Regular Season Round 13 - January 23, 2008 CET: 18:15 Local time: 20:15 - PALACE OF SPORTS KHODYNKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
10-2 Regular Season 8-4
10-2 Overall 8-4

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Umpire
VIATOR, EDDIE, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.1 Points 85.3
31.4 Rebounds 33.8
8.0 O. Rebounds 9.8
23.4 D. Rebounds 24.1
13.7 Assists 13.9
6.2 Steals 8.9
2.6 Blocks 2.1
9.3 Turnovers 12.8
54.6 % 2PT 56.9 %
40.5 % 3PT 38.7 %
75.6 % FT 72.4 %
91.8 Index 93.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.0 / Andersen Points 16.2 / Rakocevic
6.8 / Andersen Rebounds 6.2 / TELETOVIC, MIRZA
2.5 / Goree OR 1.9 / SPLITTER, TIAGO
5.0 / Andersen DR 4.5 / TELETOVIC, MIRZA
3.4 / HOLDEN, J.R. Assists 4.1 / PRIGIONI, PABLO
1.4 / SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS Steals 1.7 / PRIGIONI, PABLO
1.1 / Goree Blocks 0.7 / SPLITTER, TIAGO
1.9 / Papaloukas Turnovers 2.3 / PRIGIONI, PABLO
66.7 % / Vorontsevich 2PT 64.2 % / SPLITTER, TIAGO
56.7 % / Andersen 3PT 43.1 % / TELETOVIC, MIRZA
91.2 % / Andersen FT 100.0 % / Jasaitis
18.3 / Andersen Index 17.0 / SPLITTER, TIAGO

THE TAKE

CSKA Moscow will look to wrap up first place in Group A and with it a top seed in the Top 16 draw when it hosts Tau Ceramica on Wednesday at the Universal Sports Hall in the Russian capital. CSKA, the only team to have played in each of the last five Final Fours, knows the importance of both protecting its home court and a top seed in the next round. However Tau will be out for a bit of revenge after CSKA snapped its Euroleague-record 30game home-court winning earlier this season. Now the Russian champs own the longest active home-court streak at 23 straight wins dating back to January 2006. CSKA defeated Tau 76-85 in Vitoria, Spain, in November as David Andersen and Trajan Langdon scored 23 points apiece. CSKA has the second-best record in the entire Euroleague this season at 10-2 and is coming off a 28-point road win at Zalgiris. The injury-depleted frontline received a boost recently with the signing of center Tomas Van den Spigel, who was a member of the club’s 2006 Euroleague championship side, but his impact will have to be moral only as he is not eligible to suit up before the start of the Top 16. That leaves Andersen and Marcus Goree as the central figures against a deep Tau big man corps anchored by Tiago Splitter and Mirza Teletovic, with Will McDonald and Gabe Mouneke the key reserves. Langdon’s shooting could again prove central to the CSKA attack, with the likes of Ramunas Siskauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nikos Zisis and J.R. Holden rounding out an incredibly deep backcourt. Tau will try to match up with CSKA there by bringing a dynamic scorer in Igor Rakocevic against Holden, an All-Euroleague point guard in Pablo Prigioni off the bench to counter Papaloukas, a sweet shooter in Simas Jasaitis to fire away against Langdon, as well as passing whiz Zoran Planinic and small forwards Sergi Vidal and Pete Mickeal. Despite Tau’s strong roster, the advantage rests with CSKA, especially at home. Tau, which is second in the Euroleague this season with 85.3 points scored per game, will need to break down CSKA’s notoriously tough defense and get its big guys into foul trouble to swing the odds in its favor. One head-to-head macthup worth keeping an eye on is Papaloukas versus Prigioni, because the playmaker that can give his team the bigger lift off the bench could change the outcome of the game in a short time. Either way this game figures to be a close and exciting one that comes down to the wire.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Tau Ceramica
"I don't feel pessimistic about the game against CSKA Moscow. I never look at the other team to evaluate if they are better than my team or not. As a coach, my job is to do my best to transmit good feelings to my team, so we won't pay attention to the great quality that all CSKA player have. They have almost everything, they are really complete team, although the only thing we must focus on is playing better than we did in Manresa last weekend to have some chances to win in Moscow. What I will ask to my players is for good defense and a tough mentality. We cannot relax a single second in this game, neither at the beginning nor at the end."

Players

J.R. Holden  - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow became the Group A champion by downing Tau Ceramica 70-62 in its first Euroleague game at the 13,000-seat Sports Palace in the Russian capital on Wednesday night. CSKA improved to 11-2 in Group A and locked up first place, becoming a top-seeded team in the upcoming Top 16 Draw in front of a sellout crowd that included six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, Russian basketball legends Sergei Panov and Sergei Bazarevich and 2006 Euroleague champion David Vanterpool. Meanwhile, Tau Ceramica dropped to 8-5. J.R. Holden paced the winners with 19 points while Trajan Langdon had 11 for CSKA. Igor Rakocevic led Tau with 21 points. Tiago Splitter added 12 while Will McDonald had 10 for the guests. Rakocevic paced Tau in the opening half, as a free throw by Pete Mickeal gave the guests its last lead, 25-26. Marcus Goree and Zakhar Pashutin allowed CSKA to get a 34-29 halftime edge. Just as in each and every home game, CSKA improved its defense after the break, while Ramunas Siskauskas, Langdon and Holden helped the hosts to break the game open, 56-42, after 30 minutes. Splitter and Rakocevic brought Tau within 66-62 with 22 seconds but it was too little, too late for the guests.

McDonald got Tau going with a left-handed jump hook as CSKA struggled to score in the opening two minutes. It didn't last long, however, as Holden and David Andersen quickly stroke from downtown for a 6-2 CSKA lead. The hosts had started to dominated the game with their trademark man-to-man defense. Meanwhile, Langdon followed a baseline jumper with an open triple, sending Tau to call timeout at 11-2. Tau has been scoreless for four minutes before Rakocevic beat the shot clock with a seven-meter bomb. Holden scored off a midcourt steal that Rakocevic matched with a driving layup for a 13-7 Tau deficit. McDonald sank a baseline jumper, but Siskauskas answered with a driving basket to keep CSKA ahead at 15-9. McDonald kept pacing Tau with free throws and Rakocevic added his second three-pointer in a 0-7 run that Mirza Teletovic capped with a running jumper as Tau regained the lead, 15-16. Andersen followed a jumper with a two-handed dunk to restore a 19-16 CSKA edge after 10 minutes.

Igor Rakocevic - Tau CeramicaTheo Papaloukas provided a highlight with a smooth move in the low post, but Rakocevic immediately bettered it with a wild four-point play that got Tau within 21-20. Holden buried a long two-pointer before Gabe Mouneke fed Simas Jasaitis for a driving layup. Tau was all over the place on defense now, while free throws by Rakocevic gave his team a 23-25 edge. Langdon hit a jumper off a screen, but CSKA kept finding it hard to score despite finding open shots. Mickeal made a free throw to restore a 25-26 Tau edge. CSKA called a much-needed timeout, as Tau tried twin point guards with Pablo Prigioni and Zoran Planinic on court. Papaloukas sank a fade-away jumper and Goree added free throws, but Teletovic banked in a turnaround jumper to tie the game at 29-29. Goree nailed a six-meter shot and Pashutin fired in a three-pointer from the corner to restore a 34-29 CSKA lead as both teams headed to the locker rooms.

Holden finished a long second-chance CSKA possession with a three-pointer, as Tau struggled to score after the break. The guests went scoreless for two minutes until Planinic fed Jasaitis for a wild dunk. Holden had a big block on Rakocevic and fed Siskauskas for an open triple, good for a 40-31 CSKA lead. Tau tried to regain the game momentum quickly with a timeout, but free throws by Goree gave CSKA its first double-digit lead, 42-32. McDonald stepped up with a jump hook that Langdon erased with a power layup. Siskauskas, now playing power forward, hit free throws and by the time Holden fired in a bomb from downtown, CSKA had a 15-point lead. Splitter tried to change things with a layup-plus-foul and a dunk, but Pashutin answered with an easy driving layup and Siskauskas had a no-look assist to Anatoliy Kashirov. Prigioni scored from downtown but Kashirov matched it with a three-point play to restore a 56-42 CSKA lead after three quarters.

Marcus Goree - CSKA MoscowSplitter tried to ignite a Tau comeback with an off-balanced basket as the guests started to dominate the defensive boards. Rakocevic added a mid-range jumper, however Holden sank a seven-meter triple to give CSKA some fresh air at 59-46. Sergi Vidal answered from downtown and Gabe Mouneke nailed another one from the same spot to bring the guests within single digits, 61-52. CSKA quickly called a timeout, but Splitter's three-point play brought Tau even closer, 61-56, after a 0-7 run. CSKA had been scoreless for almost three minutes, so Papaloukas slowed down the tempo to adjust his team's offense. Langdon sank a floating jumper that Rakocevic matched with free throws for a 63-58 Tau deficit with 2:11 remaining. Holden sealed the outcome with a key three-pointer and even though McDonald and Rakocevic brought Tau within 66-62 with 22 seconds to go, the guests ran out of time to complete their comeback.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 13000
By Quarter1234
CSKA Moscow19152214
Tau Ceramica16131320
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CSKA Moscow19345670
Tau Ceramica16294262
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 21:25 6 2/5 0/1 2/2   1 1 6 3       2 4 14
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 6:53     0/1     2 2     2     1 1 -1
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 6:04 5 2/2   1/1 1   1             2 8
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 27:35 9 1/3 1/4 4/6 2 3 5 3 1   1 1 2 4 13
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 37:34 19 2/7 5/7   1 4 5 4 1 3 1 1 1   18
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 9:51 5 1/2 1/1     1 1   1           6
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 30:04 7 2/8 1/1     3 3 2   2   1 4 2 1
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 3:22                   1     1   -2
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:22 13 5/8 1/5   1 1 2   1 1     2 1 7
22 GOREE, MARCUS 25:48 6 1/3 0/2 4/4 3 4 7 1   1     4 4 9
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 0:02                              
Team           1 3 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 70 16/38 9/22 11/13 9 22 31 16 7 12 2 3 17 18 75
42.1% 40.9% 84.6%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Tau Ceramica
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 21:56 3   1/7   1 2 3 4 2 3     2 1 2
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 34:06 21 3/8 3/5 6/7   5 5         2 1 4 19
9 VIDAL, SERGI 26:11 3   1/4     3 3 1         1   3
10 PLANINIC, ZORAN 23:45 1 0/2 0/2 1/2   2 2 2   5     4 2 -7
11 FERNANDEZ, LUCHO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 21:16 4 2/4       2 2     2     1   1
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 12:18 4 2/2 0/1   1 2 3           2   4
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 18:58 12 4/7   4/8 1 1 2     1     4 6 8
30 MUONEKE, GABE 18:44 3 0/1 1/2   1 3 4 1 1 1         6
33 MICKEAL, PETE 2:15 1     1/2                   1 1
45 MCDONALD, WILL 20:31 10 4/6   2/2 1 4 5     2 3   3 3 14
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 62 15/30 6/21 14/21 5 24 29 8 5 14 3 2 18 17 53
50% 28.6% 66.7%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a very difficult game for us, for two reasons. First of all, we had beaten Tau Ceramica in Vitoria and that allowed Tau to play without pressure tonight. Second, it was an outstanding night for Russian basketball. The game was very well-organized due to the efforts and cooperation from a lot of people, including the Moscow Government, the Sports Place, the CSKA management and all our fans. We wanted to have our best game and win it. When one wants to show its best, however, it never comes easy. I think the key was the third quarter and we were a bit tired in the final minutes, but got some help from our young center Anatoly Kashirov."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Tau Ceramica
"I Would like to congratulate CSKA for this win. We played an inconsistent game and had too many ups and down. The team cannot afford to play like this if we want to have chances to win this kind of games."

Players

KASHIROV, ANATOLY
CSKA Moscow
"I Would like to congratulate CSKA for this win. We played an inconsistent game and had too many ups and down. The team cannot afford to play like this if we want to have chances to win this kind of games."
PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR
CSKA Moscow
"Tau Ceramica is a great team. They played great defense against us, trying to force us to make mistakes. We managed to keep the pressure and hold them off, controlling the game."
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