2015-16Top 16Round 11
March 17, 2016 CET: 22:00
Local time: 22:00 BROSE ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.5 Points 82.0
32.5 Rebounds 36.2
7.7 O. Rebounds 11.6
24.8 D. Rebounds 24.6
17.3 Assists 19.6
5.2 Steals 8.5
2.5 Blocks 4.7
12.4 Turnovers 12.8
51.9 % 2PT 52.7 %
40.0 % 3PT 34.8 %
79.6 % FT 71.3 %
83.2 Index 93.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.6 / Wanamaker Points 16.8 / Shved
6.3 / Melli Rebounds 6.6 / Augustine
1.7 / Radosevic OR 2.8 / Augustine
5.4 / Melli DR 3.8 / Augustine
3.8 / Wanamaker Assists 6.3 / Rice
1.5 / Wanamaker Steals 1.4 / Shved
0.7 / Melli Blocks 1.1 / Augustine
2.4 / Wanamaker Turnovers 3.1 / Rice
66.7 % / Staiger 2PT 67.7 % / Augustine
52.4 % / Heckmann 3PT 53.8 % / Vyaltsev
100.0 % / Idbihi FT 91.7 % / Koponen
15.3 / Melli Index 16.4 / Augustine


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-6 Top 16 5-5
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
10-10 Overall 10-10


Crew Chief

The Take

It is a critical game for both teams to keep their playoffs chances alive. Two months ago, Khimki downed Bamberg 78-61 with 22 points from Alexey Shved. Bamberg, however, is 7-2 in Brose Arena this season and wants to keep its momentum going after home wins against Barcelona and Olympiacos. In Top 16 home games, Bamberg makes a league-best 11.3 three-pointers per game at the second-best rate of 47.9%. Janis Strelnieks has been its go-to guy from three-point range (45%, 36-of-80) and hit one to beat Olympiacos last week. Strelnieks shares the point guard duties with Bradley Wanamaker and Nikos Zisis, and all of them have to find the way to stop Tyrese Rice and Petteri Koponen. Shved and Zoran Dragic will see extended playing time if Tyler Honeycutt remains sidelined. Bamberg small forward Darius Miller has the tough mission of guarding Shved in a key matchup. Although Bamberg is last in offensive rebounds (6.5) and Khimki first among road teams (13.3), the visitors are giving up 95.5 points per road game away and are 0-4 away from home in the Top 16. Khimki may be without top rebounder James Augustine, so Paul Davis, Josh Boone and Sergey Monya may see more playing time to work against Nicolo Melli, Elias Harris, Leon Radosevic and Daniel Theis. Khimki leads the Top 16 with 9 steals per game, however, and has enough offensive weapons to rank first in assists (20.8) and third in scoring (84.1). Bamberg will rely on its home crowd and a bigger game control to fight for this important win.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Game Notes

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Nikos Zisis is due to play the 250th game of his Euroleague career this week. Only four other players have reached that feat.

Zisis was a teammate of Khimki guard Alexey Shved for two seasons at CSKA Moscow between 2007 and 2009.

Zisis was a teammate of Khimki center Dmitry Sokolov at Unics Kazan during the first half of the 2014-15 season.

Zisis has made 23 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in five straight and 20 of his last 21 Euroleague games.

Strelnieks has made 28 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nicolo Melli has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.

Darius Miller has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki leads the Euroleague this season in blocked shots with 4.7 per game and in steals with 8.5 per game.

Tyrese Rice has at least 5 assists in nine of last 10 Euroleague games, and averages 9.5 assists over a span of last 6 games.

Alexey Shved has scored in double figures in each of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Shved made his last 9 free throws in Euroleague action.

Sergey Monia has hit a t least 1 three-point shot in six consecutive games.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"First we have to see what the change of coach will bring. They were a team with unbelievable talent on offense: Shved, Koponen, Rice, Honeycutt. And they have very, very tough big guys: Davis, Augustine, Monia. Now they signed a new player: Boone. I believe we have to focus on what we can do, because we cannot just guess what they will do with the new coach. It’s a home game and we want to give it all, just to keep walking in this group."
Khimki Moscow Region
"It’s a very important game for us. We don’t have much time to prepare but I think everybody is ready to play and do their best at this moment. Brose Baskets is a team that plays really good and intensively. They are very strong at home and every time play all 40 minutes with big concentration. We also need to play with the same concentration."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Khimki is a team with lots of good individual players. They play very tough. But we’ve shown in the last games that we also can play very physical. Now we have to do it again. We have to play our style of basketball. Our fans will push us and give us a lot of energy."
Khimki Moscow Region
"This is it right now. I think we need this win for more than just to have the opportunity to continue to have a good feeling and see what hard work does. We are not far off and I think now it’s not about necessarily basketball stuff but from our attitude, the atmosphere within the team and many other things. It’s good to go on the road and get a win. I hope that we will be able to regroup after that, keep getting better each week, and have a chance to move to the playoffs. We are going to Germany ready to fight. The only way we can win is to stay together and especially in the environment like that. We have a new coach right now and he’s trying to get used to the players as well as the players try doing the same. It’s a difficult situation especially with the biggest games of the season coming up. But the good thing is that everyone is competitive and wants to win. I hope he will bring new energy to the team. We are ready and it’s time to turn it around."

Wanamaker leads Bamberg to comeback thriller over Khimki!

Bradley Wanamaker scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the final 5 minutes of the fourth quarter to rally Brose Baskets Bamberg past visiting Khimki Moscow Region 84-79 on Thursday. Both teams now have 5-6 records and a share of the fifth place in Group F. Khimki, under new head coach Dusko Ivanovic, controlled things for most of the night, as Bamberg led only twice in the first 36 minutes. But the visitors never had lead bigger than 63-71 midway through the fourth quarter. That's when Wanamaker blasted off, fueling a 13-0 that gave Bamberg lead for good. He also scored his team’s final 13 points to deliver Bamberg victory. Wanamaker also pulled down 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists, but before he single-handedly decided the game, Bamberg was kept in it by big man Leon Raodosevic, who scored 18 points, and Nikos Zisis who in his 250th Euroleague game collected 16 points and 8 assists. Nicolo Melli collected 7 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort. Khimki, which is 0-5 on the road in Top 16, had Alexey Shved and Zoran Dragic score 14 apiece. James Augustine and Paul Davis each scored 10, while Tyrese Rice had 11 assists along with 9 points.

First quarter: Back and forth through 10 minutes

Elias Harris opened the scoring for Bamberg with a baseline jumper, but Davis bettered it with a triple on the other end for Khimki. Tyler Honeycutt dished a pass in-stride to Shved for a visitors’ dunk before Patrick Heckmann scored inside for Bamberg and 6-5. Tyrese Rice made a floater and Josh Boone scored inside to put Khimki up. Radosevic and Zisis tied the game at 9-9 from free throw line. Dragic drove for a layup, but Melli hit a turnaround jumper for the hosts. Khimki went in front again with Rice making a runner and Shved driving a baseline for a layup. After a Bamberg timeout, Augustine was a beneficiary of Khimki's good ball movement and finished with a dunk to open an 11-17 lead. Before the quarter could end, Radosevic had a three-point play and a put-back dunk to get Bamberg within 16-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: All tied at halftime

Wanamaker went coast-to-coast for a layup and 18-17 Bamberg lead to start the second quarter. Dragic hit a triple and Boone a long jumper to put Khimki back in front. Melli, who was dominating the boards, answered with a three-pointer, but Augustine scored inside and Dragic downed a fastbreak layup at 21-26. Wanamaker replied with a triple, but after Boone and Radosevic traded baskets inside, Shved made a backdoor cut for a layup to make it 28-30. Rice hit a triple on one end, but Wanamaker followed with a driving dunk on the other. Davis scored inside for Khimki, but Zisis hit a jumper then fed Radosevic for an alley-oop layup and a 34-35 Khimki lead. Davis answered with a three-point play, while Zisis made foul shots and Melli grabbed his 10th rebound and assisted Harris to tie it up, 38-38. In the final minute of the half, Davis and Janis Strelnieks traded easy layups as teams were locked at 40-40 going to the half.

Third quarter: Khimki gets breathing room

Shved and Sergey Monia ht back-to-back triples before Rice fed Augustine for an easy layup as Khimki busted out to a 40-48 lead after the break. After a Bamberg timeout, Radosevic scored from close range. Petteri Koponen nailed one from downtown for the visitors, but Zisis fed Radosevic for another layup, then drained a step-back three-pointer himself, helping close the gap to 49-51. Dragic then hit from long range for Khimki, but free throws from Daniel Theis and a layup from Strelnieks got the hosts within 53-54. A triple from Theis tied it at 56-56, but Khimki needed less than 60 seconds to put together a 0-8 run during which Boone nailed a long jumper, Shved drove for a layup, and Dragic scored two baskets to make it 56-64 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Red-hot Wanamaker rallies Bamberg

The teams went scoreless for more than 2 minutes of the final quarter before Zisis fed Radosevic for a layup, and then Radosevic assisted Zisis for a three-pointer. A fastbreak slam by Radosevic cut the difference to 63-64. After a Khimki timeout, Shved hit a triple and Rice made a tough floater to open another gap, 63-69. Egor Vylatsev extended the lead with a pair of free throws, but Wanamaker had a tough basket inside, then a three-point play on a fastbreak to get Bamberg to 68-71. A three from Zisis forged a new tie at 71-71 before Wanamaker scored a fastbreak layup, then a monster dunk and free throw to put Bamberg up 76-71 with 2:40 to play. Augustine snapped Bamberg's 13-0 run with a layup, but Wanamaker hit a long second chance jumper, then made a pair of foul shots at 80-73. Koponen kept Khimki in it with a three-pointer, and after Wanamaker banked in a floater, Koponen’s three-point play cut it to 82-79. Bamberg got 15 seconds off the clock and - who else? - Wanamaker made 2 foul shots to seal the deal.

Bradley Wanamaker - Brose Baskets Bamberg - EB15
Friday, March 18, 2016
Attendance: 6203
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Khimki Moscow Region17232415
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Brose Baskets Bamberg16405684
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Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 32:08 7 1/5 1/2 2/2 3 10 13 1 1 3 1   2 3 16
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 33:15 16 2/4 3/4 3/4 1 2 3 8   2     2 3 22
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 2:50                         2   -2
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 5:33                 1           1
10 THEIS, DANIEL 14:30 5 0/1 1/1 2/2 1   1 1     1   4 1 4
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 27:20 25 8/11 1/6 6/6 1 6 7 5   1     2 8 34
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 21:13 6 2/5 0/3 2/4   1 1 2 1 2     2 3 1
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 6:01 4 2/2           1         1   4
21 MILLER, DARIUS 25:07   0/2 0/1     4 4     1 1 1 1   -1
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 12:34 3 1/1 0/1 1/2 1 1 2     1     3 1  
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 19:29 18 7/8   4/6 1 3 4 1           6 26
Totals 200:00 84 23/39 6/18 20/26 8 27 35 19 3 10 3 1 19 25 105
        59% 33.3% 76.9%
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 33:25 9 3/6 1/7     1 1 11   1     2 9 18
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 27:53 14 4/8 2/7   1 3 4 2       2 4 1 6
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 23:43 14 3/5 2/3 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 1   1 1 3 15
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 24:36 10 4/7   2/2 1 3 4 1   1       1 12
6 BOONE, JOSH 20:05 8 4/5   0/1   5 5     3     3 1 6
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 20:45 9 1/4 2/4 1/1       1 1       3 2 5
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 5:59 2   0/1 2/2                 2 1  
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 24:21 3 0/1 1/2   2 4 6 4   3 1   5   4
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 8:15   0/1     1 1 2 1 1       2   1
40 DAVIS, PAUL 10:58 10 3/5 1/1 1/1   3 3   1       3 1 10
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 79 22/42 9/25 8/9 10 22 32 21 4 9 1 3 25 19 82
        52.4% 36% 88.9%

Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We were in trouble. We never, ever quit. And the most important thing is we found a way to win this game – not in a common way, the way we usually do. Khimki came here and played a great game, very physical. They disrupted our offense. But never underestimate the heart of a champion. Brad is a unique guy. He was cut two times in second division in Italy. And he's growing and improving like our team is improving. I believe he played bad for 34 minutes but, again, never underestimate the heart of a champion."
Khimki Moscow Region
"I think the game was decided in the last five minutes. We started the game good and played the first 35 minutes with patience, with correct defense. In the last five minutes we had physical problems, I think. I don't really know the reason. But Brose Baskets made a run and hit easy baskets. And we had a problem with the last five minutes of this game."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I was in a rhythm and had it going. My teammates just kept getting me the ball. We played great defense though. And we started pushing the ball going in transition. Any time you play against a team with this talent it's very difficult. We came out and just had to fight. If we want to survive and advance we had to win this game. We had a mindset of one game at a time. We did our job tonight and now we have to worry about the next one."
Khimki Moscow Region
"The game was very tough for us. We started really well for the first half. In the third quarter we had the game in our hands. We were up three times by eight points but then like always happens with our team we lost focus and Brose Baskets out-ran us in the fourth quarter and made an 11-0 run and it was tough to get back with that kind of defense."
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