2019-20Regular SeasonRound 25
February 20, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA
Africa: ESPN
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Balkans: SPORTKLUB4
Russian Federation: MATCH!IGRA
Brazil: DAZN
Spain: DAZN
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 12
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 4
Germany: MY TEAM TV
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3HD
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Israel: 5STARS
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

7-17 Regular Season 8-16
7-17 Overall 8-16

Referees

Crew Chief
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE
Umpire 1
VILIUS, GYTIS
Umpire 2
FOUFIS, IOANNIS

The Take

Zenit St. Petersburg will play its first game under new head coach Xavi Pascual when it welcomes ALBA Berlin and its offense into town. Zenit parted ways with Coach Joan Plaza during the off week and goes into the final stretch of its premier EuroLeague season in a share of EuroLeague's worst record and an offense that posts the fourth-fewest points (74.8 ppg.). ALBA has one win more, but has an offense that ranks third with 85.2 points and leads the EuroLeague with 19.8 assists per game.

Earlier this season

When these two sides met in their season opener, ALBA celebrated its first EuroLeague game in five years in with a dominant performance in an 85-65 win over Zenit, which was playing its first EuroLeague game ever. Landry Nnoko led ALBA with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Marcus Eriksson scored 15 points. Will Thomas paced Zenit with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Marquee matchup

Rookie point guards, Zenit's Andrew Albicy and ALBA's Peyton Siva, go against each other in a matchup of players who shined on 7DAYS EuroCup floors last season. Albicy has taken the reigns of Zenit's offense lately, averaging 5.2 assists over the last six games and over the last three he has played 28:30 minutes, the most on the team and among the most in the league. Siva has overcome early injury problems and is posting 9.3 points and 5.2 assists, ranking ninth in the latter category for the season. Both players also set the tone defensively and could be facing each other most of the night.

Keys to victory: Zenit

Zenit has plenty of veteran leadership, from the presence of Gustavo Ayon and Will Thomas in its frontcourt to Alex Renfroe, Evgeny Voronov and Anton Ponkrashov on the perimeter. In a situation such as this one, with a new coach on the bench, Zenit will need to rely on its experienced veterans to lead the way – prior and during the game – to overcome adversity.

Keys to victory: ALBA

ALBA will need to attempt to control this game with its offense against an opponent that has mostly struggled in that segment this season. ALBA has been held below 80 points just eight times this season, while Zenit has scored that many just eight times this season. So, ALBA's recipe is to get the hosts in its rhythm, setting the pace and using ball movement to tally baskets and forcing Zenit to try to match it.

Monday, February 17, 2020
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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 20
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
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MASON, MAKAI G 1.85 24
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 29
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 28
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 26
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 20
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 22
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.04 20
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 25
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 20
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 25
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 27
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 26
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER F 2.06 26
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 25
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 30
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.93 22

Player Stats

Ayon, G. / 12.8 Thomas, W. / 10.5 Ponitka, M. / 9.7
Ayon, G. / 5.2 Iverson, C. / 4.8 Ponitka, M. / 4.6
Sikma, L. / 6.2 Nnoko, L. / 5.9
Renfroe, A. / 4.8 Albicy, A. / 3.2
Siva, P. / 5.2 Hermannsson, M. / 4.6 Sikma, L. / 4.4
Hollins, A. / 1.3 Ayon, G. / 1.1 Thomas, W. / 1.0
Iverson, C. / 0.5
Nnoko, L. / 0.8 Sikma, L. / 0.5
2PT
Thomas, W. / 62.4% Ayon, G. / 60.3% Ponitka, M. / 59.5%
Nnoko, L. / 64.1% Thiemann, J. / 55.1% Giedraitis, R. / 54.8%
3PT
Abromaitis, T. / 44.3% Voronov, E. / 36.2% Hollins, A. / 35.0%
Giffey, N. / 50.0% Eriksson, M. / 46.3% Mason, M. / 44.1%
FT
Hollins, A. / 90.3% Abromaitis, T. / 73.3% Ponitka, M. / 72.1%
Mason, M. / 91.9% Hermannsson, M. / 89.2% Giffey, N. / 87.2%
PIR
Ayon, G. / 14.4 Thomas, W. / 13.4 Ponitka, M. / 13.3
Sikma, L. / 16.1 Giedraitis, R. / 15.0 Nnoko, L. / 12.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
74.8 Points 85.2
32.3 Rebounds 33.7
12.3 O. Rebounds 11.5
20.0 D. Rebounds 22.2
18.5 Assists 19.8
7.3 Steals 7.1
2.4 Blocks 2.0
52.6% 2PT 49.4%
33.2% 3PT 39.5%
69.1% FT 81.3%
80.6 PIR 93.4

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.8 Points 89.3
34.7 Rebounds 34.7
11.0 O. Rebounds 10.5
23.7 D. Rebounds 24.2
18.5 Assists 20.8
6.5 Steals 7.3
2.5 Blocks 2.5
53.3% 2PT 57.4%
40.2% 3PT 39.4%
82.3% FT 80.4%
91.1 PIR 101.8

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"Despite having so many injuries the whole time my team is playing a great season so far and confirmed that by winning the German Cup on Sunday. Besides our injured players Stefan Peno, Makai Mason and Tim Schneider we might miss several others players in St. Petersburg because of the physical stress of the cup final."

Zenit St Petersburg vs. ALBA Berlin

· Despite having played in the 7DAYS EuroCup during the same season six times, this is the first time Zenit will host ALBA in any competition.

· In Round 1, ALBA beat Zenit 85-65 with Landry Nnoko collecting 16 points and 7 rebounds.

· ALBA's Marcus Eriksson played under Zenit's new head coach Xavi Pascual at FC Barcelona during the 2015-16 season.

· ALBA's Eriksson and Stefan Peno were teammates with Zenit's Alex Renfroe at FC Barcelona during the 2016-17 season.

· ALBA's Luke Sikma and Zenit's Will Thomas were teammates at Valencia Basket during the 2016-17 season. They won the Spanish League title together.

· Zenit guard Alex Renfroe played for ALBA during the 2014-15 season. He was a teammate there of Niels Giffey.

· Zenit guard Andrew Albicy’s All-EuroCup campaign was ended last season by ALBA Berlin when it eliminated Albicy and MoraBanc Andorra in the EuroCup Semifinals. Albicy averaged 17.0 points and 9.0 assists in the two-game series.

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Zenit St Petersburg

Roster
Zenit parted ways with head coach Joan Plaza and appointed Xavi Pascual in his place.
Zenit has used 14 different players as starters this season. No player has appeared in every game.
Dmitry Khvostov has returned to action after missing four games with an ankle injury.
Alex Renfroe has missed the last two rounds with a knee injury.
Colton Iverson has been sidelined with a hand injury.

Streaks
Austin Hollins has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 11 of his last 12 games.
Hollins has at least 1 steal in nine straight and 13 of his last 14 games.
Will Thomas has recorded at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine games.
Colton Iverson has posted a performance index rating of at least 10 in four of his last five games.

Rankings
Gustavo Ayon ranks sixth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.5 per game.

Records/Milestones
Gustavo Ayon owns a Final Four record last season by making 11 of 11 two-pointers without a miss playing for Real Madrid against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the Third Place Game last season.
Ayon is the all-time leader in steals among centers with 188.

ALBA Berlin  

Roster
Luke Sikma is the only player to have started every game for ALBA this season.
ALBA has registered 17 players for EuroLeague action. All 17 have appeared in at least one game and 11 of them have started.
Stefan Peno is recovering from a knee injury sustained last season.

Streaks
Markus Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 16 straight and 28 of his last 29 games.
Rokas Giedraitis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 games.
Giedraitis has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games. 
Giedraitis has posted double-digit PIRs in each of his last 13 games. 
Giedraitis has a steal in five of his last six games.
Giedraitis has made 10 consecutive free throws.
Luke Sikma has posted double-figure PIRs in 12 of his last 13 games.
Sikma has at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine games.
Martin Hermannsson has made at least 1 three-point shot in eight of his last nine games.
Niels Giffey has made 16 consecutive free throws.
Tyler Cavanaugh has made 13 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Rokas Giedraitis ranks third in steals this season with 1.4 per game.

Records/Milestones
Niels Giffey ranks 14th all-time in three-point accuracy at 45.1%.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
Zenit St Petersburg ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zenit St Petersburg
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 0-0
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 0-1
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 1-0
Away record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 04 October 2019 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 85 - 65 Zenit St Petersburg