SUPERLEAGUE A - Russia

Russian League Finals, Game 4: May 25, 2009
CSKA champ Russia 2008-09 (Photo:cskabasket.com)CSKA Moscow is once again the Russian League champion! CSKA lifted its seventh consecutive Russian League crown, its 16th since the Russian League was created in 1992 and its 40th counting Soviet Union titles by winning its best-of-five title series against BC Khimki Moscow region by 3-1. CSKA bounced back from yesterday's controversial loss by simply overwhelming Khimki 45-78 on the road in Game 4 on Monday, more than enough to lift the trophy at the end of the game. Erazem Lorbek led 5 CSKA players in double digits with 14 points. Trajan Langdon and Matjaz Smodis each added 13 while J.R. Holden and Viktor Khryapa had 10 apiece for CSKA. Jorge Garbajosa and Kelly McCarty each had 8 points for Khimki. CSKA led 9-24 after 10 minutes and boosted its margin to 20-40 at halftime. CSKA excelled in defense throughout the entire game and soon made it a 30-point game, 27-57, to seal the outcome late in the third quarter. MORE

Finals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 CSKA Moscow (1) 80 76 66 78 x
1 Khimki Moscow region (2) 74 64 67 45 x
Russian League Champion 2008-09: CSKA Moscow

Semifinals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 CSKA Moscow (1) 71 78 74 x x
0 Unics (4) 55 59 66 x x
3 Khimki Moscow region (2) 94 58 88 74 x
1 Spartak St.Petersburg (6) 87 66 70 72 x

Quarterfinals Playoffs, best of 3 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
2 CSKA Moscow (1) 88 97 x
0 Enisey (8) 45 70 x
2 Unics (4) 76 72 74
1 Triumph (5) 72 80 64
2 Khimki Moscow region (2) 83 76 85
1 Lokomotiv Rostov (7) 91 52 71
0 Dynamo Moscow (3) 75 68 x
2 Spartak St.Petersburg (6) 88 73 x

Finals Playoffs round games
Game 1 CSKA Moscow vs. Khimki Moscow region 80-74 May 20
Game 2 CSKA Moscow vs. Khimki Moscow region 76-64 May 21
Game 3 Khimki Moscow region vs. CSKA Moscow 67-66 May 24
Game 4 Khimki Moscow region vs. CSKA Moscow 45-78 May 25

Semifinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Khimki Moscow region vs. Spartak St.Petersburg 94-87 May 6
Game 1 CSKA Moscow vs. Unics 71-55 May 8
Game 2 Khimki Moscow region vs. Spartak St.Petersburg 58-66 May 7
Game 2 CSKA Moscow vs. Unics 78-59 May 9
Game 3 Spartak St.Petersburg vs. Khimki Moscow region 70-88 May 10
Game 3 Unics vs. CSKA Moscow 66-74 May 12
Game 4 Spartak St.Petersburg vs. Khimki Moscow region 72-74 May 11

Quarterfinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 CSKA Moscow vs. Enisey 88-45 April 16
Game 1 Khimki Moscow region vs. Lokomotiv Rostov 83-91 April 16
Game 1 Dynamo Moscow vs. Spartak St.Petersburg 75-88 April 16
Game 1 Unics vs. Triumph 76-72 April 15
Game 2 Enisey vs. CSKA Moscow 70-97 April 19
Game 2 Lokomotiv Rostov vs. Khimki Moscow region 52-76 April 19
Game 2 Spartak St.Petersburg vs. Dynamo Moscow 73-68 April 19
Game 2 Triumph vs. Unics 80-72 April 19
Game 3 Khimki Moscow region vs. Lokomotiv Rostov 85-71 April 21
Game 3 Unics vs. Triumph 74-64 April 20

LAST GAME GAME 24
April 11, 2009
Day Match Result
Apr. 11 Triumph vs. St. Petersburg 78-81
Apr. 11 Enisey vs. Samara 85-59
Apr. 11 Khimki vs. Primorie 86-65
Apr. 11 Dynamo M. vs. Rostov 90-65
Apr. 11 Unics vs. Ural Great 94-71

NEXT GAME
Playoffs 
Day Match
- CSKA (1) vs. Enisey (8)
- Khimki (2) vs. Rostov (7)
- Dynamo (3) vs. Spartak (6)
- Unics (4) vs. Triumph (5)
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STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 CSKA (Moscow) 22 22 0 1755 1348
2 Khimki (Moscow region) 22 16 6 1702 1520
3 Dynamo (Moscow) 22 16 6 1786 1600
4 UNICS (Kazan) 22 16 6 1639 1494
5 Triumph (Lubertsy) 22 12 10 1743 1619
6 Spartak (St.Petersburg) 22 11 11 1705 1689
7 Lokomotiv (Rostov) 22 10 12 1619 1681
8 Yenisey (Krasnoyarsk) 22 8 14 1586 1759
9 Universitet (Surgut) 22 6 16 1704 1811
10 Ural Great (Perm) 22 6 16 1607 1805
11 Spartak Primorje (Vladivostok) 22 5 17 1609 1859
12 Samara (Samara) 22 4 18 1529 1799


The Russian League gets better and better every year and this season is not an exception, since most of the top contender invested in marquee signings to challenge CSKA Moscow for the title. The reigning Euroleague champion has lifted five consecutive Russian League trophies and stays as the team to beat with Zoran Planinic, J.R. Holden, Terence Morris, Trajan Langdon, Ramunas Siskauskas, Matjaz Smodis or Erazem Lorbek. Khimki reached the title series last season and improved its roster with Carlos Delfino, Milt Palacio, Jerome Moiso or Jorge Garbajosa while keeping Kelly McCarty, Maciej Lampe or Anton Ponkrashov. Dynamo Moscow landed Arriel McDonald, Hollis Price, Bostjan Nachbar, Jannero Pargo and Darjus Lavrinovic to put together an impressing roster that also has Travis Hansen, Robertas Javtokas or Sergey Bykov. Unics Kazan signed Vladimir Veremeenko, Marko Popovic, Marc Jackson or Terrell Lyday to play with Tariq Kirksay or Sergeu Chikalkin. Triumph Lyubertsy may be a surprise team this season with Nenad Krstic, Marcus Goree, J.R. Bremer, Alan Anderson or Kerem Tunceri. Ural Great got Ralph Biggs or Christian Dalmau while Lokomotiv Rostov improved with Pero Antic, DeJuan Collins or Fred House. In other words, sit and back and enjoy because the Russian League is a must-see competition this season!

Russian League, Regular Season, Game 20: March 13-14, 2009

Mar 14, 2009 by Euroleague.net Print
Darjus Lavrinovic - Dynamo (Photo: dynamobasket.com)CSKA Moscow earned its 20th Russian League victory in as many games by downing Triumph Lyubertsy 66-80 on the road. CSKA big men Matjaz Smodis and Erazem Lorbek combined for 27 points to confirm the champs’ good shape. Ural Great edged BC Khimki 69-67, spoiling the visitors' chances of finishing the regular season in second place. Khimki fell to 13-6 and will probably have to beat Dynamo Moscow by at least 15 points next week, if it wants to finish second. Now Dynamo is second with a 13-5 record after defeating Spartak-Primorie 101-81. Bostjan Nachbar made 11 of his 12 free throw attempts to finish with 22 points and Darjus Lavrinovic amassed 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks for Dynamo. Also Unics Kazan (12-5) continues to fight for the second spot in the standings, pounding Lokomotiv-Rostov 81-51 with an excellent defensive effort at home. Universitet-Jugra Surgut picked up an important road victory: 69-75 over CSK-VVS Samara. Lionel Chalmers paced the visitors with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Gennady Zelenskiy scored 24 points for the hosts.

CSKA beat Triumph 66-80 as Smodis paced the champs with 15 points, Lorbek and Andrey Vorontsevich added 12 points each, and Nikos Zisis chipped in with 11 points. Viktor Khryapa grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds to help CSKA win the battle of the boards 24-33. Fedor Dmitriev was Triumph's top scorer with 17 points. Dynamo outscored Spartak-Primorie 32-17 in the third quarter en route to a solid 101-81 victory. Nachbar scored 22 points, Lavrinovic had an excellent all-around performance with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks, Sergey Monya notched 15 points, Brian Chase added 12 and Dmitry Domani 11. Robertas Javtokas was 2 points shy of a double-double: 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Andrey Trushkin led Spartak-Primorie with 19 points.

In Perm, Ural Great won a 69-67 thriller over Khimki as Fedor Likholitov and Aleksey Surovtsev scored 18 points each and also pulled down a combined 15 rebounds for the hosts. For Khimki, Kelly McCarty netted 19 points, Timofey Mozgov produced 15 points to go with 9 rebounds, Vitaly Fridzon notched 13 points, while Mike Wilkinson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Milt Palacio had a chance to tie the game with 5 seconds left on the clock, but missed from the free throw line. In Kazan, Unics thrashed Lokomotiv-Rostov 81-51 as Dmitry Sokolov scored 18 points, Terrell Lyday netted 15 points and Tariq Kirksay registered a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.


LAST GAME GAME 21
March 13-14, 2009
Day Match Result
Mar. 13 Asvel vs. Strasbourg 77-85
Mar. 13 Orléans vs. Le Mans 54-72
Mar. 13 Pau-Orthez vs. Rouen 83-67
Mar. 14 Cholet vs. Vichy 72-59
Mar. 14 Hyeres Toulon vs. Dijon 88-75
Mar. 14 Nancy vs. Roanne 70-79
Mar. 14 Le Havre vs. Gravelines 92-80
Mar. 14 Besançon vs. Chalon 95-83
NEXT GAME GAME 22
March 20-22, 2009
Day Match
Mar. 20 Roanne vs. Asvel Basket
Mar. 21 Rouen vs. Besançon
Mar. 21 Chalon vs. Pau-Orthez
Mar. 21 Strasbourg vs. Le Havre
Mar. 21 Gravelines vs. Nancy
Mar. 21 Dijon vs. Orléans
Mar. 21 Vichy vs. Hyeres-Toulon
Mar. 22 Le Mans vs. Cholet


STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Orléans 21 15 6 1561 1440
2 Asvel Basket 21 15 6 1670 1488
3 Roanne 21 14 7 1661 1614
4 Le Mans 21 13 8 1591 1438
5 Strasbourg 21 13 8 1703 1608
6 Nancy 21 12 9 1740 1614
7 BCM Gravelines 21 12 9 1638 1605
8 Chalon/Saone 21 12 9 1630 1568
9 Cholet 21 10 11 1580 1571
10 Vichy 21 9 12 1410 1481
11 Hyeres Toulon 21 8 13 1637 1717
12 Rouen 21 8 13 1582 1649
13 Le Havre 21 8 13 1643 1747
14 Dijon 21 7 14 1714 1811
15 Besançon 21 7 14 1551 1711
16 Pau-Lacq-Orthez 21 5 16 1548 1797