2007-08Regular SeasonRound 13
January 23, 2008 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 PALACE OF SPORTS KHODYNKA
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
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 13000
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CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Tau Ceramica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
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%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

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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