Zenit Bounces Back vs. Enisey

Zenit St. Petersburg defeated Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home, 81-64. The outcome was decided in the 3rd quarter. Leading by four entering the period, the home team held Enisey to 13 points to secure an 18-point advantage and cruise to victory down the stretch. After a pair of tough losses, Zenit bounces back with a win and improves to 9-3.

Neither team had played well leading up to this game. Zenit lost three of its last four in the league, while Enisey carried a five-game skid into the contest. Not surprisingly, both clubs wanted to get back on track with a win on Sunday.

Zenit started the game with aggressive defense, forcing three turnovers on Enisey's first four possessions. The home team quickly pulled away, leading by as much as 11, 27-16, early in the 2nd quarter thanks to Ryan Toolson's hot shooting.

After a quick timeout, the visitors were re-energized the finish the half. An 8-0 run, including 3's from Delroy James and Alexey Vzdykhalkin, cut the deficit to three and Zenit led by just four at halftime, 36-22.

Turning Point
The 3rd quarter mirrored the action in the 1st. Zenit's defense stymied the visitors, holding them to a meager 13 points. Janis Timma and Ryan Toolson, meanwhile, combined for 14 points, giving the home team a commanding 63-45 advantage entering the 4th. Enisey never threatened the rest of the way, dropping to 5-11 in the league, while Zenit improved to 9-3.

Star Player
Janis Timma. The Latvian forward got in foul trouble in the first half, but after the break he helped spark Zenit's decisive run and finished with 15 points.

Stat of the Game
64 - number of points scored by Enisey. Zenit's defense was the decisive factor on Sunday.