Zenit St. Petersburg v Barça: Series to be settled at the Palau (74-61)
A lack of efffectiveness leads to a road loss, with Euroleague Final Four access to be decided in Barcelona
Barça endured a tough evening in St. Petersburg, losing at the Sibur Arena 74-61 to Zenit and being unable to close the tie. The series will now have a decisive game at the Palau Blaugrana to decide who will advance to the Final Four of the Euroleague, to be played on Tuesday, May 4 at 9pm.
Zenit make the most of scoring nadir
Early on, Sarunas Jasikevicius' men experienced the difficulty of the fixture. Amidst a deafening atmosphere from the stands, they found themselves behind 25-13 in the opening quarter. Only Corey Higgins, with six points, was able to offer up a resistence.
In the second quarter, the Barcelona players upped their defensive performance but could not take advantage of low scoring numbers for Zenit, as they could only collect a further 13 points to make it 36-26 at halftime.
Points still lacking in second half
In the second half, the score continued to reflect the difficulties Barça faced. A 5-0 partial opened the third quarter and the team turned to Nick Calathes for the reaction. However, it was an almost insurmountable advantage of 58-38 that meant the fourth quarter required a massive turnaround.
That was not to be, and not even Calathes' points could deny Zenit Saint Petersburg a 74-61 victory. A place in the Euroleague Final Four is at stake on Tuesday, when Barça will try to exact revenge at the Palau Blaugrana.
Zenit Saint Petersburg, 74 Barça, 61
Zenit: Pangos (22), Fridzon (-), Hollins (11), Will Thomas (4) i Tarik Black (11) -starting five- Rivers (7), Baron (7), Khvostov (-), Zubkov (-), Poythress (12), Zakharov (-) and Trushkin (-) Barça: Calathes (19), Higgins (13), Abrines (-), Mirotic (7) i Davies (1) -starting five- Bolmaro (4), Hanga (2), Smits (6), Kuric (8), Gasol (-), Sergi Martínez (-) and Oriola (1)
Partials: 25-13 / 11-13 // 22-12
Referees: Sasa Pukl, Fernando Rocha and Mehdi Difallah