2014-15Last 32Round 2
January 14, 2015 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

Koponen leads Khimki past Limoges

Petteri Koponen - Khimki Moscow Region - EC14 (photo Khimki - Nikolay Kondakov)

Khimki Moscow Region bounced back from its initial loss in Last 32 Group J by downing Limoges CSP 79-70 at home on Wednesday. All four teams are tied at 1-1 in Group J. Khimki grabbed its 14th consecutive home win in Eurocup action. Petteri Koponen paced the winners with 24 points. Marko Popovic and Tyrese Rice each added 11 for Khimki. Rice also had 7 assists. Jamar Smith, Adrien Moerman and Ramel Curry each had 13 points to lead Limoges. Koponen, James Augustine and a three-pointer by Popovic allowed Khimki to get a 20-9 margin after 10 minutes. Mickael Gelabale, Smith and a three-pointer by Leo Westermann helped Limoges tie the game, 24-24, soon after that but an unstoppable Koponen and an outstanding Rice boosted the hosts' margin to 37-31 at halftime. Koponen kept pacing Khimki after the break, getting help from Tyler Honeycutt for a 54-47 margin after 30 minutes. Khimki boosted its margin to 72-60 with 4 minutes left and never looked back.

Ruslan Pateev dunked and a layup by Sergey Monya gave Khimki an early 4-0 lead. Frejus Zerbo followed a slam with a put-back basket but Koponen and Joffrey Lauvergne boosted the hosts' margin to 11-4. Nobel Boungou-Colo shined with a three-point play but consecutive baskets by Augustine made Limoges call timeout at 15-7. Honeycutt and Curry traded baskets and a three-pointer by Popovic gave Khimki a 20-9 margin after 10 minutes. Limoges improved its defense early in the second quarter, while Gelabale, JP Batista and Smith fueled a 0-7 run which brought the guests within 22-21. Koponen hit a jumper which Westermann bettered with a three-pointer. Koponen answered from downtown and Lauvergne gave Khimki a 29-24 edge. Koponen sank another triple and free throws by Rice boosted the hosts' lead to 34-26. Ousmane Camara and Boungou-Colo brought Limoges a bit closer, 37-31, at halftime. Honeycutt hit a jumper right after the break which Boungou-Colo improved with a triple. A 6-0 run which Koponen capped with a layup restored a double-digit Khimki lead, 45-34. Moerman struck from downtown but Pateev followed a layup with a dunk. Smith and Curry stepped up for Limoges and a layup by Moerman gave the guests hope at 52-45. Egor Vyaltsev and Curry exchanged baskets to fix the score at 54-47 after 30 minutes. Koponen scored again and a three-pointer by Popovic broke the game open, 59-47, early in the fourth quarter. Gelabale tried to change things and a three-pointers by Moerman and Curry got Limoges within 67-56. Gelabale scored again and a jumper by Curry made it a seven-point game, 67-60. Rice struck from downtown and a jumper by Koponen sealed the outcome, 72-60. Limoges kept fighting but Khimki had already cruised to yet another home win.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 1550 (Tentative)
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Limoges CSP9314770
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 25:26 11 0/1 2/5 5/6   3 3 7   1     2 5 18
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 19:53 8 4/5     2   2   1 1     1 1 9
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 20:59 11 1/2 3/6     1 1 2   2   1 2 1 6
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN 13:56 8 4/6     2 3 5   1 1     2 1 10
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 32:32 24 5/5 4/9 2/2   2 2 2 1       1 2 25
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 19:07 2 1/1 0/2   1   1 1   2     3   -3
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 25:18 2 1/3 0/2     4 4 1 1 3     1    
17 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 20:53 7 1/4   5/8 1 2 3 4       1 1 8 14
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 21:56 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 2 5 7   1 1 1   2 3 12
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 79 19/30 9/26 14/18 9 22 31 17 5 12 1 2 15 21 93
        63.3% 34.6% 77.8%
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
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 SMITH, JAMAR 27:59 13 2/4 3/8   1 4 5 2   2     2 1 10
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 17:37 3 0/1 1/1         1   4     2   -3
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 11:34 2 1/3       4 4   1   1   3   3
13 BATISTA, J.P. 19:31 2 1/4     2 1 3 3   2 1 1 3    
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 23:34 9 4/6 0/2 1/2   3 3   1 1     1 3 9
17 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 12:01   0/2 0/1   1   1 2         3 1 -2
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 31:25 13 2/5 3/9   2 3 5 3 3       2 3 16
25 CURRY, RAMEL 22:23 13 5/7 1/1   2 3 5 2         1 3 20
41 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 16:26 9 2/2 1/3 2/3 1 2 3             2 11
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 17:30 6 3/8     5 1 6     2     4 2 3
Team           2   2     3         -1
Totals 200:00 70 20/42 9/25 3/5 16 21 37 13 5 14 2 1 21 15 66
        47.6% 36% 60%
Head coach: DUPRAZ, JEAN-MARC

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I'm very happy for this win as it was like a final game for us. In case of defeat we could have serious problems because only two teams from the group go further. We lost in Cantu but today played much better. Now we'll try to beat PAOK on the road and score a second win. I'm happy for the guys, who played under pressure with energy and effort. Today we have seen a real team on the court. We scored a deserved win."
DUPRAZ, JEAN-MARC
Limoges CSP
"It was not a bad game as we played so-so and were down only by 9 points. I think with a little bit more discipline defensively and offensively we could maybe not win, but perform better."

Players

KOPONEN, PETTERI
Khimki Moscow Region
"It's a very important win for us. We didn't start Last 32 well in Cantu and needed to win tonight, so we did what we had supposed. We played much better in defense than in the last game. There are many games ahead and we have to keep improving and playing better. Limoges CSP is a tough team that has played in the Euroleague this season. They are very athletic and we let them catch many offensive rebounds. We kept fighting all the game and won, which is the most important thing for us. It was nice to see Mickael Gelabale here as we spent last year together."
GELABALE, MICKAEL
Limoges CSP
"Coming here we had to play strong and fast, trying to stop Khimki's fast breaks. Also we tried to shut down Koponen, who had a great game tonight and made everything in the first half. It was a good game for BC Khimki. It's easy to adapt in the team when your teammates make it for you. My partners make me feel good. It was a good moment for me to come back here and feel the atmosphere. Khimki is amazing. I suppose BC Khimki became stronger and more experienced this season, as they play well."
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