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CSKA: Siskauskas extended through 2011!
In a major move at the Euroleague's very top echelon, CSKA Moscow and star forward Ramunas Siskaukas have agreed to terms to keep the 2008 Euroleague MVP at the club two more seasons until spring of 2011. Siskaukas, a two-time Euroleague champion and a recent second-team All-Euroleague selection, has spent two seasons in Moscow, helping the club win the 2008 Euroleague trophy and reach the 2009 title game. He was a hero early this month at the Final Four by scoring 18 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead CSKA to a come-from-behind semifinal victory over Regal FC Barcelona. Siskauskas was CSKA's go-to guy in the title game, too, taking the final shot with the trophy hanging in the balance, although his three-point try rimmed out. He finished this season as CSKA's top scorer with 12.1 points per game. Siskauskas has been selected to the All-Euroleague first or second team in three of the past four seasons.
Among his career highlights are winning back-to-back Euroleague titles with Panathinaikos in 2007 and CSKA in 2008. In domestic competitions, Siskauskas has won titles in four different countries: his native Lithuania, with Lietuvos Rytas; in Italy, with Benetton Treviso; in Greece, with Panathinaikos; and in Russia, with CSKA. Siskaukas has also won the European championship and an Olympic bronze medal with the Lithuanian national team.
"I feel like the right man in the right place in CSKA," Siskauskas said after the new deal was announced. "I am happy with both the team and the organization. That is why I don't see any reason to think about changes. I feel myself as a part of history of a great club, which is aiming for the highest goals. And that's what absolutely matches with my character."
Friday, May 15, 2009
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