BC Khimki defeated CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague Top 16 week 1 game — 91-89 (21-29, 20-22, 28-20, 22-18) with incredible 28 pts by Alexey Shved (33 PIR). Great gift before New Year! The next game our team will play in Khimki, Basketball center vs. Nymburk on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The beginning is at 18.30 msk.
BC Khimki: Shved (28 + 5 assists + 3 steals + 2 rebounds), Rice (22 + 5 assists + 3 steals + 4 rebounds), Augustine (12 + 4 rebounds + 3 assists), Koponen (7 + 3 rebounds + 2 assists), Dragic (7 + 3 rebounds), Monya (5 + 4 rebounds + 2 steals), Honeycutt (4 + 3 rebounds), Davis (4), Sokolov (2 + 4 rebounds), Todorovic, Vyaltsev.
Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA Moscow head coach:
“Congratulations to Khimki and Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis on this win. Definitely we watched two different halves. In the first one we were dominant and in the second we were not on the same level, especially defensively. We gave up many easy points in transition and on individual isolations. They scored 40 points after fast breaks those are huge numbers. And the 50 points that we gave up in the second half is also huge. So defensively we were not good, but as I’ve told my players it’s another marathon we are getting in in a very competitive league with another 13 games. We need immediately to sit down and work to understand what we did wrong, especially in the third quarter when we started with a blocked shot and three turnovers. We gave a lot of open court to Khimki that has good athletes. Finally one of the teams had a little bit more luck and that was on their side. We need to be better".
Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow guard:
“I think we did a pretty good job in the first half and finished it 10 points up. We started to play aggressively; that was the main thing we talked about in the locker room. In the second half they played one-on-one a lot and we couldn’t stop them. We need to learn from this”.
Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:
“For sure, it was a great game and very important for us. You know that games between Khimki and CSKA are always like derbies. It doesn’t matter if we play in the Euroleague or VTB League: each game is tough. Today we had better success, especially in the end. For sure, we started not so good but then made our defense better and better in each quarter. In the fourth quarter we let the opponent score only 18 points. I think our defense was the key for a victory tonight”.
Alexey Shved, BC Khimki guard:
"As a team we play better and better from game to game and today we have shown it. In the second half we played much better in defense and offense. The guys helped each other and fought as we scored this win in the end. We are happy about it. In the end I didn't feel nervous but missed two free throws. On the last play, I just watched my defender, saw he took two steps back and took my shot. I was confident and scored the last shot because everyone in our team wanted to win. Hopefully we'll continue in the same vein”.
Petteri Koponen, BC Khimki guard:
“That’s our team. In the second half we probably started to play more aggressively and came out with the confidence. In the first half CSKA made some tough shots and we missed some. After a big break we started to make more shots and played liked we can do. We have a lot of talent in this team and we played together. This is what we can do that we showed tonight. If we play like this we can beat everyone in this League. We have to be together, believe in ourselves and listen to our coach. Everybody played well today and brought their energy. Finally we got this win that was a great start in the Top 16”.