Artem Vikhrov: "We tried not to think about the difference in points"

Zenit Defender Artem Vikhrov shared his impressions of the game against Sakhalin, which despite defeat of the blue-white-sky blues 80:73, St Petersburg are on their way to the Final Four of the Cup of Russia.
Artem Vikhrov: "We tried not to think about the difference in points"

After the game was a bad feeling, but a positive end. The problem we have escaped from and still go to the "Final Four" of the Cup of Russia. After such a trip and to win with a margin of 27 points at home was a great result.

Was their more team spirit after such a long-distance flight? 

On arrival we were able to get some sleep and rest. When we were preparing we were trying not to think about the advantage of 27 points from the first leg and played to win. Unfortunately, it was still at the back of our mind, and maybe we relaxed.

Even when Sakhalin had a lead of more than 20 points, it seemed that Zenit controlled the game. Was their nerves in the team?

The nerves were because they understood that the difference from the first leg was almost leveled, but still for the most part, we controlled the game and eventually we returned to a comfortable lead.

Zenit are now in the semi-final with Samara. What can you say about this opponent?

We've plays a lot with those guys. They have a good, strong team, but we could handle. We need to show our game as much as possible and to give everything, and then we will succeed.