2011-12QuarterfinalsGame 2
March 27, 2012 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Ali Traore - Lokomotiv Kuban (photo lokobasket.com)BC Khimki will play the Eurocup Finals on its home court after advancing Tuesday in Krasnodar, despite losing 81-77 to Lokomotiv Kuban in Game 2 of the quarterfinals. Khimki won the opener 81-72 to win the total points series by 5. An 18-4 run to finish the second quarter gave to the visitors a 33-46 lead at halftime, but Lokomotiv climbed back in the third quarter and finished its comeback early in the fourth by taking the lead on a three-pointer from Jeremiah Massey, 66-64. Loko came close to the needed 9-point margin at 78-71 with 80 seconds left, but Khimki iced its qualification by being perfect from the foul line. Ali Traore combined for 22 points and 6 rebounds for Lokomotiv, Massey added 19 with 8 boards and Vlado Ilievski scored 11 and Maxim Sheleketo 10 for Lokomotiv. Vitaly Frridzon paced Khimki with 17 points and 7 boards, Thomas Kelati poured in 16, Kresmir Loncar 13, Zoran Planinic 12 and Alexey Zhukanenko 11.

Massey opened the scoring from beyond the arc, then Planinic stole a ball at halfcourt and flew to the basket for an easy layup. A jump hook by Ali Traore made it 5-2; Loncar answered with the same move before pulling down an offensive board to score from short range to take the lead at 5-6. A three-pointer by Ilievski pushed the hosts, then Fridzon scored both his attempts from the foul line to tie things at 8-8. Traore was perfect from the foul line, but Fridzon from mid range kept the score even. Rod Blakney hit a three from the corner and Zhukanenko scored back-to-back layups for 13-14. The big men were unstoppable on each side as Traore scored another jump hook. Then Sergey Bykov stepped on the court and finished with a power move and Thomas Kelati nailed a deep three to beat the 24-second clock and to tie at 17-17. A Zhukanenko dunk and Massey with another triple gave a 22-19 margin to Lokomotiv. Zhukanenko converted an offensive board and few seconds later a free throw to tie things at 22-22. Planinic scored from mid range to finish the first quarter on 22-24 for Khimki.

Sheleketo’s mid-range jumper tie again the score. Loncar bagged just one of his free throws, before Kelati remained perfect from downtown in giving a 24-28 lead to the visitors. KC Rivers scored from three-points land, and a free throw by Massey put in front Lokomotiv 29-28, but Fridzon from long distance exchanged the lead once more. Kelati did not miss from beyond the arc for 29-34. Chris Quinn assisted Fridzon for an easy layup to lead 29-36 with four minutes left. Traore converted from the foul line, but Fridzon hit a jumper coming off a pick for 31-38. Sheleketo and Loncar exchanged free throws, Quinn also nailed a pair and Kelati and Quin also scored twice from mid range to complete an 18-4 run to lead 33-46 at halftime.

Massey dunked the ball to excite the crowd to open the third quarter. Planinic answered form mid range before Traore's hook kept Lokomotiv in charge at 37-48. Planinic and Ilievsi both bagged mid-range jumpers, but Egor Vyatsev from three-point land gave again a 39-54 advantage to the visiting team. Traore chipped in a free throw, while Fridzon’s mid-range jumper gave a 40-56 cushion to Khimki after minutes. Traore, again from the foul line, opened a 10-0 run with him scoring five more points and caped by Ilievski from long distance to close within 50-56. Quinn poured in 1 from the foul line and Bykov grabbed a rebound on the offensive glass to score and added few seconds later 2 free throws to make it 54-57. Kelati fueled Khimki with a deep jumper and the additional free throw. Big man Grigory Shukhovtsov also scored a pair and Zhukanenko followed his great performance with a jam. With 9 seconds left in the quarter, Massey scored 3 free throws to finish at 59-62 through three quarters.

Shukhovtsov again from the foul line put Lokomotiv closer. Fridzon finished the break to make it 61-64, then Massey scored 5 in a row for a 66-64 advantage to the home team. Planinic’s jumper tied things at 66-66 and Sheleketo scored consecutive buckets for a 70-66 lead. Loncar and Traore exchanged short jumpers in the paint, then the Croatian big man completed a three-point-play to stay within 72-71. Coming off a timeout, the hosts sparked a 6-0 run starting with Trore in the paint, highlighted by a dunk from Massey and capped by Rivers from the foul line to go ahead 78-71 with 80 seconds to go. Planinic, fouled by Rivers, scored his attempts for the free throw line with 29 seconds left in the game, before Massey missed a triple. Fridzon was also perfect and Ilievski hit a three to stay on 81-75 with 11 seconds on the game clock. Kelati scored his free throw to go on 81-77 as the game finished with Khimki losing, but smiling!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; GKONTAS, SPIROS; NURAN, RUSTU
Attendance: 4000 (Tentative)
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Lokomotiv Kuban
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 RIVERS, KC 32:51 5 0/4 1/4 2/2 1 4 5 2         4 2 3
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 33:31 11 1/1 3/7     1 1 1   1     4 5 9
7 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 38:07 19 3/5 3/7 4/5   8 8 1   2   1 3 4 19
8 CHALMERS, LIONEL 2:42     0/1                       -1
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 17:17 7 2/4 0/2 3/4 3 1 4   1 1     5 3 4
11 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 15:28 3   1/3   1   1   1 1     2    
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM 4:06                   1         -1
21 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY 6:46 4 0/1   4/4                 1 2 4
24 TRAORE, ALI 30:32 22 7/15   8/9 3 3 6 1   1     2 7 24
25 SHABALKIN, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 SHELEKETO, MAKSIM 18:40 10 3/3 0/1 4/4 4   4           4 2 11
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 16/33 8/25 25/28 15 18 33 5 2 7 0 1 25 25 76
        48.5% 32% 89.3%
Head coach: MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
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
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 30:44 17 5/7 1/5 4/4 3 4 7     2     4 3 15
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 21:05 3   1/2     1 1 2 1       2 1 5
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 24:06 13 4/9   5/7 1 3 4     3     4 7 10
11 QUINN, CHRIS 13:28 5 1/3 0/1 3/4   1 1 5   1     1 4 9
12 MONIA, SERGEY 21:16     0/3   1 4 5     2 1   3   -2
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GELABALE, MICKAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 15:54 11 5/6   1/2 1 3 4     3     2 1 9
22 KELATI, THOMAS 28:11 16 2/4 3/5 3/3 1 4 5 2         3 3 19
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 26:32 12 5/7   2/2       2 2 1     3 6 16
44 NIELSEN, MATT 18:44   0/1     2   2   1       3   -1
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 77 22/37 5/16 18/22 9 21 30 11 4 12 1 0 25 25 81
        59.5% 31.3% 81.8%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
Lokomotiv Kuban
"There are not many players on our team that have ever played in such an important game. Moreover tonight they played against such a strong team like Khimki, which has national team players. Certainly our opponent has more experience, which helped them to overcome our pressure from the very beginning and to score 46 points the first half. After that we intensified the game and began to play better. But unfortunately we failed to bridge the gap we lost in Khimki a week ago. "
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki
"First of all I would like to say that Lokomotiv played very well tonight. Lokomotiv coach Malkovic is a very strong strategist with great experience in such games. The battle Lokomotiv gave us tonight is an example for all the teams... As for my guys I would like to thank them for getting us to the Eurocup Finals. We are the host of the competition’s final, which imposed double responsibility on us. Tonight we have taken one more step towards our dream – winning the Eurocup."

Players

BYKOV, SERGEY
Lokomotiv Kuban
"Before the game started, we felt the pressure of these 9 points lost in the first meeting. It affected our game and led to out 16-point deficit at some moment. Coach said to play our game without looking at the score. His directions helped us find the right manner of the game. We were encouraged thank to our fans who pushed us hard. We battled till the very end, but we lacked just a little for the total win. "
TRAORE, ALI
Lokomotiv Kuban
“This was a difficult game. We are happy we won, but to win by 4 point was not enough to help us. We needed to win 10 points in order to participate in the Eurocup Finals. It’s a pity. All the team and myself thank our fans who cheered us tonight. Thank you really!”
FRIDZON, VITALY
Khimki
"I am very happy to reach the Finals. Besides, it will take place in Khimki, so that’s particularly nice. We carried on our aggressive game in the first half. We started the third quarter great and took a 16-point lead, but after that we took many rash shots and led Ali Traore score several and-ones. Moreover our big players had fouls and couldn’t play with the aggression they did before. "