2012-13Top 16Round 8
February 22, 2013 CET: 16:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

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
Euroleague.net
Referees: GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
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 VIALTSEV, 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, DMITRY 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%
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
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

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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."
KUNTER, ERMAN
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."

Players

DAVIS, PAUL
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."
RIVERS, K.C.
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."