Khimki upset by Enisey, playoff picture takes shape
VTB United League
Enisey Krasnoyarsk defeated Khimki Moscow Region on the road, 94-86 (19-21, 19-20, 25-28, 34-17).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (25 + 5 ast), Malcolm Thomas (12 + 5 reb), Jordan Mickey (11 + 5 reb)
Enisey: D’Angelo Harrison (34 + 12 reb), Martins Meiers (21 + 10 reb), John Roberson (10 + 5 reb + 5 ast), Ilya Popov (10)
Enisey erased a nine-point deficit in the 4th quarter to shock Khimki and secure its 10th win of the season. Trailing 74-65 with a little more than six minutes remaining, Enisey got a pair of clutch 3-pointers from Michael Bruesewitz, then outscored the home team by 17 down the stretch for the upset victory.
D’Angelo Harrison continued his strong play to finish the season, recording a double-double with 34 points, 12 rebounds and a season-best 42 efficiency rating.
Harrison was also responsible for the game-tying triple and go-ahead layup that put Enisey on top for the first time since the first half (78-76). After Alexey Shved scored five unanswered points to tie the game again at 82-82, Harrison ripped off an 8-0 run that clinched Enisey’s victory.
The defeat means that Khimki is now locked into 3rd place in the standings and will face either Kalev or Zenit in the first round. Enisey can finish in 9th place with a win over Avtodor to finish the season.
UNICS, meanwhile, clinches the two seed with Khimki’s defeat. The top four seeds in the playoffs are now set: (1) CSKA, (2) UNICS, (3) Khimki, (4) Lokomotiv-Kuban.