2007-08Regular SeasonRound 2
October 31, 2007 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 USH CSKA
Theodoros Papaloukas - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow took the big showdown in Group A by edging Montepaschi Siena 74-70 in an outstanding game in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA extended its home-court winning streak to 19 Euroleague games at Universal Sports Arena and now leads Group A with a 2-0 record, while Montepaschi dropped to 1-1. Matjaz Smodis led the winners with 16 points. Theo Papaloukas added 12 off the bench, while Ramunas Siskauskas and Marcus Goree each had 11 for CSKA. Rimantas Kaukenas led Montepaschi with 19 points, helping his team to rally from a double-digit deficit in the final 11 minutes. Ksistof Lavrinovic added 16 for Montepaschi, which trailed 58-46 late in the third quarter. Outstanding defense and an unstoppable Kaukenas allowed Montepaschi to take a 67-70 lead with two minutes to go. Smodis stepped up with free throws and a jump hook for a 72-70 CSKA edge with 9.1 seconds to go. Terrell McIntyre lost the ball in Montepaschi's decisive possession and Trajan Langdon sealed the outcome with more free throws.

CSKA ran its offense through big Aleksey Savrasenko in the early going, as he followed a jump hook with a big basket in the low post. Montepaschi did not panic, however, as Lavrinovic answered twice from downtown and sent Savrasenko to the bench with two early fouls. He and added a free throw to give the guests a 4-7 lead. David Andersen hit a triple from the top of the key, but Montepaschi kept its momentum going. McIntyre stepped up with an acrobatic layup as CSKA entered the foul bonus midway through the opening period. The hosts even missed around the basket, while Kaukenas made free throws for a 7-12 Montepaschi lead. Smodis and Goree shined with consecutive layups, but another triple by Lavrinovic kept the guests ahead, 11-16. Papaloukas fed Goree for an easy basket and added a dunk over Ben Eze in a 7-0 run that Siskauskas capped with a triple, causing Montepaschi to call timeout at 18-16. Eze finished a third-chance Montepaschi offense with a floating layup that Papaloukas matched at the other end to give CSKA a 20-18 edge after 10 minutes.

Ksistof Lavrinovic - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi continued to commit turnovers early in the second quarter, while Papaloukas took over with a driving basket, which Andersen followed with a put-back layup for a 24-18 CSKA lead. Eze banked in an off-balanced shot, but the guests kept finding it hard to score as CSKA's defense was as physical and well-adjusted as usual. Andersen had a block, which allowed Nikos Zisis to bury a triple from the corner, which led to Montepaschi calling timeout at 27-20. Vlado Ilievski stepped up with a driving layup and Shaun Stonerook nailed a triple from the right wing to get Montepaschi within 2. CSKA tried Langdon on Ilievski now, while Goree followed a baseline jumper with a three-pointer to restore a 7-point CSKA lead. Langdon and Zisis added respective driving baskets to give CSKA its first double-digit lead, 36-25, after a 9-0 run. Kaukenas took over with an eight-meter bomb and Lavrinovic added a layup-plus-foul in a 0-8 run that McIntyre capped with free throws to keep Montepaschi in the game, 36-33, at halftime.

Smodis got CSKA going in the second half with a baseline jumper, while Siskauskas added free throws, as once again Montepaschi struggled against the hosts' outstanding defense. Smodis paced CSKA with a a terrific move in the low post, which Bootsy Thornton erased with a layup. CSKA kept looking for its big men inside, as Andersen scored in the paint and soon added free throws on Lavrinovic's third foul for a 46-36 lead. Tomas Ress stepped up with a four-meter jumper and Thornton added a big basket to give Montepaschi some hope at 48-40. CSKA was getting to the line often, as Siskauskas and Papaloukas combined for 6 successful free throws, but Thronton and an inspired Kaukenas kept Montepaschi close, 54-45. Papaloukas provided a highlights with a huge driving layup and then fed Zisis for an easy basket to give CSKA a 12-point lead. Kaukenas and Lavrinovic made free throws and Siskauskas and Ilievski traded baskets to fix the score at 60-52 after 30 minutes.

Matjaz Smodis - CSKA MoscowSmodis opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer that helped CSKA restore a double-digit lead at 63-52. Eze stepped up with a second-chance layup and Sato added a turnaround jumper to get Montepaschi closer, 63-56. Papaloukas rescued CSKA with an easy layup, but Kaukenas matched it with a driving basket and soon added a five-meter shot to get Montepaschi back in the game, 65-60, with six minutes to go. Stonerook beat the buzzer with a triple, making CSKA call timeout at 65-63. Goree banked in a critical shot, but Eze erased it with a left-handed hook shot and Kaukenas buried a triple off the dribble to complete the guests comeback, 67-68, with 2:20 to go. CSKA did not find the way to the basket while an unstoppable Kaukenas added another driving layup for a 67-70 Montepaschi edge. Smodis stepped up with free throws and added a jump hook to put CSKA back ahead, 71-70, with a minute to go. McIntyre committed a turnover but Andersen missed free throws in the other end. Stonerook missed a three-point shot and Montepaschi quickly fouled on Smodis, who hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 72-70 CSKA edge with 9.1 seconds remaining. It all came down to the final play, but McIntyre committed another turnover and Langdon sealed the outcome with more free throws.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL)
Attendance: 4500
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 25:47 12 5/7   2/2   4 4 4   2   1 2 1 14
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 14:24 7 2/3 1/1     1 1 1   2     4 2 4
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 24:38 16 4/6 1/4 5/6   7 7     1     2 4 18
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 26:47 11 1/2 1/4 6/6   2 2 1 1 1     2 7 15
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 23:56   0/3 0/2         2 1 1     1   -4
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 20:31 9 2/3 1/1 2/4   5 5     1 1   4 4 11
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 9:49 4 2/4               1   1 2   -2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 33:32 4 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 5 6 3 1 1     2 2 9
22 GOREE, MARCUS 20:36 11 4/4 1/2 0/2   2 2   1 2 1   3 1 8
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 74 21/35 5/16 17/22 1 28 29 11 5 12 2 2 22 21 76
        60% 31.3% 77.3%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 26:22 4 1/3 0/6 2/2       1   4   1 3 3 -8
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 18:42 4 2/6 0/2             1     1   -4
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 15:47 8 4/7     3   3   2       1 1 10
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SATO, ROMAIN 26:25 2 1/5 0/1     8 8   1       1   5
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 18:38 8 3/3 0/1 2/4   1 1 1         3 3 7
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 22:24 16 1/2 3/3 5/9   2 2 1   1 2   5 7 17
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 32:48 19 4/10 2/4 5/6 1   1 6   2   1 4 5 15
14 RESS, TOMAS 6:56 2 1/1       1 1               3
18 GALLI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 CROTTA, STEFANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 31:58 7   2/5 1/2 1 8 9 1   1     3 3 12
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 70 17/37 7/22 15/23 6 22 28 10 3 10 2 2 21 22 59
        45.9% 31.8% 65.2%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"The game was very difficult for us. Montepaschi tried to use their quickness, and they did it well. And now the difficulty in this period of the season is that not all the players understand what they should do in this very moment. That's the reason why I tried to use in the end of the game the players who have been with the team more than one year. I am grateful to the players for winning the game, and for taking decisions. Montepaschi is very strong opponent and I hope the win will become estra motivation for our players."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We had a great chance to win the game. I'm very sorry we missed it. Even when Moscow was up by 10 pooints, we didn't lose track of the game and we kept reading the situation. From the very start, our goal was to use the matchup Savrasenko-Lavrinovic to our advantage, and we were were able to do that. We let CSKA shoot some easy shots, but that happens sometimes. In the end, it was a good experience for us. We didn't play well in the last four or five possessions, and we let Smodis hit his two post-up shots, but for us it's important to stay confident and strong."

Players

SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
CSKA Moscow
"The first home game is always important for the team. If you start well, you are in the group of leaders for almost all of the season. That's why the game was so important, and so hard to win."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
CSKA Moscow
"It was a good game, and a close one. We really need games like this to stay in good shape to be ready for others like it that will come later. I am really excited about playing tonight against Montepaschi and winning."
KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS
Montepaschi Siena
"This game was very important for us. It was very hard, and it's unfortuante that we didn't win it in the end. Anyway, I am very happy that we managed to play the way we did in Moscow."
LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF
Montepaschi Siena
"The best moment of the game for us was when we were up by three points. We had a good system and it worked in a game of very high quality. The worst moment of the game was when we were down by two in the end. This made us nervous and caused us to make several mistakes in a row."
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