2012-13Top 16Round 6
February 01, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 77.1
33.3 Rebounds 31.7
11.1 O. Rebounds 8.8
22.3 D. Rebounds 22.9
14.3 Assists 18.1
5.5 Steals 6.2
2.3 Blocks 4.2
12.2 Turnovers 12.7
49.8 % 2PT 53.7 %
36.2 % 3PT 34.7 %
78.3 % FT 76.6 %
80.5 Index 82.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.6 / Lampe Points 13.5 / Planinic
6.1 / Lampe Rebounds 4.6 / Davis
2.0 / Lampe OR 1.4 / Davis
4.1 / Lampe DR 3.5 / Augustine
4.1 / Heurtel Assists 5.9 / Planinic
0.8 / Bjelica, N. Steals 1.3 / Planinic
0.7 / Pleiss Blocks 1.1 / Monia
2.1 / Heurtel Turnovers 3.1 / Planinic
75.0 % / Cabezas 2PT 62.5 % / Vyaltsev
50.0 % / Oleson 3PT 75.0 % / Zhukanenko
95.5 % / Cabezas FT 100.0 % / Koponen
13.3 / Lampe Index 16.4 / Planinic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-1 Top 16 3-2
4-6 Regular Season 6-4
8-7 Overall 9-6


Crew Chief

The Take

A key battle for playoff position in Top 16 Group F happens between two otherwise hot teams coming off losses last week as Caja Laboral welcomes Khimki Moscow Region to Vitoria, Spain. Caja Laboral is 4-1 after seeing its seven-game win streak ended with a home loss to FC Barcelona Regal last week. Khimki is 3-2 with both its road losses coming by a total of 9 points. This will be the fifth meeting ever between Caja Laboral and Khimki since their first one three years ago. Only Fernando San Emeterio of Caja Laboral and Vitaly Fridzon of Khimki remain from that original showdown. Their series is 2-2 with each team having won on the other's court once.

On the rebound from losses, both teams will look to reestablish their inside games. Center Maciej Lampe is leading Caja Laboral in scoring and the entire Top 16 in rebounds, while his Khimki counterpart, Paul Davis, has emerged as a force under the rims. Each has plenty of help inside, with 2.17-meter Tibor Pleiss backing up Lampe while the Bjelica boys, banger Miljko and sharpshooter Nemanja, give Caja Laboral a variety of looks to choose from. On the Khimki side, Davis is flanked by scoring threat Kresimir Loncar, rebounder James Augustine and savvy veteran Matt Nielsen. Swing forward Sergey Monya is another reason that Khimki leads the Top 16 in blocks, just as it does in assists, with the team's leader and top scorer, Zoran Planinic, averaging a league-best 6.8 per game. How Caja Laboral's assist specialist, Omar Cook, and youngster Thomas Huertal, combine to limit Planinic will be a key to Caja Laboral's hopes. The hosts will face a serious adjustment in the backcourt, too, after replacing starter Brad Oleson, the team's best three-point shooter this season, with Euroleague rookie David Jelinek this week. While Jelinek adjusts, swingman San Emeterio and up-and-down Fabien Causeur will have to handle the potent skills of Khimki wings Vitaly Fridzon and Kelvin Rivers, not to mention combo guard Petteri Koponen, who has lifted his game in the Top 16. One Caja Laboral veteran, Andres Nocioni, will have to juggle his game against the distinctive talents of Rivers and Monya, while another, Carlos Cabezas, will have to help keep Koponen in check.

With guys on each team having spent time at the other or played for the other's coach, there's a lot of familiarity on both sides of this matchup. It's hard to say which team has more pressure: another loss would put Khimki in a dangerous fourth-place battle with defending champ Olympiacos; on the other hand, two consecutive home defeats would take a lot of air out of Caja Laboral's resurgence. Expect the hosts to push physically hard to make Khimki uncomfortable, but expect the visitors to push right back and use their great passers to create easy baskets that put Caja Laboral under pressure late in the game.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Game Notes


Maciej Lampe is tied for the Top 16 lead along with Viktor Khryapa of CSKA Moscow at 8.0 rebounds per game.

Lampe spent three seasons between 2006 and 2009 at BC Khimki Moscow Region. During his time there he helped Khimki win the 2008 Russian Cup and reach the 2009 Eurocup title game. The only player that remains on the roster from Lampe’s time is Vitaly Fridzon.

Omar Cook was a teammate of Khimki forward James Augustine at Valencia Basket during the 2010-11 campaign. Together they helped the club within one win of the Euroleague Final Four.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven consecutive Euroleague games.

Fernando San Emeterio needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his career.


BC Khimki Moscow Region leads the league in assists with 18.1 per game and in blocked shots with 4.2 per game.

Rimas Kurtinaitis coached Caja Laboral big man Milko Bjelica for two seasons at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius between 2008 and 2010. Together they won the 2009 Eurocup, back-to-back Lithuanian League and Cup doubles plus the 2009 Baltic League.  

Zoran Planinic spent two seasons at Caja Laboral - then Tau Ceramica – between 2006 and 2008. During that time he helped the team reach back-to-back Euroleague Final Fours and win the 2008 Spanish League title. The current Laboral roster is devoid of players from Planinic’s time with the team.

Planinic has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Planinic is the Top 16 leader in assists with 6.8 per game.

Planinic scored a season-high 25 points in a loss last week at Caja Laboral.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (13.5 ppg.) and assists (5.9 apg.).

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Petteri Koponen is a perfect 13 for 13 from the free throw line this season.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"If we want to make the Playoffs we have to secure the home games. BC Khimki is a good team which has already beaten FC Barcelona Regal and Fenerbahce Ulker and I have lots of respect for them. Planinic is the brains of the team, everything starts with him. They also have powerful inside game with Paul Davis. It is a team that may not have such big names on the roster but which plays better than many of the household names of this competition. I am sure we will lose some edge with the departure of Oleson, but we have enough quality and ambition to look ahead."
Khimki Moscow Region
"Caja Laboral started to play great with the coming of coach Tabak. They entered the Top 16 in a very difficult situation, felt confidence and performed excellent up to the last game with FC Barcelona Regal. Now they are on the wave of success and we will try to stop them. A couple of days ago Brad Oleson left the team to Barcelona and it's a loss for Caja Laboral. I know well Milko Bjelica who played in Lietuvos Rytas when I coached there. In Tabak's scheme he performs great. So Caja Laboral is a strong and fast team, it plays with energy at home and on the road. It will be a tough game but we always try to win, in two last matches on the road we didn't succeed at last minutes but it can't last forever. Now we feel okay, the atmosphere in the team is good."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"If we want to stay at the top of the standings we must beat a direct rival like BC Khimki, because after this we will have a difficult trip to Siena. A win would allow us to start thinking beyond qualification and more about our final position in the standings. But especially it would allow us to get rid of the doubts that we feel after losing to Barca. Khimki is a great team and they have experience in winning close games. They have Planinic, whom we all know well, playing a great season and Paul David, who in the paint is a force to be reckoned with. Plus they have more good players who add to the mix like Fridzon. It is a complete team."
Khimki Moscow Region
"A very good team with great players is going to face us. They have a funny season because of their start, obviously not so good, something wasn't right. But the coach changed and the situation stabilized. They seem to be a really connected team and I suppose they have good options. As for players Nocioni is one of men you should respect, Lampe is at good rhythm right now, I played against him when he was in BC Khimki and I represented Valencia Basket. With Milko Bjelica I played in Lietuvos Rytas. For sure you can't forget about San Emeterio, he can do a lot of things on court. But the secret for them is playing like a team, the don't have a direct main player like Bobby Brown in Montepaschi Siena. Despite the fact the city of Vitoria is very different from Valencia it always pleasant for me to be back to Spain, I have good memories of this country."

Khimki tops Caja Laboral on the road to bring two sides level in Group F

BC Khimki Moscow Region dealt Caja Laboral a second consecutive Top 16 defeat in a Friday night clash in Group F. Khimki won 71-83 in Vitoria, Spain, to match Caja Laboral for third place in the group at 4-2. Khimki pulled away late in the third quarter and held on down the stretch to preserve a tough win. Big man Paul Davis led the winners with 20 points and 5 rebounds. K.C. Rivers drained 5 of 7 three-pointers en route to 16 points, while Zoran Planinic tallied 13 points and 6 assists, Vitaly Fridzon netted 11 and Sergey Monya scored 10. For Caja Laboral, Fabien Causeur led the way with 15 points, followed by Maciej Lampe with 13, Nemanja Bjelica with 12 and veteran Andreas Nocioni with 11.

First quarter: Little separates the teams early

Caja Laboral opened up with a highlight, as great frontcourt passing resulted in a Lampe dunk. Khimki called an early timeout straight after, in order to break the momentum that was swinging in Laboral's favor. It did little to help, as Lampe immediately hit a three-pointer to show his outside skills. He was the player of the quarter, contributing 9 points and handing off 2 assists. A series of 3 consecutive turnovers from Khimki allowed Laboral to carve out a 5-point lead going into the final minute of the quarter, but the visiting side was clinical with its shots from inside –shooting with 62% accuracy. Petteri Koponen came on for Khimki and it was he who hit the buzzer-beating three-pointer that put his team 18-19 in front at the first break.

Second quarter: The action goes outside, but still no separating the teams

Nemanja Bjelica provided an immediate response on the restart for Laboral, putting in a triple that got his side back in front. Tibor Pleiss sent down a dunk that extended the lead before and Nocioni and Omar Cook went outside for an 8-point lead shortly after Khimki had hit a pair of free throws. Khimki kept competitive through its two standouts of the half; Rivers sank his second shot from beyond the arc and Davis gave him the assist, plus a two-pointer of his own. Davis took on the inexperienced Pleiss at every opportunity and, thanks to his three-point play, the Khimki big man was able to cancel out another Nocioni triple. Rivers then worked his magic again from outside, taking his personal tally into double digits and bringing Khimki within 35-34. The three-point shootout continued with Bjelica successful from the perimeter, and he wasn’t the only player finding form as the quarter went on: Causeur was hard to handle for Khimki and drew 5 fouls from the opposition before the end of the half. The game went into halftime with Laboral in front 45-43.

Third quarter: Turning point for Khimki comes from Nielsen and Koponen contributions

Rivers opened up the second half with a fourth three-pointer. When Matt Nielsen tricked his way inside, Khimki suddenly found itself 3 points ahead, prompting a timeout from a furious Coach Zan Tabak. The team talk failed to correct things, as Nielsen stuffed in another dunk. Milko Bjelica worked hard to bring Laboral back level, 52-52, until Khimki’s Vitaly Fridzon sent in a triple to re-establish an away lead. Things went further Khimki’s way with a Koponen three-pointer and Laboral getting into foul trouble, making it a difficult end to the quarter for the Spanish team. With its largest lead of the game so far, Khimki rounded out the quarter 56-62 in front and in a prime position going into the final quarter.

Fourth quarter: Khimki maintains the advantage to the final buzzer

Sergey Monya took the lead up to 9 with a big three-pointer and Khimki pulled to as much as 12 points in front in the early part of the quarter as Laboral cooled. Monya’s second triple helped Khimki further with four minutes remaining on the clock, and the road team looked the fresher of the two sides heading towards the final buzzer. However, Laboral wasn’t quite done yet, as evidenced when Causeur brought it back to a 5-point game with two minutes remaining. The hopes of victory for the home side were eventually ended by a Monya dunk off a slick backdoor pass and a clinical Planinic finger roll that gave Khimki the win. Planinic hit a three-pointer on the buzzer to add the exclamation mark, but the triumph was already in the bag for Khimki.

Tibor Pleiss - Caja Laboral - EB12
Friday, February 1, 2013
Attendance: 11063 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria18271115
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 22:51 5 1/3 1/4     1 1 4 1 2   1 2   1
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 25:54 11 1/5 2/3 3/4   4 4   1 1 1 2 3 5 10
11 BJELICA, MILKO 15:06 9 4/6 0/2 1/1   2 2 1 2       1 2 11
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 23:19 2 1/5 0/2   1   1 2   1   1 1 1 -3
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 14:35 2 1/2       2 2   1 1     4 1  
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 17:09 2 1/2     1   1 4   5     2   -1
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 24:32 13 4/6 1/1 2/2 1 4 5 2   2 1   4 3 16
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 25:47 12 3/5 2/6   2 2 4 1 3           14
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 30:47 15 3/7 1/3 6/9 1 2 3   2 2   1 3 6 11
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 71 19/41 7/21 12/16 8 20 28 14 10 14 2 5 20 18 64
        46.3% 33.3% 75%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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 10:02         1 1 2 1 1 2         2
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 24:16 11 3/5 1/5 2/2 1 4 5     4     3 4 7
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 23:46 5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2 3   1     2   5
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 3:51 2 1/1 0/1   1   1     1         1
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 8:09 2     2/2       1 2       3 3 5
11 RIVERS, K.C. 34:28 16 0/3 5/7 1/2 1 4 5 3 2 1     2 2 19
12 MONIA, SERGEY 24:08 10 1/2 2/6 2/2 2 4 6 3 1 1 2   3 1 14
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 4:49   0/2       2 2     1         -1
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 28:28 13 4/9 1/3 2/4 2 3 5 6 1 4 1 2 2 5 14
40 DAVIS, PAUL 28:57 20 6/9   8/8 2 3 5 1 1 3 2   3 5 25
44 NIELSEN, MATT 9:06 4 2/4       2 2               4
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 83 18/37 10/24 17/20 13 27 40 18 8 18 5 2 18 20 100
        48.6% 41.7% 85%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"There are few aspects of the game we could feel satisfied of tonight. Maybe the defense we played in the first quarter was good, but after that nothing worked, both in offense and defense. We are a team that needs to make a certain number of easy baskets from our defense, but they outrebounded us 40-28 and that means we were on a different page from a physical and energetic standpoint. I’d say that they did to us the same things we did to other teams when we played our best basketball. I think the team has stepped down a little a bit mentally after the game we lost against Barcelona last week."
Khimki Moscow Region
"I’m very happy for this road win. We previously lost against Montepaschi Siena and Fenerbahce and we needed to win a game like this. We didn’t perform at a very high level, it wasn’t very good basketball as we committed too many turnovers, but I have to thank the guys because they fought for 40 minutes and put a lot of effort to stay focused even in the bad moments and took over in the second half."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"They played a very good game tonight, they managed to stop us and lock our offense. We played too much on penetrations and didn’t take open shots. They did a good job the whole game, and when they took control of the game, Planinic managed the pace of the game perfectly and dominated. We tried to push and push, but we were unable to find the way to turn it back. I think we broke some rules, we didn’t play the right defense on their pick-and-roll situations. We allowed too many points tonight, normally the opponent doesn’t score more than 70 or 72 points, but tonight they got 80 and that’s too much to win in a game like this."
Khimki Moscow Region
"This is a very important win for us. We are pretty happy with the result, we were able to improve our performance in the second half, we found the right pace in offense and played great defense. We talked at halftime, we committed ourselves to pass better the ball, and we played a lot better after that. I always like playing in Vitoria, I stayed here for a long time and this city will always have a place in my heart."
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