2012-13Top 16Round 12
March 22, 2013 CET: 16:30

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 74.3
32.9 Rebounds 28.9
8.9 O. Rebounds 9.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 19.9
18.5 Assists 11.5
5.7 Steals 6.2
4.0 Blocks 1.9
12.3 Turnovers 12.2
53.4 % 2PT 52.6 %
36.8 % 3PT 32.0 %
76.2 % FT 75.3 %
85.2 Index 72.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.3 / Davis Points 16.3 / Bogdanovic
5.5 / Davis Rebounds 4.2 / Sato
1.7 / Davis OR 1.4 / Sato
3.8 / Davis DR 3.5 / Andersen
6.4 / Planinic Assists 3.4 / Preldzic
1.2 / Planinic Steals 1.8 / McCalebb
1.2 / Monia Blocks 0.6 / Bogdanovic
3.2 / Planinic Turnovers 1.8 / Preldzic
60.0 % / Vyaltsev 2PT 65.4 % / Ermis
100.0 % / Davis 3PT 40.0 % / Bogdanovic
100.0 % / Koponen FT 83.9 % / Bogdanovic
15.9 / Davis Index 15.8 / Bogdanovic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
6-5 Top 16 2-9
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
12-9 Overall 7-14


Crew Chief

The Take

BC Khimki Moscow Region looks to shake off last week’s loss in Tel Aviv when it hosts Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on Friday. Khimki is in the midst of a five-team battle for three tickets to the playoffs and can ill-afford a second loss to Fener. Back in January, Fenerbahce outlasted Khimki 85-82 in Istanbul behind 26 points from Bojan Bogdanovic. Working in Khimki’s favor, however, is that it has lost only one all season at home and that Bogdanovic is doubtful with a heel injury.

Even without Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce has a skilled and experience team, which could be dangerous on any court. However few teams have challenged Khimki’s chemistry at home. Led by the duo of point guard Zoran Planinic and center Paul Davis, Khimki is on the verge of a playoff berth for the first time. Planinic is the team’s spark as its playmaker, though it is his teamwork with backcourt mates Vitaly Fridzon, Petteri Koponen and Egor Vyaltsev that makes Khimki dangerous. Streaky shooter K.C. Rivers is another important weapon for Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis. Fenerbahce’s backcourt is led by 2012 Ford Scorer Trophy winner Bo McCalebb, who teams with Omar Onan, Baris Ermis and Romain Sato. Shooter Uros Tripkovic could see extended playing time if Bogdanovic is out. Fenerbahce boasts tremendous depth in the paint between centers Oguz Savas, Kaya Peker and David Andersen and forwards Mike Batiste and Ilkan Karaman as well as point forward Emir Preldzic. They will all keep an eye on Davis, though Kresmir Loncar is a second danger in the paint for Khimki, while James Augustine and Sergey Monya provide game smarts, rebounding and – in Monya’s case – outside shooting from the power forward position.

Khimki is the automatic favorite at home, especially against a struggling team missing its top scorer. However with three former champs on its roster, Fenerbahce should never be counted out. Furthermore, the visitors have the size and depth needed to create headaches for Khimki. If Planinic and Davis can take Khimki to another big home win, it will be a step closer to club history, but Fener will be pleased to play a spoiler role.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Game Notes


BC Khimki is 9-1 at home this season and 19-4 all-time in Euroleague games on its home floor.

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.

Zoran Planinic and Fenerbahce Ulker big man Kaya Peker were teammates on the 2006-07 Tau Ceramica Vitoria (now Caja Laboral) squad that reached the Final Four in Athens.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Zoran Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (13.2 ppg.) and assists (6.4 apg.).

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 19 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 14 consecutive Euroleague games.

Davis has blocked at least 1 shot in four straight and seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

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

Sergey Monya was a backup to Fenerbahce Ulker big man David Andersen during the 2004-05 season at CSKA Moscow. That team won the Russian League and Cup double and reached the Euroleague Final Four in Moscow.

Alexey Zhukanenko had his best game of the season against Fenerbahce Ulker on opening night with 12 points and 4 blocked shots.


Fenerbahce Ulker has lost nine straight Euroleague road games.

Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.9 rpg.).

Bo McCalebb has at least 1 steal in 12 straight Euroleague games.

McCalebb has made his last 12 free throws in Euroleague action.

McCalebb has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in 11 straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16’s leading scorer with 21.8 points per game.

Bogdanovic was the Top 16 Game 5 co-MVP after pouring in 26 points, including a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line, in leading his team to an 85-82 victory over BC Khimki in January.

Bogdanovic needs 4 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Uros Tripkovic has made his last 14 free throws in Euroleague action.

Romain Sato has made his last 13 free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"It looks like the upcoming game means nothing for Fenerbahce Ulker, but it's a Euroleague game, so I'm dead sure our opponent will fight till the end. We are ready to face them. First of all, we have to stop Bo McCalebb, the main point guard of the Turkish team. He plays a great role and sets the court for all the attacks of Fenerbahce. Also we had problems with Andersen, who played great against us. Of course, we have to stop Bogdanovic, the leading scorer of Fenerbahce. In short, we will face a well-equipped opponent. They have had problems in the Top 16, but will battle till the end. We have to win at all costs to get closer to the playoffs. Any other outcome is not good for us."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Every game, be it in the Euroleague or the Turkish League, is a game we play to win. This game is also like that. Whatever the situation is we want to win and play better basketball."


Khimki Moscow Region
"It's a big game for us. In this time of the season all the games are really important. The last two matches we played with a little bit of bad luck. Hopefully we will be able to focus and be ready for Fenerbahce Ulker. It's hard to know if our opponent will play hard or relaxed; for sure, they don't have even theoretical chances of going further, but they never give up. They may be dangerous because they have no stress, no pressure. It influences players' mentality. We have to play with energy. I suppose we must solve our problems and win the game to have chances of moving forward. We have to focus on this matter, nothing else."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Although this may seem as a formality game for us, we want to win and play much better basketball. The Turkish League is still continuing so we have to play good basketball for this and win every game."

Khimki rolls past Fenerbahce to stay strong in Group F race

BC Khimki Moscow Region got closer to claiming a playoff spot from Top 16 Group F by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 99-76 at home on Friday. Khimki improved to 7-5 in Group F. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-10 and stayed seventh in Group F with no chance to advance. Petteri Koponen paced the winners with 23 points on just one missed shot and 7 assists. Sergey Monya added 18 points, Paul Davis had 14, Vitaly Fridzon 13 and Egor Vyaltsev contributed 10 for Khimki. Bo McCalebb led Fenerbahce with 18 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. David Andersen added 14 points for the guests. Andersen and McCalebb shined early and a free throw by Emir Preldzic made it a double-digit game, 9-19. Fridzon and Koponen allowed Khimki to get within 22-23 after 10 minutes. Monya struck three times from downtown in the second quarter. He got some help from Koponen and Zoran Planinic to give Fenerbahce a 12-point lead, 49-37, at halftime. McCalebb and Omer Onan fueled Fenerbahce's comeback, bringing their team within 59-58. An outstanding Koponen and a jumper by Vyaltsev allowed Khimki to restore a 70-61 edge after three quarters. Nothing changed after that as Khimki boosted its margin to 88-70 midway through the fourth quarter and never looked back.

First quarter: Andersen, McCalebb help visitors to early lead

Andersen got Fenerbahce going with a three-pointer from the top of the key. K.C. Rivers downed a six-meter jumper, which Planinic followed with a driving layup for a 4-3 Khimki lead. Oguz Savas used his footwork to score in the low post and a wild driving layup by McCalebb restored a 4-7 Fenerbahce edge. Planinic struck from downtown, but Onan downed a long jumper, Savas scored down low and McCalebb capped a 0-6 run with a layup off a steal, causing Khimki to call timeout at 7-13. Rivers made free throws that a red-hot McCalebb bettered with a layup-plus-foul. Andersen nailed his trademark turnaround jumper and a free throw by Preldzic made it a double-digit game, 9-19. Khimki kept struggling to score until Fridzon hit foul shots. Planinic scored in penetration and a fast break layup by Koponen brought the hosts within 15-19. Ilkan Karaman and Paul Davis traded layups and a three-pointer by Koponen brought Khimki even closer, 20-21. Free throws by Baris Ermis and a buzzer-beating layup by Fridzon fixed the score at 22-23 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Monya heats up as Khimki rolls

Fridzon scored around the basket early in the second quarter and Monya added a seven-meter bomb to ignite the crowd at 27-23. Davis capped a 9-0 Khimki run with a layup, as Preldzic stepped up with a three-pointer. Monya answered from downtown. Mike Batiste dunked, but a power layup by Davis kept Khimki ahead, 34-28. Khimki tried to speed up the game tempo, as Fenerbahce went with twin point guards with Ermis and McCalebb together on court. Batiste swished a five-meter jumper before a red-hot Monya netted his third three-pointer. Free throws by Fridzon restored a 9-point Khimki margin. Preldzic nailed a triple, as the game turned into a physical battle. Planinic scored in penetration and a foul shot by Kresimir Loncar gave the hosts a 42-33 edge. Koponen made free throws and a layup by Alexey Zhukanenko boosted Khimki's lead to 13. Andersen tried to change things with free throws and a five-meter jumper, but a wild corner triple by Koponen gave Khimki a 49-37 margin at halftime.

Third quarter: Koponen holds off Fenerbahce rally

Kaya Peker scored down low immediately after the break, but Loncar erased that with a backdoor layup. Andersen swished a turnaround jumper, which Fridzon matched with a layup in transition, good for a 53-41 Khimki lead. Romain Sato split free throws and a three-pointer by Andersen gave Fenerbahce some hope at 53-45. Fridzon swished one from the beyond the arc, but McCalebb answered from downtown and added free throws to make it a 6-point game. Khimki called timeout and Rivers rescued the hosts with a corner triple only to see Onan also join the three-point shootout. An unstoppable McCalebb brought Fenerbahce within 2. Khimki struggled to score without Davis on the floor. Meanwhile, Peker split foul shots to bring the guests as close as 59-58. Koponen downed a three-pointer and followed that with a long jumper to restore a 64-59 Khimki lead. Batiste shined with a tip-in in traffic, but an inspired Koponen made free throws and Vyaltsev sank a five-meter jumper that gave the hosts a 70-61 margin through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Khimki wraps up another home win

Vyaltsev struck from downtown early in the fourth quarter. Sato made free throws that an unstoppable Koponen erased with a running jumper. Karaman made free throws only to see Monya bury his fourth three-pointer to break the game open, 77-65, with over seven minutes to go. After Batiste made free throws, Vyaltsev fired in a corner triple and Koponen scored in penetration to cause Fenerbahce call timeout at 82-67. Sato tried to change things with a three-pointer, however back-to-back dunks by Davis and Monya sent the crowd to their feet, 86-70. The outcome was clear but Khimki kept trying to please its fans. Davis buried his trademark baseline jumper and Fridzon scored around the basket for a 90-72 margin with three minutes to go. Sato made free throws and by the time Davis dunked again, everything was said and done.

Vitaly Fridzon - BC Khimki MR - EB12
Friday, March 22, 2013
Attendance: 3050 (Tentative)
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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
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 32:43 13 3/6 1/4 4/4 3 2 5 4 2       3 5 20
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 29:34 23 4/4 3/4 6/6   2 2 7   1       5 35
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 15:28 10 2/3 2/2   3   3 2   1     4 1 10
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 22:45 3 1/1   1/2   1 1 1   3     4 5 2
11 RIVERS, K.C. 19:29 7 1/3 1/3 2/2 1   1   1       4 1 2
12 MONIA, SERGEY 25:55 18 3/5 4/7   1 3 4 6 3 1 1   1 1 26
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 1:20                              
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 4:41 2 1/1       1 1 1   1         3
24 DUDU, BENJAMIN-PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 19:25 9 3/5 1/1   1 2 3 5   1     4   10
40 DAVIS, PAUL 22:23 14 7/10       4 4 3 1 3 1   2 2 17
44 NIELSEN, MATT 6:17   0/1           1     1   2 1  
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 99 25/39 12/21 13/14 10 17 27 30 7 12 3 0 24 21 127
        64.1% 57.1% 92.9%
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
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 33:35 18 5/10 1/1 5/5   1 1 7 5 2   3 2 4 23
7 ONAN, OMER 22:38 6 1/3 1/3 1/2       4         2 1 4
9 ERMIS, BARIS 13:45 2   0/1 2/2   1 1 1 1 3     2 1  
10 SATO, ROMAIN 31:11 8 0/2 1/2 5/8 2 2 4 2   2     1 8 13
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 23:45 14 3/4 2/4 2/2 1 3 4 2   2     2 1 14
14 PEKER, KAYA 18:19 5 1/2   3/4 2 3 5 1 2 2     4 4 9
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 10:16 4 2/2     1 1 2     3     4 1  
24 BATISTE, MIKE 14:49 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 1 2 3           3 1 6
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 9:24 4 1/3   2/2                 1 2 3
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 22:18 7   2/3 1/2   1 1 2   1     1 1 7
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 76 16/31 7/15 23/29 8 14 22 19 8 15 0 3 22 24 80
        51.6% 46.7% 79.3%

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"I am happy with the result of this game; it is a very big victory for us. However, the game was not easy, especially in the beginning. We had a great responsibility, because in the case of a loss, the situation would become more complicated. We started not very good, but the players from the bench, Koponen and Monya, did their best and helped us a lot. They gave the team the necessary energy and played well in defense and offense. I am glad we played like a team and made 30 assists. Also we were better in rebounding. We were able to stay together and unite in the situation when we needed a victory very much, so I would like to thank the guys for their devotion."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
" Actually, it was not an important game for us from the point of view of the standings in the group. For sure, we would like to play better basketball and win the game because for us Euroleague games are also important, not only the Turkish League. Unfortunately this season is very unusual for our team; I’ve never seen such a season before. We have a different picture in the Euroleague and in the Turkish League, first of all, psychologically. We tried to pick up our game one more time, especially in the first quarter. But we were so fragile and didn’t play consistent basketball. There were a lot of ups and downs, we had a lot of problems in one-on-one situations. We couldn’t succeed one more time in a Euroleague game. So I congratulate BC Khimki and its coach. I wish them all the best for the next game and for the rest of the season. "


Khimki Moscow Region
"Everybody knew how important this game was for us and, actually, it wasn’t easy. Everybody gave 100 percent for a win tonight. We played good team basketball and eventually won. I would like to thank the head coach for the trust he gave me. The most important thing is our victory. Every game I try to play as good as possible. Today I felt confidence, my teammates found me and gave me the ball."
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