BC Khimki scored a very beautiful and important road win over uncompromising rival, CSKA Moscow — 92-87 (27-24, 17-22, 21-22, 27-19), and headed VTB United League group B. Now on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 our team at home will face Igokea Aleksandrovac in the last Eurocup first group stage game. The beginning of the meeting is at 19.30 msk.
BC Khimki: Loncar (28), Green (13 + 10 assists + 4 rebounds), Monya (13 + 4 rebounds + 2 assists + 2 steals + 2 blocks), Augustine (13 + 8 rebounds + 3 assists + 1 block), Popovic (12 + 6 assists + 4 rebounds + 3 steals), Koponen (11 + 2 assists + 2 rebounds), Gelabale (2 + 6 rebounds + 4 assists), Balashov
Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:
— We know CSKA, CSKA knows us, and I'm happy that for the last three years games between CSKA and Khimki have been 50-50. The home-court factor doesn't exist any more, which speaks on a fairly similar level of both teams. It's hard to surprise one another anymore. We follow our opponent, we know their plays, so you just have to play on quality. The key to winning is the quality of defense and offense. Today we showed character, and I'm happy that we, even when we're losing, fight to the end. At the end, trailing by five points, we managed to steal the momentum and win — that's the individual effort of all of our players. With Gelabale, Davis and Vyaltsev's injuries, the guys came together, mobilized and played well. I'm happy that we won the rebounding battle, hit our 3-pointers at a good clip, and also scored under the basket. Kreso Loncar played a brilliant game on offense!