2007-08Regular SeasonRound 9
December 19, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAESTRA
Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA Moscow Disregarding both injuries and a double-digit second-half deficit, CSKA Moscow rallied on the court of its closest challenger, Montepaschi Siena, to take a 66-69 victory and preserve first place in Group A on Wednesday. CSKA improved to 8-1, tying the best record of the regular season at the end-of-year break, while Montepaschi stays in second place at 6-3. Ramunas Siskauskas was the hero for CSKA, which played again without starters Matjaz Smodis and Alexey Savrasenko. Siskauskas piled up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks, including one of a game-tying three-point attempt on the buzzer by Siena. David Andersen followed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, while Marcus Goree was right behind him with 12 and 9, respectively. Terrell McIntyre was Siena's sole double-digit scorer, with 13 points. Siena had controlled the game on either side of halftime and led by a high of 52-39 midway through the third quarter, but managed only 9 points in the final one as CSKA's defense proved decisive.

Siskauskas and defense gave CSKA quick early control. He challenged Eze at the rim for a three-point play, stole and went fullcourt for a layup, then posted up an 0-7 start that forced a Siena timeout after just 90 seconds. McIntyre revived the hosts then with a straight-up triple and Bootsy Thornton added 4 points to make it 7-9. Siskauskas reappeared with a layup and fed Andersen for a triple to make it 9-14, but McIntyre matched from the arc. Siskauskas went over 10 points with a jumper to beat the shot clock as CSKA's lead climbed to 12-17. Siena came fully awake, however, finding Eze inside for 5 straight points before Kaukenas drove hard for his team's first lead, 19-17. Langdon tied for CSKA from the lane, Kaukenas drove strong again to put Siena back in front, but a tip-in before the buzzer by Andrey Vorontsevich meant a 21-21 tie after 10 minutes.

Benjamin Eze - Montepaschi SienaTo open the second quarter, Ksystof Larvnivoc and Andersen exchanged baskets in the paint before the lead changed back to Siena on Vlado Ilievski's stop-and-pop triple at 26-25. His jumper from the lane and one from the baseline by Eze gave the hosts their biggest lead yet, 30-25. CKSA could only get to the line then, while Ilievski scored again in the paint downed free throws to make it 34-26. J. R. Holden righted CSKA ship with a stand-alone triple, but after Tomas Ress and Thornton hit mid-range jumpers for Siena, Kaukenas hit a free throw and Lavrinovic tipped in the next one for a huge 41-29 advantage. Lavrinovic reappeared in the final minute to score falling down and preserve a double-digit Siena advantage, 43-33, at the break.

Stonerook kept Siena thriving with a long triple to open the second half, to which Sato soon added a jumper off an offensive rebound to make it 48-34. Siskauskas scored a triple to let CSKA breath again, but Sato stole and hit free throws for a 50-37 score. Andersen scored CSKA's first two-pointer in more than 10 minutes from the baseline, but Kaukenas penetrated for his own seconds later. Goree got loose inside for a tip-in and free throws that came with an offensive rebound, lowering the difference to single digits, 52-43. Andersen kept CSKA going with another jumper, and Siena watched Lavrinovic limp off the floor before Holden struck from downtown for a sudden 52-48 difference. Defenses held forth for awhile until McIntyre's triple all alone was answered with a short jumper by Andersen. Sato and Nikos Zisis traded baskets before Vorontsevich again stepped up with a huge triple that left a 57-56 score after 30 minutes.

Marcus Goree - CSKA MoscowUnexpectedly, Goree set up in the corner to complete CSKA's comeback with a triple to start the last quarter and soon added an inside bank shot to make it 57-61. After a quick timeout, Siena was saved by Thornton's desperation three-pointer off the glass to beat the shot clock at 60-61. Points were hard to come by on both sides now, but as the clock passed under 5 minutes, Holden got off a fall-away three-pointer that went in. He tried another that bounced out, but Goree put it back, and CSKA was clearly in charge now, up 60-66 with 3:20 to play. A minute later, Stonerook stopped Siena's bleeding with a swish from the corner, making it 63-66, and after another minute, Sato copied him from the opposite side for a tie. Every touch of the ball was crucial now, and CSKA ended up getting Siskauskas open with 3.5 seconds left for a triple. He was fouled by Sato and made all 3 free throws for a 66-69 lead. An exchange of turnovers left Montepaschi with the ball and 1.8 seconds left, and when Sato lifted up a three-point try, Siskauskas lifted higher and blocked it, sealing first place for CSKA at the holiday break.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO)
Attendance: 6500
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Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BERTI, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 28:30 13 2/4 3/8   2 1 3 1 2 2     1 1 10
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 18:41 7 2/3 1/4     2 2 3           1 9
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 22:43 7 3/7   1/1 3 3 6   2 3 2   4 1 7
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SATO, ROMAIN 25:43 7 1/1 1/2 2/2   5 5   2 2   1 4 3 9
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 18:23 9 2/3 1/2 2/2   1 1     1     2 1 6
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 14:21 6 3/3 0/1   2 1 3   1 1     2   6
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 28:45 9 3/4 0/3 3/4       4 2 2   1 4 3 6
14 RESS, TOMAS 8:48 2 1/2 0/1     2 2       1   1   2
18 COURNOOH, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 34:06 6 0/3 2/6   1 7 8 1 3 1     3 2 9
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 66 17/30 8/27 8/9 8 22 30 9 15 12 3 2 21 12 67
        56.7% 29.6% 88.9%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 7:09 2 0/1   2/2   1 1     3     1 2  
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:39 3 1/3   1/2 1 1 2 1         3 3 3
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 30:14 18 5/8 1/3 5/6 1 4 5 1 3   2   2 7 28
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 32:53 9 0/1 3/7     5 5 2 2 4   1 1   7
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 33:40 15 5/8 1/2 2/2 3 5 8 1 3 5       2 20
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 12:20 5 1/1 1/1   2 2 4   1 1     1   8
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:56 5 2/5 0/6 1/2   2 2 1 2     1 3 2 -2
22 GOREE, MARCUS 31:09 12 3/7 1/2 3/6 4 5 9 1 1     1 1 5 18
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 69 17/34 7/21 14/20 13 26 39 7 12 14 2 3 12 21 84
        50% 33.3% 70%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"The injury to Lavrinovic affected us and at the end of the third quarter, we lost our rhythm. And CSKA punished us. I must say that then in the last quarter, a number of times we has opportunities to swing the game in our favor, but did not take advantage. However my players gave their all. We must look back at this evening with the conviction to get better. Our defense played well, but on the attack we have had some difficulty."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a tough game in a tough place. We started the game well, but after several mistakes got depressed and started to play the kind of game we did not show this year. We let the rival score 82 percent of the two-pointers and we made 7 turnovers. At halftime, I told my players that even if we lose the game, we should do it playing our game. After the break, the team came up feeling the responsibility. We tried to avoid penetration and we were very patient."
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