ULEB Cup. Khimki remained undefeated atop Group D 11 december 2007
Khimki remained undefeated atop Group D after holding on for an 80-77 road victory against SLUC Nancy as Vladimir Veremeenko's foul shots in the final minute secured the win.
Top scorers: McCarty (18), Veremeenko (11), Fridzon (9), Rannikko (9).
Khimki improved to 6-0 thanks to 18 points from Kelly McCarty and 11 points from Veremeenko. Five other Khimki players scored at least eight points. Nancy had its three-game winning streak stopped, dropping to 3-3 despite 20 points and 9 rebounds by Cyril Julian. Victor Samnick scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter while also grabbing 8 rebounds in a losing effort. Pape Philippe Amagou added 11 points and Ricardo Greer had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Khimki next hosts Azovmash Mariupol while Nancy looks to rebound at Pamesa Valencia. McCarty and Dan Ewing helped Khimki to get a 17-21 edge after 10 minutes while a late 0-7 run allowed the guests to boost their margin to 38-47 at halftime. An 11-0 run allowed Nancy to get back in the game, but the hosts failed to regain the lead. Samnick stepped up for Nancy to get the hosts as close as 77-78 already in the final seconds. Veremeenko made free throws but Michael Bauer and Jeff Greer missed potential game-tying three-point shots in the game's final possessions.
Amagou started the scoring for the hosts and Ricardo Greer's three-ball made it 5-0 early. Veremeenko evened the game at 7-7 on a three-pointer and Khimki stayed even with Nancy thanks to long-balls by Mike Wilkinson and Veremeenko for a 17-17 score line. Back-to-back baskets by McCarty and Ewing gave the guests a 17-21 advantage, but Julian put Nancy back ahead 24-23 after one period. Teemu Rannikko's three-ball started the second quarter for Khimki and Dennis Harrison trimmed the margin to 27-28 with two foul shots. Khimki grabbed a six-point lead -27-33 — on McCarty's three-ball and another McCarty basket opened a 31-40 gap. Nancy scored the next seven points but McCarty started a 0-7 run to close the half with Khimki ahead 38-47. Rannikko's long-ball opened the second half and a 12-point lead for the guests. Julian however answered with a three-point play to start an 11-0 run as Jeff Greer's basket cut the deficit to 49-50. But Wilkinson knocked down a three-ball to keep the hosts behind. Amagou's basket made it 54-56 only to see Nikita Shabalkin and Vitaly Fridzon knock down triples in a 3-12 run which re-established a 57-68 advantage. Amagou's score cut the margin to 59-68 after three-periods. Pat Burke started the scoring for Khimki in the fourth and his basket made it 61-72. But Nancy began a final comeback as Samnick scored four points and Ricardo Greer's three-ball cut the gap to 70-73. McCarty answered with a triple of his own but Nancy would not go away. Samnick scored the next seven points to make it a 77-78 game with just more than a minute left. Veremeenko made two foul shots to push the lead to 77-80. And Bauer and Jeff Greer both missed three-pointers in the final seconds in trying to even the game.