Russian side BC Khimki moved into second place in Group B of the FIBA Europe League after their 79:72 win over KK Hemofarm Vrsac from Serbia and Montenegro.
The two sides each carried a 2-1 record into the contest, after both fell to Anwil Wloclawek.
The home team, playing in front of 1,500 spectators, came out firing, hitting 4 consecutive 3-pointers. Nonetheless, Hemofarm were not rattled and the game stayed close all the way until halftime.
Khimki opened the game up in the 3rd quarter. Strong defense led to 4 steals and they established a 9-point lead, 59:48.
Hemofarm countered with tough defense of their own and a 4th quarter full court press allowed them to cut the lead. However, despite outscoring the Russians 22:18 in the 4th, it was not enough and Khimki held on to win the game.
Center Mikhail Soloviev was elected game MVP for his 23 points (8/11 shooting) 5 rebound performance.
Hemofarm center Petar Popovic was their top performer, contributing 23 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause.
Aco Petrovic, Head Coach, KK Hemofarm:
"We managed to keep the equal score even for exactly 30 minutes of the game. But after that Khimki's splendid defense gave them the result they were looking for. I think this club could be one of the leaders of YUBA League."
Sergei Elevich, Head Coach, BC Khimki:
"This match was the best for our club at home this season. I know that my opponent said that the most important moment of the game was the end of the third quarter. I’m certain that it was the final final period when my team was able to withstand the Hemofarm press. I'm sure my club has not played its best game yet."