Vasily Karasev: "The game was not particularly pleasing, but it's good that we won"

The Head coach of Zenit, Vasily Karasev summed up the first match in the new season of VTB United League, in which the blue-white-sky blues won on the road against Tsmoki-Minsk, 71:58.
Vasily Karasev: "The game was not particularly pleasing, but it's good that we won"

In general, I'm not really happy with the game, but it's good that we won. In the first half we played well in defence and conceded only 25 points. We had opportunities to go into attack, we were chasing the ball down quickly and scored some points.

After the break, we came out a little bit relaxed and lost some points. Tsmoki started to defend harder. We started to play only for three-pointers and made the wrong decisions. Toward the end of the match there was an impact and fatigue, yet we have a rotation but we're missing Tulsona and Valiev. The hosts defended well, scored some points and reduced the gap to six points.

After a timeout, we dismantled the whole situation and began to play more inside. Several passes were successful to Karasev and Timma as well as Landry, and due to this we were able to win.