BC Khimki got past PAOK BC 62-71 on the road Tuesday night at PAOK Sport Arena in Thessaloniki, Greece. With the victory, Khimki now stands alone atop Group B with a 3-0 record. Khimki took its first lead in the second quarter, then kept PAOK chasing for the duration as the visitors used better ball movement to make a higher percentage of their two-point shots. Kresimir Loncar led Khimki with 20 points, Chris Quinn netted 19 and Sergey Monya added 10 points. Ioannis Kalampokis paced the losers with 18 points, Marcus Goree posted 11 and JR Giddens tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds.
After Khimki took a 2-6 lead, both teams hit a dry spell until PAOK’s Dimos Dikoudis knocked down free throws and Michail Giannakidis nailed a triple to give the hosts a 7-6 lead. After Giddens and Timofey Mozgov exchanged dunks, Goree hit a jumper and Dikoudis a layup for a 13-8 lead. Quinn ended the quarter with a three-pointer, which cut the PAOK lead to 13-11. The hosts got a pair of baskets, while Egor Vyaltsev drained another triple, as PAOK maintained the lead, 17-14. Khimki sliced the margin to 17-18 on Quinn free throws and a Loncar layup, then took its first lead on a dunk by Giddens and a triple by Vyaltsev, 19-21. Quinn surged with 7 straight points, followed by a Loncar layup to make it 19-30. After back-and-forth scoring, Ioannis Kalampokis and Dikoudis added layups that sliced the lead to 25-32. The scoreboard edged up on free throws before Loncar scored 4 straight to push the lead to double digits again, 27-37. Khimki closed the half on a Quinn three-pointer, which pushed the lead to 30-42.
Kalampokis scored 4 points for PAOK to start the second half, but Khimki kept pushing ahead, going up 35-50, led by Loncar’s points in the paint. The scoring hit a lull for nearly three minutes, until Goree’s free throws sliced the led to 37-50. After an exchange of points, Giddens scored and Kalampokis buried a three-pointer to cut the margin to 44-52. After Kalampokis hit free throws, Khimki closed the quarter on a Monya triple to up 50-59. The visitors got a 6-point burst to open the final 10 minutes on triples by Vitaly Fridzon and Monya, which padded the lead to 50-65. Both teams went cold for over three minutes until Giddens knocked down a jumper and sliced the lead to 52-65. After Kalampokis rattled off 5 straight for PAOK and reduced the deficit to 57-65, Monya answered with 4 straight of his own and kept the Khimki lead in double-digits at 57-69 with two minutes to go. Goree netted a triple, followed by two free throws by Kalampokis, but Loncar took over in the paint again and put in a layup with 50 seconds left that proved to be the final basket of the game, as Khmiki grabbed the win 62-71.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011