Khimki Moscow Region stayed undefeated in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by downing difficult KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 79-76 at home despite being without five injured players. Three of them – Stefan Jovic, Sergey Karasev and Timofey Mozgov – are potential starters. None of that mattered against Baskonia, because a man literally jumped higher than anyone else, putting together one of the most energetic EuroLeague performances in recent memory.
That man was power forward Jeremy Evans, who already showcased his athleticism and jumping skills with Darussafaja Tekfen Istanbul last season. This time, Evans took his game to another level, intimidating his opponents and igniting the Khimki crowd with one spectacular play after another.
Evans came off the bench late in the first quarter and his first basket was a two-handed alley-oop dunk served up by Alexey Shved. Both players repeated the same play early in the second quarter as Shved drove and found Evans up in the air again. Evans reached halftime with 7 points – but the best was yet to come.
Evans overpowered Baskonia in the third quarter at both ends. First, he posterized Ilimane Diop with a dunk-and-one you will likely see in some Top 10s at the end of the season. Diop soon tried to return the favor with a dunk attempt, but Evans stopped him with a huge block. A few seconds later, Evans swatted away Toko Shengelia's shot, stopping Baskonia's comeback with his defensive energy. Evans would still have time for another alley-oop slam from Shved - — all of it in 5 magic minutes of pure highlight reel in the third quarter.
He had another block on Shengelia in the fourth quarter, and Vyacheslav Zaytsev fed him for another alley-oop slam - — his fifth dunk of the night.
When the dust settled, Evans had finished the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks and a team-high PIR of 23. Most important, he helped keep Khimki undefeated so far in the EuroLeague season.