Eurocup. BC Khimki vs. Szolnok 5 november 2014

BC Khimki let the Hungarian champ Szolnoki Olaj score too much in the Eurocup 14/15 regular season week 4 game. Nevertheless, our team won — 98-84 (30-22, 19-21, 25-13, 24-28) and secured at the top of group D. Now on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 17.30 msk we'll have tough away game vs. Lokomotiv-Kuban in Krasnodar.

BC Khimki: Vyaltsev (17 + 2 assists), Augustine (15 + 3 rebounds + 2 assists), Popovic (13 + 6 assists + 3 steals), Koponen (13 + 2 assists), Rice (12 + 4 assists + 2 rebounds), Lauvergne (10 + 5 rebounds + 2 assists), Monya (7 + 7 rebounds + 7 assists), Ilnitsky (5 + 2 rebounds), Honeycutt (5 + 2 assists), Davis (1 + 2 rebounds + 2 blocks)


Dragan Aleksic, Szolnoki Olaj head coach:

— Congratulations to Khimki, they played an excellent game. They opened game with 4 three-pointers and brought good rhythm, especially offensively, throughout the game. We couldn’t catch our rhythm in defense; we have rotation problems because our main center is injured. We needed to change our rotation and played zone defense a lot more than usual because of this problem, so Khimki punished us.

Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:

— I’m happy for this win, but not for the way we played. This is not our style because we are not okay in defense and rebounding. Today I can’t point out anyone. Some of our players probably don’t understand the importance of defense and rebounding. We still have a lot of work to do. We do not have the problem of underestimation, because we played three road games in a row and know our problems.

Petteri Koponen, BC Khimki guard:

— We needed this win to secure our position in the group. We started okay and were up almost all game, but still there is a lot of work to do as we allowed our opponent to score 84 points at our home court. We need to improve our defense during the season because we have many tough games. We try to stay positive, keep going, work hard and try to improve. It was the first time for me to play against a Hungarian team. Szolnoki Olaj is a club that beat Zenit in the first round and showed that they can play at this level. They have many good players who can shoot and bring energy to the court; they shot the ball very well today. They are dangerous, especially at home and I’m sure we’ll have a very tough game in Hungary.