Goudelock, Milan stun Khimki in Moscow
Andrew Goudelock erupted for a season-high 26 points to lead AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan to a 77-86 road win over Khimki Moscow Region at Arena Mytishchi on Thursday night.
Milan’s second straight win lifted its record to 9-16, while seventh-placed Khimki dropped to 14-11. Milan surged ahead early and led by 10 points after 10 minutes and at halftime and by 13 early in the third. Alexey Shved led a 16-2 Khimki charge to regain the lead and the first three minutes of the fourth quarter featured five lead changes, after which Goudelock and Curtis Jerrells stepped up and Milan pulled away. Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 15 points, Jerrells finished with 14 and Vlado Micov and Arturas Gudaitis each collected 8 points and 8 rebounds. The loss spoiled a special night for Shved, who received his trophy as EuroLeague MVP for February prior to the game and then broke the EuroLeague single-season record for three-pointers during the game. Shved finished with 23 points and his 3 triples give him 80 for the season. James Anderson added 14 points and Charles Jenkins had 1 in defeat.
The hosts’ Anderson and visitors’ Goudelock scored the first two baskets for each team. Shved’s record-tying triple tied the game at 9-9 and Anderson pushed Khimki back in front, but Goudelock scored twice in a 0-9 Milan run. Before Milan got too comfortable, Shved and Anderson slashed the deficit, however another Goudelock three-pointer and a pair of tip-ins by Kuzminskas put Milan ahead 18-27 and caused an urgent Khimki timeout. After a Shved layup, Curtis Jerrells beat the first-quarter buzzer for a three and a 20-30 advantage. Goudelock added another wild shot to open the second quarter with Milan up 12, but Khimki slowly battled back through a Marko Todorovic put-back, an Egor Vyaltsav jumper and a Jenkins triple, which capped a 9-0 run to make it 32-34 midway through the quarter. Jenkins remained hot with another three and a pair of free throws to put Khimki ahead 37-36. Goudelock free throws and Andrea Cinciarini's three-pointer restored Milan control and a Dairis Bertans triple made it 39-49 at the break.
A three by Micov at the start of the second half gave Milan its largest lead, 13 points. Shved set up Malcolm Thomas for a slam before nailing a triple that broke the single-season three-pointer record. Shved stayed hot with a four-point play before assisting on a Stefan Markovic three and a Thomas alley-oop. Shved set up Thomas for another score that capped a 16-2 run that gave Khimki a 55-54 lead. Jerrells answered back with a three-pointer, but Anderson connected from downtown too. A monster slam-plus-foul by Anthony Gill put Khimki ahead 62-61 through three quarters. The lead changed hands five times in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Milan surged ahead on jumpers by Goudelock and Jerrells and a basket in the lane by Kuzminskas to make it 68-76. A second-chance basket by Arturas Gudaitis put the visitors up 9 before Shved scored 4 points and Thomas’s steal led to a Stefan Markovic layup-plus-foul to get within 75-78 with a minute and a half to play. But the hosts could not get any closer as Goudelock and Jerrells came up with clutch baskets and Goudelock iced the game from the line.