2020-21Regular SeasonRound 8
December 08, 2020 CET: 16:30
Local time: 18:30 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Milan continues to roll with win at Khimki

AX Armani Exchange Milan continued its strong run of play in knocking off Khimki Moscow Region 93-102 for its fourth win in the last five games. This game was a makeup of their originally scheduled ROund 8 game. Shavon Shields scored a career-high 26 points while Zach Leday poured in 18 points in helping Milan improve to 7-4. Malcolm Delaney added 16 points and 7 assists and Kevin Punter chipped in 15 points in the victory. Khimki has now lost four straight games to drop to 2-10. Jonas Jerebko amassed 20 points with 7 rebounds, Errick McCollum tallied 18 points, Jordan Mickey had 17 points and Alexey Shved delivered a double-double of 13 points and 13 assists along with 5 rebounds in the loss.

Kaleb Tarczewski dunked home the first points of the game for Milan with Devin Booker answering at the other end. Shved’s three-pointer gave the hosts the lead for the first time at 5-4. Tarczewski continued his strong start with two more baskets and then a third in a 0-8 Milan run to take an 8-16 advantage. Jerebko’s triple snapped a nearly 3-minute scoreless drought but Shields and Luigi Datome hit from deep and the visitors were up 20-28 after 10 minutes. McCollum started the second quarter with a three-point play for the hosts, but Shields’s triple gave Milan its first double-digit lead and Kyle Hines’s dunk made it 23-35. The margin was 27-39 when Khimki worked to get Booker and Mickey more involved and the big man duo combined for 11 points in a 17-6 run to make it 44-45. Milan punched back with triples on three straight possessions - including 2 from Shields - and the gap was 44-54. But McCollum drained a triple just before the halftime buzzer and it was 47-54 at the break.

Jerebko opened the second half with a layup before Leday hit a three-pointer at the other end. Leday added 5 more points while Jerebko remained hot with 2 three-pointers to bring Khimki within 59-64. The margin was up to 59-68 after Punter’s free throws, but Shved also hit from deep and added a free throw to trim it to 63-68. Janis Timma added a triple for the hosts, who were within 68-72 after 30 minutes. Shields started the fourth quarter with a jumper and back-to-back three-pointers from Michael Roll pushed the cushion back to double digits, 70-80. Timma responded with a triple, but Delaney punched back with a three-pointer of his own and two straight Shields scores had the advantage at 75-87 with 6 minutes left. Leday added two more scores and the guests were still up 82-93 with less than 3 minutes to play. Mickey followed with back-to-back three-pointers and all of a sudden the difference was 88-93. Punter came up with a dagger corner three-pointer plus free throw and Delaney followed with a layup for an 88-99 lead inside the final minute.

Milan's season-high 28 assists

Milan shared the ball well as it dished out 28 assists as a team - 10 more than its previous best this season when the Italian side collected 18 assists against ALBA Berlin. And Milan did it without playmaking ace Sergio Rodriguez. The 102 points scored was the club’s highest ever in a EuroLeague game without overtimes as the visitor.

Pivotal performer

Shavon Shields was excellent all game for Milan as he scored a career-high 26 points; his previous best was 22 against Khimki for Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in January 2020. Shields needed just 11 field attempts to do it - hitting all six of his two-pointers and making 4 of 5 three-pointers as well as both of his free throws. He added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in picking up an index rating of 34 - also a career-best.

Telling numbers

Milan drained 13 of 19 three-pointers (68.4%) while committing only 8 turnovers. Milan also made Khimki pay for its turnovers with a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Next games

Khimki remains at home for its next EuroLeague game when it hosts Russian rival CSKA Moscow on Friday, December 11 for Round 13 action. Milan stays on the road in Round 13 to face FC Barcelona in Spain on the same night.

Shavon Shields - AX Armani Exchange Milan - EB20
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; DIFALLAH, MEHDI; HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Attendance: 0
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Khimki Moscow Region20272125
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Khimki Moscow Region20476893
AX Armani Exchange Milan285472102
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 31:54 13 2/4 2/7 3/3   5 5 13 2 7     2 3 20
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 20:38 18 4/4 1/2 7/7   3 3   1 1 1   1 5 25
6 TIMMA, JANIS 24:42 9   3/5           1 1     2 1 6
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 15:11 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1       1 3 1  
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 4:32                 1 1     2   -2
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 MONROE, GREG 15:09 3 1/4   1/1 2 2 4 3   2 2 1 2 1 5
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 28:34 2 1/2       1 1 4         3   3
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 18:43 8 4/10     3 2 5 1           2 10
33 JEREBKO, JONAS 23:19 20 4/4 3/5 3/4 2 5 7     1     3 3 23
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 17:18 17 4/6 3/4     1 1   1 3   1 2   10
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 93 20/35 13/25 14/15 7 21 28 22 6 16 3 3 20 16 101
        57.1% 52% 93.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
AX Armani Exchange Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PUNTER, KEVIN 22:47 15 3/7 2/4 3/3   5 5 3         2 5 20
2 LEDAY, ZACH 26:35 18 6/8 2/3   1 2 3 2 1 1 1   2 4 23
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 24:05 2 1/3           5 2 2     2 1 4
9 MORASCHINI, RICCARDO 9:59   0/1       2 2 1 1     1 1   1
10 ROLL, MICHAEL 18:39 8 1/1 2/3     1 1 2 1       1   10
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 10:36 8 4/5     2 2 4     1 1 1 2 1 9
19 BILIGHA, PAUL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM 28:59 16 4/8 2/3 2/2   3 3 7 1 3     4 3 18
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 25:09 26 6/6 4/5 2/2   3 3 3 3 1     1 2 34
42 HINES, KYLE 26:25 6 2/5   2/4   2 2 5 2   1   1 4 14
70 DATOME, LUIGI 6:46 3 0/2 1/1                 1 1   -1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 102 27/46 13/19 9/11 4 20 24 28 11 8 3 3 17 20 133
        58.7% 68.4% 81.8%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"We had a lot of problems tonight with our one-on-one defense. For sure any time we were late, they punished us with a really good percentage from threes. They controlled the game because we down from the beginning. We got back a couple of times really close, but then we had turnovers on offense and mistakes on defense and we lost the opportunity to win the game."
MESSINA, ETTORE
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"First of all, it’s a great win because we won against a full squad for Khimki. They now have all their players and will soon get back on track. So it’s an important victory. The second thing is I think we kept playing good offense through the whole game. But our defense in the fourth quarter helped us win the game and I am very happy. I’m so happy for the guys because they played really a great game."

Players

JEREBKO, JONAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"Tonight Milan was a much better team and they showed it. It's frustrating to lose a game like that. I think we let them score too many easy baskets. We had to play better defense, especially against a shooting team like them. They knocked down a lot of shots. Credit to them. We have to move on to the next one and be better."
SHIELDS, SHAVON
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"It’s a big win. It’s great to get a win on the road to make up for the game we lost last week at home. We made plays down the stretch to win the game. It’s a big win."
LEDAY, ZACH
AX Armani Exchange Milan
"We played together as a team tonight. We knew that they were going to make runs because they’re at home. But we came together and got stops at the right time and shared the ball. It was good for us. We know they have a very talented group of guys so we had to come down and get stops. And that ended up making the game."
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