Khimki Escapes In Overtime 21  december  2015

VTB United League
Khimki defeated Tsmoki-Minsk on the road in overtime, 94-88. The visitors led most of the game, before Minsk mounted a late comeback and forced overtime. Khimki, however, reasserted control in the extra period, improving to 9-3 with the win.
Rimas Kurtinaitis's men had lost three straight on the road entering Sunday's game and needed a victory to remain top-4 in the league standings.

The Russians started the game on a 10-0 run and kept Tsmoki-Minsk on its heels by pushing the tempo and scoring in transition. Khimki led by as much as 15 points in the first half, though the Belarusians were able to cut the deficit to nine by halftime, 50-41.

Anthony Hilliard helped Minsk to a strong start in the second half, making it a three-point game, 58-55, midway through the 3rd quarter. Rimas Kurtinaitis was forced to use a timeout and his team responded, regaining an eight-point advantage at the end of the period, 70-62.

Tsmoki-Minsk mounted another comeback in the 4th quarter, led by 3-point shots from Branko Mirkovic and Hilliard. Garrett Stutz's field goal with three minutes left to play even put the home team in front for the first time in the game, 77-75.

With the score tied, 80-80, both teams missed opportunities to win, sending the game to overtime. During the extra period, Khimki's backcourt stepped up, giving the visitors a six-point edge and a hard-fought victory on the road.

Star Player
Tyrese Rice. The Khimki point guard was magnificent, leading his team in scoring with 18 points, while recording 10 assists for his second double-double of the season.

Stat of the Game
55-49 — Tsmoki-Minsk's starting five outscored Khimki's, but it wasn't quite enough to secure a win.