2019-20Regular SeasonRound 24
February 07, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Shved, Khimki hold off Zvezda

Khimki Moscow Region broke a three-game losing streak by beating Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 78-72 at home in Mytischi Arena on Friday. Both teams are tied with 10-14 records now and situated just below the playoff positions. Khimki dominated 28-18 after one quarter but Zvezda never gave up, got within 51-46 in the third, and saved the tie-breaker with a 0-9 run in the last 2 minutes of the game. Alexey Shved led the winners with 22 points and 9 assists, followed by Jonas Jerebko with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Devin Booker with another 13. Kevin Punter had another good scoring night with 20 points and Vladimir Stimac contributed 10 points and 6 boards for the losers.

A flurry of turnovers by both teams delayed the offenses from finding any rhythm, but Zvezda drew first blood with an early 2-7 edge, although Khimki reacted through Booker to make it 8-9. Janis Timma of Khimki and Lorenzo Brown of Zvezda traded triples before Jerebko arrived with 6 straight points to fire up the hosts. Shved took over with a pair of triples as Khimki took advantage of 9 Zvezda turnovers already to lead 28-18 after 10 minutes. Stefan Jovic added 4 points to the lead early in the second quarter, when the visitors were held scoreless for more than 4 minutes until Vladimir Stimac banked in a second-chance basket at 32-20. Jerebko hit a corner three before Punter hit back-to-back triples in a 1-9 that limited the damage for Zvezda to 48-36 at halftime. Shved nailed a difficult three-pointer after the break but those were Khimki's only points for 4 minutes. Zvezda reduced the gap to 51-41 on Lorenzo Brown's three-pointer. Branko Lazic followed with 5 points to make it even closer, 51-46, midway through the third quarter. Shved came to the rescue with a long three to which Jerebko added a layup and Timma a corner triple to rebuild Khimki's double-digit lead, 59-46. Shved fed Jerebko twice inside before the third quarter ended 64-51. Shved kept Zvezda at bay by burying another contested three when the visitors got within 68-59. His assist on Jerebko's three-point play made it 76-63 entering the last 2 minutes. The visitors hadn't said their last word, though, as a 0-9 run led by Punter made it a two-possession game with 20 seconds to go. Free throws by Shved ended up closing the game but Zvezda saved the tie-breaker.

Shved shows up

Even though Crvena Zvezda trailed for the most part of the game, it never gave up and knocked at Khimki’s door several times. But, every time it did it, Alexey Shved showed up with timely buckets and assists to lead his team.

Best defense this season

Khimki Moscow Region registered it season-best in defense as it only allowed 72 points by Zvezda. The hosts forced their opponent to 21 turnovers, 16 of them in the first half, to take a valuable home win.

Winning with eight

After losing Sergey Karasev because of an injury this week, Khimki Moscow Region had to squeeze its rotation. As many as six players had to sit out against Crvena Zvezda, but Rimas Kurtinaitis found a good response by the eight healthy players he used.

Next game

After a weeklong break for national cups, both teams return to EuroLeague action for Round 25 in two weeks. Khimki Moscow Region will play on the road as it visits AX Armani Exchange Milan on Thursday, February 20. Crvena Zvezda will play home when it welcomes CSKA Moscow the following evening.

Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EB19
Friday, February 7, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; MOGULKOC, EMIN; PERUGA, CARLOS
Attendance: 5629
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade18181521
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade18365172
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 31:52 22 1/5 4/10 8/9   3 3 9 1 5   2 1 7 23
3 KRAMER, CHRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 30:47 13 3/7 1/2 4/4 3 4 7 2 3 2     2 6 22
6 TIMMA, JANIS 30:23 6 0/2 2/7     2 2 2 1 2 2   3   1
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 21:21 5 2/4   1/2   3 3   1 1 1   2 3 7
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 20:23 6 1/1 1/2 1/2   3 3 2 1       1 1 10
10 DESIATNIKOV, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 31:32 19 8/13 1/3 0/1 3 5 8   2     1 4 3 19
12 MONIA, SERGEY 14:45 3 0/2 1/3   2 1 3 2   1     3    
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 18:57 4 0/3   4/5   1 1 2 2 1     3 2 3
34 BARASHKOV, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 78 15/37 10/27 18/23 10 26 36 19 11 13 3 3 19 22 90
        40.5% 37% 78.3%
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
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 PUNTER, KEVIN 26:42 20 4/10 3/5 3/4 1 1 2 1   1 1 2 2 4 14
4 BROWN, LORENZO 17:09 6 0/5 2/3   1 2 3 2 1 4   1   1 2
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:06 2 1/4 0/2   1 5 6     2     1    
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 23:21 5 1/2 1/2     7 7   2       3 1 10
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 13:37 7 3/4 0/1 1/2   1 1           4 3 4
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 11:56 9 3/3   3/3 1 2 3 4         1 2 17
15 GIST, JAMES 15:30 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   3 3 1 1 3 1   2 1 5
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 20:54 2 0/3 0/2 2/2 2 4 6 2   2     3 2 2
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 24:13     0/3     3 3 1   2 1   2 1 -1
28 SIMANIC, BORISA 7:02 3 0/1 1/1             2          
50 OJO, MICHAEL 10:56 2 1/1       3 3 1 3 2     1   6
91 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 13:34 10 3/4 0/1 4/5 4 2 6   1 3     3 4 12
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 72 18/41 7/21 15/18 12 33 45 12 8 21 3 3 22 19 73
        43.9% 33.3% 83.3%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It was a double-week, plus our local league, and it's difficult to play three games in a row, but it's the same for Crvena Zvezda. Today's game maybe was not nice, basketball-wise, but it was about who was tough and who played with heart. Today we were a little bit better, and I am happy for the victory."
SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Congratulations to Khimki. They were better all game. We had too many turnovers; 21 is a huge number. That was the biggest problem for us, and obviously, without our point guards who were injured, it was difficult to create any kind of game. We tried, but it was not enough."

Players

SHVED, ALEXEY
Khimki Moscow Region
"Zvezda always plays very hard, doesn't matter away or home. They always play until the end, and they showed today that they can come back from minus-15 to minus-4. Just a great game today. We moved the ball, played good defense, and finally we won the game. All teams have a lot of injuries in this middle of the season. It happens that sometimes you play good, sometimes you play bad, but the important thing is we won tonight. We need to stay focused and keep winning."