2019-20Regular SeasonRound 25
February 20, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Khimki downs Milan, snaps road losing streak

Khimki Moscow Region snapped its eight-game road losing streak by downing AX Armani Exchange Milan 69-78 on Thursday night at Mediolanum Forum. Both teams now hold 11-14 records, but this win gave Khimki a regular-season sweep of Milan. Khimki took the lead for good with a 0-15 run early in the third quarter, and it never allowed the hosts to get closer than 4 points. Alexey Shved was the top scorer with 18 points plus 6 assists, while Jonas Jerebko collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Devin Booker added 12 points plus 8 rebounds and Stefan Jovic scored 10 in victory. Sergio Rodriguez has 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts, Vladimir Micov added 15 points and Kaleb Tarczewski collected 12 points and 9 rebounds in Milan's third consecutive defeat.

Khimki started hot from long range, with Jerebko nailing a pair and Jovic a wide-open corner triple to help open an 8-10 lead. Micov hit a jumper and a triple for the hosts, but Shved answered with a triple and sparked a 3-11 run that had Khimki up 16-21 at the end of the first quarter. Back-to-back threes from Dairis Bertans and Janis Timma extended it to 18-27 early in the second, but Milan kept taking it inside as Michael Roll and Micov each hit runners before a floater from Rodriguez cut the difference to 29-31. A step-back triple from Rodriguez against Shved put Milan in front, 34-33 late in the second. A three-point play from Shved, and a last-second triple from Chris Kramer sent Khimki with 38-39 lead into halftime.

After hitting 7 triples in the first half, Khimki found success taking it to the rim in the third quarter with Shved, Jerebko and Booker each scoring twice, before Timma's three-pointer capped a 0-15 run to make it 42-54. Milan was held scoreless for almost 6 minutes, but Della Valle's three-point play sparked life into the hosts. Shved knocked down another triple and Khimki went into the final quarter up 51-59. Roll and Rodriguez halved the deficit at the start of the fourth, but a Shved-to-Booker alley-oop sparked a 0-7 run, during which Bertans nailed a triple and Khimki's lead was back into double-digits, 55-66 with 6 minutes to go. Milan attempted another charge, but could not get it going offensively. Baskets were few and far between. Rodriguez hit a triple to get Milan to 69-74 entering the final minute, but Booker answered with a close-range basket with 30 seconds left, sealing the deal.

Key run

Khimki held Milan without a basket for 5 minutes and 40 seconds, turning a 42-39 deficit into a 42-54 lead early in the third quarter.

Triple difference

Khimki shot 11 for 27 from three-point land, but an excellent 7 for 14 in the first half when six different Khimki players hit a triple. Milan, on the other hand, finished the night 3 for 21 (14.3%).

Important sweep

In a playoff race that is getting tighter with each passing round, Khimki's sweep of Milan could be of huge importance. Khimki also beat Milan 87-79 at home in Round 8.

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Milan has now lost six of its last seven games. After starting the season with a 7-2 record, Milan has now suffered a defeat in 12 of its last 16 games.

Next up

Next week in Round 26, Khimki will be at home against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and Milan will travel to play Zalgiris Kaunas.

Jonas Jerebko - Khimki Moscow Region - EB19
Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; MAJKIC, MARIO
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AX Armani Exchange Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 DELLA VALLE, AMEDEO 19:43 9 3/4 0/2 3/3   1 1           1 3 9
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 30:23 15 6/8 1/5 0/1       1 2       2 3 12
6 BILIGHA, PAUL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 13:15 5 1/2   3/4 3 3 6     4 1   2 3 7
10 ROLL, MICHAEL 21:47 4 2/3 0/2     2 2 2 1     1 2   3
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 32:28 18 4/6 2/8 4/4   2 2 8 2 3     1 4 22
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 26:45 12 5/9   2/3 3 6 9         2 1 4 17
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 12:15     0/1   1 3 4   1       1 1 4
22 CRAWFORD, DREW 2:57   0/2                         -2
28 SYKES, KEIFER 13:48     0/1         2         5 1 -3
32 BROOKS, JEFF 9:38 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 2 3           1 2 2
40 SCOLA, LUIS 17:01 4 2/6 0/1   1 2 3 1   1     4 1 -1
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 69 23/43 3/21 14/17 9 24 33 14 6 8 1 3 20 22 73
        53.5% 14.3% 82.4%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
0 ROBINSON, THOMAS 5:32 2 1/3       2 2 1   1         2
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 34:30 18 3/7 2/8 6/7 1 1 2 6 2 3 1   3 6 18
3 KRAMER, CHRIS 16:00 3   1/1     1 1 3   1 1   3 1 5
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 34:28 12 4/7 0/2 4/6   8 8 1   1 1   3 4 15
6 TIMMA, JANIS 27:08 8 1/2 2/5   1 3 4 1   3     4 3 5
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 1:42                              
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 33:43 16 3/7 2/4 4/5 3 9 12 1   3   1 3 4 19
12 MONIA, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 27:11 10 3/3 1/2 1/2   2 2 3 1 1     3 1 11
34 BARASHKOV, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 19:46 9 0/1 3/5     1 1 3         3 1 8
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 78 15/30 11/27 15/20 9 30 39 19 3 13 3 1 22 20 90
        50% 40.7% 75%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"Obviously congratulations to Khimki. They deserved to win, playing much better in the second half. Of course, it is a painful loss for us, and we will talk about that in the next days with the team and will try to correct our mistakes."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It was a very important game and victory because we lost eight road EuroLeague games in a row and usually we win at home. This win counts as a double one because right now we are at the same spot as Milan and some other teams. Now we have a 2-0 record against Milan that is very important for us. We had some problems in the beginning of the third quarter because sometimes players in the halftime relax. Tonight we were good. We controlled all the quarters and the course of the game itself. Okay, the beginning of the third quarter was not so good, but then we got back into the game, started to play well, got an advantage and saved this advantage until the end."

Players

JEREBKO, JONAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It feels great. We know it is a very big win. Probably the most important game of the season so far. We knew it was gonna be tough. They have a good team, good players, good fans, as you can hear. They don't like me, but I love the emotions that the Italian fans show. It was a great game, we kept our composure and we came out with a win. A win is a win. It was a great game tonight, we showed our composure, we showed we can play with the best. On to the next one."
SHVED, ALEXEY
Khimki Moscow Region
"It is always hard to play here. They have a lot of fans, they have a really good team and a great coach. I know him, he knows how to [make teams] play basketball really great. We are so happy to beat them. We played until the end, we stayed together and played good. Now we have better chances [for the playoffs]. It was an important game, we knew that before coming here. We have a lot of time until next game, seven or eight days. I hope we have time to rest and time to prepare for the next game, and that is what we are going to do."
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