R-Sport, Nikita Pavlov. Players Zenit St. Petersburg drew conclusions after poorly spent the first half of the game, the European Cup with Khimki, said the head coach of “blue-white-blue” Vasily Karasev.
On Tuesday, the players of “Khimki” beat Zenit in the first leg of the 1/8 finals of the European Cup- 86:84 (26:18, 27:16, 23:32, 10:18). Before the break, Zenit have lost 19 points.
“After the break we made conclusions, we had to play a small part, because we have again problems with rotation: no 3rd and 4th rooms, (Dee Jay) Stevens injured (Paul) Spiridonov injured, we get a game only 3 large. But Andrew foremen still not ready to play against Khimki. And again against Khimki need to play aggressive defense that it is quite difficult,” said Karasev journalists.
“And (Evgeni) Valiev has received 3 fouls early in the game, had to play big, to connect Desyatnikov. Found option 4 small. With the shift, rotation, and at once, the game came alive. Ran in rapid separation, calmed down, I felt the game played very well,” said Karasev.
The return match will take place on March 11 in Khimki.