2019-20Regular SeasonRound 21
January 23, 2020 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 BUESA ARENA

Baskonia fights to edge Khimki

In a tight game in which no team led by more than 6 points, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz used its home floor to get back to winning by edging visiting Khimki Moscow Region 83-79 on Thursday night. Baskonia improved its record to 8-13 and Khimki dropped to 9-12 on the season. The teams traded leads in the first half before Khimki spent most of the second half in front. But it was Baskonia that had a stronger finish to the game behind Shavon Shields and with a helping hand from Youssoupha Fall, Nik Stauskas and Achille Polonara. The hosts went in front for good within the last 2 minutes and not only won the game but also a tiebreaker over Khimki, overcoming a 79-76 road loss from Round 2. Shields finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds, Fall had 15 points plus 8 rebounds. Pierria Henry tallied with 10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals and Polonara pulled down 11 rebounds along with 9 points in a victory. Alexey Shved finished as Khimki's top scorer with 18 points, but shot 3 for 15 from three-point range. Jonas Jerebko had 16 points plus 6 rebounds and Janis Timm and Sergey Karasev scored 10 apiece in a losing effort.

Michael Eric worked inside to give Baskonia a quick start, forcing an early timeout from Khimki coach Rimas Kurtinaitis. And the visitors responded. Jerebko had 7 points, including a baseline dunk and a second-chance triple, to give Khimki a 13-15 lead. Tornike Shengelia and Fall kept Baskonia in good rhythm, combining to score 8 close-range points, and Shields took it to the rim to make it 27-25 at the end of the first quarter. Khimki had a strong start to the second, with Karasev sinking a pair of triples in the quarter's opening 3 minutes. A three-pointer from Jerebko made it 33-38. Baskonia replied with an 8-1 run with Shields scoring inside and Ilimane Diop from the outside. Shved hit his first triple, but the hosts scored the final 6 points of the half to make it 47-44.

Khimki had a strong start of the second half with a triple apiece from Timma and Jerebko for a 47-52 lead. Shields and Timma traded three-pointers before a jumper from Shved made it 53-59. But Shields had another three and Polonara a put-back dunk to help tie it at 61-61 late in the third. The visitors kept finding ways to score from close range through Anthony Gill, Stefan Jovic, Shved, Timma and eventually Devin Booker. Stauskas hit a transition triple before Baskonia used free throws in a 6-0 run to take 72-71 advantage with 4 minutes to go. Shved knocked down a triple, but Shields nailed a mid-range jumper and Fall followed with a tip-in and a dunk to put Baskonia up 80-76 with 1:14 to go. Shved hit a second-chance triple to make it a 1-point game. Baskonia made 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute and a pair of defensive stands to celebrate the victory.

Tight contest

The largest lead of the game was 6 points, once for each team. Baskonia led 10-4 after 3 minutes of play in the first quarter and Khimki led 53-59 midway through the third. Each led lasted for some 15 seconds, as the other team scored right away. In total, there were 12 ties and nine lead changes in this game, the majority coming in the first half and the final 4 minutes of the game.

Every point matters

In the playoff picture, both teams are on the outside looking in. Khimki is one win behind the eighth-place Valencia Basket, but Baskonia's 1-point tiebreak advantage against Khimki could easily come into play if both teams remain in the playoff hunt.

Rebounding feast

There were 34 offensive rebounds in this game, with Baskonia edging Khimki 18-16 in that category. Baskonia also outrebounded the visitors 42-33, which ended up one of the keys in such a close game.

Fire away

Baskonia attempted 38 free throws, the most by the club in almost 11 years. Khimki attempted 35 three-point shots, tied for the team-high in a non-overtime game this season. Alexey Shved fired 15 of those, making 3, while the rest of the team shot 7 for 20 from long range.

Next up

In Round 22 both teams will play on Thursday, January 30. Khimki will be at home to welcome its biggest rival CSKA Moscow, while Baskonia travels to face Olympiacos Piraeus.

Youssoupha Fall - KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - EB19
Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; KOROMILAS, ELIAS; BISSANG, JOSEPH
Attendance: 11739
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 PENAVA, AJDIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL 0:05                              
7 HENRY, PIERRIA 33:02 10 1/5 0/2 8/10 2 4 6 8 4 5   1 3 5 16
11 JANNING, MATT 22:45 2 1/2 0/4     4 4 2   1         2
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 6:03 4   1/1 1/2                 1 1 3
17 GARCIA, SERGI 6:53   0/1           1 1       2   -1
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 21:45 15 6/9   3/6 5 3 8     1 1   3 7 21
22 STAUSKAS, NIK 15:05 7 1/4 1/3 2/4   1 1 1   1     2 2 1
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 25:24 8 2/4 0/1 4/4 1 3 4 2 1 4     1 4 11
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 34:28 22 5/7 2/4 6/6   6 6       1   1 5 29
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 29:35 9 2/6 0/2 5/6 6 5 11   3 1 1   2 5 19
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 4:55 6 3/3             1 1     3 1 4
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 83 21/41 4/17 29/38 16 26 42 14 10 15 3 1 18 30 106
        51.2% 23.5% 76.3%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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 32:41 18 4/9 3/15 1/2 1 2 3 5   3   2 2 4 5
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 22:55 6 2/3   2/2 1 2 3 2 1       4 1 8
6 TIMMA, JANIS 27:14 10 2/4 2/5   1 3 4 4         5 1 9
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 15:12 10 1/1 2/4 2/2 2 1 3 1   1     3 2 10
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 14:34 3 1/1 0/2 1/3 1 1 2   1 1 1   4 2  
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 29:43 16 3/5 3/4 1/1 2 4 6 2 1 2     5 2 17
12 MONIA, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GILL, ANTHONY 10:17 2 1/3 0/2   1 2 3     1     3 2 -1
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 22:45 8 3/3 0/3 2/2   4 4 3 2 5     3 3 9
40 EVANS, JEREMY 17:05 6 2/4   2/2 1 1 2   1 1   1   1 6
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 7:34               2   1     1    
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 79 19/33 10/35 11/14 13 20 33 19 6 15 1 3 30 18 66
        57.6% 28.6% 78.6%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

"I think finally in the last quarter we played really how we tried to play. Aggressive defense, better than in the first 20 minutes, and our offense easily got into clear situations. We try to be a little bit better every day."

"I think the key to the game was in the second and last quarters, especially on defense, when we had much more patience and we read the game much better.

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“First, I want to congratulate Baskonia on a great win. It was a tough game like we thought before. Coming here, we have a lot of problems in our team, especially with the rebounds and all the garbage we did this evening. I mean turnovers in the offense, missing shots under the basket, a lot of things that we can do a little bit better. This season we have a lot of problems in the last couple of minutes because we don't have enough patience to play until a good shot or provoke some fouls. If we take this game, it's not about the last 3 minutes. The problems was during the game because if you see free throw shots, Baskonia made 38 free throws and we just 14. These numbers speak about our aggression. This was one of the reasons why we lost. The next one is offensive rebounds. We let them take too many offensive rebounds and we lost in this number by minus 9 because we had 33 rebounds and Baskonia had 42 rebounds. These numbers tell us about the result. I don't want to speak about the layups that we missed under the basket. A lot of small things that made a big deal, for us a loss, for Baskonia a win."

Players

POLONARA, ACHILLE
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We deserved to win because we played with good desire. We needed this win because we lost two games in Russia last week, so we needed this win in front of our fans. They helped us to win. Fans are amazing every game, they support us also in difficult moments, and we need them because they are our sixth man. We have eight victories and we have to think game by game. We have a lot of games in front of us. We have a chance to reach the playoffs if we play like tonight."
SHIELDS, SHAVON
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We dropped two big ones on the road last week, so we needed to take care of home court and get a win so we can start moving up in the standings. We got to play really well and we have to protect our home court. Every game is important That's what we came in to do and we got it done today."