2021-22Regular SeasonRound 7
October 29, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 YUBILEYNY SPORTS PALACE

Huge runs allow Zenit to thrash Baskonia

Zenit St Petersburg launched two huge runs to demolish Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 83-54 and split the tie between the teams in the middle of the standings. Baskonia led from the start and got into a 9-point lead, but a 24-0 run in just over 6 minutes before half-time changed the game in Zenit’s favour for a 45-30 interval lead. Another big run, 16-0, saw Zenit take the lead well past 20 points in the third quarter and the game was over. Jordan Loyd led the scoring with 20 points and added 8 rebounds, and Alex Poythress gave a superb all-round performance with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocked shots. Jordan Mickey added 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Dmitry Kulagin scored 12 and Billy Baron added 10. Jayson Granger led Baskonia’s resistance with 13 points, while Simone Fontecchio and Wade Baldwin both scored 12. Zenit improves to 4-3, while Baskonia drops to 3-4.

Free throws accounted for the first 6 points, before Landry Nnoko and Mickey traded close-range scores for a 5-5 tie. Nnoko stayed hot with a three-pointer and a layup, followed by a Granger triple for a 7-13 lead. Loyd and Baldwin both scored three-point plays, before Loyd added a triple to close the gap to 13-16. Baldwin from inside and Granger from deep stretched Baskonia’s lead, but Loyd struck another threeball, Poythress made free throws and Conner Frankamp scored inside to make it 21-23 after ten minutes. Two scores from Fontecchio early in the second quarter kept the visitors in front, and Steven Enoch made it 21-30 with a 0-7 run which was ended by a three-point play from Poythress. Then Zenit charged as Kulagin added a three-pointer, Mateusz Ponitka scored in transition and Mickey hit from deep to make it 32-30, Zenit’s first lead. Loyd’s free throws, a pair of Kulagin triples, Arturas Gudaitis’s layup-and-one and a Poythress dunk completed a 24-0 run for a 45-30 advantage at the break.

Granger tried to reignite Baskonia with the first points after halftime, before Gudaitis responded from close range. Baldwin scored 5 fast points to keep the visitors moving, but deep strikes from Mickey, Kulagin and Baron maintained a comfortable Zenit margin, 58-37. Baron scored twice and Mindaugas Kuzminskas hit a triple for a 16-0 run, and it was 65-37 at the end of the third. Fontecchio hit a triple at the start of the fourth, but Andrey Zubkov did likewise for Zenit. A big slam from Enoch and a three-point play for Arturs Kurucs tried to reduce the gap, before Zubkov and Granger traded three-point blows. Loyd was also on target from long-range and inside, and a brutal dunk from Gudaitis followed by a triple from Baron were the highlights in the final minutes as Zenit eased to victory.

Huge runs change game for Zenit

Zenit failed to score for the opening 3:48 of the second quarter, allowing Baskonia to grab a 21-30 lead, the biggest of the lead so far. But the home team then switched gears and launched a game-changing 24-0 run, as Baskonia did not score a single point in the closing 6:31 of the first half. Remarkably, the same thing happened in the third quarter with Baskonia failing to score in the final 7:14 of the period as Zenit went on a 16-0 run to seal the outcome way before the end.

New rebounding record for Zenit

Baskonia headed into the game as the league’s best rebounding team with an average of 39.5 boards per game, but Zenit crashed the boards to turn that stat around in dramatic fashion and set a new club record in the process. The home team was an especially dominant rebounding force in the first half, grabbing 31 boards to just 16 for Baskonia by the interval. Zenit finished with 52 rebounds, smashing the club’s previous EuroLeague record of 41. Alex Poythress led the way with 9 rebounds, while Jordan Loyd and Mateusz Ponitka both had 8.

Zenit does it all: blocks, three-pointers and winning margin

Another standout stat from Zenit’s big win over Baskonia on Friday was the home team’s 6 blocked shots, the joint-second highest tally in club history. Four of those blocks came from the hands of Alex Poythress, the joint-highest number achieved by any EuroLeague player so far this season. Zenit also knocked down 14 three-point shots on 31 attempts, just 2 short of the club record in the competition of 16. And the 29-point winning margin was close to a club record, set last season with a 34-point victory over LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.

Jordan Loyd - Zenit St Petersburg - EB21
Friday, October 29, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS
Attendance: 1487
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Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 LOYD, JORDAN 25:52 20 4/6 3/5 3/3   8 8 4   2     3 2 25
3 ZAKHAROV, DENIS 3:04   0/1           1   1     1 1 -1
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 7:30   0/1       2 2           1    
9 KULAGIN, DMITRY 23:15 12 0/1 4/5   1 2 3 3 1 2 1   2 3 17
12 BARON, BILLY 16:58 10 2/4 2/7   1 3 4 1   1         7
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 9:20 3 0/2 1/2     2 2 1             3
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 13:26 6 0/2 2/4   2 2 4     1     2 1 4
22 POYTHRESS, ALEX 22:14 8 2/5   4/5 4 5 9 4     4 1 2 3 21
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 25:28 4 2/3 0/3   1 7 8 5   3     2 1 9
33 FRANKAMP, CONNER 8:33 2 1/1 0/1                       1
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 26:46 10 1/4 2/4 2/2 3 4 7 2   1 1 3   2 13
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 17:34 8 3/4   2/3 2   2 1         4 3 8
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 83 15/34 14/31 11/13 16 36 52 22 1 12 6 4 17 16 109
        44.1% 45.2% 84.6%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BALDWIN IV, WADE 26:29 12 5/12 0/2 2/4   4 4 2 1   1 1 2 4 10
7 BARRERA, ALEJANDRO 1:14                              
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS 23:32           3 3 2 1         1 7
9 MARINKOVIC, VANJA 10:33   0/2 0/3     1 1         1 2 1 -6
11 GRANGER, JAYSON 31:23 13 1/4 3/6 2/4   1 1 1 3 2   1   4 11
20 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE 26:37 12 3/10 1/2 3/3   2 2 4   1     3 1 7
23 ENOCH, STEVEN 14:04 4 2/3       2 2     2     2   1
24 COSTELLO, MATTHEW 26:16 1 0/2 0/2 1/2 2 3 5 2     2   2 2 5
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 25:56 9 3/8 1/1 0/1 1 2 3 1   1 1 3 2 3 5
47 KURUCS, ARTURS 13:56 3 1/1 0/1 1/1                 3 1  
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 54 15/42 5/17 9/15 6 21 27 12 5 7 4 6 16 17 45
        35.7% 29.4% 60%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Zenit St Petersburg
Pascual: “It was a good game. All the topics that we prepared for this game, we executed very well. We controlled the defensive rebounds very well against a team that before this game was the best team in the competition at offensive rebounds. We finished with 12 turnovers which is maybe too much but more or less we controlled this part of the game, we shared the ball on offense and I think tonight we have to be happy. Going into the locker room with a 15 point lead was crucial because after that we played the second half with more calm, shared the ball better, found open shots and executed well. It was a great night for us, we deserved a night like this, so let’s continue.”
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
“They played better than us. Easy on offense, very strong on defense, they dominated the rebounds. It was a very bad double round week for us.”

Players

LOYD, JORDAN
Zenit St Petersburg
“As a team that’s what we’re supposed to do: play together, play good defense, share the ball. We have a great team. When you put the pieces together we can do something special. We had a couple of tough games, so we really wanted to respond well especially at home, and just show some fight, character and passion, and we did that tonight.”
POYTHRESS, ALEX
Zenit St Petersburg
“It was a team effort from start to finish. Everybody who played contributed, it was really fun – we moved the ball, passed the ball, played together as a team, so it was fun tonight. We gave one up to Madrid but we came in focussed and regrouped. Now we gotta rest, relax, recover, and we’ll be ok.”
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