2015-16Top 16Round 8
February 25, 2016 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
90.4 Points 81.4
35.1 Rebounds 36.5
10.3 O. Rebounds 11.5
24.8 D. Rebounds 24.9
19.9 Assists 18.9
6.8 Steals 8.6
3.4 Blocks 4.9
12.6 Turnovers 13.2
57.9 % 2PT 52.6 %
42.2 % 3PT 35.2 %
77.7 % FT 71.2 %
108.0 Index 93.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.1 / De Colo Points 16.8 / Shved
5.1 / Kurbanov Rebounds 6.8 / Augustine
1.9 / Hines OR 2.8 / Augustine
3.5 / Vorontsevich DR 3.9 / Augustine
6.1 / Teodosic Assists 5.6 / Rice
1.2 / Teodosic Steals 1.4 / Rice
1.1 / Hines Blocks 1.1 / Augustine
2.7 / De Colo Turnovers 3.1 / Rice
77.8 % / Korobkov 2PT 67.0 % / Augustine
55.6 % / Higgins 3PT 52.4 % / Vyaltsev
100.0 % / Korobkov FT 94.1 % / Koponen
23.1 / De Colo Index 16.3 / Augustine


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-2 Top 16 4-3
9-1 Regular Season 5-5
14-3 Overall 9-8


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

It’s another Moscow derby in the Euroleague. CSKA has the best offense in the competition this season, but Khimki counters with one of the toughest defenses. CSKA leads the league in scoring (90.3 ppg.), three-pointers made (165) and three-point accuracy (42.2%). It features two of the best three scorers in the Top 16, Nando De Colo (1st, 21 ppg.) and Milos Teodosic (3rd, 18.6 ppg.), so stopping CSKA's electric backcourt duo will be critical for Khimki. Teodosic will share the point guard duties with Aaron Jackson, whose main mission will be slowing Tyrese Rice, Khimki's main reference on offense. De Colo will not have it easy against a good number of tough defenders, led by Zoran Dragic and Egor Vyaltsev. Khimki tops the charts in steals (8.6 spg.) and blocked shots (4.9 bpg.). A lot of that has to do with versatile forward Tyler Honeycutt, who will share playing time with Alexey Shved at the wings against De Colo, Nikita Kurbanov, Cory Higgins and Vitaly Fridzon. James Augustine, Josh Boone and Paul Davis will split minutes at center against Joel Freeland and Kyle Hines. Sergey Monya and Marko Todorovic will not have it easy against Andrey Vorontsevich, Demetris Nichols and Victor Khryapa at power forward. Khimki edged CSKA 91-89 on a mid-range jumper by Shved with 1.1 seconds left in Top 16 Round 1. Expect another exciting, balanced battle in the Russian capital.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Game Notes

CSKA Moscow

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top-scoring team with an average of 90.3 points per game. CSKA leads the league through in both three-point shots made (165) and accuracy (42.2%).

Nando De Colo leads the Euroleague in performance index rating this season with an average of 23.1 per game and in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 20 of his last 21 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 20 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 92.8 %, having made 233 free throws out of 251 attempts over 62 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

Milos Teodosic has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last seven Euroleague games, Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 40 of his last 41 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has scored in double figures in each of his last seven Euroleague games.

Kyle Hines has posted a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last six Euroleague appearances.

Victor Khryapa is 1 block away from joining the competition’s all-time top five in blocked shots. He enters this week’s game with 143 career rejections. Injured Zalgiris big man Robertas Javtokas (144 blocks) sits in fifth place.

Vitaly Fridzon is 29 points away from reaching the milestone of 1,000 points for his Euroleague career.

Fridzon played most of his career for Khimki – nine seasons from 2004 through 2013 until he signed for CSKA. He was a party to Khimki’s greatest achievements, including winning the 2012 Eurocup, 2011 VTB League and 2008 Russian Cup. He played under Coach Kurtinaitis and alongside current Khimki players James Augustine, Paul Davis, Petteri Koponen, Sergey Monia and Egor Vyaltsev.

Khimki Moscow Region

Josh Boone is due to make his Euroleague debut this week.

Khimki leads the Euroleague this season in blocked shots with 4.9 per game and in steals with 8.6 per game.

Tyrese Rice has recorded at least 1 steal in 12 straight Euroleague games.

Rice has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Shved has scored in double figures in each of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Petteri Koponen has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

James Augustine has a performance index rating of at least 10 in every Top 16 game so far this season.

Four Khimki players have history with CSKA. Anatoly Kashirov and Alexey Shved played for the CSKA juniors and Sergey Monia and Egor Vyaltsev both came to the club as teenagers. Shved played parts of seven seasons for CSKA between 2005 and 2012 and won the 2008 Euroleague with the club. Kashirov played parts of five seasons from 2003 through 2008 and won the Euroleague in 2006 and 2008. Monia spent three seasons with CSKa and Vyaltsev two.

Team Russia fielded three CSKA Moscow players –Vitaly Fridzon, Nikita Kurbanov and Andrey Vorontsevich – plus Khimki Moscow Region’s Sergey Monia, Ruslan Pateev and Egor Vyaltsev over the summer at EuroBasket 2015. CSKA players Victor Khryapa, Pavel Korobkov and Dimitry Kulagin and Khimki’s Alexey Shved and Dmitry Sokolov have also played for Russia over the years.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"We start the second leg of the Top 16 in our competitive group with a derby against a very good team. Khimki know us well and we know them well. They have many good qualities, they have a good roster with players who can run the floor, who play set offense. They have athletic and fast players and overall good team game. We have to be ready as every game in our group is extremely important. I hope that our fans will come in big numbers and support us as they did in the previous Euroleague game, their support is really helpful."
Khimki Moscow Region
"It doesn’t matter where you play with such a team as CSKA. Now they are playing at home and are supposed to be a favorite, but it’s not the main factor in this matchup. Many things will depend on our concentration and us. We have to restrain their total pressure during all 40 minutes, not 35 or less. CSKA plays equally well at home or on the road and we have to adjust to this level. If we want to win, we have to play a one-hundred-or-more percent from our strength. Our group is very tough and every team may beat each other even on the road. However, CSKA lost twice whereas we were beaten three times so the difference is not so huge. We have had couple of tough games so far where we lost control and discipline in the very end and made some wrong decisions in crucial moments. So now it’s extremely important to make the right decisions in tough situations, especially against CSKA. I can say we have to use the tactics of German football players from the mid-1970s and 1980s, as they played disciplined, focused, and waited for an opponent’s mistake to score a single goal. CSKA also has bad moments and we have to use it to score some points."


CSKA Moscow
"It will be a hard game as usual. They are extra motivated playing against us, we are extra motivated to play against them. We have to focus on what we are able to do, to set the tone from the beginning. We have to believe in ourselves, in our game plan. You can expect the game to be a war, and we will try hard to win it."
Khimki Moscow Region
"We know each other very well and there is almost no need for scouting. In this kind of games, we need to stay focused all 40 minutes and play as hard as we can. We have a pretty good situation after the first leg6 and now we have to win some games on the road. It starts on Thursday. A team like CSKA always puts the pressure so we can’t let two, three or five bad minutes to go in the game like this. If it happens they're gonna get a lead and then keep it. We can’t let them go on runs like 10-0 or more as we have to play all 40 minutes and not have two or three minutes when we turn the ball over or don’t score. We have a one focus on trying to win it and start the second round of good so it will be doesn’t matter where we play now. We’ll be ready."

De Colo, Teodosic lead CSKA past Khimki for its fourth straight win

CSKA Moscow hit 16 three-pointers to get past crosstown rival Khimki Moscow Region 108-98 at Megasport Arena in the Russian capital on Thursday. It was the fourth consecutive win for CSKA, which improved to 6-2 to secure at least a share of the lead in Group F, while Khimki dropped to 4-4 with its third straight loss. Nikita Kurbanov led CSKA early to an 18-16 lead, but Tyrese Rice did it all for Khimki, and his back-to-back threes put Khimki up 40-41. But that turned out to be the only visitors’ lead of the night, as Milos Teodosic and Nando De Colo took over after the break. Teodosic scored 19 of his 26 points and De Colo 14 of his 19 in the second half, as CSKA held multiple double-digit leads, but did not seal the deal until putting together a 13-2 run late in the fourth quarter to lead 102-86. Teodosic shot 6 for 9 from three-point range, and De Colo dished 8 assists. Kurbanov finished with a career-high 18 points, Kyle Hines scored 11, while Victor Khryapa had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks in victory. Rice paced Khimki with 16 points and 12 assists. Alexey Shved also scored 16, Petteri Koponen netted 15 points, Zoran Dragic added 12 and James Augustine 11 in the losing effort.

First quarter: Kurbanov helps CSKA take control

Aaron Jackson and Kurbanov hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 6-0 and force visiting coach Rimas Kurtinaitis to call a timeout after only 68 seconds. Tyler Honeycutt opened Khimki's account by splitting free throws, and after Kurbanov finished a fast break with a dunk, Koponen hit a long jumper and Sergey Monia a three-pointer for Khimki to get within 9-6. Khryapa answered with a triple and then worked his way inside for a short fadeaway jumper. Kurbanov made a steal at the half-court line, then scored a fastbreak layup while drawing a foul. On the ensuing free throw, Khryapa’s put-back capped a 9-0 run and opened an 18-6 margin. However, Honeycutt and Koponen hit back-to-back triples to halve the deficit, before Rice assisted Augustine for a score inside. Teodosic fed Andrey Vorontsevich for a big and easy baseline dunk, and after Rice made a tough runner, Teodosic nailed a long jumper, 24-16. Before the quarter’s end, however, Josh Boone in his Euroleague debut for Khimki fed a cutting Dragic for a reverse layup, and after a pair of foul shots from Teodosic, Paul Davis made a turnaround jumper to put 28-23 on the scoreboard after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Rice leads Khimki rally, but CSKA takes lead into the break

Cory Higgins drove for a layup, but Shved nailed a triple and Boone knocked down a long jumper to get Khimki within 31-28. Vorontsevich answered with a long jumper, before Teodosic hit a wide open three to make it 36-28. But Dragic banked in a triple for the visitors, and after a put-back by Hines, Rice fed Dragic for a fasbreak layup before nailing back-to-back triples that gave Khimki its first lead, 40-41. After a CSKA timeout, Khryapa hit a three and Higgins scored a driving layup. Augustine scored inside twice for Khimki, but Jackson hit a triple for the hosts, and De Colo hit from way downtown as time expired to give CSKA a 53-46 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Teodosic pours in 10 points as hosts pull away

Augustine scored inside to start the scoring in the second half and after a jumper from De Colo, Rice fed Shved for a fastbreak dunk and to get within 55-50. But Kurbanov made a put-back and Teodosic nailed a three-pointer. After a driving layup Rice, Kurbanov drove for a big two-handed slam. Khimki countered with a tip-in from Boone, but De Colo knocked down a corner three to restore a double-digit margin, 65-54. Shved answered with a three-pointer for Khimki, and made a floater-plus-foul that cut the deficit to 67-60. Kurbanov answered with a three-point play of his own, and Teodosic made foul shots that made it 72-60. Dragic finished a fast break he initiated with a dunk, and after Davis and Todosic traded a pair of foul shots, Teodosic buried a three-pointer to open a 77-64 lead. Boone’s put-back dunk just before the buzzer made it 77-66.

Fourth quarter: CSKA pulls away behind triples from Teodosic and De Colo

Teodosic opened the fourth quarter with a triple, but Augustine answered with a three-point play. Vorontsevich made a three-pointer too, and after Shved’s jumper, Kurbanov scored inside to make it 85-71. Dragic and Kurbanov traded baskets inside, but after a Khimki timeout, Rice with a floater and Koponen with a fastbreak layup fueled a 0-6 run, Hines snapped it by driving for a layup, but Koponen hit one from outside to get Khimki within 89-82. Shved’s free throws made it a 5-point game, but De Colo nailed a corner triple and Teodosic hit his fifth from long range on the next trip down the floor, making it 95-84. Teodosic’s sixth triple and a Hines put-back helped CSKA to a 102-86 lead – its biggest of the night. Khimi answered with a 0-9 run, which Koponen started with a triple and Rice continued with a layup before Honeycutt scored twice inside. But De Colo’s second-chance three-pointer with 17 seconds to go put CSKA back into double digit lead. Monia’s three in the final seconds rounded out the scoring.

Kyle Hines - CSKA Moscow - EB15
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Attendance: 10543
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CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 30:22 19 1/6 4/8 5/6 1 3 4 8 2 2     1 8 28
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 0:07                              
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 25:47 26 1/2 6/9 6/6 1 2 3 3 1 4     2 4 27
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 12:09 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   2 2     1     1 1 1
9 JACKSON, AARON 15:41 8   2/2 2/2   2 2 4 1 1     5 1 10
13 LAZAREV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 FREELAND, JOEL 15:29 1 0/1   1/2 1   1   1 1     3 1 -2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 18:10 7 2/3 1/1   3   3 1         1   9
22 HIGGINS, CORY 15:36 6 2/5 0/1 2/2               3 4 1 -4
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 24:42 10 2/3 2/4 0/2 1 10 11 2 1 4 2   3 4 18
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 17:26 18 7/8 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 3 2     1 4 4 22
42 HINES, KYLE 24:31 11 3/5   5/8 1 3 4 1 1 1   1 2 4 12
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 108 18/34 16/28 24/32 12 24 36 22 9 14 2 5 26 28 124
        52.9% 57.1% 75%
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
0 RICE, TYRESE 33:37 16 4/10 2/8 2/2 1 3 4 12 1 2   2 4 5 18
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 25:16 16 3/6 2/6 4/5   4 4 4 1 4     3 5 15
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 20:37 12 4/4 1/7 1/2 2 1 3 1 2 2     5 3 7
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 31:13 11 5/7   1/1 3   3   1 1     1 3 14
6 BOONE, JOSH 24:10 6 3/4 0/1   3 4 7 2 1 1 1   3 1 12
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 16:51 15 2/3 3/4 2/2   1 1 2         3 2 15
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 16:13 8   2/5 2/2 1 1 2   2 2 1   3 1 6
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 23:39 8 2/3 1/4 1/3 2 4 6 3     3   3 3 14
40 DAVIS, PAUL 8:24 6 2/3   2/4 1   1 2         3 3 6
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 98 25/40 11/35 15/21 16 20 36 26 8 13 5 2 28 26 111
        62.5% 31.4% 71.4%

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
“Congratulations to the team for another victory. It is not so easy to play against Khimki, especially in almost back-to-back situation (the teams played recently in VTB League). We can say many details about this game but overall we controlled it. It was a team win, everyone contributed, those who were on the floor and those who worked hard during practices, helping us to prepare better. We followed our plan, we took some risks – like letting Khimki win many offensive rebounds. But we also played well in the clutch – I can mention a key offensive rebound by Vorontsevich in the end. We looked for defensive solutions in halftime and we stopped Khimki’s transition though they found ways to score differently. On the other side, our players were also hot, we made threes but we created the shots, moved the ball well. We got another victory in a competitive group. We will make conclusions though we don’t have much time to think. We have another derby – we meet Lokomotiv-Kuban this weekend – then we will play some away games. I would like to thank the fans again, we had almost 11,000 in the stands. They created great atmosphere and made us feel home.”
Khimki Moscow Region
“Congratulations to CSKA and Coach Itoudis. They played very good game tonight. They were active and smart. We missed some easy layups, some open three-point shots. On the other end, CSKA hit some tough shots, like De Colo at the end of second quarter, like Teodosic in the fourth. This was the difference. Usually when we face CSKA, we play around 100 points scored by each team, but today CSKA played definitely better than us.”


CSKA Moscow
“It was not as easy a win as it could seemed according to the final score. The game was tough till the last seconds. We scored each time when Khimki scored. That’s why we got the victory.”
Khimki Moscow Region
“To play against CSKA is always tough. We need to add pressure on defense. It’s not our first time that the opponent scored 100 points. It’s very hard to beat such teams. We had some problems. Now we need to give more effort, start playing better and help each other. Everything starts from the defense.”
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