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Khimki - PAOK: 102-68


Khimki Moscow Region thrashed PAOK Thessaloniki 102-68 in Group J and took a step forward on the way to the Eurocup Eighthfinals as the group leader with a 3-1 record. Khimki used a 10-2 run that bridged the first two quarters to get a 30-18 margin, which they increased to 49-30 late in the second with 8 consecutive points. After leading 51-36 at halftime, Khimki further increased the margin into the 30s for a comfortable win. Petteri Koponen led the winners by scoring 21 points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown. Sergey Monya added 16, Tyrese Rice scored 12 and dished 8 assists, Tyler Honeycutt netted 12 points and Paul Davis 10. James Augustine pulled down 12 rebounds for Khimki. Kevin Langford scored 17 for PAOK, Marc Carter 12 and Apollon Tsochlas 10 in defeat.

Carter gave an early 5-8 margin to the visitors, but Davis used an assist from Honeycutt and made it 15-9. Honeycutt extended the lead to 20-12 from the foul line. J.R. Bremer answered from mid range to get within 20-16, but a 10-2 run capped by back-to-back jumpers posted by Koponen that bridged the first two quarters gave a comfortable 30-18 advantage to Khimki. Tsochlas heated up for the guests and the duo of Rice and Augustine fueled the home team to a 43-30 cushion with three minutes left in the half. Koponeni scored from mid-range to cap an 8-0 run to raise the margin to 49-30. Kostas Kakaroudis fixed the score at 51-36 for the hosts at halftime.

Khimki continued to push with a 22-5 run to make it a 30-point game, 71-41, a difference that Davis extended to 78-45 at the end of the third quarter. During the last 10 minutes Langford and Tsochlas tried to rally PAOK, while the home team tried to find spectacular plays to excite the crowd. Three-pointers by Maxim Sakharov and Maxim Sheleketo fixed the final score.

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