2012-13Top 16Round 4
January 18, 2013 CET: 17:15

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.9 Points 80.0
31.5 Rebounds 32.8
8.6 O. Rebounds 9.5
22.8 D. Rebounds 23.3
17.8 Assists 16.1
6.1 Steals 7.3
3.9 Blocks 3.6
12.5 Turnovers 11.8
53.1 % 2PT 54.8 %
35.2 % 3PT 36.6 %
75.1 % FT 75.1 %
79.1 Index 91.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.3 / Planinic Points 14.2 / Hickman
4.7 / Augustine Rebounds 6.1 / James
1.4 / Loncar OR 2.3 / James
3.6 / Augustine DR 3.8 / James
5.8 / Planinic Assists 3.7 / Ohayon
1.2 / Planinic Steals 2.0 / Hickman
1.0 / Monia Blocks 1.5 / James
2.9 / Planinic Turnovers 1.9 / Logan
60.0 % / Nielsen 2PT 76.5 % / Landesberg
75.0 % / Zhukanenko 3PT 50.0 % / Roth
100.0 % / Koponen FT 100.0 % / Landesberg
16.2 / Planinic Index 17.7 / James


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-1 Top 16 1-2
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
8-5 Overall 9-4


Crew Chief

The Take

This week’s Friday games begin with BC Khimki Moscow Region hosting Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in a sort-of homecoming for David Blatt. The Maccabi boss spent parts of the past six summers in Russian as its national team coach, during which he celebrated three major trophies – some of which came with current Khimki players. While Khimki (2-1) is undefeated at home this season, it is also coming off its first loss of the Top 16, at Montepaschi. Maccabi (1-2) comes off an impressive win over Fenerbahce Ulker led by Ricky Hickman and Shawn James.

The teams have many similarities in their lineups with dynamic guards, efficient big men and glue guys in between. Point guard Zoran Planinic is enjoying a fantastic season for Khimki alongside Vitaly Fridzon. Petteri Kopono and Egor Vyaltsev complete the sturdy backcourt for Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis. Maccabi counters with Hickman and Yogev Ohayon as primary ball handlers, though rookie Moran Roth played brilliantly last week too. David Logan and swingman Devin Smith complete the guard rotation, though Smith plays most of his minutes at small forward, where Sylven Landesberg has impressed lately too. Smith and Landesberg must tussle with the formidable Sergey Monya at small forward. If Monya’s strength becomes an issue, Guy Pnini could also step in. When Monya slides to power forward, K.C. Rivers brings plenty of scoring off the bench. Inside the trio of James Augustine, Paul Davis and Kreso Loncar are difference makers, with Matt Nielsen also playing an important role. Maccabi’s James has been virtually unstoppable lately, even with a shoulder injury. Darko Planinic could match Davis for low-post moves, while Malcolm Thomas’s athleticism and Lior Eliyahu’s speed make them important pieces too.

Blatt’s experience with several on the current Khimki roster gives Maccabi – at least in terms of scouting – an advantage, though the list of teams to suffer their first loss in Khimki this season is a big plus for the hosts. Maccabi will need to be effective at all positions and at both ends to have a good chance. The Planinic vs Ohayon duel could be the most interesting and the most important to the game’s outcome.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Game Notes


Khimki has won its last eight Euroleague home games and is 16-3 all-time in Euroleague games on its home floor.

BC Khimki Moscow Region leads the league in assists with 17.8 per game.

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 consecutive Euroleague games.

Zoran Planinic has scored in double figures in eighth straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Planinic is the Top 16 leader in assists with 7.3 per game.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (13.3 ppg.) and assists (5.8 apg.).

Khimki committed the most fouls of any team in the regular season, 239.

Sergey Monya has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague appearances.


Ricky Hickman was the bwin Last 16 Game 3 MVP after leading Maccabi to victory last week against Fenerbahce Ulker with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for a performance index rating of 34.

Hickman leads the Euroleague in steals this season with 2 per game.

Shawn James matched his Euroleague career high with 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting last week against Fenerbahce Ulker.

James has blocked at least 1 shot in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Lior Eliyahu is 4 rebounds shy of 500 for his Euroleague career.

Yogev Ohayon has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Devin Smith has struggled with his outside shot in the Top 16, going 0 for 13 thus far from downtown after making 43.2% of his threes during the regular season.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 14 for 28 from downtown (50%) over that stretch.

David Blatt has coached five different BC Khimki players at different points on the Russian national team: Viltaly Fridzon, Dimitriy Khovostov, Sergey Monya, Egor Vyaltsev and Alexey Zhukanenko. Monya spent the longest time with Blatt, starting with winning EuroBasket 2007 together. Fridzon, Khovostov, Monya were all on the squads that won bronze medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at EuroBasket 2011.

Blatt also coached Sergey Monya and Dimitriy Khvostov during the 2008-09 season at Dynamo Moscow. Together they reached the Eurocup Final Eight.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"Maccabi Electra is an interesting and in my opinion diverse team. David Blatt is a very clever, wise and skilful coach; he uses a lot of tactical moments. He practices different defenses, in attack he uses fastbreaks and likes pick and rolls. Also you can’t prepare one scheme against Maccabi Electra, you have to respond to all the changes at the court. As for players we know David Logan very well, Ricky Hickman was named Euroleague week 3 bwin MVP, David Blatt 'discovered' him and from game to game he performs better. But we play at home and will fight for a victory."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We go to Khimki for an important game against a very good and strong team. They have continuity from years past, great quality, well coached and ambitious. They have not lost a home game all year, with wins over teams such as Barcelona, CSKA, Panathinaikos an Real Madrid. It's a real challenge but we are ready and capable. We will play, as always, to win."


Khimki Moscow Region
"Maccabi Electra is a very good team with an experienced coach. Teams coached by David Blatt always play great defense with zone pressing, they roll the ball quickly so for the opponent it is difficult to attack. In Maccabi Electra there are a lot of American players, they are athletic, run fast and jump high and good scorers as well. If we want to win we must play intelligent basketball, be calm and I suppose we will have chances. So it will be an interesting fight."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It’s huge. A very, very big game for us. We dropped one at home, so we’re trying to steal one here. Their money problem is not our problem. We’ve got to do what we need to do. I don’t think it’s going to affect them at all; if anything, they’re going to come out there and maybe play harder to show that they deserve to be paid on time."

Khimki trashes Maccabi, protects perfect home record

BC Khimki Moscow Region sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by thrashing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 88-67 at home on Friday. Khimki improved to 3-1 and remained undefeated at home this season. Maccabi dropped to 1-3 and is two wins away from playoff territory. K.C. Rivers paced the winners with 20 points. Paul Davis added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, while Petteri Koponen had 15 points for Khimki. Lior Eliyahu led Maccabi with 17 points. Shawn James added 15 and Devin Smith 12 for the Israeli champs. Smith scored 10 first-quarter points and got plenty of help from Eliyahu to give Maccabi a 19-25 lead after 10 minutes. Khimki improved its defense early in the second quarter and found go-to guys in Fridzon and Davis, who led a game-changing 16-0 run that made it a double-digit game, 40-29. Three-pointers by Koponen and Rivers boosted the hosts' lead to 46-34 at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Khimki improved its margin to 70-50 after 30 minutes and cruised to a well-deserved win.

First quarter: Smith, Eliyahu lead visitors to early lead

Lior Eliyahu got Maccabi going with his trademark one-handed push shot in the lane. Kresimir Loncar downed a four-meter jumper and Zoran Planinic soon gave Khimki its first lead, 4-2. Eliyahu buried another close shot, but Egor Vyaltsev beat the shot clock with a put-back layup. Devin Smith struck from downtown and matched Zoran Planinic's layup with a four-meter jumper for an 8-9 Maccabi edge. Smith added a three from the corner, but a jumper by Loncar kept the hosts within 10-12. Eliyahu took over with a reverse layup and fed Smith for a fast break basket that caused Khimki to stop the game at 10-16. Vyaltsev scored in penetration, Shawn James shocked the crowd with a put-back slam and a layup by K.C. Rivers gave the hosts some hope at 14-18. Eliyahu and Ricky Hickman stepped up with back-to-back baskets, Vyaltsev and David Logan traded triples and a backdoor layup by Vitaly Fridzon kept Khimki within 19-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Khimki rolls on a 16-0 run

James banked in a close shot early in the second quarter but Sergey Monya matched it with a high-flying tip-in and Fridzon took over with a layup-plus-foul that brought Khimki a bit closer, 24-27. Eliyahu scored again, but Paul Davis did betted with a three-point play. Maccabi struggled to score, while Fridzon and an unstoppable Davis completed the hosts' comeback, 31-29. Petteri Koponen nailed a baseline jumper and Fridzon buried a catch-and-shoot three-pointer in transition that ignited the crowd. Maccabi was held scoreless for more than six minutes. Davis sank a turnaround jumper and Koponen buried another five-meter shot which capped a 16-0 run and forced Maccabi to call timeout at 40-29. Hickman tried to change things with a three-point play and Yogev Oyahon made free throws, but Koponen and Rivers answered from downtown to boost Khimki's lead to 46-34 at halftime.

Third quarter: The hosts pile on to their lead

Eliyahu nailed a running hook immediately after the break and matched Koponen's baseline jumper with free throws. Loncar hit foul shots, but a three-point play by an unstoppable Eliyahu brought Maccabi within single digits, 50-41. Koponen swished a mid-range jumper and Vyaltsev copied him right after that to keep Khimki out of trouble. Maccabi tried to use shorter possessions, but the shots did not fall in. Meanwhile, an easy basket by Davis made it a 15-point game. Ohayon shined with an acrobatic layup and Darko Planinic scored around the basket, but Davis and Koponen erased that with free throws. James Augustine and Eliyahu traded layups, but Rivers and Davis soon broke the game open, 66-47. Nik Caner-Medley buried a three-pointer, Augustine scored in transition and free throws by Rivers gave Khimki a 20-point lead, 70-50, through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Khimki turns the screws

Rivers scored around the basket early in fourth quarter, as Maccabi kept struggling to score. A huge dunk by Davis essentially sealed the outcome, 74-50, right after that. Maccabi called a much-needed timeout, but could not find the way to the basket against Khimki's outstanding man-to-man defense. Hickman tried to change things with a two-handed dunk, as Khimki started to use longer possessions to run the game clock down. Rivers finished one of those with a three-pointer and even after Smith swished a mid-range jumper and James scored down low, everything was said and done already. The Khimki fans had plenty of time to celebrate a historic win and see their team get closer to the playoffs.

Paul Davis - BC Khimki - EB12
Friday, January 18, 2013
Attendance: 4550
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Khimki Moscow Region19272418
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv2591617
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Khimki Moscow Region19467088
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv25345067
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 17:25 5 2/2   1/2 1 2 3 2 1 1       2 11
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 16:08 9 2/5 1/1 2/3   2 2 2 1 1       3 12
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 19:30 15 4/5 1/3 4/4   1 1 2   1       2 16
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 23:49 9 3/3 1/2         2         2 2 10
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 18:24 8 2/2 0/1 4/4 1 1 2 1   3 2   4 4 9
11 RIVERS, K.C. 29:02 20 2/4 4/7 4/4 1 3 4 2 1     1 3 2 20
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:10 2 1/1 0/2   1 2 3 1 1   4       9
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 25:34 4 2/7 0/3   1 2 3 6   2     1 2 4
40 DAVIS, PAUL 21:36 16 5/7   6/7 1 8 9 1 2 2 5   4 5 29
44 NIELSEN, MATT 9:22           2 2 2         3   1
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 88 23/36 7/19 21/24 8 26 34 21 6 10 11 1 17 22 126
        63.9% 36.8% 87.5%
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOGAN, DAVID 12:36 3 0/3 1/2     1 1         1     -1
5 JAMES, SHAWN 25:19 14 7/11   0/1 3 3 6 1 1     3 4 6 16
6 SMITH, DEVIN 26:54 12 3/5 2/5     2 2 1   2     3 2 7
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 30:34 7 3/6 0/3 1/3 1   1 2 1 1   3 3 3 -1
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 25:03 17 7/11   3/3   3 3 1 3 2   2   3 19
9 ROTH, MORAN 12:08   0/1 0/1         2   3     2   -5
10 PNINI, GUY 4:59   0/1 0/1             1         -3
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 14:32 6   2/4   1 4 5 1   1     3   6
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 24:42 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   2 2 6 1 1   2 2 1 8
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 10:33 2 1/2     2 2 4     1     3 2 3
14 THOMAS, MALCOLM 2:46                   1 1        
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 9:54     0/1                   2   -3
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 67 23/44 5/18 6/9 9 19 28 14 6 14 1 11 22 17 49
        52.3% 27.8% 66.7%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"I’m very happy for the job we did today on the court, with concentration for 40 minutes. Frankly speaking I didn’t expect that we would manage to come together in such a perfect way. This game was even better than the game against FC Barcelona Regal, it was a high-quality basketball with energy and intensity. Very seldom I’m pleased with the way my guys play, but today I have no grievance against my players, no claims. We surpassed Maccabi Electra at all parameters. To cut a long story short, the game was great. Now you see that it was like a message to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, that BC Khimki is not an accidental team."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"First of all, congratulations to BC Khimki. They really played a good game. After the first quarter we lost our way. You can make plans in the best possible way, but the moment that you don’t stay true to the principles, you get in trouble against good teams and that’s what happened today. We played a very good first quarter, and then we simply stopped. It was very difficult for me to look on the floor and see a lot of my great players from the national team, from the past. It’s a funny feeling and to be honest an unpleasant one, especially today, because they won. I’m happy to see Fridzon continuing his great career and Monya to be such a successful player and a leader. It’s great to see Vyaltsev playing a major role in a high-level team; he is a national team level player."


Khimki Moscow Region
"It was a great game for our team; we played very good defense in the second half after a constrained start. The team came together and scored a very important home victory. In the first quarter we got stuck, lost a lot of defense principles, it was a slow beginning. Our bench played an incredible game and everyone contributed today. At the same time I don’t think it was an easy victory, despite us winning by a lot of points. The reason we won is our defense."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We didn’t do our job today. We made a lot of turnovers in the second quarter. We started the game pretty well, but had too many turnovers and Khimki had too many second-chance opportunities."
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