Credit: Basketnews/D.Repečka
Credit Basketnews/D.Repečka

Zenit St Petersburg were first to advance to the VTB United League SuperCup-2021 final after defeating UNICS Kazan 83-76 (23-23, 23-18, 19-16, 18-19). They will play the winner of the CSKA - Lokomotiv matchup.

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz  Napier
Team: Zenit Saint Petersburg
Position: PG
Age: 30
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Birth place: United States of America

Both teams went neck to neck in the opening frame. In the second, the score continued to be close, but with 2:07 remaining, Jordan Mickey stole the ball and jammed it on a fast-break, giving Zenit the lead (40-39). 

After halftime teams were struggling to score, but Zenit managed to increase their lead to eight points (65-57). Which they held on to until the final whistle.

Shabazz Nappier scored 33 points for the winner, going 6 for 8 from the 3-point range. Zenit's newcomer also had 4 assists and 2 steals.

Mario Hezonja led UNICS with 22 points.

Arturas Gudaitis and Mindaugas Kuzminskas were not registered for the game.

UNICS: Mario Hezonja 22, John Brown 12, Isaiah Canaan 12.

Zenit: Shabazz Napier 33 (6/8 3FG), Jordan Mickey 13, Billy Baron 11 (3/3 3FG).

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