2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 18, 2015 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PAIS ARENA JERUSALEM
Semen Antonov - Nizhny Novgorod - EC15 (photo Hapoel Jerusalem - Dor Ketmi)

Khvostov hits 7 three-pointers, leads Nizhny past Jerusalem

In a pivotal battle in Group F which went down to the wire, Nizhny Novgorod recorded a good-as-gold road win by downing Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 70-74 in the Holy City on Wednesday. Nizhny improved to 3-3 in Group F while Jerusalem dropped to 2-4. Dmitry Khvostov fired on 7-of-8 three-point shots on his way with 23 points. Victor Rudd added 13 while Ivan Strebkov had 12 for Nizhny. Donta Smith led Hapoel with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. E.J. Rowland added 12 points, Josh Duncan had 11 while D'or Fischer pulled down 13 rebounds for the hosts. Khbostov buried 5 three-point shots before halftime, allowing Nizhny to get a 18-22 lead after 10 minutes and extend it to 36-43 at halftime. Hapoel neve rgaveup and managed to get as close as 64-65 on a three-pointer by Janning. Rasid Mahalbasic and Strebkov kept Nizhny ahead but Rowland missed a driving shot with 10 seconds left which would have tied the game. Free throws by Khvostov and Strebkov allowed Nizhny to cruise to a critical road win.

Mahalbasic got Nizhny going with 4 points in a 0-6 opening run. Janning struck from downtown and a three-point play by Duncan tied it at 6-6. Khvostov buried a three-pointer and Rudd scored again but Rowland and Smith kept Jerusalem within 10-11. Benzins took over with consecutive baskets but Fischer and Duncan allowed the hosts to tie the game again, 15-15. Khvostov insisted from downtown and hit yet another one to give Nizhny a 18-22 edge after 10 minutes. A red hot Khvostov buried another triple - his fourth in as many attempts - early in the second quarter and Strebkov copied him right after that for a 20-28 Nizhny margin. Jerusalem, pushed by a great crowd, improved its defense, not allowing more open shots. Meanwhile, Smith, Duncan and Rowland fueled a 10-0 run which allowed the hosts to get their first lead of the game, 30-28. Semen Antonov hit a triple and Strebkov matched Rowland's layup-plus-foul with his own shot from beyond the arc. Khvostov - who else? - sank his fifth three-pointer and back-to-back baskets by Rudd gave Nizhny a 36-41 margin. Antonov's put-back basket fixed the halftime score at 36-43.

Berzins scored again right after the break and Mahalbasic soon made it a double-digit game, 36-47. Smith tried to change things with 5 unanswered points and a put-back basket by Fischer gave the hosts hope at 43-49. Khvostov nailed another three-pointer and matched Duncan's triple with yet another one, good for a 46-55 Nizhny margin. Tony Gaffney stepped up with a three-point play and once Mahalbasic and Smith traded baskets, he scored again for a 53-57 Jerusalem deficit after 30 minutes. Antonov and Berzins stepped up for the guests early in the fourth quarter to keep Nizhny way ahead, 53-61. Fischer and Smith quickly answered, bringing Jerusalem within 61-63. Strebkov hit a jumper and a catch-and-shoot three-pointer by Janning brought Jerusalem as close as 64-65. Mahalbasic scored around the basket, Smith dunked off a steal and free throws by Strebkov restored a 66-69 Nizhny lead with over 2 minutes left. Rudd split free throws and Rowland made it a two-point game, 68-70, with 40 seconds left. Rowland missed a critical shot and free throws by Khovstov and Strebkov sealed the outcome.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
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Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem18181717
Nizhny Novgorod22211417
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Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem18365370
Nizhny Novgorod22435774
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DUNCAN, JOSH 25:27 11 3/6 1/3 2/3 1 5 6 1 1 2   1 4 4 10
3 GAFFNEY, TONY 27:29 7 3/4 0/3 1/1 3 1 4 2 1   1   5 3 9
4 ROWLAND, EARL 34:39 12 5/12 0/4 2/4   4 4 4 1 2   1 1 5 9
6 ZUCKERMAN, YOCHAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 TIMOR, BAR 20:24 2 0/3   2/2 2   2 2 2 1     4 1 1
12 MENCO, RAFI 0:36                              
15 SMITH, DONTA 32:53 23 8/14 1/5 4/6   5 5 5 5 7   3 3 5 18
23 JANNING, MATT 33:18 7 0/2 2/5 1/1   2 2 1 1 2     2   2
24 MAYOR, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, DOR 25:14 8 4/5     5 8 13   2 2 2   2   20
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 70 23/46 4/20 12/17 14 27 41 15 13 17 3 5 21 18 73
        50% 20% 70.6%
Head coach: FRANCO, DANNY
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
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RUDD, VICTOR 36:30 13 6/8 0/5 1/5 1 4 5 1   3 1 1 3 4 6
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ZARYAZHKO, VICTOR 8:49   0/1       1 1 1         1    
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 13:17   0/1 0/1     1 1 1   2   1 2   -5
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 28:21 9 3/6 1/4 0/1 3 3 6 4   3 2 1 2 4 12
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 27:02 9 4/9 0/2 1/3 2 4 6 3 1 3     3 5 9
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 37:04 23 0/1 7/8 2/2   6 6 5   4     2 3 29
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 14:58 8 4/4       4 4   1 3     5   5
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 24:34 12 1/2 2/6 4/4 1 2 3 2 1 1     1 3 14
20 POPOV, ILYA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI 9:25     0/1   2 1 3   1   2   1 2 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 74 18/32 10/27 8/15 9 26 35 17 4 19 5 3 20 21 76
        56.3% 37% 53.3%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

FRANCO, DANNY
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"Our problem was on offense, we missed open shots and against a good team like Nizhny it's tough to win like that."
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"The atmosphere was amazing. Teamwork was the most important thing for us, I told my players to look for the extra pass and that won the game for us."
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