BC Khimki raised its record to 2-0 in Group B by downing VEF Riga 90-70 on Tuesday in its home opener. Now Khimki is the exclusive leader of Group B. A 21-8 run - highlighted by three long distance shots nailed by Tomas Kelati – to start the second half iced the game for Khimki, which finished the third
quarter leading 72-56. Vitay Fridzon and Kresmir Loncar led Khimki scoring 11 points apiece, Sergey
Monya and Zoran Planinic added 10 each, Chirs Quinn and Tomas Kelati each netted 9, while Alexey Zhukanenko and Timofey Mozgov scored 8 to complete an outstanding team effort. Courtney Sims led all VEF Riga scorers with 18 points, Kristaps Janicenoks added 15 with 7 rebounds and Tyler Cain amassed 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Mozgov and Fridzon opened the game giving a 4-0 lead to the hosts. Sims scored for Riga, but Zukhanenko dunked to make it 8-2 and force coach Butautas to call timeout. Dairis Bertans scored
from downtown and after Planinic extend the difference from the foul line to 10-5, Cain dunked to cap 2-10 charge that tied the score at 12-12. Khimki answered with 8 straight points to regain control. Curtis
Millage and Kresmir Loncar exchanged short jumpers before Monya and Sims fixed the final 26-20 for the hosts at the end of the first quarter. Chris Quinn hit back-to-back three-pointers that made it 32-24 early in the second. Sims, assisted by Marque Perry, opened the second quarter, then Monya gave the
first double-digit cushion to the home team on from the foul line. A three-point-play by Janicenoks and his assist for 2 easy points from Cain put Riga back on track at 36-31, but Khimki big men Mozgov
and Loncar soon re-established a double digit difference. Egor Vyaltsev at the midway point of the quarter exploded from beyond the arc for 44-32. Sims pulled down an offensive rebound to score in the paint, Bertans posted another basket from long distance and Millage scored 2 free throws cutting the cushion to 44-39. Khimki found easy points into the break with Planinic and a three from Monya to go to 51-40. Then Janicenoks scored 4 consecutive points to finish 51-44 at halftime.
Fridzon was on fire after the intermission and scored 4 points in a row for the hosts. A Perry layup fueled Riga, but sharpshooter Kelati scored from long distance to get the margin to 60-46. It was not finished, and Loncar in the paint, and Kelati again from beyond the arc extended the difference to 65-46. The two teams exchanged baskets, but is was again Kelati with his third three pointer on three attempts to make it a twenty-point game. A Sandis Valters layup and 2 free throws by Cain reduced the margin to 72-56. The defense became softer, and it was time for the fans to enjoy some showtime plays with Zhukanenko, Sims and Vyaltsev making great dunks to make it 79-58. Zhukanenko and Antanas
Kavaliauskas scored in the paint to make it 83-63 midway through the last quarter. Valters from long distance and Janicenoks from the foul line fueled Riga, Matt Nielsen and Sims drained free throws and Austin Daye scored the final basket for Khimki.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011