2020-21Regular SeasonRound 29
March 11, 2021 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Three-point blitz ends Zvezda losing streak

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade used a three-point onslaught to overturn a double-digit deficit and beat Khimki Moscow Region 92-81 at home on Thursday. Khimki led for the first 29 minutes, but Zvezda battled back to go ahead, 62-60, with 10 minutes remaining and a flurry of long-range strikes saw the hosts pull clear in the latter stages. Jordan Loyd led the way with 22 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting and Dejan Davidovac made all 4 of his shots from beyond the arc for a total of 16 points. Corey Walden (15) and Ognjen Dobric (12) also scored in double figures for Zvezda, which made 16 of 22 three-point attempts. Khimki’s scoring came mostly from two players: Errick McCollom scored 29 points and Jordan Mickey contributed 27 in defeat. The win ended an eight-game losing streak for Zvezda, which improved to 8-21, while Khimki fell to 3-25.

Sergey Monia netted under the basket in a slow-scoring start and Mickey made it 0-6 with a pair of mid-range finishes. Loyd’s three-pointer got Zvezda on the board, but Mickey scored again as Zvezda’s offense stayed cold. Landry Nnoko’s dunk was canceled out by Mickey’s layup before Davidovac hit from three-point range and Khimki free throws made it 8-15 after 10 minutes. McCollom extended the lead to 10-19 before Loyd hit another triple and then added a mid-range jumper, but Mickey and McCollom stayed hot for a 15-24 lead. Dobric’s three was equaled by Sergey Karasev, and McCollom added a tip-in. Davidovac hit a fastbreak slam, but Karasev and Mickey scored inside to keep Khimki comfortable, 24-33. Walden took over with all the points in a 7-0 run, but Mickey rescued the visitors again. Branko Lazic hit from deep, before McCollom drove inside to beat the halftime buzzer and make it 34-38.

Karasev and Dobric traded triples at the start of the second half before McCollom also struck from deep and Vyacheslav Zaytsev scored 4 in a row to give Khimki a 39-48 lead. Mickey added another mid-range strike for a double-digit lead, completing a 0-9 run. A series of free throws brought Zvezda closer before Duop Reath and Walden hit triples to make it 54-56. Dobric tied it up with a three-point play and then gave Zvezda its first lead from the foul line. Davidovac hit a triple to make it 62-60 after three quarters. Uskokovic and Davidovac sent Zvezda further ahead, but Karasev, Mickey and Zaytsev struck quickly to tie it up, 66-66. Davidovac and McCollom traded three-point blows before another Davidovac triple was bettered by two scores from Mickey, 72-73. Free throws and deep threes from Loyd and Lazic sent Zvezda up 83-73 and another pair of Loyd deep strikes completed an 18-2 run to seal the outcome.

Zvezda’s inside shooting woes

Zvezda missed its first seven shots and failed to get on the scoreboard until more than 4 minutes had been played. The home side continued to struggle inside, making only 1 of its first 11 two-point shots and finished with just 9-of-28 inside the arc (29.1%).

Long-range shooting secures win

However, those two-point shooting troubles were more than compensated by Zvezda’s outstanding long-range accuracy. Zvezda went 16-of-23 from beyond the arc, only bettered by 17 against Real Madrid in December 2017. The conversion percentage of 69.6% was the best in club history.

Milestone night for Davidovac

Zvezda forward Dejan Davidovac reached the career milestone of 500 points in the competition with 16 points on perfect shooting, making both of his two-point attempts and going 4 of 4 from three-point territory.

Next round

Khimki returns home to welcome Valencia Basket for Round 30 next Friday. Zvezda travels to Panathinaikos OPAP Athens the same night.

Jordan Loyd - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - EB20
Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Referees: PANTHER, ANNE; PEREZ, EMILIO; VYKLICKY, ROBERT
Attendance: 0
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade8262830
Khimki Moscow Region15232221
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade8346292
Khimki Moscow Region15386081
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HALL, LANGSTON 4:25 2 1/3       1 1 2       1 2    
2 WALDEN, COREY 24:51 15 2/3 2/2 5/7   1 1 5   1     3 7 21
3 LOYD, JORDAN 29:59 22 1/4 5/8 5/5   4 4 6 2 3     3 5 27
4 USKOKOVIC, ALEKSA 11:29 4 1/1   2/4   3 3 1   1     2 2 5
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 19:23 16 2/2 4/4 0/2   1 1 1 2       1 3 20
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 23:49 8 0/3 2/3 2/2 1 2 3   2 1   1 2 1 6
11 REATH, DUOP 11:51 6 0/2 1/1 3/4   2 2 1 1 1     3 2 5
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 22:29 12 1/4 2/3 4/5   2 2 2 1     1 2 4 13
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 21:11 1 0/1 0/2 1/2   3 3           1 1  
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 8:36   0/2       1 1     1     1 1 -2
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 6:19   0/1     1 1 2 1             2
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 15:38 6 1/2   4/4   2 2     3 1   2 3 6
Team                                
Totals 200:00 92 9/28 16/23 26/35 2 23 25 19 8 11 1 3 22 29 103
        32.1% 69.6% 74.3%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 33:48 29 6/9 3/8 8/10 2 5 7 6 1 3     4 7 33
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 26:39 8 1/1 2/5   1 1 2 2   1     4 3 7
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 27:46 6 2/2   2/2   2 2 3 2 2 1   5 3 10
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR 6:12                   1     2 1 -2
12 MONIA, SERGEY 29:40 2 1/3 0/5   1 4 5 1 1 4     3 1 -4
13 SHARAPOV, VLADISLAV 2:08 2     2/2                   1 3
14 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 18:08 3 0/1   3/4   3 3 3   2     2 3 6
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 10:06     0/1     3 3           2    
30 VALIEV, EVGENY 9:04 4 2/2     1   1           4   1
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 36:29 27 13/20 0/3 1/2 1 6 7 1   1 2 1 3 3 24
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 25/38 5/22 16/20 7 27 34 16 4 14 3 1 29 22 82
        65.8% 22.7% 80%
Head coach: MALTSEV, ANDREI

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Offensively was totally different in the second half, with 50 points and good percentage for three points. In the last 7 minutes we controlled the game and after several games [losing] we won."
MALTSEV, ANDREI
Khimki Moscow Region
"I am proud of my guys who fought for 35 minutes. Then at some point, we didn't have enough strength. Everyone who came on the court fought to the end, including our youngster Vlad Sharapov. If Crvena Zvezda had scored not 16 three-pointers, but 16 two-pointers, we would have won, but no defense can cope with allowing 70% of three-pointers. We defended well, closing everything inside. We had good attacks and scored 80 points. If our opponent had a lower percentage, we would have won simply due to our desire and effort."

Players

LOYD, JORDAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"I’m just so happy, this group has been through a lot this year. I’m happy for the coaching staff and the guys, we played great. I’m so happy we won, we’ve been working hard and had so many close games we couldn’t pull out. We tried to share the ball, everyone was building confidence, we’ve been doing that all year and we’ve got to keep shooting. No matter how many you miss, you gotta try to make the next one."