Olympiacos’ road woes continue in loss to Khimki
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 19
|Khimki||82 - 54||Olympiacos|
|(28 - 14)
(49 - 25)
(65 - 38)
(82 - 54)
Olympiacos’ road woes continued with another lopsided defeat away from home on Thursday night…
Olympiacos suffered a second lopsided defeat in the EuroLeague in the space of six days as Khimki Moscow Region ran out 82-54 winners at Arena Mytishchi on Thursday night.
Having lost their last two EuroLeague road games – against Zalgiris Kaunas and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz – Olympiacos were hoping to pick up their first road win since December, but former Olympiacos coach Georgios Bartzokas and company had other plans as Khimki picked up their biggest win of the season.
A slow start in the first quarter saw Olympiacos fall behind early. Khimki opened up a 14-point gap and didn’t look back as the Russian side’s advantage grew quarter-by-quarter.
Olympiacos’ league-worst offense failed to keep-up with their hosts, but perhaps what was more disappointing was the Piraeus giants weak defense continued to give up easy points.
Alexey Shved led all scorers on the night as the EuroLeague’s top scorer continued his hot streak with 19 points and 7 assists, while teammate Charles Jenkins racked up 16 points on a strong shooting night for the Russian outfit.
While Khimki’s shooters enjoyed a great night, Olympiacos’ offense struggled with the team shooting just 35.7% from the field, and an even worse 26.3% from three-point range.
Kyle Wiltjer led Olympiacos scorers with 11 points, while Olympiacos’ starting five of Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Vangelis Mantzaris, Kostas Papanikolaou, and Nikola Milutinov were held to a combined total of 23 points despite playing a combined total of 94 minutes on the night.
Olympiacos has now fallen to 13-6 on the season and find themselves at risk of losing out on their hold of second spot in the standings with the likes of Real Madrid, Fenerbahce, and Panathinaikos just one win behind the Piraeus outfit.
Yiannis Sfairopoulos’ men will turn their attention to domestic duties with a clash with Promitheas in Patra on Sunday before another EuroLeague road fixture against Crvena Zvezda mts Blegrade next Friday – the same day Khimki will look to improve on their 11-8 record away against Valencia Basket.