2020-21Regular SeasonRound 16
December 23, 2020 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 LA FONTETA

Valencia holds on to beat Khimki

Valencia Basket nearly wasted a 20-point lead, but held on to collect an 88-82 home win over Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday. Martin Hermannsson led the way with 16 points and 9 assists for Valencia, which has won three of its last four games and improved to 10-6. Derrick Williams chipped in 15 points, Bojan Dubljevic had 11 points and Klemen Prepelic and Mike Tobey both had 10 points for the hosts, who rebounded from a loss to Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in Round 15. Khimki’s losing streak extended to eight games in falling to 2-14 despite Errick McCollum scoring 16 points. Alexey Shved added 14 and Devin Booker scored 11.

Booker’s jumper got the scoring going for Khimki while fellow big man Dubljevic got Valencia’s first points to start an 8-1 surge including 4 points from Jaime Pradilla for an 8-3 lead. Shved and Jonas Jerebko drained back-to-back triples and Khimki was back up 8-9. Valencia’s defense kept Khimki scoreless for nearly 3 minutes and a 6-0 spurt had the hosts up 16-11. It was 16-13 after 10 minutes. After Prepelic scored first for Valencia in the second quarter, McCollum got 5 quick points to knot the game at 18-18. The Khimki offense once again sputtered, going 4 minutes without a score. Nikola Kalinic had 4 points in a 10-0 run to open a 28-18 lead. The duo of Williams and Dubljevic was too much with 12 points in a 15-7 close to the first half as Valencia went into the break up 45-29.

McCollum tallied the first points of the second half only to see Prepelic drain back-to-back three-pointers as the gap rose to 51-31. Khimki showed just what it can do offensively with Jordan Mickey hitting a three-pointer and Janis Timma going back-to-back from deep to cut the margin down to 53-46 through a 2-15 run. Six Khimki free throws cut the deficit down to 55-52, but Valencia scored the final 4 points of the quarter and was up 59-52 after 30 minutes. Vyacheslav Zaytsev scored first in the fourth quarter and McCollum’s next triple trimmed the gap to 61-57. Hermannsson answered right back from deep to start a 7-0 spurt that sent the lead to 68-57. Khimki had one more push with Jerebko, Dairis Bertans and Shved all hitting three-pointers to pull within 74-68 with less than 4 minutes to play. Valencia would not be broken and Tobey made it 78-68. Bertans managed 3 free throws, but Mickey’s three-pointer was off with the team down 7 points with 76 seconds remaining. Khimki would not go down without a fight with Booker hitting a triple and Shved converting a three-point play to pull within 82-77 with 19 seconds remaining. Hermannsson showed he has ice in his veins, draining 2 free throws to lock up the win.

Khimki could not slow down Valencia

The game went according to the season team stats as Valencia came into the game as the third-highest scoring team in the league with 83.3 ppg and Khimki had allowed a league-high 88.3 points.

Pivotal performer

Martin Hermannsson came off the Valencia bench and guided the team with 16 points to go along with 2 rebounds, 9 assists and 1 steal for an index rating off 22.

Telling numbers

Valencia shot 67.4% on two-pointers and made all 18 of its free throws while holding Khimki to just 48.3% on two-pointers and forcing 18 turnovers.

Next games

Valencia heads on the road for the next game, but will stay in Spain as it travels to play TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on Tuesday, December 29. Khimki returns home for Round 17 to take on Olympiacos Piraeus the same evening.

Martin Hermannsson - Valencia Basket - EB20
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; KOROMILAS, ELIAS
Attendance: 0
By Quarter1234
Valencia Basket16291429
Khimki Moscow Region13162330
End of Quarter1234
Valencia Basket16455988
Khimki Moscow Region13295282
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 13:54 10 1/2 2/4 2/2       2   4     1 3 7
4 PRADILLA, JAIME 12:11 6 2/4   2/2   1 1         2 2 1 2
6 PUERTO, JOSEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 26:41 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 4 6 5 1 2     2 3 14
10 TOBEY, MIKE 20:21 10 4/6   2/2 1 7 8   1         1 18
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 16:25 8 4/5       1 1     2     4 1 3
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 19:39 11 4/4 0/2 3/3 1 2 3 2 2 3     2 4 15
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 15:41 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 2 1     1 5   -2
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 12:35 2 1/4 0/1   1 1 2 4   2     1 1 2
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 27:49 15 6/7 0/3 3/3   3 3 1 1 1     2 2 15
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 23:44 16 3/4 2/4 4/4   2 2 9 1 1   1 3 2 22
30 SASTRE, JOAN 11:00 2 1/1 0/1     1 1   1         1 4
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 88 29/43 4/17 18/18 6 25 31 25 8 16 0 4 22 19 102
        67.4% 23.5% 100%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME
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 27:24 14 1/1 3/8 3/3       3 2 2 1     4 17
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 25:40 16 4/9 2/4 2/2 1 2 3 3 2   1   2 4 20
6 TIMMA, JANIS 19:48 8 0/1 2/5 2/2 1 4 5     1     1 3 10
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 10:07     0/3     1 1 1   2     1   -4
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 21:34 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2 1 2     2 2 8
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 7:26     0/2     1 1     4     1   -6
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 30:07 11 3/5 1/2 2/3 1 3 4 3   3     2 3 12
33 JEREBKO, JONAS 17:27 9 1/4 2/2 1/2 3 2 5 1   1 1   4 3 10
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 15:27 9   2/3 3/3   1 1 1 2 1     3 2 10
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 25:00 9 3/5 1/3   1 3 4 3   2 1   3 1 9
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 82 14/29 13/33 15/17 10 21 31 17 7 19 4 0 19 22 88
        48.3% 39.4% 88.2%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"They changed the rhythm in the second half and forced us to stay focused. It was very important not to lose the concentration in the last quarter and we controlled the situation - even against their great scorers. And we won. We know we have to improve. If we want to stay at the level of the EuroLeague, we have to improve."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We didn’t start so good on offense but we played defense and I think we lost the game in the second quarter. The third and fourth quarters were not bad. We got back into the game, but the difference from the second quarter was too big to win the game."

Players

HERMANNSSON, MARTIN
Valencia Basket
"Khimki played really well in the third quarter and they showed a completely different team in the second half. Thankfully we had a little bit of a lead after the first half and we were able to match it at the end and get the win."
TOBEY, MIKE
Valencia Basket
"We had a good first half and in the third quarter, Khimki played really well. But I think we did a good job of maintaining our composure and came back strong in the fourth and luckily got the win. It’s definitely a great feeling going into the holidays."