Khimki cripples VEF’s offense, ties CSKA for 1st place
VTB United League
Khimki Russia defeated VEF Latvia at home, 75-51 (17-15, 23-12, 22-11, 13-13).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (16), Jordan Mickey (13 + 17 reb + 3 blk), Anthony Gill (12)
VEF: Andrejs Grazulis (11 + 6 reb), Kristaps Janicenoks (9)
Khimki took care of business at home, limiting visiting VEF to a measly 51 points to improve to 7-0 on the season.
Alexey Shved scored 16, while Jordan Mickey recorded a huge double-double (13 points and 17 rebounds) to go with three blocks.
Moscow Region took control of the game in the 2nd quarter, extending a two-point lead to 13 at halftime.
VEF slowed down Khimki in the second half as the two teams combined for only 59 points, but never had a shot at the upset, due to an anemic performance on offense. Only one player (Andrejs Grazulis, 11 points) scored in double digits for the visitors, who drop to 1-6 with the defeat.
Khimki, on the other hand, moves into a tie for 1st place with CSKA. The two Moscow area clubs are the only remaining undefeated teams in the League.
51 – VEF set a new season low for points. The next-lowest total this season is a whopping 10 points higher (61).
Jordan Mickey. The big man was a big part of Khimki’s 2nd-quarter run and completely dominated the glass throughout the contest. Mickey finished with 17 rebounds, a new season high in the League.
The Moscow Region star received his October MVP award prior to the game from VTB United League general director Ilona Korstin.