KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz used one of its best offensive performances ever in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague to down the visiting Khimki Moscow Region 104-86 on Friday at Fernando Buesa Arena.
Baskonia's 38 third-quarter points set a club record for scoring in any quarter of a EuroLeague game. Baskonia also set a new club record with 31 assists. Its sixth straight home win lifted Baskonia to 13-12, tied for the sixth-best record in the league. Among seven players scoring in double figures, Vincent Poirier had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Johannes Voigtmann flirted with a triple-double collecting 16 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 9 assists. Matt Janning and Shavon Shields also scored 13 apiece in victory. Malcolm Thomas had 19 points and Tony Crocker netted 18 on 6-for-9 shooting for Khimki. Alexey Shved had 15 points and 8 assists in a defeat that dropped Khimki to 9-16 and the brink of elimination from the playoffs race.
Triples by Charles Jenkins, Shved and Egor Vialtsev before a pair of dunks by Thomas helped Khimki open a 12-17 lead. Baskonia answered with a 10-0 run during which Poirier scored 6 points to lead 22-17 after 10 minutes. Khimki regained a 25-27 lead early in the second quarer following 2 three-pointers from Sergey Monia. Luca Vildoza and Voigtmann sparked Baskonia, but Crocker hit 3 triples that gave Khimki a 40-41 halftime advantage. Baskonia started fast in the third quarter as Voigtmann and Shields assisted or scored on each basket in an 8-0 run to a 48-43 lead. As the pace quickened Janning scored 5 points and that helped extend the margin to 59-48 midway through the third quarter. Khimki got within 62-55 on 4 free throws from Petr Gubanov, but Baskonia scored the next 16 points, including back-to-back triples from Vildoza followed by a three-pointer each from Darrun Hilliard and Ilimane Diop as the hosts opened a huge 78-55 advantage in the final minute of the third quarter. Monia and Shved each hit a triple in response and Crocker's shot from deep would get Khimki within 84-70 midway through the fourth quarter. However, back-to-back-to-back triples from Voigtmann, Janning and Shields made it 94-74, sealing the deal.
Khimki seemed not to be going away, getting within 62-55 in the third quarter, but in the next 120 seconds Baskonia hit 4 of 4 three-pointers – from Luca Vildoza, Matt Janning and Ilimane Diop – to start a 16-0 run to open a 23-point margin before the end of the third quarter.
Ruling the boards
Baskonia outrebounded Khimki 42-17. Baskonia had 12 offensive rebounds, while Khimki pulled down just 12 defensive rebounds, the fewest ever by Khimki in a EuroLeague game.
Memorable third quarter
Baskonia scored 40 points in the first half, then blew the game wide open with 38 points in the third quarter. It established a new mark as the most points Baskonia scored in any quarter in 447 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague games to date.
Baskonia set a new EuroLeague club record with 31 assists, with Johannes Voigtmann and Marcelinho Huertas dishing 9 apiece. That total also tied for the sixth-most assists in a EuroLeague game ever.
In Round 26, both teams play at home. Khimki hosts Real Madrid to open the round on Thursday, while Baskonia welcomes Buducnost VOLI Podgorica to wrap up the round on Friday.