Zenit, Reynolds have record-breaking numbers

Oct 25, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Zenit, Reynolds have record-breaking numbers

It took Zenit St. Petersburg seven minutes to showcase its full power and send a message that echoed all around the competition. With Brandon Jennings and Sergey Karasev together on court again, Zenit didn't look very good at the start of the game as Valencia built a double-digit margin, 22-32. Zenit would go on to score 27 points in the next seven minutes, including an 18-2 run in which Jennings had 6 assists - 4 to Jalen Reynolds and 2 to Karasev – in just three minutes. Zenit stood tall when Valencia managed to get within 78-76 by scoring 26 points in the final six minutes – 11 of them by Philip Scrubb, who was the hosts' X-factor in this game.

Those scoring bursts allowed Zenit to become the first team to score 100 points against Valencia Basket in EuroCup history. A three-time champion, Valencia has played more games than any other team in competition history (186). The team that had come closest was Khimki Moscow Region, which beat Valencia 98-74 on March 3, 2017. It is also Zenit's first three-digit scoring game in regular season action; it previously scored 99 points against FC Bayern Munich in the 2016-17 season.

Reynolds stood out by making 10 of 10 two-point shots and coming close to an all-time EuroCup record for most shots made inside the arc without a miss. Robertas Javtokas holds the record with 12 two-pointers and no misses for Dynamo Moscow against Slask Wroclaw on February 19, 2008. Zenit had 27 assists to just 8 turnovers and finished the game with a PIR of 131 - a new club record. The previous one was 128 against the then-called Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in last season's Top 16.

Zenit remains undefeated with Jennings and Karasev available, as Coach Vasily Karasev noted after the game. "We are working hard and played harder on defense, ran and scored. With Sergey [Karasev] and Brandon [Jennings] back, this is a totally different team."