2014-15Last 32Round 3
January 21, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PAOK SPORTS ARENA

Khimki hangs on for big 78-82 away win against PAOK

Marko Popovic - Khimki Moscow Region - EC14 (photo BC Khimki)

Khimki Moscow Region held on for a tough 78-82 road win at PAOK Thessaloniki on Tuesday to take over second place in Group J. Both teams came into the game tied 1-1, but after many ties and lead changes, the visitors pulled away in the final quarter and held off a late PAOK charge to win. Tyler Honeycutt led the winners with 14 points and had company in double figures. Petteri Koponen and Ruslan Pateev added 13 pints each, Tyrese Rice 11 and Marko Popovic 10. Khimki needed all their veteran leaders to withstand PAOK, which got 17 points from Marc Carter, 14 from Keith Langford and 10 from Julian Vaughn.

Vaughn's 5 points right after tipoff shot PAOK in front 7-4 before the lead changed hands on a dunk by Egor Vyaltsev and free throws by Evangelos Margaritis. Then 5 points in a row by both Pateev and Honeycutt filled most of a 0-12 run that put Khimki in control at 9-20. PAOK battled back with the next 7 points, pulling withing 16-20 ona basket by Apollon Tsochlas, but free throws by Popovic and Rice kept Khimki out front by 16-24 after 10 minutes. Tsochlas and Carter struck from downtown to resume PAOK's charge to get within 24-26 early in the second quarter. The comeback was complete with another triple, by Jake Odum, and free throws by Langford to make it 29-28. Ties and lead changes dominated after that as a triple by Sergey Monya for Khimki was met by one for Langford. Both teams shot impressively from the free throw line - PAOK 14 for 15 and Khimki 7 for 7 - and pulled into the break all even at 40-40.

Neither team could lock down a lead after halftime, either, as Kostas Kakaroudis joined PAOK's scoring, which was just enough to keep up with Rice and Koponen, whose free throw tied it up 50-50. Back and forth they went through a total of five ties and four lead changes in the quarter until Vyaltsev's free throws put Khimki in front and Popovic added a jumper for a 54-57 lead for the visitors after 30 minutes. Khimki seemingly broke the game open to start the final quarter as Popovic's three-pointer and Honeycutt's dunk and triple filled a 0-10 blast that put the guests suddenly up by 54-67. Carter reeled back the difference to single digits with 9 points in the next few minutes, then Odum's three-point play suddenly made it 70-75 with 2 minutes left. Pateev came up big with a dunk then, but PAOK kept chipping away until Georgios Dedas hit a three-pointer with 9 seconds left to make it 76-79. It went down to the free throw line, where Rice and Kopenen combined on 3 of 4 tries to take a narrow victory and control of second place back to Moscow.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 1438 (Tentative)
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PAOK Thessaloniki16241424
Khimki Moscow Region24161725
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PAOK Thessaloniki16405478
Khimki Moscow Region24405782
PAOK Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LANGFORD, KEVIN 26:56 14 1/2 1/1 9/10   4 4 3   2     4 8 21
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL 4:41 2     2/2 1 1 2           2 1 3
7 CARTER, MARC 34:25 17 4/7 2/5 3/3   2 2 3 1 3   1 3 4 14
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 14:42 8 4/5 0/2     1 1     1     4 1 2
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 18:58 8 1/1 1/3 3/4   2 2     2     3 3 5
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 4:32 5 1/1 1/3     1 1           1   3
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 28:38 6 2/3 0/2 2/2   3 3   2 2 2     4 12
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ODUM, JAKE 23:26 6 1/5 1/3 1/1   2 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 3
15 VAUGHN, JULIAN 17:16 10 3/3   4/5 2 3 5 2 1     1 3 3 16
16 BREMER,J.R. 19:38   0/1 0/2     1 1 2   1     1 1 -1
19 SALOUSTROS, CHRISTOS 6:48 2 1/1 0/1     1 1           1 2 3
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 18/29 6/22 24/27 3 23 26 13 5 12 3 3 25 28 83
        62.1% 27.3% 88.9%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
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 28:47 11 4/10 0/4 3/5 1 3 4 5 1 3   2 3 6 7
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 20:18 4 2/4     1 5 6   1 1   1 5   2
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 17:38 10 1/3 1/3 5/5   1 1 5         4 5 13
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN 16:30 13 6/6   1/1 2 1 3 1   1 1   4 2 15
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 30:42 13 2/9 2/3 3/4   3 3 3 1 1     2 4 12
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 19:57 6 2/3   2/2 1 2 3 1 3 1     2 1 10
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 26:52 5 1/4 1/6   5 3 8 1 1 3 2   5   1
17 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 7:03 2 1/2     1   1 1   2     2   -1
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 24:45 14 2/3 2/3 4/4 1 3 4 1 1       1 5 22
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL 7:28 4 2/4     1   1   1       1 1 4
Team           3 4 7               7
Totals 200:00 82 23/48 6/19 18/21 16 25 41 18 9 12 3 3 29 24 92
        47.9% 31.6% 85.7%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
“We knew it was going to be a very tough game against a very strong team that is first in the VTB League together with CSKA. We allowed them to run in the first quarter, which we had planned to stop. We got better in defense later in the game, but in the fourth quarter we lost focus, did not make the right defensive choices and received many baskets in the post. The guests got too many offensive rebounds, thus renewing half of their offensive plays. I would like to congratulate my players, because they fought hard against a very powerful team.”
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“We are very happy to have won a very tough road game, since we knew that PAOK has many experienced players, the majority of them in their 30’s and they are a very disciplined team, playing very solidly this season. We knew they have defeated Panathinaikos in the Greek League and we know they are a very tough team to beat. Our team did not play a bad game, but this was not the best we can play. We started well, but made some turnovers in the second quarter, the game was tied, and then again, when we had almost won at the end, our players lost control and we almost lost the game. A road win is very important, but does not secure anything yet, we need at least a couple more victories before we start thinking about the future.”

Players

LANGFORD, KEVIN
PAOK Thessaloniki
“It was a very tough game for us, being so close, but we have the experience to win such games, and we know how to at least remain close if we are trailing, so as to attack the game at the end. We tried to do the same this time, but we weren’t able, mostly due to some mental mistakes we made and the fact that they are a very good team and they capitalized on these mistakes. Rebounding was a key factor and we need to focus on it as a team if we want to a victory in Moscow, which is a very difficult task.”
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