2019-20Regular SeasonRound 1
October 03, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Shved, Gill spearhead Khimki win over Maccabi

Khimki Moscow Region held off a late Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv rally to secure a season-opening 89-83 victory at Arena Mytishchi on Thursday evening. The hosts saw a 17-point third-quarter lead whittled down to 4 in the final minute before snatching the win. Alexey Shved led the way for Khimki with 22 points and 6 assists, Anthony Gill scored 18 points, Janis Timma tied a career-high with 5 three-pointers en route to 17 points and 4 steals and Jonas Jerebko posted 14 points and 7 rebounds in his EuroLeague debut. Tarik Black paced Maccabi with 17 points,Omri Casspi netted 13, Othello Hunter 11 and Elijah Bryant 10.

Devin Booker authored the first basket of the EuroLeague season on the game's first possession before Casspi marked his EuroLeague return with a score on Maccabi's first trip down the court. The game got physical as the teams stayed close. Timma took on scoring responsibilities for Khimi with a trio of triples, while Black became Maccabi’s top choice in the paint with 7 first-quarter points. Shved also connected from downtown as the Khimki lead reached 6, but Tyler Dorsey drew Maccabi within 24-21 through 10 minutes. Gill heated up early in the second quarter to keep Khimki in charge. Nate Wolters responded for Maccabi, but Khimki ramped up the pressure and another three by Timma gave the hosts a double-digit advantage, 37-27. Scottie Wilbekin had a three-point play, a steal and an assist as Maccabi rallied to 43-38, but after a timeout, Sergey Monia nailed his second three for Khimki and Evans's alley-oop slam made it 48-40 at the break. Wilbekin and Casspi kept it close for the visitors, however, Khimki always seemed to have an answer and a Jerebko triple lifted the hosts to 60-49. Maccabi rallied to within 4 on a Quincy Acy slam, but Jerebko scored 5 points on a single possession to highlight a 13-0 Khimi response that made it 73-56. Maccabi got within 75-61 entering the fourth quarter, John DiBartolomeo knocked down a three to make it 80-70 and Black closed the gap to 82-77 with 3 and a half minutes to go. The basket seemed smaller in the final minutes, but Yovel Zoosman made it 84-80 with 32 seconds to go. Jerebko's steal and free throw helped Khimki hold on in the closing seconds.

Game-changing run

Maccabi rallied from 12 down to within 60-56 when Quincy Acy posterized Sergey Monia with a fierce slam with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. However, Khimki didn't blink. Anthony Gill drilled a three-pointer and then Jonas Jerebko enjoyed a 5-point possession; he was the victim of an unsportsmanlike foul, make the resulting 2 free throws and then nailed a triple on the resulting possession. Alexey Shved added a three and Gill made free throws to cap a 13-0 run that made it 73-56. Khimki would never trail again.

Key stat

Khimki turned the ball over just nine times, which was especially impressive considering that starting point guard Stefan Jovic suffered an injury in the second quarter and did not play at all in the final 17 minutes of the game. The hosts only made a single turnover in both the third and fourth quarters. Maccabi, meanwhile, committed 14 turnovers.

Streak snapped

Maccabi had won in its last two visits to play Khimki in Moscow. The victory for Khimki snapped a three-game losing streak against the Israeli champs and took their overall head-to-head record to 3-6.

Next game

Maccabi remains on the road in Round 2 with a trip to the Spanish capital to take on Real Madrid on Thursday, October 10. The next night Khimki hosts KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz.

Athony Gill - Khimki Moscow Region - EB19
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN; JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN; LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Attendance: 4798
By Quarter1234
Khimki Moscow Region24242714
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv21192122
End of Quarter1234
Khimki Moscow Region24487589
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv21406183
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 30:19 22 4/7 2/10 8/10   2 2 6   3 1   1 5 19
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 19:21 4 1/4   2/2 3 3 6   2 1     2 1 7
6 TIMMA, JANIS 33:53 17 1/3 5/12   1 3 4 1 4 1     5 2 13
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 10:23         1 1 2 2 1 1     2 1 3
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 4:58               1         2   -1
10 DESIATNIKOV, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 24:29 14 2/7 2/5 4/6 1 6 7   2 1   2 2 3 11
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:12 6   2/2     2 2   1       1   8
13 GILL, ANTHONY 23:37 18 2/6 3/3 5/6 3 3 6 4       1 5 5 22
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 17:00     0/2   1   1 4   1     1 2 3
40 EVANS, JEREMY 16:48 8 3/5 0/1 2/3 3 3 6     1     4 2 7
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 89 13/32 14/35 21/27 13 25 38 18 10 10 1 3 25 21 93
        40.6% 40% 77.8%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH 16:58 10 2/4 1/2 3/4 1   1 1   2     5 2 3
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 25:52 9 1/2 2/8 1/1   1 1 3 1 2     4 4 5
2 ACY, QUINCY 17:16 4 2/2 0/2   1 7 8 1 1 2     2 1 9
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 18:15 11 5/6   1/3 3 5 8   1       1 3 19
7 CASSPI, OMRI 22:44 13 4/5 0/2 5/6   6 6 3 1 1     1 3 20
8 AVDIJA, DENI 10:34     0/1     1 1 3   1 2   2   2
11 DORSEY, TYLER 10:03 2 1/5       1 1   1 2   1     -3
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 10:34 6   1/2 3/3   1 1 1   2     2 2 5
14 WOLTERS, NATE 18:49 7 3/4 0/1 1/1   1 1 1   1     1   5
15 COHEN, JAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
28 BLACK, TARIK 28:44 17 6/8   5/6 2 1 3 1     1   2 6 23
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL 20:11 4 2/4 0/4 0/1 1 1 2 1 1 1     2 2  
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 83 26/40 4/22 19/25 10 29 39 15 6 15 3 1 22 23 93
        65% 18.2% 76%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We didn't relax. We had some problems with our playmakers, because Jovic was injured and we had to finish with Alexey Shved as our one man. And it's not easy for him to play 30 minutes because in preseason he was injured and practiced by himself, and 30 minutes on the court in a EuroLeague game is not easy to stay on the court. But anyway, we saved the result with what we did in the third quarter, and I'm happy for the victory. For sure, we have a lot of things we need to work on and make better, but this is for the future. Now, I am happy for the victory. Potentially, [Jerebko and Gill] are much, much better, but obviously today, their power and energy were enough to win and I'm happy for this."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We didn't start the game good because I think that we were very anxious and stressed to go to the rim. Offensively, although we scored 40 points, I think that we missed a lot of layups, we missed some fast-break situations that we didn't finish. On the other side, defensively we allowed too many easy baskets, we gave up completely open shots and our opponent scored 48 points [ in the first half]. During the second half, close to the end of the third period, I think we came back to 4 points - 60-56. But then, after the Khimki timeout, we lost our concentration again and we gave up a [13-0] run to our opponents. Again they took the lead and not only that, they had their maximum lead, 17 points. In the end, we tried to come back to the game and I think we succeeded because 2-3 minutes before the end the difference was 5 points. We had some open shots, on the other side we missed some rebounds, they scored easy baskets. I think we had our chances until the end. This is one part I liked, we fought till the end. I think Khimki won the game because they played better for most of the game. We need to improve our game and learn from this game."

Players

GILL, ANTHONY
Khimki Moscow Region
"We've just got to be better. We can't lose our rhythm in the end. We did that on offense and on defense, which can't happen. We can take some plays off on offense, but not defense, for sure. That's how teams get back in the game. If we want to be successful throughout the whole year, we have to put together a whole game. We didn't do that tonight, but we're glad we got the win, first victory of the year, and we're excited about it. We kind of let our guard down a little bit. They came back and got physical with us. But that's just a learning process. We just all got together maybe a week ago and started playing with each other. So we just have to get our chemistry down and understand how each other plays and what coach wants from us. And we have to execute."
BLACK, TARIK
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"It was a tough game, a hard-fought one, and I'm really proud of all of the guys for how they battled and fought until the end. We have a lot of things we can clean up, little things to do better defensively and offensively. We know we are going to get there, we will figure it out, and I'm very optimistic about the future of this team because we can be really good, I see a lot of potential in us. Now it's about the work ethic to fulfill it and I'm moving forward in optimism. We will stay together, stick as a unit, be a brotherhood, and improve together."
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