2016-17Regular SeasonRound 8
November 30, 2016 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION
Nobel Boungou-Colo - Khimki Moscow Region - EC16 (photo Khimki - Nikolai Kondakov)

Khimki captures Top 16 berth by beating ALBA

Khimki Moscow Region used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to come from behind and beat ALBA Berlin 88-77 on Wednesday at the Basketball Center of Moscow Region. The win lifted Khimki’s record to 5-2 for first place in Group B and secured its spot in the Top 16. Markel Brown, who hit a pair of threes in the decisive run, led Khimki with 19 points and Nobel Boungou-Colo shined with 18 points and 5 steals. Jacob Pullen added 13 points and Stanislav Ilnitskiy posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, who outrebounded ALBA 34-16, including 15-3 on the offensive glass. Elmeden Kikanovic paced ALBA with 22 points, Dominique Johnson tallied 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Dragan Milosavljevic posted 12 points and 7 assists. ALBA fell to 3-4 with the loss.

Making his first EuroCup start, Malcolm Miller’s put-back started the scoring, but Khimki responded with a 9-0 run in which four different players scored. ALBA narrowed the gap to 18-15 on an Akeem Vargas triple. ALBA reeled off 7 straight points to establish a double-digit advantage before Ismet Akpinar’s score made it 25-19 after 10 minutes. ALBA closed the gap in the second quarter before Milosavljevic’s steal led to an unsportsmanlike foul, 2 made free throws and a go-ahead triple by miller for a 32-35 ALBA advantage. There would be six more lead changes until the end of the first half, at which point the game was tied 44-44. Johnson capped a 0-7 ALBA run that gave the visitors a 52-59 edge midway through the third quarter, but Boungou-Colo scored 5 in a 7-0 Khimki response to tie things. Boungou-Colo split free throws to put the home team up 64-63 at the end of the third quarter. Johnson’s third triple of the night gave ALBA a 71-73 edge, but that would prove to be its final lead. Brown connected on a pair of triples in a game-breaking 14-0 run and held on the rest of the way.

Ruslan Pateev - Khimki Moscow Region - EC16 (photo Khimki - Nikolai Kondakov)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), MITROVSKI, IGOR (MKD)
Attendance: 1400
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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 PULLEN, JACOB 19:55 13 2/3 2/7 3/3   2 2 3 2 7       2 9
2 BROWN, MARKEL 16:50 19 3/4 3/5 4/5   2 2 2 2 3     2 5 21
6 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 13:41 2 1/1       3 3 2   1     2   4
7 PATEEV, RUSLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 21:47 9 2/5 1/2 2/2 2 3 5 3 1 1     1 1 13
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 24:55 8 0/1 2/7 2/2 1 1 2 2   1 1   2 1 5
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 17:05 2 1/1   0/4       2         1 2 1
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 26:19 10 4/5 0/1 2/2 6 4 10 4   2 1   2 2 21
13 LIKHODEI, VALERII 4:42     0/1                       -1
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 32:03 18 4/7 2/4 4/5 2 3 5   5 1   1 1 7 26
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 22:43 7 2/4   3/3 4 1 5 3 1 3     3 4 12
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 88 19/31 10/27 20/26 15 21 36 21 11 21 2 1 14 24 111
        61.3% 37% 76.9%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 25:05 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 1 1 4     3   -5
6 MALU, JONATHAN MANDE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SIVA , PEYTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 22:36 5 1/3 1/3     1 1 2       1 3 1 1
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 30:14 22 11/19     1 4 5 3 1 1   1 1 1 21
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 17:47 7 2/4 1/1     1 1 3 2       3 1 9
13 MILLER, MALCOLM 11:44 5 1/1 1/1   1   1   1 1     3 3 6
14 ATSUR, ENGIN 20:22 4 1/1 0/2 2/2   1 1 3 3 4     3 2 4
15 RADOSAVLJEVIC, BOGDAN 5:53 2 1/2       1 1     2     2   -2
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 30:11 12 3/4 1/2 3/5 1 1 2 7 2 4     2 3 16
23 JOHNSON, DOMINIQUE 24:38 18 3/4 3/6 3/3   2 2 5 4 2 1   4 3 23
33 GAFFNEY, TONY 11:30     0/1     1 1     1         -1
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 24/40 7/18 8/10 7 14 21 24 14 19 1 2 24 14 77
        60% 38.9% 80%
Head coach: CAKI, AHMET

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Khimki Moscow Region
"We knew that it would be a very tough game because tonight Shved, Monya, Evans and Rowland couldn’t help us. The first 30 minutes we didn’t play aggressively as we had to. The last seven-eight minutes were really good and aggressive and because of that aggression we won. We don’t know how much time we need to recover the injured players. We’ll see day by day."
CAKI, AHMET
ALBA Berlin
"I think today we played a good basketball game, except for the last seven minutes. We had offensive problems and couldn’t organize our offense. We had so many turnovers that gave Khimki many easy baskets. Also we lost our desire to play physical defense and gave up offense rebounds. Khimki is an experienced team. Honestly, they played the whole game better. I believe tonight my players tried their best; they tried to play together, but we need to do it for 40 minutes. If you want to beat Khimki on the road, it’s not enough to play 34 minutes. We need to do it for 40 minutes."

Players

BROWN, MARKEL
Khimki Moscow Region
"Very tough game. We played against a very good team. It was a must win for us, very important to clinch first place in our group. In the second half we found the way to do it. In the middle of the game we couldn’t sway back from what we were doing and stopped being aggressive. In the fourth quarter we put pressure on our opponent that made them turn the ball over and we converted in some good transitions. I felt good tonight. After I made the first shot, I had to take the shot when I was open; it gave us a good lead. Our team was able to hold on to the end. Best game overall. I got a chance to go out there and make some shots. My coach and teammates believed in me; we found the way to win."
KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN
ALBA Berlin
"It's tough to explain why we played in the end like we did it. Probably we lost concentration, which is very dangerous against such a team as Khimki. Our opponent punished us for that. Players like Markel Brown and Jacob Pullen could score the triples that they did. Brown did his best scoring two triples in a row that decided the game. I think we were a little bit tired. Our main point guard couldn’t play, but Khimki also had problems with the roster. But they have a deeper bench and we felt that difference. The absence of one leader complicated the situation. We had a chance to win and clinch an automatic Top 16 spot, but failed. Now we’ll prepare for the game with Lietuvos Rytas."
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