MOSCOW, October 19 (RIA Novosti)
Russian basketball team BC Khimki overcame a disastrous last quarter to hang on for an 86-85 win over Real Madrid in their second-round Euroleague match on Friday.
Khimki’s Croatian center Kresimir Loncar top-scored with 16 points, followed by former Los-Angeles Clippers forward Paul Davis, who notched up 15 points on his debut for the Russian team.
“I’m glad that we’ve won this game. I think that our team has great reserves,” Loncar said after the game. “I think we’ll have a good season. The most important is that everybody stays healthy.”
The teams had different results in their first-round matches with Real beating Greek runner-up Panathinaikos, while Khimki, based just outside the Russian capital of Moscow, suffered an away defeat to the Turkish team Fenerbahce.
Real arrived in Khimki without key point guard Sergio Llul.
Khimki, a domestic league runner-up to CSKA Moscow for the last seven years, took a seven-point lead after five minutes of play and maintaining it to the end of the first half.
Eleven points from Davis in the third quarter put the hosts nearly out of sight at 18 points up, but Real scored 16 unanswered points with its captain Felipe Reyes putting the visitors in the lead for the first time on 36 minutes.
Khimki surged back through the efforts of Loncar and U.S. forward James Augustine, but three-pointers from Real's Rudy Fernandez and Dontaye Draper ate away at the seven-point advantage.
The final word was with Fernandez, however, who missed a last-second tear drop shot that would have denied the Russians the victory
Khimki's next game is in Italy next Friday against Cantu, which lost its first two games.
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