VTB United League
Khimki Russia defeated Kalev Estonia at home, 96-85 (24-20, 21-28, 28-18, 23-19).
Khimki: Charles Jenkins (28 + 6 ast), Sergey Monia (17), Stefan Markovic (13 + 8 ast)
Kalev: Isaiah Briscoe (28 + 5 ast), Erik Keedus (20 + 6 reb)
Khimki took advantage of a historic performance from beyond the arc to defeat Kalev by double digits and improve to 10-9.
The visitors were looking for a season sweep in Khimki and led by three at halftime, 48-45, but the Yellow-Blues caught fire in the second half to secure a comeback win.
Moscow Region shot 16-21 overall from the three-point line, and 10-12 over the final 20 minutes, to win comfortably at home, 96-85. Charles Jenkins led the way with 28 points on 9-11 shooting, including 7-8 from beyond the arc.
The turning point in the game came early in the 3rd quarter. Jenkins scored 10 points in five points, spearheading a 15-2 run that put the home team ahead by 10, 60-50.
Kalev hung around for much of the 3rd quarter, trailing by only four with under a minute to go after an Isaiah Briscoe dunk. But Khimki’s offense was too good down the stretch. Moscow Region stretched the lead to 22, 96-74, with 2:40 remaining, before allowing Kalev to score the final 11 points of the game.
The victory helps Khimki improve to 10-9, half a game up on 6th-place Avtodor. Kalev drops to 6-14 and faces a must-win game vs. Tsmoki-Minsk next weekend in Tallinn.
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Khimki: April 9 home vs. PARMA
Kalev: April 8 home vs. Tsmoki-Minsk