San Emeterio leads Valencia to road win
Valencia Basket grabbed its third road win of the season by downing Khimki Moscow Region 75-84 at Arena Mytishchi in the Russian capital on Tuesday. Valencia improved to 9-10 in the standings while Khimki dropped to 8-11. Fernando San Emeterio led the winners with 18 points, Aaron Doornekamp added 13, Louis Labeyrie 11 and Joan Sastre had 10 for Valencia. Alexey Shved paced Khimki with 18 points and Anthony Gill added 12. After free throws by Shved tied it at 75-75 with 3:36 left, Khimki did not score while San Emeterio, Maurice Ndour and Alberto Abalde fueled a 0-9 run that sent Valencia to a good-as-gold road victory.
Janis Timma got Khimki going with a layup that Doornekamp bettered with back-to-back three-pointers. Jonas Jerebko and San Emeterio joined the three-point shootout before Sastre scored in penetration for a 5-11 Valencia lead. Ndour capped a 0-7 run with a turnaround jumper. Devin Booker and Shved rallied Khimki within 10-13. Doornekamp fired in his third triple and Labeyrie scored in the low post to set a 10-18 Valencia lead. Sastre hit a floater and San Emeterio struck twice from beyond the arc to make it a double-digit game, 14-26. Sastre also connected from downtown, but Shved, Janis Timma and Gill brought Khimki closer, 23-29, after 10 minutes. Brock Motum scored down low early in the second quarter only to see Stefan Jovic do better with a three-pointer, igniting a 7-0 run that Sergey Karasev capped with a jumper for a 30-31 Khimki deficit. Motum and Karasev each struck from downtown, then Jeremy Evans took over with a reverse alley-oop dunk that gave the visitors their first lead, 35-34. Abalde stepped up with a put-back layup and Labeyrie scored around the basket for a 37-38 Valencia lead. Gill hit a pair of triples, but Labeyrie kept Valencia within 43-42. Evans dunked again and Shved added a driving layup for a 47-44 Khimki lead at halftime.
San Emeterio hit a jumper soon after the break, but Gill immediately matched that with a running hook. San Emeterio found Sam Vam Rossom for a three-pointer and connected with Ndour for a huge slam, igniting a 0-7 run that Sastre capped with a corner triple. San Emeterio kept pushing Valencia with a driving layup, but he didn't find much help. Zaytsev and Gill each dunked, starting an 11-0 run that Evans capped with a turnaround jumper. Abalde rescued Valencia with a put-back layup and Quino Colom added a driving basket that tied it at 62-62. Labeyrie put Valencia ahead, 62-63, after 30 minutes. Timma buried a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and Jerebko added a layup for a 67-63 Khimki lead. Labeyrie scored down low, igniting a 0-6 run in which Jordan Loyd gave Valencia a 67-69 edge with over 6 minutes left. Shved beat the shot clock with a corner triple and Jovic added a layup-plus-foul that gave Khimki fresh air at 73-69. Abalde banked in a running shot and got help from San Emeterio and Doornekamp to put Valencia back in charge, 73-75, with over 3 minutes remaining. San Emeterio buried a critical three-pointer and Ndour added an alley-oop layup-plus-foul that boosted the visitors' lead to 75-81 with 1:19 left. Abalde struck from downtown to seal the outcome down the stretch.
Fernando San Emeterio had a perfect shooting night and only needed 20 minutes on the floor to make the difference in the game. He finished with 18 points on 2-of-2 two-point, 4-of-4 three-point and 2-of-2 free-throw shooting plus 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 fouls drawn for a PIR of 25, matching his season-high.
Free throws by Alexey Shved tied the game at 75-75 with over 3 minutes left. Valencia improved its defense and held Khimki scoreless until the final buzzer. The hosts missed their final 5 shots, while Fernando San Emeterio and Alberto Abalde each struck from downtown and Maurice Ndour added a fantastic alley-oop layup-plus-foul that saw Valencia seal the win in style.
Three-point shots and second-half defense made the difference in this game. Valencia made 12 of 29 three-point shots (41.4%) and held Khimki to just 8-of-30 from downtown (26.7%). Khimki scored 47 points before halftime, but only 28 after the break.
Did you notice?
It was Valencia's first road win against Khimki after six consecutive losses. Five of them came in the EuroCup, including the 2012 championship game, 77-68. Valencia had also once on the road against Khimki in EuroLeague action, 75-70 in the 2017-18 season. Another big chapter in this fantastic sports rivalry was written on this night.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action later this week. Khimki hosts Real Madrid on Thursday. Valencia visits Zenit St Petersburg, which features former player and 2019 7DAYS EuroCup Finals MVP Will Thomas, on Friday.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020