2019-20Regular SeasonRound 28
March 06, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Jerebko, Shved lead Khimki to critical win

In a critical battle in the fight to reach the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs, Khimki Moscow Region downed visiting Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 82-68 at Arena Mytishchi on Friday. Both teams now have 13-15 records, but Khimki took over seventh place from Fenerbahce due to having won this game by a single point more than it lost when they played in Istanbul earlier in the season. Alexey Shved led the winners with 23 points. Jonas Jerebko and Devin Booker each added 15 while Thomas Robinson had 10 for Khimki. Ali Muhammed led Fenerbahce with 13 points, while Nando De Colo and Derrick Williams added 11 and Joffrey Lauvergne 10. In fact, Lauvergne scored Fenerbahce's first 10 points before Shved and Janis Timma buried 2 three-pointers apiece as Khimki surged in front 26-18 after 10 minutes. Fenerbahce rallied in the second quarter behind Muhammed, Luigi Datome and De Colo to lead 35-40. Shved's buzzer-beater, however, restored a 41-40 Khimki edge at the break, after which Robinson and Booker keyed an improved defense and Khimki took a 64-54 edge after 30 minutes. Shved and Stefan Jovic kept the margin high as the teams battled for the tie-break advantage that Robinson gave his team on the game's last basket.

Lauvergne got Fenerbahce going with consecutive dunks. Booker answered with a two-handed slam and Shved added a triple but Lauvergne singlehandedly kept the guests ahead, 5-8. Timma and Shved each struck from downtown for Khimki's first lead, 11-8. Jan Vesely's three-point play tied it for Fenerbahce at 13-13. Robinson's put-back and Timma's second three-pointer sent Khimki forward to see Anthony Gill and Sergey Karasev score around the basket for a 26-18 Khimki lead after 10 minutes. De Colo and Vesely brought Fenerbahce closer in the second quarter and Kalinic detonated a super slam in traffic. Muhammed converted a four-point play but Karasev kept Khimki up 33-29. Vesely slammed on a fastbreak, Datome hit a corner triple and Muhammed scored for a new Fenerbahce lead, 35-36. Williams capped a 0-9 Fenerbahce run with a jumper but Booker answered with a three-point play and Shved beat the halftime buzzer from downtown on the run to give Khimki a 41-40 lead. Jerebko buried a three-pointer soon after the break but jumpers by Datome and Williams meant another lead change, 44-45. Booker's next dunk ignited a 7-0 run that Robinson capped with a layup. Williams kept pacing the guests with a three-point play but soon Jerebko beat the shot clock with a step-back jumper that boosted Khimki's lead to 55-48. Muhammed and De Colo tried to change things for Fenerbahce but Shved and Booker gave the hosts their first double-digit lead, 64-54, after 30 minutes. Shved hit his fifth three-pointer and Jerebko a backdoor before Booker downed a hook shot and Jovic a triple to break the game open 74-57 with 6 minutes left. A battle for the tie-breaker started then, based on Fenerbahce's win over Khimki by 13 points in Istanbul. Shved followed a layup with a jumper for a 78-62 score with 4 minutes left. Muhammed sank a three-pointer but Jerebko restored a 15-point Khimki lead, 80-65. De Colo and Kalinic combined for 3-of-4 free throws late, but Robinson scored at the other end as Khimki won the tie-break advantage as well as the game.

Pivotal performer

Shved provided the fireworks from downtown but Jerebko was solid in many aspects of the game. He finished with 15 points on 4-for-5 two-point, 1-for-3 three-point and 4-for-4 free-throw shooting to go with 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 27, a new personal best.

Game-changing moment

Fenerbahce trailed 60-54 late in the third quarter but Booker stepped up with 4 quick points to give Khimki a double-digit lead for the first time, 64-54, after 30 minutes. Booker kept scoring, getting help from downtown from Shved and Jovic to boost Khimki's lead to 74-57, enough to seal the outcome.

Stellar stat

Shved dished 6 assists and broke the 600-mark in his career. Shved, an accomplished scorer, now ranks 18th overall in assists at 603. No other player who ever wore Khimki's jersey has dished more assists in the EuroLeague. Zoran Planinic ranks 23rd at 559 and Jovic is 28th with 538, after getting 7 assists tonight.

Did you notice?

Khimki rebounded better and took a better care of the ball, too. Khimki outrebounded Fenerbahce by 34-26, allowing the guests to get just 5 offensive boards. Khimki had 22 assists and only 11 turnovers, much better numbers than Fenerbahce's 15 assists and 12 turnovers.

Next game:

Both teams return to action at home in Round 29 next Friday, March 13. Khimki hosts FC Bayern Munich at 18:00 CET. Half an hour later, at 18:30 CET, Fenerbahce takes on visiting Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

Jonas Jerebko - Khimki Moscow Region - EB19
Friday, March 6, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; DIFALLAH, MEHDI; TRAWICKI, TOMASZ
Attendance: 4873
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Khimki Moscow Region26152318
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul18221414
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Khimki Moscow Region26416482
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul18405468
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 ROBINSON, THOMAS 15:47 10 5/5     1 4 5 1   2     4   10
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 30:18 23 3/6 5/12 2/2   1 1 6 2 1 2 1 2 4 24
5 BOOKER, DEVIN 23:55 15 6/9   3/3 2   2 2   1     1 3 17
6 TIMMA, JANIS 28:21 6 0/1 2/8   2 1 3 3   1     1 1 4
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 13:57 5 1/3 1/1   1 1 2 1         2 1 5
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 4:02   0/2                   1     -3
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 JEREBKO, JONAS 35:46 15 4/5 1/3 4/4 1 8 9 2   1       5 27
12 MONIA, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GILL, ANTHONY 4:14 2 1/2 0/1   1   1         1 1   -1
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 29:45 6 0/1 2/2     4 4 7 2 4     1 2 15
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 13:55     0/1     1 1     1     4 2 -3
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 82 20/34 11/28 9/9 9 25 34 22 4 11 2 3 16 18 101
        58.8% 39.3% 100%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 17:10 3   1/2         3 1       2 1 5
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 8:32 2 1/2 0/1     1 1           1 1 1
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 20:04 6 1/3 1/2 1/2   2 2 1   3   1 4 1 -2
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 DE COLO, NANDO 27:16 11 2/6 1/1 4/4 1   1 3 1 4     1 2 9
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 27:31 11 2/6 2/6 1/1 1 3 4 1   1 1 1 1 2 8
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 14:03   0/2     1 2 3 1         2 2 2
24 VESELY, JAN 27:30 7 3/7   1/1 1 4 5 2 4 2 1   3 3 13
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 25:01 13 3/3 2/7 1/1   2 2 2 2 1     1 3 15
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 4:42                     1   2   -1
70 DATOME, LUIGI 15:42 5 1/1 1/2     4 4 1 1       1   9
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 12:29 10 5/6           1   1       1 10
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 68 18/36 8/21 8/9 5 21 26 15 9 13 3 2 18 16 72
        50% 38.1% 88.9%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"It's a great and very important win for our team because if we look at the standings we can see that a lot of teams are close to the playoffs zone. We did a really big job tonight. It's a big step toward the playoffs. Still, we have a lot of games. Tonight, all of our players gave maximum energy and maximum effort. These numbers on defense tell that we did a great job. This is a double win because we won and gained the necessary points' difference. That's very important."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"Congratulations for Khimki for an important victory. This game was very important for both teams. The difference between the two teams, in my opinion, is that Khimki players really went out there on the court and wanted to play with big wish and to win the game. That's it. In my team, there was only one player who was ready to fight, just one player tonight. This is not the way to play such an important game like we played tonight."

Players

ROBINSON, THOMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We played great defense. We had about five or eight minutes that went not so good, but other than that, the rest of the game, it was great defense. It was amazing to see how good we were on defense as a team. I am just getting my rhythm. I have been here for about three weeks now and my teammates were super supportive, knowing that I would come around. They just helped me, I think this is my third EuroLeague game. Let's keep going from here."
JEREBKO, JONAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We came off the worst loss of the season to probably the best win so far. It is a big win for the team and I think we played really good team ball in the second half. I am proud of the team, everybody stepped up and it was a great win. They've got a lot of talented players, a lot of scorers, so we have to take pride on our defense, because our offense is so good that we are always going to get points. It was great to see."
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