2014-15Regular SeasonRound 5
November 12, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA
Zenit St. Petersburg holds off fellow Russian rival Khimki

Dmitry Kulagin - Zenit St Petersburg - EC14 (photo Zenit)

Zenit St. Petersburg improved its record to 2-3 by edging Khimki Moscow Region 89-86 in Group D on Wednesday. Khimki dropped to 3-2. Khimki took the lead early in the fourth quarter, 63-65, but a 9-4 run for Zenit finished with a jumper by Evgey Valiev gave the hosts a slim margin they kept till the final buzzer thanks to their accuracy from the free throw line. Walter Hodge tallied 25 points, 9 assists and made 12 of 13 free throws to lead the winners with a performance index rating of 34, Dejan Borovnjak amassed a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, Dmitry Kulagin added 14 points and Valiev 10. Tyrese Rice scored 21 for Khimki, Marko Popovic netted 15, Paul Davis 14 and Petteri Koponen 13.

In a balanced start, Rice and Hodge gave slim margins to their respective side. Kyle Landry in the open court made it 13-8 for Zenit, then James Augustine and Borovnjak hit layups to finish the first quarter at 15-12. A three-point-play completed by Borovnjak raised the difference to 20-12 early in the second quarter. while Artem Komolov scored in the open court for the first double digit margin of the game, 26-15. Rice scored 5 points in a 0-10 run for Khimki that tied the score at 30-30. Five free throws scored from six attempts allowed the hosts to finish atop 39-38 at halftime.

Dmitry Kulagin fueled the hosts at the start of the second half. The score was tied three times, the last at 45-45 by Rice. Then an 11-2 Zenit run with 5 points from Hodge made it 56-47. Late in the quarter, Koponen completed the visitors comeback, tying the game at 60-60, while Hodge from the foul line gave a slim 62-60 cushion to the home team. A three-point-play by Davis put Khimki in front 62-63 early in the fourth quarter. Koponen made it 63-65. Hodge, from long distance, gave the lead for good for the hosts. Borovnjak extended the margin to 76-70. Davis brought Khimki within 76-72 and then, in a thrilling final minute, the accuracy from the foul line by the home team with 6 free throws made kept a safet margin till the buzzer.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Referees: NURAN, RUSTU (TUR), KALPAKAS, APOSTOLOS (SWE), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR)
Attendance: 3000 (Tentative)
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Zenit St Petersburg15242327
Khimki Moscow Region12262226
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Zenit St Petersburg15396289
Khimki Moscow Region12386086
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 36:06 14 3/5 1/2 5/6   4 4 2 2 3     1 4 18
4 LAZAREV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GORDEEV, DMITRII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KOSHCHEEV, ANDREY 6:35 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1           2 1 -2
8 KUZYAKIN, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JONES, CAMERON 30:12 6 2/5 0/1 2/2   2 2 4   2     3 2 5
10 BABUSHKIN, ALEKSEI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KOMOLOV, ARTEM 15:55 5 2/3 0/2 1/1 1 3 4   2 1     3 1 5
14 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 32:21 21 9/12   3/7 2 9 11 2   3 1 1 3 4 25
15 HODGE, WALTER 37:47 25 2/6 3/7 12/13   4 4 9 1 3   2 1 10 34
31 VALIEV, EVGENY 26:44 10 5/5     2 2 4 3 3 1 2   3 5 23
33 LANDRY, KYLE 14:20 7 3/6 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 2         3 2 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 89 26/43 4/14 25/33 6 27 33 22 8 13 3 3 19 29 114
        60.5% 28.6% 75.8%
Head coach: KARASEV, VASILY
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 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 33:33 21 5/10 2/4 5/6   4 4 4 2 2     4 4 21
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 15:34 2 1/5     1 3 4     2   2 2 1 -3
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 25:11 15 3/4 3/5 0/1 1 2 3 4 1 2     4 1 14
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 28:02 13 3/5 1/3 4/7 1 2 3 1   1     3 3 9
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 20:24 3 0/1 1/2   1 1 2   1       4 1 1
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 28:26 7 2/2 1/5     3 3 3 2 1 3   4   9
17 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 15:24 7 2/5 1/3   2 1 3 2 1       1   7
34 SAKHAROV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL 20:36 14 3/10   8/8 1 5 6 2   1   1 5 7 15
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 12:50 4 2/3     1   1   1 2     2   1
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 86 21/45 9/22 17/22 8 25 33 16 8 11 3 3 29 17 78
        46.7% 40.9% 77.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

KARASEV, VASILY
Zenit St Petersburg
"Ten days ago we played Khimki on the road, we lost 5 points. It was a very painful defeat. I think that my players had ultra motivation for this game, because it was very important for us in the standings. I think that the great desire and willingness of my team was the base of such a game and the result. Today we played a great team game, everyone played and fought for everyone and we did everything together for the win. Today we played good aggressive defense, were clever in the attacks and played well on offensive rebounds. I would also like to note Valiev, his selfless game, especially those moments when he caught the ball on the floor, then scored, made a rebound and block and not scoring a lot of points, but helping the team with his energy and aggression. I think that with him on the court, the team played much calmer, so everyone knew that there is a player behind."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I would like to congratulate Zenit for a very good and necessary victory, because in a couple of tough Eurocup games, Zenit controlled the game , but didn’t win . And now they made a good result for their situation the group. They need wins to go further. Regarding the game, we lacked energy, because we had a very difficult road game in Krasnodar, where we left a lot of energy and emotion. Of course, it is not an excuse, just a fact. Today we lost because of the lack of energy and fatigue ; we missed important rebounds and at the end of the game due to lack of power. We were not able to play good defense against Borovnjak and Hodge."