The Sibur Arena in Saint Petersburg saw this one of the most exciting matches in European basketball in recent times. The Zenith of Xavi Pascual he needed victory so as not to start saying goodbye to his title options in the VTB League and he achieved it agonizingly, surpassing the CSKA Moscow after two overtimes by 107-104 and thus placing the 1-1 in his series semifinal, which is played for the best of five games. The Muscovites, who had prevailed in the first game 73-78, will play the next two games at home.
The best of the Zenith They were Kevin Pangos (27 points), Billy baron (20, 17 of them from the fourth quarter) and Alex Poythress (fifteen). By the CSKA stood out Will clyburn (28) and Tornike shengelia (27).
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The visitors dominated the marking for most of the regulation time and reached the last quarter with an 8-point advantage (51-59). The CSKA remained 6 up (61-67) but triples by Kevin Pangos and Billy Baron turned the game around down the stretch before a miraculous and lucky 3 by Tornike Shengelia three seconds from the end of regular time forced the first extension (75-75).
In overtime it was Baron who forced a further extension by making three free throws with 15 seconds left (87-87) before Will clyburn he will miss his triple on the horn.
In the second overtime the points of Pangos Y Baron took off Zenit to victory despite the efforts of Daniel hackett.
The third game will be played this Saturday in Moscow, where the fourth will also be played next Monday.
The other semifinal is disputed by the Lokomotiv Kuban and the UNICS Kazan, who won the first game away from home by 87-98 and dominates 0-1.