BC Khimki lost to a Euroleague reigning champ Real Madrid in a Top 16 group F week 7 home game — 82-93 (26-26, 24-17, 19-28, 13-22) with 20 pts and 7 rebs by Augustine and 17 pts and 6 assists by Alexey Shved. The next game our team will play in VTB United League in Khimki on Sunday, February 14, 2016 vs. Astana Kazakhstan. The beginning of the meeting is at 17.00 msk.
BC Khimki: Augustine (20 + 7 rebounds + 2 steals), Shved (17 + 6 assists), Monya (14 + 5 rebounds), Rice (12 + 9 assists + 4 rebounds), Davis (7 + 3 rebounds + 2 steals), Dragic (5), Koponen (5), Honeycutt (2 + 6 rebounds).
Pablo Laso, Real Madrid head coach:
“Congratulations to my team for the victory. It was very tough. We knew how difficult it is to beat Khimki; in fact we lost two times in the [regular season] against them. They have a lot of talent at every position and it’s very hard to match them up. We started the game very well and moved the ball very well. We made shots and contested their offense, but in the second quarter we made some turnovers and were not able to go to the free throw line. So Khimki got a little lead. In the locker room we talked about our game plan. It was decided to change nothing compared to what we talked about before the game. In the second half we were able to rebound better and contest shots. Also we had offensive control. That helped us to establish our defense. I think our rebounds and intelligence playing in the offense was the key to take this important victory”.
Trey Thompkins, Real Madrid center:
“It was a tough game. It’s always tough to play here in Moscow against Khimki that is a great team from top to bottom. They also have a great coach. But tonight we fought from the start to finish and came out with a tough victory. The reason for our comeback is coaching and great toughness. We have great leaders in our team. They led the way and we followed them. Tonight we made a great job on fighting and getting stops. I give all the credit to my team”.
Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:
“I want to congratulate Pablo Laso and Real Madrid on a good game. They played all forty minutes whereas we had ups and downs. But Real got better patience and finished the game like a Euroleague champion. Okay, we lost for the first time at home in the Top 16. It’s not so good but anyway we have a lot of games in the second lap and try to go back to a winning way”.
James Augustine, BC Khimki forward:
“We are done like this for three games in a row. We have played well in the first half and let the opponent go in the second one. We have to learn from this and figure out. Also we must come out with energy and play all forty minutes”.