Russian League, Game 2: October 13-15, 2006
David Vanterpool - CSKA Moscow Defending Russian League champions CSKA Moscow opened the season with a Eastern road trip which had its first stop in Primorie. CSKA downed Spartak Vgues 78-81 on Sunday, handing the hosts their first loss of the season after resounding home wins against Dynamo Moscow and Khimki. David Vanterpool led the winners with 24 points, Matjaz Smodis added 14 while Trajan Langdon and David Andersen each had 11 for CSKA, which trailed 46-36 at halftime. Vanterpool led the CSKA comeback, as he had 13 points in the third quarter while a three-point play by Andersen got the guests within 66-62 after 30 minutes. Back-to-back triples by Smodis put CSKA fully in charge, 70-76. Spartak managed to tie the game, 78-78, but went scoreless in the final 2 minutes. Meanwhile, a big basket by Smodis and a free throw by Langdon allowed CSKA to win the game. Meanwhile, Dynamo Moscow improved to 2-1 by beating University Surgut 60-75 on the road on Friday. Lazaros Papadopoulos led the winners with 15 points, Bojan Popovic added 13, Antonios Fotsis had 11 while Andrei Ivanov and Travis Hansen each scored 10 points for Dynamo. Three-pointers by Hansen, Popovic and Ivanov broke the game in the third quarter, as Dynamo got a 50-60 margin after 30 minutes and limited its opponents to just 10 points in the final period to seal the win. Khimki bounced back from its initial loss in Primorie by beating SibirTelekom Lokomotiv 75-85 in Novosibirsk on Saturday. Vitaliy Fridzon paced the winners with 19 points, Oscar Torres added 13, Gianmarco Pozzecco 12 and Ruben Wolkowyski 10 in an easy win for Khimki, which led 12-23 after 10 minutes and kept a safe cushion all the way until the final buzzer. In other games, Unics Kazan thrashed Standart 63-86, CSK VVS-Samara topped Ural Great 64-75 in Perm while Spartak St. Petersburg edged Lokomotiv Rostov 72-74 due to a game-winning basket by Pavel Sergeev.

LAST GAME GAME 2 - October 13/15, 2006
Oct. 15Spartak VGUES vs. CSKA Moscow78-81
Oct. 14Sibirtelekom vs. Khimky75-85
Oct. 14Standart vs. UNICS Kazan63-86
Oct. 13Ural-Great vs. CSK VVS-Samara64-75
Oct. 13Lokomotiv-Rostov vs. Spartak St.Pet.72-74
Oct. 13University-Ugra vs. Dynamo Moscow60-75
NEXT GAME GAME 3 - October 16/21, 2006
Oct. 16University-Ugra vs. Khimky
Oct. 17Lokomotiv-Rostov vs. Dinamo M. reg.
Oct. 17Sibirtelekom vs. CSKA Moscow
Oct. 18University-Ugra vs. CSKA Moscow
Oct. 19Ural-Great vs. Standart
Oct. 21CSKA Moscow vs. Dinamo Moscow reg.
Oct. 21Lokomotiv-Rostov vs. CSK VVS-Samara

1Spartak VGUES (Primorie) 321227 228
2Dynamo (Moscow) 321228 206
3UNICS (Kazan) 220161 123
4Khimky (Moscow region) 211163 154
5Spartak (St.Petersburg) 211147 153
6University-Ugra (Surgut) 211158 158
7CSK VVS-Samara (Samara) 211135 139
8CSKA (Moscow) 11081 78
9Dinamo (Moscow reg.) 11081 73
10Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv (Novosibirsk) 202151 169
11Standart (Samarskiy region) 202146 184
12Ural-Great (Perm) 10164 75
13Lokomotiv-Rostov (Rostov-na-Donu) 10172 74

Sunday, October 15, 2006