VTB United League
Khimki defeated Avtodor on the road, 118-109 (26-28, 31-26, 31-30, 30-25).
Avtodor: Nick Minnerath (23+6 reb), Vince Hunter (22+8 reb), Evgeny Kolesnikov (21)
Khimki: E.J. Rowland (27+5 reb+8 ast), Alexey Shved (24+7 reb+12 ast), Marko Todorovic (18)
Prior to the game, Dusko Ivanovic talked about his team’s need to stop Evgeny Kolesnikov and Nick Minnerath. He wasn’t joking. Kolesnikov and Minnerath wreaked havoc on Khimki’s defense, giving Avtodor a chance despite a dynamic performance by the visitors. Trailing 88-84 with 10 minutes to go, Saratov had a terrific chance to spring the upset at home.
Both teams continued to attack the basket in the 4th quarter. An eight-point flurry from Viacheslav Zaitcev briefly put Khimki in control, but Josh Adams and Brendan Frazier were able to bring the home team back. A 3-pointer from Frazier made it a two-point game, 107-105, with 1:47 remaining.
Fighting a hungry opponent and hostile crowd, Khimki nearly failed to score on the following possession, but four clutch offensive rebounds and a three-point play by Alexey Shved saved the day for the visitors. Moscow Region went on to win comfortably, 118-109.
227 – Avtodor and Khimki combined for the League’s highest-scoring game in history! Tsmoki-Minsk and Krasny Oktyabr set the old record of 225 points in the 2014-15 season.
Avtodor: February 25 vs. Astana
Khimki: February 20 at UNICS