Khimki did not leave anything to chance27-01-2017


After a scare in Saku Suurhall BC Khimki was ready to show their dominance at home, and they sure delivered – crushing visiting BC Kalev/Cramo 81:57 (38:24). Alexey Šved who missed the game in Tallinn scored 9 points in the opening quarter and finished with a nice 18 point 6 assist outing. Marko Todorvic added 13 and Jacob Pullen 11 points.  BC Kalev struggeled and made only 37% of their shots, Mickell Gladness led the way with 12 and Vitaly Liutych helped him with 11 points. Kalev narrowly lost the rebounding and turnover game (37:38 on rebounds and 15:12 on turnovers). 
For Khimki it was their 10th win in 13 games meanwhile Kalev now has 11 losses and 2 wins. So far Khimki has beaten Kalev in all of their 12 games, and the last time Kalev scored under 60 points in a game in VTB was also away against Khimki  in 2015.

After a rugged first quarter shooting from both teams (4/14 vs 4/15) Khimki got a 16:8 lead thanks to free-throws. Big men Gladness and Simmons started well bringing all 10 of the first points for the visitors. Shots started dropping for both sides in the second quarter but thanks to threes from Hummel, Pullen and Šved the host got a 14 point lead.
The tension was gone in the second half for both teams and offense started coming together but the hosts kept their composure and took a 19 point lead. Kalev did not give up and tried to climb back but the attempts were unsuccesful and the deficit stayed. Fourth quarter started well for Kalev but after a few bad possessions on both ends of the court Khimki took a 20 point lead, recently injured Liutych started heating up and didn’t let the game go totally off the rails but a big loss nevertheless.

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