2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
November 23, 2020 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 BUESA ARENA

Zenit stays road perfect with solid win at Baskonia

Zenit St Petersburg claimed an impressive road win by downing TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 70-77 in a rescheduled Round 3 game on Monday night. After a low-scoring start Zenit enjoyed an excellent second quarter to move ahead by 9, but Baskonia battled back and the third quarter saw numerous lead changes. Zenit took control by launching a 2-15 run to bridge the third and fourth quarters, stretching the lead to 17 points midway through the fourth and cruising after that. Mateusz Ponitka led the scoring with 18 points along with 8 rebounds. Zenit had a strong inside presence through Arturas Gudaitis (13 points and 7 rebounds) and Alex Poythress (14 points), while Kevin Pangos orchestrated the offense with 9 points and 10 assists. Rokas Giedraitis paced Baskonia with 15 points and Luca Vildoza added 11. Zenit improves to 5-2, and Baskonia is now 4-5.

Defenses dominated early before Gudaitis opened the scoring from the foul line. Giedraitis downed an alley-oop layup for the game’s first field goal, and Tonye Jekiri added a layup for Baskonia’s first lead. Alex Peters downed a lucky triple for a 7-2 lead before Gudaitis and Youssoupha Fall traded inside scores. Will Thomas netted a putback for Zenit but Fall’s big dunk helped make it 13-10 at the end of the first. Pierria Henry and Fall extended the lead, but two dunks from Poythress pulled Zenit back, and Ponitka struck a three-pointer for a 17-18 lead after a 0-8 run. Zoran Dragic rescued Baskonia with a pair of scores under the basket, but Pangos heated up with a couple of triples and Poythress scored again to keep Zenit ahead, 21-26. Ponitka drove to cap a 0-7 run which was ended by Giedraitis from deep. Pangos and Vitaly Fridzon scored in penetration to stretch the lead, but Dragic’s triple made it 28-34 at the break. Gietraitis with a triple and Jekiri with a three-point play tied it up at the start of the second half, and Giedraitis stayed hot with two more strikes to give his team the lead. The outstanding Poythress netted a trio of inside scores to keep Zenit close, 42-40, and KC Rivers struck from long-range to send the visitors back ahead. The scoring was evenly shared for the next few minutes, and it was 49-50 after Achillie Polonara’s threeball was answered by Ponitka’s layup and one. Billy Baron and Andrey Zubkov added triples for a 0-9 run, but Henry went coast to coast to beat the buzzer and make it 51-56 at the end of the third. Zubkov opened the final period with another triple, and a three-point play from Gudaitis gave Zenit a double-digit lead, 51-62, before Ponitka’s basket in penetration stretched the advantage. Zubkov’s long two and Gudaitis free throws made it 53-70 with 6 minutes left, before Vildoza and Peters gave Baskonia hope with 5 fast points, but Zenit steadily added to its scoring through free throws and used its strong defense to do the rest despite a late Baskonia flurry.



Slow starters

Both offenses struggled early on, with Baskonia missing its first 7 field goal attempts and not scoring in the first 4:30. Zenit also missed its first 5 shots from the field and the only scoring in the opening 4 minutes were free throws from Arturas Gudaitis.

Early turnover problems averted

Zenit was careless in possession in the opening stages, committing 5 turnovers in the first quarter. But Xavi Pascual’s team got much better after that and ended the game with just 13 turnovers.

Still perfect on the road

Zenit is now a perfect 4-0 on its travels, with this victory following triumphs at Anadolu Efes Istanbul, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and ALBA Berlin. No other team in the competition is unbeaten on the road.

Next round

Baskonia travels to face Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 11 on Thursday, and Zenit stays on the road to visit Zalgiris Kaunas the same night.

Arturas Gudaitis - Zenit St Petersburg - EB20
Monday, November 23, 2020
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Referees: PUKL,SASA; ROCHA, FERNANDO; OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RAIESTE, SANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 27:19 11 3/6 1/2 2/4       6 1 1     2 5 14
5 JEKIRI, TONYE 18:43 7 3/6   1/1   7 7 2 1 1     3 1 11
7 HENRY, PIERRIA 15:53 4 2/4 0/3         1 2 3   1 2 1 -3
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS 8:08         1 1 2 2             4
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 3:46                   1         -1
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 11:35 8 3/7   2/2 2 1 3     2     3 2 4
25 PETERS, ALEC 21:34 8 0/4 2/3 2/2 3 3 6 1 1 1     2 4 12
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN 23:20 9 3/4 1/5 0/2 2   2 3   1     1 1 6
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 31:24 15 2/2 3/7 2/2 1 3 4 1 1 1     3 3 16
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 28:47 8 2/5 1/1 1/4 2 3 5 1 2   4   4 3 13
47 KURUCS, ARTURS 9:31     0/1         1 1           1
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 70 18/38 8/22 10/17 13 18 31 18 9 11 4 1 20 20 79
        47.4% 36.4% 58.8%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
1 RIVERS, KC 21:23 3 0/1 1/3   1   1           3   -2
4 PANGOS, KEVIN 27:42 9 1/4 2/5 1/1   3 3 10   3   2 3 3 11
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 7:13 2 1/1             1       1   2
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN 7:04     0/1     1 1     1         -1
10 THOMAS, WILL 20:19 2 1/5 0/2   2 4 6         1     1
12 BARON, BILLY 22:14 8 2/4 1/2 1/2   1 1 1   2     1 2 5
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 3:57                   1         -1
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 18:38 8 1/2 2/3     1 1 2 1 2     4 1 5
22 POYTHRESS, ALEX 18:01 14 7/10     3 1 4 1   1 1 1 3   12
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 31:39 18 3/4 1/3 9/11 1 7 8 3   3     2 9 28
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 21:50 13 4/6   5/5 3 4 7 1 1       3 5 22
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 77 20/37 7/19 16/19 12 23 35 18 3 14 1 4 20 20 84
        54.1% 36.8% 84.2%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
“It was a shame. Before the game we knew that if we played like Zenit we would lose. We should have played aggressively and fast, but we didn’t manage to do that so we lost the game. They played the way they wanted to play.”
PASCUAL, XAVI
Zenit St Petersburg

“We didn’t start well but after that we played good basketball. Defensively we were very solid against a difficult team, and offensively step by step by played better. In the first half we had a problem with 9 turnovers but in the second half we kept the ball better. There was a difficult moment at the start of the third quarter but after that we had control of the game until the end. We are at the beginning of the season, we have to work hard every day and continue like this.”

“It was two good teams fighting to win and I think we were stronger defensively.”

Players

PONITKA, MATEUSZ
Zenit St Petersburg
“I’m happy. It’s not easy for us, we have a tough schedule but we showed character. We came ready to win the game, I think slowly we are getting to our pace and I’m proud of my team. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, and we have to keep our things together because in three days we play another tough game.”
GUDAITIS, ARTURAS
Zenit St Petersburg
“They are a very physical team with big character and to beat them you need to answer with big fight. We cannot complain about the schedule, we just keep playing.”