VTB United League
Khimki Moscow Region defeated Zenit St. Petersburg on the road, 98-80 (22-12, 22-21, 22-27, 32-20).
Zenit: Sergey Karasev (31), Marko Simonovic (21), Scottie Reynolds (6 + 16 ast)
Khimki: Alexey Shved (20), Sergey Monia (17 + 8 reb + 7 ast), Charles Jenkins (14 + 5 ast), Tyler Honeycutt (12 + 5 ast)
Playing in front of 5,000+ fans in the Yubileyny Sports Palace, Khimki put on a passing clinic, slicing up Zenit’s defense with 30 assists en route to 98 points and a much-needed win.
Alexey Shved led the visitors with 20 points, while three teammates (Sergey Monia, Charles Jenkins and Tyler Honeycutt) finished with at least five assists.
Sergey Karasev scored a game-high 31 points and Scottie Reynolds finished with 16 assists, but St. Petersburg failed to contain Khimki in the decisive 4th quarter, giving up 32 points over the final 10 minutes.
The loss drops Zenit to 11-4, one game behind 3rd-place Lokomotiv. Khimki improves to 8-7, avoiding a sub-.500 record prior to the All-Star break.
Karasev and Honeycutt Take Flight
14 – Khimki outrebounded Zenit by 14, 37-23.
Zenit: March 3 away vs. VEF
Khimki: March 4 away vs. Nizhny Novgorod