CSKA dominates Vitoria for 2-0 series lead
CSKA Moscow struggled in the first quarter, but when it got going, the Russian champs put the game away. CSKA dominated Caja Laboral Vitoria 90-68 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series Friday at Alexander Gomelskiy CSKA Universal Sports Hall in the Russian capital. The hosts scored almost as will, making 31 of 43 two-point shots. The hosts also dominated the boards 35-24. Sasha Kaun, Nenad Krstic and Zoran Erceg all scored 16 to lead the winners. Milos Teodosic added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, while Vladimir Micov netted 11 and Viktor Khryapa tallied 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Maciej Lampe, who missed the entire second quarter with foul trouble, led the Caja Laboral attack with 19 points. Fernando San Emeterio scored 13 and Fabien Causeur 12. Lampe started strong as Caja Laboral grabbed a 12-21 edge, but CSKA countered with runs on 9-0, 15-2 and 14-0 in the middle two quarters to take a convincing lead and never let up. Game 3 – and if necessary Game 4 – will be in Vitoria, Spain, next week.
First quarter: Lampe leads Vitoria strong start
CSKA went inside early for baskets from Erceg and Kaun. Lampe kept Vitoria even before the hosts heated up. Despite a pair of missed free throws from Lampe, Andres Nocioni’s first points and a triple from Omar cook boosted Vitoria to 4-9. Nocioni followed an Erceg slam with a triple for a 6-point edge. Teodosic got involved as he drove the lane for a basket-plus-foul – Lampe’s second foul. Lampe remained in and kept his team in front with a triple. Lampe reached 9 personal points before his steal led to a Nocioni basket. A Fabien Causeur jumper left the crowd silenced with the score 12-21. However the momentum shifted with a basket-plus-foul from Krstic – the third foul for the Vitoria center, who took a seat on the bench. Cook connected from downtown and his steal and assist to Causeur kept Caja Laboral firmly in front. Sonny Weems drove the lane for a last-second layup to make it 20-26 through 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Runs of 9-0, 15-2 put CSKA firmly in control
CSKA continued its comeback from the start of the second quarter. Kaun free throws and an Erceg triple brought the hosts within 1. Khryapa then sliced the Vitoria defense with a perfect pass to Kaun for a two-handed slam that capped a 9-0 run. Thomas Heurtel found Tibor Pleiss inside off a broken play to end a four-and-a-half minute Vitoria scoring drought. A short jumper by Krstic tied the game at 31-31 midway through the quarter. Teodosic restored a CSKA lead with a nifty drive and finger roll before nailing a triple. Nemanja Bjelica tipped in a San Emetrio miss, but the hosts kept the pressure on with buckets by the big men, Kaun and Krstic. A Jackson layup capped a 15-2 CSKA charge. San Emeterio revived Vitoria with 4 quick points only to see Krstic finish the half with a jumper that made it 44-37.
Third quarter: Hosts pull away with 14 unanswered points
A blown defensive assignment left Khryapa open for a slam at the start of the second half. San Emeterio countered with a layup. Kaun and Lampe traded free throws before an impressive pass from Teodosic left Erceg with a layup and CSKA with a 49-41 lead. After Lampe and Kaun traded baskets, Khryapa’s baseline jumper made it a 10-point game. CSKA’s big men had another highlight in store as Erceg sent a laser pass to cutting Khryapa for a slam-and-foul. A Teodosic triple extended the lead to 61-43 and resulted in a Vitoria timeout. Khryapa capped a 14-0 run with a touchdown pass to Erceg for a layup and a 20-point lead. San Emeterio and Lampe scored for the visitors only to see Krstic match them each time. Fabien Causeur beat the third-quarter buzzer to make it 69-50 at the end of the quarter.
Fourth quarter: CSKA piles onto lead and cruises to victory
San Emeterio and Pleiss added baskets for Vitoria, but before long a Micov triple restored a 20-point margin. Any remaining doubts regarding the outcome were put to rest after Milko Bjelica committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Jackson. A Teodosic triple later lifted the margin to 83-58 midway through the quarter. Khryapa took the lead to 29 en route to victory.
Friday, April 12, 2013