2013-14Top 16Round 14
April 10, 2014 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 NOKIA ARENA

CSKA takes charge late to win in Tel Aviv

CSKA Moscow kept its hopes of winning Group F a live with a hard-fought 76-81 road victory over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv at Nokia Arena. The game was tied twice in the closing minutes, but back-to-back threes from Aaron Jackson and Sonny Weems gave CSKA the lead for good and the visitors held strong down the stretch. CSKA improved to 12-2 and will win Group F if Zalgiris Kaunas beats Real Madrid on Friday. If Madrid wins, CSKA will finish the Top 16 in second place. Maccabi dropped to 8-6, but had already clinched third place in Group F and will face EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in the playoffs. Jackson paced CSKA with a season-high 18 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Weems added 14 points and Sasha Kaun scored 12 for the winners. Tyrese Rice paced Maccabi with 15 points and 7 assists, David Blu scored 14, Sylven Landesberg 13 and Sofoklis Schortsanitis 11.

First quarter: Jackson in action as CSKA grabs lead

Jackson drained a three from the corner for the first points of the game. Kyle Hines held of Schortsanitis at one end and dunked at the other. Maccabi came back as Sofo scored inside and Blu sank free throws. A second Jackson triple from the same spot made it 4-10, but Yogev Ohayon responded for Maccabi on the ensuing possession. A red-hot Jackson scored a basket-plus-foul in transition. Kaun took charge with 6 points to give CSKA an 11-21 advantage. Jackson grabbed a loose ball and coasted for a layup to cap a 0-8 run. Joe Ingles ended Tel Aviv’s scoring drought and Rice added a floater. Landesberg’s fade-away jumper brought the hosts within 17-23 at the end of the quarter.

Second quarter: Blu, Rice spark Maccabi comeback

Vitaly Fridzon started to make an impact with a basket. After Schortsanitis completed a three-point play, Fridzon sank an open three and assisted to Jeremy Pargo on the break as CSKA restored a double-digit lead. After a timeout, Rice scored and Blu nailed a three to wake Nokia Arena up. Ohayon followed with a three-point play to narrow the gap to 28-30. An easy basket for Hines kept CSKA in control. Weems attacked the basket to give the visitors a 30-37 advantage midway through the quarter. Ingles and Khryapa traded foul shots. Landesberg scored in the paint and Rice nailed a triple to bring Maccabi within 38-40. Ingles tied the game from the line. A crowd-pleasing alley-oop slam from Alex Tyus capped a 9-0 run and gave the hosts their first lead. Jackson tied the score once more, but Blu nailed a last-second three to give Maccabi a 45-42 lead at halftime.

Third quarter: Krstic, Hines keep CSKA close

Schortsanitis opened the second half with a basket inside, but followed that up with his third foul. Hines and Sofo traded scores. A Landesberg three gave Maccabi a 52-46 cushion. Khryapa fed Weems for a bucket at the other end. Rice attacked the basket for a basket-plus-foul before Weems dished to Nenad Krstic for the center’s first basket. Schortsanitis overpowered Krstic to make it 56-50 midway through the quarter. Khryapa answered from downtown for CSKA. A minute later, Guy Pnini tripled from the elbow. A Krstic jumper and Hines slam on the offensive glass closed the gap to 59-57. Another Tyus alley-oop kept Maccabi in front. Vladimir Micov’s basket and a Hickman free throw left 63-59 on the scoreboard through three quarters. < p/>

Fourth quarter: Weems, Jackson make big shots

Pargo scored for CSKA, but Blu’s third three kept Maccabi ahead. Kaun scored on the offensive glass. Micov tied the game at 66-66 with a three from the corner. Andrey Vorontsevich, who shined with an offensive rebound, made another big play with an assist to Kaun as CSKA regained the lead. Rice scored in transition to even things with 3:20 remaining. Jackson converted a wide-open three. Hickman sent a pass out of bounds and Weems drilled a step-back three for a 68-74 CSKA lead. Landesberg weaved his way inside for a layup, but Kaun went through Tyus for a score at the other end. CSKA took 23 seconds off the clock before Jackson’s basket with 43.3 left in the game made it 70-78. Pnini gave the hosts hope with a three, but Weems free throws essentially wrapped up the win.

Aaron Jackson - CSKA Moscow - EB13
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 11060 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv17281813
CSKA Moscow23191722
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv17456376
CSKA Moscow23425981
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RICE, TYRESE 31:59 15 6/12 1/1 0/1   2 2 7 2 4   2 4 4 13
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 18:41 1 0/3 0/1 1/2           4   1 2 1 -10
8 INGLES, JOE 26:58 4 0/2   4/4 1 3 4 3 2 1     3 4 11
9 TYUS, ALEX 24:43 6 3/5       2 2   1 1     1   5
10 PNINI, GUY 23:51 6 0/1 2/5     1 1 2 1 2     2   2
11 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 2:00                         1 1  
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 9:00 6 1/1 1/1 1/1   1 1 2   2     1 2 8
13 BLU, DAVID 27:29 14 1/2 3/3 3/4         1 1     1 2 13
14 ALTIT, BEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 20:04 13 4/5 1/2 2/4 1 2 3     1     3 2 10
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 15:15 11 5/8   1/1   5 5 1 1 2     4 3 12
22 HARARI, ARAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 20/39 8/13 12/17 5 18 23 15 8 18 0 3 22 19 69
        51.3% 61.5% 70.6%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 19:32 7 2/5 1/3   1 1 2 1   3     1 2 3
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 14:55 5 1/1 1/2         1   1     2   2
9 JACKSON, AARON 31:42 18 3/5 3/5 3/3   5 5 3 1 1     2 3 23
11 PARGO, JEREMY 9:23 4 2/4               4     1   -3
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 10:35 4 2/5   0/2   3 3 4 1 1     2 4 8
13 WEEMS, SONNY 27:55 14 4/7 1/2 3/4 1 4 5 3 1 1 1   2 5 21
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 12:46         2 2 4 3         1   6
21 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA 19:53 12 5/7   2/4 2   2   2 1 2   3 2 12
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 23:52 8 2/4 1/2 1/2   2 2 3   1     3 2 7
42 HINES, KYLE 29:27 9 4/5   1/1 1 2 3 2 1 1     2 4 15
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 81 25/43 7/14 10/16 9 19 28 20 6 15 3 0 19 22 95
        58.1% 50% 62.5%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"In the end, some pretty silly turnovers made the difference in the first quarter and in the fourth quarter. Congratulations to CSKA and its coaching staff. Both teams played with a lot of class and sportsmanship. They put on a great show for the crowd that was here even though there was no special reason; the game didn’t decide anything. Yogev's injury worries me. We’ll know more tomorrow and I hope he will be okay, but we don’t have time to cry about it. "
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
" Even though the game does not actually affect the position of the teams in the standings, today met two teams that always play with pride and desire. Everyone wanted to finish the group stage on a high note. We had a good first quarter and a bad second. We played with confidence in the second half with good defense and we fought for rebounds. I would like to congratulate our players for their performance in the Top 16. We lost only twice, despite problems and injuries. But the competition is so tough that even with the home-court advantage we received as a reward Panathinaikos or Olympiacos. "

Players

PNINI, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"CSKA is a good team. We were always in the game, but in the end we made a few mistakes and we turned the ball over too many times. That should not happen and we need to work on it. "