Khimki Moscow Region made huge run in the third quarter and knocked down FC Bayern Munich in the EuroLeague round 4 game — 87-74 (17-19, 27-18, 26-18, 17-19). Now on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 our team in Mytishchi will play with Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. Tip-off at 20:00 msk.
Rimas Kurtinaitis, Khimki Moscow Region head coach:
“I am happy. We had too many turnovers in the first two quarter, 12, too many for a game like this. I am happy that my players understood that this is wrong. We controlled the game, were concentrated until the end and I think it is a good win. For sure, all the teams want to play defense, but not every time teams play like their coaches want — if that happened, it would be 0-0! Anyway, we will put our offense and for sure, when we are scoring, we are confident and for sure, we played good defense tonight. We have no VTB League games at the end of this week, so we will get one day off, for sure”.
Anthony Gill, Khimki Moscow Region forward:
“For me, I just do what Coach asks me, no matter if I score 3 points in the game or how many I scored tonight. We played a great team defensive game tonight. They are a great team and this is a hard place to play and for us to get the win here is huge. We played as a team and everybody stepped up, which we needed to have. It is going to be a tough game . Whether they are home or away, they are an amazing team. We have to be physical and ready to play defense. We have to play team basketball. If we don't do that, we are not going to stand a chance”.
Alexey Shved, Khimki Moscow Region guard:
“It is more important to win the game today [than my individual performance], because in the last few years, we lost all the games against Bayern, so it is big-time for us. Our team played really great today, we played defense. We are just happy to win tonight. We just played well for 3-4 minutes and went up 20, because the game was tight in the opening two quarters. Maybe it was a bad day for Bayern, but everybody knows they are a good team. I don't think it was an easy game for us — both teams wanted to win and played great. We have five days off now and can rest a bit. Panathinaikos [Khimki's next opponent] is a great team and they play hard and tough every time. We have time to think how we are going to play the next game”.