2016-17Regular SeasonRound 7
November 23, 2016 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION
Alexey Shved - Khimki Moscow Region - EC16 (photo Khimki)

Pullen, Shved lead Khimki past Fuenlabrada

Khimki Moscow Region stayed undefeated at home in the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season by defeating Montakit Fuenlabrada 96-84 on Wednesday. Khimki improved to 4-2 in Group B and could qualify to the Top 16 later Wednesday depending on other scores. Fuenlabrada fell to 3-3. Jacob Pullen led the winners with 20 points off the bench. Alexey Shved compiled 19 points and 8 assists, Marko Todorovic posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, Nobel Boungou-Colo added 14 points and Jeremy Evans 10 for Khimki. Rolands Smits led Fuenlabrada with a career-high 21 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting. Pako Cruz added 15 and Ivan Paunic 10 for the visitors. Khimki shot well in the first half, hitting 15 of 21 two-point shots (71.4%) and 7 of 13 three-pointers (53.9%), while also outrebounding Fuenlabrada 17-8 to take a 58-50 lead at the break.

Smits got Fuenlabrada going with a layup and a three-pointer from the corner for a 0-5 lead. Shved stepped up with 6 quick points and Robbie Hummel struck from downtown to give Khimki its first lead, 9-8. Moussa Diagne scored twice in the paint, but Boungou-Colo hit a threer, Todorovic dunked and a floater by Hummel caused Fuenlabrada to call timeout at 18-14. Fuenlabrada found a new go-to guy in Cruz, who got help from Smits and Paunic to keep the guests within 27-25 after 10 minutes. Evans took over with a pair of alley-oop dunks early in the second quarter and an outstanding Pullen gave Khimki get its first double-digit lead, 38-28. Pullen struck from downtown, Shved added layups and Todorovic scored twice in the paint, but Alex Llorca and Ivan Paunic kept Fuenlabrada within 49-38. David Wear nailed a three-pointer and Smits struck twice from downtown to bring Fuenlabrada a bit closer, 58-50, at halftime. A triple by Cruz made it a 6-point game right after the break. Markel Brown tried to change things for Khimki and a layup by Todorovic set a 68-57 margin. Todorovic kept pacing the hosts and a wild four-point play by Pullen boosted Khimki's lead to 79-65, which Cruz cut to 79-68 after 30 minutes. Cruz took over early in the fourth quarter, but didn't find much help. An alley-oop layup by Evans gave Khimki an 88-74 lead with six minutes left and little changed from that moment as Khimki kept a safe margin until the final buzzer.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO)
Attendance: 1500
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Khimki Moscow Region27312117
Montakit Fuenlabrada25251816
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Khimki Moscow Region27587996
Montakit Fuenlabrada25506884
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 23:48 20 2/5 4/6 4/5   2 2 3 1 2   2 1 3 18
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 32:32 19 4/5 2/7 5/6   3 3 8 1 3     1 5 25
2 BROWN, MARKEL 11:32 9 2/2 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1   1     2 1 9
6 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 22:13 5 1/2 1/1   1 5 6 1       1 2 3 11
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 1:01   0/1   0/2 1   1           1 1 -2
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 4:18               1             1
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV 15:12 2 1/1 0/1 0/1 1 1 2 1 2 1     1 1 4
13 LIKHODEI, VALERII 7:53   0/1                     1   -2
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 22:12 14 2/4 2/4 4/4 1 2 3 2 2 1     3 2 15
19 TODOROVIC, MARKO 22:30 15 7/11   1/2 2 7 9 1   4 1   4 1 14
21 EVANS, JEREMY 17:30 10 4/5 0/1 2/4   5 5         1 3 7 14
22 ROWLAND, EARL 19:19 2 1/2 0/1     2 2 4 2 2     2 2 6
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 96 24/39 10/23 18/26 10 29 39 22 8 15 1 4 21 26 116
        61.5% 43.5% 69.2%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Montakit Fuenlabrada
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 O´LEARY, IAN 16:40 4 2/3 0/1 0/2 1 3 4 1   1 1   3 1 3
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 15:55 7   1/5 4/4 1   1 3   3     2 2 4
6 HAKANSON, LUDDE 26:23 4 2/6 0/2         7 1 3     1   2
8 LLORCA, ALEX 18:29 3 1/2   1/2 2 2 4 1 4       1 2 11
11 CRUZ, PAKO 28:02 15 3/6 3/5   1   1 2   4     3 1 7
12 WEAR, DAVID 15:23 7   2/4 1/4   3 3 1         4 2 4
13 SMITS, ROLANDS 19:29 21 3/5 5/6   1 1 2 2 1     1 5   17
14 REY, XAVI 14:11 6 1/3   4/4   2 2 1     1   1 4 11
15 GONZALEZ, CHEMA 11:04   0/2       3 3           2 1  
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 14:45 7 2/4   3/6 1 2 3 1 2 2 2   3 5 10
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 19:39 10 2/5 1/2 3/4   3 3 2 1 1     1 3 12
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 84 16/36 12/25 16/26 8 23 31 21 9 14 4 1 26 21 86
        44.4% 48% 61.5%
Head coach: CUSPINERA, JOTA

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Khimki Moscow Region
“We didn’t start this game well. Nevertheless we played with energy and aggressively. We won because of great offense, but if you play against a mobile team such as Fuenlabrada, it’s tough to win only due to your offense. We have to play confidently in defense and this point is to be improved. Our new players, I mean Evans, Hummel and Brown, need some time to get into the rhythm. At the same time they played well enough tonight and brought energy to the court. I’m sure in future they will be very important elements in our team.”
CUSPINERA, JOTA
Montakit Fuenlabrada
“First of all, congratulations to Khimki. It was a very tough game for us. I think Khimki is a EuroLeague-level team. Maybe in the first two quarters we respected them too much and left a little bit of distance on defense and tried not to press us as we should. It’s true that my assistants and me asked my team to be more aggressive; that was not an easy thing against these great players. They have so much talent as they can beat you every time; they find passes and do many different good things. In the second half we tried to alternate different kinds of defenses; we made them doubt and hesitate a little bit, but probably our missed free throws and two fast breaks could have made us even closer in the game. We missed them and it’s very difficult to play against such a good team on the road and make up a distance of 10 points. I’m glad that in the second half we didn’t let them score easily as they did in the first, but I have to congratulate Khimki. They played a great game. It’s a fair result because they were better than us.”

Players

PULLEN, JACOB
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was a lot of offense tonight and both teams shot the ball well. We just made some plays in the end and surely won the game. It was a good matchup. I made some shots. In last two games I didn’t make a lot, but the coach let me play and I made some shots. For the most part I did what I have to do. Our defense wasn’t great, but we got stops when we needed and didn’t let them go further on offense. For the most part we played better defense against better teams and were able to get a win tonight. Fuenlabrada played well; they shot the ball and were aggressive. They’ve been doing well in the EuroCup, so for us it’s a good win.”
WEAR, DAVID
Montakit Fuenlabrada
“We knew from playing with Khimki the previous time that they are very talented both offensively and defensively. We also knew it would be a high offensive game, especially coming here to Moscow and playing in the extremely tough environment. But I think we have to hold our heads up high because they are a very good team and we gave them a battle. We kept them close and fought all the time. We gave up 58 points in the first half and let them score less than 40 in the second. Of course, we missed Marko Popovic as he’s a very experienced player and played here for two seasons. He knows this environment. With his leadership and ability it would be nice to have him tonight.”
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