2011-12FinalsGame 2
April 15, 2012 CET: 16:30
BC Khimki Eurocup Champion 2011-12 - Finals Khimki 2012 - EC11

BC Khimki is the new Eurocup champion!

BC Khimki Moscow Region won the Eurocup for the first time in club history on Sunday by downing Valencia Basket 77-68 in a thrilling final at Basketball Center of Moscow Region. Zoran Planinic was named Eurocup Finals MVP after amassing 19 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes for Khimki, which also secured a return ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the 2012-13 season. Khimki grabbed an early lead and then rode the red-hot Zoran Planinic to a 37-30 halftime lead. The duo of Serhiy Lishchuk and Nik Caner-Medley combined for all but 1 points in Valencia’s 2-13 third-quarter run, which put the visitors ahead 43-45. The teams then battled back and forth and arrived to the closing minutes even at 66-66 after a Caner-Medely three-pointer with 2:13 left. But Vitaly Fridzon answered with a huge three and Chris Quinn tacked on 4 free throws, while Valencia turned it over twice, all of which allowed Khimki to grab the win. Kresimir Loncar added 14 points and Quinn 11 for the champs. Caner-Medley starred with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks for Valencia, while tying a Eurocup title game record for performance index rating with 38. Lishchuk tallied 16 points in defeat./p>

Valencia came away with the first possession and Victor Claver converted that into the game’s first points from the line. Loncar got inside for Khimki’s first basket. Planinic then pulled up on the baseline to give Khimki its first lead, 4-2. An Egor Vyaltsev triple helped keep the hosts in control however a Rafa Martinez drive and Stefan Markovic dish to an open Lishchuk kept Valencia close, 9-6. Caner-Medley further narrowed the gap from the line. Anton Pushkov managed to keep Khimki ahead a little longer with a basket from close range until Martinez hit from the corner and Nando De Colo nailed free throws to put Valencia ahead 11-12. Loncar restored Khimki’s lead and Thomas Kelati extended it with a triple. Flo Pietrus responded from downtown to keep it close, 16-15, after 10 minutes.

Khimki started the second quarter strong as Matt Nielsen dished to Fridzon for a hook shot and Planinic found Quinn for a short jumper. After Vitor Faverani scored for Valencia, Planinic lifted Khimki to 22-17. Faverani and Planinic traded scores again before the point guard went over Brad Newley in the post to lift Khimki to a 7-point edge. After a hard Pietrus foul on Loncar, the latter made it 28-19. Valencia got a basket back through Lishchuk inside. And De Colo set the big man up to draw the visitors within 5. However a picture perfect two-pass fast break from Nielsen to Quinn to Pushkov for a slam kept Khimki in control. Caner-Medley scored a three-point play, however a De Colo triple was ruled to be after the 24-second clock expired. A Kelati steal led to an Alexey Zhukanenko slam as Khimki remained on top. Planinic picked off a Martinez pass and took it in for a two-handed slam and after De Colo free throws, the Khimki guard capped a brilliant first half with a rainbow jumper to leave his team on top 37-30 at the break.

Martinez continued the Valencia fight as he brought his team within 5 with the first points of the second half, however Planinic picked up where he left off with a pretty penetration to make it 41-32. Valencia refused to go away as Lishchuk converted a basket-plus-foul and Caner-Medley sank 2 from the line. After a Zhukanenko slam, Lishchuk went through the Khimki big man for a basket, Zhukanenko’s third foul and a free throw to get within 43-40. Caner-Medley made it 7 free throws without a miss in bringing his team within 1 before handing off to Lishchuk, who put Valencia ahead by capping a 2-12 run. In which those two players scored all the points. Stefan Markovic added his first points from the line, but a three-pointer by Quinn put Khimki back on top. Loncar scored next, Martinez was called for a charge and Loncar connected from the charity stripe to put the host team back ahead 50-45. Caner-medley continued to fuel Valencia. His steal and slam was followed by free throws to knot the score at 50-50. Khimki snagged the lead at the end of the quarter thanks to a Kelati fadeaway at the buzzer.

Claver sank a three-pointer that restored a Valencia lead, only to see Planinic put Khimki back on top. Fridzon then stepped up with a layup off a Planinic pass and then a steal away from Caner-Medley for a Sergey Monya dunk that made it 58-53. A fourth foul on Planinic put the Khimki star in trouble. And moments later, Claver made sure to send Planinic to the bench with 5 fouls and six and a half minutes to go. A powerful Lishchuk slam closed the gap to 3. Fouls continued to play a role as both Monya and Pietrus reached 4. Mickael Gelabale’s first points came on a tip-in to put Khimki up 5, but Caner-Medley quickly matched him. Then De Colo bettered a Loncar basket with a three to make it 62-60. After Loncar came up with another bucket, Caner-Medley hit his first triple to bring Valencia within 64-63. Quinn sank a clutch jumper before Caner-Medley stunned the Khimki crowd with a triple for a 66-66 tie. Just after the two-minute mark, Fridzon nailed a big three for Khimki. Quinn sank a pair of big free throws to make it 71-66 with 86 seconds remaining. A costly De Colo turnover resulted in 2 more free throws for Quinn. Caner-Medley sank 2 for Valencia with 36 seconds left and a Pietrus steal gave Valencia a chance, but Gelabale rose high to block his countryman and Nielsen turned it into a slam at the other end as the Khimki fans started to celebrate. Fridzon free throws with 15 seconds left iced the win as Khimki won the Eurocup title for 2012!

Vitaly Fridzon2 - BC Khimki Champ Eurocup 2011-12 - Finals Khimki 2012 - EC11
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Attendance: 4100 (Tentative)
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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
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 24:04 9 2/4 1/3 2/2 1 3 4 2 1 4 1   2 4 11
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 17:12 3 0/1 1/3             2     1   -3
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 23:30 14 5/11   4/4 2 1 3 1 1 1   2 3 4 11
11 QUINN, CHRIS 23:46 11 2/4 1/3 4/4 1 4 5 3   1     1 5 18
12 MONIA, SERGEY 23:37 2 1/1 0/2   1 3 4 3 1 1 1   5   3
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 5:44 4 2/2               1 1   4    
20 GELABALE, MICKAEL 6:48 2 1/1     1   1 2   2 1     1 5
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 10:38 6 3/3           1   1     3   3
22 KELATI, THOMAS 24:47 5 1/3 1/2   1 2 3 1 4 1   1 2 2 8
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 23:23 19 9/11 0/2 1/2       4 2 3   1 5 4 15
44 NIELSEN, MATT 16:31 2 1/3     1 1 2 2     1 1 1 1 4
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 77 27/44 4/15 11/12 12 16 28 19 9 18 5 5 27 21 80
        61.4% 26.7% 91.7%
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 SAN MIGUEL, RODRIGO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:16 1 0/2 0/1 1/2       4   5     2 2 -4
6 OGILVY, ANDREW JAMES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 7:28     0/2     1 1     1   1     -3
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 30:57 5 0/2 1/2 2/3 1 3 4 2 1 1   1 3 3 6
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 23:41 16 7/10   2/2 2   2     1 2 1 3 7 19
13 FAVERANI, VITOR 9:41 4 2/3               1     1 1 2
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 34:05 9 3/3 0/2 3/4   3 3   2 6     3 2 4
20 PIETRUS, FLORENT 14:25 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2 1 1 1   1 5   -1
22 DE COLO, NANDO 21:52 7 0/2 1/2 4/4       3 1 3   1 5 5 4
30 KUKSIKS, RIHARDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 32:35 23 3/7 2/5 11/11 4 7 11 1 2 2 3     7 38
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 68 15/30 5/15 23/26 10 16 26 11 7 22 5 5 22 27 67
        50% 33.3% 88.5%

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"I am happy that we won this game. It was nothing special. We just have been going for this cup since seven months ago, from the beginning of the season. Now, I am just happy for the team, because we built this team a little different than usual. We got 12 guys who are all the same good and we won with those 12 same guys. I am happy for Zoran as the MVP. But usually we do not have guys ranked in the top five or ten, just like I have never been among the top coaches in Europe. But here, we have won together, everybody like a fist, and I am happy for this."

"I was talking before about us losing our Euroleague chance in the qualifying round. At the time, during preparation, we had no time to prepare, because a lot of our players were on national teams in the European Championships. We had three practices together, I think, before the qualifying round. If I remember, Zoran was injured, and we went to Charleroi without him. Four of our Russian guys were in the final of the European Championships. This is, subjectively, one of the reasons why we lost then. I am happy now that we showed Europe that we are ready to play in the Euroleague."
Valencia Basket
"We are very sad because we lost a great opportunity to lift the trophy and take it home and everything that trophy means. I think we had our opportunity until the last minutes. And the moment when we lost our opportunity is when it was 66-66 and we missed a three-pointer and our opponent scored. After that moment, we didn't have much more options. When we missed a three-pointer with 2 minutes left, after that the refs hurt us. I don't understand how what happened in the last 2 minutes can happen, but it's something we had better not talk about."


Khimki Moscow Region
"I would say it was a great season for Khimki in the Eurocup this year. With this win and this trophy, we take a lot of pressure from our backs. Going into the Eurocup, we knew we had to win to qualify for the Euroleague next year, because it's a lot easier to beat some Eurocup teams than to beat CSKA in the Russian League. We worked hard for this. Everyone contributed. I am glad. I think we deserved to win today."

"I think our loss in Charleroi that took us out of the Euroleague this season brought bad things - because we didn't want to lose - but also some good things. We have a core of players who have been together two years now. And I think that this Eurocup season has given us a culture of winning. In the Euroleague, we would have been fighting, for sure, but it's a stronger league. In the future, you never know, but I know we have a group of high-character guys who have been together. And this Eurocup season helped us a lot in the big picture, maybe more than playing in the Euroleague would have. Because we are probably better prepared now to play in the Euroleague next year."

"We knew we had to come out and play aggressive, Valencia is a good team and we had to put pressure on from the beginning – and that is what we did. I think that Vitaly Fridzon and Chris Quinn did a great job when I fouled out and above all, it was a team win. I think that everybody who knows basketball enjoyed the game tonight. It was an unbelievable game. Both teams came out to play hard and I think we deserved to win. We all will celebrate, but there are important games coming up."
Khimki Moscow Region
"I have a very good feeling. This is amazing. I feel great. It's my second final of Eurocup and this time I managed to lift the trophy, I cannot describe how I am feeling right now. It is the first European trophy for Khimki. We won a Russian Cup before, but this is much bigger. I am so happy to be in this team."
Khimki Moscow Region
"This is unbelievable. In fact, I still can't understand whether I am a champion or not. I want to thank the team, the staff, the coaches. This is a dream come true for me personally and I want to thank the club for the opportunity it has given me, to live this."
Khimki Moscow Region
"I feel great, it is amazing to win the Eurocup. This club put a lot of effort into this competition and we succeeded, that's why I am so happy. I want to enjoy this moment now. This is great."
Khimki Moscow Region
"I feel great. You know this was our main goal when the season started. We played a great team with a lot of talent in Valencia. It was hard to win this championship. We're going to the Euroleague next year and for Khimki that's huge. That's the best basketball in Europe and that's where we want to be."
Khimki Moscow Region
"It was an unbelievable game and an unbelievable atmosphere. This is such a rewarding feeling. All the sacrifices we made paid off and we managed to come on top. This is a great feeling. There were two great teams on the floor; Valencia put their hearts out on the floor. They did a great job, but I am so proud of the guys. This is another great trophy in my career. I have the best memories from when I won the Eurocup in 2010 and this is adding to it. This is all it is about for me, winning championships, not individual statistics."
Valencia Basket
"It is very sad to lose, because we were not able to play like we did yesterday. Making so many turnovers against a team like this is awful and this is why we lost the game. I don't think it was because of the pressure, we just had too many turnovers and that was the key."
Valencia Basket
"We worked together, but it was not enough to win the game. We did our best, but it wasn't enough for us to win. We have to bounce back to carry on playing as we have until now. I think we didn't do what we had to do. We needed more togetherness in defense. We had to do things right at this level and small details make the difference. You cannot blame the referees, we didn't do our job. We have to learn from this."
Valencia Basket
"We competed the way we should in a tough environment against a good team. We have reasons to feel proud despite the bitter taste in the end. We were not able to take the chance we had. We didn't play well in the first half, but managed to stay close. We got the lead, but missed shots to take the lead that did not go in. We committed a lot of turnovers, too. I want to thank out fans for trusting us and the support they gave us in this Eurocup season, traveling around to see us and helping us a lot at home. Keep believing - this is not the end of the road."
Valencia Basket
"We lost our emotions at the end of the game. The referees did their best tonight and sometimes things just go that way. Hats off to Khimki, they really deserved to win it. Someone has to win and they did, we are really disappointed, of course. I am proud of my team and the way we played to get to the final. We managed to rally and managed to do what we needed to do. They hit really tough shots, some of them at the end of the shot clock. This is what it takes to be a champion and again, hats off to Khimki for winning the Eurocup."