Khimki releases head coach Kemzura

Dec 05, 2008 by Print
Kestutis Kemzura leaves BC Khimki Moscow RegionAfter its first Eurocup loss of the season two days earlier, BC Khimki Moscow Region and head coach Kestutis Kemzura parted ways on Thursday, the club announced. The decision came after Khimki returned from a 77-59 road loss at Benetton Basket Tamoil that dropped the team's record to 1-1 in Group C of the Eurocup. Assistant coach Oleg Meleschenko was named acting head coach of the team in advance of its Russian League game this weekend against CSKA Moscow. Kemzura will always be remembered as the coach who led Khimki to its first trophy, last season's Russian Cup, which it won with an 18-point title-game victory over CSKA. Kemzura had arrived at Khimki in January of 2007 and guided the team to a third-place finish in the Russian League. Last season, Khimki started the Russian League 10-0 and reached the playoff finals, but were swept in three games against CSKA. Prior to coaching Khimki, Kemzura had been an assistat at Lietuvos Rytas in his native Lithuania, at Dynamo St. Petersburg of Russia, and at Benetton Treviso in Italy. He also served as head coach of Lietuvos Rytas between January and June of 2004. Kemzura also played for Atletas Kaunas, Silute, Rytas and Panevezys in Lithuania, as well as for Swans Gmunden in Austria, in his eight-season career between 1993 and 2001.