2016-17Regular SeasonRound 3
October 25, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Nando De Colo - CSKA Moscow - EB16

Champs edge Efes to stay perfect

Reigning champion CSKA Moscow remained perfect this season by holding off a resilient Anadolu Efes Istanbul on the road 87-93 at the Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul on Tuesday night. CSKA improved to 3-0, while Efes dropped to 0-3 after an exciting game that saw the hosts rally from a 15-point deficit in the second half and tie the game couple times in the fourth quarter. Thomas Heurtel tied it 82-82 with 3:35 to go, but Efes never went in front, as CSKA scored the next 7 points to close out the game. De Colo finished with 26 points, and also added 6 assists and 4 rebounds in victory. Teodosic netted 15 points with 8 assists. Cory Higgins scored 9 of his 13 points in the second quarter, and Jeff Ayers in his first significant action scored 10 points in victory. For the hosts, DeShaun Thomas had 16 points, while Derrick Brown scored 14 and Bryce Cotton 12. Jayson Granger had 8 assists and Thomas Heurtel dished 7 for the hosts.

CSKA scored first 7 points of the game, but Alen Omic and Cotton got Efes going to a 13-12 advantage. However, their lead was a brief one, as Teodosic fed De Colo and Kyle Hines with passes for easy baskets, pushing CSKA back in front. The visitors were up 23-26 after 10 minutes, then Higgins scored 9 of first 11 CSKA points in the second quarter as the visitors pulled away to a double-digit lead, 25-37, midway through the second. Dogus Balbay hit from long range and close range to cut the deficit, but Teodosic downed a pair of triples, helping the margin increase to 14 points. CSKA eventually went into halftime up 37-49. Andrey Vorontsevich hit from downtown to make it 37-52 at the start of the third quarter, but Cedi Osman sparked the Efes offense, before Heurtel, Brown and Thomas took over. The hosts got within 4 points, and it was 63-69 at the end of third quarter. Triples from Thomas and Heurtel early in the fourth tied it at 71-71. Teodosic and De Colo quickly got CSKA back in front, but Efes was not going away. More baskets from Thomas, Brown and Heurtel tied it up again at 82-82. But CSKA did not allow another basket for more than 2 minutes, while De Colo scored on a three-point play and Teodosic beat the shot-clock with a three-point shot to make it 82-89, putting the game out of hand.

Both team splay their next games on Thursday, with CSKA hosting fellow Russian side Unics Kazan, and Efes visiting city rival Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR)
Attendance: 3531 (Tentative)
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul23142624
CSKA Moscow26232024
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul23376387
CSKA Moscow26496993
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 THOMAS, DESHAUN 17:00 16 5/6 2/7     2 2           1 1 12
2 HONEYCUTT, TYLER 24:35 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 5 6 11 2 1 1 2   2 1 13
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 4:48 5 1/1 1/1   1   1 1   1     2   4
5 BROWN, DERRICK 34:18 14 4/8 2/3   2 3 5 4 1 3 3 1 2 2 18
6 OSMAN, CEDI 17:09 7 2/6 1/2   2 2 4 1   3     3 3 4
7 COTTON, BRYCE 18:02 12 3/4 2/4     3 3 2   1     1 1 13
9 GEYIK, SAMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 29:56 7 2/9 1/3     1 1 8 2 4   1 5 5 4
23 OMIC, ALEN 7:38 7 3/3   1/5 1 3 4           2 3 8
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 25:30 7 2/5 1/3         7 1 2     3   5
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 21:04 9 4/6   1/5 3 2 5 2   1 2   3 4 12
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 87 27/51 10/24 3/12 17 23 40 27 5 17 7 2 24 20 96
        52.9% 41.7% 25%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 32:28 26 7/12 0/2 12/13 2 2 4 6   4 1 1 3 11 32
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 29:17 15 1/2 3/5 4/4   3 3 8   1     2 2 22
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 14:44 6 2/2 0/2 2/2   1 1 1 1 1     1 1 6
9 JACKSON, AARON 13:37 2 1/2       2 2 5       1   2 9
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 6:53   0/1       2 2       1 1 2   -1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 21:41 8 1/4 2/4     2 2     2         3
22 HIGGINS, CORY 21:18 13 2/4 2/4 3/4   3 3   2 2   1 2 4 12
23 AYRES, JEFF 15:20 10 4/4   2/2 3 1 4     1     3 1 11
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 14:41 6 3/4 0/1     4 4     1     1   6
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 12:20 1 0/2   1/2 1 2 3 3   2   1 2 1  
42 HINES, KYLE 17:41 6 2/6   2/2 2 3 5     1   2 4 2 2
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 93 23/43 7/18 26/29 9 25 34 23 3 15 2 7 20 24 103
        53.5% 38.9% 89.7%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It’s a tough loss for us because we had the opportunity in the final minutes. But in crucial moments we did not play well. On offense we made turnovers and on defense we allowed easy baskets. I think in the last 3 minutes we should have played better. Second quarter was bad. We gave them easy free throws, and they played with confidence. In the second half the difference was the free throws. They shot 19, and we had 1 free throw. This was also very important. When CSKA has easy free throws, they are very good at it. "
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Everybody had a huge contribution in our third win in a EuroLeague marathon. Analyzing this game, we managed to play pretty good in the first half. We controlled the game due to reading their defense, and going for their weak spots. We were sending their players to the free throw line, where they did not have a good day and were missing. Their bigs were 1 of 9 in the first half. And we took care of the ball. We were expecting that Efes would attempt to come back, they have a good team, they were 0-2 and it was their first home game. Efes is a great team, well coached and has great players, but with all due respect, we gave them a lot of gifts to come back from +14, and gave them opportunity to come back. Turnovers in the second half could not be answered. We could not stop them because those were steals that led Efes to 1-on-0 fast breaks for easy dunks. Efes had 17 offensive boards; that was not given just like that. We had a big fight. In the end, when there were crucial moments, my players found the way. We did defend well on switches, playing small ball with Kurbanov at four. We rebounded good when we were small. And we had a pretty big win on the road again.”

Players

HIGGINS, CORY
CSKA Moscow
"We knew it was going to be a physical game, knew it was going to be tough. We knew that Efes wanted to play well after their last game against Olympiacos, so we tried to keep them off the offensive boards the best that we could, that was a big factor. But overall, we just fought together and even in the tough moments we just stayed together and got the W."
AYRES, JEFF
CSKA Moscow
"Playing on the road is always going to be tough. This is a hostile environment. Everybody is trying to beat us, so we know every night we're going to get every team's best. But we stepped up to the challenge; we were a man down with James [Augustine] being sick, but everybody stepped up, did their part, and we gritted out a tough win."
DE COLO, NANDO
CSKA Moscow
"Every win is important. We know it is a long season, and we knew we will have tough games the entire seasons. We will have a lot of games, have to take them one by one. Tonight was a great win. I think they played better in the second half. We let them shoot the ball little bit too easy. We fixed that in the fourth quarter, and that made the difference in the end."
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