2020-21Regular SeasonRound 9
November 17, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 SIBUR ARENA

Khimki takes exciting win over Zenit

Khimki Moscow Region prevailed in an exciting clash by claiming an 83-88 come-from-behind victory at Zenit St Petersburg. The first half was fast-moving and high-scoring as Zenit established several solid leads through excellent shooting, but Khimki kept fighting back to stay in contention. The second half was closely contested and the visiting team finished stronger to take the win. Alexey Shved led Khimki’s scoring with 24 points, followed by Errick McCollom with 19. Greg Monroe came close to a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Billy Baron paced the host with 24 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting. Arturas Gudaitis had 10 points and 9 rebounds, Austin Hollins scored 15, and Kevin Pangos dished 10 assists. The victory improved Khimki to 2-6, while Zenit dropped to 3-2.

Zenit went inside to open the scoring with Gudaitis before adding a fastbreak three-point play from Pangos. Shved got Khimki moving from deep, but the hosts had more joy inside as Hollins, Mateusz Ponitka and Gudaitis made it 10-5. Hollins swished a couple of three-pointers to keep Zenit ahead despite deep strikes from Sergey Karasev and Sergey Monia plus a pair of baskets in penetration from Shved. The red-hot Gudaitis added two more scores inside. Hollins took the baseline for a layup and KC Rivers struck from deep, making it 27-19 at the end of the first quarter. Five points from Shved narrowed the gap, but a four-point play from Baron kept Zenit ahead. Gudaitis added a basket-and-foul, Andrey Zubkov made a couple of tough scores and Hollins struck from deep for a double-digit lead, 45-34, after a 12-3 run. McCollom scored inside to reignite Khimki, and Jordan Mickey and Janis Timma added threes before McCollom netted again to complete a 0-10 run. But Zenit had the last word of the first half through Ponitka, making it 47-44 at the break.

Monroe and Hollins traded two-pointers early in the third, before McCollom’s jumper with a foul made it 50-49 and Timma gave Khimki its first lead from deep. Shved netted a long three, but Rivers and Ponitka restored Zenit’s lead. An off-balance basket from Mickey tied it up again, 57-57. Baron struck twice in a row from deep for the home team, before Baron and Dairis Bertans traded three-point blows and Shved sliced through to beat the buzzer and make it 67-63 after three quarters. Rivers floated home the first score of the fourth quarter, but McCollom responded from distance. Baron netted another triple, this time with a foul, to make it 75-68. Shved and McCollom hit back, only for Baron to strike his sixth three-pointer. Monia’s three was followed by Monroe’s strong finish inside and it was 78-77 with 4 minutes left. Alex Poythress kept Zenit ahead, but Monroe’s inside strike and Shved’s long-range dagger made it 81-82. McCollom made 5 straight free throws in the last minute to secure the win.

Rebounding not enough for hosts

Zenit enjoyed a huge advantage in the battle of the boards, claiming 38 rebounds compared to just 24 for Khimki. But the home team committed 13 turnovers against Khimki’s 8, and the visitors were also more accurate by shooting 17 of 26 on two-pointers (65.4%) and 13 of 30 on triples (43.3%).

100% road record

After both teams were triumphant on the road last season, Khimki’s victory made it three road wins out of three all-time in the EuroLeague in this matchup.

Milestone night for Pangos

Despite ending on the losing side, Zenit point guard Kevin Pangos had a milestone evening as he tied two club records with 10 assists and 4 steals. It was the first time he reached 10 assists in a game since March 2018, when he still played for Zalgiris Kaunas.

Next round

Khimki returns home to welcome Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday evening, while Zenit travels to take on ALBA Berlin the following night.

Errick McCollum - Khimki Moscow Region - EB20
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; MOGULKOC, EMIN; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE
Attendance: 2193
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Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RIVERS, KC 22:17 9 3/3 1/5   1 5 6 1 2 2     3   9
3 ZAKHAROV, DENIS 2:43     0/1             1       1 -1
4 PANGOS, KEVIN 29:06 3 1/5 0/2 1/1   2 2 10 4 2   2 2 3 10
7 FRIDZON, VITALY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN 19:56 15 3/4 3/4   1 1 2 2   2         15
10 THOMAS, WILL 23:19 3   0/2 3/4 2 2 4 2 1 1       3 9
12 BARON, BILLY 22:06 24   6/10 6/6               1 2 4 21
14 PUSHKOV, ANTON 8:22 1     1/2       1         2 1  
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 16:32 6 2/3 0/3 2/2 2 1 3 1         1 1 6
22 POYTHRESS, ALEX 10:12 5 2/5   1/2 1 1 2     2 1   5 2 -1
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 24:20 7 3/3 0/1 1/2 2 7 9 2   1     1 2 16
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 21:07 10 4/8   2/3 2 7 9 2   2 1 2 5 4 12
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 83 18/31 10/28 17/22 11 27 38 21 7 13 2 5 21 21 97
        58.1% 35.7% 77.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 35:16 24 4/8 4/9 4/4   1 1 2 2 2     1 4 21
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 28:26 19 5/6 1/4 6/6   3 3 2   1 1   2 5 23
6 TIMMA, JANIS 31:19 8 1/1 2/7     4 4 4         4   7
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 16:16 4   1/4 1/2   1 1   3       2 3 5
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 2:31                   1 1        
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 24:22 8 1/1 2/3         1   1     4 1 4
15 MONROE, GREG 29:45 11 4/5   3/6 3 6 9 2 1 3 1   2 6 21
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 1:47                         1   -1
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 12:16 8 1/2 2/2               1 1 2   5
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 18:02 6 1/3 1/1 1/3   2 2       1 1 3 2 3
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 88 17/26 13/30 15/21 3 21 24 11 6 8 5 2 21 21 92
        65.4% 43.3% 71.4%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Zenit St Petersburg
"We had control of the score for 37 minutes. In the first half, we played much better than the score showed, but we made so many mistakes on defense and Khimki punished them to get closer. In the second half, we had the opportunity to close out the game, but we missed some open shots and after that it was close. Khimki has amazing quality and the game went to their side, but both teams could have won."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Our last couple of games were close, but we learned from those last minutes and today we played really good. We were down all the time but we showed heart and patience and we controlled the end of the game. You have problems with confidence when you lose so many games, it’s not easy to come back, so I’m happy and we’re getting better."

Players

MCCOLLUM, ERRICK
Khimki Moscow Region
"That’s what you work hard for every day. My whole career, I’ve been someone who can put the ball in the basket and I think that’s what this team needs sometimes. I tried to provide that today. We’re building our momentum and you’ve got to remember we had a tough situation at the start. We didn’t get to build that chemistry and it messed up our shape and rhythm, but we’re coming together and have a long way to go. This is a good building block to get more wins. It was nice to have a crowd. I was looking around and going 'Man there's actually fans!' It felt weird to have fans in this day and age, but I’m glad we were able to get out there and put on a show. Both teams played excellent and I think the fans enjoyed being part of the game."
SHVED, ALEXEY
Khimki Moscow Region
"We played better defense and played together [in the second half]. We helped each other. We let them score too many wide-open three-point shots [in the first half] but then we stopped it and played a great game. Zenit plays much better this season, it’s really tough to play against them."