It had to happen someday!
The great and powerful BC Khimki, one of the top clubs in Europe and VTB, faced an unexpected defeat in the hands of BC Kalev/Cramo. After losing all of the 12 previous games to the visitors, Kalev came out flying and after a magnificent first half managed to take one of the biggest wins in club history – 92:84 (57:38).
If pre-game you could’ve thought that maybe Khimki will rest one of their star players but no! The eight team in Euroleague had everybody playing while Kalev had to manage without Isaiah Broscoe and Gregor Arbet.
Thomas van der Mars had 15 points for Kalev, Serbian duo Bojan Subotic and Branko Mirkovic added 14 while Janari Jõesaar had 13 and Cedric Simmons 12 points. What a team performance! For the visitors Aleksey Sved tried to carry his team and finished with 30 points (5/14 behind the arc). Kalev made 46% of their shots including 8/26 from the deep. Khimki shot only 40% from the field and shot 39 three’s but made only 14. Great rebounding win – 40:28 and 10 more points from the line were key!
After a tight first quarter, where Khimki could only get the lead a few time Kalev managed to end it strong and took a 28:24 lead. Eight players scored for Kalev in 10 minutes. In the second quarter Kalev pushed their defense into second gear and Khimki couldn’t score a single point from the field in three minutes which led to a 10:1 run and ended with winning the half – 57:38. Incredible numbers in the first half for the hosts – two point shots 13/16, free-throws 19/24 and rebounds 22:8! In the halfway point of the third quarter, Kalev struggled hard and let Khimki on a 13:0 run but recovered well and thanks to baskets from Sokk and Dorbek regained the 20 point lead.
Final quarter started with a 73:57 lead for the hosts, but Sergei Monja made a long two, but after multiple mistakes from the visitors, van der Mars converted an and one, Subotic made a crazy three and Mirkovic had a steal which ended with an unsportsmanlike foul.
With seven minutes to go Khimki finally woke up and went on a 9:0 run and cut the deficit down to 12 points but again Dorbek and Subotic rose to the occasion and with four minutes to go the hosts had a 89:74 lead. But thanks to points from Honeycutt and Monya the lead was down to eight with less than two minutes to go. Sved missed a long shot, Simmons had the rebound and Keedus finished the fast break which decided the game!