2014-15Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2014 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

Khimki clinches top spot in Group D

Khimki Moscow Region sealed first place in Group D by downing Zenit St. Petersburg 90-68 in the Russian derby. The home team finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and will be part of Last 32 Group J, while Zenit came in fourth with a 5-5 record and will play in Group G. Khimki used a 12-2 run early in the third quarter to take a comfortable 59-50 margin and then extended the margin to double figures at its end, 68-56. A 12-3 charge at the midway point of the last quarter sealed the victory. Tyrese Rice led the way with 21 points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown plus 6 assists, Egor Vyaltsev added 14 points and Sergey Monia 12. Joffrey Lauvergne amassed a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Tyler Honeycutt added 11 points with 7 boards. Khimki made 12 of its 24 three-pointers. Dejan Borovnjak scored 15 for Zenit, Walter Hodge 14 with 7 assists and Andrey Koscheev posted 14 points with 8 boards.

Hodge from downtown, Dalenta Stephens in the paint and Borovnjak from the foul line pushed Zenit in front on 4-12. Rice and Vyaltsev fueled the hosts to get within 14-17. Koscheev and Lauvergne exchanged dunks, and free throws scored from both sides fixed the visitors’ lead at 20-23 at the first break. Honeycutt tied the score from long distance at 23-23. Vyaltsev, from the foul line, gave a 28-26 advantage to Khimki early in the second quarter. Petteri Koponen hit a three to go ahead 31-28. The lead changed hands three times and the score was tied twice before Rice scored a pair from the free throw line to make it 42-38 for the hosts. Artem Vikhrov tied it again at 42-42 and Stephens’s slam made it 42-46. A three-pointer by Vyaltsev fixed the final at 45-46 for Zenit at halftime.

Borovnjak gave Zenit its last advantage at 47-48 before Khimki went on a 12-2 run highlighted by 5 points from Rice to take a 59-50 cushion. Stephens and Borovnjak kept the visitors in the game, but Rice completed a fast break for the first double-digit margin, 64-54, and Lauvergne made it 68-56 at the end of the third quarter. Lauvergne, again from the foul line, put 72-56 on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter. Kyle Landry tried to keep the guests close, but Sergey Monia with 5 points in a row capped a 12-3 run to get an 85-63 advantage with three minutes left and seal the win. Rice extended the margin to 90-63 before the final 5 points by Zenit cut the final difference to 22 points.

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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), BALAK, AMIT (ISR), GLISIC, ALEKSANDAR (SRB)
Attendance: 1150 (Tentative)
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Khimki Moscow Region20252322
Zenit St Petersburg23231012
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Khimki Moscow Region20456890
Zenit St Petersburg23465668
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 28:28 21 5/6 3/5 2/2   1 1 6   3   1 5 2 18
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN 14:44 4 1/3   2/2 1 4 5 1     1   1 3 11
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 29:35 9 1/5 2/4 1/2   2 2 3 2 1     2 1 7
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 22:29 14 3/7 2/2 2/2       2   3   1 3 3 8
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 9:07 2 1/1 0/1     2 2 2 1       3 1 4
12 MONIA, SERGEY 31:20 13 2/4 3/6   1 4 5 5 2 2 5   4 1 20
17 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 23:26 12 3/5 0/1 6/8 5 6 11   1 1   1 1 5 21
25 IVANOV, NIKITA 1:23                              
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 24:46 11 1/3 2/4 3/3 3 4 7 2 2   2 2   4 22
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM 2:28     0/1         1              
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 12:14 4 2/4     1 2 3   1 1   1 2   2
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 90 19/38 12/24 16/19 12 27 39 22 9 11 8 6 21 20 116
        50% 50% 84.2%
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
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LAZAREV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GORDEEV, DMITRII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 28:55 14 5/10 1/1 1/2 5 3 8 1   2 1 4 1 1 12
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JONES, CAMERON 16:03 4 2/5 0/2   1 1 2         1 2 2  
10 BABUSHKIN, ALEKSEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KOMOLOV, ARTEM 19:03   0/1 0/1         3   1   1 3   -4
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 30:01 5 2/10 0/1 1/2   3 3 2 2 4   1 1 4  
14 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 23:10 15 4/6 0/1 7/8   1 1 1   1 1   4 5 14
15 HODGE, WALTER 32:22 14 1/5 4/9         7 1 5   1 3 4 8
30 STEPHENS, DALENTA 27:10 8 3/3   2/3   9 9 1     2   5 3 17
33 LANDRY, KYLE 23:16 8 3/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 2 1   2   1 2 15
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 68 20/44 5/16 13/17 11 21 32 17 4 14 6 8 20 21 67
        45.5% 31.3% 76.5%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“I’m happy for this win and the way we played. In the beginning it was not easy, as we know about Zenit’s extra motivation against Khimki. We were a little bit afraid of it, but in the second half it became clear that our team had been better physically. Our defense was tenacious and strong as we allowed our opponent to score only 22 points in contrast to 46 in the first half. I would like to point out our young Russian players Ilnitsky and Pateev. Also Monya played a great game. This win allowed us to finish the first stage in first place in our group. So we carried out our task and will work further.”
KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
“We started the game with aggressive defense and good transition, so we succeeded after that. But as we lost Valiev and Kulagin, our rotation is short right now and we have to make over many things. Some of our bench guys can’t play at the desired level yet to beat Khimki, especially on the road. Starting from the third and fourth quarters, our leaders got a little bit tired and our defense fell apart. It was not as aggressive as in the first half and our opponent started to take over. It’s good that we managed to carry out our task for the first half."

Players

HONEYCUTT, TYLER
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was a good game and a good team win especially considering the fact that our last loss was against Zenit in St Petersburg. We knew that they would come out strong. In the second half we started playing good defense. We didn’t like the last game against Zenit as we didn’t play as good as we can. For sure we wanted to gain revenge. We did a great job tonight”.
KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY
Zenit St Petersburg
“In the first half we played well in defense, ran fast breaks and moved the ball smart. The second half turned out to be an exact antithesis of the first one, as we couldn’t break Khimki and moved the ball badly. We lost in rebounding and eventually were down. It’s hard to play without Valiev and Kulagin as we suffer the rotation balance and feel the lack of freshness on the court. Hopefully, they will help us after the New Year.”
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