2014-15Regular SeasonRound 8
December 03, 2014 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION
Khimki outlasts Besiktas to take over top spot in Group D

Marko Popovic - Khimki Moscow Region - EC14 (photo Khimki)

Khimki Moscow Region edged Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul 82-78 to earn a berth in the Last 32 and take over first place in Group D. Both teams have 6-2 records, but Khimki now owns the points difference in games between them; Besiktas beat Khimki 66-64 when they met in Istanbul. Khimki used a 17-0 run that bridged the first two quarters to get a comfortable 32-13 margin and never trailed again. The margin was 66-45 cushion early in the last quarter. Besiktas rallied late through an amazing shooting performance from Chris Lofton, but it was not enough to win the game. Marko Popovic amassed 11 points with 7 assists to lead a balanced offense where 11 players scored at least 2 points. Petteri Koponen added 12 points, Joffrey Lauvergne had 11, Sergey Monia 9 and Tyler Honeycutt pulled down 10 rebounds and chipped in 8 points. Lofton was the top scorer in the game with 19 points, 12 of them in the last 70 seconds. Jajuan Johnson added 14 points and 9 boards and Engin Atsur netted 11.

Hilton Armstrong tied the score at 7-7 for the visitors, then 5 unanswered points from the home team gave them an early margin. Lauvergne extended it to 16-9 assisted by Tyrese Rice, but Johnson scored three consecutive baskets to keep Besiktas close, 16-13, before James Augustine fixed the score at 20-13 for Khimki after 10 minutes. Honeycutt’s dunk and a free throw nailed by Lauvergne capped a 17-0 run of the hosts bridging the two quarters for a 32-13 advantage. Johnson and Kerem Tunceri pushed the visitors within 37-26, but Paul Davis scored underneath for a 42-28 Khimki lead at halftime.

John Holland made it 42-32 early in the second half. Petteri Koponen bagged 4 points in a row to put Khimki up 48-32.Kenan Bajramovic, with a dunk and a pair of free throws, pushed Besiktas to 50-41. Popovic fueled Khimki up to 55-41 and delivered an assist to Egor Vyaltsev for a long distance shot to make it 58-43, before Lauvergne beat the buzzer to lead 60-43 at the last break. Popovic was on fire and hit back-to-back threes for the biggest margin of the night, 66-45. Tunceri and Engin Atsur tried to rally Besiktas, 68-54, but Sergey Monia hit from downtown and stopped their hopes at 71-54 at the midway point of the quarter. Besiktas countered with a big effort and 8 unanswered points. Lauvergne and Monia scored to restore a double-digit difference. Lofton’s back-to-back triples silenced the crowd, with Besiktas closer, 75-68, with a minute left in the game. Lofton with a quick three made it 82-78 with three seconds remaining.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR), MARICIC,SASA (SRB), DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR (MNE)
Attendance: 1750 (Tentative)
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Khimki Moscow Region20221822
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul13151535
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Khimki Moscow Region20426082
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul13284378
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 26:02 6 2/3 0/5 2/2   2 2 4 1 2   1   3 7
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 25:44 4 2/5   0/1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 5 1 -1
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 22:59 14 0/3 3/7 5/6 1 1 2 7 2 1     3 5 18
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 22:34 12 4/7 0/1 4/4   1 1 1 1         2 13
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 14:31 6 0/1 2/3     1 1 4 2       1   10
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 6:20 6   2/3     1 1   1 1     1   5
12 MONIA, SERGEY 23:03 9 1/1 1/5 4/4 1 6 7 3 2 1     2 3 17
17 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 23:28 11 5/10 0/2 1/1   1 1   2 1 3   4 2 7
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 20:12 8 3/5 0/1 2/4 4 6 10 1 1 2 1   2 2 14
40 DAVIS, PAUL 6:03 4 1/2   2/2 1 2 3           3 2 5
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 9:04 2 1/1     2 2 4 2   1 1   1   7
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 19/38 8/27 20/24 14 25 39 23 14 11 6 2 22 20 107
        50% 29.6% 83.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MILLER, PATRICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 LOFTON, CHRIS 31:26 19 2/5 5/13     2 2 3 2 4 1 1 2 1 10
5 GULER, MURATCAN 0:50                   1         -1
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 18:21 8 1/1 2/2     1 1 3   1     1 2 12
12 ERDENIZ, CANER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 HOLLAND, JOHN 30:53 5 1/4 1/3   1 4 5 2 2 1   2 1 3 8
14 ATSUR, ENGIN 24:37 11 1/6 2/3 3/4   2 2 7 1 2   1 3 5 13
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 27:56 14 6/10   2/3 2 7 9   1 3     3 2 15
26 ARMSTRONG, HILTON 27:41 8 2/7   4/6 1 2 3     3 1 2 4 6 2
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 15:46 4 2/2     1 1 2 2         3 1 6
51 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 14:45 9 2/3 1/2 2/2 1 2 3 1         3 2 10
65 SENLI, DOGAN 7:45           1 1               1
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 78 17/38 11/23 11/15 10 24 34 18 6 15 2 6 20 22 82
        44.7% 47.8% 73.3%
Head coach: KANDEMIR, AHMET

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I'm happy for the result as we won by more points that we lost in Turkey. But we played the end of the game in the improper style, which upset me a lot. We fought well, played defense, but in the Eurocup we can't show a lack of determination as we did in the fourth quarter, when our opponent scored 35 points. This is the problem of our team, the problem of realizing that we can't play equally the first five minutes and the last five ones. We try to do it, but things are right where they started. Our aim is to score first place in the group and we'll try to do it. I've got to give credit to Chris Lofton, the Eurocup top scorer, as we couldn't allow him to feel his rhythm and score so much baskets. During 38 minutes we defended against him well but at last two minutes he did what he usually did during all the games."
KANDEMIR, AHMET
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul
"First of all, we knew that it would be very tough game and we were fit for it. All our strategy was about our defensive transition and we tried avoiding their unexpected shots. We were also planning to cut the points of their fastbreak offense, but we couldn't do any of these things in the first half; we were shooting the ball in a rush and out of control and gave up on the offensive rebounds. We knew that Khimki was not executing well its five-on-five offense. Overall they were trying to bring us into their game and we were also trying to do the same from our side. We came here to win the game but our mistakes in the first half made a big difference in the score. It's not easy to catch up coming from this much of a point difference. So I congratulate Khimki on this win."

Players

LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY
Khimki Moscow Region
"I think today we played well. Our opponent got back at the end with many tough shots. We could have played better defense, but Lofton is a crazy shooter. Now we've got the first spot in the group and we are happy about it. We have two more games in the Eurocup Regular Season and we have to win them as our aim is first place in the group. We want to improve because it's important to play well every game."
LOFTON, CHRIS
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul
"Khimki's team was aggressive from the start. In the first half we couldn't get together. We tried to make a late run but it was too late for us. It was a bad game for me, offensively and defensively. The opponent did a great job on me defensively and made me turn the ball over. But we have to put this game behind and learn from it to move on. Our aim is to win the Eurocup and we'll we work for this goal. I also liked Khimki's gym and the atmosphere at the game."
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