Khimki run riot over Panathinaikos in Russia
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 23
|Khimki||78 - 61||Panathinaikos|
|(24 - 18)
(46 - 31)
(63 - 46)
(78 - 61)
Panathinaikos suffered their fourth defeat in their last six EuroLeague outings on a nightmare night in Russia on Friday…
Panathinaikos’ bid for home advantage in the EuroLeague play-offs hit a major snag on Friday night as the Trifylli suffered a heavy 78-61 defeat to Khimki Moscow Region at the Arena Mytishchi.
Failing to find any offensive rhythm, Panathinaikos suffered their fourth straight road defeat in the EuroLeague as Xavi Pascual’s side slipped into a four-way tie for seventh in the standings and currently occupy seventh would the playoffs have started today.
Khimki, who were chasing Panathinaikos in the standings, are among those tied with the Greek Champions with a 14-9 record thanks to a dominant performance, which was spearheaded by Alexey Shved’s 20 points.
Chris Singleton led Panathinaikos scorers with 14 points as the American was the lone bright spot on a miserable night for the Trifylli, despite EuroLeague debuts for recent acquisitions Mike James and Adreian Payne.
Despite a slow start to the game, Panathinaikos were still in striking distance by the end of the first quarter as Khimki held a 24-18 advantage after the first frame in Moscow.
The Russians didn’t let that lead slip, however, as Georgios Bartzokas’ men extended their lead to double-digits (46-31) with a 22-13 run in the second quarter.
In desperate need of an offensive spark to start the second half, Panathinaikos missed a handful of shots to start the third quarter as Khimki were able to hold-off a Panathinaikos resistance before edging out the quarter with a 63-46 lead intact.
With the score virtually out-of-reach for Panathinaikos, it was just a matter of damage-control for the lackluster Trifylli as Khimki held on for a memorable 17-point win over the Greek Champions.
With domestic duties on hold due to international fixtures as part of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Panathinaikos will the use time off to rest and recover ahead of next week’s EuroLeague version of the Eternal Derby with Olympiacos at OAKA.
Meanwhile, Khimki will look to continue their climb up the EuroLeague standings when the Russian side travels to Spain to take on Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz.