VTB United League. BC Khimki vs. UNICS22 december 2014

In spite of several injuries, BC Khimki managed to oppose great team effort and strong defense to principal opponent and eventually scored a huge home win — 80-56 (18-6, 19-21, 21-15, 22-14). The next game our team will play in Krasnoyarsk on Sunday, December 28, 2014 vs. BC Enisey. The beginning of the meeting is at 15.10 msk.

BC Khimki: Rice (16 + 7 assists + 2 rebounds + 2 steals), Koponen (15 + 4 assists + 3 rebounds), Monya (11 + 7 rebounds + 3 assists), Pateev (8 + 4 rebounds), Honeycutt (7 + 6 rebounds + 2 steals), Popovic (6 + 2 assists), Sheleketo (5 + 2 rebounds), Lauvergne (4 + 2 rebounds), Ilnitsky (4 + 2 rebounds), Vyaltsev (2), N. Ivanov (2).


Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:

"First of all, I'd like to thank my players for their effort. We all gave everything we had on the court today, but we got unlucky with Joffrey's injury (we're waiting to hear from the doctor). That's why Ruslan Pateev had to play almost the entire game. I'm happy about our attitude and motivation. You can do a lot with a team like this. I'm also happy that we finally played the way we need to on defense. We were giving up too many points in the past. Now we only gave up 56 points to a Euroleague-level team".

Evgeny Pashutin, UNICS Kazan head coach:

"The game didn't go well for us, both on defense and on offense. Khimki imposed its tempo in the first 10 minutes and we defended very poorly. As a result, we gave our opponent an opportunity to feel comfortable. I think it's mental. After the loss to Nizhny Novgorod some of the players weren't ready mentally. That's my responsibility. We'll figure it out and analyze it. We didn't look like a team today. Khimki was stronger and deserved to win. We're looking for ways to extend our rotation but unfortunately not all of our ideas worked out".