2015-16Top 16Round 3
January 15, 2016 CET: 18:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.9 Points 84.9
36.5 Rebounds 37.8
11.6 O. Rebounds 10.2
24.9 D. Rebounds 27.7
18.1 Assists 15.8
8.3 Steals 8.2
5.1 Blocks 3.8
13.6 Turnovers 13.3
52.9 % 2PT 52.6 %
33.2 % 3PT 35.9 %
70.8 % FT 78.6 %
89.4 Index 97.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.5 / Shved Points 13.8 / Bourousis
6.6 / Augustine Rebounds 9.2 / Bourousis
2.9 / Augustine OR 2.4 / Bourousis
3.7 / Augustine DR 6.8 / Bourousis
4.4 / Rice Assists 3.8 / Adams
1.4 / Rice Steals 1.5 / Adams
1.2 / Augustine Blocks 1.3 / Hanga
3.3 / Rice Turnovers 2.1 / Adams
62.5 % / Augustine 2PT 75.0 % / Corbacho
47.1 % / Vyaltsev 3PT 45.0 % / Bourousis
100.0 % / Vyaltsev FT 100.0 % / Adams
16.3 / Shved Index 22.2 / Bourousis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-1 Top 16 1-1
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
6-6 Overall 7-5


Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

These teams meet for the first time in three years. Laboral leads the Euroleague in defensive rebounding (27.7 drpg.) and has the best rebounder in the competition, Ioannis Bourousis (9.2 rpg.), who has been a dominant force until now. Bourousis will get plenty of help in the paint from Kim Tillie, Toko Shengelia and Darko Planinic. Bourousis will see most of his playing time against blue-collar big man James Augustine, who will keep seeing extended playing time while Paul Davis remains sidelined. Marko Todorovic, Tyler Honeycutt and Sergey Monya face a tough test under the baskets. Laboral is third in scoring (84.9 ppg.), but Khimki is first in blocks (5.08 bpg.) and third in steals (8.3 spg.), so intensity is guaranteed. Laboral runs its offense through its dynamic point guard duo of Mike James and Darius Adams, who face the tough mission to stop Tyrese Rice and Petteri Koponen. Khimki will try to run its offense through Alexey Shved, but he won't have it easy against do-it-all swingman Adam Hanga. Fabien Causeur and Jaka Blazic must be ready to run the floor against Koponen and the electric Zoran Dragic. Expect a high-rhythm showdown.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Game Notes

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki leads the Euroleague this season in blocked shots with 5.1 per game, which is the second-most ever for a team in the competition. Zalgiris averaged a record 5.6 blocks per game in the 2000-01 season.

Egor Vyaltsev is a perfect 14 for 14 from the free throw line over his Euroleague career.

Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Tyrese Rice has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.

Zoran Dragic has been a teammate of Laboral guard Jaka Blazic on the Slovenian national team over each of the past three summers at either the EuroBasket or World Cup competitions. They also played together during the 2009-10 season for Slovan Ljubljana in the Slovenian League.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9.2 boards per game.

With his next blocked shot, Bourousis will overtake former Laboral center Mirza Begic for sole possession of second place in competition history with 163 career rejections.

Bourousis is shooting 7 for 12 from downtown at home this season compared to 2-for-8 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis has made 13 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Adams has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"Laboral Kutxa is a very dangerous team. Many people first think about favorites like CSKA, Barcelona and Real Madrid but underestimate clubs like Brose Baskets and Laboral Kutxa. This is not to say that they are weak as they have good players in their rosters. Kutxa defeated Zalgiris in Kaunas with the 13-thousand support and it says a lot about the Spanish team. Moreover, they gave a good fight to Olympiacos. Laboral Kutxa plays fast and tough basketball and we know coach Perasovic, who worked in Valencia for several years. In turn, we must set off our hardness, aggression and energy. Of course, our goal is to win because it’s our home and we must win if we want to qualify for the playoffs. We have to control Bourousis near the hoop as he plays great right now. But Laboral has other good players in the roster. I mean Shengelia and Tillie at the power forward positions and a pair of guards Adams – James. They make assists and play well in defense but also score a lot."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Khimki is a team built to be in the Final Four, and they have the capability of doing it. They are getting better every day and they have a great team. Theyr game is based on Rice's speed, Shved's and Koponen's talent for scoring plus Dragic's aggressiveness. Their big guys round things up and they can score many points even if their system is not specifically for them."


Khimki Moscow Region
"The Spanish League is one of the best leagues in Europe. Laboral Kutxa plays very fast basketball and has good players, especially Bourousis. He is really good right now. They have a very good coach, too. It’s gonna be a tough game for us but we must show our best now because it’s very important to win all home games. Especially after the game, we showed in Barcelona. We just need to be focused all 40 minutes and play good defense as well as box-out. I think this is the main thing we have to work on now. We must show the opponent that it’s our home, it’s our court."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It will be one of the toughest games in the Top 16. This team scores many points and that's why we must try to do a good job in defense and try to play our game. They will surely play tough. At home they want to win, but so do we. We come from a home loss to Olympiacos and we must take a road win."

Shved, Augustine lead Khimki past Laboral

In a big battle in Top 16 Group F, Khimki Moscow Region recorded its second win by edging Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 76-68 in the Russian capital on Friday. Khimki improved to 2-1, while Laboral dropped to 1-2. Alexey Shved led the winners with 24 points, James Augustine added 22 points and 8 rebounds while Tyrese Rice dished 13 assists for Khimki. Jaka Blazic, Toko Shengelia, Fabien Causeur and Adam Hanga each had 9 points to lead Laboral - none of its players scored in double digits. Khimki had 22 assists and just 14 turnovers compared to Laboral's 15 assists and 19 turnovers. Shved shined early to give Khimki a 17-12 lead after 10 minutes. Hanga and Blazic stepped up for Laboral and helped the guests to a 30-32 edge late in the second quarter. An outstanding Augustine helped Khimki tie the game, 39-39, at halftime. The hosts improved their defense after the break and Shved led a 13-0 run that broke the game open, 59-48, at the end of the third quarter. Laboral managed to get within 68-61, but Rice and Shved stepped up in crunch time to keep Khimki way ahead until the final buzzer.

First quarter: Hosts’ defense, Shved’s scoring make difference early

Fabien Causeur got Laboral going with a layup, as Khimki struggled to score in the opening two minutes. Toko Shengelia scored in penetration for a 0-4 Laboral lead. Alexey Shved rescued the hosts with a corner three and Sergey Monya bested Ilimane Diop's alley’oop slam with his own triple for a 6-6 tie. Diop shined with another alley-oop dunk, but Tyler Honeycutt erased it with a big slam and a put-back layup by Dmitry Sokolov gave Khimki its first lead, 10-8. Laboral tried to improve its offense with Ioannis Bourousis. Causeur and Shved exchanged three-pointers and a fast break layup by Zoran Dragic prompted the visitors to call timeout at 15-11. Mike James split free throws and an alley-oop dunk by James Augustine made it 17-12 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Laboral makes run, but Augustine rescues Khimki

Augustine hit a jump hook early in the quarter, but Adam Hanga did even better with a put-back layup - and the free throw that came with it. Jaka Blazic scored around the basket and Kim Tillie added a layup that allowed Laboral to tie the game at 19-19. Honeycutt split foul shots and a step-back jumper by James put the guests back ahead, 20-21. James kept pushing Laboral with a fast break slam, before Augustine and Hanga exchanged baskets. A floater by Tyrese Rice brought Khimki within 24-25. After Bourousis hit one from beyond the arc, Marko Todorovic answered with a layup. A dunk by a red-hot Hanga restored a 26-30 Laboral edge. Augustine shined with a two-handed slam and soon added free throws, but Blazic kept Laboral in charge, 30-32. Augustine scored again and split free throws, but Blazic put Laboral back ahead, 33-35. Shengelia scored around the basket and matched Shved's driving layup with free throws. Shved hit foul shots and a wide-open triple by Augustine tied it, 39-39, at halftime.

Third quarter: Shved leads 13-0 Khimki charge

Rice took over with a step-back corner triple right after the break, as Khimki started to play stronger on defense, with great intensity. Hanga tried to change things with free throws, which Rice erased with a driving basket for a 44-41 Khimki lead. Causeur took over with a driving layup and Shengelia struck from downtown to return the lead to Laboral, 44-46. Augustine ignited the crowd with a two-handed dunk and even though James banked in a close shot, a fast break layup by Shved tied it at 48-48. Shved stayed on fire with a three-pointer and a huge put-back slam by Honeycutt prompted the guests to call timeout at 53-48. Laboral kept struggling to score, however, and Sokolov took over with a put-back layup. Shved sent the crowd to their feet with a driving layup and soon added free throws to make it a double-digit game, 59-48, at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Hosts fight off Laboral’s final comeback

Tillie tried to ignite the visitors’ comeback with a second-chance basket, but Egor Vyaltsev quickly answered with a five-meter jumper. Blazic hit free throws as Khimki was forced into a few turnovers. Darko Planinic scored around the basket, but a jumper by Augustine kept the hosts way ahead, 63-54. Darius Adams buried a bomb from downtown for his first points. Augustine dunked again and a three-pointer by Shved caused the visitors to stop the game at 68-57. Planinic scored around the basket and free throws by Adams gave Laboral hope at 68-61. Shved took over with a big triple and an acrobatic alley-oop layup by Honeycutt sealed the outcome at 73-63 with three minutes to go.

Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EB15
Friday, January 15, 2016
Attendance: 1800
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Khimki Moscow Region17222017
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz1227920
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz12394868
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 RICE, TYRESE 31:15 7 2/7 1/5     1 1 13 1 4   2 2 3 8
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 35:49 24 3/8 5/11 3/5 1 4 5 5 2     1 2 6 26
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 8:53 2 1/3 0/2         1 1       1   -1
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 31:59 22 8/11 1/1 3/4 1 7 8 2 2 2     2 3 29
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 6:16         1   1             1 2
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 7:54 2 1/1             1       2   1
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 8:01 4 2/3     3 3 6     3     2 1 5
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 27:40 6 0/2 2/6   1 2 3 1 1 2 1   3   1
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 12:20 2 1/1       1 1   1       2 1 3
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 29:53 7 3/5 0/1 1/2 3 6 9   3 3 2   3 3 14
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 76 21/41 9/26 7/11 12 26 38 22 12 14 3 3 19 18 92
        51.2% 34.6% 63.6%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 13:43 7 3/6 0/2 1/2 2   2 4 1       2 2 8
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 30:59 9 3/6 1/4   1 7 8 2 1 4         10
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 9:18 4 2/2       2 2   1 2     1 2 6
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 17:30 9 2/2 1/3 2/2   2 2 1   2     1 1 8
8 HANGA, ADAM 26:52 9 3/6 0/3 3/3 2 4 6 2 3 1 1 1 2 4 15
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 15:06 3   1/3     4 4 1   1     1 2 6
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 22:09 9 1/2 1/1 4/4   3 3     1     3 3 10
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 15:36 4 2/2     1 2 3     1 1   5 1 3
14 TILLIE, KIM 22:30 6 3/6 0/3 0/1 1 1 2     2   1 1 1 -2
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 26:17 8 0/6 2/5 2/2 1   1 5 4 5 1 1 2 3 5
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 68 19/38 6/24 12/14 11 26 37 15 10 19 3 3 18 19 73
        50% 25% 85.7%

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
“For sure, I’m happy that we’ve won this game because we need to get victories at home. We know the system of getting to the playoffs. So we must win all games at home and look for one or two away games. It also depends on other teams, but usually eight wins are enough to go to the playoffs. So we took our victory at home against CSKA and now over Laboral Kutxa. It’s our plan like this and I’m happy we did it.”
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
“I think we lost the game in the beginning of the third quarter when we had an opportunity to have a little advantage. We didn’t score easy open shots, but at that moment we were still staying in the game. In the third quarter, Khimhi had its moments and got a 10-point lead. At that moment they played easy. They are a very offensive team. In the last quarter we were fighting and could do more. We came to 6 points, but they controlled the game. For me the key is last three minutes of the third quarter when we had really bad decisions both defensively and offensively. We missed some easy layups and easy shots.”


Khimki Moscow Region
“It’s a great win for us, especially at home. They do a good job of scoring. I think they are one of the top Euroleague teams in scoring. We stopped them at 68 points. We just played well; our guards Shved and Rice played really well and we played hard on defense. We were scrambling and made pick-and-rolls and open shots. The rotation wasn’t very good, but we were playing hard. That helped us a lot."
Khimki Moscow Region
“I think the third quarter was very important for us. All the guys came out in the third quarter and defended well, while Laboral scored only 9 points. That broke the game. We knew it would be a fight, as this team always plays hard; every single game, no matter what opponent they face. We knew we had a tough task. They have guys who can score baskets from pretty much every position. I think they rank second or third in the Euroleague in scoring. The most important thing was just to try to make it tough for them to make tough shots and tough plays. I think we did that. Every game in this group will be tough. We prepare for a fight every night and try to get more consistency playing tough in both leagues, VTB League and Euroleague. So we expect the best from everybody."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
“We had a chance to win this game, but in the second half we made mistakes both in defense and offense. We missed a lot of shots, even in the first half. But still we were competing. In the second half they had a 10-point advantage that broke the game. We couldn’t make a comeback. The good thing is that we lost only by 8 points in the end. We know that Khimki have good players as they beat Real Madrid twice and other big teams like CSKA. It’s a bad feeling for us because we could have won. It’s bad, but we have to focus on other games."
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