BC Khimki made a huge comeback in the second half but didn't have enough time to succeed. We lost first game in Spain — 82-88 (24-27, 18-32, 20-13, 20-16). The next game will be held in Khimki on Friday, March 3, 2017. Tip-off at 19:30 msk! We need each fan!
Valencia Basket: San Emeterio (17 + 8 rebounds + 5 assists), Dubljevic (11 + 11 rebounds + 3 assists), Van Rossom (11 + 3 assists), Sikma (9 + 7 rebounds), Sato (9 + 4 rebounds), Martinez (8), Sastre (7 + 3 rebounds), Vives (6 + 4 assists + 3 rebounds), Oriola (5 + 5 rebounds), Thomas (3 + 7 rebounds), Kravtsov (2)
BC Khimki: Shved (24 + 7 assists + 5 rebounds), Hummel (13), Rowland (12 + 7 assists + 5 rebounds), Todorovic (8 + 4 rebounds), Sokolov (8), Pullen (7), Zaytsev (4), Brown (3 + 4 rebounds), Ilnitskiy (3), Monya.
Dusko Ivanovic, BC Khimki head coach:
"It was like two games in one. In the first half Valencia played well, they ran well, scored a lot and we played bad defense. In the second half we improved, but at the right time we came back. We were in too much of a hurry, we needed some patience. I hope we can improve some details, despite the fact that they are one of the best teams in Spain and in Europe, I think we have chances in the next game".
Marko Todorovic, BC Khimki center:
"In the beginning we didn’t enter the game as we should have in a big game like this one, but we had a reaction, we played better... They had a lot of rebounds. It looked impossible at halftime and in the and we had the ball to tie, so that should be good for us in next game".
Photos by Miguel Angel Polo Aguado