2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 04, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 PIONIR

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.9 Points 80.1
33.6 Rebounds 37.4
11.4 O. Rebounds 11.0
22.1 D. Rebounds 26.4
16.4 Assists 18.4
6.6 Steals 8.4
3.6 Blocks 5.7
14.7 Turnovers 14.1
49.6 % 2PT 51.6 %
33.6 % 3PT 34.1 %
70.1 % FT 72.3 %
74.7 Index 90.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.0 / Miller Points 12.9 / Shved
6.4 / Miller Rebounds 6.9 / Augustine
2.8 / Stimac OR 3.0 / Augustine
5.2 / Miller DR 3.9 / Augustine
7.7 / Jovic Assists 4.4 / Rice
1.5 / Lazic Steals 1.3 / Rice
2.2 / Miller Blocks 1.6 / Augustine
2.8 / Miller Turnovers 3.0 / Rice
100.0 % / Simanic 2PT 64.7 % / Monia
43.3 % / Simonovic 3PT 50.0 % / Vyaltsev
100.0 % / Simanic FT 100.0 % / Vyaltsev
16.7 / Zirbes Index 16.7 / Augustine


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


Crew Chief

The Take

Fresh of a sensational win over the champs, Crvena Zvezda looks to continue its climb when it hosts Khimki Moscow. The home team aims to exact revenge after suffering one of its worst-ever Euroleague losses at the hands of Khimki, 91-53, in Round 3. Much has changed for Zvezda since then, including the emergence of forward Quincy Miller and point guard Stefan Jovic; the team is averaging 20 points per game more since Jovic took over a starting role. Khimki targets what would be its second road win of the season and could be enough to secure it a Top 16 berth, but would need Strasbourg to beat FC Bayern Munich later Friday to make that possible. Khimki has boasted one of the league’s top frontlines this season, led by James Augustine and Paul Davis, who have the team atop the league in blocked shots (5.7 bpg.) and ranked fourth in rebounds (37.4 rpg.), though they will have their hands full with Maik Zirbes (15.3 ppg), who is second among centers in scoring this season. The visitors may turn to Sergey Monia and Tyler Honeycutt to slow down Miller in one of the key matchups of the game, while Tyrece Rice and Alexey Shved match up with Jovic. Hala Pionir will be rocking on Friday!
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Game Notes

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

Twelve different players have started for Crvena Zvezda already this season; no player has started every game.

Stefan Jovic is tied with Anadolu Efes playmaker Thomas Heurtel for the Euroleague lead through seven games this season with 7.7 assists per game.

Since Jovic has become Zvezda’s starting point guard, the team is 2-1 and averaging 86.3 points per game. In the games before that point, Zvezda was 1-3 and averaging 66.3 points per game.

Quincy Miller has made at least 3 three-pointers in each of his last three Euroleague games. He is shooting 13 for 25 from downtown (52%) over that period.

Miller has blocked at least 1 shot in five straight Euroleague games.

Maik Zirbes scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting in last week’s victory over Real Madrid.

Branko Lazic has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight Euroleague games.

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki leads the league in blocked shots through Round 7 with 5.7 per game.

Egor Vyaltsev is a perfect 14 for 14 from the free throw line over his Euroleague career.

Vyaltsev has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Petteri Koponen has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague appearances.

Alexey Shved has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Sergey Monia has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Zoran Dragic has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Khimki is a team with big quality, and with extraordinary players. After a big loss in the first match in Moscow, now in a much better condition, we are waiting for the rematch in front of our supporters at Pionir. This is a match with high stakes, a chance for the Top 16 round. Marcus Williams finally will play after long suspension. We are aware that a huge game is in front of us."
Khimki Moscow Region
"We have problems with the roster right now. We called for a tryout with Russian center Anatoly Kashirov and we will see his abilities. Nevertheless, we are going to Serbia for a win because we must take the chance that we couldn’t take last week in Moscow against FC Bayern Munich. We know how difficult it is to play against Crvena Zvezda at Pionir Hall because they have a full crowd that really downs and suppresses you. Our opponent strengthened its roster with Marcus Williams and they got confidence. My job is to inspire the players for this win and arise the killer instinct in them. As usual, we are confident and have determination to win. We have to be one team on the court and we’ll fight till the end."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We know that we have a chance to make a suprise in front of our great supporters. But, Khimki is a very good team, built to make an impact this season. Now we know each other much better as a team, and the comeback of Marcus Williams is a great addition to our roster. No one can count to safe points in our house."
Khimki Moscow Region
"We know that it’s gonna be a very tough game. Crvena Zvezda has very strong fans in Belgrade but we have to be focused for this game and need to win it. After first game in Moscow, they got more confidence and the players are more relaxed. They play different basketball as it was before and I think it will be totally different game now especially because we play in Serbia. However, I hope we’ll win the game."

Crvena Zvezda outlasts Khimki 96-91 in a thriller!

Maik Zirbes and Quincy Miller scored Euroleague career bests of 27 and 25 points, respectively, as Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade edged Khimki Moscow Region 96-91 in front of its passionate fans in the legendary Hala Pionir on Friday night. After an exciting showdown, both teams now hold 4-4 records and share a three-way tie with FC Bayern Munich for second place in Group A. In a tight race for places in the Top 16, however, Khimki retained an important tie-break advantage as it beat Zvezda 91-53 in Round 3. With both teams rolling on offense, neither gained much of a margin for long in the game. Zvezda was ahead 21-10 in the first quarter, but by early in the second, Khimki had taken the lead. The visitors went up 52-60 soon after halftime, but Zirbes helped rally the hosts as they took 66-65 lead later in the third quarter. The teams continued to trade leads and remained within 6 points of each other as the game went down to the wire, but Miller came up with spectacular plays in the final minute, lifting Zvezda to victory. Zirbes also had 7 rebounds and 3 steals, while Miller came up with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Marcus Williams, in his season debut, netted 13 points while Stefan Jovic had 13 more and 6 assists for the winners. Alexey Shved scored career-high 28 points for Khimki, including 4-for-6 shooting from long range, and dished 6 assists. Petteri Koponen scored 16 points, Zoran Dragic collected 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sergey Monia finished with 12, and James Augustine added 10 in losing effort.

First quarter: Offenses click from the get-go

Zirbes got things started from close range, and after Augustine opened Khimki’s account with a big dunk, Zirbes countered with a three-point play at 5-2. Shved and Marko Simonovic traded three-pointers, before Jovic made a steal and finished a fastbreak to make it 10-6. After a timeout, Monia knocked down a corner triple, while Jovic buried a long jumper, then fed Zirbes for another layup and a 14-9 advantage. Miller extended the run, knocking down a baseline jumper, and then a triple from Marcus Williams opened 21-10 margin after 6 minutes of play. Augustine scored a layup, but Williams dished a no-look pass for a Simonovic layup. Augustine scored an easy two, but Miller made a runner, 25-15. Khimki continued its offense rolling, with Zoran Dragic burying a triple, then a Marko Todorovic block led to a fastbreak layup from Shved, 25-22. Khimki got closer as Shved fed Monia for a dunk, and Koponen hit a baseline jumper to make it 27-26 after a high scoring first quarter.

Second quarter: Teams stay close, keep it up offensively

Dragic opened second quarter with a layup-plus-free throw. Jovic answered with a driving layup, but Todorovic had a put-back, then another block that led to a Shved fastbreak dunk. Koponen’s step-back jumper made it 29-35 before Zirbes ended a Zvezda drought with a put-back-plus foul. Todorovic and Augustine scored inside for the visitors, while Marko Guduric drove for a layup for Zvezda. But Miller made a shot that started his run of 8 points that included a three-point play, then a triple that put Zvezda ahead 42-39 with 3 minutes to go in the half. Zirbes scored inside to extended the margin to 5 points, but Monia nailed a triple, and after Williams and Shved traded jumpers, Rice buried a corner triple to put Khimki back in front 46-47. Koponen and Williams traded three-pointers in the final minute, before Shved knocked down a long two-pointer to make it 50-53 at halftime.

Third quarter: Khimki briefly pulls away, Zirbes rallies the hosts right back

Lazic got things going after halftime with a fastbreak layup for Zvezda, but Khimki went on a run as Shved’s triple got a favorable bounce, before back-to-back baskets from Dragic opened 52-60 margin. Zirbes scored inside, but Monia nailed a three-pointer. Jovic scored a put-back for the hosts, but Khimki kept the margin as Shved bounce-passed it to Augustine, and a layup made it 58-65. However, Zirbes had another three-point play, added a pair of foul shots to the tally, before Jovic nailed a wide-open three, 66-65. Rice buried a step-back jumper to snap an 8-0 run, and allow Khimki to take 68-69 lead into the final quarter.

Fourth quarter: Miller and Zirbes come up with clutch plays

Miller hit from close range and from long range, before a put-back from Vladimir Stimac put Zvezda up 75-69. Khimki was without a single basket for 3 minutes before Shved made 2 free throws. Williams scored a second-chance layup, but Shved drove for one of his own, Koponen followed with a triple, then Shved had another driving layup, helping Khimki get within 77-80. Miller got a lucky roll with a put-back, snapping a 2-11 run, and Guduric buried a corner triple to put Zvezda in front again. Jovic drove to the basket, and Zirbes fought hard for a put-back, as Hala Pionir went wild, 88-82 with 1:44 left. After a timeout, Shved drew a foul shooting behind 6.75 line, and made 2 of 3 free throws. Koponen made a steal after the ensuing inbound pass and scored to get Khimki to 88-86. But there was no stopping Miller, who made a monster put-back dunk on the other end. Shved bettered it with a triple, but Zirbes beat the shot-clock with a dunk, 92-89 with 29 seconds left on the clock. Miller blocked a dunk attempt by Todorovic, then ended up making a dunk on the ensuing possession, sealing the victory.

One Team - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade vs. Khimki Moscow Region - EB15
Friday, December 4, 2015
Attendance: 6934
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade27231828
Khimki Moscow Region26271622
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade27506896
Khimki Moscow Region26536991
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 15:52 13 2/7 2/5 3/4 1 4 5 4   1     1 2 13
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 2:47           1 1       1   1 1 2
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 13:42 1 0/2   1/2 3   3 3       2 3 2 1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 27:34 4 2/6     2 3 5 3 1 1     4   4
12 SIMANIC, BORISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 25:44 5 1/2 1/4   1 2 3     1   1 2    
22 NASTIC, STEFAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 12:13 6 1/3 1/1 1/2 1 1 2   1       2 2 6
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 25:46 13 5/10 1/2   1 2 3 6 3 4 1 1 4 2 13
30 MILLER, QUINCY 36:22 25 7/10 2/9 5/5 3 4 7 2 2 2 3 1 2 5 29
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 28:51 27 9/12   9/9 2 5 7   3 3   1 3 6 33
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 11:09 2 1/2     2 2 4         1 2   2
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 96 28/54 7/21 19/22 19 27 46 18 10 13 5 7 24 20 108
        51.9% 33.3% 86.4%
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 25:11 5 1/3 1/6     1 1 3 1 5 1   2 4 1
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 31:22 28 6/7 4/6 4/5       6 1 1     2 5 33
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 22:07 14 3/5 1/3 5/7 1 7 8 2 2 1   1 2 7 23
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 30:20 10 5/7     1 5 6 2 2 1 1 1 3 1 15
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 29:10 16 3/5 2/5 4/4   1 1 4   2     3 3 14
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 31:32 12 1/2 3/8 1/2 1 2 3 3 1 1 1   2 2 12
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 17:07 4 2/5     2 2 4 1 1   3 3 4   3
21 KASHIROV, ANATOLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 13:11 2 0/1   2/4 1 3 4     1 1   2 2 3
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 91 21/35 11/28 16/22 6 23 29 21 8 12 7 5 20 24 106
        60% 39.3% 72.7%

Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This was our best game of the season so far - definitely. We played with a team which is better than Real Madrid at the moment and they came here after a loss against Bayern. We played good and led by a nice margin leading but Khimki is a talented and experienced team, and they showed it. Their great offensive play gave us a lot of troubles. They have great shooters and we had to play much better defense in second half. We did a greay job. At some points, it seemed to me that our fans were pushing us hugher. We have 4 wins in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, something no-one thought we could do after a 1-4 start. I am optimistic."
Khimki Moscow Region
"Before the start of the competition, we knew that our group was tough and balanced. After 8 games, all teams have chances to reach the Top 16. Congratulations to Crvena Zvezda. They played terrific for all 40 minutes. We struggled in the fourth quarter, allowing a lot of offensive rebounds, which was the key for Zvezda to win the game."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This is an important win for us but we have no time to celebrate because we are thinking about the next game. Our fans are always amazing and they were amazing tonight, too."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"It was an important win for us. It took a lot of fight, but we won and it is good for our self-confidence. But as I always say, we have so many games, we don’t have too much time to celebrate. We have to focus on games we have next. Our fans are always amazing."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"It feels good, but it is all about the team. We had a great fourth quarter, slowed them down a little bit and hit some big shots. We got to give credit to Stefan Jovic. He played great for us late in the game and controlled the tempo. I love our fans. They are with us, they have been with me from the Day 1 I got here, and they will continue to be with us."
Khimki Moscow Region
"We have some mistakes, allowing Crvena Zvezda too score too many easy points, especially in the second half. It is all open now and we are going to fight hard to make it to the Top 16."
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