In the final match of the qualifying round of the FIBA Europe League BC Khimki squared off against Dexia Mons-Hainuat. The home team needed to win their game and also required Amsterdam to win against Tuborg in order for them to secure first place in Group C. The visitors from Dexia however were not going to settle so easily and came out motivated from the tip.
|Alexander Petrenko had a team high 20 points for Khimki|
During much of the second period Dexia was able to maintain their narrow margin, but at the three-minute mark Khimki came alive. Alexey Savkov was the go to man at this point as he successfully drained three consecutive three-pointers while his team went on an 11-4 run to close out the second quarter.
Khimki came out of the locker room after the half focused and ready to play, knowing that a victory was essential. The scoring in the first five minutes of the quarter was fairly balanced between the two teams, but with four minutes remaining the home team started to build on their lead. Behind strong play from Alexander Petrenko who dropped 12 points in this phase, Khimki went up 84-72 with one quarter to go.
Throughout most of the fourth quarter the home squad was able to maintain a small lead with balanced scoring from Petrenko, Savkov, Booker, and Wolkowisky. The game became exciting with just over 1:35 to play when Dexia after nailing two back-to-back baskets, tied the game up at 99-99. In the final 90 seconds, Petrenko came up big offensively and Oscar Torres was strong on the defensive boards, not allowing Dexia second shot attempts.
In the end, the game was played out at the free throw line and BC Khimki got the victory 106-102. Because the Astronauts of Amsterdam won at home against Tuborg, Khimki goes on to clinch the first place position in Group C.