Shved-tastic: Khimki sets up showdown vs. CSKA 9  june  2018

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Khimki Moscow Region defeated UNICS Kazan, 76-71, to advance to the VTB United League championship game.
Top Scorers
UNICS: Jamar Smith (23), Stephane Lasme (13 + 12 reb), Quino Colom (13)

Khimki: Alexey Shved (36 + 6 reb + 5 ast), Charles Jenkins (12), Anthony Gill (9 + 5 reb)

The stars were out in Moscow on Friday night at the VTB United League Final Four. A few hours after Sergio Rodriguez set a playoff record with 21 first-half points, Alexey Shved scorched Kazan for a playoff-record 36 points in the second semi, setting up a showdown with crosstown rival CSKA in Sunday’s championship game.

The evening’s second game proved much more competitive than the opener between CSKA and Zenit. The 1st quarter featured six lead changes as Khimk edged in front by five, 23-18.

Jamar Smith scored eight points early in the 2nd to put UNICS on top 28-26. Moscow Region, which entered the postseason as the six seed, responded with a 9-0 run and cruised into halftime with a six-point lead, 38-32, capped by Shved’s third triple of the game.

Khimki maintained control in the 3rd quarter, thriving in a defensive game that saw the two teams combine for only 58 points in the two middle quarters.

Kazan got to within two, 46-44, on a Maurice Ndour fast-break dunk late in the 3rd…

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