Regular Season Round 7 - December 09, 2009 CET: 18:00 Local time: 20:00 - BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-2 Regular Season 5-1
4-2 Overall 5-1

Referees

Crew Chief
SUTULOVIC, ZORAN, Montenegro
Referee
GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON, Spain
Umpire
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.5 Points 82.8
33.8 Rebounds 30.7
10.0 O. Rebounds 8.5
23.8 D. Rebounds 22.2
12.2 Assists 16.3
5.3 Steals 6.8
2.3 Blocks 2.5
14.7 Turnovers 13.7
46.3 % 2PT 66.8 %
37.8 % 3PT 32.8 %
77.1 % FT 75.0 %
77.0 Index 95.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.7 / Langford Points 17.0 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA
5.5 / Jankunas Rebounds 5.2 / Fotsis
2.5 / Javtokas OR 1.7 / Shermadini
4.5 / Jankunas DR 3.8 / Fotsis
3.3 / Langford Assists 4.0 / Spanoulis
1.2 / McCarty Steals 2.2 / Perperoglou
0.5 / Javtokas Blocks 0.8 / Fotsis
3.3 / Cabezas Turnovers 2.3 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA
53.8 % / Jankunas 2PT 100.0 % / GOLEMAC, JURICA
100.0 % / Gubanov 3PT 46.7 % / Diamantidis
100.0 % / Fridzon FT 100.0 % / Perperoglou
16.2 / Langford Index 18.0 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA

THE TAKE

A big fight in the upper part in Group D is set to take place in Russia, as BC Khimki Moscow Region hosts Euroleague defending champion Panathinaikos on Wednesday. Panathinaikos is tied with Real Madrid for first place at 5-1 and will mathematically advance to the Top 16 with a win. Panathinaikos will also make it with a loss if Armani Jeans Milano downs EWE Baskets Oldenburg. BC Khimki, which is second at 4-2, will be all but mathematically into the next round for the first time in club history if it downs the Greens, rejoining the fight to win the group at the same time. It will a special game for Khimki center Robertas Javtokas, who won the Euroleague title with Panathinaikos in 2007. Javtokas will be a key player in this game, as Khimki will have to make an outstanding team effort to stop All-Euroleague center Nikola Pekovic. Javtokas and up-and-coming big man Timofey Mozgov are ready for a critical matchup against Pekovic, one of the most unguardable players in the competition due to his size, power and footwork. Pekovic leads a rock-solid Panathinaikos frontcourt that also offers star pivotman man Mike Batiste, experienced big man Kostas Tsartsaris, center Giorgi Shermadini and three-point threat Antonis Fotsis. Jankunas is set to see most minutes against Batiste and will try to take advantage of his deep range and rebounding skills against him. Fedor Dmitriev has to be tough and effective against Fotsis. Khimki is ready to open the court with Dmitriev and Jankunas at the three-point line, generating one-on-one opportunities against Pekovic to get him into foul trouble. Panathinaikos will be very concerned with stopping Kelly McCarty, who bounced back from a slow start in his Euroleague debut season and is already playing at his usual level at small forward. McCarty is set to share playing time with Keith Langford and Vitaly Fridzon at both wings. Stratos Perperoglou and Fotsis are ready for a critical matchup against McCarty. Meanwhile, Langford is set for an interesting shootout against Drew Nicholas. Fridzon has the tough mission to guard reigning Final Four MVP Vassilis Spanoulis, always ready to use his set of one-on-one skills against any defender. Khimki relies on its Spanish point guard duo, Carlos Cabezas and Raul Lopez, to control the game tempo due to their experience and court sense. Panathinaikos is arguably the deepest team around when it comes to point guards. It can use defensive ace Dimitris Diamantidis to guard Cabezas, try to speed the game tempo with Sarunas Jasikevicius offering creativity or try to use Spanoulis at playmaker with Nick Calathes and Milenko Tepic offering a helping hand at any time. Khimki must stop Pekovic and get McCarty involved to win the game. Meanwhile, Panathinaikos must use its deep roster to play with high rhythm and intensity, looking for mismatches as often as possible. Add a big battle of coaches between EuroBasket 2009 champion Sergio Scariolo and seven-time Euroleague winner Zeljko Obradovic and the game could easily become one of the showdowns to remember in this 2009-10 season.

REFEREES: Zoran Sutulovic, Jose Ramon García Ortíz, Olegs Latisevs


GAME NOTES

BC Khimki Moscow region

Center Robertas Javtokas won the 2007 Euroleague, Greek League and Greek Cup with Panathinaikos. He played alongside current Greens stars Mike Batiste, Dimitris Diamantidis and Kostas Tsartsaris under coach Zeljko Obradovic.

Javtokas was a teammate of Panathinaikos forward Antonis Fotsis at Dynamo Moscow in the 2007-08 season. Together they reached the ULEB Cup semifinals.

Head coach Sergio Scariolo and guards Carlos Cabezas and Raul Lopez were on the winning side when Spain beat Greece in the semifinals at EuroBasket 2009 this summer. Panathinaikos players Vassilis Spanoulis, Nick Calathes, Antonis Fotsis and Stratos Perperoglou played on the Greek team.

Kelly McCarty scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Russian team over Greece 65-68 in a EuroBasket 2009 group stage contest. Khimki players Vitaly Frizdon, Timofey Mozgov and Fedor Dmitriev also represented Russia in that game.

Vitaly Fridzon has not missed a free throw in 16 tries this season.

Raul Lopez has a streak of 19 consecutive made free throws dating back to last season.

Javtokas scored a Euroleague career-high 17 points last week at Real Madrid.

Panathinaikos

Mike Batiste needs just 1 more rebound to catch Michalis Kakiouzis for eighth place on the Euroleague Basketball career rebounds list. Batiste currently has 744 career rebounds in 135 games. Next on the list for him is Kerem Gonlum in seventh place with 751 career boards.

Drew Nicholas made the 200th three-pointer of his Euroleague career last week against Armani Jeans Milano.

Nikola Pekovic has scored in double figures in every game this season and in 14 of his last 15 games dating back to last season.

Dimitris Diamantidis scored a career-high 22 points against Khimki Moscow Region in Week 2.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
BC Khimki
"Our opponent has been the best European basketball team of the last decade, so we will have to prepare very well and play very hard to compete. The pick-and-roll and inside defense will be important keys, while offensively we must pass the ball accurately and reduce turnovers to be effective."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"It’s a very important game for us, against a really strong team. We’ve played already two times against them, first in a pre-season Tournament in Cyprus and then in the Euroleague first round. I believe that now we are going to have a totally different game, because now they are playing more aggressively. They try to change some things and also they have the home court advantage. The key for us is to play with clear mind and keep our concentration keep for 40 minutes. We have to be focused at both ends of the court and not allow them to play their game."

Players

JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS
BC Khimki
"We didn’t forget the awful defeat we suffered in Athens. We burn with the desire to show by this game that the loss in Greece was a pure accident. We would like to show our best, supported by our great fans. Now we feel one another well enough and show mature basketball. Though we have some ups and downs during the game, but each game we have more experience and such drops should happen rarer."
DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos
"We expect a very tough game against Khimki. We face a very good team and we have to forget what happened in the first game at OAKA. This game has nothing to do with the previous one, where we thrashed them. Our opponent has improved and it’s going to be a difficult situation. We know that Khimki performs much better on its own court and we have to be very careful and focused throughout the game. In the last couple of games we played in the Euroleague and the Greek League, we’ve committed a lot of turnovers. It’s something that we have to avoid and also we must play hard in defense. It’s the only way to get the win we need, in order to capture the first place in our group."
Vassilis Spanoulis - PanathinaikosPanathinaikos arguably got one of the most unbelievable wins so far in this 2008-09 Euroleague season by rallying for a seven-point deficit in the final 23 seconds of regulation to force overtime and edge BC Khimki Moscow Region 82-87 in Russia on Wednesday. Panathinaikos stayed atop the Group D standings with a 6-1 record and clinched a Top 16 spot with this win. Meanwhile, Khimki dropped to 4-3 but keeps all options alive to make it to the next round. Vassilis Spanoulis led the winners with 24 points but Antonis Fotsis became the game hero with a high-flying tip-in that sent the game to overtime. Mike Batiste added 15 points, Nikola Pekovic got 13 while Antonis Fotsis had 10 for the Greens. Kelly McCarty led Khimki with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Cabezas added 17 points, Paulius Jankunas had 12 while Robertas Javtokas got 11 for 4 blocks for the hosts. Cabezas took over after the break and a jumper by Robertas Javtokas gave Khimki a 72-65 lead with less than a minute left. Drew Nicholas and Spanoulis brought the Greens back to life. Spanoulis drew a foul at 73-70 with 2.1 seconds left. He missed his second attempt and Fotsis took over with an incredible tip-in right at the buzzer to force overtime, 73-73. Spanoulis and Stratos Perperoglou struck from downtown early in the extra period and Panathinaikos never looked back.

Pekovic got Panathinaikos going with a jump hook and Nicholas added a fallaway jumper for a 0-4 run. Jankunas buried a three-pointer, as Panathinaikos tired to open the court with Fotsis at power forward. Nicholas sank an off-balance shot but McCarty answered from downtown to tie it at 6-6. Khimki opted to slow down its offense, looking for open shots. Khimki kept running its offense through McCarty, that followed an acrobatic jumper with free throws for a 10-8 edge. Pekovic could not find easy options against Javtokas and Panathinaikos struggled to get its shooters involved. Vitaliy Fridzon fed Javtokas for a layup and McCarty buried his second triple for a 15-10 score. Pekovic stepped up with a jump hook off a Panathinaikos timeout that Timofey Mozgov bettered with a three-point play. Spanoulis came off the bench, made foul shots and fed Diamantidis for an easy layup to get the guests within 18-16. Tsartsaris capped a 0-7 run with a layup-plus-foul but free throws by McCarty and a tip-in by Batiste fixed the score at 20-21 after 10 minutes.

Khimki took back the lead on a fast break triple by veteran Sergey Toporov, but Batiste quickly answered with a jump hook, igniting a 0-8 run that Tsartsaris capped with a triple to give Panathinaikos a 23-29 lead. Cabezas stopped Khimki's slide by putting back an offensive rebound. Batiste drove from the corner for a running hook. Javtokas got that basket back for Khimki on a back-door layup and Fridzon soon added a three-pointer. Panathinaikos needed a timeout then, after which McCarty tied it 31-31 at the free throw line. Panathinaikos got Spanoulis open in the corner for a lead-saving triple, but Cabezas attacked on the break for one basket and McCarty stole and finished another, good for a new Khimki lead, 35-34. Spanoulis fed Fotsis for a dunk but Pekovic returned to the bench with 3 fouls, forcing Panathinaikos to change its game plan. Free throws by McCarty and a big triple by Fridzon put Khimki back ahead, 40-36. Fotsis and Spanoulis answered with consecutive baskets and free throws by Batiste gave the Greens a 40-42 edge at halftime.

Batiste sank free throws immediately after the break but Cabezas bettered that with a corner three-pointer that got Khimki within 43-44. Jankunas scored inside and a fast break layup by McCarty put the hosts back ahead, 47-46. Fotsis provided a highlight with an acrobatic layup but Khimki kept following its game plan, trying to feed its big men down low. Cabezas fed Javtokas for a layup and soon added a driving layup for a 51-48 score. Spanoulis struck from downtown and Batiste beat the shot clock with an incredible corner triple to restore a 53-54 Panathinaikos lead. Nicholas scored in penetration but Cabezas singlehandedly kept Khimki within 55-56. Batiste fed Fotsis for an easy basket, as Khimki had troubles to adjust its defense without Javtokas on the floor. Cabezas shined with a floating layup and Khimki regrouped in defense, not allowing the Greens to find Pekovic down low. Even with that, Panathinaikos kept a 57-59 edge after 30 minutes.

Kelly McCarty - BC KhimkiBoth teams struggled to score early in the fourth quarter until Fridzon fed Mozgov for a dunk. Spanoulis took over with an off-balance driving basket, as the game turned into a physical battle. Spanoulis scored again in penetration but Mozgov kept the hosts as close as 61-63 with 6 minutes to go. Panathinaikos tried to open the court with corner shots without much success. Meanwhile, free throws by an unstoppable Mozgov tied it at 63-63. Khimki kept excelling with a 2-3 zone defense but coach Sergio Scariolo called timeout to improve its offense. Raul Lopez took over with a wild driving layup and a three-pointer by Jankunas set the crowd on fire at 68-63. Panathinaikos asked for a much-needed timeout but a close jumper by Cabezas made it a seven-point game, 70-63, with 2 minutes to go. Pekovic tried to rescue Panathinaikos with a layup that Javtokas matched with a five-meter jumper for a 72-65 score. Panathinaikos was not done, however, as free throws by Nicholas and a three-point play by Spanoulis got the Greens within 72-70 with 11 seconds to go. The Greens fouled on Lopez, that made 1-of-2 free throws. Spanoulis drew a foul with 2.1 seconds left, missed his second attempt in purpose but an unbelievable tip-in by Fotsis sent the game to overtime, 73-73.

Spanoulis sank a seven-meter bomb early in the extra period to complete the guests' comeback, 73-76. McCarty sank free throws that Perperoglou bettered with a treiple - his first points - for a 75-79 Panathinaikos lead. Pekovic scored down low soon after that to make Khimki call timeout at 75-81, after a 3-16 run. Javtokas tried to get the crowd involved with a dunk that Pekovic matched with free throws. More foul shots by Perperoglou sealed the outcome, 77-85, as Khimki could not rally in the last 90 minutes, allowing Panathinaikos to celebrate an incredible win in come-from-behind fashion!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 4000
By Quarter1234Extra 1
BC Khimki202017169
Panathinaikos2121171414
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Panathinaikos2142597387
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
BC Khimki
# 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
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 31:40 6 0/1 2/7     2 2 7   1     3   5
8 TOPOROV, SERGEY 6:24 3   1/1             1         2
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 37:57 17 7/10 1/2   1 3 4 5   2     1 4 23
11 SMYGIN, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 DMITRIEV, FEDOR 3:08                 1           1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 31:23 12 3/4 2/2 0/1   4 4   1     1 4 2 12
14 GUBANOV, PETR 10:29           3 3 1   1         3
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 28:29 11 5/10   1/2 1 4 5 1   1 4 2 4 2 10
18 LOPEZ, RAUL 21:03 3 1/5 0/2 1/2   1 1 7   3   1 3 2 -1
21 McCARTY, KELLY 40:15 21 3/3 2/6 9/10 1 10 11 2 1 2 1   5 7 31
25 MOZGOV, TIMOFEY 14:12 9 3/7   3/3 1 2 3     2 1   4 3 6
41 ZAYTSEV, VIACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 225:00 82 22/40 8/20 14/18 5 31 36 23 3 13 6 4 24 20 95
55% 40% 77.8%
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: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
# 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 TEPIC, MILENKO 16:36   0/3       2 2   2 1     3   -3
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 34:42 24 5/9 3/5 5/6       4 2 1   2 2 6 24
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 29:58 7 1/4 1/1 2/2   6 6 2 1   1 1 4 1 10
8 BATISTE, MIKE 21:11 15 3/9 1/1 6/6 1 3 4 1   1 1 1 1 4 16
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 27:21 12 6/7   0/1 3 3 6       1   1 2 18
10 GOLEMAC, JURICA 0:27                              
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 36:25 8 3/9 0/4 2/2   1 1 3 3 3   1 2 1  
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 11:31 6 1/2 1/1 1/1   3 3 1         3 2 8
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 10:41 2 1/4       1 1 4 1 1       1 5
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 18:26 13 5/6   3/4   3 3 1   2   1 4 7 15
16 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 4:49   0/1     1 1 2       1       2
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 12:53               2   1         1
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 225:00 87 25/54 6/12 19/22 7 24 31 18 9 10 4 6 20 24 99
46.3% 50% 86.4%
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Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
BC Khimki
"It is very tough to say something after such a game. I congratulate Panathinaikos on the victory. We lost the opportunity to be placed second. I want to congratulate my team, we could beat Panathinaikos, but this happens in basketball. We made some awful turnovers, our young players lacked experience. But we improved our game because of hard work each day."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"We expected a tough game, because we know BC Khimki’s high level. In normal situations, BC Khimki played better than our team and deserved the win. But it happens in basketball that that team that scored the more during the last minutes wins the game. I am satisfied with my players, who continued to fight at the end of the game. In the fourth quarter we had problems when Khimki started to play zone defense. I want to congratulate Khimki on an excellent game."
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