Press February 2015

26 februaryFabien Causeur, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria

By winning its last three home games, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria is back on track, fighting for a playoffs spot in difficult Top 16 Group F. One of the pillars of its success has been shooting guard Fabien Causeur, who is arguably playing his best basketball since he arrived in Vitoria three years ago. He produced a fantastic all-around game – 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 7 fouls drawn – in his team's 79-74 home win against Unicaja Malaga. Causeur is averaging 7.4 points and 2.3 assists in 16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games this season, but has boosted his numbers to 10.7 points and 3.3 assists in Laboral's three Top 16 wins thus far. Over a year ago, Causeur was sidelined due to a renal condition that needed further medical examination. He returned to action eight weeks later and has been strong ever since – and playing better since Ibon Navarro was promoted to the head coach spot. Causeur credits Coach Navarro for his team's improvement in recent weeks, as he told Javier Gancedo of Euroleague.net in this interview. "Everybody now understands his role in the team and that is important, so I think Ibon is a big part of this turnaround," Causeur said. "He gave us confidence and we are trying to give back to him by winning games."

26 februaryEA7 Milan adds athletic big man Elegar

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan added athleticism and strength in the paint by signing Frank Elegar on Wednesday. Milan reached an agreement with Estonian side Kalev/Cramo to buy out his contract, allowing Elegar (2.08 meters, 28 years old) to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with his new team. Elegar led the VTB League in performance index ranking (22.1 index) and rebounding (11.3 rpg.) to go with 14.9 points in 18 games this season. He has also played for Eisbaeren Bremenhaven of Germany, Bornova Bld and Antalya Buyuksehir Belediyesi of Turkey, JA Vichy of France, Ciclista Olimpico de la Banda in Argentina, Marousi in Greece and Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rico. Elegar helped Kalev win back-to-back Estonian League titles in 2013 and 2014. He has also been a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team. Elegar also won a silver medal at CentroBasket 2006 with the U.S. Virgin Islands.

24 februaryAltinci Adam interview: Petteri Koponen

Petteri Koponen is one of the best guards in Europe. The Finnish star talked to our site and told about his past, present and future. Hopefully you will like our interview with Khimki guard…

24 februaryAndrey Kirilenko comes back home!

Forward Andrey Kirilenko (34 y.o., 206 cm) will join our team on today’s practice. Famous Russian player who was recently waived by the Philadelphia 76ers signed with CSKA until the end of the season.

22 februaryKhimki remains atop standings with victory over Loko

Khimki Moscow Region defeated Lokomotiv-Kuban Krasnodar at home, 85-78. The home team led most of the game, but the score was tied, 73-73, with three minutes left to play. That's when Tyrese Rice took over, leading Khimki on a 10-1 run to clinch the victory. Rimas Kurtainitis's men snap Lokomotiv's winning streak and improve to 17-2, tops in the league.

21 februaryInside the eighthfinals: Khimki Moscow Region – Zenit St. Petersburg

An all-Russian showdown between former champion Khimki Moscow Region and Zenit St. Petersburg promises to be a great battle, especially since the two teams already faced each other in the regular season, and now are set to meet three times within eight days.

11 februaryKhimki clinches top spot in Group J with win at Limoges

Khimki Moscow Region clinched first place in Group J with a 72-86 road win at Limoges CSP. Khimki improved to 5-1 and damaged Limoges eighthfinals hopes. The French champs dropped to 3-3, but will still advance if PAOK Thessaloniki beats FoxTown Cantu on Wednesday – or if Cantu wins by fewer than 3 points. Tyrese Rice scored 18 points and dished 6 assists, while Paul Davis added 14 points for Khimki. Tyler Honeycutt tallied 13 points and 7 rebounds and Sergey Monia had 10 points and 7 assists. Khimki led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter and had a run every time Limoges threatened the rest of the way. Nobel Boungou-Colo led Limoges with 17 points, Jamar Smith scored 14 and Pape-Philippe Amagou 13 in defeat.

9 februaryEpic finish in Khimki — CSKA showdown!

Khimki Moscow Region defeated CSKA Moscow at home, 107-104. After 40 minutes of thrilling comebacks, big shots and and a terrific atmosphere in the stands, Tyrese Rice gave Khimki the win by knocking down a 3-pointer with one second left to play. With the win, Khimki passes CSKA in the standings, while the Army Men lose their second straight in the league.

9 februaryShowtime in Riga!

VEF (Latvia) defeated Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus) in Riga, 86-61. The home team led by seven points at halftime before pulling away for a big 25-point win while entertaining the fans with a bit of razzle-dazzle in the second half. VEF improves to 8-10 with the win, half a game ahead of Krasny Oktyabr and Krasnye Krylia for the final playoff spot.

8 februaryZenit and Hodge take revenge in Nymburk

Zenit (Russia) knocked off Nymburk (Czech Republic) on the road, 84-80. Trailing most of the game, Zenit stormed back in the 4th quarter to knock off the Czech Republic club on the road. Walter Hodge led the way for the visitors with 34 points, including 18 inthe final period.