TD Systems Baskonia bends Khimki due to exhaustion

The Vitorian team, which did not have Peters, resolved the duel after the break. The Russians only had seven of the first team.


The first surprise of the night came from Alec Peters, who missed the warm-up round because he had a sprained ankle. It was not a question of complaining since the Russians had traveled to Vitoria with seven members of the first team and three boys from the subsidiary. Neither Shved, nor Timma nor Monroe, for example, were on the roster. Ivanovic, however, had already recovered Dragic a week ago and had all his troops. Until the news came from Peters, of course. When the match began, there were 400 fans in the stands of the Buesa Arena, people honored in a draw between season ticket holders and sponsoring companies with logical privileges. With players, coaches, managers, journalists and staff for the proper development of the clash, 600.

The Russians started better (4-8, min. 2) and were ahead on the scoreboard for most of the first quarter. In fact, three went up at the end of that period. But a good start for the Baskonians, with a partial in favor of 17-8 put the Basques ahead in the light. They were good offensive minutes from Polonara and Giedraitis. Despite this, Khimki reacted again and went to break 35-36. Booker and Zaytsev were the big offensive protagonists. A curiosity: the Slavs covered their names on the back and wore the slogan of "Equality" (Equality). It is one of the teams most affected by the positives of COVID-19 but they complied by traveling to Spain to play two games.

Things remained even after the return of the dressing rooms (45-41, min. 25). Jerebko did not have much of a bearing on the crash and Bertans was coming off an injury. In fact, he did not even dress short in the commitment against Real Madrid. A 15-7 run with the icing on a triple by Vildoza put Vitoria 7 up. Baskonia had not played since Sunday against Fuenlabrada while the Muscovites came from the clash against Pablo Laso's on Wednesday. Dragic, with a past at Khimki like Ivanovic, was quite active in the third quarter. The locals were able to leave the Russian team with 11 points in that period.

Baskonia signed very low percentages in field shots but had other virtues such as rebounding or stealing the ball. With 3 minutes remaining, TD Systems was already leading by 12 points (70-58). Some components of the Russian team played a minute and ended up paying it with silly mistakes and some exhaustion in the last quarter. The maximum came with 75-58 and with the final result. At the expense of whether the crossing with Zenit is resolved 20-0 or if it is relocated on the calendar, the week for Vitorianos is being round. It will end the ACB League on Sunday against Barcelona at the Buesa Arena. Another Euroleague rank match.

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