BC Khimki made a huge scoring run in the second half and scored a great home win over Enisey — 109-81 (22-24, 30-18, 31-22, 26-17), taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Third game will be played in Krasnoyarsk on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Tip-off at 12:00 msk.
BC Khimki: Shved (26 + 7 assists + 3 rebounds), Pullen (12 + 3 rebounds), Todorovic (10 + 8 rebounds), Vyaltsev (10 + 3 rebounds + 3 assists), Boungou-Colo (9 + 4 rebounds), Monya (9), Rowland (7 + 3 rebounds), Brown (7), Sokolov (6 + 5 rebounds), Hummel (6 + 4 rebounds), Zaytcev (5), Ilnitskiy (2 + 3 rebounds)
Enisey: Braimoh (23 + 14 rebounds + 3 steals), Kanygin (14), Taylor (11 + 3 assists), Martynov (10 + 3 rebounds), Trushkin (8 + 3 rebounds), Hilliard (8), Zavoruev (5 + 7 assists + 3 rebounds), Lukashov (2), Pichkurov, Vzdykhalkin, Mitusov.
Oleg Okulov, Enisey head coach:
"We lost today, but there’s always more than one reason for any loss. We don’t have a big or deep rotation, so when we lose someone to injury, it has a big impact. Because of injuries, we lost half of our power forwards, plus Elegar was hurt in game one. As a result, we didn’t have many players in the frontcourt and when the team started to get tired, we had trouble. We’d hoped to get big performances from the bench, but not everything worked out. We held on for a long time, but in the end, Khimki earned the win and we didn’t have any way of countering. We held on as long as we could. This game was lost, but we still have a chance to play in Krasnoyarsk. We’ll try to take advantage".
Dusko Ivanovic, BC Khimki head coach:
"We didn’t start this game very well. Several players saw that Elegar was out and played relaxed and unfocused. The second half was different. We started playing much better. It was very important to get the second win and now we head to Krasnoyarsk aiming to win. Elegar’s presence on the court made us play much more serious and focused, but when he didn’t start the game, we played very differently. I think that was our mistake, because a serious team should play at 100% every time, no matter if there is one Elegar or ten of them on the court".