Khimk spoils Plaza’s debut with 3-point barrage 24  december  2018

VTB United League
Khimki Moscow Region defeated Zenit St. Petersburg at home, 90-67 (30-15, 17-21, 23-8, 20-23).
Top Scorers
Khimki: Tony Crocker (20), Jordan Mickey (20), Charles Jenkins (12), Stefan Markovic (11 + 6 reb + 6 ast)

Zenit: Jalen Reynolds (16 + 8 reb), Gal Mekel (11), Marko Simonovic (10)

Story
Khimki decimated Zenit at home, 90-67, with blistering 65% shooting from beyond the arc. Tony Crocker and Jordan Mickey each scored 20 for the home team, which raced to a 30-15 lead in the 1st quarter before erasing Zenit’s comeback hopes in the 3rd quarter.

Both teams suffered surprising losses a week earlier. Zenit even made a switch at head coach, bringing in Joan Plaza to replace long-time boss Vasily Karasev.

Plaza will have a lot to chew on after this defeat as his team shot 41% from the field and got out-rebounded 35-24.

Jalen Reynolds was the lone bright spot for the visitors, recording 16 points and eight rebounds to go with three blocks in the defeat.

Khimki wasted no time seizing control, scoring the first eight points of the game, including a back-to-back 3-pointers from Crocker and Malcolm Thomas.

Moscow Region closed the period with two more triples, courtesy of Stefan Markovic and Charles Jenkins to seize a commanding 30-15 advantage.

Zenit rallied briefly at the end of the first half. Reynolds scored nine of St. Petersburg’s final 11 points in the 2nd quarter, helping cut the deficit to 11, 47-36, entering the break.



Khimki, however, slammed the door shut in the 3rd quarter, opening the period on a 10-2 run capped by a Jordan Mickey dunk.

The visitors only scored eight points in the quarter and trailed 70-44 entering the 4th quarter, allowing the home team to cruise the rest of the way.

Moscow Region is now 10-1, half a game back of 1st-place CSKA. Zenit remains in 6th place with a 5-5 record, but only one game ahead of 9th-place Nizhny Novgorod.

Stat
13 – Khimki drilled 13-pointers on only 20 attempts. It’s nearly impossible to overcome that type of accuracy.