2015-16Top 16Round 1
December 29, 2015 CET: 18:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 91.1
37.3 Rebounds 35.2
11.4 O. Rebounds 10.5
25.9 D. Rebounds 24.7
18.3 Assists 20.4
8.0 Steals 7.2
5.5 Blocks 2.9
14.0 Turnovers 13.0
52.5 % 2PT 58.0 %
33.6 % 3PT 42.7 %
71.9 % FT 79.2 %
90.2 Index 110.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.7 / Shved Points 18.1 / De Colo
6.8 / Augustine Rebounds 5.0 / Kurbanov
2.9 / Augustine OR 2.0 / Hines
3.9 / Augustine DR 3.3 / Vorontsevich
4.1 / Rice Assists 6.2 / Teodosic
1.3 / Rice Steals 0.9 / De Colo
1.3 / Augustine Blocks 1.2 / Hines
3.4 / Rice Turnovers 2.5 / De Colo
63.3 % / Dragic 2PT 86.7 % / Korobkov
47.1 % / Vyaltsev 3PT 62.5 % / Kurbanov
100.0 % / Vyaltsev FT 100.0 % / Fridzon
15.0 / Shved Index 22.3 / De Colo


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-5 Regular Season 9-1
5-5 Overall 9-1


Crew Chief

The Take

In a Russian classic, Khimki Moscow Region welcomes CSKA Moscow. It's the 85th head-to-head game between the two teams in all competitions, and CSKA has won 68 of those meetings, including a 100-93 decision in the VTB League on its home floor earlier this season. CSKA enters the contest on a five-game winning streak, but is still without injured playmaker Aaron Jackson. It will be a great matchup on the perimeter where Milos Teodosic and Nando De Colo will not have it easy against Tyrese Rice, Alexey Shved and Petteri Koponen. Vitaly Fridzon and Cory Higgins will play key offensive roles at the wings for CSKA, while Khimki has forwards Zoran Dragic and veteran Sergey Monia who can facilitate transition offense with their great defense. Meanwhile, Khimki's big men trio of Paul Davis, James Augustine and Marko Todorovic can dominate any opposition. And while Tyler Honeycutt could be Khimki’s X-factor, CSKA will need Demetris Nichols, Andrey Vorontsevich and Nikita Kurbanov to stretch the floor with their shooting range to help Joel Freeland and Kyle Hines get some operating room in the trenches.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Game Notes

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki was the regular season leader in blocked shots with 5.5 per game.

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 nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

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

Four Khimki players have history with CSKA.

Anatoly Kashirov and Alexey Shved played for the CSKA juniors and Sergey Monia and Egor Vyaltsev both came to the club as teenagers. Shved played parts of seven seasons for CSKA between 2005 and 2012 and won the 2008 Euroleague with the club. Kashirov played parts of five seasons from 2003 through 2008 and won the Euroleague in 2006 and 2008. Monia spent three seasons with CSKa and Vyaltsev two.

Team Russia fielded three CSKA Moscow players –Vitaly Fridzon, Nikita Kurbanov and Andrey Vorontsevich – plus Khimki Moscow Region’s Sergey Monia, Ruslan Pateev and Egor Vyaltsev over the summer at EuroBasket 2015. CSKA players Victor Khryapa, Pavel Korobkov and Dimitry Kulagin and Khimki’s Alexey Shved and Dmitry Sokolov have also played for Russia over the years.

CSKA Moscow

CSKA was the Euroleague’s top scoring regular season team with an average of 91.1 points per game.

Nando De Colo was second in the league in performance index rating in the regular season with an average of 22.3 per game. He also ranked second in scoring with 18.1 points per game.

De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 15 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 93.0 %, having made 213 free throws out of 229 attempts over 57 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 33 of his last 34 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

Vitaly Fridzon has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Fridzon played most of his career for Khimki – nine seasons from 2004 through 2013 until he signed for CSKA. He was a party to Khimki’s greatest achievements, including winning the 2012 Eurocup, 2011 VTB League and 2008 Russian Cup. He played under Coach Kurtinaitis and alongside current Khimki players James Augustine, Paul Davis, Petteri Koponen, Sergey Monia and Egor Vyaltsev.

Cory Higgins has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague appearances. He is shooting 10 for 17 from downtown (58.8%) over that stretch.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"We start the Top 16 with the game against CSKA Moscow, but it's not a big difference than if we were to first play CSKA, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Olympiacos. We are preparing and we'll see what we have. We know how CSKA plays on offense and defense and we are making our notes for this game. In recent years, we competed with the Moscow team in the VTB League finals and everyone knows each other well. Games between Khimki and CSKA are always interesting for fans as much as for the players."
CSKA Moscow
“We start the Top 16 in a very competitive group, and we start by playing against well-known rival Khimki. We understand that on this stage every possession, every rebound, every loose ball is very important, so we will prepare for the fight in every game.”


Khimki Moscow Region
"It's a normal game, but of course it's always nice to play against CSKA. It's a Moscow derby and many people like these games. It's one of the biggest games for us during the season, if it's VTB League or the Euroleague. CSKA is a great team but we'll try to start this Top 16 the right way and let's see how the game works. Everybody tries to stop Teodosic and De Colo, as they are great players, but CSKA otherwise has a good roster. Of course, it's going to be hard to stop them, but we'll try to do it. Now we are preparing our tactics in the coming practices and let's see what the coaches have prepared for us. We'll try to execute the game plan and stop them. It won't be easy but we'll try our best to fight for the win."
CSKA Moscow
“CSKA vs. Khimki games symbolize modern Russian basketball and it is great to move them to the next level, to be part of history. Our games were always interesting and emotional so I hope that the fans in Europe will love to watch our derby.”

Shved's late heroics lift Khimki past CSKA in top 16 opener

In an all-Russian showdown that got the Top 16 started, Khimki Moscow Region topped CSKA Moscow 91-89 at Krylatskoye Arena in the Russian capital on Tuesday. The game went down to the wire before a mid-range jumper by Alexey Shved gave Khimki the victory with 1.1 seconds left. Shved led the winners with 28 points - 22 of them in the second half. Tyrese Rice added 22 points and James Augustine 12 for Khimki. Nando De Colo led CSKA with 20 points, Milos Teodosic added 18 and 7 assists and Cory Higgins scored 16 for the visitors. Rice shined early to give Khimki an 11-7 lead. It didn't last long, as Vitaly Fridzon and De Colo stepped up to give CSKA a 21-29 lead after 10 minutes. Teodosic took over early in the second quarter and free throws by Nikita Kutbanov soon made it a 14-point lead. Rice tried to change things for Khimki, but Higgins hit back-to-back triples - the second one from midcourt at the halftime buzzer - to give CSKA a 41-51 margin at the break. Shved took over with 16 points in the third quarter. He got help from Rice and Dmitry Sokolov to bring Khimki within 69-71 after three quarters. A three-pointer by Zoran Dragic completed the hosts' comeback at 74-72 early in the fourth quarter. Khimki boosted its margin to 80-72, but De Colo and Higgins gave CSKA an 85-87 lead. With the game on the line, Shved hit a fade-away shot, found Augustine for a dunk and then nailed the go-ahead jumper in the next-to-last second. Teodosic missed a fade-away jumper at the buzzer. CSKA wore warm-up shirts which read "A. Vatutin, all for one" to show support for its president, Andrei Vatutin, who was assaulted in Moscow a week ago.

First quarter: Fridzon, De Colo put CSKA ahead

James Augustine got Khimki going with a layup, which De Colo bettered with a three-pointer. Shved answered from downtown and Higgins buried a baseline jumper. A five-meter shot by Sergey Monya restored a 7-5 Khimki lead. After Kyle Hines dunked, Augustine answered with an alley-oop slam and a one-handed jumper by Rice boosted the hosts' lead to 11-7. Hines kept pushing CSKA with back-to-back layups and a fast break basket by Demetris Nichols gave the guests an 11-13 edge. Higgins scored in penetration, but Rice hit another floater. A corner triple by Fridzon boosted his team's lead to 13-18. After Teodosic made free throws, a wild, off-balance jumper by Fridzon gave CSKA a 9-point edge. Shved made free throws, but Fridzon hit another one from beyond the arc and a layup by Joel Freeland saw Khimki call timeout at 15-27. Rice scored in penetration, but Freeland scored again. A layup by Paul Davis brought the hosts within 10. Free throws Tyler Honeycutt fixed the score at 21-29 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Higgins helps CSKA protect its advantage

Teodosic hit a six-meter jumper early in the quarter, but Shved did the same at the other end. Nichols struck from downtown to help CSKA restore a double-digit margin. Khimki kept missing shots until Honeycutt stepped up with a dunk. Teodosic nailed his trademark stop-and-pop jumper, but another alley-oop slam by Augustine brought the hosts a bit closer, 27-36. Pavel Korobkov scored around the basket and free throws by Kurbanov kept CSKA out of trouble. Zoran Dragic split foul shots and a fast break layup by Rice brought Khimki within 30-41. A fast break layup by Paul Davis caused CSKA to call timeout at 32-41. Rice scored off a midcourt steal, but Teodosic immediately answered from downtown for a 34-44 CSKA lead. After Fridzon split free throws, Augustine stepped up with a tip-in and a three-pointer by Rice ignited the crowd at 39-45. Higgins nailed one from beyond the arc and another one from beyond midcourt to beat the halftime buzzer and give CSKA a 41-51 edge at the break.

Third quarter: Shved brings Khimki back

Rice tried to change things with a one-handed floater right after the break and Augustine followed that with a layup that made it a 6-point game. Rice hit another one-handed jumper in the lane and Shved answered Teodosic's three-pointer with a six-meter shot that kept Khimki within 49-54. Shved downed a three-pointer in transition and bettered De Colo's reverse layup with another bomb from downtown. Teodosic and Rice joined the three-point shootout before a jumper by Freeland gave CSKA fresh air at 58-61. Freeland kept pacing CSKA with a power layup and Teodosic matched Shved's free throws with a backdoor basket. Shved and Teodosic insisted from downtown and Petteri Koponen answered with a driving layup, but an acrobatic basket by De Colo gave CSKA a 65-70 lead. Teodosic split free throws, but Dmitry Sokolov shined with a put-back layup and an unstoppable Shved kept Khimki within 69-71.

Fourth quarter: Shved comes up clutch

A jumper by Koponen tied the game at 71-71. Higgins split free throws and a three-pointer by Zoran Dragic completed Khimki's comeback, 74-72. Koponen nailed another one from downtown and Dragic buried another from the top of the key that forced CSKA to call a much-needed timeout down 80-72 after a 15-1 run. Kurbanov made free throws and a layup by Higgins brought CSKA within 80-76 with six minutes left. De Colo hit a jumper, which caused Khimki to call timeout. Monya nailed a big triple, but Higgins dunked and De Colo added a layup that drew the visitors within 83-82. Higgins split free throws and De Colo hit both attempts to put CSKA back ahead, 83-85, with 2:30 left. Shved followed free throws with a fadeaway jumper that tied it at 87-87 in the next-to-last minute. After Augustine took over with a dunk, De Colo hit free throws and Shved missed both attempts with 42.6 seconds left. De Colo threw the ball away and a jumper by Shved brought the crowd to its feet at 91-89 with 1.1 seconds left. CSKA had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Teodosic missed a fade-away jumper at the buzzer.

Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EB15
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Attendance: 3500
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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 32:47 22 7/13 2/2 2/4 1 3 4 5 3 3   2 2 4 23
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 30:09 28 4/7 4/8 8/10   2 2 5 3 1     4 9 33
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 18:54 7 0/2 2/2 1/2   3 3 1   1 1   3 1 6
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 27:31 12 6/7     3 1 4 3 1 2 1   2 2 18
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 24:38 7 2/6 1/2   1 2 3 2 1 1   2 4 4 5
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 0:56           1 1               1
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 6:56 2 1/1   0/1 1 3 4     2 1   5 2 1
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 30:18 5 1/2 1/4     4 4 2 1 2 1   5   2
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 4:57                 1           1
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 13:56 4 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 3           1 1 3
40 DAVIS, PAUL 8:58 4 2/5       1 1 1   1     1   1
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 91 24/47 10/19 13/19 10 23 33 19 10 13 4 4 27 23 98
        51.1% 52.6% 68.4%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 26:57 20 4/10 2/5 6/6   3 3 6   3 1 1 4 7 20
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 25:21 18 3/5 3/9 3/4   4 4 7 2 3   1 3 3 18
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 26:28 9 1/2 2/3 1/2   4 4 1 2 2   1 2 3 11
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 27:26 5 1/2 1/3     2 2 2 1 1 1   1 4 10
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 14:42 2 1/3     2 2 4 1   1 1   1 1 5
13 LAZAREV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 FREELAND, JOEL 19:43 8 4/4   0/1   2 2     2 1   3 2 7
22 HIGGINS, CORY 21:21 16 4/5 2/4 2/5 1   1 2 1 4     3 3 10
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 26:46 5   0/1 5/5 2 3 5 2 1       2 3 13
42 HINES, KYLE 11:16 6 3/4   0/1   2 2     1   1 4 1 1
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 89 21/35 10/25 17/24 8 26 34 21 7 17 4 4 23 27 102
        60% 40% 70.8%

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"At the half I though we needed to get a little bit better luck than we did before, and we did. But for sure we gave more energy maybe in the end and that helped us get the win."
CSKA Moscow
“Congratulations to Khimki and Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis on this win. Definitely we watched two different halves. In the first one we were dominant and in the second we were not on the same level, especially defensively. We gave up many easy points in transition and on individual isolations. They scored 40 points after fast breaks those are huge numbers. And the 50 points that we gave up in the second half is also huge. So defensively we were not good, but as I’ve told my players it’s another marathon we are getting in in a very competitive league with another 13 games. We need immediately to sit down and work to understand what we did wrong, especially in the third quarter when we started with a blocked shot and three turnovers. We gave a lot of open court to Khimki that has good athletes. Finally one of the teams had a little bit more luck and that was on their side. We need to be better."


Khimki Moscow Region
“That’s our team. In the second half we probably started to play more aggressively and came out with the confidence. In the first half CSKA made some tough shots and we missed some. After a big break we started to make more shots and played liked we can do. We have a lot of talent in this team and we played together. This is what we can do that we showed tonight. If we play like this we can beat everyone in this League. We have to be together, believe in ourselves and listen to our coach. Everybody played well today and brought their energy. Finally we got this win that was a great start in the Top 16”.
Khimki Moscow Region
«As a team we play better and better from game to game and today we have shown it. In the second half we played much better in defense and offense. The guys helped each other and fought as we scored this win in the end. We are happy about it. In the end I didn't feel nervous but missed two free throws. On the last play, I just watched my defender, saw he took two steps back and took my shot. I was confident and scored the last shot because everyone in our team wanted to win. Hopefully we'll continue in the same vein”.
CSKA Moscow
“I think we did a pretty good job in the first half and finished it 10 points up. We started to play aggressively; that was the main thing we talked about in the locker room. In the second half they played one-on-one a lot and we couldn’t stop them. We need to learn from this.”
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