05 31
8 AVDIJA, DENI G 2.05 18
11 DORSEY, TYLER G 1.96 23
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN G 1.83 28
14 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 28
15 COHEN, JAKE F 2.10 29
28 BLACK, TARIK C 2.06 28
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL G 2.00 21

Player Stats

Ayon, G. / 13.1 Ponitka, M. / 10.2 Hollins, A. / 9.5
Wilbekin, S. / 16.8 Hunter, O. / 9.8 Black, T. / 9.1
Ayon, G. / 5.7
Hunter, O. / 5.9 Black, T. / 4.8
Renfroe, A. / 4.9
Ayon, G. / 1.3 Hollins, A. / 1.1 Renfroe, A. / 1.0
Wilbekin, S. / 1.5
Iverson, C. / 0.7
Black, T. / 0.7 Acy, Q. / 0.7 Hunter, O. / 0.5
2PT
Ponitka, M. / 57.4% Thomas, W. / 57.1% Ayon, G. / 55.9%
Hunter, O. / 66.7% Zoosman, Y. / 63.3% Black, T. / 61.8%
3PT
Renfroe, A. / 48.1% Abromaitis, T. / 44.4% Hollins, A. / 40.3%
Wilbekin, S. / 48.5% DiBartolomeo, J. / 47.1% Dorsey, T. / 44.7%
FT
Ponitka, M. / 72.7%
Wilbekin, S. / 73.5% Black, T. / 69.6%
PIR
Ayon, G. / 14.5 Ponitka, M. / 13.5 Thomas, W. / 11.8
Wilbekin, S. / 17.5 Hunter, O. / 13.0 Black, T. / 10.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
74.0 Points 86.4
33.0 Rebounds 36.6
12.0 O. Rebounds 9.5
21.0 D. Rebounds 27.1
18.5 Assists 16.4
6.9 Steals 8.5
2.5 Blocks 2.5
50.0% 2PT 57.5%
33.5% 3PT 38.2%
70.3% FT 72.4%
79.4 PIR 94.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
81.5 Points 74.8
36.6 Rebounds 34.0
11.5 O. Rebounds 10.0
25.1 D. Rebounds 24.0
19.1 Assists 14.4
6.0 Steals 6.2
2.7 Blocks 1.8
52.3% 2PT 44.6%
38.8% 3PT 34.3%
83.4% FT 75.3%
93.9 PIR 76.3
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Zenit St Petersburg vs. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

· This marks the first game ever between these two teams.

· Zenit center Colton Iverson played for Maccabi during the 2016-17 season and helped the team win the Israeli Cup. No player from that year's Maccabi roster remains with the squad. 

· Zenit big man Will Thomas set his career-high with 20 points playing for Unicaja Malaga against Maccabi in November 2015.

· Zenit guard Alex Renfroe posted his career-high in index rating with 32 playing for ALBA Berlin against Maccabi in April 2015.

· Zenit forward Andrey Zubkov matched his career-high with 3 steals playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Maccabi in March 2019.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Euroleague.net

Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Coach Plaza has used 12 different players in his starting lineups so far this season. No player has started every game.
Konstantin Shevchuk is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Mateusz Ponitka missed Round 13 after sustaining a concussion in Round 12.

Streaks
Gustavo Ayon has scored in double figures in five of his last six games.
Austin Hollins has made at least 1 three-point shot in eight of his last nine games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine games.
Alex Renfroe has recorded at least 1 steal in five of his last six games.

Rankings
Gustavo Ayon ranks third in offensive rebounds this season with 2.7 per game.

Records/Milestones
In the third-place game at the Final Four last season, Gustavo Ayon tied the record for two-point shots made without a miss, going 11 for 11 playing for Real Madrid against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.
Ayon is in second place for the most steals among centers in EuroLeague history with 179. Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv manager Nikola Vujcic is the all-time leader among centers with 181.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Roster
Coach Sfairopoulos has used 11 different starters so far this season. Only Scottie Wilbekin has started in every game.
Omri Casspi has missed the last six games with a knee injury.
Nate Wolters is expected to be out until late January with a hamstring injury.
John DiBartolomeo could miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Streaks
Scottie Wilbekin has made multiple three-pointers in 13 straight games; he has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 in a row.
Wilbekin has collected at least 1 steal in 12 of his last 13 games.
Wilbekin has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 12 straight games.
Wilbekin has scored in double figures in eight straight games. 
Omri Casspi has posted a performance index rating in double figures in six straight games.
Casspi has collected at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games.
Angelo Caloiaro has recorded at least 1 steal in 12 of his last 13 games.
Caloiaro has made 11 consecutive free throws dating back to last season.
Yovel Zoosman has made 11 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Scottie Wilbekin ranks seventh in scoring this season with 16.7 points per game.
Wilbekin leads the league this season with 3.6 three-point shots made per game.
Wilbekin is tied for third this season with 1.5 steals per game.
Othello Hunter is tied for fifth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.1 per game.

Records/Milestones
Othello Hunter is in 10th place all-time with 369 offensive rebounds.
Tarik Black ranks third all-time in two-point shooting percentage at 67.9%.
Black ranks fourth all-time in true shooting percentage at 67.7%.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

There are no previous games between these two teams.