Press March 2015

27 marchKhimki Moscow Region expands One Team reach

A second local school in Moscow Region has been the beneficiary this month of One Team Khimki, in which the Eurocup semifinalist applies the methods of Euroleague Basketball's corporate social responsibility programme to help local children.

26 marchQuarterfinals, Game 2 MVP: James White, Unics Kazan

The feat accomplished by Unics Kazan this week has to be one of the most memorable moments in Eurocup competition. After having lost Game 1 of the quarterfinals at home by 9 points against powerhouse Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, the team from Kazan regrouped and won on the road in Game 2 by 21, more than enough to claim the series and advance to the semifinals.

24 marchKoponen hopes Finns grow from Bilbao experience

The sting of Finland's early exit from the FIBA Basketball World Cup is no longer there for Petteri Koponen, but some regret still remains.

19 marchQuarterfinals, Game 1 co-MVP's: Tyrese Rice of Khimki and Krunoslav Simon of Lokomotiv

The defining moments of the season are approaching at a fast pace and as such, the first game of the four quarterfinals series is in the history books. After all the dust settled in the battles, two players emerged as the best this week among the winning players: Tyrese Rice of Khimki Moscow Region and Krunoslav Simon of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.

18 marchRice helps Khimki edge Valencia in Game 1

Tyrese Rice scored 27 points and dished 5 assists to lead Khimki Moscow Region to a 75-76 road win over reigning Eurocup champion Valencia Basket on Tuesday in Game 1 of their two-game total-points series.

12 marchEighthfinals Game 2: Six series sweeps!

The Eurocup Quarterfinals matchups are Unics Kazan vs Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar; Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir, Banvit Bandirma vs Paris Levallois and Khimki Moscow Region vs Valencia Basket. Six of those teams won by sweeping their respective series, including the reigning champ Valencia, which set a record along the way. Only Banvit lost Game 2, but advanced.

12 marchKoponen shoots Khimki past Zenit and into quarterfinals

Petteri Koponen made 6 of 8 three-pointers and totaled 24 points in leading Khimki Moscow Region over Zenit St. Petersburg 89-70 to seep their two-game Eurocup Eighthfinals series. Khimki won Game 1 by 2 points the week before.

10 marchPetteri Koponen, Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki Moscow Region has a 30-5 record in the last two Eurocup seasons, but still that has not taken the club further than the eighthfinals. It all could change this week, as Khimki registered an 84-86 road in Game 1 of its two-way series against Zenit St. Petersburg and has a golden chance to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since lifting the trophy in 2012. One of its main players has been combo guard Petteri Koponen, a national hero in his home country, Finland, where basketball keeps growing and growing in popularity. Koponen has been rock-solid all season, averaging 13.1 points and 3.3 assists in 17 Eurocup games so far. Koponen was around last season when Khimki broke a Eurocup record for most consecutive victories, 15, but then suffered an early exit against eventual champion Valencia Basket in an eighthfinals series which literally went down to the final shot. Koponen and Khimki returned to the Eurocup with just one goal — the title — as he told Eurocupbasketball.com. "I think we have the team and everything we need to take it. It is not going to be easy but this is what you are here for and work hard all season for," Koponen told Eurocupbasketball.com. "There are a lot of other great teams, too, so we need to be ready and focused for every game."

9 marchKhimki, Monia together until 2018

Khimki Moscow Region announced a new agreement with team captain Sergey Monia, whose contract was extended until the end of the 2017-18 season. Monia (2.02 meters, 31 years old) joined Khimki in 2010 and is set to spend the best part of his career with the Russian powerhouse.