|BC Khimki made huge defensive effort in the second half and scored a crucial road win over Brose Bamberg — 74-70. Now our team goes to Tallinn, Estonia to face Kalev in a VTB United League game. Tip-off on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 19:00 msk.|
Brose Bamberg — BC Khimki — 70-74 (26-26, 16-14, 16-16, 12-18)
BC Khimki: Shved (28 + 6 assists + 3 rebounds), Thomas (16 + 7 rebounds + 4 steals + 3 assists + 2 blocks), Honeycutt (10 + 5 rebounds), Markovic (7 + 5 rebounds + 3 assists), Zubkov (5), Gill (4 + 6 rebounds), Anderson (4 + 3 rebounds), Jenkins, Todorovic, Monya, Zaytsev, Vyaltsev.
Georgios Bartzokas, BC Khimki head coach:
“We are very happy because it was a great win on the road and victories like this help us build character and be consistent. The key was our defense in the second half. We were consistent, controlled rebounds, and had patience on offense. We played as a team together and that’s why we won. EuroLeague is like this: you don’t think about what happened before or what will happen later, only the game in front of you. You analyse your mistakes, what didn’t go well, but you don’t have to think more”.
Alexey Shved, BC Khimki guard:
“We started playing better defense in the second half. Everyone knows how tough it is to play here with their fans. They play with a lot of contact, and it was an important game for us especially after losing a couple of games in a row, so a good step for us. It’s a New Year, a good start, and we need to continue in the same way and everything will be alright”.