Top 16 Round 13 - March 29, 2013 CET: 16:30 Local time: 19:30 - BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-5 Top 16 6-6
6-4 Regular Season 4-6
13-9 Overall 10-12

Referees

Crew Chief
CEREBUCH, GUERRINO, Italy
Referee
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Umpire
ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS, Greece

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.8 Points 76.4
32.6 Rebounds 33.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 10.3
23.7 D. Rebounds 22.8
19.0 Assists 15.4
5.7 Steals 5.6
4.0 Blocks 2.1
12.3 Turnovers 12.9
53.8 % 2PT 51.4 %
37.9 % 3PT 36.2 %
76.9 % FT 77.5 %
87.1 Index 79.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.3 / Davis Points 13.5 / Lampe
5.4 / Davis Rebounds 6.0 / Lampe
1.6 / Davis OR 1.9 / Lampe
3.8 / Davis DR 4.1 / Lampe
6.3 / Planinic Assists 4.5 / Heurtel
1.2 / Planinic Steals 1.1 / Bjelica, N.
1.2 / Monia Blocks 0.6 / Pleiss
3.1 / Planinic Turnovers 2.2 / Heurtel
60.7 % / Vyaltsev 2PT 75.0 % / Cabezas
100.0 % / Davis 3PT 50.0 % / Oleson
100.0 % / Koponen FT 95.5 % / Cabezas
16.0 / Davis Index 13.1 / Lampe

THE TAKE

The hottest clash in the penultimate week of Group F action takes place in Russia, where BC Khimki Moscow Region hosts Caja Laboral Vitoria on Friday. Both teams have legitimate playoff aspirations, though one’s will take a hit with a loss. Khimki is among four Group F teams tied for second place with 7-5 records; Vitoria trails them by one win. Coach Zan Tabak’s side could potentially see its chances end if it loses and Montepaschi Siena wins later in the day. Vitoria needs not only to win, but point difference could play a major role in a potential tiebreaker, so every basket will count. Khimki beat Caja Laboral 71-83 last month in Vitoria behind 20 points from Paul Davis.

Khimki comes off a big win over Fenerbahce Ulker in which reserve guard Petteri Koponen dominated. If he can become a major player for Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis alongside bona fide stars Zoran Planinic and Paul Davis, Khimki will be infinitely tougher to stop. As is, Planinic’s wizardry at point guard and Davis’s brilliance at the pivot have made Khimki a contender. Caja Laboral will try its best to overcome those stars with big names of its own. Maciej Lampe and Tibor Pleiss will try to make things tough for Davis and Kresimir Loncar over 40 minutes at the center position, while Fabien Causeur and perhaps even Fernado San Emeterio try to stop Planinic. Thomas Heurtel and Omar Cook lead the Vitoria attack and will try to create for Lampe and versatile forwards Andres Nocioni and Nemanja Bjelica. Nocioni’s leadership and feistiness could be keys for the visitors. Khimki has Vitaly Fridzon and Koponen pegged to stop Cook and Heurtel in another important matchup. Big games from streaky scorers K.C. Rivers and Sergey Monya could also boost the hosts.

One unpredictable key to the game could be fouls. If either Lampe and Davis gets a chance to operate inside with the other team weakened by fouls, that player and team grabs a huge advantage. Much will be expected from Planinic, the most-experience Euroleaguer for the hosts, who are facing as much pressure as the team has ever known this close to the playoffs. Nocioni has many veterans to help him, but the Argentine could play the biggest role for Vitoria as the club aims for a critical win to take the next step towards the playoffs. Don’t miss this early Friday tip-off!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
BC Khimki Moscow Region
"The Euroleague Top 16 comes to an end and four teams are tied at the moment, so the upcoming victory is important not only for us. Moreover, we are playing at home and have our home court advantage. Our opponent is a good team, I can mention Lampe, Nocioni and Cook. They are experienced players with a good shot. Actually, like all Spanish clubs, Caja Laboral likes fast attacking basketball, and they do not care where they play – at home or on the road, the strategy and the speed are not changing. As for us, we went back to the same rhythm, so mentally and physically we are ready."
TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We have already proved that we can win in difficult moments. Khimki is an experienced team that knows how to read the game and punish the opponent. They have great balance with the inside and outside game. It's an important game for both teams, as both have to win to keep our options. I only want to think about this game. Winning would be a great step forward, getting also the point differential would be a giant step."

Players

KOPONEN, PETTERI
BC Khimki Moscow Region
"Caja Laboral is a very tough opponent like any team in the Euroleague, so it will be a hard game. The match is important for both teams, everyone will make every effort to win. We have prepared a number of defense and attack combinations against them, the coaches pointed out the weaknesses of the opponent. At the same time, we play at home in front of our fans, so it will be a great plus for us. If we play 100 percent and do our best we may beat any team. I may point out Lampe, Nocioni, Causeur and San Emeterio in Caja Laboral; all of them may score 20 points and more, so we have to stop their leaders."
SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We want to play a serious game in Russia to find a win that would be very good for us. It will be like a final for both teams. It's difficult but not impossible. We must improve our balance in the game, avoid ups and downs and try to manage the lead if we can get one. There are chances for everyone, and ours start with a win in Russia. We know it and we go for it."

Game Notes

BC KHIMKI MOSCOW REGION

Khimki leads the league in assists with 19.0 per game.

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

Rimas Kurtinaitis coached Caja Laboral big man Milko Bjelica for two seasons at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius between 2008 and 2010. Together they won the 2009 Eurocup, back-to-back Lithuanian League and Cup doubles plus the 2009 Baltic League. 

Zoran Planinic spent two seasons at Caja Laboral - then Tau Ceramica – between 2006 and 2008. During that time he helped the team reach back-to-back Euroleague Final Fours and win the 2008 Spanish League title. The current Laboral roster is devoid of players from Planinic’s time with the team.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Zoran Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (12.9 ppg.) and assists (6.3 apg.).

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 20 consecutive Euroleague games.

Fridzon has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Petteri Koponen is a perfect 21 for 21 from the free throw line this season.

Koponen came off the bench for season-highs of 23 points and 7 assists en route to Top 16 Game 12 bwin MVP honors last week against Fenerbahce Ulker.

Paul Davis has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive Euroleague games.

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

Davis matched his season high with 20 points in a 71-83 road win at Caja Laboral last month.

CAJA LABORAL VITORIA

Maciej Lampe has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Lampe spent three seasons between 2006 and 2009 at BC Khimki Moscow Region. During his time there he helped Khimki win the 2008 Russian Cup and reach the 2009 Eurocup title game. The only player that remains on the roster from Lampe’s time is Vitaly Fridzon.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Fernando San Emeterio needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his career.

Omar Cook was a teammate of Khimki forward James Augustine at Valencia Basket during the 2010-11 campaign. Together they helped the club within one win of the Euroleague Final Four.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Euroleague.net
Caja Laboral claims season-saving win at Khimki

Maciej Lampe - Caja Laboral - EB12

In one of the best games so far this season, Caja Laboral Vitoria improved its chances to reach the playoffs from Top 16 Group F by edging BC Khimki Moscow Region 82-86 on the road on Friday. Both teams are now tied at 7-6 in Group F and retain chances to make it to the playoffs. Andres Nocioni paced the winners with 24 points. Maciej Lampe added 21, Nemanja Bjelica scored 13 and Fernando San Emeterio got 10, while Omar Cook dished 11 assists for Vitoria. Paul Davis led five Khimki scorers in double digits with 15 points. Sergey Monya added 13, Petteri Koponen and James Augustine each had 12, K.C. Rivers 10 and Zoran Planinic dished 9 assists for the hosts. Nocioni had 11 points in the first quarter and a buzzer-beating basket by Nemanja Bjelica gave Vitoria a 19-22 lead after 10 minutes. An outstanding Monya allowed Khimki to regain the lead, 32-31, midway through the second quarter. Vitoria found a new go-to guy in Lampe, who helped the guests to restore a 43-46 edge at halftime. Nocioni and Lampe kept leading Vitoria after the break as the guests to extend their margin to double figures early in the fourth quarter. Nemanja Bjelica took over right after that to boost Vitoria's lead to 63-79. It didn't last long, however, as Koponen, Vitaly Fridzon and Davis fueled a 17-2 run that brought Khimki back in the game, 80-81. But Nocioni downed a critical three-pointer and free throws by San Emeterio sealed the outcome with 0.4 seconds left.

First quarter: Nocioni takes charge, puts Vitoria ahead

Nocioni split free throws early in the game and a running layup by Milko Bjelica gave Vitoria a 0-3 lead. Egor Vyaltsev got Khimki going with a backdoor layup, which Nocioni bettered with 3 foul shots. Zoran Planinic made free throws and fed Kresimir Loncar for an easy basket that tied it at 6-6. Nocioni kept pushing Vitoria with a power layup. K.C. Rivers answered with a driving basket. Vyaltsev shined with an acrobatic fast break layup that gave Khimki its first lead, 10-8. Tibor Pleiss took over with a put-back slam, but Rivers answered from downtown. Nocioni nailed a triple in transition and David Jelinek added a layup-plus-foul to restore a 13-16 Vitoria margin. Vitaly Fridzon came off the bench and immediately delivered with a corner triple and a driving layup. Nocioni provided a highlight with a huge put-back layup and free throws by Maciej Lampe gave Laboral a 17-20 edge. A fast break layup by Koponen and a buzzer-beating basket by Nemanja Bjelica fixed the score at 19-22 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter:Lampe heats up as visitors remain on top

Davis split free throws early in the second quarter and a three-pointer by Lampe allowed Vitoria to take a 20-25 edge. Monya answered from downtown and a turnaround jumper by Davis tied it at 25-25. Nemanja Bjelica joined the three-point shootout before Monya scored in the low post. Lampe took over with a layup-plus-foul, good for a 27-31 Vitoria margin. Monya knocked down a baseline jumper and a catch-and-shoot three-pointer that restored a 32-31 Khimki lead. Fernando San Emeterio scored in penetration and a fast break layup by Lampe gave the guests some fresh air, 32-35. Davis ignited the crowd with a wild slam, but San Emeterio did better with a triple. Rivers shined with an up-and-under layup and a baseline jumper by Davis tied it at 38-38. Nocioni banked in a close shot and a three-pointer by Koponen put Khimki back ahead, 41-40. San Emeterio scored again, Augustine made free throws and a close jumper by Lampe gave Vitoria the lead, 43-44. Lampe dunked to fix the halftime score at 43-46.

Third quarter: Lampe, Nocioni keep rolling

Augustine scored down low immediately after the break and a three-pointer by Monya restored a 48-46 Khimki lead. Vitoria was held scoreless until Lampe stepped up with a close basket. Nocioni made free throws, but back-to-back layups by Loncar gave the hosts a 52-50 edge. Fabien Causeur split free throws and a corner triple by Cook provided another lead change, 52-54. Nocioni fired in a bomb from downtown, as Khimki put Davis back on the floor to improve its offense. Lampe took over with a backdoor layup that made it a 7-point game midway through the quarter. Davis and Causeur scored around the basket and Nocioni downed another triple to make it a double-digit game, 54-64. Augustine tried to ignite the hosts' comeback with a fast break layup, but Lampe matched him with a jump hook. Augustine kept pacing Khimki with a tip-in and a jump hook. Causeur made free throws to keep Vitoria way ahead, 60-68, through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Vitoria holds off Khimki's wild rally

Nemanja Bjelica stepped up with a follow-up layup early in the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Causeur soon broke the game open, 60-73, with over eight minutes to go. Rivers sank a fade-away jumper that Nemanja Bjelica bettered with a triple. Koponen split free throws only to see a red-hot Nemanja Bjelica answer from way downtown to make it a 16-point game, 63-79. Koponen joined the three-point shootout and a jumper by Augustine brought Khimki within 68-79. Koponen buried another one from beyond the arc to give the hosts hope at. After Lampe split free throws, Davis shined with a put-back basket. San Emeterio soon gave Vitoria a 73-81 margin. Fridzon struck from downtown and Davis swished a mid-range jumper to bring Khimki back in the game, 78-81, with four minutes left. Vitoria kept struggling to score right when it mattered most and Rivers shined with a wild driving basket for an 80-81 Khimki deficit. Nocioni silenced the crowd with a triple in the next-to-last minute and Davis made free throws for an 82-84 score with 45.4 seconds left. Lampe missed down low, giving Khimki a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. However Koponen missed a floating jumper and San Emeterio's free throws allowed Vitoria to seal a good-as-gold road win.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE)
Attendance: 4210
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Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
BC Khimki Moscow Region
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 28:51 12 5/6   2/3 2 3 5 2 1       1 3 20
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 22:45 8 1/3 2/5     2 2 3 3 3     5 1 4
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 27:08 12 1/4 3/5 1/2 1 1 2 2 1 1   1   1 10
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 13:37 4 2/2 0/1         1         2 1 3
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 13:31 6 3/4       1 1         1 3 3 5
11 RIVERS, K.C. 25:03 10 5/5 0/2 0/1   3 3 2 1       2 3 14
12 MONIA, SERGEY 21:29 13 2/3 3/5     1 1     6 2 1 1   5
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 21:52 2     2/2   1 1 9 1 3     4 2 8
40 DAVIS, PAUL 25:44 15 6/8   3/4 4 3 7 3 1 4     3 5 21
44 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 82 25/35 8/18 8/12 9 19 28 22 8 17 2 3 21 19 96
71.4% 44.4% 66.7%
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
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
00 COOK, OMAR 20:50 3   1/3         11 3       1 1 15
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 29:22 24 3/5 4/7 6/7 4 2 6 1 1 2 1 1 4 4 24
11 BJELICA, MILKO 19:22 2 1/3 0/2     2 2 2 1   1   3 2 3
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 21:34 10 2/3 1/1 3/4   2 2 1 2 1   1 1 4 14
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 15:34 2 1/2     1 1 2           2   1
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 19:10     0/1         5   2     1 1 2
25 JELINEK, DAVID 8:59 3 1/2 0/3 1/1 1   1     1       1  
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 24:26 21 7/10 1/1 4/5 1 3 4     1     3 4 21
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 20:38 13 2/3 3/8 0/2 3 3 6 1   1 1   1 1 12
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 20:05 8 1/2 1/3 3/4 1   1 1 2 1     3 3 7
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 86 18/30 11/29 17/23 12 14 26 22 9 10 3 2 19 21 100
60% 37.9% 73.9%
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Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
BC Khimki Moscow Region
"We missed a good chance to win. We started roughly and allowed the opponent to take 9 offensive rebounds in the first quarter; it’s the same disease that was in the game with BC Krasnye Krylia a couple of days ago. We needed to play the whole 40 minutes like the last eight. We have reserves, but just could not use them in the beginning of the game. So it would be illogical to blame our loss on tiredness. Problem number one was Nocioni, who played a great game like in his best years, he scored a lot of points, took rebounds and gave the team energy. The current situation is not very good, but nothing is lost right now. We have a road game next week. We will prepare and fight to the end."
TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"First of all, we needed this victory to keep our options open all the way to the end and are hoping for the rest of the results in our group tonight. This win gives us an opportunity in the last game at home to resolve this Top 16 in our favor and to be able to go to the next part of the competition. As for the game, the home team made a lot of difficult shots in the first half, they were really hard offensively. Overall, in the end of the game BC Khimki was better than us with two- and three-point percentage. So it’s a big victory for us in this condition, a win over this kind of a team."

Players

FRIDZON, VITALY
BC Khimki Moscow Region
"Our fans made us make a comeback and return to the game, all of them supported us and we were as a single whole. In the very end we did not have a bit of luck. It’s a pity we put so much effort to the run, only one shot divided us and we had a lot of time for an attack. We could take a risk and throw a three-pointer or play in transition to have a potential foul. But no one blames Petteri Koponen, we win and lose together, because we are a team."
LAMPE, MACIEJ
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We played well and came out with a win today. We were upset with the first game in Spain because BC Khimki played harder than us, but today we played harder. Our opponent showed great shooting percentage after the first half, which was some kind of unreal, but we continued to play well in the third quarter and relaxed a little bit in the fourth, so BC Khimki came back. It was great to be back to Khimki, to this wonderful arena. I spent three years here and have great memories. It’s always nice to come back to these fans. In the very end our opponent made some crazy shots but luckily we were able to win down the stretch."
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