2012-13Top 16Round 3
January 11, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA

Brown, Ress keep Montepaschi perfect

Montepaschi Siena remained perfect in Top 16 Group F by coming back from a 14-point early deficit to beat BC Khimki Moscow Region at home 82-76. Siena improved to 3-0 in the group with Bobby Brown leading the way with 20 points, while Tomas Ress collected 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Matthew Janning added 12 points, Viktor Sanikidze had 11 points and 9 rebounds and David Moss chipped in 10 points for the Italian champs. Khimki dropped to 2-1 and continued its struggles on the road this season, where the team is 2-5 this season. KC Rivers paced Khimki with 13 points off the bench while Kresimir Loncar had 12 points, Sergey Monya and Paul Davis 11 points each and Zoran Planinic was held to 10 points, but did hand out 7 assists in the defeat.

First quarter: Siena uses threes to chip away at 14-point deficit

Siena coach Luca Banchi trusted the same starting five with Brown, Benjamin Eze, Sanikidze, Janning and Moss. Khimki coach Rimas Kurtinaitis sent out the same starters as well in James Augustine, Egor Vyaltsev, Loncar, Monya and Planinic. Loncar opened the scoring for the guests and followed with a jumper while Monya nailed a triple to make it 0-7. Siena finally got on the scoreboard after 2:34 played with a Janning floater in the lane. The Khimki run continued with Vyaltsev and Monya scoring, resulting in a Montepaschi timeout down 2-11. Planinic finished a fast break layup and then Vyaltsev stole the ensuing in-bounds pass and converted a three-point play for a 2-16 Khimki advantage after five minutes of action. Janning nailed a long three before Augustine pushed the lead back to 5-18. But Siena began a comeback with Brown finally scoring on a layup and then Sanikidze hitting on the fast break and Moss draining a long ball from the right wing for a 12-18 game. Paul Davis twice scored inside to re-establish an eight-point lead until Ress and Brown nailed three-pointers to make it 20-22. After a Khimki timeout, Rivers came off the bench for a basket and a three-ball from the left side to give the Russian side a 20-27 cushion after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Montepaschi pulls even but Khimki ahead at break

Davis started the scoring in the second quarter with two foul shots and was answered by a triple from Moss. Vitaly Fridzon would increase the margin to 23-32 before Moss and Aleksandar Razic nailed three-balls to make it 29-32. After both sides went scoreless for a couple of minutes, Fridzon banked his shot off the glass from left side for a 29-34 lead , which was pushed to 30-36 on Loncar’s inside score. Brown however hit back-to-back long three-pointers to tie the game at 36-36. Loncar and Ress swapped baskets before Fridzon’s three-ball gave Khimki a 39-41 advantage going into the locker room.

Third quarter: Siena uses six-point possession to take lead late

After Janning knotted the game at 41-41 with a baseline jumper to start the second half, Davis answered with an inside basket. But Janning nailed a three-ball to give the hosts their first lead of the game at 44-43. Khimki regained the lead with a Loncar score and a Planinic basket and Augustine completed a three-point play to open up a 44-50 Khimki cushion. Siena bounced right back with a 6-0 run of its own – starting with Janning’s driving layup and ending with Sanikidze evening it at 50-50. Sanikidze and Brown both made two free throws for a 54-52 Siena lead before Rivers sandwiched a jumper and a three-ball around a Planinic lay-up for a 54-59 Khimki lead – and a Montepaschi timeout. Siena took the lead on a single possession as Ress was fouled and Khimki was hit with a technical foul. Ress and Brown both converted twice from the foul line and Ress hit a jumper on the ensuing possession for a 60-59 lead. Rivers split two free throws for the 60-60 score after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Kangur hits 2 big threes, Ress ices game with 4 free throws late

Rivers’s driving layup and Monya’s three gave Khimki a 60-65 lead but Daniel Hackett scored and Brown converted a driving layup and one before Sanikidze put back an offensive rebound to give Siena a 67-65 lead. Fridzon evened the game and Monya nailed a trey from the left wing but Kristjan Kangur dropped two three-pointers to knot the game and then give his team a 73-72 lead. After Khimki failed to score, Hackett hit a driving lay-up to put Montepaschi ahead 75-72. Loncar hit inside but Brown ran down the clock and scored on the drive with 55 seconds left for a 77-74 Siena lead. Fridzon sandwiched two missed three-balls from the right corner around a Moss free throw before Ress made two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining for an 80-74 cushion. Ress was on target for two more free throws with 11 seconds to ice the game with an 82-75 advantage.

Bobby Brown - Montepaschi Siena - EB12
Friday, January 11, 2013
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL)
Attendance: 3923
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Montepaschi Siena20192122
Khimki Moscow Region27141916
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Khimki Moscow Region27416076
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BROWN, BOBBY 32:40 20 3/8 3/7 5/5   2 2 2   6     2 7 14
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 5:54   0/3     1 1 2       1 1 1   -2
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 3:15                              
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 9:12 3 0/1 1/3     1 1   1           2
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 13:18 6   2/4   1   1     2     2 1 2
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 26:42 11 4/4 0/1 3/4 5 4 9   1 3 1     3 20
14 RESS, TOMAS 34:06 16 3/4 1/5 7/8 2 8 10       4   2 6 28
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 21:10 12 3/6 2/4     1 1   2       1   9
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 16:58 4 2/3       1 1 4 2 1   1 5 1 4
34 MOSS, DAVID 36:45 10   3/5 1/2   4 4 3   2     4 4 12
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 82 15/29 12/29 16/19 10 23 33 9 6 16 6 2 17 22 89
        51.7% 41.4% 84.2%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA
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 16:48 5 2/3   1/1 2 4 6 1         1 1 11
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 23:34 9 3/8 1/4   3 1 4 1 1     1 5 2 3
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 10:54     0/1     1 1 1 1 2       1 1
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 13:31 5 2/3 0/1 1/1 1   1 2 1       2 1 6
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:32 12 6/10     2 2 4 2   2   2 4 2 8
11 RIVERS, KC 25:21 13 3/4 2/5 1/2 1 4 5   1 1   1 1 1 12
12 MONIA, SERGEY 30:14 11 1/1 3/7     3 3 2 1   1   1   13
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 32:01 10 3/8 0/2 4/6   1 1 7 1 4   1 4 6 7
40 DAVIS, PAUL 18:20 11 4/8   3/4 1 1 2     2   1 3 3 5
44 NIELSEN, MATT 7:45   0/2     1   1 2 1 1 1   1   1
Team           3 2 5     1     1   3
Totals 200:00 76 24/47 6/20 10/14 14 19 33 18 7 13 2 6 23 17 70
        51.1% 30% 71.4%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"We are really satisfied with the win, and about the way in which we played after a bad start in which Khimki gave us a lot of problems with their size on offense and defense. We were able to resist and come back in the game, also when Khimki seemed to be in control. In the end, we had the strength to make the decisive plays and win the game. We are really happy but we know that this Top 16 round is very long, with 11 more games."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It was a tough game. We had a very good start, then in second half, we didn’t play well enough. They made a lot of shots, also because they were really good at finding easy solutions on the fast break. We hope we can win the return match at home."

Players

BROWN, BOBBY
Montepaschi Siena
"I feel great. It was a wonderful night for us. Khimki is a great team. We had a bad start, but after the first couple of minutes we improved our defense and we got back into the game. We are really happy about the win and being at the top of the standings, even though we know that this Top 16 round is very long. So we have to continue to work hard. "
JANNING, MATT
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a great game for us, a great win. Khimki is a big team, but we played a great game as a team and we deserved to win. We have to continue to work hard and try to improve every day."
LONCAR, KRESIMIR
Khimki Moscow Region
"We played a good game, but Siena is a good team and came back into the game. They shot the ball well, while we missed some open shots in the end and they won. This Top 16 is very long, and we have to look to the next match because every game is very important for us. "
KOPONEN, PETTERI
Khimki Moscow Region
"This was a tough game like always here because Siena is a great home team. They played very good. We had the chance to win the game, but we didn’t. Now we have to look at the next game and be ready for that. "