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Group:  K | 19.02.2013, 20:00h
Group:  K | 19.02.2013, 20:00h
76-68
14 - 1821 - 1824 - 1017 - 22
14 - 1821 - 1824 - 1017 - 22
Venue: Samara (RUS) |
Spectators: 1300 |
Referees: Seffi Shemmesh (ISR), Tonci Anzulovic (CRO), Uros Obrknezevic (SRB)

GAME REPORT


Unbeaten Krasnye Too Strong For Khimik

Evgeny Kolesnikov (Krasnye Krylia)
Evgeny Kolesnikov led Krasnye Krylia scoring with 19 points

Krasnye Krylia continued their unbeaten march through Group K of the EuroChallenge with a 76-68 victory over Khimik Yuzhne that denied the Ukrainians confirmation of progression on the night.

Krasnye turned on the style with a huge third quarter and, try as they might, Khimik could not find a way back at the close.

Khimik gave as good as they got in a first half that finished with Krasnye leading 37-36 after four lead changes and six ties, but the visitors got hit hard early in the third quarter.

Andre Smith scored five unanswered points to start a 12-2 run that put the hosts 49-39 on top, and when Evgeny Kolesnikov sank a jump-shot with 2:12 left in the period, Krasnye had quickly built a 58-42 advantage.

Khimik threatened an unlikely comeback early in the fourth quarter as Devoe Joseph took control of the game, hitting a jump-shot, a three and two free throws to spark his side, and when Willie Deane hit a three with 5:54 to go the score was 66-61.

Aaron Miles and Chester Simmons sank jump-shots to give Krasnye breathing space but Suad Sehovic responded with another three to make it 70-64 with 2:14 to go, and it was not until Simmons' three pushed the lead back to nine with 69 seconds left that they could begin to feel safe.

Kolesnikov led Krasnye with 19 points while Miles had 14, Omar Thomas 13 and Simmons 12.

Joseph and Deane collected 16 points apiece for Khimik with Sehovic adding 14 and Miroslav Todic 10.

The win elevates Krasnye to 5-0 while Khimik drop to 2-3 as their hopes of sealing second place go down to the final game.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Krasnye Krylia vs. BC Khimik Yuzhne

Khimik head coach Zvezdan Mitrovic:
"I would like to congratulate a very good team, Krasnye Krylia, on the win. The team is showing great basketball in VTB League, PBL and EuroChallenge. I think Krasnye Krylia is the main contender for the trophy in EuroChallenge. The third quarter turned the game; the Samara team started playing better with an aggressive defense."

Khimik player Vitaly Kovalenko:
"In the first half it was an even game. We completely blew the third quarter. We had chances to catch up, but just couldn't make it. We still have good chances to make it to the quarter-finals."

Krasnye Krylia head coach Sergei Bazarevich:
"We didn't play good. I think after our victory over Spartak [in the VTB League], we became too proud of ourselves. There is some relaxation that takes place. We reached a certain level, and are on the first place in table, and there should be understanding that every next game is a decisive one, and we again have to give our maximum efforts to achieve victory."

Krasnye Krylia player Evgenii Kolesnikov:
"To be honest we already knew that we will remain in the first place in the group, so it was hard to motivate ourselves. Our opponents on the contrary wanted the win really bad."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.9%

30/64
FG
M/A

42.4%

25/59

54.3%

25/46
FG2P
M/A

57.6%

19/33

27.8%

5/18
FG3P
M/A

23.1%

6/26

45.8%

11/24
FT
M/A

75.0%

12/16

33

8/25
RT
RO/RD

40

9/31

18

AS

14

12

TO

22

12

ST

8

4

BS

2

20

PF

24

76

Pts

68

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