2018-19Regular SeasonRound 17
January 08, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Khimki snaps Fenerbahce's 12-game winning streak

Khimki Moscow Region took its first victory over Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in nearly six years with an 84-78 overtime thriller at home in the Russian capital on Tuesday, snapping the visitors' club-record 12-game winning streak. Fenerbahce's had been the EuroLeague's longest in-season winning streak since CSKA won 15 in a row during the 2014-15 season. Stefan Markovic paced Khimki with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Anthony Gill picked up 12 points and 7 rebounds in his return from injury and Dee Bost chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Khimki has now won three of its last four games to improve to 7-10. Melih Mahmutoglu hit 4 three-pointers in scoring a team-high 18 points for Fenerbahce, which suffered its first loss since October 25 against Anadolu Efes Istanbul to fall to 15-2. Jan Vesely had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a career high 5 steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Charles Jenkins opened the scoring for Khimki before Nikola Kalinic's three-pointer gave Fenerbahce its first lead at 5-7. After Egor Vialtsev evened the game at 9-9, Mahmutoglu sparked a 2-14 run over nearly 5 minutes with 7 points and Ali Muhammed knocked down a three-pointer for an 11-23 Fenerbahce lead, which was 13-23 after 10 minutes. Mahmutoglu's second three-ball increased the gap to 13-26 but Fenerbahce went scoreless for more than 4 minutes after that as Khimki went on an 11-0 run before Markovic's three-pointer cut the gap to 27-28. Kostas Sloukas answered with a three-point play but Khimki continued its strong play with Garlon Green picking up 7 points in a 9-2 spurt to pull back ahead 36-35. Sloukas hit 4 foul shots at the other end and Fenerbahce was up 38-41 at the break. After Khimki trimmed the difference to 40-41 to start the second half, Vesely took over with 8 points to push the gap to 45-51. But Khimki was not impressed, as Jenkins hit a three-point to end an 11-0 surge that flipped the scoreboard to 56-51. Muhammed snapped the Fenerbahce's nearly five-minute scoreless drought with a three-ball, but Khimki still led 57-54 after 30 minutes. Mahmutoglu sparked Fenerbahce back into the game with two tough three-pointers -- both with the shot clock winding down -- and then hit a break-away layup for a 63-66 Fenerbahce lead. Markovic punched back from downtown and Gill's three-point play put Khimki up 69-66 with 72 seconds left. Vesely and Gill both split free throws and Nicolo Melli's score trimmed it to 70-69 with 25 seconds remaining. The game came down to free throws and Markovic missed both of his with 17 seconds left before Melli split a pair with 1.4 seconds to play to send the game to overtime tied 72-72. It was the first extra session of the season for either team. With Vesely fouled out, Fenerbahce did not have its leading scorer and could not get any offense going while Gill picked up 2 baskets and Jordan Mickey another to make it 80-74. Melli did hit free throws but Fenerbahce came up empty on its next possession and Bost secured the win with 2 free throws and 21 seconds left for an 82-76 lead.

Khimki finally beat Fenerbahce again

Khimki improved its all-time EuroLeague mark against Fenerbahce to 3-7, snapping a five-game losing streak dating back to its last win on March 22, 2013 -- a 99-76 triumph in the Top 16.

Game-changing sequence

Khimki did a good job coming back from Stefan Markovic's missed free throws late in regulation and opened the overtime with an 8-2 run to decide the game. Anthony Gill scored half of those points.

History made

In the third quarter, Fenerbahce's Jan Vesely became the 30th player in EuroLeague history to score 2,000 career points and finished with 2,008 in 190 games for Partizan NIS Belgrade and Fenerbahce.

Telling numbers

Khimki held Fenerbahce to just 26.9% from three-point range -- well below its league-best 45.0% coming into the game. The hosts had just 12 turnovers, just 3 in the second half and overtime.

Next games

Both teams travel to Istanbul in the next 48 hours for Round 18. Khimki hits the road to play at Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday, while Fenerbahce goes home to host Zalgiris Kaunas on the same day.

Anthony Gill - Khimki Moscow Region - EB18
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; RADOVIC, SRETEN; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Attendance: 6759
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Khimki Moscow Region1325191512
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul231813186
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Khimki Moscow Region1338577284
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul2341547278
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOST, DEE 27:05 12 1/3 2/6 4/6   2 2 5 1 1     3 4 12
5 CROCKER, TONY 28:30 10 2/4 0/4 6/7   3 3 1 1 1 1   3 5 10
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 5:50 2 1/1 0/1             1     1   -1
7 GREEN, GARLON 14:31 9 3/4 0/1 3/3         1 2   1 3 2 4
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 35:19 13 1/1 3/3 2/4 1 6 7 1 1 2     4 3 17
12 MONIA, SERGEY 3:08               1   2     1   -2
13 GILL, ANTHONY 28:24 12 4/6 0/2 4/5 3 4 7 3 3 1     3 3 19
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 13:28 3 0/1 1/1   1 2 3 1         1 2 7
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 23:45 9 2/4 1/2 2/2       3 1       4 2 8
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 17:48 5 2/2 0/1 1/1       1 1 1     1 2 6
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 27:12 9 4/8 0/2 1/1 2 3 5 4   1 1 1 3 3 11
Team             1 1               1
Totals 225:00 84 20/34 7/23 23/29 7 21 28 20 9 12 2 2 27 26 92
        58.8% 30.4% 79.3%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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
1 GREEN, ERICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 MELLI, NICOLO 34:52 9 2/3 0/3 5/6 2 6 8 5 2   1   2 7 25
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 19:11 18 3/5 4/7   2 2 4     1 1   2   15
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 29:06 5   1/5 2/2   3 3 4   1     4 3 6
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 29:14 11 1/5 0/4 9/9 2   2 1   2   2 2 6 6
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 30:14 6 2/2 0/2 2/2   2 2 5 1 3     2 2 9
24 VESELY, JAN 28:32 17 6/8   5/6 1 3 4 3 5 5     5 5 21
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 17:16 6   2/3             2     1 1 3
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 4:05 2 1/1                     2    
70 DATOME, LUIGI 21:15 2 1/3 0/2     2 2 1         4 1 -2
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 11:15 2 1/1       2 2     1     2 2 3
Team           2 5 7               7
Totals 225:00 78 17/28 7/26 23/25 9 25 34 19 8 15 2 2 26 27 93
        60.7% 26.9% 92%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region

"It was very close. Competing against such a strong and experienced team like Fener is really difficult, really tough. We played our team effort, we played as a team, all together – defensively and offensively. We couldn't win the game in regular time but in overtime we showed character, we played with confidence and we won. I have to give credit to the players. They proved that they deserve this a lot. They showed their potential. And I would like to say that I am grateful for the fans. It was a very warm atmosphere for us today. It was like a celebration for the new year."

"We look forward now and our schedule is very tough. We play four of the five best teams in the EuroLeague in a row: Efes away, CSKA, Olympiacos away. We don't have time to rest, which is true for all teams. So let's get ready for the next game, and let's approach it, as we did tonight, one game at a time."

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"First of all I want to congratulate the team from Khimki for their victory tonight. It was exactly the game we expected. The way that they played defensively, it was very important for us to recognize and to try to play according to that. In many situations, we played slow with the ball and didn't move without the ball. And I believe that in the end, the key to us losing the game was that. Coming to this point that we played overtime meant that both teams had the possibility to win the game. Today, luck was on their side. But one more time, congratulations to them for their victory."

Players

MARKOVIC, STEFAN
Khimki Moscow Region
"We confused them with our switching defense in the first half. In the beginning, they had some success throwing to the high post and over us. We didn't have our help-side [defense]. But in the second half, we made some changes and adjustments and put them out of their rhythm. The plan worked. We should have won it earlier, but I didn't close the game like I should have. In the end, fortunately we won the game, and it was a good collective win."
CROCKER, TONY
Khimki Moscow Region
"We played with toughness. We had been playing well the last couple of games. We knew we had to come out and play aggreessive, play tough, and play smart on offense. That's what we did and we came out with the win. We got stops on defense, we didn't turn the ball over, and when that happens, you get good looks. It starts from defense. It's two wins in a row. It's something that we've been capable of doing all season. We're fianlly starting to win those close games. We've got to keep it rolling."
GILL, ANTHONY
Khimki Moscow Region
"We played defense. That was the biggest thing. We played defense. We played hard. A lot of games at the beginning of the season we didn't dive on loose balls, we didn't do the little things. But tonight we came out and wanted the win and we got it. My team needs me no matter what. Hurt or not hurt, I'm going to be out there trying to win the game."
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