Khimki Moscow Region defeated Parma Perm at home, 92-66 (32-12, 20-15, 27-16, 13-23).
Khimki: Alexey Shved (14+6 ast), E.J. Rowland (14), Robbie Hummel (13), Markel Brown (13), Viacheslav Zaitcev (10+5 reb)
Parma: Maxim Dybovsky (15+5 reb), Sergei Chernov (12), Danilo Andjusic (10)
Khimki wasted no time seizing control. Alexey Shved, E.J. Rowland, and Marko Todorovic helped the home team go on a 17-2 run in the 1st quarter and Moscow Region led by 20, 32-12, at the end of the period. The lead continued to grow in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, reaching 36 through 30 minutes, before Parma closed the game with a strong 4th quarter.
Khimki improves to 7-1, tied with CSKA and UNICS for 1st place, while Parma drops to 0-9.
Khimki took 29 free-throw attempts, compared to four for Parma.
Khimki head coach Dusko Ivanovic:
– We started the game very seriously, which was the key to the win. Parma is a good team and we played well for three quarters, but we also kept our concentration in the final period.
Parma head coach Viacheslav Shushakov:
– We probably need to talk about the 1st quarter, when our players looked lost. Unfortunately, the teams are at different levels, which had an impact at the start. Then we settled down, but couldn’t hit easy shots. Maybe that’s why we got tight on defense and gave up some easy points to Khimki. We evened things out a bit with our defense and tried to keep things simple on defense in the 4th quarter, which brought some results.
Khimki: December 18 at CSKA
Parma: December 18 at Nizhny Novgorod