Khimki follows Shved to skid-snapping win
Khimki Moscow Region said goodbye to its three-game losing streak by outlasting visiting Brose Bamberg by 82-73 at home in the Russian capital on Thursday. The victory broke a tie between the teams, raising Khimki to 6-4 while dropping Brose to 5-5. In its first game since Thomas Robinson was injured, Khimki was boosted by Tyler Honeycutt's 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while making his season debut after an injury of his own. Alexey Shved led the winners with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Anthony Gill followed with 14 points, while James Anderson had 12 and Malcolm Thomas 10. Brose got 21 points from Ricky Hickman, 14 from Bryce Taylor and 13 each from Dorell Wright and Daniel Hackett but after staying on Khimki's heels the whole way, it was the home team that surged at the end, keeping the victory in Russia.
Gill's triple opened the scoring immediately while Brose waited for Hackett's jumper and layup to go ahead 3-4. Wright's 3 free throws and Augustine Rubit's inside bucket kept the visitors ahead despite Gill soaring for a fastbreak dunk. Hickman and Shved joined the fun with three-pointers at 12-12. Anderson switched hands on a layup for a three-point play, but Hickman matched him with one shot. Gill broke the tie and Taylor beat the shot clock from deep as Brose led 17-18. Shved and Stefan Markovic hit jumpers around another triple by Taylor, but it was Anderson beating the first-quarter buzzer to give Khimki a 23-21 edge after 10 minutes. Free throws by Nikos Zisis and Shved led to Brose's Maodo Lo driving for a new tie, 25-25. Khimki's Marko Todorovic got loose for a dunk that Hackett matched with free throws. Anderson's floating layup kept Khimki a step ahead, 29-27. Sergey Monia and Egor Vialtsev added a triple each to Khimki's tally while Patrick Heckmann and Wright scored for Brose at 35-31. Tyler Honeycutt's first basket of the season was a gem, switching hands to put back an offensive rebound. Markovic, who would leave the game for good with an ankle injury, and Taylor traded threes before Hickman returned with a layup as Brose stayed close, 40-38. Zizis passed back-door to Aleksej Nikolic but Shved answered with his own layup that finished the half 42-40 in Khimki's favor.
Shved found Thomas for an alley-oop dunk and a layup around Gill's next three-pointer as Khimki raced ahead 49-40 after the break. Zisis and Shved hit layups before Hickman hit one three-pointer and Hackett another to cut the difference to 51-48. Hackett added a layup and Hickman stole from Charles Jenkins for another as Bamberg completed a 2-12 run with a 51-52 lead. Shved downed free throws, Thomas hit a layup and Anderson buried a triple as another swing put Khimki up 58-52. Gill's breakaway layup was answered by Hickman's free throws as the third quarter ended 62-56. Taylor's long jumper got Brose closer to open the fourth, but Honeycutt fed Shved for a swish from the arc to make it 65-59. Hackett's jumper steadied Brose, then a Honeycutt fastbreak slam was met with a second-chance three by Hickman at 68-64. Shved came to Khimki's rescue with a cross-over triple and a layup as the lead reached 73-66. Next, Honeycutt fed Gill for a dunk and then Shved dialed up another three for the game's biggest lead, 78-66, with under 3 minutes left. Bryce got 2 points back for Brose, but Honeycutt matched him. Hickman didn't quit, though, driving for a layup and hitting a free throw that came with it for an 80-71 score with 1:17 to play. Anderson's layup answered then, making sure of the outcome and putting paid to its three-game skid to the delight of the home fans.
Thursday, November 30, 2017