2015-16Top 16Round 5
January 29, 2016 CET: 18:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.5 Points 70.6
36.8 Rebounds 33.1
11.5 O. Rebounds 8.8
25.3 D. Rebounds 24.4
18.1 Assists 14.9
8.4 Steals 5.9
4.9 Blocks 1.6
13.8 Turnovers 14.2
52.5 % 2PT 49.8 %
33.8 % 3PT 33.8 %
71.0 % FT 78.0 %
89.6 Index 72.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.4 / Shved Points 11.8 / Jankunas
6.9 / Augustine Rebounds 5.7 / Jankunas
2.8 / Augustine OR 2.0 / Javtokas
4.1 / Augustine DR 4.5 / Jankunas
4.9 / Rice Assists 4.1 / Kalnietis
1.4 / Rice Steals 0.9 / Jankunas
1.1 / Augustine Blocks 0.6 / Vougioukas
3.4 / Rice Turnovers 2.4 / Kalnietis
64.5 % / Augustine 2PT 64.5 % / Javtokas
44.4 % / Vyaltsev 3PT 50.0 % / Lekavicius
100.0 % / Vyaltsev FT 86.4 % / Seibutis
16.9 / Shved Index 13.9 / Jankunas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-1 Top 16 1-3
5-5 Regular Season 5-5
8-6 Overall 6-8


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams face each other for the first time in almost three years. Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris played one season for his opponent, just as Khimki head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis did for his throughout the 1980s and the early 1990s. Zalgiris leads the Top 16 in two-pointers made (93) and free throw shooting percentage (85.3%). Jankunas, Ian Vougioukas and Brock Motum have played a big part in that with their efficiency around the baskets. With Paul Davis and Ruslan Pateev still out, James Augustine, Sergey Monya and Marko Todorovic will see most of the playing time down low for Khimki, with Dmitry Sokolov playing a key role as a defensive stopper and efficient scorer. Khimki ranks first in steals (9.25 spg.) due to its aggressiveness in the passing lines, led by Zoran Dragic, Alexey Shved, Egor Vyaltsev and, above all, Tyler Honeycutt, a swingman who does a little bit of everything. Shved will not have it easy against hard-nosed defender Edgaras Ulanovas. Meanwhile, Shved and Petteri Koponen will test their shooting skills against Renaldas Seibutis and Olivier Hanlan. Both Zalgiris players will also see playing time at point guards, as Mantas Kalnietis parted ways with the club. Lukas Lekavicius, however, will see most playing time against Tyrese Rice, in what promises to be a key matchup in this exciting game.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Game Notes

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki leads the Euroleague this season in blocked shots with 4.9 per game.

Khimki enters this week’s game tied for the league lead in steals with 8.4 per game.

Egor Vyaltsev is a perfect 16 for 16 from the free throw line over his Euroleague career.

Alexey Shved has made at least 3 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.

Shved has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.

Shved has scored in double figures in each of his last seven Euroleague games.

Tyrese Rice has recorded at least 1 steal in nine straight Euroleague games.

Sergey Monia was a teammate of injured Zalgiris center Robertas Javtokas at Dynamo Moscow for two seasons between 2007 and 2009.

James Augustine was a teammate of injured Zalgiris center Robertas Javtokas Roberts Javtokas during the 2010-11 season at Valencia Basket.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Ten different players have appeared in Zalgiris’s starting lineup so far this season; only Edgaras Ulanovas has started every game.

Paulius Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 29 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Jankunas spent the only season in his career away from Zalgiris with Khimki back in the 2009-10 Eurocup season. Injured Zalgiris center Roberts Javtokas also played for Khimki that season.

Renaldas Seibutis was a teammate of Khimki guard Tyrese Rice during the 2011-12 season at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"Zalgiris replaced head coach from Krapikas to Jasikevicius who made several changes to the squad. The temper of the team has changed; they got aggression and the total desire to play. Jasikevicius uses rotation actively and everyone in the team is striving to go to the court. I would like to point out the very energy they played with against Real Madrid and Olympiacos. I think it will be a very tough game."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Khimki is one of the teams with the most offensive potential in the Euroleague. I see them as clear contenders for the Final Four. Their game quite a lot depends of the play by Tyrese Rice and Alexey Shved. If we are able to complicate the life of their guards, we have better chances to do well in Moscow. Also, it is essential to stop the transition game. They can score a lot of easy points and if you allow them that, it is very difficult to think about success. We need team defense and toughness – it is a key to the victory."


Khimki Moscow Region
"Zalgiris is a good team as they constantly play in the Euroleague. It’s a high-level team and every year they have good players in the roster. Zalgiris is always fighting and showing good basketball. Last week they had a great game with Olympiacos so it’s a very solid and tough opponent. We are preparing very seriously to face them. At this stage of the Euroleague you don’t have weak rivals as every team may beat one another."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Khimki is probably the club with the biggest budget in the Euroleague. Looking at the roster, they can be named as a top team in Europe. We played them in a friendly game before the season and if I remember right we lost only after overtime, but they have left a great impression. Anyway, it’s not the names who play on the court, but the players and we have a chance. We have won on the road in Barcelona this season, so we want to win at Khimki as well."

Khimki scores club record 111, Rice has double-double in big win

Khimki Moscow Region remained the exclusive leader in Group F after downing Zalgiris Kaunas 111-80 in the Russian capital on Friday. Khimki improved to 4-1, while Zalgiris dropped to 1-4. Tyrese Rice led the winners with 20 points and 11 assists. Tyler Honeycutt added 14 points and 3 blocks, Alexey Shved scored 13 points, Petteri Koponen 12 and Zoran Dragic contributed 11 for Khimki, which set a new club record for scoring. Renaldas Seibutis led Zalgiris with 15 points, Ian Vougioukas added 14 and Edgaras Ulanovas 12. Seibutis and Vougioukas fueled a 0-9 run, which gave Zalgiris an early 8-14 lead. Khimki called timeout and found a go-to guy in Dragic, who helped the hosts to a 25-18 margin after 10 minutes. Sergey Monya and Honeycutt fueled a 12-1 run that broke the game open, 43-26, late in the second quarter. Seibutis and Ulanovas brought Zalgiris a bit closer, 52-38, at halftime. But nothing changed after the break, as Khimki boosted its margin to 77-61 after 30 minutes and then again to 96-66 to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

First quarter: Augustine, Dragic put hosts ahead

Seibutis got Zalgiris going with a three-pointer. Rice found James Augustine for a dunk and added free throws, but Ulanovas kept the visitors ahead, 4-5. Augustine banked in a turnaround jumper and Honeycutt added a high-flying slam for an 8-5 Khimki edge. Martynas Sajus stepped up with a tip-in, which Vougioukas followed with a layup-plus-foul that put Zalgiris back in charge. Seibutis scored in penetration and a layup by Ulanovas caused Khimki to call timeout at 8-14, after a 0-9 run. Dragic rescued Khimki with a triple and Rice also struck from downtown, but free throws by Vougioukas and Ulanovas kept Zalgiris on top, 14-16. Dragic scored in transition and free throws by Petteri Koponen and Marko Todorovic gave the hosts a 19-16 edge. Dragic kept pushing Khimki with a fast break slam. Paulius Jankunas and Egor Vyaltsev exchanged free throws before a backdoor layup by Augustine boosted Khimki's lead to 25-18 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Khimki takes charge

Brock Motum shined with a put-back slam early in the quarter and fed Jankunas for an uncontested dunk that brought Zalgiris within 3. Vyaltsev and Seibutis split free throws and Sergey Monya hit both attempts. After Shved nailed a catch-and-shoot triple, Siim-Sander Vene hit foul shots. Vyaltsev gave the hosts a 32-25 edge. Honeycutt scored around the basket and a dunk by Monya made it a double-digit game. Monya pushed Khimki onward with a three-pointer. Dmitry Sokolov hit a jump hook and Honeycutt dunked again to break the game open at 43-26. Ulanovas struck from downtown ad Seibutis added free throws to give Zalgiris hope. Sokolov buried another jump hook, before Seibutis and Marko Todorovic exchanged free throws. A three-pointer by Olivier Hanlan brought Zalgiris within 47-36. Honeycutt answered from downtown and Koponen erased Ulanovas's free throws with a buzzer-beating jumper for a 52-38 Khimki edge at halftime.

Third quarter: Zalgiris tries hard, but Khimki keeps it safe

Rice buried a huge three-pointer immediately after the break. Dragic split free throws and Shved hit one from beyond the arc to make it a 21-point game. Jankunas tried to change things with a mid-range jumper, which Rice bettered with a rainbow triple. Vougioukas followed a tip-in with a layup off a spin move down low, but a three-pointer by Dragic set a 65-44 Khimki lead. Vougioukas made free throws, as Khimki tried a taller lineup with Augustine and Sokolov together on court. Motum buried a three-pointer, but Sokolov made 3 of 4 free throws. Vougioukas hit 2 attempts to make it 68-51. Shved scored in transition, but Vougioukas and Hanlan got Zalgiris a bit closer, 70-56. Shved insisted with free throws, before Hanlan split attempts. Ulanovas brought the guests within 13. Shved solved a broken play with a layup and Honeycutt added a dunk to give Khimki a 77-61 margin after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Khimki seals it early with 14-0 run

Rice made free throws early in the quarter, but Vene did better with a bomb from downtown. Honeycutt answered from beyond the arc and Seibutis scored in penetration, but Zalgiris entered the foul penalty with over eight minutes left. Koponen made the most out of it with a three-point play that boosted the hosts' lead to 85-66. Rice split free throws, added a three-pointer and fed Todorovic for a layup that sealed the outcome, 91-66. Khimki started to run the game clock down and Rice finished a long possession with another triple. Koponen hit a jumper to cap a 14-0 Khimki run. Martynas Pocius and Todorovic exchanged baskets and Stanislav Ilnitskiy helped Khimki break the three-digit mark, 100-68. Sajus scored again but, the outcome was clear as Khimki cruised to a very convincing home win.

Tyrese Rice - Khimki Moscow Region - EB15
Friday, January 29, 2016
Attendance: 2500
By Quarter1234
Khimki Moscow Region25272534
Zalgiris Kaunas18202319
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Khimki Moscow Region255277111
Zalgiris Kaunas18386180
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 24:26 20 0/1 5/8 5/6   2 2 11 2       1 6 35
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 20:46 13 2/3 2/7 3/4       3 3 2   1 3 3 9
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 18:46 11 2/5 2/4 1/2   2 2     1     2 3 7
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 23:56 6 3/4 0/1   3 4 7 3 1 1 1   2 2 15
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 19:22 12 3/4 1/2 3/3 1 3 4 6 1     1   3 23
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 15:34 7 0/2 1/1 4/6 1   1 1 1 1     4 3 4
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 9:57 7 2/2   3/4   1 1       1   4 2 6
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 14:16 2 1/1       1 1 1 2         1 7
12 MONIA, SERGEY 12:48 7 1/1 1/2 2/2 1   1   2 1     4 1 5
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 18:55 9 2/5   5/6 1 4 5 1   1 1   4 4 11
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 17:20 14 4/4 2/3     4 4 1     3   3   18
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 3:54 3 1/1   1/2       1 1   1     1 6
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 111 21/33 14/28 27/35 9 23 32 28 13 7 7 2 27 29 150
        63.6% 50% 77.1%
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 20:28 7 1/1 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 1 1       2 1 10
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 23:28 5 0/1 1/3 2/2   1 1 4 2 5     4 1 1
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 14:49 4 1/6 0/2 2/2   2 2     1   2 4 4 -4
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 24:54 15 2/4 2/5 5/6 1   1 3   3 1   5 3 9
12 MOTUM, BROCK 14:04 5 1/8 1/2   4 2 6 1       1 2   1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 21:32 6 2/6   2/2 1 2 3 2 1 1     3 5 9
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 17:33 14 3/5   8/9 1 2 3         1 2 5 16
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 13:17 4 2/2     2 1 3     2     4   1
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 20:43 8 0/3 2/2 2/4 1   1 3   1 1 1 3 3 6
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 29:12 12 1/6 1/2 7/8 2 4 6 1 1 2   2   5 14
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 80 13/42 8/17 30/35 17 17 34 15 5 15 2 7 29 27 69
        31% 47.1% 85.7%

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"I’m happy with this win because if we want to pass to the next Euroleague round, we need to win all the home games and take some victories on the road. Now we have four games at home. Today we played nice and quick basketball. I would like to thank the players for their effort and energy that they brought to the court. I’m satisfied with this beautiful win. This season we are playing more consistent basketball and don’t have big downs, for example from 18 points to 2. This is that you need for the Euroleague. Now we have some tough road games in Tbilisi and Athens. It will be tough."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to Khimki and coach Kurtinaitis on a great performance. I believe that we couldn’t do a lot of the things we talked before the game; especially we didn’t control the game offensively. In the end what happened was a lot of easy points by Khimki; that was the biggest key to this game. As a coach I should take the responsibility for the team’s performance. We will try to do better next time."


Khimki Moscow Region
"We played pretty well during all the game. We were focused and played with energy. Today we moved the ball very well; that’s why we scored 111 points. If you win by 30 points, you can be satisfied. At halftime we were 14 points up and in the second half we put 16 points more. It was a balanced game, but in the Euroleague you just don’t blow one team away in the first half. You have to play all 40 minutes and try as hard as possible. In the end of this group, every point might be important, so we got a good result tonight. Zalgiris surprised Olympiacos by 20 points and we knew that we had to be focused and come out with energy. Everybody produced and played a good game. But the job is not done and we have a lot of games to go. Every game is important now."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We knew that Khimki is a very talented team that has some charismatic and talented players. Unfortunately, for most of the game, some of them, especially Rice, were able to score difficult shots. In general, we were not able to slow down the game and gave them some easy points in transition. We need to be more consistent and focus on trying to get better and just in general improving our game."
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