Zenit wins, leaves Valencia out and will be Barca's rival in the quarterfinals


By CAPosts 12 April, 2021 - 02:24pm 7 views

Xavi Pascual, directing a Zenit match.AFP7 via Europa Press / Europa Press

Saint Petersburg Zenit beat Panathinaikos (112-83) and qualified for the quarterfinals of the Euroleague. The Russian team led by Xavi Pascual will be Barcelona's rival in the best-of-five playoff game that will begin on April 20. The Barça team, first in the regular phase, will have the home court factor in their favor. Zenit's victory frustrated the hopes of Valencia Basket, which, had they beaten Panathinaikos, would have qualified for the quarter-finals and would have also obtained a place to compete in the Euroleague next season.

The other quarterfinal pairings are: Anadolu Efes - Real Madrid , Armani Milan-Bayern Munich and CSKA-Fenerbahçe. The four winners in the quarterfinals will qualify for the Final Four to be played in Cologne from May 28-30. The date and time of the first matches of the quarterfinals are: Efes-Madrid (April 20, 8:00 p.m.), Milan-Bayern (April 20, 8:45 p.m.), Barça-Zenit (April 21, 9:00 p.m.) and CSKA- Fenerbahçe (April 21, 20.00) .

El Zenit played their last game three days after the end of the last day due to multiple postponements due to a covid outbreak in their squad. The match against Panathinaikos corresponded to matchday six.

Zenit beat Barcelona on matchday two (74-72) and lost at Palau on matchday 22 (85-81). Their top scorer in the Euroleague, with an average of 12.5 points, is Canadian point guard Kevin Pangos , a Barça player for two seasons, until July 2020. Pangos was the main protagonist of the decisive match against Panathinaikos with seven triples, 33 points and 11 assists

Raquel Carrera, the epic of Valencia Basket, champion of the

Eurocup Women Zenit has several players who share the score very evenly, all of them between 8 and 10 points on average: the Polish forward Ponitka, American guard-guards Baron and Hollins, Lithuanian center Gudaitis, power forward Will Thomas, former Unicaja and Valencia player, and American forward Poythress. Zenit are competing in the Euroleague for the second time in their history. Last season, when the season was canceled due to the pandemic, it had 8 wins and 20 losses. But this season he has achieved his progression has been spectacular and has managed to add 20 victories and has suffered 14 defeats. Valencia Basket finished in ninth place in the standings with 19 victories.

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Source: Elpais

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