2019-20Regular SeasonRound 7
November 07, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA

Booker, Shved lead Khimki past Zenit

Khimki Moscow Region got back to its winning ways by downing fellow Russian side Zenit St Petersburg 73-87 on Thursday night. The win improved Khimki to 5-2 on the season, while Zenit dropped to 2-5 and remained winless on its home floor. Khimki took the lead for good in the second quarter and then pulled away with a 5-18 spurt that bridged the third and fourth quarters and never looked back. Devin Booker scored 10 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Alexey Shved scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, while Anthony Gill added 12 points in the winning effort. Austin Hollins was the only double-digit scorer for Zenit with 25 points.

Offenses dominated from the get-go as the teams traded leads and baskets. Devin Booker inside and Shved from the outside got Khimki going, but Hollins nailed 3 triples in as many attempts in the opening 4 minutes in sparking Zenit to a 15-13 edge. Ayon was a big factor inside, with buckets and assists for the hosts to increase the lead to 23-17, but Gill dunked and Dairis Bertans tripled as the visitors answered with a 3-11 run. The teams were tied at 28-28 after 10 minutes. Mateusz Ponitka hit a corner triple early in the second quarter for Zenit, but Jonas Jerebko strung together 9 points on the other end, including a long-range dagger. A three-pointer from deep by Shved put Khimki in front 36-44 and after Will Thomas snapped a 1-10 run from close range, an off-balance three from Shved helped stake the visitors to a 38-50 cushion. The visitors led 43-52 at halftime. Zenit cut it the deficit before Gill traded three-pointers with Andrew Albicy and Hollins. Albicy banked in a three-pointer to help close the gap to 58-60. However, three-pointers from Bertans and Janis Timma gave Khimki more breathing room and a 60-68 lead going into the fourth quarter. Booker hit a three-pointer and found Jeremy Evans for an easy layup and a 60-73 advantage. The hosts were held without a field goal for nearly 4 minutes and Booker hit another three and added a layup to make it 63-78. The visitors cruised the rest of the way to their fifth win of the season.

(No) lead changes

The first 13 minutes of the game featured 14 lead changes and 7 ties, but none after that. That's when Khimki took a 35-37 lead in the second quarter, and never relinquished it the rest of the way.

Khimki tag-team scoring

Jonas Jerebko strung together 9 points to open the second quarter and put Khimki in front. Then Alexey Shved scored 10 in the final 6 minutes of that quarter to help extend the margin to double figures. Anthony Gill strung together 8 points midway through the third to help keep Khimki in front before Devin Booker scored 10 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth to put the game away.

Hollins attempts 14 threes

Austin Hollins scored 25 points for Zenit, a team record, shooting 5 for 14 from three-point range. That is the most three-point shots attempted this season by any player and the most three-point shots attempted by a player not named Alexey Shved in the past 5 years.

Zenit's offensive problems

Both teams came out firing in the first quarter, each scoring 28 points. That is the most Zenit has scored in any quarter this season. However, even that offensive outburst was not enough for Zenit to score 80 points in regulation, something the team is yet to do. Zenit did score more than 80 points twice this season, but both times in games that went into overtime.

Next up

Next week in Round 8 on Thursday, Khimki will be at home playing against AX Armani Exchange Milan, while Zenit travels to play Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EB19
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; HALLIKO, AARE
Attendance: 3575
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Zenit St Petersburg28151713
Khimki Moscow Region28241619
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Zenit St Petersburg28436073
Khimki Moscow Region28526887
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 IVERSON, COLTON 13:35 3 1/2   1/2 2 1 3   1 1     2 2 4
6 ALBICY, ANDREW 16:32 6   2/4     1 1 1 1 3     1 5 8
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 10:16 8 2/2 1/4 1/2   1 1 1 1 1       1 7
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN 26:22 25 4/4 5/14 2/2 1 1 2 3 2 1     2 1 21
10 THOMAS, WILL 27:35 6 3/4 0/2 0/1 1 4 5 3 1 1   1   1 10
12 RENFROE, ALEX 18:37 2 1/4     1 1 2 4   1 1   3 1 3
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 11:56 2 1/1           1   1     1   1
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV 8:55 2 1/2 0/1   1   1           2   -1
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM 13:39 4 2/3 0/2     2 2 2 1 1       2 7
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 26:08 6 1/4 1/3 1/2 3 2 5     2     1 3 5
34 AYON, GUSTAVO 26:25 9 4/8   1/2 2 3 5 4 1 3   1 2 4 12
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 73 20/34 9/30 6/11 14 17 31 19 8 17 1 2 14 20 79
        58.8% 30% 54.5%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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 23:13 19 2/3 3/9 6/6       5   2     2 4 17
3 KRAMER, CHRIS 22:39   0/2 0/1   1 3 4 4   1 1 1 2 1 3
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 27:24 20 7/11 2/3   2 5 7 3 2 2 1   2   24
6 TIMMA, JANIS 22:05 5 1/2 1/7 0/2 1   1 1 3 3     5 2 -5
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 11:02 7 2/3 1/1             1         5
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 1:53           2 2 1   1         2
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 8:43 9 3/3 1/1   1 2 3 1         2   11
12 MONIA, SERGEY 4:05                              
13 GILL, ANTHONY 21:56 12 3/4 2/3   1 3 4 3 2       1   18
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 21:46 5 2/3   1/2 1 2 3 3 4 3     4 4 10
40 EVANS, JEREMY 21:57 4 2/3 0/1   4 4 8 2         1 2 13
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 13:17 6 0/1 2/2     1 1 1   1     1 1 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 87 22/35 12/28 7/10 11 22 33 24 11 14 2 1 20 14 104
        62.9% 42.9% 70%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Zenit St Petersburg
"Congratulations to Khimki, they deserved the victory more than us, for sure. Our bad shooting, even good shots, we missed some easy shots. We are missing, then our defense gets a little bit worse and worse. We also had too many turnovers again; that is something they like a lot. We were defending in the last part of the game like we were offending, meaning we were missing shots and we were giving them too many chances to run on a fast break and get easy buckets. They have talent, they have power, they have a bench, but we made it too easy for them to get this victory. We need to keep learning. We had four games in nine days, and we need to be able to control our tiredness and control how to manage these games. Khimki has a lot of good players, you can say they even got lucky shooting some three-pointers, but we have to focus on ourselves, on our weaknesses, how to fix it in the future."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I think we got better energy and guys had great effort on the court tonight. This is the most important thing. We controlled more or less the entire game. It is a great victory."

Players

GILL, ANTHONY
Khimki Moscow Region
"This year the EuroLeague is a little bit different, we have games that are closer together this year. For us, we just have to learn how to play those games. We have to be tough regardless of what day it is and we play what game. Today we came out a little bit tougher, little more fresh, and ready to play. Zenit is a great team, they have great talent on the team. We did not come out ready to play defense in the beginning and they hit a lot of shots. They are a EuroLeague team, every team in the EuroLeague is a great team. If you don't play defense and you are not ready to go from the beginning, they can score a lot of points. That's what happened. The second half we played a little bit better."
BOOKER, DEVIN
Khimki Moscow Region
"I am never satisfied. I did pretty good, not good enough. We gave up too many points on defense and I am included in that problem. We got it going in the second half, turned the game around, so I am proud of that. Defense wins games no matter what. That's what got us the win tonight."
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