BC Khimki suffered a home defeat from Real Madrid, Spain in the EuroLeague round 17 game of the week, held in Mytishchi — 78-95, despite Shved's 23 pts and Honeycutt's 17. Now on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 our team will face Crvena Zvezda Belgrade in Serbia. Tip-off at 21:00 msk.
BC Khimki — Real Madrid — 78-95
(17-26, 14-25, 18-16, 29-28)
Shved (23 + 4 assists + 3 steals), Honeycutt (17 + 5 rebounds + 3 steals), Thomas (10 + 9 rebounds + 2 steals), Gill (9 + 5 rebounds), Anderson (6), Monya (5 + 3 rebounds), Jenkins (3 + 5 assists), Zubkov (3), Zaytsev (2), Markovic, Vyaltsev.
Georgios Bartzokas, BC Khimki head coach:
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the opponent, who played a solid game and of course deserved to win. For us it was a difficult night. For a long period until now we have played without our best offensive rebounder, in Thomas Robinson. Also, we didn’t have Marko [Todorovic] tonight. So, we had just one forward to cover this spot that was very difficult against a team that has Tavares and a tall lineup in general. We missed the rebounds, allowing them to have 15 more possessions. Obviously, we played without confidence, missing free throws, as we had less than 50 percent until the end. We missed a lot of layups and gave them a chance to score on transition. At the end of the game, their great shooters found confidence and hit some threes from a long range. Finally, it was difficult for us to compete tonight but as I’ve said this is the EuroLeague and we need to forget it immediately. We need to pick up our pieces and get ready to the next game”.
Anthony Gill, BC Khimki forward:
“I think we just didn’t play defense the way we are supposed to. We had a lot of opportunities we didn’t capitalize on. They started off really hot and we didn’t fight back. Probably the biggest thing is that they fought hard the whole game. Offensively we didn’t move the ball enough. We had to play as a team and we didn’t do that tonight. Now we are going to Belgrade and really have to be ready to play in a tough environment. I would like to thank our fans for coming as they stayed with us the whole game, which is great because we were down all the game”.
James Anderson, BC Khimki guard:
“We let them be confident and it was tough to find the rhythm. It’s hard to give a team like that such a big lead and let them feel comfortable. They played basketball like they are known for. It’s a big-time team with experienced players. We have to put [this game] behind us and look forward the way we can get over this, go to Belgrade and fight for a win on the road”.