Top 16 Round 5 - March 04, 2009 CET: 18:15 Local time: 20:15 - USH CSKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-1 Top 16 1-3
7-3 Regular Season 6-4
10-4 Overall 7-7

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia
Umpire
KOROMILAS, ELIAS, Greece

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 73.9
30.9 Rebounds 32.7
9.1 O. Rebounds 10.3
21.9 D. Rebounds 22.4
15.0 Assists 10.9
7.0 Steals 8.5
3.8 Blocks 2.9
11.5 Turnovers 14.1
52.7 % 2PT 50.9 %
45.9 % 3PT 31.9 %
74.4 % FT 72.9 %
89.6 Index 72.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.5 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Points 15.2 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
5.6 / Lorbek Rebounds 8.5 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
2.5 / Lorbek OR 2.6 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
3.4 / Khryapa DR 5.9 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
4.0 / HOLDEN, J.R. Assists 2.9 / Green, M.
1.1 / Khryapa Steals 2.2 / Green, M.
1.3 / MORRIS, TERENCE Blocks 0.7 / Smith
1.7 / Khryapa Turnovers 3.1 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
70.8 % / Khryapa 2PT 90.0 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
62.5 % / Lorbek 3PT 48.6 % / TURKCAN, MIRSAD
94.7 % / SMODIS, MATJAZ FT 89.5 % / MRSIC, DAMIR
14.1 / Lorbek Index 17.9 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD

THE TAKE

CSKA Moscow will look to wrap up its place in the Quarterfinal Playoffs and potentially the top spot in Group H when it hosts Fenerbahce Ulker on Wednesday night in the Russian capital. The champs enter the game 3-1 in the group and are coming off a superb performance against Montepaschi, in which the trio of JR Holden, Matjaz Smodis and Erazem Lorbek lifted the club to its third blowout win in its last four games. The first of those came in Istanbul against Fenerbahce, as CSKA’s tough defense and always-efficient attack produced a 48-66 win. Fener meanwhile is coming off a disappointing 64-86 home loss against Cibona that dropped its record to 1-3. Head coach Bogdan Tanjevic’s team will see its already small playoff hopes vanish unless it comes up with a road win against the team that is has a 4-17 all-time record against. The game features a visit to Moscow for two of CSKA’s former stars, rebounding king Mirsad Turkcan, who was the 2001-02 Euroleague Regular Season MVP and a member of the 2003-04 All-Euroleague first team in his two season at the club, and Gordan Giricek, who led CSKA in scoring alongside Turkcan in 2001-02. But head coach Ettore Messina won’t give them a break. CSKA’s defense will be prepared for everything as it looks to march back to another Final Four. Fenerbahce’s deep frontcourt will be faced with the daunting task of stopping CSKA’s big men, led by the red-hot Lorbek, Smodis, All-Euroleague big man Terence Morris and forward Viktor Khryapa. Fener will counter with Oguz Savas and Semih Erden in the pivot and Turkcan, Gasper Vidmar and even Emir Preldzic at power forward. Giricek will be thrust into the spotlight as he teams up with Devin Smith to try and slow CSKA’s star wingmen, Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas and Trajan Langdon. In the backcourt, CSKA turns to Holden, Zoran Planinic and Nikos Zisis to face Marques Green, Omer Onan and Damir Mrsic Kaan. CSKA is the clear favorite when you consider its recent form, its last game against Fener and the fact that it is at home. Nevertheless, with a visiting team that features stars like Turkcan and Giricek plus a cast of young talents, there is always the possibility of a superb effort that could catch CSKA off guard and shake things up considerably in Group H.

GAME NOTES

CSKA Moscow
  • CSKA has won 11 in a row against Fenerbahce Ulker.
  • J.R. Holden is coming off one of the best performances of his Euroleague career. Holden recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a win over Montepaschi Siena last week and marked the first time he had scored at least 10 points and produced more than 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his 171-game Euroleague career.
  • Team captain Matjaz Smodis scored a season-high 22 points in last week’s victory over Montepaschi.
  • Big man Erazem Lorbek recorded his first double-double of the season and third of his Euroleague career with 14 points and 12 rebounds in last week’s victory over Montepaschi.
  • Smodis and Lorbek were teammates of Fenerbahce Ulker big man Gasper Vidmar on the Slovenian national team.
  • All-Euroleague big man Terence Morris picked up his only double-double of the season – 12 points and 10 rebounds – in his last meeting with Fenerbahce Ulker in the Top 16 opener in January.
Fenerbahce Ulker
  • Playmaker Marques Green has recorded a steal in all 14 games in which he has appeared this season. He is ranked second this season with 2.2 steals per game.
  • Forward Mirsad Turkcan has scored in double figures in six consecutive games.
  • Turkcan is 30 points away from reaching Milos Vujanic for 20th place on the Euroleague Basketball career scoring list. He enters this week game against CSKA Moscow with 1,381 points.
  • Guard Omer Onan is just 2 steals shy of reaching 100 for Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Center Semih Erden recorded a Euroleague career-high 11 rebounds in the Top 16 opener against CSKA in January.
  • Shooting guard Gordan Giricek played for this week’s opponent, CSKA, during the 2001-02 season, during which he averaged 22.9 points per game and was among the Euroleague’s top scorers.
  • Turkcan played for CSKA during two different seasons. He was teammate of Giricek’s in the 2001-02 season, when he was named the Euroleague regular season MVP and led the Euroleague in rebounding. He rejoined the club for the 2003-04 season, when he was named to the All-Euroleague First Team, helped CSKA reach the Euroleague Final Four and win the Russian League. J.R. Holden and Viktor Khryapa are the only current CSKA players to have been teammates of Turkcan’s.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"Fenerbahce Ulker is a very dangerous team. Their win in Zagreb tells a lot. Despite the fact that we won in Istanbul by big margin, we do not assume it will be easy to win here in Moscow. We need to stay focused, to play hard, and we do not think we will win by just showing up on the court. It is important to defend their shooters and to fight for the rebounds. This time Fenerbahce will have Mirsad Turkcan, who is their key player. At the same time we recovered Smodis, who did not play in Istanbul. Though Matjaz has the flu and he missed practice on Monday, we hope he will be able to play on Wednesday."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It’s a very difficult situation for us. We could go to Moscow with confidence, but missed a great chance at home against Cibona Zagreb. Now we have weakened our chances and are trying to find a miracle. We had another bad game in the Turkish League over the weekend against Besiktas Cola Turka. Our morale and motivation are damaged and it’s not easy to recover all of a sudden. What we are trying to do is to refresh our minds and clear them from the mistakes that we made in the last couple of games. We will try our chances as much as we can."

Players

LORBEK, ERAZEM
CSKA Moscow
"I think Fenerbahce Ulker is a serious team with a number of good players. They have great big men like Turkcan, who missed the first game against CSKA, and good shooters. They have some experienced players and at the same time some young guys. So they are also a very balanced team. Unfortunately for them, they lost in the previous home game so the game against us will be the last chance for them to get to the playoffs. I think they will try hard to recuperate."
GREEN, MARQUES
Fenerbahce Ulker
"It’s quite a difficult situation for us. We made a big mistake by losing our advantage with a terrible game at home against Cibona Zagreb last week. Of course, we are not going to surrender in Moscow. But we know that it’s a difficult task and we have to play very tough and strong, because our opponent is the best team in this league. We will try to do everything we can to make a surprise."
Erazem Lorbek - CSKA MoscowCSKA Moscow booked its spot among the eight best teams in the competition on Wednesday by beating Fenerbahce Ulker 77-60. An 11-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters allowed the champs to pull away for good and improve to 4-1 in Top 16 Group H. CSKA will now focus its eyes on Thursday’s game in Siena, Italy, where Montepaschi hosts Cibona Zagreb. If the Italian champs win that encounter, CSKA will have home-court advantage in the upcoming best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs. Erazem Lorbek stoked CSKA to an early 25-10 lead with 11 first-period points, but Mirsad Turkcan helped FB Ulker back early in the second as the visitors closed the gap to 38-35 at halftime. A Marques Green triple tied the game at 40-40 and the visitors stayed close until CSKA’s 11-0 charge took it out of reach. The Turkish champs never quit, but no one could match the energy Viktor Khryapa brought off the bench in the fourth period as CSKA wrapped up the win. Lorbek paced the champs with 18 points, Matjaz Smodis added 14 and Ramunas Siskauskas, JR Holden and Khryapa contributed 9 points apiece. Gordan Giricek led FB Ulker with 15 points, Turkcan posted his 47th career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Green scored 12 and Emir Preldzic dished 7 assists in defeat.

Mirsad Turkcan - Fenerbahce UlkerThe visitors won the opening tip, but it was CSKA that struck first when Lorbek hit from downtown. Giricek knocked down a jumper and Green hit a three, but Siskauskas tied the score on the offensive glass. Lorbek then scored three the hard way and Holden took advantage of an open look to make it 13-7. Rasim Basak’s triple didn’t change much as Holden fed Lorbek for another triple to stretch the lead to 19-10. Fenerbahce Ulker head coach Bogdan Tanjevic called a timeout and came back with a big lineup, swapping Preldzic for Green. The move helped Fener on defense, but the visitors still struggled to score. Smodis made it a double-digit lead from the line and Lorbek reached double figures for himself in just eight minutes on the floor when he scored in the paint. Holden capped a 12-0 charge that made it 25-10 before Damir Kaan Mrsic made a three for Fenerbahce. Siskauskas free throws made it 27-13 after 10 minutes.

Both defenses stepped up early in the second period with neither scoring a field goal for three minutes. A nifty behind-his-head pass from Preldzic to Turkcan broke the ice and Turkcan followed with a triple as Fenerbahce found its legs. Green drilled a triple to cap a 0-9 run that drew the visitors within 5. Siskauskas fed Lorbek for a basket inside to end the CSKA drought and soon Zoran Planinic drove through the FB Ulker defense. Oguz Savas stepped up with a hook shot and then a triple to narrow the gap to 4 and a Giricek bomb made it 34-32. Terence Morris scored on the offensive glass, but Preldzic fired a pass to Giricek, who made it a 1-point game. A Holden jumper boosted CSKA to 38-35 as Green’s three-point attempt to tie it at the buzzer fell short.

Matjaz Smodis - CSKA MoscowLorbek opened the third period the way he played the first two: hitting a mid-range jumper to get the champs going. However Turkcan matched him from outside. Green drilled a triple to knot the score at 40-40 three minutes into the second half. Smodis responded with a three of his own, but Fener was now playing with renewed confidence. Trajan Langdon hit a tough jumper for his first points as the CSKA defense stepped up to deny the visitors. Smodis added 2 from the line before Giricek went backdoor to make it 47-42. Holden pulled up for a jumper, but Serhat Cetin’s triple kept Fener alive. A pair of Savas layups kept the visitors within 3, but Planinic drove the lane for a basket-plus-foul that gave CSKA a 55-49 lead with one period to play.

Morris’s three-pointer early in the fourth-quarterhelped CSKA pull away further and Khryapa made it a double-digit lead from the line. Khryapa then finished a fast break with a two-handed jam as Fener called timeout hoping it wasn’t yet too late. Planinic capped an 11-0 run with layup that made it 63-49. Free throws by Giricek and Turkcan revived FB Ulker’s hopes, but Morris stepped up with a block at one end and an assist to Smodis at the other to settle the home fans. The CSKA captain soon knocked down a three-pointer as CSKA matched its biggest lead of the game, 68-53. After Turkcan scored on the offensive glass, Khryapa put his seal on the game with a two-handed jam that signaled the end as CSKA celebrated another trip to the Quarterfinal Playoffs.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE)
Attendance: 3500
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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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 3:14           1 1               1
7 KEYRU, VICTOR 0:46 2 1/1                         2
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 24:26 14 2/7 2/5 4/4   1 1 1   2 1 1 3 3 6
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 28:28 9 3/5 0/2 3/3 3 2 5 3   2 1   1 4 15
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 32:01 9 3/6 1/3     4 4 3   2     1 2 10
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 17:59 18 5/5 2/3 2/3 2 1 3     1     3 2 17
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 34:02 2 1/1 0/5   1 3 4 3 1       1 5 9
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 0:46                              
24 KAUN, SASHA 0:59 1     1/2 1   1             1 2
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 16:21 9 2/3 1/1 2/6 2 3 5 2 2 1 1   2 3 14
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 14:23 8 3/3 0/2 2/3   1 1 1     1   3 2 7
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 26:35 5 1/3 1/2   1 5 6 2 1   1   3   9
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 77 21/34 7/23 14/21 10 25 35 15 4 8 5 1 17 22 96
61.8% 30.4% 66.7%
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: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
# 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 GREEN, MARQUES 26:50 12 1/1 3/8 1/2       2 1     1 1 1 8
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 23:08 14 3/6 1/1 5/6 3 7 10 1 1     1   5 26
7 ONAN, OMER 10:09   0/1 0/1         1 1 2     4   -6
8 BASAK, RASIM 9:10 3   1/3   1   1           1   1
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 23:49 1 0/5   1/2 2 2 4 1         4 2 -2
10 GIRICEK, GORDAN 30:40 15 3/5 1/4 6/6   2 2 1   1   1 3 5 13
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 12:16 3   1/2           1           3
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 14:07       0/4 1 4 5     2 1   1 3 2
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 18:56 9 3/7 1/2   1 3 4     1   2 2   3
33 CETIN, SERHAT 7:25 3 0/2 1/2                   2   -2
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 23:30   0/1 0/1     1 1 7 1 4     4 1  
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 60 10/28 9/24 13/20 9 21 30 13 5 12 1 5 22 17 47
35.7% 37.5% 65%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"This win is very important for us not only because we qualified for the playoffs, but also because we did it one game ahead of schedule for a fourth year in a row. Though we know that the quarterfinals will be difficult whatever opponent we will have. We opened the game very, very well, but in the second quarter we relaxed on defense and made a lot of mistakes in offense. Our opponent also shot with great percentages from three-point range in the first half. So we had to play hard in the third and fourth quarters to win the game. Khryapa and Morris as two big men allowed us to have more quickness and the team started to move the ball better on offense."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"That was a great game won by a great team. We managed to show enough energy for 25 minutes only, we tried to save hope, but it was still very difficult because we had to win both against CSKA and Siena in two final games of the Top 16. Now, mentioning also Cibona, we should agree that this group was very tough. But we had a lot of difficulties. After the injuries to Erden, Turkcan and Giricek we had to get these players back to their best shape and the team started to regress, because it was used to playing without them. But hopefully we will start to play better in the end of the season. It is good that we have a lot of young and talented players, and our best rebounder and shot-blocker, Omer Asik, is close to a return to the court. This time we couldn’t use our advantage under the baskets. Erden is still far from his best shape and Savas missed 4 of 7 shots from under the basket. And when you start missing those shots, the moral of the team goes down. What is more difficult is that we lost three games in a row so we have to find a way to get our confidence back."
CETIN, SERHAT
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Honestly, we lost the chance of qualifying to the next stage not here in Moscow, but after the game against Cibona Zagreb, which we lost in Istanbul. We challenged as well as we could against CSKA Moscow for nearly three quarters, but they used their experience in the last period. Now we have nothing in our hands and we will be looking forward to next season."
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