CSKA 113 - 77 Zenit: Winning streak comes to an end in Moscow

To match against 22-time champions of Russia ended Zenits unbeaten run after seven wins in seven games.
CSKA 113 - 77 Zenit: Winning streak comes to an end in Moscow

Kyle Landry and Andrew Desiatnikov returned to the starting side of the blue-white-sky blues after missing the match against PAOK. Due to injury there was no central Joel Freeland for CSKA, however, despite the injury to British player, the army team still looked incredibly strong. In the first quarter Zenit managed to score only 12 points, six of which from the long throws of Timmy Daudella. CSKA attacked and defended very confident. The first quarter ended with the score 30:12 in favor of the Moscow team.

In the second quarter Zenit managed to pull themselves together. The Petersburgers were no longer nervous in attack and improved their actions in defence. For the opening six minutes of the second quarter CSKA scored only six points, and the blue-white-sky blues reduced the gap to eight points. Landry, Daudellu and Timmy all scored points in the first ten-minute. Then, CSKA was able to pull themselves together and Zenit were not so accurate as at the start of the quarter. At half time CSKA were leading 50:36.

The Third quater began in the same vein as the second. The Zenit team failed to up their game and CSKA fairly quickly regained the double-digit advantage. The home side confidently held the lead, especially as Zenit gave away five team fouls. Gregory Motovilov, who once played in the youth team of CSKA Moscow played well and the seventeen year old defender was able to pick up a few offensive rebounds, but it was not enough to bring Zenit closer to the opponent's lead. The score was 86:60 at the end of the third quater.

In the final quarter of his playing time CSKA took their advantage to 30 points. Zenit had earlier looked like they possibly could have reduced the gap but CSKA managed to maintain their lead throughout and the match finsihed 113: 77 - Zenit's first defeat in the United League.