2008-09Top 16Round 4
February 25, 2009 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 USH CSKA
Matjaz Smodis - CSKA MoscowCSKA Moscow became the main candidate to win Top 16 Group H by thrashing Montepaschi Siena 95-71 in the Russian capital on Wednesday night. CSKA leads Group H with a 3-1 record and will reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs with a win in either of its two remaining games. Montepaschi falls to 2-2 and a tie for second place. The Italian champs face a critical home game against Cibona next week. CSKA put on a masterful second-half show exemplified by tying a Top 16 record with 17 three-point shots made. Matjaz Smodis paced the winners with a season-high 22 points. J.R. Holden added 18 on 5-for-7 three-point shooting, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Erazem Lorbek posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, Trajan Langdon also had 14 points, Ramunas Siskauskas got 13 while Terence Morris contributed 10 for CSKA, which buried 17 of 27 triples and outrebounded Montepaschi 34-22. Henry Domercant led Montepaschi with 19 points. Terrell McIntyre added 15 and 7 assists while Romain Sato had 11 points for the guests, who trailed 45-44 at halftime. CSKA dramatically improved its defense after the break and buried 7 three-pointers in the third quarter for a 77-55 lead. CSKA also managed to overcome its 18-point loss in Siena for any potential tiebreaker and cruised to an outstanding win.

Terrell McIntyre - Montepaschi SienaMcIntyre got Montepaschi going with free throws, as CSKA tried to open the court in the early going with Smodis and Lorbek together on court. McIntyre struck from downtown that Smodis answered with a basket-plus-foul to get CSKA within 3-5. Siskauskas buried a corner three-pointer but a backdoor layup by Domercant restored a 6-7 Montepaschi edge. Benjamin Eze shined with a reverse layup and had a huge block on Lorbek. Meanwhile, a triple by Shaun Stonerook boosted the guests' margin to 6 after a 0-7 run. Lorbek scored down low and Langdon added a stop-and-pop jumper to keep CSKA close. Siskauskas took over with an off-balance driving layup, but McIntyre kept Montepaschi ahead, 12-15. CSKA dominated the offensive boards and Langdon tied the game with his first three-pointer. Sato took over with a power layup while Eze scored around the basket for a 15-19 Montepaschi margin. Morris followed a free throw with a bomb from downtown to tie the game at 19-19 at the end of an exciting first quarter.

Rimas Kaukenas buried a wide open three-pointer. Holden answered from downtown, but Kaukenas added a wild driving layup to put Montepaschi back ahead, 22-25. CSKA struggled to find open shots while more free throws by Domercant made it a 5-point game. The hosts called timeout and Lorbek stepped up with a jump hook and a three-pointer to tie it at 27-27. Domercant rescued Montepaschi with a power layup, but a three-pointer by Smodis gave CSKA its first lead, 30-29. Langdon swished a five-meter jumper and a layup by Smodis capped a 12-2 CSKA run. Ksistof Lavrinovic sank free throws, but a put-back basket by Lorbek and a three-pointer by Holden boosted CSKA's edge to 39-31. McIntyre shined with a floating layup that Viktor Khryapa matched with a big dunk. Montepaschi improved with a 2-3 zone defense while foul shots by Kaukenas and Domercant brought the guests back to life, 41-37. Domercant sank a corner triple, but Lorbek nailed a jumper for a 43-40 CSKA edge. McIntyre buried a three-pointer in transition before free throws by Smodis restored a 45-44 CSKA edge at halftime.

J.R. Holden - CSKA MoscowCSKA improved its defense right after the break, holding Montepaschi scoreless for more than three minutes. Meanwhile, Smodis beat the shot clock with a five-meter jumper and fed Langdon for an easy layup, good for a 49-44 CSKA lead. Siskauskas took over with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer while Langdon also downed one from downtown to make it 55-44 after a 10-0 run. Sato stepped up with a layup-plus-foul that Smodis matched with a corner triple. Montepaschi called timeout, but Holden joined the three-point shootout to make it a 14-point game. McIntyre sank free throws and Kaukenas added a layup, but another corner triple by Holden and free throws by Zoran Planinic kept CSKA way ahead, 66-51. Domercant nailed a jumper but Morris answered from downtown and Lorbek scored inside for a 71-53 CSKA margin. Domercant kept pacing Montepaschi with foul shots but Morris buried another three-pointer and Langdon added an outstanding driving layup to break the game open, 77-55, after 30 minutes.

The outcome was already clear, but both teams fought for point differential because Montepaschi downed CSKA 74-56 earlier this month. Montepaschi could not find the way to the basket and Smodis took over with back-to-back layups for a 26-point CSKA margin. Montepaschi tried to stop the game with a timeout and Lavrinovic nailed a three-pointer that Domercant followed with a six-meter jumper for an 82-60 deficit. CSKA called timeout, but kept finding it hard to score until Siskauskas dunked in transition. Sato answered with a jumper and soon added an open triple to get Montepaschi within 84-67. Siskauskas rescued CSKA with a three-pointer that Holden followed with a lightning quick layup to restore a 89-67 CSKA margin with two minutes to go. Another three-pointer by Smodis sealed the outcome, as all CSKA fans were already celebrating that their team is on the right path to reaching the Quarterfinal Playoffs.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP)
Attendance: 4700
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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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 3:13                           1 1
7 KEYRU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 29:29 22 5/10 3/6 3/3 1 3 4 3   4     2 3 18
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 25:40 13 2/6 3/4   1 2 3 3   2     3 2 11
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 35:38 18 1/3 5/7 1/2   7 7 6 1 1   1 3 2 24
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 31:41 14 5/10 1/1 1/2 4 8 12   1 1   1   6 25
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 33:07 14 4/6 2/4 0/1 1   1         1 2 3 10
24 KAUN, SASHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 10:17 2 1/1     1 1 2   1       1   4
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 12:05 2 0/1 0/1 2/2       4         5 1  
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 18:50 10 0/2 3/4 1/2 1 2 3 3   1 1   1 1 12
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 95 18/39 17/27 8/12 9 25 34 19 3 9 1 3 17 19 107
        46.2% 63% 66.7%
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
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 31:18 19 4/6 1/4 8/8   3 3       1     5 23
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 33:30 15 2/4 2/8 5/6 1 2 3 7 2       1 4 21
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 3:06   0/2           1   1     1   -3
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 28:43 6 3/5       3 3     1 2   3   5
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SATO, ROMAIN 24:00 11 3/5 1/1 2/3   2 2 1 1       4 4 12
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 24:32 8 1/3 1/1 3/4   3 3 1   3     3 3 6
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 26:01 9 2/8 1/1 2/2   1 1         1 1 1 3
14 RESS, TOMAS 5:19                         1   -1
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 McDONALD, ARRIEL 3:24                              
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 20:07 3   1/4     1 1     1     5   -5
Team           1 5 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 71 15/33 7/19 20/23 2 20 22 10 3 7 3 1 19 17 66
        45.5% 36.8% 87%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was not easy for our team to play this game because of all the bad thinking after the losses in Siena and in the Russian Cup. But at the same time it also motivated us. We need to thank all of the players, especially Smodis and Khryapa. Smodis suffered an injury on Saturday and we were sure he would not play. But he wanted to play badly. Khryapa received the hit in his eyebrow during yesterday’s practice, he received 11 stitches and again we were sure he would not play. But he wanted to. I also want to thank our fans for an incredible support. I think that our lack of confidence before the game was compensated with the tiredness of Siena after their win in Italian Cup. The team believed that we could win this game in the last three minutes of the first half, when we went up by 8. And what is important is that we never thought about the point difference and we never stopped playing."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We tried hard in the first 20 minutes, moved the ball and the players well and even found a way to stop CSKA’s first surge with the zone defense at the end of first half. But in the beginning of second half we missed three or four open shots and CSKA was able to change the rhythm of the game, to score some open shots and to build a gap. And after we dropped 10 points down, we just stopped playing defense and offense, stopped making any screens and moving the ball. We were probably tired after the win in the Italian Cup. But I cannot say anything bad about my players. They were very professional all the week away from Siena, we did not even allow ourselves a little celebration… You can lose in Moscow. Especially when CSKA plays its top game. Now we must forget about the final 15 minutes and focus on the remaining games of Top 16. I think after this huge win, it’s 99 percent that CSKA will be the first in our group. And we should fight with the other teams for the second place."
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