2018-19Regular SeasonRound 19
January 17, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

CSKA rallies from slow start past Bayern

CSKA Moscow trailed for more than three quarters, but pulled away late to muscle out a 77-70 win over visiting FC Bayern Munich in the Round 19 opener on Thursday night. With the win, CSKA improved to 14-5 to remain in third place in the standings, while Bayern dropped to 9-10. CSKA was down by 13 points in the first quarter and did not take its first lead until there was 6:42 left in the fourth quarter, but used inspiration from Joel Bolomboy and Sergio Rodriguez down the stretch to pull out the victory. Will Clyburn was CSKA's top performer with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Daniel Hackett scored 12 and Sergio Rodriguez had 11 points and 6 assists in victory. Bayern had five players in double figures, with Petteri Koponen and Nihad Dedovic scoring 12 apiece in defeat.

Nemanja Dangubic hit a triple and had a three-point play to open Bayern's account. A pair of driving layups from Dedovic made it 4-14. A triple from Dedovic extended the difference to 6-19 as CSKA was held to just one field goal in the opening 9 minutes. But Rodriguez knocked down a triple and had a floater that reduced the deficit to 13-20 at the end of the first quarter. A three-pointer from Clyburn and a three-point play from Nando De Colo cut the margin to 19-22. Derrick Williams hit from long range and Leon Radosevic from close range to make it 21-30, however, Nikita Kurbanov nailed 3 triples in less than three minutes to help the hosts tie the game at 35-35. Bayern led 35-37 at halftime. Stefan Jovic knocked down a three to open the third quarter, but CSKA replied with a 7-0 run to tie it again at 42-42. However, Dedovic and Radosevic made sure the visitors regained the lead right away. Koponen had a three-pointer and beat the third-quarter buzzer with a jumper to make it 52-57 after 30 minutes. A shot-clock beating triple from Joel Bolomboy tied it again at 57-57 early in the fourth and Rodriguez made a runner off the glass to give CSKA its first lead of the night, 61-60, with 6:42 left in the game. CSKA extended the lead with the help of back-to-back dunks by Bolomboy before a three-pointer from Rodriguez opened a 75-64 advantage with 2:06 to go. Jovic snapped a 10-0 run with a triple, but CSKA was not going to let the lead slip away.

Pivotal performer

CSKA rookie center Joel Bolomboy had not scored any points in seven of his last eight appearances, but shined in the fourth quarter when he scored all of his career-high 9 points. He also finished with 4 rebounds in 12 minutes on the floor.

Game-changing run

With CSKA up 65-64, Sergio Rodriguez first made a technical free throw and then fed Bolomboy for a big dunk. Rodriguez connected with Bolomboy once again and after a pair of foul shots from Will Clyburn, a triple from Rodriguez capped a 10-0 run that opened a 75-64 lead with 2:06 to go.

Overcoming two-point struggles

CSKA made 13 of 34 (38.2%) two-point shots, its feewest two-pointers CSKA in more than two years.

Missing in action

CSKA was without Cory Higgins in this game as well as Andrey Vorontsevich. Meanwhile, Bayern did not have Vladimir Lucic, who had started all 18 games prior to this contest.

Next game

Bayern will be back in the Russian capital on Friday to visit Khimki Moscow Region, while CSKA takes a trip to face FC Barcelona Lassa.

Joel Bolomboy - CSKA Moscow - EB18
Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; CORTES, CARLOS; NIKOLIC, UROS
Attendance: 5297 (Tentative)
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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 24:18 5 1/1 0/3 3/3   2 2 4 2 4     2 5 9
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 12:18 9 2/4 1/1 2/2 2 2 4           1 1 11
5 PETERS, ALEC 12:07 3 0/3 1/1     3 3           2 1 2
7 UKHOV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 11:11 2   0/1 2/2 2 1 3           2 1 3
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 25:12 11 2/3 2/7 1/1       6 1 3   1 4   4
21 CLYBURN, WILL 29:47 20 4/8 2/5 6/6   8 8 1 2       1 4 27
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 28:10 12 2/4   8/9   2 2 1   1     3 10 18
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 28:49 9   3/4   2 3 5 1         3   11
42 HINES, KYLE 17:25 4 1/4   2/4 2 1 3     1     3 2  
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 10:43 2 1/7     5 1 6 1   1       1 3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 77 13/34 9/22 24/27 13 24 37 14 5 10 0 1 21 25 89
        38.2% 40.9% 88.9%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 26:50 8 1/1 1/3 3/3 1 3 4     2     3 2 7
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 4:14 4     4/4   1 1           2 2 5
7 KING, ALEX 6:31     0/2         1             -1
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 15:45 12 2/2 1/3 5/5         1 1     2 2 10
10 RADOSEVIC, LEON 29:09 10 5/7     1 4 5 1 1 1     3 2 13
12 LO, MAODO 11:16 2 1/3 0/2   1 2 3 5   1         5
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 25:56 12 4/7 1/3 1/2 1   1 3 1 1     1 2 11
15 AMAIZE, ROBIN 8:40                   1     3   -4
16 JOVIC, STEFAN 25:51 10 2/3 2/5     1 1 1 1 2     4 2 5
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 15:11 2 1/2           1   2     5 2 -3
23 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 29:41 10 1/4 1/4 5/6   7 7       1   1 6 16
26 OGUNSIPE, MARVIN 0:56                         1   -1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 70 17/29 6/22 18/20 5 21 26 12 4 11 1 0 25 20 67
        58.6% 27.3% 90%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We talked in halftime about our two-pointers; we missed a lot of layups or dunks or whatever. We were kind of nervous because that's not normal. The guys that were missing have been making all day long those shots and they will make those shots. So we kind of got in a problem with that, but we kept defending and we believed in that. We said if we keep missing and it's not our shooting day, we have to go and support those things. And we did support well. And as you can see, the deep bench helped us a lot. Joel [Bolomboy] came deep from the bench and gave us the extra boost that we wanted. Definitely that three-point turnover, the psychology of the team, the whole conception of after the start 0-8 was about fighting and defending and making stops. And I think we have to be proud of it. I told you [at halftime] that we have to be proud of how we came back in the game. Even though we were not up, we were losing by 2, we found a way to come back. This is a tough team to beat, so congratulations to my players. Congratulations to Bayern, this is a very ambitious team and they fight until the end."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
FC Bayern Munich
"We played good offensively and defensively in the beginning, we got an advantage. We also played good defense and solid offense in the second half. But in the last quarter, we did not have all this for a few minutes and CSKA used it due to their experience and quality and they won the game. Still, I can be satisfied. Compared to our first game, we see a big difference. And we have to continue playing like this. Overall I think it was a good and interesting game."

Players

BOLOMBOY, JOEL
CSKA Moscow
"I feel really good. Most importantly, we got the win. We didn't start off the game the way we wanted to, but we kept fighting, we believed in each other, we put ourselves back in position to be in the game. We were still down going into halftime, then we came back out, Coach told us to continue to fight, you saw what we did after our not-so-good start. We just kept fighting, we kept believing in each other, we played good defense down the stretch and ended up getting the win... I work on my three-point shot all the time. I was actually really deep when I caught it, I knew I had to shoot it and I knew I had enough room to shoot it, so I just shot it, tried to make it and it went in."
CLYBURN, WILL
CSKA Moscow
"I feel good. We fought back the whole game trying to catch up to the score. once we got the lead, it was about getting stops and continuing to execute on the offensive end. We needed this, especially after the last home defeat, we definitely needed this game for confidence and to get back to playing our type of basketball."
RADOSEVIC, LEON
FC Bayern Munich
"We played a good game and we really had the chance for a big win today. Unfortunately, for 2 minutes in the fourth quarter we made some wrong decisions. When you are not focused for 40 minutes, a team like CSKA just takes the momentum."