VTB United League. BC Khimki vs. CSKA25 may 2013

Due to fantastic game of Zoran Planinic, for whom CSKA couldn't find antidote, and overall team effort BC Khimki managed to score a very important home victory in the first VTB United League semifinal game — 83-80 (20-13, 21-17, 22-28, 20-22), and took a 1:0 lead in the series. On May 26, 2013 our team will meet CSKA again. The beginning of the meeting is at 18.30 MSK.

Best scorers: Planinic (25 + 6 assists + 5 rebounds), Monya (13 + 5 rebounds + 4 steals + 4 blocks), Davis (12).

Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:

— First of all, I would like to thank my players for the character, courage and effort they demonstrated in the game against CSKA. They played with their heart today. Some of our players went 30 minutes on the court, but I hope we can recover in time. As I said before the game, we have some kind of home-court advantage, but we have to prove that with our play. Today the most important factor was our effort and I'm happy that we played well in defense at the end and won. We controlled the pace of the game from the start, but slipped up a bit at the end.