VTB United League
VEF Latvia defeated Khimki Moscow Region on the road, 77-73 (15-17, 14-21, 16-20, 32-15).
Khimki: Tyler Honeycutt (15 + 5 reb), Alexey Shved (12 + 5 reb + 9 ast), Malcolm Thomas (10 + 7 reb)
VEF: Ken Brown (22 + 5 reb + 3 stl), Kristaps Janicenoks (21), Alex Perez (15 + 5 reb)
VEF outscored Khimki by 17 points in the 4th quarter to stun the BCMO crowd and earn a huge road win. The Latvians have now won three in a row, moving into a tie for 9th place with the victory.
For Khimki, the setback comes as a shock. The home team was in complete control for the opening 30 minutes, securing a 58-45 lead with 10 minutes to go, thanks primarily to its defense.
But the 4th quarter was a different story. VEF drilled six 3-pointers in final 10 minutes, overwhelming the home team with 32 points and a 17-point turnaround in the game.
Ken Brown led the way for the visitors, scoring 14 of his game-high 22 points in the final period, while Alex Perez and Kristaps Janicenoks drained two clutch triples in the final minutes to put VEF on top.
After opening the season 1-10, VEF has begun climbing the standings and is now tied for 8th place, thanks to Kalev’s loss to UNICS on Monday.
Khimki drops to 7-7 with another big game on Thursday in St. Petersburg vs. Zenit.
2 – VEF has now defeated Khimki on the road in back-to-back seasons.
Khimki: February 15 away vs. Zenit
VEF: March 3 home vs. Zenit