Kirolbet Baskonia reacted in the last quarter against Khimki and won in Moscow 77-85, after regaining sensations in the fourth quarter, to achieve his seventh victory in the Euroleague basketball. The Baskonians returned to the path of victory in a duel in which they recovered from a bad third period and thus achieved their fourth victory in five games that keeps them in the race to enter among the best European teams.
Up to five baskonistas players surpassed the double digits in annotation and between the Argentinean Luca Vidoza, the Brazilian Marcelinho Huertas and the German Johannes Voigtmann distributed 21 attendances. On the home side, Serbian Stefan Markovic and American Jordan Mickey with 23 and 27 points of assessment, respectively, failed to make the injured Anthony Gill and Alexey Shved forget.
The Baskonia carried out a great staging with a partial of 3-12, product of an ordered basketball and an aggressive defense that launched him in the scoreboard in the first stages of the duel. The outside hit kept the locals in the match that returned the partial with a 9-2, to take advantage of the defensive downturn of a confident Basque squad that had problems in the actions of one against one.
Shavon Shields led with 13 points, the first period in which the Catalans went ahead, 19-27, after reacting to the response of the Russian side. A triple stratospheric Argentine Luca Vildoza opened the second act, in which the game slowed down and the two teams had more problems in their offensive actions, replete with failures and turnovers.
The inspiration of the Serbian Stefan Markovic, who led his team with 12 points in the absence of the Russian Alexey Shved, made Khimki react to the edge of the break, although the Baskonia went ahead with a 36-43 in favor. In the first plays of the second half, the game stopped for several minutes after the Georgian Tornike Shengelia broke the glass of one of the boards in an attempt to kill. The break favored the locals who stalked the Baskonians with three triples that tied the match, 48-48, and opened a clash that seemed controlled by the Basques.
The tables changed, the Muscovites printed more energy and put in trouble a Kirolbet who stopped sending in the rebound, while he missed the score of his inner game, given the confidence of the Russians who took the lead, 54 -52, in the minute 28. A triple by Luca Vildoza from Argentina gave Baskonia air, but the veteran Sergey Monia responded with another distant to leave the Khimki ahead, 58-57, 10 minutes from the end.
The Velimir Perasovic awoke in the start of the last chapter with a partial 0-7 that allowed him to open a significant gap and regain control of the game. The vitorianos revived the good feelings of the first 15 minutes of the stake, expanded the difference to 15 points and closed a game that had been uphill. Marcelinho Huertas led, from the direction, to the azulgrana squad that certified the triumph by 77-85, in spite of the local reaction headed by an asset Jordan Mickey.