2012-13Top 16Round 11
March 14, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.5 Points 77.8
32.2 Rebounds 32.8
9.4 O. Rebounds 8.8
22.8 D. Rebounds 24.0
15.9 Assists 18.5
7.4 Steals 5.8
4.3 Blocks 4.1
11.9 Turnovers 12.3
53.7 % 2PT 54.1 %
39.3 % 3PT 35.7 %
74.8 % FT 76.5 %
90.0 Index 85.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.9 / Hickman Points 13.3 / Davis
6.5 / James Rebounds 5.3 / Davis
2.5 / James OR 1.5 / Davis
4.0 / James DR 3.8 / Davis
3.9 / Ohayon Assists 6.2 / Planinic
1.7 / Hickman Steals 1.2 / Planinic
1.8 / James Blocks 1.3 / Monia
1.8 / Ohayon Turnovers 3.2 / Planinic
74.2 % / Landesberg 2PT 60.9 % / Vyaltsev
50.0 % / Roth 3PT 60.0 % / Zhukanenko
100.0 % / Landesberg FT 100.0 % / Koponen
17.5 / James Index 16.1 / Planinic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-5 Top 16 6-4
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
13-7 Overall 12-8

Referees

Crew Chief
ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Referee
CONDE, ANTONIO, Spain
Umpire
KOROMILAS, ELIAS, Greece

The Take

One of several pivotal Group F games on Thursday takes place at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, where Maccabi Electra hosts BC Khimki Moscow Region, who sit on either side of the fourth/fifth place line that divides the playoff teams from those that go home after the Top 16. Maccabi has won three in a row to improve to 5-5 and will look to beat Khimki and gain a winning record for the first time in the Top 16. Khimkicomes off an important win over Montepaschi Siena to improve to 6-4 and has already won twice on the road in the Top 16.

The difference between Maccabi and Khimki in the Top 16 thus far has been the Russian club’s lopsided 88-67 victory in January. K.C. Rivers scored 20 points off the bench and Paul Davis and Sergey Monya combined for 9 blocked shots as Khimki dominated the paint. Maccabi coach David Blatt is sure to have a gameplan to turn things around in Tel Aviv. Two players that have been keys to Maccabi’s recent run of good form are do-it-all swingman Devin Smith and reserve guard David Logan, whose shooting has been a boon to the Israeli champs. Khimki’s success this season can be attributed to the stellar play of playmaker Zoran Planinic and center Davis. Maccabi will send the duo of Shawn James and Darko Planinic to stop Davis and Kresimir Loncar, while depending on Lior Eliyahu, Nik Caner-Medley and perhaps Guy Pnini, who has played well when needed at power forward, to counter James Augustine and Monya. In the backcourt, Yogev Ohayon, Ricky Hickman and Logan share Maccabi’s ball-handling duties. Vitaly Fridzon and Petteri Koponen join Zoran Planinic in the Khimki backcourt. Among the game’s interesting matchups could be Rivers and Smith at small forward.

If there is one duel on which the game could hinge, it may be at center, where both James and Davis have carried significant burdens thus far. If foul trouble were to affect one of them, the opposing player and team would be at an advantage. Maccabi also needs to make its outside shots, while Khimki, the league’s No. 1 passing team, must generate good looks and avoid turnovers. All signs point to an exciting fixture after which the road to the playoffs in Group F might be a bit clearer.
Monday, March 11, 2013
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Game Notes

MACCABI ELECTRA TEL AVIV

Maccabi leads the league in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.

Yogev Ohayon and Ricky Hickman are the only two Maccabi players to have started every Euroleague game this season.

David Blatt has coached five different BC Khimki players at different points on the Russian national team: Viltaly Fridzon, Dimitriy Khovostov, Sergey Monya, Egor Vyaltsev and Alexey Zhukanenko. Monya spent the longest time with Blatt, starting with winning EuroBasket 2007 together. Fridzon, Khovostov, Monya were all on the squads that won bronze medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at EuroBasket 2011.

Blatt also coached Sergey Monya and Dimitriy Khvostov during the 2008-09 season at Dynamo Moscow. Together they reached the Eurocup Final Eight.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 13 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 31 for 65 from downtown (47.9%) over that stretch. He has 10 games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games. He is shooting 52.9% (18 of 34) during that stretch.

Smith has blocked at least 1 shot in six consecutive Euroleague games.

Shawn James has blocked at least 1 shot in six straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16 leader with 1.9 blocks per game.

James has at least 1 steal in seven consecutive Euroleague games.

BC KHIMKI MOSCOW REGION

Khimki leads the league in assists with 18.5 per game.

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

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Zoran Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (13.2 ppg.) and assists (6.2 apg.).

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 18 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 13 consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Monday, March 11, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Khimki is a great team with quality players and excellent coaches. They're stronger than we are, with more experience and more talent. But this isn't a series, it's one game and with the qualities we have, we can beat them. I hope we can come out and play our very best basketball. This game is super important for us."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It will be a very important and tough game for both teams and the balance will tilt to one side. So the situation in the group will probably change and we expect a tough game. Nokia Arena is always full, they have good support of the fans and the players come out with double energy. They play fast and in a light style. This season we struggled on the road with all the teams, even with FC Barcelona Regal and others. In the first game we stopped Hickman, who plays great so far – when he is in good mood, the whole team does well. Logan and Eliyahu are also strong players."

Players

PNINI, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"BC Khimki is a very strong team and this will be, without a doubt, the game of the season for us. We'll have to be at the peak of our focus and play with all our strength. From our standpoint, there is no better place for us to have such a crucial game than Nokia Arena. I am sure our fans will lift us up to new heights and we will do everything we can to bring them this win."
KOPONEN, PETTERI
Khimki Moscow Region
"It will be a tough and very important game for us. We know that it's not an easy thing to play in Tel Aviv. If we win it will be a huge step forward for BC Khimki so probably we may fight for the second place in Group F that is so balanced. I believe in our chances, everything is possible. Everybody realizes the importance of our performance and the main goal. We try to reach play-offs so I don't think any player needs extra-motivation. The stake is very hight but we are ready. Maccabi Electra plays better right now, they are struggling for play-offs. We'll try to win."

Hickman stars as Maccabi Electra downs BC Khimki

Ricky Hickman scored 14 fourth-quarter points as Maccabi Electra downed BC Khimki Moscow Region 80-79 on Thursday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel, for its fourth straight win. After claiming the win in a thriller that featured eight lead changes and two ties in the fourth quarter alone, Maccabi improved to 6-5, the same record as Khimki and Caja Laboral. All three are only one win behind Olympiacos Piraeus and Montepaschi Siena in second. The game was close throughout. A brilliant Zoran Planinic helped the visitors to a 36-40 halftime lead, but Maccabi stormed ahead by 12 in the third quarter. Khimki rallied back to create an exciting finish, in which Hickman took his chance to shine and led the Israeli champs to an important win. Hickman finished with 30 points, Devin Smith added 16 and 7 rebounds and Shawn James, who played in foul trouble much of the night, finished with 9 points and 5 blocked shots. Vitaly Fridzon led Khimki with 16 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, Zoran Planinic amassed 13 points and 9 assists, Paul Davis had 13 points and 9 rebounds, K.C. Rivers scored 11 and James Augustine had 10 points and 9 boards in defeat.

First quarter: James’s block party helps hosts to slim edge

Zoran Planinic used his size from the start with a turn-around jumper for the game’s first points. Lior Eliyahu found a cutting Ricky Hickman for the home team’s first basket. Egor Vyaltsev sank the game’s first triple, but Maccabi answered to stay close. Zoran Planinic notched his third assists on as many possessions to James Augustine for a slam and foul and a 5-10 lead. Kresimir Loncar knocked down a baseline jumper before Hickman connected from downtown to end a 1-8 Khimki run. Devin Smith and Vyaltsev traded jumpers as the visitors remained ahead. After a timeout, Maccabi found its footing as Hickman converted a three-point play and Shawn James contributed 4 blocked shots and an alley-oop layin for Maccabi’s first lead, 17-16. On the ensuing play, Zoran Planinic fed Paul Davis for a slam, but James had the last word to make it 19-18 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Planinic, Davis put Khimki in front

Khimki regained the lead through baskets by Davis and Zoran Planinic, but it was short lived. A Khimki turnover led to a David Logan slam and a 23-22 home team advantage. After Davis’s offensive rebound led to a Sergey Monya triple, Smith tied the game from the line. A Guy Pnini three edged Maccabi in front. The lead continued to change hands on baskets by Zoran Planinic and Smith. After a Zoran Planinic three and James free throws, it was all square, 32-32. But James soon took a seat with 3 fouls and Fridzon put Khimki back in front with a three-pointer. Augustine added a hook and later a free throw. Hickman scored twice and Eliyahu’s layup was ruled to be after the buzzer to leave it at 36-40 at halftime.

Third quarter: Roth sparks Maccabi off the bench

After a sweet move from Smith and an Ohayon triple, Maccabi moved in front again. Baskets in the paint by Loncar and James saw the lead move back and forth. However James took a seat just three minutes into the third quarter with his fourth foul. Hickman extended the Maccabi lead to 45-42 from the line. Loncar scored inside, but then he too committed a fourth foul and stepped out. Smith scored twice – once on the offensive glass and then with a nifty drive – to put the hosts up 49-44. Darko Planinic added a follow-basket before Khimki called timeout down 7. The momentum remained squarely with the hosts as reserve point guard Moran Roth came up with a pair of steals, which led to free throws for Nik Caner-Medley and Roth and a 10-point lead. Augustine ended a Khimki drought with a tip-in, but Hickman beat the 24-second clock buzzer. Davis scored inside for the visitors, but Nokia Arena erupted after a Logan three, 60-48. Khimki regained its footing on back-to-back threes from K.C. Rivers and Fridzon. A pair of free throws by Fridzon closed the gap to 60-56 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Hickman takes charge with the game on the line

A reverse layup by Davis completed a 0-10 Khimki run. Caner-Medley sank an important jumper, but Rivers drilled a triple to make it a 1-point game. A backdoor cut from Fridzon and perfectly placed pass from Augustine put Khimki ahead, 62-63. Hickman tied the score and put Maccabi in front from the line. Fridzon and Hickman traded big threes. Twice! Caner-Medley lifted the hosts to a 3-point edge; Augustine’s tip-in made it 72-71. Loncar put the visitors ahead with a hook shot; Hickman was fouled shooting a three, but made only 1 to tie it at 73-73 with two and a half minutes remaining. A long step-back jumper by Logan put Maccabi ahead. Smith stole the ball from Planinic with just under a minute to go. After a timeout, Hickman blew past Zoran Planinic for a thunderous slam with 38.7 seconds left to make it 77-73. A costly turnover by Zoran Planinic led to 2 more Hickman free throws with 11.3 seconds left to ice the win. Rivers gave Khimki hope with a triple, but Hickman kept it a two-possession game from the line and despite a Davis triple, the victory stayed with Maccabi.

Ricky Hickman - Maccabi Electra - EB12
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 11060 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19172420
Khimki Moscow Region18221623
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19366080
Khimki Moscow Region18405679
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOGAN, DAVID 22:38 7 2/2 1/5     1 1 1   1     3   1
5 JAMES, SHAWN 23:57 9 3/5   3/3 2 2 4 2   2 5   4 2 14
6 SMITH, DEVIN 31:45 16 6/8 0/4 4/4 3 4 7   2 1     3 4 19
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 35:08 30 4/9 4/7 10/14   2 2 1   1   2 1 11 28
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 8:46   0/4     1 1 2 2       1     -1
9 ROTH, MORAN 5:32 2   0/1 2/2       1 2       1 1 4
10 PNINI, GUY 11:44 3 0/1 1/1     1 1     1       1 3
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 20:57 5 2/4 0/1 1/2   7 7   2   2   2 1 11
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 26:22 6 1/4 1/1 1/4   3 3 6       1   3 11
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 13:11 2 1/2   0/2 3 1 4     3 1   2 1  
15 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4 3 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 80 19/39 7/20 21/31 13 25 38 13 6 10 8 4 16 24 96
        48.7% 35% 67.7%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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 30:16 10 4/6   2/3 4 5 9 2 1   1 1 2 2 19
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 26:15 16 1/5 4/5 2/2       2   2     3 1 9
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 6:56   0/1           1         2 1 -1
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 13:45 5 1/2 1/1           1       2   3
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 20:23 8 4/9       9 9 2       1 4 2 11
11 RIVERS, K.C. 33:04 11 1/4 3/5   1 2 3 1   1   1 3 2 7
12 MONIA, SERGEY 10:24 3   1/4                        
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 2:57                   2       1 -1
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 37:03 13 4/12 1/3 2/4   3 3 9 2 4 1 3 5 4 8
40 DAVIS, PAUL 18:57 13 5/10 1/1   6 3 9 2     2 2 3 3 19
44 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     3          
Totals 200:00 79 20/49 11/19 6/9 12 24 36 19 4 12 4 8 24 16 74
        40.8% 57.9% 66.7%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"In the pregame press conference, I said that players needed to be ready to die on the court, symbolically. Moran Roth, Nik Caner-Medley and Darko Planinic died on the court tonight and brought us this victory. After our losses in the first half of the Top 16, I said it was painful, but we still weren’t out of the race. Now after winning five out of six games, I say we’re not there yet. We are far from there, even very far."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We didn’t take our normal shots. We settled for outside shots. It’s not a tragedy and not a disaster. We believe that with two more wins, we can advance to the next stage. I must congratulate Maccabi and Coach Blatt on their game today. "

Players

OHAYON, YOGEV
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"From the start our goal was clear and it was to win. From the beginning we were first to every ball. [Zoran] Planinic caused us a lot of trouble; they are an amazing team with an amazing roster. If Khimki’s not the best, it’s the second best as far as its roster in the Euroleague. Today we showed character and how good we can be when we want to be."
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