2012-13Top 16Round 8
February 22, 2013 CET: 16:30

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.8 Points 66.6
32.7 Rebounds 32.9
9.3 O. Rebounds 10.9
23.4 D. Rebounds 22.1
18.4 Assists 12.1
6.1 Steals 5.8
4.2 Blocks 3.3
12.8 Turnovers 14.2
53.8 % 2PT 48.3 %
34.9 % 3PT 32.0 %
76.9 % FT 65.9 %
84.2 Index 63.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.7 / Planinic Points 14.2 / Jerrells
4.9 / Davis Rebounds 5.5 / Markota
1.6 / Davis OR 2.2 / Falker
3.4 / Augustine DR 4.1 / Markota
6.3 / Planinic Assists 2.9 / Jerrells
1.2 / Planinic Steals 1.1 / Jerrells
1.2 / Monia Blocks 1.3 / Vidmar
3.1 / Planinic Turnovers 2.3 / Vidmar
64.7 % / Vyaltsev 2PT 62.1 % / Vidmar
75.0 % / Zhukanenko 3PT 38.5 % / Jerrells
100.0 % / Koponen FT 100.0 % / Akin
16.8 / Planinic Index 14.1 / Jerrells


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-3 Top 16 0-7
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
10-7 Overall 5-12


Crew Chief

The Take

Two teams in very different situations in Top 16 Group F meet again in Russia, as BC Khimki Moscow Region hosts Besiktas JK Istanbul on Friday. Khimki ties for third place in Group F with a 4-3 record and a win would get the team much closer to the playoffs. Besiktas is 0-7 and would be all mathematically out with another loss. Khimki topped Besiktas 75-80 in Top 16 Game 1 behind 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals from Vitaly Fridzon.

Above all, two of the best point guards in the competition will face each other. Zoran Planinic of Khimki beat the Top 16's assists record last week, dishing 13 against Olympiacos. He also leads the competition in assists (6.3 apg.), adding poise, court sense and really valuable experience. He will not have it easy against Curtis Jerrells, a quick playmaker with great ballhandling, driving skills and determination. Both players will get plenty of help off the bench. Khimki has several options such as playmaker Dimitry Khvostov and combo guards Petteri Koponen and Egor Vyaltsev. Besiktas relies on Tutku Acik to make the difference off the bench due to his clutch and experience. Fridzon offers deep range and one-on-one skills at both wings but Khimki has other good shooters such as Koponen, K.C. Rivers and Sergey Monya, a natural-born mismatch at small forward due to his size, ballhandling, versatility and experience. His matchup against Patrick Christopher will be one of the key matchups in this game. Fridzon will test his driving skills against Daniel Ewing while Serhat Cetin, Fikret Can Akin and Muratcan Guler will give Besiktas plenty of options at both ends of the floor. Stopping Paul Davis will be a priority for the guests. Davis can change any game with his physicality, mid-range jumpers and post moves. Khimki has a deep frontcourt that also includes low post master Kresimir Loncar, experienced forward Matt Nielsen and physical big men James Augustine and Alexey Zhukanenko. Davis will not have it easy against physical, powerful center Gasper Vidmar and blue-collar undersized big man Randal Falker. Nielsen must be ready for a tough matchup against Damir Markota, whose deep range and mobility can be Besiktas's X-factor. Cemal Nalga and Cehver Ozer provide intensity and experience off the bench.

Khimki must run its offense through Planinic and Davis, running two-on-two situations with them, lock the defensive board to avoid second-chance points, speed up the game tempo and use the home court advantage to challenge for a big win. Besiktas needs Vidmar and Falker to stop Davis down low, control the tempo through Acik and Jerrells, expect a good game from Markota at power forward and rebound aggressively at both ends.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Game Notes


Despite losing at home for the first time all season last week, Khimki is 17-4 all-time in Euroleague games on its home floor.

BC Khimki Moscow Region leads the league in assists with 18.4 per game and in blocked shots with 4.2 per game.

All 12 players on the active Khimki roster have appeared in the starting lineup at least once this season; no player has started all 12 games.

Zoran Planinic set a new Top 16 single-game record with 13 assists last week against Olympiacos; Planinic is the Top 16 leader in assists with 7.6 per game.

Planinic has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (14 ppg.) and assists (6.3 apg.).

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Paul Davis has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive Euroleague games.

Davis has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.


Besiktas is looking to snap a seven game losing streak.

Curtis Jerrells is the only Besiktas player to start every Euroleague game this season. Coach Erman Kunter has used a total of 12 different players in the starting lineup this season.

Jerrells has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Jerrells is averaging career highs in scoring (14.2 ppg.) and three-point shooting (38.5%) in this, his third Euroleague season.

Daniel Ewing spent the 2007-8 season with BC Khimki. He teamed with current Khimki guard Vitaly Fridzon as the team’s starting backcourt. They helped the team win the Russian Cup that season.

Gasper Vidmar has blocked at least 1 blocked shot in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Vidmar is ranked last among 76 qualified players in free throw shooting this season at 29.7%.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"Despite the lack of wins in the first half of the Top 16, Besiktas is still a dangerous team that fought well with all opponents. They looked great in the games with Montepaschi Siena, losing in the very ending, and with Fenerbahce Ulker. The main threat comes from their main point guard Curtis Jerrells: perhaps he plays more individually, but he is very dangerous and is the best scorer of Besiktas so far. Also, we know Daniel Ewing, who played one season for BC Khimki and has had good experience in the Euroleague. Damir Markota is a good player too. In general, our opponent has a solid roster. At the same time, they do not play just for fun and for sure will try to win for the sake of their prestige. So you should be ready to expect the Turks to catch someone. We are serious about practicing and keep being focused on our main goal."


Khimki Moscow Region
"It will be a big game. We are targeting a win and Besiktas doesn’t have any, so they will try to do their best to suppress us. Now it’s a new cycle in the Top 16 and we’ll try to keep playing like we did before the loss to Olympiacos Piraeus. I suppose losing to the Euroleague champion last week will give us extra motivation; the importance of the upcoming game is incredible. Besiktas is a very good team and our first game was very tough, we played well until the end and eventually won. Hopefully we can do better, especially in defense, because we play at home. Jerrells and Christopher are crucial players for them, they did great job in the first game, but we are focused on the whole squad."

BC Khimki blows by Besiktas

BC Khimki Moscow Region got back to its winning ways on its home court with a comfortable 87-56 win over Besiktas JK Istanbul on Friday afternoon. It was Khimki’s seventh victory in eight home games this season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, and improved the team to 5-3 and a share of third place in Top 16 Group F; Besiktas remains winless at the bottom of the standings. Khimki was without Zoran Planinic, but still took control of the game early, making a 13-2 run that bridged the first and the second quarters. Led by Paul Davis, the hosts pulled away to an insurmountable advantage after opening the second half with a 14-5 run, and cruised to victory after that. Davis finished with 18 points plus 6 rebounds in less than 15 minutes on the floor, K.C. Rivers netted 14, while Kresimir Loncar and Alexey Zhukanenko each scored 10. For Besiktas, which played its first game since releasing Curtis Jerrells, Cemal Nalga and Serhat Cetin each scored 10 points, while Damir Markota had 6 points plus 9 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Davis takes charge from the start

Rivers hit a jump shot on the opening possession of the game, and Besiktas got it going as Serhat Cetin sank a triple. The visitors grabbed an early lead with baskets inside from Gasper Vidmar and Markota, but Rivers hit a three-pointer and Loncar scored in the low post for 9-9. Khimki went in front with Paul Davis scoring twice from close range, including a three-point play, before a jumper from Vitaly Fridzon made it 16-11 after the first quarter.

Second quarter: Hosts extend lead to double-digits

Petteri Koponen hit one from downtown to start the second quarter before free throws from both Sergey Monya and Davis extended the lead to 23-11. Khimki did not allow any open looks to visitors’ shooters, and held them scoreless for more than three minutes before Daniel Ewing made a fastbreak layup. After Davis added a jumper off the glass and a reverse layup to the hosts’ tally, Besiktas managed to cut it to 27-20 with layups from Fikret Akin and Vidmar. After a timeout, Khimki quickly extended it back to 12 points with Egor Vyaltsev’s triple and Loncar’s close-range shot, but Cetin answered with a triple and a jumper of his own for 32-25. However, on the other end Rivers immediately nailed a tough fade away baseline jumper, before Vyaltsev made a pair of foul shots and sank a jumper in the dying seconds of the quarter for a 38-27 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Khimki pulls away to 22 points

Khimki pulled away to 44-27 at the start of the third quarter with Davis scoring inside and Rivers driving for a layup. After Cetin and Dmitriy Khvostov traded threes, Davis made a basket-plus-foul and Rivers converted a layup on a fastbreak for 52-32. Ewing snapped the run from behind the arc, but Loncar hit a long jumper and after Besiktas switched to zone defense, Rivers sank a triple, 57-35. With 5 points from Cemal Nalga, including a basket-plus-foul, Besiktas cut into the deficit, and Markota’s free throws after the quarter expired made it 63-46 going into the final 10 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Zhukanenko rules the paint

Patrick Christopher and Nalga made buckets inside to open the fourth quarter, but the visitors were not coming any closer as Fridzon answered with a layup and a triple. Despite the outcome already being decided, players from both teams deserved praise for continuing to hustle for loose balls. Zhukanenko made the best use of the time on the floor, stringing together 8 points before Koponen hit a triple and Monya made a long jumper for 81-54. After Benjamin-Pavel Dudu made his Euroleague debut and split free throws for his first career point, Markota ended long field goal drought for the visitors, but Khvostov rounded out the scoring with a triple, making it 87-56, the largest margin of the night.

Paul Davis - BC Khimki MR - EB12
Friday, February 22, 2013
Attendance: 3250
By Quarter1234
Khimki Moscow Region16222524
Besiktas JK Istanbul11161910
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Khimki Moscow Region16386387
Besiktas JK Istanbul11274656
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 22:53 2 1/1   0/4 2 2 4 1 1         3 7
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 16:16 7 2/3 1/3     1 1 2 1       1 1 8
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 22:27 8 0/1 2/2 2/2   1 1 4   1     1 2 12
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 20:08 7 1/4 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 5   3     2 2 8
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 19:42 10 4/9   2/2       1         2 2 6
11 RIVERS, K.C. 25:17 14 4/6 2/3     3 3     1     2   11
12 MONIA, SERGEY 21:21 7 1/2 1/2 2/2   4 4 4     3   1 1 16
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 21:09 3   1/1     1 1 2 2       3 1 6
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 12:40 10 4/6   2/3   4 4           2 2 11
24 DUDU, BENJAMIN-PAVEL 3:22 1     1/2                   1 1
40 DAVIS, PAUL 14:45 18 6/8   6/6 1 5 6 2 2 1 1   4 5 27
44 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 87 23/40 8/12 17/23 4 25 29 21 6 6 4 0 18 20 116
        57.5% 66.7% 73.9%
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
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 24:25 7 2/4 1/4   1 1 2     2   1 1 1 1
5 GULER, MURATCAN 15:54   0/2 0/2     4 4 1 1 3     1 1 -1
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 23:57 2 1/3 0/1     1 1 2   2     3 1 -2
11 ACIK, TUTKU 2:04   0/1 0/1                       -2
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 17:24 7 2/3   3/6 2 2 4 1 1 1   1 4 7 10
14 FALKER, RANDAL 4:51 2 1/1                     2    
15 CETIN, SERHAT 24:40 10 2/3 2/4     1 1 4   1     1   10
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 26:13 6 2/3 0/3 2/2 5 4 9 4 1 2     1 1 14
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 29:00 8 3/6 0/3 2/2   2 2           4 1 1
25 HERSEK, BARIS 2:30   0/1     1   1         1     -1
35 NALGA, CEMAL 17:20 10 4/5   2/5 1 1 2 1   1     1 4 11
41 OZER, CEVHER 11:42 4 0/1 1/3 1/2   1 1     1   1 2 2 -1
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 56 17/33 4/21 10/17 11 19 30 13 3 15 0 4 20 18 41
        51.5% 19% 58.8%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"I’m happy with the outcome of the game. The main point is we played with energy, passion and willingness. In spite of a smart game in offense, I’m pleased with our defense; we allowed Besiktas JK to score only 56 points. All the guys except Matt Nielsen and Zoran Planinic, who were ill, took part in the game and did well. We needed this victory very much because we didn’t want to lose points to a team that might win, but probably wouldn’t have gone further. I would like to thank my players for the job they did on the court."
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We tried to fight till the end of the first half. In the third quarter we understood that we lost the game. I can’t say we gave up right now. On Monday we have a very important game, so we have to be ready. We don’t have a chance to qualify for the next round, so we’ll try to win the nearest game. BC Khimki played very well."


Khimki Moscow Region
"We played well in the first half and continued in the third quarter, which was great. It wasn’t an easy victory because we played a very good team. I believe we will win some other games in the Top 16, but this one was very important, especially after the loss to Olympiacos. Playing against a team that has nothing to lose is very tough because it may do whatever it can for a win. We built a big margin that will help us in the Top 16 standings. It may put us in great position."
Khimki Moscow Region
"We coped with our opponent and the whole team did a great job even without Zoran Planinic, who is sick with the flu. I suppose our pressure, intensity and defense was the key for the victory. In the beginning of the game there was some kind of confusion, we made difficult shots. At the same time I can say Besiktas JK is a good team, they don’t have wins in the Top 16, but they play very sound. Our group is very tough, the level is very high and you never know what will happen in the next games."
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