2012-13Top 16Round 1
December 27, 2012 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI SPORTS HALL

BC Khimki tops Besiktas on the road in Top 16 opener

BC Khimki Moscow Region opened the action in Top 16 Group F just as it hoped to by downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 75-80 at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall on Thursday night. Besiktas held a 26-14 lead early in the second quarter, but Khimki went on a 6-22 run that put the visitors up 34-41 and gave them lead for good. Khimki took its biggest lead of the game in the third quarter when Vitaly Fridzon needed only 80 second to sink three triples for a 53-65 edge, and the visitors managed to hang on for a big win. Fridzon shot made 4 of 5 three-pointers and scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the third quarter. Paul Davis added 17, and Zoran Planinic had 13 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in victory. Patrick Christopher scored 20 for Besiktas, while Daniel Ewing netted 15 and Curtis Jerrells chipped in with 12 in defeat.

First quarter: Besiktas grabs early lead

Khimki went inside early and often, as Kresimir Loncar made a reverse layup to score the first points of the Top 16. Gasper Vidmar answered with a layup of his own before James Augustine drove the baseline for a big dunk. Besiktas went in front 8-6 with back-to-back triples from Serhat Cetin and Jerrells, before a fastbreak layup from Damir Markota and a jumper from Cetin made it 14-8. As Planinic orchestrated Khimki’s offense, Davis scored twice - from mid-range and from close range - to snap a 9-2 run, but Jerrells and the defense that forced 6 early turnovers kept Besiktas ahead 20-14 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Planinic and Monya guide Khimki in a big run

Christopher and Muractan Guler sank back-to-back triples to open the second quarter and extend the margin to 26-14. After a timeout, Sergey Monya hit the first Khimki three-pointer, which got the visitors rolling. After Davis went inside, Fridzon scored a three from the right corner making it 28-22. Ewing hit his first two jump shot attempts, but Davis scored twice inside, including a basket-plus foul to continue Khimki’s surge and cut it to 30-27. The visitors took the lead with Planinic assisting K.C. Rivers for couple of easy layups, before Fridzon made a layup and Monya hit a triple for 33-39. The hosts were held without a field goal for more than five minutes as Planinic’s crafty layup made it 34-41. Ewing answered with a three-pointer to end Besiktas’s drought from the field, but Planinic sank a jumper in the final seconds of the quarter to give Khimki a 39-45 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Fridzon triples put Khimki in control

A pair of free throws from Christopher represented the only points in the first three minutes of the third quarter. After both teams failed to produce a field-goal in that span, Fridzon made a layup-plus-foul and Planinic scored inside, but Christopher hit a jumper and made a dunk to keep Besiktas within striking range. However, another driving layup from Planinic and a triple from Fridzon extended the advantage to 48-57. After Christopher scored an uncontested dunk, Loncar answered from close range. And after Christopher sank a triple, Fridzon answered with two of his own, 53-65. Before the quarter ended, Guler and Markota scored inside, but only managed to cut it to 57-67 with 10 minutes to go.

Fourth quarter: Besiktas threatens, but the visitors hang on for victory

Christopher opened the fourth quarter for the hosts with a jumper, and Planinic on the other side committed his fourth personal foul, which sent him to the bench. Besiktas used the momentum, and Guler’s triple cut it to 64-67. Khimki needed more than four minutes to score a field goal, but stayed in front with a tough defense, while a fastbreak triple from Rivers extended the margin back to 7. The hosts struggled to put points on the scoreboard and Davis made it 64-74. After Ewing ended the drought with a three-pointer, Monya answered from downtown before Christopher and Rivers traded layups that made it 69-79. Jerrells stole a ball from Planinic and raced for a layup to present Besiktas with some hope, cutting the lead to 6 points. However, they could not get any closer as the visitors ran out a major portion of the clock with some hustle rebounding from Fridzon and Loncar, while split free throws from Planinic made it 73-80 and sealed the deal.

Vitaly Fridzon - BC Khimki MR - EB12
Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 5536
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Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 23:31 15 3/6 2/2 3/4   3 3 1 1 1   1 4 2 12
5 GULER, MURATCAN 13:18 8 1/1 2/4     1 1   1 1     2 1 6
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 18:30 5 1/1   3/8 2 2 4 2   3 1   3 5 6
14 FALKER, RANDAL 12:39         2   2 2   1     2 1 2
15 CETIN, SERHAT 19:18 5 1/1 1/1     2 2 1   2         6
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 32:46 6 3/6 0/5   1 7 8 4 4 3     2   9
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 33:12 20 6/8 2/7 2/2   2 2 1   4 1   2 3 14
25 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 NALGA, CEMAL 5:06           2 2       1   2   1
41 OZER, CEVHER 10:59 4 1/2 0/2 2/2   4 4           2 1 4
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 30:41 12 3/4 1/6 3/4 1 1 2 5 2 4     1 6 15
Team           4 3 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 75 19/29 8/27 13/20 10 27 37 16 8 20 3 1 20 19 81
        65.5% 29.6% 65%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 11:02 2 1/2 0/1         1 1           2
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 30:29 20 2/7 4/5 4/5   5 5 2 5 2   1 2 3 23
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 14:32 2 1/3 0/1         2   1     2 1 -1
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:12 8 4/9       1 1 1       1 4    
11 RIVERS, K.C. 30:41 9 3/4 1/3 0/2 1 3 4 2         1 1 10
12 MONIA, SERGEY 31:27 9   3/5   2 4 6 1 1 1 1   2   13
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 36:30 13 6/9 0/3 1/3 1 4 5 9 2 4   1 4 7 19
40 DAVIS, PAUL 18:31 17 7/9   3/5 1 3 4 2 1 2     2 7 23
44 NIELSEN, MATT 5:36   0/1               2     2 1 -4
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 80 24/44 8/18 8/15 5 22 27 20 10 13 1 3 19 20 86
        54.5% 44.4% 53.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Players

FRIDZON, VITALY
Khimki Moscow Region
"We did not start well, but never gave up and gradually came back, got the rhythm of the game and tookt he lead. Near the end of the game we were tired, but all in all we had a good game, scored an important victory and are in a good mood entering the new year!"