2017-18Regular SeasonRound 21
February 02, 2018 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Gill's tip-in lifts Khimki past Unicaja at the buzzer!

After leading for just 20 seconds until then, Khimki Moscow Region used a tip-in at the buzzer by Anthony Gill to top visiting Unicaja Malaga 66-68 on Friday and strengthen its playoffs hopes in dramatic fashion. Khimki improved to 12-9 in seventh place, at least two victories ahead of any team that might steal its playoff spot, while Unicaja dropped to 8-13 with its fifth loss by two points, four of them coming in the last month. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 22 points, but when his 11th three-point miss bounced out with 2 seconds left, Gill was there to tip it in for what was his team's second lead, the first having lasted just one possession early in the second quarter. Otherwise, Unicaja controlled the scoreboard by as many as 10 points before Tyler Honeycutt took over late in the third quarter and helped Khimki tie early in the fourth. He finished with 11 points, all after the break, and 15 rebounds for the hosts. James Anderson scored 11, too, including 2 baskets in the final minute before the game-winner. Unicaja, playing without leading scorer Nemanja Nedovic and Jeff Brooks, got 16 points from Adam Waczynski and 10 from Ray McCallum but was unable to score again after being up 60-66 with 2 minutes remaining.

Sasu Salin blasted a triple for Unicaja and McCallum drove strong to make it 0-5. Shved's layup after 3 minutes finally got Khimki on the board. Dragan Milosavljevic waltzed to the basket and McCallum dropped a lane jumper as Unicaja went up 2-9. Shved got another pair of layups, but otherwise the defenses dominated. Shved was a one-man show now, hitting an off-balance baseline shot and free throw to tie, but Waczynski stuck a buzzer-beating jumper to keep Unicaja ahead 9-11 after 10 minutes. Salin started the second quarter as he had the first, from downtown, and when Giorgi Shermadini hit free throws, Unicaja led 9-16. Charles Jenkins answered with Khimki's first triple after 8 tries and added a layup, but 4 more perfect free throws by Shermadini kept Unicaja up 14-20. Stefan Markovic fed Malcolm Thomas for a dunk and Shved returned with a three-pointer before Sergey Monia gave Khimki its first lead at 21-20. Mo Soluade took it right back for Unicaja with an open triple then Shved drove to tie 23-23. Waczynski broke the tie and Carlos Suarez made 2 free throws for a four-point possession. Shved sped to another layup, but Suarez fed Waczynski and, after Soluade drove strong, converted a pass from James Augustine into a three-point play at 28-34. Salin's steal led Milosavljevic for a fastbreak and Soluade found Waczynski in the corner for three to put give Unicaja its biggest lead yet, 31-39, at the break.

Anderson got his first basket to start the second half and bettered it with a transition triple to make it 36-39. McCallum returned with a strong layup, but Anderson's free throws kept Khimki close, 38-41. Augustine fed Milosavljevic to beat the shot clock in close and beat it himself with a baseline jumper at 38-45. Monia answered for Khimki and then fed Shved for his first basket of the second half, but a second-chance triple by Salin and McCallum's steal and layup gave Unicaja its biggest lead yet, 42-52. Honeycutt struck for Khimki with a corner triple, and a couple minutes later buried free throws at 47-53. McCallum beat the Khimki defense for a layup and Jenkins hit free throws to leave a 49-55 score after 30 minutes. Thomas dropped a hook shot to open the fourth quarter, then Honeycutt took his own block the other way for a dunk and put back a miss to tie it up 55-55. Khimki's defense held Unicaja scoreless through more than 4 minutes until Waczynski hit free throws to break the tie. Gill spun for a layup to tie, but Augustine reappeared with a reverse and a lob layup, then Waczynski hit a baseline jumper at 57-63 as Unicaja matched Khimki's 8-0 run. After missing 2 free throws, leading to Shved finally connecting on another triple, McCallum fed Waczynski for his own three-pointer to make it 60-66. Honeycutt levitated for an offensive rebound and put-back before Anderson hit a floater to get Khimki within a possession, 64-66, going into the final minute. Honeycutt's block set up Anderson's game-tying layup with 40 seconds left. After Waczynski missed from deep and Unicaja spent its last foul, Khimki had 8.5 seconds left to win. Shved measured off a three-pointer from the top with 4 seconds left, leaving time when it missed for Gill to rise above and tip it down for a dramatic and possibly decisive home win for Khimki.

Players Khimki Moscow Region celebrates - EB17
Friday, February 2, 2018
Attendance: 6624
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Khimki Moscow Region9221819
Unicaja Malaga11281611
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Khimki Moscow Region9314968
Unicaja Malaga11395566
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 30:33 22 7/8 2/13 2/2 1 2 3 4   3 1 1 1 10 23
2 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 22:35 11 3/5 1/2 2/2 2 13 15 1 1 2 1     3 27
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 6:44     0/2         1   1     2   -4
8 ZAITCEV, VIACHESLAV 0:08                         1   -1
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 13:25 2   0/2 2/2       1   1     1 1  
12 MONIA, SERGEY 21:50 4 2/2 0/3   2 2 4 3   2     2   4
13 GILL, ANTHONY 24:10 7 2/4 0/3 3/4 1 3 4       2   2 2 7
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 6:39   0/1     1   1           4   -4
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ANDERSON, JAMES 21:44 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 2 1 3   2       2 1 11
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 27:32 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   3 3   2 1 1   1 1 9
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 24:40 4 2/4 0/1   7 1 8     2   1 4 1 3
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 68 20/30 5/33 13/14 16 28 44 10 5 12 5 2 20 19 78
        66.7% 15.2% 92.9%
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 OKOUO, VINY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 MCCALLUM, RAY 25:09 10 5/10 0/1 0/2   4 4 4 3 2   2 1 1 9
6 SOLUADE, MO 11:57 5 1/4 1/2         2       2 3   -2
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 13:20     0/3             1     3 3 -4
10 SALIN, SASU 24:10 9 0/1 3/9     4 4 1 1 2     1 5 10
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 11:14   0/1       1 1 1 1       1   1
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 28:07 6 3/7 0/2   2 1 3 1 1 1   1 5   -2
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 10:44 7 0/1   7/8 1 1 2     1     2 6 10
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM 16:14 16 4/6 2/4 2/2 1 1 2     1         13
40 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 29:16 8 3/6   2/2 4 4 8 3 1   2   1 1 19
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 29:49 5 1/3 0/1 3/3 1 3 4 4         2 4 12
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 66 17/39 6/22 14/17 11 22 33 16 7 8 2 5 19 20 71
        43.6% 27.3% 82.4%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Khimki Moscow Region
"It's not about the last play. It's just about the instinct of Anthony Gill going for the final rebound and making a crucial tip-in. It was a must-win game for us today, and we played with a lot of pressure. On the other side, Unicaja had nothing to lose as Brooks and Nedovic were out. They played very consistently the whole game. For us, the pressure was huge today. If I am not wrong, we shot 15% on threes, 5 out of 30-something on our home court. So, if we manage to win games like these, this is a very, very important thing."
Unicaja Malaga
“I said many times in Europe and also in Spain that if you lose by a short difference you deserve, like your opponent, to win or lose the game in a same way. It means that you are not losing or winning by 20, and then when you are losing by one single basket, you have made the same effort as your opponent. Right now, we are losing some games by this difference. We are losing by one offensive rebound, which is the main reason why we lost this game. They controlled the rebounds from the beginning and got 7 offensive boards in the first quarter; they finished with 16, which are more than us. That is not a question of big guys, because they were shooting a lot of threes; it’s a question of us, like a team, not boxing out tonight very well. Some small details, turnovers, free throws or some crazy situations that we played at the end influenced the game and led Khimki to a win.”


Khimki Moscow Region
“We had a terrible offensive game, starting with me. I missed a lot of my open shots. We just kept going and playing. In the end of the game we made a tip-in that is great for us. It’s a big win for us as we really needed that, especially in front of our fans who were great. To get that tip-in was great; I missed so many shots before that, but I felt myself going hard and getting that rebound, which I did. We are excited about that. I think Tyler [Honeycutt] is the main hero of the game. He got a lot of key rebounds for us and we needed that a lot.”
Khimki Moscow Region
“We missed a lot of open shots. It’s good that the guys rebounded well and got second-points chances. At the same time Unicaja played well rebounding, as they are one of the best EuroLeague teams on the offensive boards. In the first half, they got 8 offensive boards and got 8 more chances. We played soft defense and had to put more pressure on the ball. In the second half, we scored our points and rebounded better. We fought and helped each other that led us to clutch time. Thank god, Anthony [Gill] made that tip-in and we won, but we had to show more emotions and aggressiveness from the very beginning.”
Khimki Moscow Region
"It feels great. We needed this game; we know we did. We knew they were going to come in fighting hard, they're missing a couple guys. They got the confidence because they beat us the first game. And it's getting down to the end; every game counts, especially these home games. So we did a great job of pulling it out and getting a victory. I tried to pick it up a little bit. We were getting killed. They had 9 offensive rebounds in the first half, so I knew I had to come in and give us energy, get some steals and get in transition. And it worked out for us."
Unicaja Malaga
"We lose by one or two points, and it's the same thing over and over. It's frustrating. We just didn't play our game at the end. We waited for time to run out instead of being the aggressors, like we were for the first 38 minutes of the game. We were trying to wait for the time to run out, and it ran out on us."
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