2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 30, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 KRYLATSKOYE SPORTS PALACE

Khimki mauls Crvena Zvezda for its largest ever Euroleague win

Khimki Moscow Region needed few minutes to get things going, but used a dominant second quarter to pave the way to 91-53 win over visiting Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on Friday at the Krylatskoye Sports Palace. It was the biggest-ever win for Khimki in Euroleague, improving it to 2-1 in Group A, while Zvezda dropped its second consecutive game and stands at 1-2. The visitors did open the game in a higher gear, but Zoran Dragic got Khimki going and then led by Alexey Shved the hosts went on an 18-2 charge to take a comfortable 51-30 halftime advantage. The margin did not stop growing after the break, and it broke the 40-point barrier early in the fourth quarter after a 19-3 run. The biggest lead of the night was 87-43. James Augustine finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and career-best 4 blocks. Dragic scored 12 points, Petteri Koponen netted 10 and Shved had 8 points and 7 assists. Maik Zirbes was the only Zvezda player in double figures as he amassed 15 points plus a career-high 14 rebounds. Gal Mekel added 9 points, and Quincy Miller scored 7 points with 5 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda in his Euroleague debut.

First quarter: A 12-0 run puts Khimki in front

It took more than 90 seconds after tip-off before Zirbes got the scoring started. Augustine opened Khimki's account with a turnaround jumper, and Mekel drove baseline for a floater 2-4 start. Baskets were few and far between in the early going, before Tyrese Rice made a steal and raced for a layup to tie the score. Stefan Jovic and Egor Vyaltsev traded triples midway through the quarter, then Zirbes scored inside, making it 7-11. After a timeout, Mekel drove to make a floater and Ryan Thompson made a layup, extending the lead to 8-15. Paul Davis knocked down a baseline jumper for Khimki, but a couple possessions later on the other end, Quincy Miller hit one of his own. After a timeout by Khimki coach Rimas Kurtinaitis, Dragic strung together 7 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Sergey Monia added a tip-in to put Khimki in front 19-17. After a timeout, Khimki players hustled to steal an inbound pass in Zvezda’s half of the court, and Egor Vyaltsev hit a three that made it 22-17.

Second quarter: Shved leds Khimki to 21-point lead

Miller ended Zvezda’s scoring drought after 12 consecutive points from Khimki with a pair of free throws at the start of the quarter, but Monia hit a long jumper for the hosts. Khimki continued its run with a Vyaltsev alley-oop dunk, and Davis followed with a tough layup in traffic that made it 28-19. After Monia nailed a corner triple to put the margin in double figures, Zirbes scored a layup, which was the first field goal for Zvezda in six minutes. Davis and Miller traded baskets, but Koponen’s three-pointer extended it to 38-24. Zvezda had a chance to cut into the deficit, but Branko Lazic and Miller combined to hit 3 of 6 free throws, and the hosts extended it to 42-27 through Augustine and Koponen. Marko Simonovic nailed one from long range for Zvezda, but Augustine scored an easy layup then assisted for a Shved three-pointer. Free throws from Augustine, and a driving layup by Shved in the waning seconds of the quarter made it 51-30 at halftime.

Third quarter: The hosts blow it wide open

Koponen drove the baseline for a floater, before Zirbes scored a turnaround basket from close range. But Koponen nailed a triple that extended it to 56-32. Marko Guduric knocked down a pull-up jumper for the visitors, and Jovic dished a pass for a Zirbes dunk, 57-36. Augustine put-back his own miss to keep the margin above 20 points, then made an alley-oop dunk after an inbound pass from fellow big man Marko Todorovic. Zvezda was without a single point for more than four minutes, while Augustine added to his tally with free throws that helped made it 64-36. Mekel ended the visitors’ drought with a three-pointer, but Dragic finished a fast break with a layup, then buried a three-pointer that capped a 14-3 run for a 71-39 lead.

Fourth quarter: Hosts march to largest ever win

Todorovic scored 5 points to start the quarter before Zirbes made a tip-in to snap a 19-3 spurt. Stanislav Ilnitskiy nailed a three-pointer, and Todorovic scored inside again to extend the lead to 40 points at 81-41. Lazic banked in a runner, but Todorovic slammed one home, then Tyler Honeycutt nailed a corner three, 87-43. Mekel and Simonovic scored uncontested layups for the visitors, and after Shved and Honeycutt made baskets for Khimki, Marko Guduric rounded out the scoring.

Paul Davis - Khimki Moscow Region - EB15
Friday, October 30, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 2000
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Khimki Moscow Region22292020
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade1713914
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Khimki Moscow Region22517191
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade17303953
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 20:17 5 1/2 0/1 3/4 1 1 2 6 3 4 1   4 3 9
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 19:43 8 2/4 1/3 1/2   2 2 7 3 4     1 3 13
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 15:37 12 1/3 3/3 1/2   1 1   3 1     1 4 15
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 18:10 14 5/6 0/1 4/4 3 2 5 2 1 1 4 1   3 25
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 16:57 10 2/5 2/4   1 2 3 1           2 11
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 17:12 8 1/2 2/2     3 3 2 1     1 1   11
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 11:28 3   1/2   1 2 3   1 2     4    
12 MONIA, SERGEY 12:46 7 2/3 1/1   4 1 5 3 1 3     1 1 12
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 23:57 9 4/8   1/2 1 2 3 1 1 1 3 2 5 3 7
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 21:15 6 1/4 1/2 1/2   5 5 3 2 1 2   2 1 11
40 DAVIS, PAUL 9:35 8 3/6   2/3   1 1 1 2       1 2 9
45 SHELEKETO, MAXIM 13:03 1   0/1 1/2 1 2 3           1 2 3
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 91 22/43 11/20 14/21 13 27 40 26 18 17 10 4 21 24 130
        51.2% 55% 66.7%
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REBIC, NIKOLA 3:04                 1 2         -1
5 THOMPSON, RYAN 23:04 2 1/5 0/1     3 3 1 1 1   2     -1
7 MEKEL, GAL 27:03 9 3/8 1/2         4   4   1 2 2 2
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 19:01 4 1/2 0/1 2/4   2 2   1 1   1 4 3  
12 SIMANIC, BORISA 9:32 2   0/1 2/2   2 2             1 4
15 TEJIC, MARKO 10:18   0/2     2   2 1 1 1 1 1 4 2 -1
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 16:56 5 1/3 1/5   2 2 4   1 1 1   2   2
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 12:57 4 2/5 0/3             2   1 1   -6
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 17:55 3 0/3 1/1         3   7 1   3 1 -5
30 MILLER, QUINCY 20:10 7 2/4 0/5 3/4 2 3 5 1 1 3 1 1 2 3 4
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 26:18 15 6/9   3/9 6 8 14     4   1 3 6 18
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 13:42 2 0/3   2/4 4 1 5         2 3 3  
Team           6 1 7               7
Totals 200:00 53 16/44 3/19 12/23 22 22 44 10 6 26 4 10 24 21 23
        36.4% 15.8% 52.2%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“It’s a good victory and I’m happy for the way we played today with good energy, activity and effort. Everyone who was on the court gave the maximum effort. I’m happy for the result and for the fact that before our next VTB United League game we saved some players. Everyone played 20 minutes. I would like to thank all my guys for the job we did tonight. Today we showed good two- and three-point percentages. But we didn’t start the game as we had wanted. I think this season we started the game in the right way only versus Real Madrid at home.”
RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
“Congratulations to Khimki. Today we played well for only seven minutes and after that Khimki showed the quality of their team in comparison to ours. They played very well offensively and shot many three-pointers with good percentages. So the difference was growing and ended in the big difference at the end of the game. We are expecting a lot of work. It’s not simple to come to Moscow with two new players in the roster and play against such a great team like Khimki. We also missed two injured players. Because of that we had to be smart and make them be more active.”

Players

AUGUSTINE, JAMES
Khimki Moscow Region
“We played well tonight, but the opponent had a quick start in the beginning. Our bench came in and did well. I mean Zoran Dragic, Paul Davis and Alexey Shved played well. Coach found roles for everyone else in the roster. It’s tough to say why we started so softly. We changed a lot of things and offensively turned the ball couple of times and missed couple of shots. A lot of energy came off the bench tonight as they did a really great job.”
ZIRBES, MAIK
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
“Today we lost our principles as our opponent played better in offense. We didn’t play the right way at all like we wanted to. Khimki is a great team and today we saw what kind of players they have. They are high quality team, not only every player himself, but also as a team. We still didn’t find the right balance in the team as Stimac joined the team only yesterday. Also Quincy is not so long with us. We are still in search for our team together.”