By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Zenit St. Petersburg head coach Vasily Karasev criticized Brandon Jennings’ performance, especially on the defensive end, following the team’s EuroCup loss to Turk Telekom.
“For me, it’s not important how many points Brandon will score. It’s much more important how he will play on defense and how he will carry out the things we ask from him,” Karasev said per Zenit’s website. “Today he was a – 27. For me, that’s just incredible. He must play defense and with him, the team must play the basketball we want and try to play. Sure, you can miss some free throws, it’s normal. One day you make all shots, the other no shot falls. That’s basketball. But you have to do your best, 100%. Play for your teammates and do everything for your team to win.”
Jennings finished the match with 3 points (1/6 shots) plus five assists and two rebounds in 26:22 minutes for a season-low 4 in PIR. This performance came only days following a double-double he notched in a VTB League win over Enisey.
In the 2018-2019 EuroCup, Jennings has been averaging 9.3 points, 8 assists and 4.3 rebounds over 28:25 minutes per game. Zenit is 3-3 in Group C, widely considered as the most difficult regular season Group.