2014-15EighthfinalsRound 1
March 03, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA
Tyrese Rice - Khimki Moscow Region - EC14 (photo Zenit)

Khimki coughs up 24-point lead, but edges Zenit in series opener

Khimki Moscow Region recorded an 84-86 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg in the opening leg of their two-game total-points Eurocup Eighthfinals series on Tuesday, but the visitors will be left to lament the huge margin they led slip away. Khimki led 34-53 at halftime and by 21 early in the second half before Zenit took charge and came all the way back. The hosts scored 32 third-quarter points – just 2 fewer than their entire first-half output – and held Khimki to 10 in the fourth. Dmitry Kulagin’s fourth three-pointer gave Zenit its first lead since the opening minute at 82-81, but Khimki managed to tie it and win the game on a James Augustine layup. Zenit will need to win by 3 next week in the second leg to reach the quarterfinals, while Khimki would advance even if it lost by 1. Tyrese Rice scored 22 points and dished 6 assists for Khimki, while Petteri Koponen tallied 11 points and 7 assists, Ruslan Pateev also scored 11, Sergey Monia totaled 10 points, 5 assists and 4 blocks and Augustine finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Kulagin shot 4 of 6 from downtown en route to 16 points and 5 assists, while Artem Vikhrov also scored 16 and Kyle Landry posted 16 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Walter Hodge added 11 points and 9 assists and Cameron Jones scored 10 in defeat.

Zenit got the start it wanted with a three-pointer from Kulagin, but Khimki took charge after that. Koponen responded with a three and a jumper. Monia and Pateev each scored twice to wrap up a 0-13 Khimki response to give the visitors a double-digit advantage. Vikhrov split free throws to end Zenit’s drought, but Rice nailed a triple to make it 4-16 midway through the first quarter. Vikhrov sank a triple and Landry and Jones helped the hosts draw within 6 before Khimki settled for an 18-26 lead after 10 minutes. Augustine restored a double-digit lead for the visitors early in the second quarter and a Marko Popovic three made it a 14-point game. A pair of baskets by Vikhrov brought Zenit within 23-33, but Rice scored 5 in a 0-11 run in which Hodge and the Zenit benchwere both assessed technical fouls. Andrei Desyatnikov free throws did little to ignite the hosts. Monia’s steal led to Egor Vyaltsev’s slam and a 25-49 Khimki advantage. A Vikhrov jumper and Kulagin three closed the gap to 34-53 at the break.

Landry closed the gap to 17, but Vyaltsev and Monia’s threes kept Khimki comfortably ahead. An Evgeny Valiev layup made it 46-63 midway through the third quarter. A Vikhrov three and Dejan Borovnjak helped Zenit close the gap. Hodge’s steal and layup and a Landry triple got Zenit within 58-67. Paul Davis’s three-point play revived Khimki and a Rice layup boosted the difference back to 13. Landry netted 2 free throws to bring Zenit to 66-76 through three quarters. The hosts came alive early in the fourth as Jones, Kulagin and Vikhrov highlighted a 9-0 run. After Augustine split free throws, Landry tied the game at 79-79. A Kulagin three-pointer – his fourth of the game – gave Zenit its first lead since the opening minute, 82-81. Pateev tied it from the line, but Jones put the hosts back ahead. Rice tied it at 84-84 with a minute to go and after Landry missed a three, Augustine put Khimki in front for good as the visitors held on for a narrow victory.

Kyle Landry - Zenit St Petersburg - EC14 (photo Zenit)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 2850 (Tentative)
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Zenit St Petersburg18163218
Khimki Moscow Region26272310
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Zenit St Petersburg18346684
Khimki Moscow Region26537686
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 29:13 16 2/5 4/6   1 2 3 5   1 1 1 3 3 18
5 GORDEEV, DMITRII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JONES, CAMERON 29:38 10 3/10   4/4 3 3 6 2 4     4 4 2 9
11 KOMOLOV, ARTEM 6:08   0/1 0/1                       -2
13 VIKHROV, ARTEM 28:50 16 3/6 3/5 1/2 1   1 2 1 1   2 2 1 10
14 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 18:26 4 2/6   0/2 3 5 8 1 1     1 1 1 7
15 HODGE, WALTER 33:24 11 3/8 0/3 5/6   2 2 9 3 4   2 3 7 14
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 13:45 6 2/3   2/4 1   1   1 1     4 2 2
32 DESYATNIKOV, ANDREI 11:11 5     5/6   3 3       1     3 11
33 LANDRY, KYLE 29:25 16 4/10 1/4 5/5 3 7 10   1     1 4 3 16
Team           4 1 5     1     1   3
Totals 200:00 84 19/49 8/19 22/29 16 23 39 19 11 8 2 11 22 22 88
        38.8% 42.1% 75.9%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY
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 30:59 22 7/12 2/7 2/2   2 2 6   5   1 1 4 17
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 19:49 9 4/5   1/3 4 5 9 1   1     1 3 17
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 16:22 6   1/3 3/3 1 1 2 2 1       2 4 11
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN 19:14 11 5/5   1/4 1 4 5 1     5   3 4 20
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 31:49 11 4/9 1/3     3 3 7 1 2     3 3 13
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 28:20 8 2/4 1/3 1/1   4 4 1   2     3 1 5
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 32:21 10 2/2 2/3   1 4 5 5 2 3 4   2   20
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 12:34     0/3               2   3   -4
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL 8:32 9 4/7   1/1               1 4 1 2
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 86 28/44 7/22 9/14 8 26 34 23 4 13 11 2 22 20 105
        63.6% 31.8% 64.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"Speaking about the game in general I can we played a terrible first half. We didn’t have any positive moments. We didn’t play well in defense or on offense. The players made childish mistakes. You can’t play that way against a Euroleague-level team like Khimki. During the break we made the necessary changes to our game. It was tough to play because of injuries of to Spiridonov and Stephens and the 3 early fouls on Valiev. We decided to play with four small players and play very quick offense. In the end of the game, we didn’t play right and missed 3 three-pointers instead of attacking the rim. The result is not that bad because we still have chance to succeed next week. "
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I am glad that we have won. It’s always tough to play at Zenit. But being a coach I am not satisfied with the way we played at the end of the game. There were two different halves. Our players believed in the victory too early and Zenit used it very well. They got back in the game and the last minutes were even. I am glad that we won in such a game."

Players

VIKHROV, ARTEM
Zenit St Petersburg
"I have dual impressions from the game. The first half was devastating. We didn’t play good in defense or offense. I can’t say why this happed. We will see it only after we look at the video. I do not think it’s possible to say we underestimated Khimki. The second half was completely different. We fought back. Because of that and thanks to our supporters, we cut the difference to only 2 points."
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