Zenit basketball player Zubkov: “Probably the first time he scored from the middle of the court, but it turned out to be cool”

Zenit basketball player Zubkov: “Probably the first time he scored from the middle of the court, but it turned out to be cool”

Basketball playerZenith » Andrei Zubkov told that an accurate long-range shot with the siren at the end of the third quarter during a meeting with Minsk pleased both his teammates and the team’s fans.

On Thursday, Zenit won at home against Minsk in a VTB United League match. The match ended with a score of 96:69 (28:13, 24:17, 30:11, 14:28).

Zenit wins its 15th victory and climbs to third place in the standings. The Minsk team suffered its 21st consecutive defeat and is in last place, 14th place.

— One of the most memorable moments of the match was your precise shot almost from your own half on the siren at the end of the third quarter.

– There was very little time left until the end of the quarter, we just had to throw. But in general, it’s probably the first time in my life that I’ve scored from center ice. That’s why there were such emotions. The most important thing is that I made everyone happy: the guys and the fans. It turned out cool (smiles). But really, what else could be done in such a situation? Simply release the ball towards the ring. Finally, I stopped and got it!

— “Zenith” was on the 100-point schedule for three quarters, but in the fourth quarter it slowed down and, what’s more, it lost. For what?

— This happens to all teams, especially if during the match you lead with a difference of “+30”, and at some point “+40” points. Additionally, there was no goal of scoring 100 points. I just had to keep playing basketball. But it turned out that in the last period we slipped a little and lost the fourth quarter. This includes psychology. There’s nothing wrong.

— For Minsk, it was the 21st consecutive defeat.

“It’s clear they’re seriously missing something this year.” But the team is not in its first season in the VTB United League.

— How do you currently assess Zenit’s position in the standings?

— Of course, I wanted to be higher than third place. But unfortunately, by then we had lost some of our matches that we shouldn’t have lost. With a few first round matches remaining, the main objective now is to win all five matches to move into the top six. And then fight in the second stage for home field advantage in the playoffs,” Zubkov told .

Watch broadcasts of VTB United League matches on the TV channels of the Match holding and on the websites matchtv.ru and sportbox.ru.

Source : MatchTV

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