2012-13Top 16Round 10
March 08, 2013 CET: 16:30

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.8 Points 82.8
32.9 Rebounds 31.6
9.0 O. Rebounds 9.7
23.9 D. Rebounds 21.9
18.1 Assists 16.3
5.9 Steals 5.1
4.0 Blocks 2.6
12.4 Turnovers 11.7
53.8 % 2PT 48.7 %
35.4 % 3PT 41.1 %
77.3 % FT 80.3 %
85.0 Index 86.9

Player Stats

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13.6 / Planinic Points 19.4 / Brown
5.2 / Davis Rebounds 5.3 / Sanikidze
1.6 / Davis OR 2.1 / Sanikidze
3.7 / Davis DR 3.3 / Sanikidze
6.1 / Planinic Assists 5.2 / Brown
1.2 / Planinic Steals 1.1 / Hackett
1.2 / Monia Blocks 1.1 / Ress
3.2 / Planinic Turnovers 2.7 / Brown
60.0 % / Davis 2PT 58.3 % / Carraretto
60.0 % / Zhukanenko 3PT 100.0 % / Eze
100.0 % / Koponen FT 100.0 % / Rasic
16.2 / Planinic Index 18.3 / Brown


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-4 Top 16 7-2
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
11-8 Overall 12-7


Crew Chief

The Take

Two teams with big aspirations in Group F square off Friday when BC Khimki Moscow Region hosts Montepaschi Siena. After a narrow loss last week at Barcelona Regal, Khimki sits in fourth place with a 5-4 record. The Italian champs routed Fenerbahce Ulker in last week’s Game of the Week to improve to 7-2 and second place in the group. Bobby Brown scored 20 and Tomas Ress dominated in the paint when Siena bested Khimki 82-76 in Italy in January.

This game features a duel between two of this season’s very best playmakers, Zoran Planinic and Brown, though they may not always guard one another. Planinic, who already set the Top 16 single-game assist record this season, has helped make those around him better, including center Paul Davis, who has been the top performer in the league in recent weeks. Brown’s dynamic scoring ability makes things easier for everyone, which is why Coach Luca Banchi’s men lead the league in three-point shooting. Khimki will use all its options at guard, including Vitaly Fridzon, Petteri Koponen and Egor Vyaltsev, to try and mark Brown and disrupt the Siena attack. Expect the visitors to send Daniel Hackett, who has been in great form lately, and Aleksandar Rasic to slow down Planinic, while Matt Janning also gets a chance to shine alongside Brown. After a brilliant start to the Top 16, injuries have slowed Ress, who will team with ben Eze and Viktor Sanikidze to stand out in the paint against the likes of Davis, Kresimir Loncar, James Augustine and Matt Nielsen. Khimki scorer K.C. Rivers has not been consistent, but is a big boost to the offense when he’s on. Sharpshooting forward Kristjan Kangur could be the X-factor for the visitors as a stretch 4 who can rebound and knock down threes from the corner.

Both teams will be highly motivated as Khimki needs to win to keep its lead in the playoff race, while Siena must win to remain on track for home-court advantage in the playoffs. Though all eyes will be on the teams’ star guards, the most important matchup could be at center, where Eze, Ress and co. must have an answer for the red-hot Davis. If Siena can control the paint and make its shots like it did when they met in Siena, it becomes the favorite, however another strong effort from Davis could be too much for the visiting team.
Monday, March 4, 2013

Game Notes


BC Khimnki is 8-1 at home this season and 18-4 all-time in Euroleague games on its home floor.

Khimki leads the league in assists with 18.1 per game.

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

Planinic has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (13.6 ppg.) and assists (6.1 apg.).

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 17 consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Koponen was a teammate of Montepaschi forward Viktor Sanikidze at Virtus Bologna during three seasons between 2009 and 2012. Siena forward David Moss was a teammate of theirs during the 2009-10 season.

Paul Davis has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive Euroleague games.

Davis has made 21 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

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

K.C. Rivers and Montepaschi Siena guard Daniel Hackett were teammates during their first professional seasons in 2009-10 at Benetton Treviso.


This will be Montepaschi Siena’s 200th game in the current Euroleague format.

Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (82.8 ppg.), three-pointers made (211), three-point percentage (41.1%) and free-throw percentage (80.3%) this season and is tied for the lead in free throws made (285).

David Moss and Bobby Brown are the only Montepaschi players to start every Euroleague game this season. In total, Coach Luca Banchi has used 13 different players in the starting lineup this season.

Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (19.4 ppg.) and is fourth in assists (5.2 apg.).

Brown has scored at least 10 points in 11 straight and 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games.

Daniel Hackett has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Aleksandar Rasic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Rasic scored a season-high 16 points on 4-of-4 three-point shooting in last week’s victory over Fenerbahce Ulker.

Tomas Ress had his best game of the season against BC Khimki in January. He tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and added a career-best 4 blocks in leading Siena to an 82-76 victory. 

Benjamin Eze spent the 2010-11 Euroleague season with BC Khimki Moscow Region. He was a teammate there of current Khimki players Zoran Planinic, Vitaly Fridzon, Kresimir Loncar and Sergey Monya.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"This will be a very important game for us, because in light of our two defeats, against Olympiacos Piraeus and FC Barcelona Regal, the situation in our group has changed. This victory is as necessary for us as the breath of life. At the moment, Montepaschi Siena is performing well. In our first meeting, we fought well but were unable to put stop their good wave because of the smart game of Ress and Brown. For sure, one of our main goals is to stop the leader of the Italian team, Bobby Brown, although they have a number of other good players, like Moss and Kangur. Especially, Kangur buried us with his three-pointers. So it will not be easy, but we will try to win."
Montepaschi Siena
"The game in Moscow has a great value, especially because these are two teams that are still fighting for the qualification to the Playoff, and Khimki, that have a home record with 8 wins and one lost, will do the best trying to confirm its strength at home. In the first round game we got a win comparable with a great feat, for their size and a solid offensive and defensive system that they showed to have. Our physical emergency will oblige us to play a game beyond our means to compete with such a strong and motivated opponent like Khimki."


Khimki Moscow Region
"Montepaschi Siena occupies one of leading positions in our group. Generally, it is an interesting, very strong and mobile team with a good roster. They are great at going out on fastbreaks and changing to different styles of defense. Their leader is Bobby Brown, who creates a lot and scores as well, so our main task is to suppress him. In the first game, we lost on the road in a tough battle. This time we play at home in front of our fans, so we will try to do our best for the win."
Montepaschi Siena
"It is a very difficult game for us, on the road and facing a great team such as Khimki. They have big talent and big size, with great players in their roster. We have to play a big game and try to compete with them."

Rivers, Davis star as Khimki rolls by Siena

BC Khimki Moscow Region improved to 6-4 in Top 16 Group F by downing Montepaschi Siena 78-71 at home on Friday. Khimki is tied with defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus for third place in Group F, one win behind Montepaschi Siena, second at 7-3. K.C. Rivers paced the winners with 19 points. Paul Davis added 18 and 7 rebounds while Zoran Planinic dished 9 assists for Khimki. Bobby Brown led Montepaschi with 17 points. Kristjan Kangur added 12 and Benjamin Ortner 11 for the guests. Rivers had 8 points and six other Khimki players scored in the first quarter to give the hosts a 25-20 lead after 10 minutes. Davis led an 8-0 run that boosted the hosts' margin to 39-26. Brown stepped up late in the first half and sank a wild buzzer-beating shot to get Montepaschi within 44-37 at halftime. Free throws by Brown brought Montepaschi a bit closer, 59-54, late in the third quarter. It didn't last long, however, as Rivers and Kresimir Loncar combined for 12 points in a 14-0 run that sealed the outcome, 73-54, with seven minutes to go. Montepaschi got within 78-71 in the final minute and had a chance to steal the tie-break advantage in the closing seconds, but Matt Janning missed from downtown at the buzzer.

First quarter: Rivers, Planinic give Khimki early lead

Kresimir Loncar got Khimki going with a backdoor layup and soon added a mid-range jumper for a 4-0 lead. Montepaschi was scoreless for the opening two minutes, as Egor Vyaltsev prevented Brown from playing one-on-one. Planinic scored in penetration, but Kangur answered from downtown to get the guests within 6-3. Rivers downed a mid-range shot and a jump hook by James Augustine boosted Khimki's lead to 7. Marco Carraretto nailed a corner triple and Vyaltsev also joined the three-point shootout. Carraretto and Augustine exchanged free throws and a three-pointer by Rivers gave the hosts a 17-8 margin. Brown swished a five-meter jumper and Kangur did better with a triple that brought Montepaschi within 17-13. Rivers and Brown also hit one apiece from beyond the arc and a layup by Davis restored a 22-16 Khimki lead. Brown kept pacing the guests with free throws and a dunk by Viktor Sanikidze made it a 2-point game. Vitaly Fridzon stepped up with a layup-plus-foul that fixed the score at 25-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Davis spurs hosts to double-digit advantage

Davis dunked early in the second quarter, but Moss buried a stop-and-pop jumper to keep Montepaschi within 27-22. Davis fed Dimitry Khvostov for a layup. Montepaschi started to power the offensive glass with more aggressiveness. Kangur nailed a fade-away jumper, Fridzon buried a mid-range shot and a backdoor layup by Sanikidze brought the guests as close as 31-26. Davis hit an open jumper that Planinic followed with a driving layup, which caused Montepaschi to call timeout at 35-26. Planinic found an unstoppable Davis for a layup and soon added a close basket that broke the game open, 39-26, after an 8-0 run. Benjamin Ortner tried to change things with a three-point play. Petteri Koponen matched with a bomb from downtown. Sergey Monya buried a turnaround jumper, but free throws by Brown and a jump hook by Luca Lecthaler brought the guests a bit closer, 44-33. Lechthaler scored around the basket and Brown banked in a wild fade-away shot at the halftime buzzer to get Montepaschi within 44-37 at the break.

Third quarter: Rivers keeps hosts rolling

Davis added to his tally after splitting free throws following an unsportsmanlike foul. However Planinic was whistled for the same after pulling down Ortner at the other end. The Siena center and his Khimki counterpart traded free throws to make it 46-39. After a Vyaltsev jumper and a Davis dunk, the hosts lead was double figures again. A triple by Aleksandar Rasic and a tough jumper by Brown kept Siena in the hunt. Kangur darted through the paint for a layup that trimmed the gap to 53-46 midway through the quarter. Moss and Davis traded baskets. After a few barren trips up and down the floor, Kangur scored to keep the deficit at 7. Planinic fed Davis, who sank the resulting 2 free throws. Matt Janning’s first points and free throws by Brown got Siena within 5. Monya fed a cutting Rivers and the latter ended the quarter with a pull-up triple to make it 64-54 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Khimki seals it early, takes tie-break advantage

Loncar scored twice around the basket early in the fourth quarter to make it a 14-point game. Montepaschi could not find the way to the basket and a jumper by Monya forced Coach Luca Banchi to call timeout at 70-54. Another three-pointer by Rivers capped a 14-0 run that bridged between the final two quarters and sealed the outcome, 73-54. Janning tried to ignite the guests' comeback with a pair of three-pointers, as Montepaschi tried to at least get the tie-break advantage by losing by less than 6 points. Sanikidze dunked, which caused Khimki to call timeout at 73-62. Fridzon rescued the hosts with a triple, but Ortner scored down low and Rasic struck from downtown to get Montepaschi within single digits, 76-67 with over two minutes to go. Ortner stepped up with a layup, which Davis matched with free throws. Ortner scored again already in the final minute and Rivers missed free throws with 18.4 seconds left, giving Montepaschi a chance to get the tie-break advantage. Janning missed from downtown at the buzzer, allowing Khimki to celebrate a big home win by a very important margin.

Paul Davis - BC Khimki - EB12
Friday, March 8, 2013
Attendance: 3750
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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 21:54 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   2 2 4     1   1 1 10
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 24:57 8 2/5 1/3 1/1   2 2 1 1 1   1 1 3 7
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 6:25 3 0/1 1/1     1 1           1 2 4
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 14:44 6 2/2 0/1 2/2       1         3 3 6
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 17:23 8 4/7     1   1 1   2     3 1 3
11 RIVERS, K.C. 31:23 19 3/3 4/4 1/4   4 4 3 1 1 1   2 2 24
12 MONIA, SERGEY 21:57 4 2/5 0/3   1 5 6 3     2 1   2 10
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 9:58 2 1/2           1         4   -2
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 28:58 6 3/4 0/1 0/2 1 3 4 9 1 3     2 3 14
40 DAVIS, PAUL 22:21 18 6/10   6/8   7 7 3   2 1   3 5 23
44 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 78 24/40 6/14 12/19 4 26 30 26 3 10 5 2 20 22 101
        60% 42.9% 63.2%
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
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BROWN, BOBBY 35:27 17 4/8 1/6 6/6       5   1   2 2 4 12
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 4:32   0/1           1         1 1  
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 17:52 5 0/3 1/2 2/2   1 1         1 3 1 -1
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 13:02 6 0/1 2/3     3 3 2   1   1 3   4
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 28:39 12 3/5 2/5   1 2 3 3 1 3 1   2 5 15
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 17:18 6 3/4 0/1   1 5 6     1     1 2 10
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 17:25 11 4/7   3/3 1 2 3   1 1     4 2 9
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 7:48 2 1/1       3 3           1   4
22 JANNING, MATT 24:34 8 1/2 2/7     2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 7
34 MOSS, DAVID 33:23 4 2/4 0/2   2 4 6 1 1 4     3 2 3
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 71 18/36 8/26 11/11 9 23 32 14 4 13 2 5 22 20 67
        50% 30.8% 100%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"Everyone knew how important this game was for us. I am happy that we managed to win, besides one point more than we lost in Siena. This is a double win. It seemed liked it would be easier, but it's Euroleague, and, despite the fact Montepaschi lost key players like Ress and Hackett, they fought to the end. We had an alarm that the game would be difficult to obtain. I am grateful to the guys for their dedication and character. Monya played a great game, he is a real fighter. Paul Davis also did great job. We had problems with free throws. I wish these figures were better."
Montepaschi Siena
"I congratulate BC Khimki on a big win tonight. They beat us twice – on the court and by the margin of 7 points. So they have a chance to survive in the Top 16. Today you might have seen how the scenario of a new Top 16 format could change game after game. It’s a great goal for BC Khimki because nobody knows what eventually will be in our group. We approached this game without three players – Ress, Hackett and Eze and it was very difficult to repeat the same type of the game like in Siena and contest a solid roster like BC Khimki has. We are disappointed with our shooting percentage as we missed too many open shots. In the fourth quarter it was a very clear situation when three or four times we missed very easy open shots. BC Khimki shot better and in the end we played wrong."


Khimki Moscow Region
"For us it’s a very big win. If we win the game in Tel Aviv over Maccabi, it will be a great chance to move on. We made a lot of mistakes, but continued to fight and that’s why we won. We played really well in the first game in Siena, but it was very tough. So we needed a win by 7 points and we did that to cover the spot. We did well in defense as Siena has a lot of great shooters. We are happy with this victory. I suppose we didn’t play as good as we could. Nevertheless, we won and that’s more important."
Montepaschi Siena
"We knew that it would be a tough game for us at BC Khimki’s home court. They are a well-coached team with great guys. Today they were better. As for us, we go home to prepare for the next game with Olympiacos Piraeus. If we compare the two games, in Siena we played much better, but in Khimki we did well in the beginning, didn’t give up and tried to resist. Definitely, I’m disappointed with the loss by 7 points. Today we missed our injured players very much."
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