|BC Khimki made a huge run in the last quarter and outscored Avtodor Saratov in a VTB United League home game — 88-75, Shved contributed with 21 pts. The next game our team will play in Mytishchi on Friday, February 2, 2018 vs. Unicaja Malaga. Tip-off at 20:00 msk.|
BC Khimki — Avtodor Saratov — 88-75 (26-20, 18-25, 19-23, 25-7)
BC Khimki: Shved (21 + 6 assists), Gill (14 + 9 rebounds), Jenkins (12), Thomas (11 + 8 rebounds + 5 blocks + 2 steals), Markovic (11 + 5 assists + 2 steals), Monya (6 + 5 assists), Anderson (5 + 2 steals), Honeycutt (3 + 8 rebounds), Vyaltsev (3), Zubkov (2 + 4 rebounds)
Georgios Bartzokas, BC Khimki head coach:
“It was a stressful game for us, like every one in the VTB League. As I used to say, EuroLeague is taking a lot of energy and mental effort; then we need to get back on VTB rules, where every team has talent and players who are motivated, especially when they play against us now. At the same time, we have to overcome now our injury problems. I have to say that the doctors told me it would be better for Anthony Gill not to play because of the injury he had in the game with Valencia. Also, James Anderson has been playing with a feet problem more than one month now. Dima Sokolov was also out with a problem of his shoulder. So, this period is very difficult for us. We need to survive, winning games like this. Finally, I'm happy that we won. At the end of the game we managed to play better defense. Somehow, I have to convince the players that we have to overcome and avoid the pressure. Today we had 50 percent on free throws; and for this level this is really a huge percentage missing so many free throws. Somehow, you start having a lot of pressure because you need to score from outside. Our key players had to manage this. This is the situation in European basketball when all the EuroLeague teams are struggling in domestic leagues, especially when they have games after two or three days. It's all about this. Specially for us, all our backcourt is almost out with problems. Let's be happy for this win. Avtodor is a very good team; coach Pashutin is doing excellent job”.