CSKA Moscow defeated Khimki Moscow Region on the road in Game 3 of the Finals, 80-62 (18-14, 25-14, 19-19, 18-15).
22 – number of points scored by Viacheslav Zaitcev, a new career high in the League. His teammates, however, struggled to match his production in the defeat.
Cory Higgins. The American was CSKA’s most reliable option on offense throughout the game. Higgins finished with 23 points, shooting 9-13 from the field.
Khimki head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis: “The fans did a really good job of supporting us today. They did everything they could, but we weren’t able to do what we should have. Coming back from an 0-2 deficit, even at home, is not easy. I think fatigue and our rotation, which was shorter than CSKA all season, was a factor. We really felt it in the finals, because CSKA nearly had a complete team and their coach in that regard could act freely, whereas we were limited, plus we lost two of our leading players. But there’s nothing you can do about it. The score is what it is. Without question, CSKA deserved to win the VTB League and played at as high of a level as it did in the EuroLeague Final Four. We tried, but CSKA is stronger for now.”
CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis: “First of all, my congratulations to the entire team! Second, I want to say a huge thank you to this group of warriors and wonderful players. I’m proud that I have an opportunity to coach them and lead them to victories. They deserved all of the applause from the fans and management. It was a terrific season! I also want to congratulate our opponents. Khimki battled and won a EuroLeague berth, which is a very difficult thing to accomplish.