Russian Championship. Difficult, but determined success25 october 2008
In fourth match of regular season of Russian Championship BC Khimki played against “Lokomotiv-Rostov” from Rostov-on-Don. The match was very interesting and electrified spectators till the final buzzer. BC Khimki won — 66-58 (17-16, 22-22, 14-11, 13-9). Next match our team will play way against UNICS Kazan on 1st of November.
Top scorers: Lampe (19), McCarty (17+10 rebounds).
For the fisrt time Carlos Delfino appeared before Khimki audience. He got to the playground from first minutes together with Ponkrashov, McCarty, Garbajosa and Lampe. Guests started well and took the lead. At the end of the first 10 minutes BC Khimki leveled the score and won first period.
“Lokomotiv” bombarded our team with 3-pointers, but on the long break teams went with the score 39-38 in favor of yellow-blue.
After break BC Khimki gained the initiative and didn’t allowed the opponents to attack freely. Our captain McCarty played very useful: 10 rebounds on his score. “Lokomotiv” didn’t throw itself upon the mercy of the conqueror. Points of ex-BC Khimki player Nikita Morgunov forced Kemzura to call a minute. After it Delfino scored 3-pointer, which determined the result of match.
Kestutis Kemzura, the BC Khimki head coach:
— We expected the complicated duel. But I am satisfied with the result. Maybe our Far East voyage affected and our players weren’t fresh. One of the decisive factors were today the rebounds. In this component we were stronger and I want to mark McCarty. Carlos Delfino played today for the first time at home arena, and he try to do his best, but maybe suffered prolonged anxiety.