Ayon's monster game leads Madrid to first road win
Real Madrid recorded its first road win in Group F by downing Khimki Moscow Region 82-93 in the Russian capital on Thursday. Both teams now have a 4-3 records in the Top 16. Gustavo Ayon led the winners with 24 points on 10-of-12 two-point shooting plus 13 rebounds and 5 steals. Sergio Llull added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists, Trey Thompkins and Jonas Maciulis each scored 11 points and K.C. Rivers 10 for Madrid. James Augustine led Khimki with 20 points and 7 rebounds, Alexey Shved added 17 points, Sergey Monya 14 and Tyrese Rice tallied 12 points and 9 assists for the hosts. Maciulis and Ayon shined early to give Madrid a 7-11 lead. Rice and Augustine fueled a 17-4 second-quarter run for a 50-43 halftime lead. A three-pointer by Monya gave Khimki a double-digit lead, 55-45, early in the third quarter. Llull and Jaycee Carroll led a 1-16 run that brought Madrid back. Then Ayon took over early in the fourth quarter, boosting Madrid's lead to 72-84 with four minutes left and Madrid cruised the rest of the way for a well-deserved road win.
First quarter: A high-scoring start
Augustine got Khimki going with a free throw, but a step-back jumper by Ayon gave Madrid a 1-2 lead. Rice answered with a driving layup, but Thompkins bettered that with a three-pointer. Shved scored around the basket and a dunk by Tyler Honeycutt put Khimki back ahead, 7-5. Maciulis struck from downtown and Thompkins hit his second triple, which caused Khimki to call timeout at 7-11. Augustine also hit one from beyond the arc and erased Ayon's close basket with a layup. Thompkins swished a fallaway jumper, but Shved made free throws and a jumper by Rice put Khimki back ahead, 16-15. Maciulis scored in transition and a tip-in by Ayon gave Madrid a 16-19 edge. After Maciulis sank his second three-pointer, Shved took over with a put-back layup and a jump hook by Augustine brought the hosts within 20-22. After Shved nailed a corner triple, Ayon scored again and a driving layup by Sergio Rodriguez gave Los Blancos a 23-26 edge. A three-point play by Paul Davis tied the game, 26-26, after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Rice, Augustine Put Khimki in charge
Llull made free throws early in the quarter, which Davis erased with a turnaround jumper. Rivers buried a corner triple and Llull bettered Zoran Dragic's fast break layup with his own bomb from downtown for a 30-34 Madrid edge. Augustine split free throws and matched Willy Hernangomez's dunk with a layup. Jeffery Taylor joined the three-point shootout, but Shved took over with a circus shot off the baseline and Augustine added an alley-oop layup to bring the hosts within 37-39. Rice made free throws and Monia improved on Rivers's finger roll layup with a triple to give Khimki a 42-41 lead. Rice found Augustine for a big slam and Dragic added free throws to pad the lead. Ayon scored around the basket, but Rice hit foul shots and found Davis for a layup and a 50-43 Khimki advantage at halftime.
Third quarter: Madrid storms back with 1-16 charge
Shved swished a six-meter jumper immediately after the break, which Ayon erased with a close basket off a pick. Monya nailed a three-pointer in transition to give Khimki its first double-digit lead, 55-45. Jaycee Carroll answered from downtown and Ayon erased Augustine's step-back jumper with a dunk. Monya hit a one-handed floater but Llull did better with a triple and Carroll added a driving basket to give Madrid hope at 59-55. Augustine split foul shots and a long three-pointer by Maciulis brought Los Blancos within a shot. Thompkins also hit one from beyond the arc to complete Madrid's comeback, 60-61. Carroll took over with a wild three-point play, which Llull followed with a driving layup to cap a 1-16 run. Rice rescued Khimki with a layup and Dragic added a triple to bring the hosts within 1. Petteri Koponen scored off a steal and free throws by Rice gave Khimki fresh air at 69-66. A jumper by Llull and a buzzer-beating triple by Rivers restored a 69-71 Madrid edge.
Fourth quarter: Ayon takes over, seals the outcome
Llull made free throws early in the quarter and Rodriguez split attempts for a 69-74 Madrid edge. Rivers shined with a fast break layup off a steal that Monya improved on with a bomb from downtown. Ayon had 2 offensive rebounds in a three-chance Madrid offense, which Rodriguez finished with a triple. A dunk by an outstanding Ayon made it a 9-point game. Khimki struggled to score right when it mattered most and Ayon continued dominating the boards. His reverse layup caused Khimki to call timeout at 72-84 with four minutes to go. Shved tried to change things with a layup and Augustine scored again to bring Khimki within single digits, 76-85. After Monya buried a three-pointer, Madrid called timeout at 79-85. Ayon hit 3 of 4 free throws to seal the outcome, 79-88, in the next-to-last minute. Llull hit his trademark mandarina step-back triple to help Madrid to seal its win in style.
Thursday, February 11, 2016