2006-07Top 16Round 3
March 01, 2007 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Theo Papaloukas - CSKA Moscow With yet another flawless defensive exhibition, CSKA Moscow remained unstoppable in Top 16 Group E and got closer to clinching a Quarterfinal Playoffs spot by thrashing Olympiacos 64-85 in Pireaus, Greece on Thursday. CSKA improved to 3-0 with its first road win of the second phase. Meanwhile, Olympiacos dropped to 1-2 and will have must-win games from now on. Matjaz Smodis led the winners with 19 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting and 6 rebounds. Theo Papaloukas added 15 against his former team, including 9 after climbing off the bench in the first quarter to give CSKA control of the game. J.R. Holden added 14 points, Oscar Torres 12 and Trajan Langdon 10 for CSKA. Sofoklis Schortsianitis had 13 points for Olympiacos while Andrija Zizic added 10. CSKA left no doubt about the outcome of the game in an outstanding first half, in which Holden, Papaloukas and Smodis simply took over. Olympiacos was limited to just 8 points in the second quarter, while a big triple on the buzzer by Smodis gave CSKA a 25-47 halftime margin. The Reds did not recover and CSKA left the floor as the uncontested leader in Group E.

Both teams started the game feeding the ball inside as Zizic connected for the hosts, Smodis and Savrasenko for CSKA. Its perimeter shooting did not work for Olympiacos, so Holden took his defender one-on-one to give CSKA a 2-6 lead. Again, the Reds’ big men bore offensive responsibility as Bouroussis and Zizic tied it 6-6. A flurry of triples followed as Holden, Bouroussis and Smodis struck from outside to make it 9-12. That's when former Olympiacos playmaker and Greek basketball hero Papaloukas climbed off the bench to applause by the home fans and took charge of the game. In just 2 minutes, Papaloukas nailed a three-pointer and then dunked on the break to make it 12-17. An assist from Papaloukas led to a triple by Holden at 12-20, and when he again found his way to the basket, Olympiacos coach Pini Gershon needed a timeout. Henry Domercant found his balance in mid-air to connect with a shot and Zizic went to the foul line to bring the hosts closer, at 17-22, but CSKA finished the quarter in stile, with Oscar Torres hitting from downtown and Papaloukas adding free throws for the biggest difference so far, 17-27.

Ioannis Bourousis - OlympiacosSmodis fired in another triple to open the second quarter, while Domercant created room for a drive to make it 19-30. CSKA's defense was the key so far as the visitors managed to handle all of the Olympiacos offensive weapons, such as Alex Acker, Scoonie Penn and Sofoklis Schortsianitis. Furthermore, Olympiacos did not find any open court to run nor gun as CSKA completely controlled the rhythm. Based on their superb defense, the defending Euroleague champs reeled off an 0-8 run with Langdon and Papaloukas firing from outside the arc to make it 19-38. Four-and-a-half minutes of Olympiacos scoring silence were broken as Acker went for a layup. However, CSKA answered back with back-to-back baskets from inside as Torres and Savrasenko connected to double the scoreboard 21-42. Olympiacos went on struggling on offense, but managed to hold CSKA's tempo down with defensive until Schortsianitis and Acker scored. CSKA saved the last word for itself, however, as Smodis beat the buzzer with a killer triple to make it 25-47.

Schortsianitis opened the third quarter with a basket-plus-free throw, but CSKA again had answers with outside scoring from Langdon and Smodis to make it 30-52. Savrasenko and Scortsianitis exchanged baskets in the paint. It remained obvious that the visitors controlled the tempo and score, while Olympiacos had to put in a huge effort to come closer. Smodis continued to hurt Olympiacos, either from inside or outside, as the scoreboard moved to 34-57. Papaloukas nailed free throws to increase th elead, but Domercant and Vassilopoulos reacted at 39-60. Vassilopoulos added a three-pointer at 42-61 to make the home fans get loud, but Langdon was there to silence them immediately with an answer from the arc on another weak-side pass from Papaloukas, 42-64. David Andersen and Van de Spiegel finished an impressive high-low game with a dunk-plus-free throw by the latter to result the biggest difference so far, 44-69. Vassilopoulos and Vribca Stevanov popped in a triple each for Olympiacos, but it only helped reduce the differenc to 50-69 after 30 minutes.

JR Holden - CSKA MoscowOlympiacos came on court in the fourth quarter to play its last card. Christos Charissis made it 52-69, but then the Reds missed 5 straight opportunities, including a possession following a flagrant CSKA foul. After that, Smodis and Torres connected, while the latter finished an excellent alley-hoop pass by Holden with an impressive dunk to make it 77-54. The outcome was assured. The fans warm applause on that dunk showed the general respect for CSKA's great performance. Both teams lightened their game now over the 5 minutes till the final buzzer. Scoonie Penn’s first basket was a triple that made it 62-79. Papaloukas was substituted and given a last standing ovation by the Greek crowd as CSKA sailed away from Piraeus with an easy 64-85 win to confirm its unbeaten status atop Group E.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Stelios Kyriakoglou
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 10847
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Olympiacos1782514
CSKA Moscow27202216
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CSKA Moscow27476985
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PENN, SCOONIE 30:00 3 0/3 1/2     2 2     1     2   -2
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 22:00   0/1 0/2             2     1   -6
6 ACKER, ALEX 18:00 6 3/6     2   2 1   1 1     3 9
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 28:45 10 2/6   6/8   7 7   2       3 6 16
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 15:15 7 2/3 1/1   4 3 7   1       1   13
11 HARISSIS, CHRISTOS 16:30 6 0/1 1/3 3/4   1 1 3   1     1 3 7
12 BARLOS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 22:45 8 1/3 2/5   1 3 4   2       4   5
15 HOSKIN, SAM 5:00                         2   -2
17 STEFANOV, VRBICA 9:00 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1 1 1       1 4
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 20:00 13 4/4   5/11           3 1   3 7 9
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 12:45 8 4/5 0/4     2 2   1 1     2   3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 64 16/33 6/19 14/23 8 19 27 5 7 10 2 0 19 20 57
        48.5% 31.6% 60.9%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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 24:00 15 2/3 2/3 5/6   2 2 3 1 5     1 3 15
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 25:30 19 2/4 4/5 3/6 1 5 6 3   1     1 7 27
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 33:00 14 2/7 3/3 1/3   6 6 5 1 2     1 3 19
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 15:30 4 2/4     1 3 4 2   1     2   5
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 25:45 8 3/4   2/6   2 2   1 2     3 3 4
15 KASHIROV, ANATOLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 TORRES, OSCAR 31:00 12 3/3 2/4   1 4 5 2 2       3   16
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 2:00                         2   -2
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 30:00 10 1/3 2/5 2/2   3 3 1   1   1 4 2 5
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 13:15 3 1/2   1/1 1 1 2   1     1 3 1 2
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 85 16/30 13/20 14/24 6 27 33 16 6 12 0 2 20 19 94
        53.3% 65% 58.3%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"We faced a better team, but I think we showed them too much respect. CSKA shot with a 65% from outside the arc. In fact, they had better percentage from the three-point line than from the charity line. You can't find solutions to win against such a team. And if you really want to achieve that, you have to play together as a team for a long time and experience such difficult games. In my opinion, CSKA is the best team in Europe. During the last days we felt much pressure and it proved that we couldn't afford it."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We took a big step forward to the playoffs with this win. We played really well in a beautiful atmosphere that the fans built here in Piraeus. However, nothing is over yet. Just remember that last year Panathinaikos opened the Top 16 with three straight losses, but managed to qualify atop of its group. I am happy for Papaloukas. We travelled to Thessaloniki and Aris’ fans welcomed him as a national hero. The same happened tonight with Olympiacos’ fans. This warm welcome to the Greek national players proves the great atmosphere of the Greek National team."

Players

STEFANOV, VRBICA
Olympiacos
"I don't know what to say. We had the time to get prepared for this game, but I don't know finally what went wrong. When a team runs away with a 20-point-margin, it's really difficult for the other team to react. Our goal remains the same; a spot in the quarterfinals. We have a good atmosphere in the team and I hope that we won't be disappointed after this defeat."
PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS
CSKA Moscow
"We hurt Olympiacos according to our plans. We knew that tonight we could come close to grab the group's first place. I felt really great with the fans' welcome. It's a different feeling to just hope for something like that to happen and a complete other story to actually live it. I want to say a big thank you to Olympiacos' supporters. But, my job on court is to help my teammates and my team. I don't think about the future, I don't have the Final Four in my mind. I only care about the next game against Joventut. I wish good luck to Olympiacos."
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