2012-13Top 16Round 5
January 25, 2013 CET: 17:00
Local time: 20:00 USH CSKA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.4 Points 74.8
32.9 Rebounds 36.6
8.1 O. Rebounds 11.1
24.9 D. Rebounds 25.6
17.1 Assists 13.4
6.8 Steals 5.9
3.8 Blocks 2.9
14.4 Turnovers 12.9
56.8 % 2PT 48.3 %
41.9 % 3PT 34.6 %
75.2 % FT 73.1 %
93.4 Index 77.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.7 / Weems Points 10.4 / Zoric
7.1 / Khryapa Rebounds 4.8 / Gist
1.6 / Kaun OR 2.3 / Gist
6.3 / Khryapa DR 3.1 / Simon
4.9 / Teodosic Assists 3.5 / Williams
1.8 / Khryapa Steals 1.1 / Calloway
1.1 / Khryapa Blocks 1.0 / Zoric
2.9 / Teodosic Turnovers 1.8 / Simon
69.1 % / Kaun 2PT 61.9 % / Calloway
100.0 % / Krstic 3PT 52.1 % / Calloway
91.7 % / Khryapa FT 100.0 % / Vidal
18.1 / Khryapa Index 11.8 / Calloway


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-0 Top 16 1-3
9-1 Regular Season 8-2
13-1 Overall 9-5


Crew Chief

The Take

Two teams in different momentums meet in Top 16 Group E when CSKA Moscow hosts Unicaja Malaga on Friday. CSKA (4-0) is on a nine-game Euroleague winning streak and has averaged 86.3 points over its last four home games. Unicaja (1-3) has lost its last seven games overall, including three consecutive losses in the Euroleague. The two teams meet for the 20th time in European competitions. CSKA boasts an 8-0 home record against Unicaja.

Unicaja must find the way to stop Milos Teodosic, who comes off a Euroleague career-best scoring effort against Zalgiris Kaunas. Teodosic is the fourth-best scorer in the Top 16 with 17.3 points per game and ranks sixth in assists (4.3 apg.). His creativity and inspiration make him unguardable at times. His backup is lightning-quick playmaker Aaron Jackson, an athletic slasher and great ball handler who loves to play in transition. Teodosic must use his court sense and experience against the more athletic Earl Calloway, while Jackson faces scoring ace Marcus Williams. Theo Papaloukas will come off the hosts' bench to provide endless experience. Unicaja has plenty of options at the wings, even though Krunoslav Simon and Sergi Vidal have seen more playing time lately. Simon is a great one-on-one player and Vidal uses his size and experience to help at both ends. Sharp shooter Txemi Urtasun and defensive ace Zoran Dragic will offer help off the bench. Simon must play aggressive against Dionte Christmas, who is the league’s most accurate three-point shooter and has helped CSKA to a league-best 51.7% in the Top 16. Vidal must be ready for a tough matchup against a recovered Sonny Weems. CSKA has more options at the wings, such do-it-all swingman Vladimir Micov and combo guard Anton Ponkrashov. Both teams have deep frontcourts that can make the difference. Viktor Khryapa has been simply unstoppable in the Top 16 by helping CSKA in all aspects of the game and leading this phase in rebounds. Sasha Kaun and Nenad Krstic are splitting minutes at center and combined give Coach Ettore Messina a tremendous 40-minute effort. . Khryapa will not have it easy against Andy Panko and Luka Zoric, while Krstic and Kaun will battle in the paint against a battery of big men featuring Augusto Cesar Lima, Kosta Perovic and Fran Vazquez, who comes off a good game against Real Madrid and wants to keep his personal momentum going.

CSKA must run its offense through Teodosic and Khryapa, power the offensive glass and keep circulating the ball the way it has lately, finding open shots for its many scorers in all positions. Unicaja needs a good game from Williams and Calloway to control the game tempo and prevent CSKA from running the floor. It needs to use its deeper frontcourt to get Khryapa or Krstic into foul trouble, as well as a good game from its outside shooters, Simon and Urtasun.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Game Notes


CSKA’s nine-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the league.

Ettore Messina coached Unicaja forward Sergi Vidal during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons at Real Madrid.

Viktor Khryapa has scored in double figures in eight straight games and has a performance index rating of at least 10 in all 14 games this season.

Khryapa has at least 1 steal in six straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Khryapa leads the league among active Top 16 players in rebounding with 7.1 per game. He is also the Top 16 leader with 8.8 rebounds per game.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Teodosic is the Top 16 leader in three-pointers made with 14.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Theodoros Papaloukas needs 3 more three-pointers to reach 100 for his Euroleague career.

Dionte Christmas has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight consecutive Euroleague games. He is 20 for 32 (62.5%) from downtown during that stretch and leads the league at 58.8%.

Vladimir Micov registered career highs in scoring with 20 points and three-pointers made with 4 in last week’s road win at Zalgiris.


Unicaja leads the Euroleague in rebounding with 36.6 boards per game.

Sergi Vidal needs 22 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Kosta Perovic played behind Nenad Krstic at Partizan Belgrade between 2002 and 2004, during which they won back-to-back Serbian League crowns.

Perovic has been a teammate of CSKA players Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic on the Serbian national team. Together they won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009. 

Perovic was a teammate of Vladimir Micov at Partizan during the 2006-07 season. Together they won the Serbian League championship.

Krunoslav Simon had one of his best Euroleague games against CSKA in Moscow last season. He tallied 21 points, 5 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 25, though CSKA beat his team at the time, KK Zagreb, 87-74.

Simon has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"We will face a team which has a lot of offensive weapons. Besides they are coming off 7-game losing streak so they will be hyper-motivated and with fierce desire to win. It will be a tragic mistake to think that Unicaja can be judged by the standings only. Its coach and players are definitely worthy of better record. So the best quality of our game will be needed to be able to win."
Unicaja Malaga
"We are visiting the home of one of the most powerful teams in the Euroleague, a clear candidate for the Final Four. The game is really important and it will be difficult, especially with Panko and Perovic out for us. We must play as a team and remain focused for the full 40 minutes. That's precisely something we must improve on after the last games, and against teams like CSKA Moscow, details become even more important. We have been practicing welland we are convinced to work hard in order to win in one of the most difficult gyms in Europe in a difficult part of the season for us."


CSKA Moscow
"I know that we should take Unicaja seriously despite their results in recent games. They are good enough to beat any team in our group, they played close games against Panathinaikos and Real Madrid. With Calloway and Williams they have probably one of the best point guard duos in the Euroleague so it will add to my responsibilities. But we are studying their game attentively and we will try to use our strengths to win this one. We think positively even though we are focusing on the difficult game ahead of us."
Unicaja Malaga
"Early this week we analyzed our mistakes and now we will have to focus on a tough week with games in Moscow and Badalona. We are alive in both competitions. We know that the game against CSKA Moscow will be hard, because they are a united team that is playing really well. Their court normally has a hot atmosphere but we must remain calm. We must try to win because a W in Moscow would make a great message to be sent and extra motivation for the team. However, we must go step by step and play well for 40 minutes."

Unicaja's red-hot shooting takes CSKA down

Unicaja Malaga snapped a three-game losing streak by routing CSKA Moscow 81-94 in the Russian capital on Friday evening. The loss ended the Russian champs’ nine-game winning streak and vaulted Unicaja back into playoff contention at 2-3. Unicaja's point tally represented the most CSKA has ever allowed in a Euroleague home game. CSKA, 4-1, visits Group E leader Real Madrid in the Spanish capital next week. Marcus Williams starred for Unicaja with a season-high 28 points on 6-of-12 three-point shooting. The visitors heated up from downtown early to take a 10-point lead after the first quarter. It reached 17 before Milos Teodosic fueled CSKA comeback with 8 points and 2 assists in 15-2 run to finish the half at 43-47. CSKA briefly led in the third, but Williams and co. kept scoring to soar back ahead. The lead peaked at 18 in the fourth quarter and CSKA never threatened again. Krunoslav Simon added 14 points and 5 assists for the winners, Luka Zoric scored 12 and Sergi Vidal had 11 for Unicaja, which also outrebounded the hosts 24-33, despite no player having more than 5 boards! Nenad Krstic posted 23 points to lead CSKA, Milos Teodosic tallied 17 points and 8 assists, Viktor Khryapa finished with 15 points and 6 assists and Vladimir Micov netted 13 points.

First quarter: Three-point shooting lifts Unicaja to double-digit advantage

CSKA won the opening tip and got going with a triple from Micov on the game’s opening possession. A Zoran Dragic tip-in after a Zoric steal represented the visitors’ first basket. A second basket by Dragic and a Vidal triple sandwiched a missed slam by Sasha Kaun as the visitors moved ahead 3-7. But Sonny Weems threw down a highlight reel slam to soon even things and then put the hosts back ahead. Weems drew Vidal’s second foul and split free throws to make it 10-7 midway through the opening quarter. Zoric went hard inside to end Unicaja’s three-and-a-half minute scoring drought and then added a pair of jumpers to put his team ahead. A triple by Simon lifted the visitors to 11-16. Zoric took a seat on the bench after fouling Krstic at the rim for his second foul. However back-to-back three-pointers by Augusto Cesar Lima and Williams put Unicaja in the driver’s seat at 13-22 and resulted in a CSKA timeout. After Weems sank a jumper, Williams nailed a second bomb from behind the arc to give Unicaja a double-digit lead. CSKA, which went big with both Kaun and Krstic on the floor, got a bucket from the later, but Earl Calloway free throws left the visitors ahead 17-27 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unicja builds 17-point lead, Teodosic carries CSKA back

Simon kept the pressure on the hosts with another three-pointer. Krstic answered with a jumper, but Unicaja kept rolling as Fran Vazquez’s offensive rebound allowed Williams to convert a basket-plus-foul for a 19-33 lead. The crowd groaned when Simon knocked down his third three for a 15-point lead, even though Teodosic and Weems continued to generate points for the hosts on offense. Nevertheless, the Unicaja lead continued to grow, hitting 28-45 as Simon tipped in a miss by Lima. Teodosic got a on a roll with 8 points in the span of one minute. Zoric fed Lima for a slam to silence the CSKA crowd, but it was short-loved as Teodisc drained a triple to trim the deficit to 9. Then Aaron Jackson scored off an inbounds pass, forced a turnover and then Teodosic fed Khryapa for a triple to cap a 15-2 surge to end the half with CSKA within 43-47.

Third quarter: Williams takes over to keep Unicaja ahead

Lima threw down a slam to restore Unicaja’s confidence early in the second half. However CSKA forced a pair of 24-second violations, Krstic sttod tall on offense and then Micov scored a three for his first points since the first minute of the game to put CSKA ahead 50-49. Micov scored and pushed CSKA ahead by 2, but Williams fourth triple of the night made it 52-53. Zoric rocked the rim with a two-handed jam thanks to a perfect pass from Williams and then the playmaker then used some streetball moves to free himself for a jumper and a 54-57 edge. Vidal nailed a triple to make it a 4-point game, but Unicaja soon ran into trouble when Vazquez went to the bench for good with his fifth foul. Krstic scored the next 3 points, but before CSKA could move ahead, Williams pulled for a triple, soon after knocked down a pair of free throws and then a baseline jumper to make it 61-67. Even after a timeout, Williams remained red hot with his sixth three and his 10th straight Unicaja point to make it 61-70 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Unicaja raises lead as high as 18 en route to victory

Lima extended the Unicaja lead to double figures on the first possession of the quarter. The pressure reached the hosts as Khryapa threw up an airball from downtown. Calloway drained his first triple of the night to put his team up 62-77 three minutes into the fourth quarter. And Dragic gave Unicaja an even bigger lead with a three on the ensuing possession. Still Dragic took a seat with 5 fouls and Teodosic make the resulting 2 free throws. Khryapa got going with a triple, Zoric committed an offensive foul and Krstic scored at the other end, 69-82. Vidal and Khryapa traded triples. Micov cut the deficit to 12, but a Calloway steal and Vidal layup with three minutes to go made it 75-91 and essentially wrapped up a sig win for Unicaja.

Marcus Williams - Unicaja Malaga - EB12
Friday, January 25, 2013
Attendance: 4891
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CSKA Moscow17261820
Unicaja Malaga27202324
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CSKA Moscow17436181
Unicaja Malaga27477094
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 35:13 17 2/3 2/8 7/7   3 3 8   1     2 4 22
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 29:26 13 2/3 3/5         1 3 2 1 1 1 1 12
7 JACKSON, AARON 14:19 4 2/2 0/1 0/2 2 1 3 2         1 2 7
11 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 30:02 23 6/9   11/14 2 4 6 1   1 2   2 12 35
13 WEEMS, SONNY 28:56 9 4/7 0/1 1/2       1   1     2 5 7
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 CHRISTMAS, DIONTE 9:12     0/1                   1   -2
24 KAUN, SASHA 12:51   0/1   0/2   1 1   1 1 1   3 1 -3
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 35:14 15 2/5 3/6 2/2 1 4 5 6 1 4     3 2 16
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 4:47   0/1 0/1     1 1 1              
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 81 18/31 8/23 21/29 9 15 24 20 5 10 4 1 15 27 99
        58.1% 34.8% 72.4%
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 31:52 14 1/2 4/8   1 2 3 5 1 2     2 2 16
6 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 32:34 28 3/5 6/12 4/5 1 2 3 4   1   1 1 4 27
7 LIMA, AUGUSTO CESAR 25:58 9 3/4 1/3   3 2 5   2 1 1   2 1 12
9 VIDAL, SERGI 22:37 11 1/2 3/3     4 4     2   1 3 1 9
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 4:20   0/1                         -1
11 CALLOWAY, EARL 27:52 9 2/5 1/3 2/2 2 2 4 4 2 2     4 3 11
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 14:07 4 2/2     1 1 2 1 1       5   3
19 DIAZ, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZORIC, LUKA 25:06 12 5/8   2/2 2 2 4 1 1 4   1 5 3 8
22 DRAGIC, ZORAN 15:34 7 2/5 1/3   1 3 4 1       1 5 1 2
Team           2 2 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 94 19/34 16/32 8/9 13 20 33 16 7 14 1 4 27 15 89
        55.9% 50% 88.9%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"It is clear that in the case when the whole team can’t play on a good level, the one who is coaching the team should take responsibility. And I am responsible for the fact that I was not able to prepare my team mentally to face a very dangerous opponent. We scored 81 point and usually it is more than enough to win a Euroleague game. We made 58% of our two-point shots and 35% of three-pointers, we had a ranking of 99, but all these statistics are offensive… I would like to congratulate Unicaja, which played aggressively and found the leaders in Simon and Williams. But all the others also played great, organized basketball with the right mentality and good shooting."
Unicaja Malaga
"It is a very important win for us. We are coming of the seven game losing streak, a very tough period. But we believed we could come back. We practiced hard and we realized that the series of losses was connected with bad luck, travel, tiredness, different reasons. Our team was among the Euroleague leaders in three-point shooting and rebounds in the beginning of the season, but after five or six losses, we lost our confidence. We had some special shooting practices, which helped us to get confidence back. Tonight we played without Panko and Perovic, but without pressure as well."


CSKA Moscow
"We didn't play good defense. We didn’t show enough respect to our opponent in the first half. Unicaja came here without pressure and started making shots. Now our team has to forget about this game. We have very tough schedule. It’s a shame not to get this win. It could have been our fifth one."
Unicaja Malaga
"It was a tough game for us and for me personally. We lost our last seven games. We just tried to play our game. It was tight. We got confidence, played well on defense in the second half. "
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