Regular Season Round 8 - December 12, 2007 CET: 18:15 Local time: 20:15 - USH CSKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-1 Regular Season 1-6
6-1 Overall 1-6

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
PATERNICO, CARMELO, Italy
Umpire
NESKOVIC, DRAGAN, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.6 Points 66.7
28.7 Rebounds 32.3
6.9 O. Rebounds 10.3
21.9 D. Rebounds 22.0
13.9 Assists 9.3
6.0 Steals 6.4
2.3 Blocks 2.0
8.4 Turnovers 15.3
55.0 % 2PT 45.8 %
41.9 % 3PT 32.3 %
77.6 % FT 73.0 %
90.3 Index 59.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.0 / SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS Points 11.3 / SLANINA,D.
4.9 / Andersen Rebounds 7.5 / V.d. Spiegel
1.7 / Goree OR 3.0 / V.d. Spiegel
3.7 / Andersen DR 4.5 / V.d. Spiegel
3.4 / HOLDEN, J.R. Assists 1.4 / HARISSIS, C.
0.9 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Steals 0.9 / HARISSIS, C.
1.4 / Goree Blocks 1.5 / V.d. Spiegel
1.1 / HOLDEN, J.R. Turnovers 2.0 / SLANINA,D.
70.0 % / Savrasenko 2PT 56.3 % / V.d. Spiegel
63.2 % / Andersen 3PT 66.7 % / WAGNER, DAJUAN
87.5 % / LANGDON, TRAJAN FT 100.0 % / Roszyk
14.0 / Andersen Index 16.7 / V.d. Spiegel

THE TAKE

Group A leader CSKA Moscow will look to win its fifth straight game when it hosts last place Prokom Trefl Sopot on Wednesday in the Russian capital. Despite injuries slashing head coach Ettore Messina’s squad in recent weeks, CSKA has been red hot, building a 6-1 record. Meanwhile Prokom has struggled, dropping its last three by an average of 29.3 points per game. These two teams played the very first game of this season when Prokom hosted CSKA in the annual Opening Game. The Russian champs won 69-88 that time, but may not have the same firepower this time around. Starting center Aleksey Savrasenko remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, while All-Euroleague second team power forward Matjaz Smodis has missed three games and is questionable this week. However, Euroleague MVP Theodoros Papaloukas is back after sitting out the last two games. On the other side, Prokom center Tomas Van den Spiegel, who won the 2006 Euroleague with CSKA, did not play in Ljubljana last week and is also doubtful. Meanwhile Prokom teammates Milan Gurovic, Tomas Masiulis and Christos Harissis have all been ruled out. CSKA has seen a number of players rise to the occasion in the face of injuries, with David Andersen averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds in his last two games, while Marcus Goree and Trajan Langdon have also picked up their production. For the visitors, center Jovo Stanojevic, swingman Donatas Slanina and guard Dajaun Wagner will all need to bring their best offensive games to have a chance at cracking the mighty CSKA defense, especially in Moscow where the club has won 21 consecutive Euroleague games. Stanojevic will likely match up with Andersen, in what could prove to be the game’s most important head-to-head duel. Meanwhile Wagner will have to shake J.R. Holden if he is to lead the Prokom attack, while Slanina could face both Langdon and Ramunas Siskauskas during the game. While the hosts remain the overwhelming favorite, Prokom is far more talented than its record shows and with every loss serving as another nail in the team’s Top 16 chances, it’s not out of the question to see the Polish champs come together and take aim at CSKA in what would be the biggest surprise of the week.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We face Prokom, which is going to be a very tough rival. They were lucky to pass all the adversity they had in the start of the season. They had a big win against Virtus in Bologna. On the other hand we still will miss Savrasenko and Smodis. Both had serious injuries. But our team is improving anyway as we showed it against Khimki last Saturday."
PACESAS, TOMAS
Prokom Trefl Sopot
”We realize what is our situation in the table, but we still have a chance, so we won’t give up. Now the pressure won’t be as big as earlier, so it can help us to play good basketball. We have some problems with injuries. Thomas van den Spiegel is not fully ready to play and Milan Gurovic is ill. We know that CSKA is an extremely strong opponent. They play really modern basketball and it will be very rough to find their weaknesses. However we will try to do it and we will fight for a good result in Moscow.”

Players

David Andersen - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow did not have too much trouble in staying atop the Group A standings with a 7-1 record by downing injury-plagued Prokom Trefl Sopot 99-67 in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA stays as the team to beat in Group A, while Prokom dropped to 1-7 and needs a major turnaround to reach the Top 16. David Andersen paced the winners with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Trajan Langdon and Marcus Goree each added 14 points, Nikos Zisis had 12 and 6 assists and J.R. Holden and Ramunas Siskauskas each got 10 for CSKA, which was without Matjaz Smodis and Aleksey Savrasenko. Theo Papaloukas also returned for CSKA, contributing 5 assists in 16 minutes. Mustafa Shakur had 19 points for Prokom, which played without Milan Gurovic, Tomas Masiulis and Tomas Van den Spiegel. Filip Dylewicz and Jovo Stanojevic each added 14 for the guests. Siskauskas and Andersen led CSKA to a 21-13 lead after 10 minutes. Shakur and Stanojevic kept Prokom in the game for a while, but Andersen had 6 points in an 8-0 CSKA run and soon added a triple to break the game open, 48-34, at halftime. CSKA boosted its margin to 73-51 after 30 minutes and sealed the outcome with a 9-0 opening run in the fourth quarter.

Siskauskas opened the game with a driving dunk that Stanojevic matched with a five-meter jumper. Langdon scored in penetration and Andersen hit his trademark turnaround jumper for a 6-2 CSKA lead. Shakur stepped up with a driving layup, as Prokom became more aggressive at both ends. The guests tried to run their offense through Stanojevic, who banked in a jumper for a 6-6 tie. Siskauskas and Langdon made free throws, as CSKA returned to its usual self on defense. Siskauskas dunked it off a steal to make Prokom call timeout at 12-6, after a 6-0 run. Dylewicz shined with a three-point play, but Prokom had entered the foul bonus. Andersen made free throws, which Stanojevic erased with a close jumper. Goree shined with a tip-in and Holden buried a running triple for a 19-11 CSKA margin. Andrei Vorontsevich provided a highlight with a fast break dunk to cap a 7-0 CSKA run, before free throws from Shakur got Prokom within 21-13 after 10 minutes.

Filip Dylewicz - Prokom TreflDonatas Slanina tried to ignite a Prokom comeback with a driving layup as the visitors stayed aggressive on defense. Goree fired in one from downtown, but a hook shot by Stanojevic got Prokom within 24-17. Goree buried another three-pointer and Nikos Zisis fed Vorontsevich for an easy basket to restore CSKA’s double-digit lead. Shakur answered with a seven-meter bomb and Dylewicz added a floating jumper to get Prokom within 29-22. Andersen sank a baseline jumper, which Stanojevic erased with a reverse layup. Krzysztof Roszyk shined with a reverse layup, but Langdon and Vorontsevich kept CSKA ahead, 35-26. Shakur fired in a corner triple, but Andersen followed free throws with back-to-back dunks during an 8-0 CSKA run that made it a 14-point game. Roszyk scored again, but Zisis took over with a driving layup. Slanina and a red-hot Andersen traded triples to fix the halftime score at 48-34.

Goree fed Holden for a triple from the corner right after the break to keep CSKA in control. Dylewicz tried to change things with free throws and Stanojevic added a jump hook to get Prokom going. Langdon stepped up with a put-back layup and Siskauskas added free throws. Roszyk found a put-back basket and Stanojevic added a fast break layup, but Langdon buried a big triple for a 16-point CSKA lead. Siskauskas and Shakur traded baskets, as Prokom called timeout to fix its defense. CSKA kept looking for its frontcourt, as Goree and Andersen extended the hosts' lead to 65-44. Prokom now had trouble scoring until Dylewicz buried a six-meter shot and then matched Langdon's triple with another shot from downtown. Holden scored in penetration and Goree fired in his third three-pointer to keep CSKA way ahead, 73-51, after 30 minutes.

Trajan Langdon -CSKA MoscowThe outcome was clear, so CSKA opted to give playing time to Vorontsevich and Anatoliy Kashirov, who will play a key role off the bench with Smodis and Savrasenko sidelined. Prokom opted to do the game with promising center Adam Lapeta and forward Przemyslaw Zamojski. Vorontsevich scored inside and Zisis added a three-point play to boost CSKA's lead to 78-51. By the time Zisis buried a long two-pointer and Zakhar Pashutin added a fast break layup, CSKA had a 31-point margin at 82-51. Prokom called timeout, after which Roszyk sank a triple that Shakur followed with a fade-away jumper. Alexey Shved and Artem Zabelin stepped on court for CSKA midway through the final period, as Lapeta found his first points with a big dunk. Zisis and Pashutin kept pacing CSKA now, but everything was said and done up to that point. CSKA is ready to fight for first place in Group A while Prokom needs a miracle comeback to reach the Top 16.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), NESKOVIC, DRAGAN (SRB)
Attendance: 3500
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Prokom Trefl Sopot13211716
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Prokom Trefl Sopot13345167
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 16:12   0/5 0/2 0/2 1 2 3 5   1     1 1 -2
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 22:37 12 4/6 1/2 1/1   2 2 6 2 2   1 2 3 17
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 6:37         1   1     1       1 1
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 21:10 10 3/7   4/4   1 1   2 1       4 12
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 23:30 10 2/3 2/2     1 1 3 1       1   13
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 9:00 4 2/4 0/1     2 2     1     1   1
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 28:48 17 5/11 1/1 4/4 2 9 11 2 1   2   3 3 27
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM 4:35 6 2/3   2/4 1   1             4 8
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 19:42 8 4/5       1 1     1 1       8
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 21:50 14 2/2 2/5 4/4 1 3 4 1   1     1 3 17
22 GOREE, MARCUS 20:18 14 2/4 3/4 1/2 2 5 7 2     1   2 1 19
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 5:41 4 1/1   2/4   1 1       1   1 2 5
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 99 27/51 9/17 18/25 9 29 38 19 7 8 5 1 12 22 130
52.9% 52.9% 72%
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: PACESAS, TOMAS
Prokom Trefl Sopot
# 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
5 ROSZYK, KRZYSZTOF 30:30 9 3/3 1/1   2 2 4 1 1 1     3   11
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 32:50 14 3/6 1/2 5/7 1 7 8     1     3 4 16
9 WAGNER, DAJUAN 23:20   0/6 0/1     2 2 2 1 1   2 3 1 -7
11 SHAKUR, MUSTAFA 33:25 19 4/10 3/6 2/2   3 3 2   4   1 3 1 8
12 STANOJEVIC, JOVO 23:09 14 7/12     1 3 4     1     2 2 12
13 SLANINA, DONATAS 31:25 5 1/5 1/4     1 1 3 1 5 1 1 3 1 -4
16 LAPETA, ADAM 16:51 5 2/3   1/2 2 1 3 1   1     3 2 5
17 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 8:30 1 0/2   1/2   1 1         1 2 1 -3
18 STELMACH, PIOTR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 67 20/47 6/14 9/13 6 22 28 9 3 16 1 5 22 12 38
42.6% 42.9% 69.2%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We should recognize that it was a very hard game for Prokom with several players absent on their roster. And we should respect the effort they gave to the game. Our players were concentrated on the game from the first minute and that fact gave us the opportunity to give some interesting minutes to our young players. It was a good game for us but next week we have a difficult trip to Siena for a game against Montepaschi."
PACESAS, TOMAS
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"CSKA was stronger then we were in almost all the game's components. We have some difficulties and problems in the team, most on them on the mental side. But we will not give up while we still have the smallest chance to get to the Top 16. We have four games at home and with the full roster there is a chance to do something."

Players

GOREE, MARCUS
CSKA Moscow
"We played well in the defensive end, we stayed focused on the game for all the time, and that is the reason for the win."
VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"I wanted to play badly, but I am just two or three days out of the best conditions after the injury. I could not take this risk as we have a lot of important games in the future."
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