Press March 2013

30 marchTop 16 Week 13 bwin MVP: Nate Jawai, Barcelona Regal

Nate Jawai was unstoppable for Barcelona Regal on Friday night, dominating inside, leading his team to victory with a career night and in the process earning Top 16 Week 13 bwin MVP honors.

28 marchWhat difference? Big difference!

Very important game against old rivals finished in the way army men needed: the team won and the margin is one point better than in the loss in Madrid.

27 marchBig day

For the first time in more than 4 years Moscow meets the most titled European club. The battle of CSKA and Real happens during the deciding stage of the Top 16 and it will become the important part of fight for the leadership in Group E.

27 marchFighting until the end!

Hello, Euroleague fans! This is once again Milko Bjelica of Caja Laboral Vitoria, getting ready for my team's critical game against Khimki Moscow Region. We won two of our last three games but lost against FC Barcelona Regal on the road last week. We have already played against them five times this season — they beat us in the Copa del Rey and twice in the Euroleague and we beat them twice in the Spanish League. I think that it was a very close game: Barcelona led by just 2 points with 1:50 left. We were in the game and something happened to us. It has happened several times during the season: we lost control in the moments when we are supposed to be more focused. Even with this, I think everything is open for us. We have two more games to play and if we win both of them we can get the ticket to the playoffs.

27 marchPero Antic, Olympiacos Piraeus

Despite a 1-3 start in the Top 16, defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus remains in the thick of a dramatic playoff race in Group F after winning its last six out of the eight games, several in comeback fashion. Now, the Reds find themselves in a four-way tie for three open playoff spots with two games left in the Top 16. It’s familiar territory, as they survived last season’s Top 16 in a tie-breaker on their way to the title.

24 marchKnockout in the third round

The game in Lyubertsy was tight in the first half only. Army men decided the outcome in the end of second and the beginning of third quarters by 12-0 run.

23 marchInternal importance

The game against Triumph in Lyubertsy does not mean much in terms of VTB League standings but it is very important for the fight for Russian league title.

23 marchTop 16 Week 12 bwin MVP: Petteri Koponen, BC Khimki Moscow Region

Petteri Koponen’s breakout game will long be remembered by the BC Khimki Moscow Region guard. Not only did he lead his team to a 99-76 victory over visiting Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, but Koponen’s dominant performance also secured him bwin MVP honors for the first time.

22 marchKhimki rolls past Fenerbahce to stay strong in Group F race

BC Khimki Moscow Region got closer to claiming a playoff spot from Top 16 Group F by downing Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 99-76 at home on Friday. Khimki improved to 7-5 in Group F.

21 marchPaul Davis, BC Khimki Moscow Region

Traditionally, the reigning Eurocup champion follows up with a really strong Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Three Eurocup winners — Dynamo Moscow in 2006-07, Valencia Basket in 2010-11 and Unics Kazan last season — reached the playoffs but did not reach the Final Four. Now, Khimki Moscow Region, the 2011-12 Eurocup winner, is in a good position to challenge for the playoffs, too. Part of a three-way tie for fourth place in Top 16 Group E at 6-5, Khimki just one win away from second place.