Pullen, Shved lead Khimki past Fuenlabrada
Khimki Moscow Region stayed undefeated at home in the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season by defeating Montakit Fuenlabrada 96-84 on Wednesday. Khimki improved to 4-2 in Group B and could qualify to the Top 16 later Wednesday depending on other scores.
Fuenlabrada fell to 3-3. Jacob Pullen led the winners with 20 points off the bench. Alexey Shved compiled 19 points and 8 assists, Marko Todorovic posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, Nobel Boungou-Colo added 14 points and Jeremy Evans 10 for Khimki. Rolands Smits led Fuenlabrada with a career-high 21 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting. Pako Cruz added 15 and Ivan Paunic 10 for the visitors. Khimki shot well in the first half, hitting 15 of 21 two-point shots (71.4%) and 7 of 13 three-pointers (53.9%), while also outrebounding Fuenlabrada 17-8 to take a 58-50 lead at the break.
Smits got Fuenlabrada going with a layup and a three-pointer from the corner for a 0-5 lead. Shved stepped up with 6 quick points and Robbie Hummel struck from downtown to give Khimki its first lead, 9-8. Moussa Diagne scored twice in the paint, but Boungou-Colo hit a threer, Todorovic dunked and a floater by Hummel caused Fuenlabrada to call timeout at 18-14. Fuenlabrada found a new go-to guy in Cruz, who got help from Smits and Paunic to keep the guests within 27-25 after 10 minutes. Evans took over with a pair of alley-oop dunks early in the second quarter and an outstanding Pullen gave Khimki get its first double-digit lead, 38-28. Pullen struck from downtown, Shved added layups and Todorovic scored twice in the paint, but Alex Llorca and Ivan Paunic kept Fuenlabrada within 49-38. David Wear nailed a three-pointer and Smits struck twice from downtown to bring Fuenlabrada a bit closer, 58-50, at halftime. A triple by Cruz made it a 6-point game right after the break. Markel Brown tried to change things for Khimki and a layup by Todorovic set a 68-57 margin. Todorovic kept pacing the hosts and a wild four-point play by Pullen boosted Khimki's lead to 79-65, which Cruz cut to 79-68 after 30 minutes. Cruz took over early in the fourth quarter, but didn't find much help. An alley-oop layup by Evans gave Khimki an 88-74 lead with six minutes left and little changed from that moment as Khimki kept a safe margin until the final buzzer.