2007-08PlayoffsGame 3
April 09, 2008 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 USH CSKA
Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow is headed back to the Final Four! The Russian champs defeated Olympiacos Piraeus 81-56 on Wednesday night in Moscow to win their best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs series 2-1 and secure their record sixth straight trip to the Final Four next month in Madrid. The hosts were in control throughout, building a double-digit lead midway through the second period and never letting Olympiacos get closer than 7 the rest of the way. CSKA also avenged its only home loss of the season suffered against Olympiacos in Game 1 of the series. Ramunas Siskauskas paced CSKA with 24 points on a career-high 5 three-pointers, while Matjaz Smodis scored 13 and Theo Papaloukas added 12 for the winners, who had a terrific shooting night going 13 for 22 from downtown and 14 for 15 from the line. Panagiotis Vasilopoulos netted a career-high 17 and Lynn Greer scored 11 for Olympiacos, which loses in the quarterfinals for the third year in a row.

Olympiacos won the opening tip, but it was CSKA that got on the scoreboard first through David Andersen in the paint. Georgios Printezis answered with a triple, however CSKA looked a bit more comfortable and 5 quick points from Siskauskas put the hosts in control. The Reds soon settled down and Greer tied the score first with a basket and then by assisting to Jake Tsakalidis. Andersen and Trajan Langdon scored from close range to restore the hosts' lead and despite a long Rob Blakney jumper, Olympiacos seemed to be playing catch-up. A Smodis triple made it 14-9, however a Tsakalidis basket-plus foul kept things close. The hosts stretched the lead to 8 after JR Holden and Papaloukas fired in back-to-back three-pointers. Greer made a pair of free throws to limit the damage to 22-16 after 10 minutes.

Lynn Greer - OlympiacosIncreased defensive intensity characterized the early second period. A Viktor Khryapa three late in the shot clock gave CSKA its biggest lead yet, 27-18, however it was matched by Milos Teodosic's three-point play. Smodis and Vasilopoulos traded threes before Papaloukoas muscled his way to 2 points inside that increased the hosts’ lead to double figures. Greer came back from a short breather and promptly hit a three-pointer, but the visitors still couldn’t generate any real momentum. Papaloukas went coast to coast for a layup and on the next possession added a free throw to give CSKA a 41-29 halftime lead.

Printezis opened the scoring for Olympiacos before Langdon hit a deep three that stretched the lead briefly to 13 as Printezis came through again. This time Siskauskas hit from downtown and the swelled to 47-33. The trend continued as Greer scored 2 points and Siskauskas betted him to make it a 15-point game. However back-to-back Vasilopoulos triples quickly cut the deficit to 50-41. CSKA used a timeout to think things over after which Smodis hit from outside, however Blakney continued the Olympiacos momentum and got his team within 53-46. Siskauskas came to CSKA’s rescue with another three-pointer and after the hosts' defense forced a 24-second violation, Siskauskas’s fourth three of the game ignited the crowd. Vasilopoulos scored twice to narrow the gap to 61-50 heading into the fourth quarter.

Theo Papaloukas - CSKA MoscowSmodis went to work on the Reds with a basket and free throws on the first two possessions of the fourth quarter, as the game clock became another worry for Olympiacos. Andersen buried back-to-back jumpers, prompting Olympiacos head coach Panagiotis Giannakis to call timeout down 15 hoping to inspire a late comeback. But when Siskauskas fired in another three-pointer and the lead hit 18 with four minutes to go, even the most ardent Olympiacos fans stopped believing. Papaloukas stretched the lead to 20 and it continued to grow in garbage time as CSKA celebrated another trip to the Final Four.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO)
Attendance: 5000
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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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 23:02 12 3/3 1/2 3/4   3 3 4 1 3     3 4 16
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 8:23               1             1
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 1:21   0/1       2 2               1
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 25:10 13 1/2 3/3 2/2 1 5 6 3 1 1     2 4 23
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 27:19 24 3/5 5/6 3/3   2 2 1 2 1   1 4 3 23
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 27:00 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 6   1     2 3 7
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 21:27 8 4/6     1 2 3           3 1 7
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 32:31 9 2/3 1/4 2/2   4 4     1 1   3 1 7
22 GOREE, MARCUS 25:57 6 1/5   4/4   1 1 2   1 1 1   2 6
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 1:45 3   1/1     1 1           1   3
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 6:05 3   1/3     2 2           1   2
Team             2 2   3 1         4
Totals 200:00 81 14/26 13/22 14/15 2 25 27 17 7 9 2 2 19 18 100
        53.8% 59.1% 93.3%
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
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 29:04 9 3/5 1/2     3 3 4 1       1   13
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 1:45           1 1               1
6 WOODS, QYNTEL 23:12 2 0/1 0/1 2/4   1 1     2     2 2 -3
8 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 22:32         1 2 3 1   3 2   1 2 4
10 TSAKALIDIS, JAKE 16:14 7 3/3   1/1 1 3 4     1     3 3 10
11 GREER, LYNN 32:34 9 1/5 1/7 4/4 1   1 4       1   6 9
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 27:00 17 3/6 3/5 2/4   3 3 1 1     1 4 2 12
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 29:17 9 3/7 1/4   2 3 5 2   2     4 3 6
17 KAFKIS, PANAGIOTIS 1:06                              
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 17:16 3 1/1 0/1 1/1   1 1 1 1 1     3 1 2
Team           1 1 2   1 3          
Totals 200:00 56 14/28 6/20 10/14 6 18 24 13 4 12 2 2 18 19 54
        50% 30% 71.4%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We showed a lot of patience and concentration. We controlled the pressure and thanks to the great defense and the best possible decisions on offense, we managed to win the game and make the Final Four. CSKA's sixth consecutive trip to the Final Four is a great achievement and I hope to go all the way. I am very proud for my players, the club and the fans, who pushed us to this result. I will never forget their support. It has been a difficult way so far and many great teams lost their road. I don’t care whom we are going to play, but I can promise that we will make every possible effort to win it again."
GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"Unfortunately we were not competitive in the fourth quarter and we didn't help to have an interesting game in the end. Olympiacos tried for 30 minutes to stay in the match and to fight for qualification to the Final Four, but CSKA has more experience, patience and a better way of thinking and acting during the games. When we came back, we made a serious mistake: We thought that we could go further using only our offence. We rushed the situations, we didn't play defense and that’s the story."

Players

SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
CSKA Moscow
"I don't feel like I am the game hero. This win is for all our team. We won it mostly because of our defense. We were really focused since we stepped on court. Everyone knew which was the prize of winning this game, but we were not focused on the Final Four. Of course, Olympiacos was more important for us tonight."
PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS
CSKA Moscow
"I am very happy for our sixth consecutive Final Four and especially for my compatriot and teammate Nikos Zisis, who is going to play for the very first time. Tonight CSKA played the way that we are supposed to play for 40 minutes. We are a team that is built for this kind of basketball. Now I am only enjoying our success and there is no reason to start analyzing the Final Four or talking about favorites. Everything in its own time."
VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"The result is fair. CSKA deserved to win and I wish them the best at the Final Four. I hope that we will learn a lot of things from this adventure, especially how to read the situations and to manage the game better. Patience and concentration have to always be top priorities."
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