2018-19Regular SeasonRound 29
March 29, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

CSKA claims second place with derby win

CSKA Moscow clinched second place in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by dominating the Leningradka Derby against cross-town rival Khimki Moscow Region to win 72-80 on Friday. CSKA improved to 23-6 by winning its eighth of the last nine meetings against Khimki, whose record fell to 9-19 in its last home game of the regular season. CSKA staked game-long double-digit leads that peaked at 42-61 midway through the third quarter before Khimki tried to reel it back, getting as close at 68-76 before running out of time. Nando De Colo had 14 points, Kyle Hines 12 and Cory Higgins 11 for CSKA. Khimki got 17 points and 7 assists from Alexey Shved and 15 points to go with 4 blocks from Jordan Mickey, but suffered from 6-for-27 three-point shooting.

An early Shved triple gave Khimki a 5-2 lead before a series of dunks and put-backs by Daniel Hackett, Nikita Kurbanov and Hines let CSKA surge ahead 5-10. CSKA kept pounding the basket with new dunks by Joel Bolomboy and Will Clyburn to lead 15-23 after 10 minutes. Sergey Monia's triple and fastbreaks by Charles Jenkins and Tony Crocker got Khimki within 22-26. Despite Mickey heating up with 8 points inside, Bolomboy struck from deep before Hackett, De Colo, Hines and Andrey Vorontsevich closed out a 37-49 half for CSKA. Bolomboy and Shved exchanged triples to start the second half, but De Colo preceded his with 2 free throws as CSKA surged ahead 42-61 for its highest lead of the night. Mickey's three-pointer and 4 points by Vyacheslav Zaytsev let Khimki close the gap to 51-64 after 30 minutes. Vorontsevich struck from deep as CSKA lengthened the lead to 53-70. Khimki again lowered the difference, getting it to single digits for the first time in almost 15 minutes as Andrew Harrison scored 5 straight points to make it 65-74 with just under 3 minutes left. Monia closed the gap to 68-76 with a triple in the next-to-last minute. But De Colo was perfect at the line and Khimki's next miss ended the threat.

Another strong finish

CSKA has now placed first or second in all three EuroLeague regular seasons under the new 30-game format. Its best regular season record so far was 24-6 when it finished first last season. CSKA can match that in Round 30 next week.

Milestones

With his team-high 7 rebounds on Friday, CSKA center Kyle Hines moved into 10th place all-time in the EuroLeague with 1,120 for his career, surpassing Mike Batiste, who had 1,117. His teammate, Daniel Hackett, dished 4 assists, giving him 502 in his career. He is the 27th in EuroLeague history to reach 500 assists.

Khimki's block party

Khimki's aggressiveness in trying to come back was highlighted by 10 blocked shots, the most in the EuroLeague since CSKA had the same number two years ago. Teams have recorded double-digit blocks just 12 times in in EuroLeague history; Khimki has three of them, more than any other team. The club record is 11 and the league record, held by Zalgiris, is 12.

Next round

CSKA hosts a potential playoffs opponent, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, next week in Round 30. Khimki hits the road to visit FC Barcelona Lassa in the very last game of the regular season.

Joel Bolomboy - CSKA Moscow - EB18
Friday, March 29, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN; MAJKIC, MARIO ; VOJINOVIC, MILIJA
Attendance: 6978
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Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 23:11 17 2/4 2/10 7/8       7   2     2 5 14
5 CROCKER, TONY 26:58 8 4/7 0/4   1 3 4 1 2 1 1 1 3 1 5
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 11:05 1 0/1   1/2   1 1     1     4 1 -4
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 22:25 6 2/4   2/2 2 1 3 2 2 2 1   4 2 8
11 HARRISON, ANDREW 18:22 9 2/5 1/2 2/2   2 2 2   1     3 5 10
12 MONIA, SERGEY 17:47 6 0/1 2/7   1 3 4       2   1 1 6
15 GUBANOV, PETR 6:24           2 2       1   3    
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 10:52 2 1/1 0/1     1 1           2 1 1
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 17:59 2 1/3     1 2 3 1 1 1     5   -1
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 19:33 6 1/2   4/4 1 4 5 1   4 1   2 4 10
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 25:24 15 5/7 1/3 2/2 1 4 5     2 4   2 1 17
Team           5 5 10               10
Totals 200:00 72 18/35 6/27 18/20 12 28 40 14 5 14 10 1 31 21 76
        51.4% 22.2% 90%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 22:45 14 0/6 2/6 8/8   2 2 4 1 1   3   5 12
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 21:15 8 1/2 2/3   1 4 5 1         2   10
5 PETERS, ALEC 18:35 2 1/2 0/5 0/1 1 3 4     1     1 1 -2
7 UKHOV, IVAN 1:46                   1         -1
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 22:18 5 1/3 0/4 3/3   3 3 5   3     3 2 3
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 6:57 5 0/3 1/2 2/2 3   3     1   1   1 3
21 CLYBURN, WILL 18:34 7 1/3 1/2 2/3   3 3 1   1   1 2 2 5
22 HIGGINS, CORY 23:31 11 1/4 1/2 6/6 1 2 3   1   1 2 1 9 18
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 16:39 8 3/4   2/2 1 2 3 4 2       2 4 18
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 9:26 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 1   1 1 1 1     4 1 1
42 HINES, KYLE 22:45 12 5/9   2/3 3 4 7 1       2 2 2 13
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 15:29 4 0/2   4/6 1   1   1 1   1 4 3 -1
Team           6 3 9     4         5
Totals 200:00 80 14/40 7/25 31/36 18 26 44 17 6 14 1 10 21 30 84
        35% 28% 86.1%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I want to congratulate CSKA for a good game. We were trying to fight and be on the same level, but tonight CSKA was much better, especially in some things like rebounds, which we lost again. And also on some decisions they were a little bit better than us. So, the result is all about this."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"First, congratulations to my players. I think we were the better team and we deserved to win. We were in control and we had some big margins. Of course, Khimki has pride and they managed to come back and tried to cut the deficit. But I think we were under control the whole game and we deserved to win. We were the better team."

Players

THOMAS, MALCOLM
Khimki Moscow Region
"We knew what to expect. We knew they were going to come out fast and aggressive. They did that, and we allowed them to, so that's why they had a lead. That we came back is a credit to my teammates who came in ready to play and fought back for us. We just have to be better the next time we play them, and be as aggressive as they are."
HACKETT, DANIEL
CSKA Moscow
"We work to get better. We're at a point in the season where every game matters. We took this game seriously. We gave a big effort. It's a cross-town rivalry so we wanted to come out with passion, with desire. Our fans gave us a big lift. We've got to thank them for coming out and supporting us. Overall, it was a good night. We've got to stay focused and move forward."