Credit: Basketnews/D.Repečka
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Zenit St. Petersburg suffered its first defeat in the VTB United League, and head coach Xavi Pascual didn’t hide his frustration.

“There’s no doubt that the opponents deserved to win,” Pascual said after the defeat against Astana. “They were motivated, while we didn’t even come on the court. We didn’t have the desire and lacked energy.”

“I’ll be honest, I don’t know how this happened, but we simply didn’t play,” added Pascual.

Pascual also said that he tried to wake up his players during halftime, but that didn’t help either.

“In the locker room, during the halftime, I thought we knew what we must be doing, but in the third quarter, Astana made a run. We made a mistake after mistake. Today we lacked character and did everything wrong,” Xavi concluded.  

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3-pointers this season

Points made: 8,0
Accuracy: 27,6%
Place in standings: 8
Record max: 8
Record min: 8
Most made 3FGs: Billy Baron