2020-21Regular SeasonRound 22
January 26, 2021 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Bayern ekes out road win at Khimki

FC Bayern Munich got back to the winning ways by holding on for a 93-95 road win over Khimki Moscow Region on Tuesday. Bayern improved to 13-9 on the season, while Khimki dropped to 2-20, suffering its 14th consecutive loss. Bayern built an 11-point lead in the first quarter, but the hosts used long-distance shooting to rally in the second. Bayern was in front for a majority of the second half, but never by double-digit margins again. Khimki did get within 82-83 midway through the fourth quarter, but Bayern stayed a step ahead to the finish. Nick Weiler-Babb had the best game of his rookie EuroLeague season with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. James Gist added 19 points plus 8 rebounds while Jalen Reynolds posted 17 points. Paul Zipser and Wade Baldwin IV added 10 points each in the winning effort. Alexey Shved had a double-double of 32 points and 11 assists for Khimki. Dairis Bertans netted 15 points and Errick McCollum scored 12 for the hosts.

Bayern came out on fire, with Zipser and JaJuan Johnson knocking down corner jumpers while Baldwin and Leon Radosevic each hit a triple. A tip-in-plus-foul from Zipser opened a 4-15 lead. Khimki scored the next 7 points with Evgeny Valiev scoring a layup and Sergey Monia knocking down a triple, but Reynolds scored 7 points before the end of the quarter, including a pair of dunks, to make it 15-26 after 10 minutes. A triple by Bertans sparked a 9-0 Khimki run to start the second quarter. Weiler-Babb added a pair of jumpers for the visitors before Janis Timma's triple kept Khimki within 29-30. Gist strung together 6 points, including a fastbreak dunk, for Bayern that Vyacheslav Zaytsev answered with 5 of his own, including a triple, for Khimki's first lead, 38-37. Timma's acrobatic layup fell before Zipser hit a triple for a 44-44 halftime tie.

Weiler-Babb came back with a triple as Bayern opened 46-53 on Gist's put-back dunk-plus-foul. On the next three trips down the floor, Shved's 2 triples and another by Monia nailed evened it again, 55-55. D.J. Seeley and Weiler-Babb answered from deep as Bayern surged again to a 55-63 lead. Monia and Bertans dialed up threes, too, and after Bayern's Reynolds had back-to-back put-back dunks, Timma's triple cut it to 67-71. Khimki finished the quarter with 8 straight points capped by back-to-back three-point plays from Errick McCollum and Evgeny Voronov for a new lead of 75-73. Weiler-Babb's 5 points to start the fourth quarter restored Bayern's lead. Valiev and Reynolds traded inside baskets before Weiler-Babb and Shved did the same with triples for an 82-83 Bayern edge inside the final 5 minutes. Reynolds, Weiler-Babb and Gist combined to pull down 4 offensive rebounds on five possessions down the stretch, and despite McCollum's three-pointer, Bayern held an 85-91 advantage entering the final minute. Shved's basket-plus-foul got Khimki within 89-91 with 16.7 to go, but Bayern preserved its lead from the free throw line.

Career-best performance

Bayern guard Nick Weiler-Babb had the best game of his rookie season, netting 25 points on 4-for-7 two-point and 4-for-6 three-point shooting, along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists for a PIR 38. Every single one of those marks set or tied his EuroLeague highs.

Big-man duo dominates

James Gist and Jalen Reynolds dominated the paint against Khimki, each having near-perfect shooting nights. Gist finished with 19 points on 8 of 9 two-point shooting, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block. Reynolds had 17 points on 6 of 7 two-point shooting, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Bayern won the rebounding battle 28-42 in part because both Khimki centers, Devin Booker and Jordan Mickey, could not play.

Overcoming stats

Bayern came out on top despite having more turnovers, 14 to Khimki's 8, and despite Khimki hitting 13 triples to Bayern's 8.

Shved breaks the mark

No Khimki player made more than 11 free throws in a single game until tonight when Alexey Shved made 15. Shved set a new club record already in the first half, during which he made 12 of 12 from the foul line, but then did not make another one until the final minute of the game. Shved has become only the sixth EuroLeague player this century to hit at least 15 free throws without a miss.

Next up

Khimki will be in action again on Thursday when it hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the Round 23 opener, while Bayern stays in Moscow and will visit CSKA Moscow on Friday.

Nick Weiler-Babb - FC Bayern Munich - EB20
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; LATISEVS, OLEGS; OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS
Attendance: 334
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Khimki Moscow Region15293118
FC Bayern Munich26182922
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FC Bayern Munich26447395
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 34:18 32 4/10 3/11 15/15   3 3 11   5   3 4 11 31
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 25:45 12 4/10 1/2 1/1   2 2         1 2 2 6
6 TIMMA, JANIS 25:50 8 1/2 2/8   2 3 5   2       4 1 5
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 17:28 7 2/3 1/1     2 2 3 4 1   1 3   10
10 KADOSHNIKOV, DMITRII DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 33:53 9 0/1 3/7   2 2 4 3     1   4 1 9
13 SHARAPOV, VLADISLAV 3:58                              
17 ODINOKOV, VLADISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 9:08 5 2/2   1/1 2 2 4     2     2 1 6
30 VALIEV, EVGENY 21:35 5 2/2   1/2 3 3 6 1         5 2 8
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 28:05 15 1/2 3/5 4/5 1   1   1       3 2 12
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 93 16/32 13/34 22/24 11 17 28 18 7 8 1 5 27 20 88
        50% 38.2% 91.7%
Head coach: MALTSEV, ANDREI
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WEILER-BABB, NICK 34:08 25 4/7 4/6 5/6 1 7 8 5 2 1 1 1 2 6 37
1 GEORGE, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 BALDWIN IV, WADE 25:35 10 2/8 1/1 3/5   4 4 4 1 2     4 5 10
4 SEELEY, DENNIS 31:07 8 0/4 1/4 5/5 1 2 3 4   3     3 3 5
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 22:16 17 6/7   5/5 3 3 6 3 2 4 2   3 5 27
12 FLACCADORI, DIEGO 6:33   0/1       2 2 1         2    
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 33:57 11 3/3 1/5 2/3 2 3 5     1 1   2 2 11
21 GIST, JAMES 27:44 19 8/9   3/5 6 2 8 3     1   3 4 29
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 9:31 2 1/5     2   2   1 2       2 1
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 9:02 3   1/1             1     1   1
44 GRANT, SASHA 0:07                              
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 95 24/44 8/17 23/29 15 27 42 20 6 14 5 1 20 27 125
        54.5% 47.1% 79.3%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

MALTSEV, ANDREI
Khimki Moscow Region
"Congratulations to FC Bayern Munich on a well-deserved win. Both teams had problems with injured players. In the clutch moments, they played better than us. Anyway, I am proud of my guys who fought until the last seconds. I am also very happy that the fans returned to the stands and supported us well. Today, we had to use some players in different positions, and I do not think that we played badly. Sometimes due to this, we won on offense, as we played wide. But again we lost at rebounding, although this was not the first game when we were poor on the boards. The next one is Fenerbahce and we want to win that game."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
FC Bayern Munich
"We are in a tough moment, missing players, and we are not playing our best. This happens in a season like this. And tonight was a nightmare to play because [Khimki] played with five guards at the same time. So everybody can shoot the ball, the three-point shot. We didn't play a great game, but we won a great game. So congrats to my players. Huge respect, without five guards coming here, and putting together this win was a great job. I believe that Gist and Babb were amazing in the difficult moments."

Players

GIST, JAMES
FC Bayern Munich
"It was a tough, hard-fought battle. With everything that Khimki has going on, their players came out and gave a good fight tonight. You know, they have a lot of really good shooters, a lot of experience on their team. So it really was a tough matchup for us, in general, especially with us being down players, as well. It was a tough game, but we came out and showed character, especially after what happened last week in Milan, we came out and pulled out the win. We realized that they were down on bigs and we had to use offensive rebounding as a strategy for the game. You know, take shots but also crash the boards hard. That was one of the tactics that Coach talked about before the game."
WEILER-BABB, NICK
FC Bayern Munich
"I think it was a big win for us. We kind of bounced back in the EuroLeague after we had a little dry spell there for a little bit. I think it was a good game to bounce back as a team and we played well on the defensive end when it mattered. I just have to thank my teammates and thank Coach for having the confidence in me. And you know, I just have to keep it going and, hopefully, we can carry it over to the next one."
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