2012-13Top 16Round 7
February 15, 2013 CET: 16:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.5 Points 77.4
32.2 Rebounds 36.7
9.1 O. Rebounds 10.7
23.1 D. Rebounds 26.0
18.1 Assists 15.5
6.3 Steals 5.3
4.3 Blocks 2.9
13.0 Turnovers 13.2
53.4 % 2PT 50.9 %
35.2 % 3PT 36.6 %
77.2 % FT 74.0 %
83.4 Index 85.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.5 / Planinic Points 16.1 / Spanoulis
4.7 / Davis Rebounds 6.1 / Hines
1.4 / Davis OR 2.7 / Hines
3.3 / Augustine DR 3.4 / Hines
5.9 / Planinic Assists 5.3 / Spanoulis
1.3 / Planinic Steals 0.9 / Mantzaris
1.2 / Monia Blocks 0.9 / Hines
3.1 / Planinic Turnovers 3.6 / Spanoulis
64.7 % / Vyaltsev 2PT 59.6 % / Hines
75.0 % / Zhukanenko 3PT 66.7 % / Sloukas
100.0 % / Koponen FT 88.9 % / Perperoglou
16.3 / Planinic Index 16.5 / Spanoulis

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-2 Top 16 3-3
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
10-6 Overall 11-5

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany
Umpire
VIATOR, EDDIE, France

The Take

In a pivotal game in Top 16 Group F, BC Khimki Moscow Region hosts defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Pireaus in Russia on Friday. Khimki ties with Caja Laboral Vitoria for third place in Group F, each with a 4-2 record, and Olympiacos is right behind at 3-3. Both teams meet for the first game since the 2009-10 Top 16, in which Olympiacos and Khimki traded home wins. Khimki forward Matt Nielsen played for Olympiacos in the past.

Olympiacos is without starting point guard Vangelis Mantzaris, who is out for the season due to a knee injury. As such, Acie Law will see most minutes at point guard and Dimitris Katsivelis will be ready to back him up. Law must use his speed and aggressivity against a taller, more experienced opponent like Zoran Planinic, a creative playmaker right at the prime of his career. Katsivelis will battle against combo guard Petteri Koponen and Egor Vyaltsev, whose defensive skills and strength have made him get extended playing time lately. Vyaltsev may see extended playing time against Olympiacos superstar Vassilis Spanoulis, whose basketball IQ, talent and leadership make him the Reds' go-to guy. Spanoulis, who will also see minutes at point guard, will get plenty of help at both wings from small forwards Kostas Papanikolaou and Stratos Perperoglou, off-guard Kostas Sloukas and three-point specialist Martynas Gecevicius. Papanikolaou and Perperoglou are ready for a critical matchup against two athletic players with deep range, Sergey Monya and K.C. Rivers. Sloukas and Spanoulis must be ready to stop Vitaly Fridzon, who can change any game with his transition game and three-point shots. The battle in the paint will arguably be the biggest key to this game. Olympiacos must try to stop Paul Davis, a really effective scorer down low who is also deadly from mid-range. Khimki also counts on Nielsen, aggressive rebounder James Augustine, savvy big man Kresimir Loncar and strong center Alexey Zhukanenko to make the difference around the baskets. Davis and Augustine face a tough battle against two very good shot blockers like Kyle Hines and Giorgi Shermadini. Meanwhile, Loncar will test his low post moves against hard-nosed big man Pero Antic. Monya and Nielsen will have the tough mission to guard Georgios Printezis, a mobile power forward with size, deep range and great quickness.

Olympiacos needs Hines and Shermadini to stop Davis down low, expect Law to step up at point guard in a tough matchup against Planinic, run its offense through the always-inspired Spanoulis and lock the defensive board to run the floor. Khimki needs Planinic to set the right game tempo, its big men to win the battle in the paint, as well as a good game from Fridzon and Rivers at both wings. Expect a big, intense battle in Khimki.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Game Notes

BC KHIMKI MOSCOW REGION

Khimki has won its last nine Euroleague home games and is 17-3 all-time in Euroleague games on its home floor.

BC Khimki Moscow Region leads the league in assists with 18.1 per game and in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.

Rimas Kurtinaitis coached Martynas Gecevicius at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius between 2008 and 2010. Together they won the 2009 Eurocup and back-to-back Lithuanian League and Cup doubles.

Zoran Planinic has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Planinic is the Top 16 leader in assists with 6.7 per game.

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 14 consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Matt Nielsen spent the 2010-11 season with Olympiacos, during which he helped the Reds win the Greek Cup.

Paul Davis has scored in double figures in nine consecutive Euroleague games.

Davis has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.7 per game.

Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.

Vassilis Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer and scored in double figures in 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis is 3 assists away from becoming the ninth player in competition history to record 500 career assists.

Spanoulis is tied with Montepaschi Siena guard Bobby Brown for the league lead in fouls drawn with 91.

Kostas Papanikolaou was the regular season leader in three-point accuracy at 59.4%.

Georgios Printezis needs 43 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Olympiacos Piraeus is a very good team, the reigning Euroleague champion. They managed to preserve crucial players from last season. For sure, the main figure is Vassilis Spanoulis, a very fast player who likes pick-and-rolls. Printezis is really good as well. Our opponent has quite a good situation right now but they lacked the home victory over Montepaschi Siena when they were defeated at last seconds. For sure, they will try to beat us as they did with Zalgiris in Kaunas in the Euroleague regular season. So for them it doesn't matter where to play – at home or on the road. Our aim is to suppress Spanoulis because Olympiacos with him and without him are different teams. If we want to enter quarterfinals we have to secure our plan – to beat everyone at home. We are ready."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We are playing against a team with a great performance at home and who rarely lose there. We have to play a very good game if we want to win. Planinic is a very important player for Khimki and we will have to play good team defense so we can stop him."

Players

FRIDZON, VITALY
Khimki Moscow Region
"We are at a good wave right now and are ready to face the current Euroleague champion. I suppose we have good chances because we play at home where we are unbeaten so far. It will be an interesting game and in case of our success we'll improve our standings. It's important to stop Olympiacos's leader Spanoulis because he is a crucial player for the team. So the game will decide who is the best."
PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Khimki is a team that play controlled basketball. I would say that they are the coach's team. We, on the other hand, have to play our game and most of all defense. Khimki moves the ball correctly in offense, so we need to be totally focused so that we can run at the fast break through our defense. I wish our pressure works out for the best for us, just like in Tel Aviv, so that we win the game."

Olympiacos rallies past Khimki for critical road win

Olympiacos Piraeus registered a critical road win in Top 16 Group F by edging BC Khimki Moscow Region 82-87 in Russia on Friday. The two teams are now tied at 4-3 at the halfway mark of this round. Kyle Hines and Vassilis Spanoulis paced the winners with 19 points each. Kostas Papanikolaou added 14, Pero Antic 11 and Kostas Sloukas got all of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. The critical statistic for the champs was turnovers; Olympiacos tied a Euroleague record by committing just 3. Paul Davis led Khimki with 20 points. Kresimir Loncar added 19 and 9 rebounds while Zoran Planinic scored 17 points and dished 13 assists - a new Top 16 record. The loss was Khimki’s first at home this season. Outstanding shot selection and an inspired Planinic led Khimki to a 23-19 lead after 10 minutes. Khimki boosted its margin to 43-35 at halftime and then to 50-37 after thrin the third quarter. Hines managed to bring the Reds within 60-54 at the end of the quarter. Sloukas - twice -, Antic, Spanoulis and Acie Law struck from downtown early in the fourth quarter to put Olympiacos ahead for good, 70-76. Sloukas and Spanoulis shined in crunch time to keep the Reds ahead and seal a pivotal road win.

First quarter: Great shot selection puts Khimki ahead

Loncar got Khimki going with an uncontested layup that Papanikolaou erased with a fast break dunk. Loncar kept pacing Khimki with a backdoor slam, good for a 4-2 lead. Papanikolaou stepped up with a put-back layup, which Petteri Koponen bettered with a three-pointer. Olympiacos continued to run its offense through Papanikolaou, who kept delivering with a three-point play. Planinic scored in transition and a reverse layup by a red-hot Loncar boosted Khimki's lead to 11-7. Planinic capped a 6-0 run with a fast break layup, before free throws by Georgios Printezis and Spanoulis kept the Reds within 13-11. Sergey Monya and Printezis traded baskets and an alley-oop layup by James Augustine restored a 17-13 Khimki edge. Monya swished a five-meter jumper that Spanoulis bettered with back-to-back driving layups. A backdoor layup by Matt Nielsen, a turnaround jumper by Loncar and free throws by Giorgi Shermadini fixed the score at 23-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Paul Davis takes charge

Davis nailed a jumper early in the second quarter, as Olympiacos struggled to score despite finding open shots. Pero Antic banked in an off-balance shot, however, and Papanikolaou took over with a power layup off the baseline before Khimki stopped the game at 25-23. Davis downed a close jumper and followed that with a driving basket for a 5-point Khimki lead. Antic stepped up with a tip-in, but Vitaly Fridzon shined with his trademark three-pointer in transition. Hines and Augustine exchanged free throws, as the game turned into a physical battle. Khimki kept feeding Davis around the basket to make the most out of his effectiveness. He made foul shots, but Spanoulis and Hines brought Olympiacos a bit closer, 36-31. Planinic split free throws and Davis shined with a put-back basket. Antic scored in penetration to make it 39-33. Planinic and Davis nailed consecutive jumpers to force Olympiacos to call timeout at 43-33. Antic scored again to get Olympiacos within 43-35 at halftime.

Third quarter: Olympiacos does not surrender

Loncar sank a jump hook immediately after the break and soon added a five-meter jumper that boosted Khimki's lead to 12. Olympiacos tried a more dynamic lineup with Shermadini and Printezis together on court. Shermadini and Fridzon scored around the basket and a free throw by Planinic made it a 13-point game. Papanikolaou buried a three-pointer and erased Loncar's four-chance layup with a backdoor basket. A layup-plus-foul by Hines brought the Reds within single digits, 52-45. Hines stayed on fire with a fast break layup, as Khimki kept struggling to find the way to the basket. Planinic banked in a running shot, Spanoulis made free throws and Davis gave Khimki some fresh air at 56-49. Spanoulis shined with a three-pointer off the dribble and Hines matched Davis's tip-in with a put-back slam. Davis nailed a five-meter jumper to give Khimki a 60-54 edge through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Reds find X-factor in Sloukas and rally

Hines scored around the basket early in the fourth quarter, but Davis quickly answered with a five-meter jumper. Sloukas struck from downtown to bring Olympiacos as close as 62-59. Koponen nailed a mid-range jumper, which Spanoulis bettered with a big triple that made it a two-point game with eight minutes left. Planinic buried back-to-back jumpers, but three-pointers by Antic, Sloukas and Acie Law completed the guests' comeback, 68-71, after a 0-9 run. Augustine and Law scored around the basket and a three-point play by Hines gave Olympiacos a 70-76 lead with over three minutes left. Augustine split free throws and a three-pointer by Koponen turned the game into a thriller, 74-76. Sloukas made foul shots, Loncar sank an off-balance shot and a layup by Hines gave Olympiacos a 76-80 edge with 57.8 seconds left. Planinic scored at the other end, but Spanoulis swished a five-meter jumper for a 78-82 Olympiacos lead with 27 seconds to go. Planinic split free throws, however Sloukas did not miss from the line and sealed the outcome.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Friday, February 15, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 4450
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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 22:26 7 2/5   3/4 2 4 6 2 1   1   3 2 12
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 23:12 5 1/3 1/4   1   1 1   3     2 2 -1
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 15:44 8 1/1 2/4         3     1   4 1 7
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 3:12                         1   -1
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:24 19 8/13 1/1   3 6 9 1   1   1 4 2 20
11 RIVERS, K.C. 16:21   0/1       1 1 1   1     2   -2
12 MONIA, SERGEY 23:39 4 2/5 0/1   1 4 5 2   1 1 2 1   4
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 37:59 17 7/11 0/4 3/6 1 5 6 13   2     2 4 25
40 DAVIS, PAUL 21:55 20 8/10   4/4 4 5 9   1 2     3 4 27
44 NIELSEN, MATT 14:08 2 1/2       1 1 1         1   2
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 30/51 4/14 10/14 13 28 41 24 2 10 3 3 23 15 96
        58.8% 28.6% 71.4%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 22:52 19 7/9   5/6 4 2 6 1 1   1   2 4 27
5 LAW, ACIE 27:35 5 1/5 1/2   1 2 3 1 3 2     2 1 4
6 ANTIC, PERO 27:17 11 4/5 1/6   1 7 8 1 2   1   1 2 18
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 32:35 19 3/7 2/6 7/8   1 1 7 1     1 1 7 24
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:22 1 0/3 0/1 1/2   1 1         1 2   -6
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 10:32 4 1/2   2/2   1 1       1     1 6
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 16:17 10 0/1 2/3 4/4                 1 5 12
12 POWELL, JOSH 6:36   0/3     1   1 1       1 3   -5
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 12:40 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   1 1     1       1 2
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 22:48 14 5/6 1/3 1/1 1 2 3           1 2 15
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 5:26                         2   -2
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 87 22/44 7/22 22/25 11 17 28 11 7 3 3 3 15 23 98
        50% 31.8% 88%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It’s a pity we suffered such a defeat. We were unbeaten at home where we play good. In general we played well, but didn’t manage to stop Spanoulis who created great three-pointer chances for his teammates. We allowed Olympiacos Piraeus to score 7 triples in the game and 5 of them in the last quarter. We lost to a well-organized team that preserved many players from the last season. It’s not a tragedy, we were beaten by the Euroleague champion in a good fight, but it happened like it happened. "
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Obviously it was a very tough and important win for us. We started very bad in the first half, BC Khimki made many assists and offensive rebounds so this difference turned to be good for us in the way we played and the way our opponent did. But we were passionate and won the game in the second half offensively, we had passion to find open players. I know it was the first home loss for BC Khimki at home this season. That made us proud because we knew that it would be very difficult to win in Russia. So now we are optimistic in the Euroleague."

Players

DAVIS, PAUL
Khimki Moscow Region
"A team like Olympiacos is always ready to fight. In big games like this everybody had to be prepared to play tough for 40 minutes. There is no excuse for being tired in a game like this; we had to be more focused. We did some things well, but this is the Euroleague, European’s best of the best, so you have to adjust. Our opponent came from a very tough game against Panathinaikos and is fighting to reach the playoffs. We have just realized that if you relax, you may be punished. Olympiacos has good guards, they made big shots today. We had to be more aggressive. Today we played well during 35 minutes, but in the Euroleague that’s not enough."
PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It’s a great win for us. No team before Olympiacos had victories in Khimki so it means a lot for us. It’s a great step for the team to move forward. We are in a good shape and will try to keep playing like this in our group. Probably the Greek Cup final loss helped us be more concentrated; we didn’t want to make second loss in a row. We knew that this game would be very important for Olympiacos and in case of success everything would be better. We were focused and we saw what we could do on the court. I think we played good defense in the second half because in the beginning of the match it wasn’t tough enough. We didn’t allow our opponent to make easy shots and move the ball fast around the court. That was the key for us. We realized our opportunity for a run and came back. We did our job well."
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