Week In Review: Shved Makes History, Sparks Fly In Kazan

Week In Review: Shved Makes History, Sparks Fly In Kazan

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Alexey Shved: League’s all-time scoring leader

Khimki star Alexey Shved passed up 33-year-old Vitaly Fridzon to become the League’s all-time leader in points scored during Sunday’s win over Kalev. 

Shved finished with 23 points, giving him 2,193 career points. Fridzon has 2,182. The Khimki guard passes Fridzon, despite playing in 101 fewer games (123 vs. 224). 

McCollum brings UNICS victory in the Game of the Week

Errick McCollum helped UNICS come out on top in a rivalry game with Lokomotiv-Kuban.

Kazan lost Maxim Sheleketo to injury in the 2nd quarter (Melvin Ejim was also not available). To make matters worse, Maurice Ndour, Raymar Morgan and Trent Lockett all fouled out in the 4th quarter. Loko, which dominated in the paint and on the glass, had every chance to take over the game.

But with five minutes remaining, McCollum knocked down a free throw, his third point of the game. That was the turning point. The American guard–and older brother to Portland Trailblazer C.J. McCollum–was the only player to score for Kazan down the stretch, pouring in 11 points to deliver an important win.

As consolation, Loko walked away with Dunk of the Week, courtesy of Moustapha Fall.

PARMA begins with a win

Janis Blums’ return to Riga with PARMA was legendary. The veteran went 4-6 from beyond the arc, leading Perm’s bench with 16 points. The Russian reserves outscored their Latvian counterparts by 24 points (44-20), helping secure a hard-fought win, 80-76. Ural opens the season with a win for the first time in three tries. 

…but then loses in Krasnoyarsk

NBA player DeAngelo Russell made the “ice in my veins” gesture famous, tapping on his arm after big shots to indicate his poise in clutch situations. DeAngelo Harrison of Enisey followed in his footsteps in Krasnoyarsk, knocking down a clutch 3-pointer to end the first half vs. PARMA.

After halftime, Harrison was even more dangerous, scoring 13 of his 19 points. Enisey enjoyed its first win (83-78).

Harrison also demonstrated that if there’s no one around to give encouragement, do it yourself.

Something to prove

Anton Astapkovich was the best player on Nizhny’s roster in the game against his former team CSKA, recording 14 points and five rebounds.

Nizhny put on an inspired performance, but CSKA ultimately came out on top, 84-78.

Sellout in Khimki

Khimki missed the game. The club’s first appearance at home vs. Kalev attracted a sell-out crowd.

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The game lived up to expectations. There were even some nerves with 90 seconds remaining after Kalev cut Khimki’s lead to four. But Tony Crocker scored five points in two possessions to restore order. 

Quote of the Week

Tsmoki-Minsk head coach Aliaksandr Krutsikau: “You know, we practice together, but during the game we simply forget the plays.” 

The Belarusian champions are not in peak form yet. Tsmoki has opened the season with two defeats at home, losing this week to Astana. The standings are proof.