Regular Season Round 2 - October 23, 2014 CET: 18:00 Local time: 20:00 - USH CSKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-0 Regular Season 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANI, Spain
Referee
CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK, Poland
Umpire
MANTYLA, PETRI, Finland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
84.0 Points 92.0
40.0 Rebounds 36.0
17.0 O. Rebounds 3.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 33.0
19.0 Assists 25.0
4.0 Steals 4.0
4.0 Blocks 4.0
9.0 Turnovers 9.0
62.2 % 2PT 59.5 %
28.6 % 3PT 47.4 %
87.5 % FT 68.2 %
104.0 Index 119.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.0 / Kaun Points 20.0 / Pargo
9.0 / Kaun Rebounds 12.0 / Smith
5.0 / Kaun OR 2.0 / Smith
7.0 / Teodosic DR 10.0 / Smith
5.0 / Weems Assists 9.0 / Pargo
2.0 / Teodosic Steals 2.0 / Randle
2.0 / Vorontsevich Blocks 2.0 / Smith
3.0 / Weems Turnovers 2.0 / Smith
100.0 % / Vorontsevich 2PT 100.0 % / Pnini
50.0 % / Vorontsevich 3PT 100.0 % / Pnini
100.0 % / Weems FT 100.0 % / Maric
25.0 / Kaun Index 25.0 / Pargo

THE TAKE

Two classic continental powerhouses meet again for the 33rd time – and the first since last season's semifinal. CSKA is still without Victor Khryapa and Demetris Nichols, so Andrey Vorontsevich will see most of the playing time at power forward against Alex Tyus and Brian Randle. Kyle Hines and Sasha Kaun face a physical battle against Aleks Maric and Sofoklis Schortsanitis at center. Jeremy Pargo returns to Moscow to face his former team and faces an exciting matchup against Milos Teodosic, who has been in great shape recently. Both teams have a lot of fire power at the wings - Vitaly Fridzon, Manu Markoishvili and Sonny Weems will try to use their shooting range and experience against Devin Smith, Guy Pnini and Sylven Landesberg, who have played together for years. CSKA is always the favorite at home, but Maccabi comes off a big home win and will try to keep its momentum going.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Maccabi is the defending champion, one of the biggest teams in European competitions which always have high expectations. We don’t have much time to prepare, we started our preparations right after our Monday game, but this is life. Maccabi went through some changes but they continue to play high-quality basketball. Talking about the opponents’ game you start from the fact that they ran the floor, they execute on primary and secondary fastbreaks, they have a number of shooters like Smith, Pnini, Landesberg, Haynes, Linhart. Pargo is shooting well this season and he is really important for the team. They can play big, they can use smaller lineup with Pnini at 4. With Sofo under the basket they have quality to pass the ball inside. To sum up this short analysis, you can say that the team is well balanced, it can spread the floor and able to play effective inside-outside game. We are certainly improving and our main task for now is to play consistently for longer stretches during the game. I’d like also to call our fans again to come and support us. As I said before the season they have to set their expectations and show the team that they really want us to perform well and to bring them big wins."
GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We're heading off to Moscow for what will be our most difficult away game in the first round of the Euroleague season. It will be challenging since we're going without Smith and Tyus, two of our key players. We're aware of CSKA's strength, they're an experienced team at the highest levels of the game, with some of the best players in the Euroleague. We'll be ready mentally, and we'll need to be tough."

Players

TEODOSIC, MILOS
CSKA Moscow
"CSKA and Maccabi have a great history of games, their meetings always bring high expectations and spectacular basketball. They beat us on the way to the title last year so we definitely have something to prove here. I think it will be a difficult game. Even though David Blatt is gone they kept the system, core players and the same desire to fight."
PARGO, JEREMY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"I want to win the game, I don't care what happens other than that. CSKA has a new coach, and I don't know him, but I'm guessing we'll see the same good CSKA team as always. It will be a completely different atmosphere from last time the two teams met, in the Final Four. We're going to come in and try to play as a team and win."

Game Notes

CSKA Moscow
Coach Dimitris Itoudis was an assistant coach at Panathinaikos Athens during the two seasons that Maccabi center Aleks Maric played there. They won the 2011 Euroleague title together.
Sasha Kaun recorded his career high in scoring against Maccabi. Kaun went for 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead CSKA to a 77-72 victory in the Russian capital in December 2009. He also set career highs in free throws made (9) and attempted (15) that night.
Kaun averaged 12.7 points on 17-of-21 shooting (80.9%), 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game in three appearances against Maccabi last season.
Kaun leads the Euroleague in career two-point shooting percentage. Kaun has made 321 of 454 two-point shots (70.7%). He also leads the career field goal shooting percentage list; Kaun has never attempted a three-point shot in 113 Euroleague career games.
Victor Khryapa recorded one of the best games of his Euroleague career last season against Maccabi Electra. He flirted with a triple-double and finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 32, which tied his career high. CSKA cruised to a 100-65 victory.
Khryapa is fifth in Euroleague history with 134 career blocked shots. He trails All-Euroleague big man Stephane Lasme of Anadolu Efes Istanbul (138) by four for fourth place.
Milos Teodosic was a teammate of injured Maccabi big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis at Olympiacos Piraeus for three seasons between 2007 and 2010. They led the team to a pair of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four appearances.
Teodosic needs 5 more assists to surpass another CSKA Moscow great, J.R. Holden, for seventh place on the Euroleague’s career assists charts. Teodosic has 604 career assists.
Teodosic has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Aaron Jackson scored a season-high 18 points in the Top 16 finale against Maccabi Electra last season in Tel Aviv. He made 3 of 5 three-pointers in leading CSKA to a 76-81 victory.
Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 23 straight Euroleague games. He is shooting 44 for 86 (51.2%) from downtown over that stretch.
Sonny Weems needs 15 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his Euroleague career.


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Jeremy Pargo played for CSKA Moscow last season. He was a teammate of much of the team’s current roster and helped CSKA with the 2014 VTB League.
Alex Tyus was a teammate of CSKA Moscow’s Manuchar Markoishvili during the 2012-13 season at Cantu.
Tyus has blocked at least 1 shot in each of his last six Euroleague appearances.
Tyus has scored in double figures in each of his last five Euroleague games played.
Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague appearances.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Euroleague.net
CSKA rolls over Maccabi 99-80 in rematch from semis


Revenge for a late loss in last season's semifinals was sweet on Thursday as CSKA Moscow blew out visiting champions Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 99-80 to stay undefeated in regular season Group B. CSKA is now 2-0 while Maccabi's record fell to 1-1. The expected showdown turned into a runaway as CSKA could do no wrong in a 32-13 third quarter and protected big leads the rest of the way. Andrey Vorontsevich was the catalyst early for CSKA and finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading CSKA's devastating 45-25 advantage on the boards. Sonny Weems led all scorers with 18 points, while Sasha Kaun scored 17. Milos Teodosic had 15 points and 11 assists. Maccabi, which had opened the game leading 4-11 but soon suffered a 10-2 run by CSKA, had a bright spot in Brian Randle, who had 18 points, while Sylven Landesberg added 14 and Guy Pnini 12. Both teams were short-handed, with Maccabi having travelled without Devin Smith or Alex Tyus, just as Viktor Khryapa, Manuchar Markoishvili and Demetrius Nichols were in street clothes for CSKA.

Vorontsevich leads CSKA rally

Maccabi started the game in style, with Jeremy Pargo's slick pass to Randle for a transition dunk. Pargo swished his first three-pointer, too, but was immediately answered from the corner by Vorontsevich. After Marcus Haynes drilled a jumper, Pargo and Randle repeated their earlier fastbreak play from a longer distance. By the time Aleks Maric joined the scoring with a put-back, Maccabi was up 4-11 and CSKA needed a timeout. Teodosic came off the bench to restart CSKA's offense with a layup to which Weems added a fastbreak basket off a block by Vorontsevich. Despite a jumper by Pnini, Kaun scored a second-chance basket and Vorontsevich nailed a deep two-pointer for CSKA. And when Kyle Hines downed free throws, the hosts were ahead 14-13 after a 10-2 run. Maccabi needed new scorers, so Landesberg and Yogev Ohayon filled the bill. After Hines completed a three-point play, Teodosic dropped a mid-range shot and Vorontsevich hustled to put back his own three-point miss as CSKA pulled in for a 21-19 lead after 10 minutes.

CSKA hangs tough as Randle pushes Maccabi


Aaron Jackson drilled a triple to open the second quarter for CSKA and Teodosic soon fed Weems for a backdoor reverse to make it 26-19. Pargo returned to hit Maric for his own reverse, but Teodosic answered with a catch-and-shoot triple. Randle matched that with a three-point play, then added a tip-in before Weems drilled a triple. When Randle made it 7 points in a row for himself, it was 32-28. After Kaun and Landesberg exchanged inside baskets, Pnini got Maccabi within one point on a three-pointer, but seconds later, Teodosic did the same. The long-range shooting contest continued with another by Pnini from almost the same spot that Weems answered from deep to make it 40-36. Teodosic found Jackson for another backdoor reverse before Landesberg copied Pnini from the same wing for a 42-39 scoreboard. Weems drove untouched for a splendid slam before Sofoklis Schortsanitis got his first points at the foul line. But after his great offensive rebound let Weems score again, Vorontsevich finished his great half with a basket inside for a sudden seven-point difference, 48-41, for CSKA.

Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - EB14

Teodosic, Weems send CSKA soaring

Teodosic and Vorontsevich combined to start the second-half scoring for CSKA, while Ohayon challenged inside to get Maccabi's going. Teodosic found Vitaly Fridzon alone for a corner triple in transition and the game's first double-digit lead, 53-43, to which Kaun quickly added a layup and free throw. Vorontsevich downing 2 free throws and Teodosic drilling a second-chance triple made it a 61-43 advantage and an 13-2 start to the second half for CSKA. Landesburg stopped Maccabi's offensive slide, but Kaun answered with a three-point play and a slam for a 68-45 advantage. CSKA kept pouring on the points with a Teodosic layup, triples by Jackson and Fridzon, plus a reverse by Hines that made it 76-54. The hosts didn't stop until they had scored 32 third-quarter points and led by 80-54 when it finished.

Kaun and bench add finishing touches

Maccabi showed some fight to open the fourth quarter as Randle scored a third-chance basket and Landesberg struck from downtown. Pavel Korobkov joined CSKA's scorers with the first of his 2 fourth-quarter triples but Randle matched him with a great shot in a crowd of defenders plus the free throw that came with it. CSKA then entertained the crowd with a high-flying alley-oop from Teodosic to Kaun, while Zozulin blasted a three-pointer at 92-69. After that it was only a question of time and what, if any, influence the big difference would mean at the end of the regular season.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANI (ESP), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN)
Attendance: 4785 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19415480
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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
2 ASTAPKOVICH, ANTON 1:18               1             1
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 27:15 15 3/5 3/6     1 1 11 2 4   1 1 1 19
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 21:56 8 1/3 2/4     1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2   5
9 JACKSON, AARON 24:37 8 1/4 2/3     3 3 2   2     1 3 9
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 15:44 8 1/1 2/2     1 1 1         2   8
13 WEEMS, SONNY 28:06 18 6/14 2/2   1 5 6 4   3 1 1 3 1 15
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY 13:32 3   1/2   1 2 3       1   3 1 4
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 3:16 2 1/1 0/1                   1 1 1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 24:16 13 4/4 1/5 2/2 5 6 11 4 1   3   1 2 29
24 KAUN, SASHA 22:06 17 7/11   3/4 4 4 8   1 3 1 1 2 6 22
42 HINES, KYLE 17:54 7 2/4   3/3 1 5 6 1   1 2   1 3 15
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 99 26/47 13/25 8/9 14 31 45 26 5 14 9 4 17 18 133
55.3% 52% 88.9%
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: GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
# 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 PARGO, JEREMY 26:46 7 1/9 1/4 2/2   1 1 5   1   4 1 4  
5 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 29:23 8 2/7 1/3 1/2   2 2 4 3 1 1 2 1 3 9
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 29:23 18 8/13 0/1 2/2 3 3 6 2 1 2 1 1 4 3 18
8 LINHART, NATE 6:54 1     1/2   2 2           1 1 2
10 PNINI, GUY 26:45 12 3/4 2/5   1 1 2   1 2   1 2   6
11 COHEN, JAKE 2:26                         1   -1
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 16:57 8 3/4 0/1 2/2   1 1     1     3 2 5
14 ALTIT, BEN AVI ALBERT 0:13                              
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 25:33 14 4/5 2/7   2 4 6 1   1   1   2 15
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 16:52 4 1/2   2/2           1 1   3 2 2
23 MARIC, ALEKS 18:48 8 4/4     1 1 2 2     1   2   11
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 26/48 6/21 10/12 9 16 25 14 5 9 4 9 18 17 70
54.2% 28.6% 83.3%
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Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to the team, players and big thank you to the fans! We really felt their support, got some energy from their applause and songs. Most of the game we played focused and dedicated. You can’t describe everything by the numbers but today you can explain a lot by team ranking, our rebounding advantage, good shooting. We did not start well, we had problems with the opponents’ matchup zone, but then we started splitting it and getting good shots."
GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"The game can be separated into two parts. We were in the game in the beginning but then CSKA turned the game around. We were soft and completely lost control, allowing the opponents to run, to rebound, to shoot. CSKA shot really well from outside making 52% of their attempts and scoring on 13 three-pointers. It is really difficult to beat a team when it shoots like this. We have to learn how to play on this level, to play tough from the first to the last minute. We could play better but we had no defense tonight as we allowed 99 points."

Players

KAUN, SASHA
CSKA Moscow
"In the first half we started bad. At several moments, we missed chances on defensive rebounds and pick-n-rolls. Then we improved, made our defense better and since that moment did not let the opponent to make easy shots. We did our best in offense."
VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY
CSKA Moscow
"Of course, we played today against last year's champion. We had lost against them then, so of course we wanted to beat them in our first Euroleague game at home. That was motivation for all our guys. We improved as the game went on. We played our basketball from the defensive end and start running, and you saw the result."
MARIC, ALEKS
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We moved the ball well, they attacked us with open shots and offensive rebounds. They are big athletic team and they made easy points from open shots."
RANDLE, BRIAN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Tonight we got a good start that made the opponents to take a timeout. Then everything had changed. The athletes of CSKA controlled the game. We tried to fight but were down by 5 or 6 points for a while. They have great players and they made big shots. Defensively, we didn’t approach the game like we needed to from start to finish."
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