Club Profile: Zenit St. Petersburg

Aug 31, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit St Petersburg is back in the Eurocup for the second consecutive year. Last season, its first in St. Petersburg, Zenit made it to the Eurocup eighthfinals before losing against soon-to-be-champion Khimki Moscow Region. It also ranked fourth at the end of the VTB League regular season, but Nizhny Novgorod ended its hopes in the quarterfinals. Zenit became Triumph Lyubertsy's legal successor in the summer of 2014. Previously being known as Dynamo Moscow Region, the club reached back-to-back FIBA Europe Cup final fours in 2004 and 2005 and became a regular in the Russian playoffs. Triumph won its 2007-08 ULEB Cup regular season group, but was upset by Artland Dragons in the Last 32 round. Triumph reloaded before the start of the 2008-09 season with big-name signings such as Nenad Krstic, Marcus Goree and Alan Anderson, but the team did not survive the Eurocup Qualifying Rounds. Triumph, however, returned to the Russian League playoffs and reached the Russian Cup title game and the EuroChallenge final four. The club was back in the Eurocup in 2009-10, but did not get past the regular season. Triumph reached the Russian League semifinals in 2012 and made it to the 2012-13 Eurocup Last 16 led by Tywain McKee and Sergey Karasev. In its last season as Triumph, the club made it to the EuroChallenge title game and the VTB League quarterfinals. Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia stopped Triumph in the EuroChallenge final and prevented it from winning its first title. After another solid season, the time may have come for Zenit to take another step forwards and become even more competitive in both the VTB League and the Eurocup.

2014-15 Results - Eurocup: eighthfinals; VTB League: quarterfinals.