Regular Season Round 8 - December 16, 2009 CET: 20:00 Local time: 20:00 - WESER-EMS-HALLE

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-6 Regular Season 4-3
1-6 Overall 4-3

Referees

Crew Chief
ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ, Poland
Referee
CHIARI, ROBERTO, Italy
Umpire
LOVSIN, ANDREJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
69.1 Points 75.6
30.6 Rebounds 34.1
10.9 O. Rebounds 9.3
19.7 D. Rebounds 24.9
10.1 Assists 13.7
5.4 Steals 5.0
2.1 Blocks 2.9
17.9 Turnovers 14.4
51.5 % 2PT 47.7 %
29.9 % 3PT 38.1 %
65.3 % FT 77.2 %
50.7 Index 79.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.7 / Foster Points 13.7 / McCarty
5.4 / Scekic Rebounds 5.3 / Jankunas
2.4 / Scekic OR 2.3 / Javtokas
3.6 / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN DR 4.4 / Jankunas
3.1 / Foster Assists 3.7 / Lopez
1.4 / Foster Steals 1.1 / McCarty
0.7 / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN Blocks 1.0 / Javtokas
3.6 / Paulding Turnovers 3.1 / Cabezas
61.9 % / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN 2PT 58.8 % / Jankunas
100.0 % / BULJEVIC, MARCO 3PT 100.0 % / Gubanov
87.5 % / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN FT 100.0 % / Fridzon
10.9 / Foster Index 16.2 / Langford

THE TAKE

EWE Baskets Oldenburg will look to snap a six-game losing streak and revive its fading Top 16 chances when it hosts BC Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday. The German champion is an unenviable place, sitting in last place in Group D with games against the top three teams in the group remaining. A loss in any of those games would end Oldenburg’s hopes of reaching the Top 16. Khimki meanwhile can punch its Top 16 ticket this week already with a win coupled with a victory for Asseco Prokom over Armani Jeans Milano on Thursday. Oldenburg and Khimki were involved in a thriller when they met in Week 3 in Russia that wasn’t decided until the final minute, when Khimki proved accurate from the line to snatch a 77-72 win. Paulius Jankunas matched his career high with 23 points to lead the winners. Oldenburg arrives for the this game with a different look from the previous meeting as last season’s German League MVP, Jason Gardner is back from injury and another playmaker, Bryan Bailey, has arrived to bolster the backcourt. Their availability leaves guard Je’Kel Foster to join Rickey Paulding and Josh Carter as another scoring threat for head coach Predrag Krunic on the wings. Khimki can match Oldenburg when it comes to perimeter depth. The duo of Carlos Cabezas and Raul Lopez promises to challenge Bailey and Gardner at point guard, while Keith Langford meets his former college rival Rickey Paulding on the wings. Langford is joined by Vitaly Fridzon and small forward Kelly McCarty to form a dangerous trio for head coach Sergio Scariolo on the wings. In the paint, Oldenburg must find a way to stop power forward Jankunas from dominating again. The prime choices for the task are Milan Majstorovic and Jasmin Perkovic. The battle at center features Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and Marko Scekic representing the hosts against Robertas Javtokas and Timofey Mozgov. The keys for the hosts are with Bailey and Gardner, who must improve an attack that commits the most turnovers in the Euroleague (17.9 per game), while dishing the third-fewest assists (10.1 apg.). Oldenburg also allows more points than any team in the competition (85.4 ppg.). If the point guard duo can contain its counterparts and make Oldenburg a more-efficient offensive machine, the German champs can target their first home win. However another game heavy in turnovers and low in assists will likely lead Khimki to victory.

REFEREES: Grzegorz Ziemblicki, Roberto Chiari, Andrej Lovsin


GAME NOTES

EWE Baskets Oldenburg

Rickey Paulding and Khimki guard Keith Langford were opponents for three years between 2001 and 2004 in one of college basketball’s hottest rivalries. Paulding played for the University of Missouri and Langford for the University of Kansas.

Josh Carter has averaged 10.3 points on the road this season, but just 5.7 points per game in home games.

Milan Majstorovic scored a season-high 14 points in Week 3 against Khimki.

Khimki Moscow Region

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

Kelly McCarty recorded his first Euroleague double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Panathinaikos last week.

Paulius Jankunas matched his career high with 23 points against EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Week 3.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

KRUNIC, PREDRAG
EWE Baskets
"We had a good performance in our first game in Moscow, but the big experience of our opponent made the difference in the end. We know that Khimki has an outstanding roster with a lot of individual quality. In their last Euroleague game they nearly beat Panathinaikos, and in the national league they lost against powerful CSKA Moscow in overtime. For us it is important to play powerful from the very first minute and to avoid showing too much respect."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
BC Khimki
"We enter in the decisive part of the competition and this game can possibly determine if we will reach the Top 16. We will face a very dangerous team with great shooting potential, which incorporated two new good players and made things extremely difficult for us in the first game."

Players

HAIN, DANIEL
EWE Baskets
“The Euroleague games are a great experience for all of us. From week to week we play against the best players on the continent. The major difference between the Bundesliga and the Euroleague is the individual quality of the players and the depth of the teams. The games are much more physical, but I’m sure that this will be an advantage for us in the national season. Against Moscow we want to play a good game, although we are all very disappointed that we lost the important game in Italy. We keep focusing on one opponent after the other.”
DMITRIEV, FEDOR
BC Khimki
"We are waiting for a tough game. We remember that the home game against Oldenburg wasn’t easy for us. And on their court, the German team will be very motivated. Oldenburg will play with full roster. They play very well on offensive rebounds. And now they are in good mental condition after a big win last weekend in the German League."
Keith Langford - BC KhimkiOne new Euroleague team put a foot in the Top 16 and another was eliminated from that possibility on Wednesday as Khimki Moscow Region used near-record defense to stop hosts EWE Baskets 49-62 on the road in Oldenburg, Germany. The victory raised Khimki's record to 5-3 in Group D, which will be mathematically good enough to reach the Top 16 if Armani Jeans Milano (2-5) loses against visiting Asseco Prokom (3-4) on Thursday. Regardless, Khimki will hold third place after its defense tied the second-fewest points allowed by a road team all decade in the Euroleague. The record, set earlier this season by Montepaschi against Cibona, is 40 points. Khimki used an 11-0 run on either side of halftime to break open a close game. Keith Langford led the winners in scoring with 19 points, while Robertas Javtokas followed with a double-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds. The defense of another center, Timofey Mozgov, was decisive during the game's transition run. Jasmin Perkovic was the only persistent scoring threat for Oldenburg, and finished with 18 points. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and Marko Scekic added 9 each. Just as Khimki

Raul Lopez set up Langford in the corner for the game's first basket, a triple. Khimki's defense starred early as Mozgov erased a dunk try by Boumtje Boumtje and soon Kelly McCarty was off to the races for a fastbreak layup at 0-5. Perkovic finally scored inside to start Oldenburg's scoreboard, and the hosts' defense stepped up now, even when Khimki got double possessions on offensive rebounds. Oldenburg went inside again to Perkovic for a bank shot, then after a timeout, Khimki went inside-out, from Mozgov to McCarty, for another corner three-pointer at 4-8. Perkovic stayed strong in the paint for the hosts until Boumtje Boumtje joined him with a jumper to tie at 8-8, then registered his own big block at the other end. Oldenburg got worried when Ricky Paulding limped off after missing a dunk, but he returned later. Meanwhile, Khimki's offensive rebounding continued, allowing Langford to blast in for a layup. Next, he stopped in the lane for a jump hook and went to the foul line to finish a strong 10th minute with his team in charge, 8-14, after one quarter.

Jasmin Perkovic - EWE BasketsBryan Bailey put himself in the Oldenburg scoring column to start the second quarter, and was soon joined by Scekic, who also found inside room to shoot, as the hosts pulled within 12-15. After Josh Carter got Oldenburg even closer, Khimki coach Sergio Scariolo took a timeout to order the ball inside, where Javtokas scored 3 points in a pair of possessions. That, in turn, loosened Oldenburg's defense enough for Fedor Dimitriev to drop a jumper to put Khimki up 16-20. An Oldenburg timeout was followed by Perkovic putting back an offensive rebound. Vitaly Fridzon got two shots back at the free throw line, but Jason Gardner answered with a triple from the corner and Carter got 3 points the hard way to make it 21-22. Khimki put the ball back in the hands of Langford for free throws, but now Perkovic answered from the top of the circle for a 24-24 tie. Khimki found Mozgov for a go-ahead layup that Perkovic matched with free throws. In the half's final minute, Lopez took advantage of another offensive rebound to drill a triple to which Fridzon added free throws as Khimki moved ahead 26-31 at the break.

Khimki kept its momentum going into the third quarter with dunks by Paulius Jankunas and Mozgov around a power drive by Langford. That boosted the visitors' run to 0-11 and its lead into double-digits, 26-37, while Oldenburg took a timeout to talk about it. The hosts found their offense when Gardner dished to Boumtje Boumtje for a slam. Mozgov registered his second block of the quarter before Jankunas restored the double digit lead, 28-39, with a baseline drive. After Perkovic scored with a nifty basket inside, Mozgov did it again with defense, stealing and going the length of the court for a layup at 30-41. Scoring stalled again until Boumtje Boumtje made 1 of 2 free throws, but Langford and Gardner made both of theirs. Langford was still unstoppable, however, and he drove left and then hit a bank shot as Khimki pushed to a comfortable 35-49 lead after three quarters.

Boumtje Boumtje seemed to have gotten Oldenburg going the right way with a short jumper to start the fourth quarter, but the hosts stalled there. In the meantime, Carlos Cabezas found Javtokas for a pair of wide-open inside layups before he went coast-to-coast himself to fully silence the Oldenburg crowd as it pondered a 37-55 scoreboard with 5 minutes left. Khimki's defense did not let up, while the Cabezas-Javtokas connection kept working to perfection, in this case a flying jam that left no doubt about the direction these two Euroelague newcomers were headed. Khimki was all but in the Top 16 already, while Oldenburg fans would most likely have to be satisfied with just one more Euroleague home game.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), CHIARI, ROBERTO (ITA), LOVSIN, ANDREJ (SLO)
Attendance: 3065
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EWE Baskets818914
BC Khimki14171813
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EWE Baskets8263549
BC Khimki14314962
Head coach: KRUNIC, PREDRAG
EWE Baskets
# 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
4 SCEKIC, MARKO 11:20 9 3/5   3/3   1 1 1 2 1   1 1 4 12
5 BULJEVIC, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 STRAUCH, DANIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 FOSTER, JEKEL 27:32   0/4       2 2 2 1 2     4 2 -3
10 MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN 19:11   0/3 0/1     4 4 1         1 1 1
11 BAILEY, BRYAN 19:32 2 1/4 0/2   1 1 2 3   1   2 3 1 -3
12 PERKOVIC, JASMIN 26:31 18 6/11 1/2 3/3 5 1 6 1 1 5   1 4 4 14
19 HAIN, DANIEL 4:20           2 2     1         1
22 GARDNER, JASON 17:52 4 1/4 0/3 2/2   1 1 1 1 1   1 3 3 -1
23 PAULDING, RICKEY 22:23   0/3 0/1         1   3     1   -7
24 CARTER, JOSHUA 28:21 7 2/3 0/4 3/3   1 1 1 1       1 4 8
44 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE, RUBEN 22:58 9 4/8   1/2 1 6 7   3 2 2 1 1 5 17
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 49 17/45 1/13 12/13 10 21 31 11 9 16 2 6 19 24 44
37.8% 7.7% 92.3%
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: 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
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 25:04 19 6/9 1/2 4/4 1   1     3   1 2 6 16
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 21:36 5 0/1 0/3 5/6   2 2 2   2     4 3 1
8 TOPOROV, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 22:12 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2 1 3     2 2 5
12 DMITRIEV, FEDOR 24:57 5 1/1 1/5     2 2   1   1   4   1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 15:03 4 2/3 0/1   2 3 5   1       1   7
14 GUBANOV, PETR 3:50   0/1               1     1   -3
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 19:13 11 5/8   1/2 4 6 10     3 3   4 1 14
18 LOPEZ, RAUL 18:13 3 0/2 1/2     2 2 1 1 2     1 4 5
21 McCARTY, KELLY 32:57 5 1/8 1/2   3 6 9 2 1 2   1 2 2 6
25 MOZGOV, TIMOFEY 16:55 6 3/5     1 2 3 1 2 2 2   3 1 8
41 ZAYTSEV, VIACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 62 19/41 4/16 12/14 13 28 41 8 7 19 6 2 24 19 62
46.3% 25% 85.7%
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Head Coaches

KRUNIC, PREDRAG
EWE Baskets
"First of all, I have to say that Moscow played very well tonight. They dominated the boards and had 10 more rebounds in the end then we had. Especially their offensive rebounds hurt us tonight. They played excellent defense, which allowed them to run to easy fast break situations. My team showed some good character and fought to the last second. We did a good job in defense, but our offense was not strong enough today."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
BC Khimki
"We were very concerned about this game. Our last two games against Panathinaikos and CSKA we lost in overtime. So I didn’t know how my players would react in this game. We played a very good defense. I think it is not easy to hold Foster and Paulding down at 0 points, so my players did a very good job. It was very important to win this game for us because we reached the Euroleague Top 16."

Players

GARDNER, JASON
EWE Baskets
"It’s sad we lost the game against Khimki. I think we played a good first half and showed Moscow that we can compete with them. Defensively we been strong in the first 20 minutes and didn’t give them easy shots. But on the other side we also didn’t make some easy ones. Their offensive rebounds killed us, because they always used their second chances."
LANGFORD, KEITH
BC Khimki
"It was a tough game for us. We knew Oldenburg has a very strong team and they showed it in the first game against us. So we were prepared for a hard fight. I think our defense was the key to success tonight. We didn’t allow many easy shots for Oldenburg. We wanted to reach the Top 16 in the Euroleague, so it was a very good game for us."
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