2014-15Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2014 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION
Khimki routs VEF Riga in season opener

Khimki Moscow Region opened its Eurocup season in style with a 94-65 rout of visiting VEF Riga. VEF led early, but back-to-back-to-back threes by Joffrey Lauvergne, Marko Popovic and Petteri Koponen put Khimki ahead by 12 and Paul Davis added a few more buckets late in the second quarter to give Khimki a 47-28 halftime lead. A 12-0 run to open the third quarter ended any doubts to the outcome. Khimki forced VEF into 23 turnovers and used team basketball – 29 assists compared to VEF’s 14 – to roll to victory. Tyrese Rice paved the way with 16 points, 5 assists and 3 steals, while Egor Vyaltsev scored 14, Koponen 12 and Popovic amassed 10 points and 8 assists and Tyler Honeycutt posted 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Gerald Robinson paced the VEF attack with 21 points and Janis Timma shot 5 of 7 from downtown for 17 points.

After a scoreless opening minute, Rice got things going for the hosts with a steal and layup, however a pair of Timma triples gave VEF the lead. The red-hot Rice soon nailed a three and finished a fastbreak to put Khimki up 9-8. Kevin Dillard struck twice from downtown to give VEF an 11-14 lead. The visitors held on, despite baskets by Sergey Monia and Paul Davis to tie the score, before a Stanislav Ilnitskiy three left Khimki ahead 21-18 through 10 minutes. The teams traded points early in the second quarter before Lauvergne, Popovic and Koponen sank back-to-back-to-back threes to put Khimki firmly in control at 34-22. Timma sought to spark VEF with 5 quick points, but Rice kept Khimki cruising. Davis scored twice inside and added a free throw as the hosts looked to end things early by taking a 47-28 lead into halftime.

Honeycutt converted a four-point play to trigger a 12-0 run at the start of the third quarter. Rice and Monia each added threes as the lead soared to 31. More than three minutes passed before Ronalds Zakis scored VEF’s first basket of the half. Robinson and Honeycutt swapped threes as the former continued to provide offense for VEF, but the visitors were unable to mount a serious charge. Ingus Jakovics free throws trimmed the deficit to 25, but an Ilnitskiy triple helped make it 71-41 by the end of the quarter. Timma and Robinson sank a few more shots in the fourth, but Khimki always had answers. Robinson managed to get VEF within 22 with two and a half minutes to go, but the game was long decided by that point.
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Referees: BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR), OBRADOVIC, PETAR (BIH), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 1500 (Tentative)
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Khimki Moscow Region21262423
VEF Riga18101324
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Khimki Moscow Region21477194
VEF Riga18284165
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 27:47 16 5/6 2/4     3 3 5 3 3     2 4 23
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 17:27 10 1/2 2/7 2/2   2 2 8 1       1 2 16
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN 12:07 5 2/3   1/2 3 2 5 1   2     1 2 8
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 18:25 12 3/4 2/3   1 2 3 4         2 1 16
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 26:24 14 4/5 2/7   1 2 3 2 4 1     3   13
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 21:28 8 1/4 2/4   1 1 2   1 1   1 2   2
12 MONIA, SERGEY 18:32 6 0/3 2/6   2 3 5 5 1 2     5 1 4
17 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 20:24 9 0/4 2/2 3/4 3 1 4 1 1 1 2 1 1 4 13
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 23:45 7   2/4 1/1 2 7 9 1 4 1     2 1 17
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL 7:26 7 3/3   1/2 1   1 2         2 2 9
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 6:15   0/1     1   1           2   -2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 94 19/35 16/37 8/11 15 24 39 29 15 11 2 2 23 17 120
        54.3% 43.2% 72.7%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
VEF Riga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MEJERIS, MAREKS 22:43 6 1/2 0/2 4/6 6 2 8 3 1 3     1 5 14
6 TIMMA, JANIS 25:18 17 1/2 5/7   1 2 3 2 1 3     5 2 14
7 JAKOVICS, INGUS 17:18 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   2 2 1   3       1  
8 FALL, BAMBA 23:04 3 1/2   1/2   5 5   1 2 1   2 2 6
11 STRELNIEKS, ARTURS 9:27 2 1/1 0/1           1       1   1
14 BERZINS, ARTURS 8:24 3     3/4           3       3 2
22 ROBINSON, GERALD 35:18 21 3/8 3/6 6/9 1 5 6 3 1 3   1 2 6 20
23 DILLARD, KEVIN 24:42 6 0/3 2/4         3 1 3   1 2   -1
27 ZAKIS, RONALDS 18:54 3 1/4 0/1 1/2   4 4 2 1 3     1 1 2
32 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 14:52 2 1/2 0/1               1   3 3 1
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 65 9/26 10/23 17/25 11 22 33 14 7 23 2 2 17 23 64
        34.6% 43.5% 68%
Head coach: MAZURS, NIKOLAJS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I’m happy that from game to game we are improving and playing better, with energy and pleasure. I think fans appreciate and like this basketball. This season we play fast. We had a good balance of turnovers and assists: 11 vs. 29, so we played as a team and no one pulls the blanket over himself. Paul Davis recovered after a nose injury and did his best as usual. As for VEF, they have young team that plays with energy and great desire, but they fall short of mastery at the moment."
MAZURS, NIKOLAJS
VEF Riga
"Congratulations to Khimki on this win. Today [Khimki] showed very smart and good-looking basketball, whereas we didn’t accomplish our tasks. It’s a pity that some of our players didn’t show their usual level, but we will prepare for our next game. We have to work at ourselves, increase the quality of our game. We have a very good and promising team that aims to enter the next stage of the Eurocup and VTB United League."

Players

ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV
Khimki Moscow Region
"At first we couldn’t find our playing rhythm and didn’t make open shots. But then we went ahead. I think we played a good game, everyone had time on the court."
DILLARD, KEVIN
VEF Riga
"Khimki is a good team, they use a lot of ball movement and make a lot of assists. We will have another game with Khimki on Sunday and have to be ready to play and get out our mind of this result, learn from it, try to come back and be ready as possible. As for us we have a lot of potential. The more we play the better we will be."
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