He Barça He did not waste his visit to the bottom of the Euroleague, he Khimki Moscow Russian, and added another triumph to beat clearly by 75-87, in a match where he did not impose his superiority until the second half.
After conceding three consecutive defeats, the Sarunas Jasikevicius They have reacted and have straightened their course again with two consecutive victories, the one at Arena Mytishchi marked almost as an obligation due to the performance of both teams.
There was no surprise in the Russian capital despite initial resistance from Rimas Kurtinaitis, which they started very offensively intoned, but to those who, as soon as they were successful, they demonstrated the reasons why they only have two wins in a Regular Phase through which they are going without pain or glory.
The first part was played more in the script that Khimki tends to move more comfortably, anarchic in his offensive actions and little intense in defensive ones. He Barça, but he could not prevent 102 points between them at halftime, while in the next 20 minutes there were only 50.
The clash began with the great local success from the triple (6/8) and with the more ‘regular’ version of its leader, Alexei Shved, so the Russian team was able to stand up despite the greater variety of resources from the Blaugranas .
The first quarter equality (26-26) gave way to the expected improvement of a Barça, clinging to the success of Kyle Kuric and the great direction of Nick Calathes, who closed the game with 15 assists, 11 at halftime. Little by little, the visitors were imposing their basketball and they went to the dressing rooms ahead (48-54).
Jasikevicius adjusted things in the reflection period and his players came away with the lesson learned. The Khimki left the success on his return to the field, Shved, despite his 23 points, took his irregular line and as the defense did not make an appearance, the scoreboard already clearly reflected the difference between the two teams.
Barça left their rival at 27 points in the next two quarters and did not find excessive opposition to win and put 13 on their locker before paying a visit this Friday to the other Moscow team, a CSKA that will surely put them in more problems. Cory Higgins (18 points) was the most valued of the visitors (25) ahead of Calathes (24), in addition to the good hand of Kuric (18 points with 4/4 in triples).
Outcome: Khimki Moscow 75 – Barça 87 (48-54, at halftime).
Khimki Moscow: Shved (23), Zaytsev (2), Vialtsev (3), Karasev (5) and Booker (13) –initial quintet–; McCollum (10), Monia (-), Voronov (2), Bertans (6) and Mickey (11).
Barça: Calathes (8), Higgins (18), Abrines (11), Smits (12) and Pustovyi (5) –initial quintet–; Westermann (-), Bolmaro (-), Oriola (9), Hanga (4), Martínez (2), Kuric (18) and Badji (-).
Partial: 26-26, 22-28, 12-19 and 15-14.
Referees: Ryzhyk, Hordov and Vyklicky.
Pavilion: Mytishchi Arena.