2012-13Top 16Round 9
February 28, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.2 Points 78.3
35.2 Rebounds 32.5
9.0 O. Rebounds 9.0
26.2 D. Rebounds 23.5
16.1 Assists 18.6
6.6 Steals 6.1
3.7 Blocks 4.2
13.1 Turnovers 12.4
58.0 % 2PT 54.0 %
37.3 % 3PT 36.1 %
76.0 % FT 76.7 %
95.1 Index 85.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Navarro Points 13.7 / Planinic
5.8 / Tomic Rebounds 5.0 / Davis
1.5 / Tomic OR 1.5 / Davis
4.3 / Tomic DR 3.5 / Davis
3.2 / Huertas Assists 6.3 / Planinic
1.1 / Mickeal Steals 1.2 / Planinic
1.4 / Tomic Blocks 1.3 / Monia
1.7 / Huertas Turnovers 3.1 / Planinic
82.4 % / Rabaseda 2PT 59.0 % / Davis
52.6 % / Lorbek 3PT 75.0 % / Zhukanenko
100.0 % / Jasikevicius FT 100.0 % / Koponen
15.9 / Tomic Index 16.8 / Planinic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-1 Top 16 5-3
9-1 Regular Season 6-4
16-2 Overall 11-7


Crew Chief
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal

The Take

In a high-profile game in Top 16 Group F, BC Khimki Moscow Region visits FC Barcelona Regal on Thursday. Barcelona leads Group F with a 7-1 record and just needs to protect its home floor to get to the playoffs. Khimki is tied for third place with a 5-3 record and a third road win in Group F would greatly increase its chances to advance. Khimki defeated Barcelona 78-65 in Top 16 Game 2. It was Barcelona's only road loss in the Euroleague this season. Zoran Planinic had 16 points to lead Khimki.

Stopping Planinic will be Barcelona's main concern, as he can change any game with his size, high basketball IQ and great court sense. Planinic, who sat out against Besiktas last week with flu-like symptoms, will get plenty of help at point guard from Dimitry Khvostov and Petteri Koponen. Victor Sada, one of the best on-the-ball defenders in European basketball, must do his best to stop Planinic. Marcelinho Huertas will also get a chance to match skills against Planinic. Barcelona relies on its experience and talent at the wings to make the difference. Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro teams with small forward Pete Mickeal to form a dangerous duo, while Joe Ingles and Xavi Rabaseda come off the bench. Navarro must use his experience against the always-improving Vitaly Fridzon, a good shooter who can also slash to the basket. Mickeal faces another strong, skilled small forward in Sergey Monya. K.C. Rivers and Koponen will provide shooting range and intensity, while defensive ace Egor Vyaltsev may see extended playing time against Navarro. Center Paul Davis has been unstoppable lately, averaging 19.6 points over the last three games. Khimki has other options around the baskets, including James Augustine, Matt Nielsen, Kresimir Loncar and Alexey Zhukanenko. Davis must use his size and power against Ante Tomic, who is also in great shape. Nate Jawai’s strength off the bench ensures that Barcelona always a serious presence inside. Nielsen and Loncar face a critical matchup against Barcelona forward Erazem Lorbek, whose array of post moves and experience can make the difference in this game.

Barcelona must get Navarro and Mickeal involved at the wings, try to get Davis into foul trouble and set a high tempo to make the most out of its many shooters. Khimki must take advantage of its depth inside by using Augustine and Zhukanenko to stop Tomic. It needs to run its offense through Planinic and Davis and prevent Barcelona from running the floor.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Game Notes


FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 66.7 points allowed per game and in performance index rating with an average of 95.1 per game.

The 65 points Barcelona scored in a road loss to BC Khimki in January represented the fewest points the club has scored in a game this season.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 23 straight free throws in Euroleague action. He is the competition’s career leader in free throw percentage at 92.11%.

Jasikevicius is 18 points behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,145 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.

Marcelinho Huertas has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in nine straight Euroleague games. He is ranked fourth in the Top 16 in performance index rating (20.3 per game), second in field goal shooting percentage (69.3%), fifth in rebounds (6.5 rpg.), seventh in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and 10th in blocks (1.1 bpg.).

Pete Mickeal is due to play in his 100th career Euroleague game this week.


BC Khimki Moscow Region leads the league in assists with 18.6 per game and is tied with Maccabi Electra for the league lead in blocked shots with 4.2 per game.

Twelve different players have appeared in the starting lineup for BC Khimki at least once this season; no player has started every 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.).

Planinic was a teammate of FC Barcelona Regal forward Pete Mickeal during the 2007-08 season at Caja Laboral Vitoria. Together they helped the team reach the Euroleague Final Four in Madrid and win the Spanish League championship.

Planinic was a teammate of Barcelona big man Erazem Lorbek during the 2008-09 season at CSKA Moscow. Together they helped the team reach the Euroleague Final Four in Berlin and win the Russian League championship.

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 16 consecutive Euroleague games.

Petteri Koponen is a perfect 15 for 15 from the free throw line this season.

Paul Davis has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive Euroleague games.

Davis has made 19 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

K.C. Rivers was a teammate of Barcelona forward C.J. Wallace during the 2009-10 season at Benetton Treviso.

Kresimir Loncar has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Sergey Monya has blocked at least 1 shot in three straight and seven of his last eight Euroleague games; Monya is third in the Top 16 with 13 blocks.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"Khimki is the only team that has beaten us so far in the Top 16. Since then, we've been able to keep adding victories. They have a very high-level team that knows how to manage games very well. Even in the three games they have lost, Khimki has dominated. So this will be a very difficult game and we hope that our fans help us. We'll have to do things very well to beat them. They have overcome great teams in this competition and for that reason it will be a difficult day."
Khimki Moscow Region
"Barcelona is one of the favorites to reach Final Four. In the Top 16 they have just one defeat, and I am happy that our team won the game against Barca at home. Now Barcelona is in a good shape, they won the King’s Cup. One of the key factors is if Navarro will take part in this game, because Barca with Navarro differs from Barca without him. As for us, Nielsen and Planinic joined the team after illness."


FC Barcelona Regal
"Khimki is a team that beat us and plays very well. We are preparing ourselves to win a difficult game. Zoran Planinic is talented, knows how to play and makes things difficult for the defense. It's a very solid team and for that reason will be a tough game."
Khimki Moscow Region
"FC Barcelona Regal is one of the best teams in the history of Europe. In the Spanish League they have lost some games, but in the Euroleague they are very tough. We did beat them once as we played focused for all 40 minutes. We have a chance to beat them again. I played in Barcelona with my team Cajasol Seville and we won the game, so the message is very clear – you have to play all 40 minutes; if you are focused for 39 minutes you may lose. In Barcelona there are great players but we have some too. If we win this game, it will be a big step for us towards the playoffs."

Barcelona downs Khimki, breaks Top 16 home record

FC Barcelona Regal took another step towards the Euroleague Playoffs from Top 16 Group F by downing BC Khimki Moscow Region 71-69 at home on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 8-1, leads Group F and has all but mathematically sealed a ticket to the playoffs. Khimki dropped to 5-4 and keeps good chances to reach the playoffs for the first time in club history. Barcelona set a new Euroleague record for most consecutive Top 16 home wins with 22. Its last Top 16 home loss came against Unicaja on March 30, 2006. Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro paced the winners with 19 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting, Ante Tomic added 16 points and Erazem Lorbek tallied 11. Paul Davis paced Khimki with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Zoran Planinic and Vitaly Fridzon added 12 points apiece in defeat. Barcelona struck twice from downtown and got some help from Pete Mickeal and Lorbek in building a 21-16 lead after 10 minutes. Lorbek and Tomic took over late in the second quarter before a buzzer-beating basket by Marcelinho Huertas gave the hosts their first double-digit lead, 44-34, at halftime. Tomic kept pushing Barcelona after the break, as the hosts improved their defense and boosted their margin to 60-48. Khimki managed to get within 66-63 but Navarro followed a three-pointer with free throws to seal the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Navarro helps Barcelona grab early edge

Khimki tried Egor Vyaltsev in its starting lineup to try to stop Navarro early. Alexey Zhukanenko got Khimki going with a close basket, which Tomic matched with a dunk. Planinic took Victor Sada to the low post for an easy basket, as Barcelona kept missing open shots. A coast-to-coast layup by Sada gave Barcelona its first lead, 5-4. James Augustine swished a five-meter jumper that Navarro bettered with a three-pointer. Sergey Monya downed a six-meter shot off a timeout and a running jumper by Fridzon restored an 8-10 Khimki lead. Navarro buried another one from beyond the arc and followed that with free throws for a 13-10 Barcelona lead. Augustine scored in penetration, Mickeal nailed a mid-range jumper and free throws by Planinic kept the guests within 15-14. Mickeal added a corner triple and Lorbek also struck from downtown to make it a 7-point game. A jumper by Loncar fixed the score at 21-16 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Lorbek gives hosts a double-digit lead

Fridzon took over with an alley-oop layup early in the second quarter, but Nate Jawai matched it with an uncontested dunk. Fridzon split free throws and Sarunas Jasikevicius answered with a close jumper, good for a 25-19 Barcelona lead. Khimki tried to run its offense through Davis, but C.J. Wallace was over the place on defense, denying him the chance to get the ball down low. Jawai and Jasikevicius forced Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis to call timeout at 28-19. Fridzon struck from downtown, Joe Ingles made free throws and a turnaround jumper by Davis made it 30-24. Planinic shined with a wild driving layup, but Lorbek followed free throws with a close jumper for a 34-26 Barcelona lead. Davis dunked before Lorbek hit more foul shots. A jumper by Monya gave Khimki some hope at 36-30. Tomic stepped up with a put-back layup and erased Planinic's free throws with another basket. Loncar buried a turnaround jumper, but free throws by Lorbek and a close basket by Huertas made it a double-digit game, 44-34, at halftime.

Third quarter: Khimki tries, Barcelona soars

Khimki improved its aggressiveness after the break with Augustine and Davis together on court. Both teams struggled to score until Tomic hit a jump hook and the free throw that came with it. The guests were held scoreless for more than three minutes until Augustine made free throws to come within 48-36. Augustine kept pushing Khimki with a fast break layup and a running jumper by Planinic caused Barcelona to stop the game at 48-40. Navarro shined with a three-pointer and Tomic matched Davis's jumper with a two-handed slam. Planinic scored in the low post, but Navarro did it better with a wild catch-and-shoot triple. Free throws by Tomic boosted the hosts' lead to 58-44. Davis followed foul shots with a baseline jumper, but Tomic kept the hosts way ahead, 60-48, at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Barcelona holds off Khimki's rally

Davis buried a four-meter jumper early in the fourth quarter, as Barcelona tried to use longer possessions to run the game clock down. Huertas finished one of those with a driving basket, which Fridzon matched with free throws. Wallace took over with a backdoor layup, Loncar quickly answered with a put-back basket by Davis brought Khimki within single digits, 64-56, with seven minutes left. Fridzon scored again and a put-back dunk by Monya caused Barcelona to call timeout at 64-60 after an 0-8 run. Mickeal rescued Barcelona with a driving basket, which Monya bettered with a three-pointer. Navarro swished his fifth triple, as Khimki struggled to score right when it mattered most, missing 6 consecutive shots until Davis stepped up with a put-back layup. Free throws by Navarro sealed the outcome, 71-65, with 1:14 to go, as even though Khimki kept trying, Barcelona had cruised to a record-breaking Top 16 home win.

Joan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Attendance: 5344
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FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 18:24 2 1/3       3 3 5 2 2     2   6
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 20:29 4 2/4 0/2     2 2 4   1 1   2 2 6
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 30:43 19 0/2 5/10 4/4   2 2 4   2       3 19
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 8:37 4 2/4                   1 1    
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 11:21 2 1/2 0/1 0/2 1 2 3   1       1 2 3
20 INGLES, JOE 6:58 2   0/1 2/2   2 2 1         1 1 4
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 6:19     0/2     1 1           1   -2
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 29:24 11 1/4 1/3 6/6 1 3 4     1       3 12
32 JAWAI, NATE 14:16 3 1/2   1/2 2 2 4 1   1     2 2 5
33 MICKEAL, PETE 28:30 8 2/7 1/3 1/2 2 2 4 2         3 2 5
44 TOMIC, ANTE 24:59 16 6/10   4/5 1 4 5     2 1   2 5 18
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 16/38 7/22 18/23 7 27 34 17 3 9 2 1 15 20 80
        42.1% 31.8% 78.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 25:57 8 3/6   2/2 1 3 4 1         1 2 11
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 23:47 12 3/5 1/2 3/4   2 2   1 1     4 3 9
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 7:15   0/4       1 1 1   1   1   2 -2
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 11:24           1 1 1   1       1 2
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 21:25 8 4/6     4 1 5 1   1     3   8
11 RIVERS, K.C. 16:28   0/2 0/1         3         2 1 -1
12 MONIA, SERGEY 25:27 9 3/4 1/4   1 7 8     1     4   8
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 7:00 2 1/1 0/1     2 2           2   1
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 35:39 12 4/12 0/4 4/4   5 5 2 1 5   1 1 5 6
40 DAVIS, PAUL 25:38 18 8/11   2/2 2 7 9 1 1 2 1   3 1 23
44 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 69 26/51 2/12 11/12 9 31 40 10 3 12 1 2 20 15 68
        51% 16.7% 91.7%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"I am very happy with the win we got tonight. I said it before the game and we all thought that it was a difficult game against an opponent that does things really well. They are always in the game. They play well in offense by finding easy options. Defensively, they are very structured and with a lot of aggressiveness, especially around the basket. We played a good game, especially in the opening three quarters. We controlled the defensive boards, allowing just two offensive rebounds in 30 minutes. We led by 12 early in the fourth quarter, but lost control and they went on a 0-8 run. We didn't control the defensive boards, allowing 7 offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter. We allowed a lot of second chances, but reached the final minutes with a lead and that allowed us to win the game. It is a very important win to qualify. We are three wins ahead of fourth place with five games left to play. We have to visit Olympiacos, which is third right now and will try to do its best to reach even higher. It will be a very interesting game, very tough to play. We will play back-to-back home games against Besiktas and Caja Laboral after that. Beating Olympiacos on the road would give us a lot of strength."
Khimki Moscow Region
"I think that both teams played really well tonight. I would like to congratulate Barcelona and its coach. They were a little bit better than us tonight. I am happy with the way we fought, but everybody knows that Barcelona is really strong. Two of my players, Zoran Planinic and Matt Nielsen, had physical problems before the game. We needed to do a little bit better to win the game. We missed too many three-point shots and that killed us. I don't think we have options to be first in this group, but maybe we can be second or third. Our goal is to make it to the playoffs, this would be good. We got the tie-break advantage against Barcelona, but that's not important under the current situation. In the last two years, my team has showed a lot of character. We always fight until the end, no matter if we are up by 10 or down by 20. We fight all 40 minutes, as we did today. We try to do our job, but even though we did well on defense, we need a better three-point shooting percentage to get this win."


FC Barcelona Regal
"They are a tough team; they beat us in Russia. It’s a good win for us. Our concentration wasn’t there in the fourth quarter. They had offensive rebounds and they killed us with that. They are a physical team. They have big guys who can play and can shoot the ball. "
FC Barcelona Regal
"We knew that Khimki is a team that always stays in the game. It is a tough team, very difficult to beat. We played very well in the opening three quarters, but allowed them to get many offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and rushed a bit on offense. It was a very important win, as we are three wins ahead of fourth place. It gets as closer to our goal to be first or second in this group. Winning was the only thing that mattered and in general terms, we controlled the game pretty well. We have to carry on with this winning streak."
Khimki Moscow Region
"We picked up our aggresivity in the fourth quarter. We needed to play like that the whole game. They hit their shots; we missed our shots when it was winning time. We missed some shots and made a couple of turnovers. In a 2-point game, you can look at anything as the reason we lost. [Barcelona is] one of the best teams this year and probably one of the best teams in the history of Europe. We’re not happy with a 2-point loss; we felt that we could win. In a game like this, everybody has to play to their potential. If you don’t show up for a game like this, we’re going to lose. "
Khimki Moscow Region
"Barcelona played a really good game today. They dominated from the first minute until the last. Maybe the score was close, but they controlled the game the whole time. They came in focused and played good basketball. We still depend on ourselves [for the playoffs], but I think we missed an oppurtunity here; with this win we would have been in a better position, Right now we have to win all the home games and I think we’re going to be good. "
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