2020-21Regular SeasonRound 15
December 18, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ASTROBALLE

ASVEL comes back to defeat Khimki at home

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne ended a perfect double week by coming back from a 15-point deficit to knock off Khimki Moscow Region 90-84. Guerschon Yabusele led the way with 20 points for ASVEL, which has won two straight games after a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-9. Norris Cole added 19 points and 4 assists while Moustapha Fall picked up 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, and David Lighty chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Khimki saw Devin Booker score a career high 26 points in registering an index rating of 32 but it was not enough as the team dropped its seventh straight to fall to 2-13. Alexey Shved tallied 14 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists in the loss and Jonas Jerebko collected 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Booker opened the game with an alley-oop dunk and Fall hit ASVEL’s first basket. Booker added a three-pointer before Lighty gave the hosts their first lead 6-5. Shved also hit from long range and Vyacheslav Zaytsev hit from deep and converted an and-one while Booker followed with a three-point of his own as Khimki went up 15-21. The guests went on a 1-6 spurt to finish the second quarter including Shved’s triple just before the buzzer for a 20-29 advantage. Sergey Karasev’s triple to open the second quarter increased the gap to double figures 20-32. Amine Noua countered with a three-pointer of his own as ASVEL trailed 25-32. But the home side’s offense went dry for 4 minutes and Shved added another triple as the margin grew to 25-40. Allerik Freeman did hit from deep but Janis Timma connected on a triple at the other end and the margin was 34-47. Cole gave the hosts some momentum going into the locker room with a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 43-51 at the break.

ASVEL came out of the locker room more aggressive and Yabusele hit a three-pointer and Lighty converted an and-one to pull within 55-56. Jerebko responded with baskets around a Booker triple in pushing the margin to 58-64. Lighty added another three-point play and Yabusele’s three-pointer put the hosts up 66-64 - forcing a Khimki timeout. ASVEL added three more free throws and the cushion was 69-64. Booker finally ended the 3-minute scoreless stretch with a three-point play but Yabusele was on target from long range and ASVEL led 72-67. Zaytsev managed to respond with a three-point play and the score was 72-70 after 30 minutes.

Stefan Jovic and Booker scored to tie the game and then Shved did the same with a three-pointer to even it at 77-77. Jordan Mickey had fouled out early in the fourth quarter and Cole hit a layup to push ASVEL back ahead. Cole then drew a fifth foul on Sheved with under 3 minutes left and hit two free throws and it was 81-77. A Charles Kahudi basket helped push the gap to 84-79 with less than 90 seconds to play. Kahudi added two free throws and Lighty finished off Khimki for good with a layup for an 88-83 lead with 18 seconds to play.

Pivotal performer

Guerschon Yabusele was great all game for ASVEL with 20 points on 7-of-13 shots, including 4-of-8 three-pointers. He also had 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

Foul problems neutralize Khimki

Khimki struggled with foul problems, especially to its stars as Alexey Shved fouled out under 3 minutes left in a tight battle. Jordan Mickey was fouled out after playing under 14 minutes.

Telling numbers

Khimki’s foul trouble sent ASVEL to the line 27 times - with the home side making 22 of them (81.5%) while the guests were just 13-of-18 (72.2%) in a game decided by six points.

Next games

ASVEL will finish off a run of three straight home games on December 22 as it hosts CSKA Moscow in Round 16. Khimki will head back on the road for its next game, travelling to Spain to face Valencia Basket on December 23 for Round 16 action.

Guerschon Yabusele - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - EB20
Friday, December 18, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR; ISGUDER, SINAN
Attendance: 0
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20232918
Khimki Moscow Region29221914
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20437290
Khimki Moscow Region29517084
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 FREEMAN, ALLERIK 14:18 5 1/3 1/1         1         2 2 4
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 18:04 5 0/2   5/6   1 1   1       2 5 7
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 12:25 3 1/1   1/2   5 5     3 1   2 1 4
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 19:27 3   1/4     2 2 4 1 2     4 2 3
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA 29:37 16 5/7   6/9 4 2 6 5   4     2 5 21
12 NOUA, AMINE 8:23 5 1/1 1/3     1 1     2         2
13 HAYES, KEVARRIUS 10:23   0/1       1 1           2 2  
21 BAKO, ISMAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 30:14 14 6/9 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 5 1 1     1 4 23
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON 31:37 20 3/5 4/8 2/2 2 3 5   3   2   2 3 25
30 COLE, NORRIS 25:32 19 5/10 1/4 6/6   1 1 4       1 1 3 17
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 90 22/39 8/21 22/27 10 23 33 19 6 12 3 1 18 27 112
        56.4% 38.1% 81.5%
Head coach: PARKER, TJ
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
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 33:03 14 1/5 4/8   1 3 4 10 2 4     5 1 14
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 5:42 3     3/4                 1 2 3
6 TIMMA, JANIS 28:19 9 3/4 1/4   2 1 3 1 2 1     3 1 8
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 7:24 3   1/2                   2 1 1
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 23:34 9 2/4 1/1 2/2   5 5 5 1 2     3 4 17
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 ODINOKOV, VLADISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 21:58 3 1/4   1/2   4 4 3 1 1   1 2 1 4
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 32:05 26 8/9 2/2 4/6 1 2 3 3 1       3 5 32
33 JEREBKO, JONAS 32:51 10 4/6 0/6 2/2 2 4 6 1     1 1 2 1 8
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 1:29                         1   -1
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 13:35 7 3/5 0/2 1/2   3 3 2 1 3   1 5 2 1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 84 22/37 9/25 13/18 7 22 29 25 8 11 1 3 27 18 88
        59.5% 36% 72.2%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

PARKER, TJ
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
“Slow start, (two) games in one week. It’s not easy but we came out and we know how we win: it’s defensively. So we brought the energy and the players did a good job. It’s game by game. That’s what we’re doing right now. Next up is CSKA Moscow. Just playing basketball.”
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We started well, but we received five fouls on some important players. It was good for 35 minutes but not for 40. For sure, Villeurbanne was stronger tonight."

Players

YABUSELE, GUERSCHON
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
“It’s a pretty good victory. It feels good to win tonight and protect our home court. We came back with a lot of energy in the second half: defense better, offense sharing the ball. And we played together. It was a real team win. And we’re pretty happy about this one. We’re feeling good right now. We just have to go back to the lab and work and get ready for the next team.”
LIGHTY, DAVID
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
“It’s kind of like how our season has been. The start of the season was kind of how we played in the first half. It was a little sluggish, a little slow. But we knew we had another level. In the second half we showed when we come out and play our brand of basketball that we’re a pretty tough team to beat. We wanted to get these two wins at home to try to get a little momentum. We have a day off tomorrow to rest up. We gotta come back, get a good game plan and be healthy and be ready for a strong CSKA team. You know, we beat them last year here, so we’ll see what happens.”