Hunter, De Colo lead CSKA past Khimki 23  march  2018

CSKA Moscow took its city derby in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by topping Khimki Moscow Region 73-90 on the road on Friday.
CSKA improved to 23-5 in the standings and already had locked up first place while Khimki, also qualified to the playoffs, dropped to 16-12 and sixth place overall. Nando De Colo led the winners with 17 points. Othello Hunter added 16, Leo Westermann had 14, Sergio Rodriguez got 12 while Cory Higgins contributed 11 for CSKA. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 20 points. Shved has now scored 609 points this season. Egor Vialtsev added 13 for the hosts. Vialtsev and Shved shined early to give Khimki a 10-7 lead but De Colo and Westermann combined for all points in a 0-14 run that gave CSKA a big margin, 17-34, early in the second quarter. An alleyoop slam by Hunter soon made it a 20-point game, 31-51, but Shved and Marko Todorovic got Khimki within 37-53 at halftime. Shved took over after the break, getting help from Charles Jenkins to bring Khimki within 57-64 late in the third quarter. De Colo, Rodriguez and Hunter boosted CSKA's lead to 64-81 and the guests never looked back.

Vialtsev got Khimki going with a three-pointer but Higgins and Andrey Vorontsevich soon gave CSKA a 3-5 lead. Stefan Markovic scored down low, Shved added a triple and fed Malcolm Thomas for a monster dunk that gave Khimki a 10-7 lead. Hunter rescued CSKA with free throws and a layup and De Colo struck from downtown for a 11-14 CSKA edge. Hunter hit a jump hook and De Colo added a three-point play, but CSKA found a new go-to guy in Westermann, who followed a layup with back-to-back triples to boost the guests' lead to 17-29 after 10 minutes. De Colo followed a three-pointer with a layup that capped a 0-14 run, giving CSKA a 17-34 margin early in the second quarter. Markovic hit free throws and Thomas Robinson added a three-point play but Westermann and Hunter kept CSKA way ahead, 22-39. Shved and Markovic kept pacing Khimki and back-to-back layups by Todorovic gave Khimki hope at 31-44. Victor Rudd took over with a slam-and-one and free throws and a one-handed alleyoop dunk by Hunter made it a 20-point game, 31-51. Shved and Todorovic brought Khimki closer, 37-53, at halftime. Gill and Shved scored around the basket soon after the break but a triple by Will Clyburn kept CSKA way ahead, 41-56. Thomas followed a dunk with a layup ìn a 7-0 run that Vialtsev capped with a three-pointer for a 48-56 Khimki deficit. Westermann answered from downtown but back-to-back layups by Shved and a triple by Jenkins made it a seven-point game, 55-62. Hunter dunked and layups by De Colo and Semen Antonov gave CSKA fresh air, 58-68, after 30 minutes. Rodriguez buried a couple of a three-pointers early in the fourth quarter, Nikita Kurbanov also struck from beyond the arc and consecutive driving layups by De Colo sealed the outcome, 64-81, with over four minutes left. Nothing changed after that, as CSKA had cruised to a well-deserved win.

Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action next week — Khimki hosts defending champion Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul on Thursday while CSKA visits archrivals Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday.

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