Weems, Hines lead CSKA to 10th win in Group F
CSKA Moscow stayed in the fight to win Top 16 Group F by downing FC Bayern Munich 77-70 in the Russian capital on Thursday. CSKA improved to 10-2 and sealed home-court advantage in the playoffs when Real Madrid beat Maccabi Electra in Tel Aviv. Bayern dropped to 5-7, but still has a chance to reach the playoffs. Sonny Weems led the winners with 15 points. Nenad Krstic added 12 while Kyle Hines and Sasha Kaun each scored 10 for CSKA. Hines added 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Deon Thompson led Bayern with 14 points. Nihad Djedovic and Chevon Troutman each scored 13 for the guests, who outrebounded CSKA 23-35. Kaun shined early to give CSKA an 18-11 lead. A 0-7 run that Bryce Taylor capped with a triple tied it at 18-18, but Weems gave CSKA a 23-19 edge after 10 minutes. A 0-12 run that Malcolm Delaney capped with a jumper gave Bayern a 27-32 edge, but Weems and Jeremy Pargo helped CSKA restore a 38-34 edge at halftime. CSKA rolled after the break, boosted its margin to 66-49 through three quarter and only allowed Bayern to rally once the outcome was clear.
First quarter: Weems, Kaun start CSKA off strong
Vladimir Micov got CSKA going with a driving layup which Yassin Ibdihi – making his first start of the season – erased with a four-meter jumper. Victor Khryapa fed Kaun for a slam and a layup by Weems gave CSKA a 6-2 lead. Lucca Staiger sank a one-handed floater off a Bayern timeout and a layup by Idbihi tied it at 6-6. A big basket by Thompson capped a 0-6 run and gave Bayern its first lead. Kaun stepped up with a three-point play and split free throws. After Thompson split foul shots, Kaun scored again and a driving basket by Pargo have CSKA a 14-9 lead. Hines shined with a high-flying tip-in, but Delaney nailed a six-meter jumper. Free throws by Krstic kept CSKA way ahead, 18-11. Delaney hit free throws and Bryce Taylor followed a baseline jumper with a triple to tie it at 18-18. Weems scored down low and buried a three-pointer for a 23-19 CSKA edge after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Bayern's 0-12 run keeps it in the game
Vitaly Fridzon swished a mid-range jumper early in the quarter. Chevon Troutman split free throws before Weems ignited the crowd with a huge dunk off a steal. A step-back jumper by Thompson kept the guests within 27-22. Thompson scored again and a long two-pointer by Djedovic brought Bayern within 1. A red-hot Thompson dunked and a fast break layup by Troutman caused CSKA to call timeout at 27-30. Bayern kept powering the offensive glass and Delaney finished a long, two-chance offense with a rainbow jumper that capped a 0-12 run. CSKA was held scoreless for more than four minutes until Pargo buried a three-pointer. Robin Benzing shined with a big basket in penetration, which Weems bettered with a catch-and-shoot triple to make it 33-34. Hines made free throws and Weems followed that with an acrobatic three-point play to restore a 38-34 CSKA lead at halftime.
Third quarter: Hosts make their move
Hines shined after the break with a huge block and a put-back basket. Thompson stepped up with a second-chance basket, which Krstic erased with a layup. Djedovic struck from downtown to keep Bayern within 3. Khryapa took over with a big basket off the baseline and erased Thompson's free throws with a layup for a 46-41 CSKA lead. Weems fed Aaron Jackson for a backdoor layup and Hines provided a highlight with a fast break slam, which saw Bayern call timeout at 50-41. Krstic dunked, but Taylor answered with a fast break basket. A layup by Jackson made it an 11-point game. Krstic sank a six-meter jumper and a three-pointer by Micov broke the game open, 59-43. Micov kept pushing CSKA with a jumper that Troutman bettered with a three-point play. Fridzon and Djedovic exchanged triples before a jumper by Krstic gave CSKA a 66-49 margin.
Fourth quarter: CSKA holds off Bayern's late rally
Kaun made free throws early in the fourth quarter. Bryant hit a four-meter jumper and Troutman copied him right after that. Staiger nailed a corner three-pointer and a layup by Troutman gave the guests hope at 68-58. Khryapa stepped up with a three-pointer from the top of the key, as CSKA brought Krstic and Hines back on court. Krstic scored down low, but a three-pointer by Djedovic kept Bayern within 73-61 with four minutes left. Khryapa hit his trademark catch-and-shoot jumper. Delaney struck from downtown, but a huge slam by Hines sealed the outcome, 77-64, with three minutes to go. Bayern never gave up, but CSKA had cruised to a well-deserved win.
Thursday, March 27, 2014