2014-15SemifinalsGame 2
April 08, 2015 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION
Tyrese Rice - Khimki Moscow Region - EC14 (photo Khimki - Nikolay Kondakov)

Rice helps Khimki return to Eurocup Finals

Khimki Moscow Region needed to sweat it out in the end, but recorded a 93-89 victory to clinch a berth in the 2015 Eurocup Finals. Tyrese Rice scored 28 points, including a pair of free throws with 10.2 seconds to go, to lead Khimki to the victory, which coupled with an 83-82 Banvit triumph in Game 1 gave Khimki a 3-point aggregate win in their two-game total-points series. Khimki was in control with a 12-point advantage with less than a minute to go before Sammy Mejia helped spark a late 0-8 Banvit run, which fell just short. Khimki will play the finals for the third time and first since it won the competition in 2012. Paul Davis added 16 points, Sergey Monia scored 14 on 4-of-6 three-point shooting plus 5 assists and James Augustine posted 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks for the winners. Mejia made 5 of 6 threes for 25 points to lead Banvit. Vladimir Veremeenko scored 15, Chuck Davis 14 and E.J. Rowland 11 for Banvit, which completed its finest Eurocup campaign to date.

Banvit started brilliantly with baskets by Chuck Davis and Veremeenko before a Keith Simmons triple made it 0-7. Nearly three minutes passed before Paul Davis got Khimki on the scoreboard. Sergey Monia continued the Khimki momentum with a three-pointer. Then Ruslan Pateev scored twice inside to even things at 11-11. Petteri Koponen’s three-pointer gave Khimki its first lead, 16-15. Baskets by Egor Vyaltsev and Davis made it 20-15 after 10 minutes. Even though Cam Maxim Mutaf started heating up with 5 points for the visitors, a pair of Augustine baskets further boosted the hosts’ advantage to 7. Veremeenko completed a three-point play, but Khimki retained the momentum through another Augustine slam and a Rice layup that made it 31-23. Banvit rallied back behind a Safak Edge triple and a Mejia jumper to make it 34-30. After a Jimmy Baron triple, Banvit’s deficit was down to 3. Baskets by Pateev and Koponen kept the hosts rolling and Rice’s jumper gave Khimki a 42-35 halftime lead.

Rwland opened the second half with a three-pointer for his first points, but Rice also connected from downtown and Paul Davis gave the hosts their biggest lead yet, 47-38. Chuck Davis and Monia traded threes as the hosts remained in control. The back-to-back threes by Rice and Monia brought the crowd to its feet at 58-45. Rowland and Chuck Davis tried to inspire Banvit. Rowland added a triple and Mejia knocked down two more as the visitors stormed all the back to within 61-58. Vyaltsev stopped the Khimki slide and Paul Davis made it 65-60 through three quarters. Vyaltsev drained a three early in the fourth quarter and when Monia hit one too, it was 71-62. Mejia and Rowland combined to bring Banvit within 4 (3 points on aggregate). However Paul Davis free throws and a three-pointer by Rice put Khimki comfortable in control at 76-67. The roller coaster continued as free throws by Veremeenko and Rowland cut the deficit to 6, but Rice responded with 5 straight points. He then assisted Paul Davis to make it 85-72 with four minutes remaining. Tyler Honeycutt’s slam all but wrapped up the Khimiki victory. Mejia tried with a three-pointer and Chuck Davis made it a 9-point aggregate difference, but was quickly becoming the enemy. Rice made a tough layup and Veremeenko an impressive slam with two minutes to go. Banvit made its run with Mejia free throws and then threes by Mejia and Chuck Davis to get within 91-87 – a 3-point aggregate deficit – with 13 seconds remaining. Rice all but sealed the win with 2 free throws with 10.2 seconds left.

Paul Davis celebrates - Khimki Moscow Region - EC14 (photo Khimki - Nikolay Kondakov)
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 3750 (Tentative)
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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 34:14 28 6/11 4/8 4/4   1 1 4 1 5   1 2 5 22
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 19:51 8 3/6   2/4 4 5 9 3 1   3     3 22
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 4:31     0/1                   2   -3
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN 8:07 6 3/4     1 2 3           1   7
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 17:27 5 1/3 1/2   1 2 3 4         1 1 9
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 25:42 7 2/2 1/3     1 1 3 2   1   5 3 10
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 0:06                              
12 MONIA, SERGEY 29:04 14 1/3 4/6   2 1 3 5   2 2   3   15
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 29:38 6 3/6 0/2   3 6 9 1   3 1 1 1 1 8
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL 26:40 16 6/12   4/4 5 1 6 4 1 5 1 1 2 5 19
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 4:40 3   1/1                   1   2
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 93 25/47 11/23 10/12 19 21 40 24 5 15 8 3 18 18 116
        53.2% 47.8% 83.3%
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
Banvit Bandirma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ROWLAND, EARL 32:47 11 1/5 2/4 3/4   2 2 4 2 3   3 1 5 10
5 GECIM, TOLGA 0:49                              
6 CANDAN, BERKAY 2:42     0/1   1   1 1             1
7 EDGE, SAFAK 10:49 3 0/1 1/3     2 2 1 2           5
8 DAVIS, CHUCK 30:23 14 4/9 2/3   1 4 5 5 2 1   1 3   15
9 MEJIA, SAMMY 36:38 25 4/10 5/6 2/2 2 3 5 3 2   2 2 2 3 29
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 26:14 15 5/8 0/1 5/5 4 1 5 3   2     2 3 18
13 SIMMONS, KEITH 25:05 5 1/5 1/2     1 1     1 1   3 1 -1
15 BARON, JIMMY 2:54 3   1/1                   1   2
18 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 18:00 6 3/6     4 1 5   1 2   2 3 5 7
23 MUTAF, MAXIM 13:39 7 1/2 1/2 2/2       2   1     3 1 4
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 89 19/46 13/23 12/13 14 15 29 19 9 10 3 8 18 18 93
        41.3% 56.5% 92.3%
Head coach: ERNAK, SELCUK

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"First of all I want to thank all my guys, especially those who played with huge injuries and helped us as they could. We had problems with Popovic, Koponen and Honeycutt, but they did a really great job tonight. Before the game I felt like a schoolboy who didn’t do his homework and had to answer the next day in front of the teacher. I’m happy for those who carried the responsibility and played such a tough game. We could have played better in the end, because you don’t have the right to relax and must be concentrated for all 40 minutes, not 39. So now our main task is to recover our injured players and go further. We haven’t achieved anything so far, the toughest games are ahead.”
ERNAK, SELCUK
Banvit Bandirma
"First of all I would like to say congratulations to Khimki and wish them good luck in the finals. They are a great team and they deserved to win today. Secondly I want to thank all my players who made this journey in the Eurocup really valuable and made history for the club by qualifying first to the eighthfinals and then to the quarterfinals."

Players

MONIA, SERGEY
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was hard to play as we have many injured players in the team. So I’m happy for the guys who, despite all the troubles, stood on the floor and played how they could. The win is twice as pleasing when you have such problems. Now we have time to get some treatment, as we prepare for the upcoming VTB League games and the Eurocup Finals. The first game in Turkey gave us huge opportunity for reflection because we lost only 1 point and didn’t make many open shots. Banvit plays great at home, but we made our analysis after the first game and played well tonight. The main point is the win for us. I’m happy that we are going to the finals.”
DAVIS, PAUL
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was a tough game as Banvit hit the same shots they did in Turkey. They have good players and sometimes made shots we couldn’t, so we were very close. They are a lot better team than I thought they were. Both teams wanted to win as it was basically one game and practically it was tied. It’s like what people saw in the NCAA tournament when nobody wants to go home. Each team played hard, but we were able to build the lead and keep it. Now our goal is to win the Eurocup. We need to follow our game plan as this is the very thing we have been working for since August. We will be ready.”