10april

Khimki Cruises vs. Visiting Minsk

Khimki defeated Tsmoki-Minsk at home, 100-72. The visitors led briefly in the first half, but Khimki regained the advantage by halftime, before pulling away in the 3rd quarter for a convincing win.

Recap
Even though Tsmoki has already been eliminated from the playoff hunt, the team has been competitive throughout the season, pushing CSKA to the limit and taking Khimki to overtime in their first meeting.

Igor Grishchuk's club made it clear that Khimki would not get anything easy at home. Minsk played smart defense, got the ball inside to its big men and had an answer for Moscow Region's offense for much of the first half. A few clutch 3's to end the first 20 minutes, however, put Dusko Ivanovic's men on top, 39-33.

The game was decided in the 3rd quarter. Khimki got going on offense, outscoring Tsmoki 35-14 in the period to erase any doubt over the outcome. Koponen's buzzer-beater to end the game gave Khimki 100 points for the 11th time this season, capping a dominant 28-point win.

Star Player
Tyrese Rice. The American point guard played less than 20 minutes, but managed to lead the team in scoring with 21 points (70% shooting) along with three assists and only one turnover.

Stat of the Game
11 - Khimki lived up to its reputation as the league's highest-scoring team, scoring more than 100 points for the 11th time this season, a new VTB United League record.

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