Vasily Karasev: "Today Mbakve secured our defence"
Zenit boss Vasily Karasev summed up the results of the 88 -79 win over Lietuvos Rytas.
At the beginning of the game we played well and went 10 points in front and, this may have hurt us as we relaxed. The team is still young and all they still need to learn things. You know how some kids do not believe their parents and only learn from experience, we have the same problem. We do not have many players who can produce a big game, anyway we still won, so in the end it was good. Mbakve played very well in defence, he coped well with their attack, Janis got his shots in and the gap of 10 points allowed us to win.
Mbakve today looked very emotional and charged up for the match. Can we say that he is now part of team?
This is not his first match like this. Against Khimki he played very well. Today he secured our defence. There were some mistakes made in attack, but he still has a lot to come.
What can you say about the Hapoel and separately about Stoudemire?
They are a very good team and he is their strongest players. They did well against Rytas, but in the end lost. What do I think about Stoudemire? We have Markovich, it's more important what they think about us.