2008-09Regular SeasonRound 5
January 06, 2009 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 DOCKS OCÉANE
Kelly McCartyIn a game that would have no decidive outcome as for teams advaning to the Last 16, visiting BC Khimki defeated Le Havre in France on Tuesday night by 63-79. The guests started leading by 2-12, but what looked like it would be a walk in the park, turned into nightmare for the Russian team when Le Havre reacted and made it a one-point game, 30-31 just before halftime. However, a 0-7 first and a 0-10 to follow, allowed Khimki to pull away for good in the second half. The win allows the Russian team to improve to 4-1 in Group C to maintain second place, only behind Benetton Treviso. Both teams are already qualified for the Last 16. On the other hand, Le Havre drops to 0-5 and is last, out of the qualifying race together with Besiktas Cola Turka. Kelly McCarty led the winners with 20 points and Timofey Mozgov added 13. For Le Havre, Fabien Causeur and Rudy Jomby nailed 13 points apiece, TJ Thompson added 12 and Aleksandar Bojic had 11.

Fabien Causeur sank two free throws to make it 2-2 for Le Havre but then, BC Khimki replied with a 0-10 including seven points by Kelly McCarty that left a totally different scenario on court. Rudy Jomby finally gave some signs of life for Le Havre with his layup but it was Timofey Mozgov now who scoed four points of his own to keep Khimki out of reach. Jomby blasted a three but it was only for 9-20. However, that came as an inspiration as Jomby himself scored again from the arc and TJ Thompson had a layup that closed an 8-0 that allowed the hosts to trim down the deficit to 14-20, forcing Khimki's timeout. Milt Palacio came out of that with a triple, but Thompson had the last word putting an end to the first period with a 16-23 Khimki edge. Marcus Slaughter put Le Havre only 5 points below when he scored to open the second quarter, 18-23, but Victor Dubovitskiy hit a three to keep Khimki going. Le Havre worked hard in offense though, and another 8-2 run arrived for the hosts thanks to points by Aleksandar Bojic and Thompson. The hosts dominsted the rebounds battle and had also a slight better percentage on 2-point shots, but Khimki's dominance in assists, steals and turnovers allowed them to keep the winning hand at this point. Mike Wilkinson sank two free throws but Khimki was struggling in offense now, and Bingo Merriex made it a one-point game, 30-31. McCarty and Carlos Delfino saved the situation from the charity line and it was then a duel between McCarty and Causeur to send the game into the halftime break with a 36-39 Khimki lead.

A 0-7 burst to start the second half, allowed Khimki to pull away by 36-46 in minute 23. Jomby was again the go-to man for Le Havre scoring again for his team with a three, but Delfino and Jorge Garbajosa scored to maintain Khimki at a solid distance, 42-50. The scoring run of the Russian team was far from over however, as McCarty, Palacio and Wilkinson joined the party to make it 42-58 after a 0-10. Causeur and Merriex teamed up to stop the bleeding for the hosts, but Khimki always found options in offense to maintain the lead after 30 minutes, 47-65. Bojic started the last period scoring from the charity line for Le Havre, but the reaply was five straight points between Vitaly Fridzon and Wilkinson to widen the gap. The rest of the final period would have no impact on the final outcome as Khimki cruised to the win maintaining the lead around the 15 points.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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Referees: SAHIN, TOLGA; MANTYLA, PETRI; JURAS, MARKO
Attendance: 1000
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STB Le Havre16201116
Khimki23162614
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STB Le Havre16364763
Khimki23396579
STB Le Havre
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GAILLOU, XAVIER 6:24                   1         -1
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 34:30 13 4/5 0/4 5/6 2   2 3   5     1 4 10
6 JOMBY, RUDY 34:15 13 1/5 3/7 2/2   7 7 5 2 5   1 2 1 12
7 MERRIEX, BINGO 35:17 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 2 5 7   2       2 3 12
8 BOJIC, ALEKSANDAR 24:01 11 4/4   3/4 1 5 6   4 5     2 8 21
9 THOMPSON, TJ 40:50 12 5/10 0/3 2/2   4 4 1 3 6     1 3 8
10 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 30:42 7 2/2 1/1 0/2 1 3 4 1 1 3 3   3 2 10
11 PITARD, GEDEON 5:43                         1   -1
13 ZERBO, FREJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 LAING, BRIAN 13:18 2 1/4 0/2                   5   -8
Team             3 3               3
Totals 225:00 63 19/33 4/18 13/18 6 27 33 10 12 25 3 1 17 21 66
        57.6% 22.2% 72.2%
Head coach: SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PALACIO, MILT 15:59 7 2/3 1/3   1   1 3 2       2   8
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 22:16 8 3/6 0/2 2/3   2 2   2 1 1   1 2 7
10 DELFINO, CARLOS 21:56 6 2/5 0/2 2/2   2 2 6 2 3     2 1 7
11 RANNIKKO, TEEMU 18:04     0/1           1       2 2  
13 WILKINSON, MIKE 20:19 8 3/7   2/3 1 2 3   1 2     2 4 7
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 21:28 5   1/4 2/2   3 3 3 2       1 2 11
16 SHABALKIN, NIKITA 23:32 4 2/7     2 1 3   1 1   1 4 1 -2
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 20:23 5 1/3 1/1         3   3   1 3   -1
21 McCARTY, KELLY 22:47 20 6/7 2/5 2/3 2 3 5 1 3       1 3 26
24 DUBOVITSKIY, VICTOR 13:35 3 0/1 1/2                       1
25 MOZGOV, TIMOFEY 24:41 13 6/11   1/3 7 8 15     6   1 3 2 13
Team             3 3               3
Totals 225:00 79 25/50 6/20 11/16 13 24 37 16 14 16 1 3 21 17 80
        50% 30% 68.8%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO

Head Coaches

SOUSA, JEAN MANUEL
STB Le Havre
"During 20 minutes we managed to keep in touch with Khimki. During the second half, we weren’t able to follow anymore… they played with 11 players, whereas we were seven. Clearly, when one steps on a court it is for the win, but we were lucid. We made efforts at the beginning; but after the former game against Le Mans, it was extremely hard. Moreover, their roster wasn’t complete tonight, all players didn’t come to Le Havre tonight. The difference of level between the two teams is clear. They really know how to play great basketball. They managed to take benefits from our mistakes in the game, whereas we weren’t able to do so, even if we had the occasions. We weren’t able to keep in touch long enough with Khimki tonight; but for a small roster, playing two tough games is really hard. If we hadn’t played this former game, maybe we could have shown something else tonight. Rudy made a good game, but we have to keep his performance in the collective context. He benefited a lot from the work of his teammates. He had the chance not to be locked by Khimki defense tonight, but he also made a bunch of mistakes."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Khimki
"It was not our best game ever, and I think it is also not the case for Le Havre! We first took a 15-point lead quite easily, but we lost all our attention and we let them come back in the game. We had kind of an aggressiveness back during the third quarter. For the last part of the game, we tried to handle the situation. My aim is to make this team stronger in its mind, but we are in process: it is a long process, but we are improving. I'm globally not satisfied of what the guys showed tonight, except maybe the 5 first minutes."

Players

JOMBY, RUDY
STB Le Havre
"I try to help the team with my qualities while trying to hide my weaknesses. What I do, is all for the team. It must be put into the collective context. I benefitted from the hard work of Fabien Causeur and TJ Thompson. They played with 11 players, when we were only seven. They were very close to the foul each time. I won't speak about the referees. This cup stays tougher than the championship. During the first half, we succeeded in keeping in touch, as playing 20 minutes being 7 is more than possible, but 40 minutes is another matter. But this Eurocup made us being much more aggressive in the game, but it is the same for all the fields of the game. Physically speaking, we are clearly under. It is sure. But we were in a really improving process. We are becoming stronger and stronger. If the cup lasted longer, it is sure that the results would be completely different. This cup allows us to work for the championship happening the next weekend, as we better start the games, as the French championship is much less tough and aggressive than this Eurocup."
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