2012-13Final FourFinal
May 12, 2013 CET: 18:00
Local time: 17:00 O2 ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.4 Points 77.5
33.1 Rebounds 35.2
8.1 O. Rebounds 9.0
25.0 D. Rebounds 26.2
17.6 Assists 15.9
6.2 Steals 5.5
3.5 Blocks 3.1
13.2 Turnovers 12.8
56.1 % 2PT 56.0 %
39.1 % 3PT 35.8 %
72.8 % FT 76.4 %
92.3 Index 89.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.7 / Weems Points 13.0 / Navarro
7.4 / Khryapa Rebounds 6.5 / Tomic
1.4 / Kaun OR 1.7 / Jawai
6.4 / Khryapa DR 4.9 / Tomic
4.9 / Teodosic Assists 3.4 / Huertas
1.6 / Khryapa Steals 1.1 / Mickeal
1.2 / Kaun Blocks 1.1 / Tomic
3.0 / Teodosic Turnovers 1.7 / Navarro
72.7 % / Kaun 2PT 80.0 % / Rabaseda
100.0 % / Krstic 3PT 43.2 % / Navarro
83.3 % / Ponkrashov FT 97.2 % / Huertas
17.1 / Krstic Index 16.9 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-1 Final Four 0-1
3-1 Playoffs 3-2
11-3 Top 16 13-1
9-1 Regular Season 9-1
23-6 Overall 25-5


Crew Chief

The Take

FC Barcelona Regal and CSKA Moscow look to finish their Turkish Airlines Euroleague seasons on a winning note when they meet for the third time this season in the Final Four third place game at The O2 in London, England on Sunday. Both teams come off tough semifinal losses, but should be ready to please their fans with a last win in this exciting Euroleague season. CSKA plays in the third place game for the first time since 2010. Barcelona played it last season and defeated Panathinaikos.

Barcelona has severe injury problems, as Pete Mickeal is out for the season, Nate Jawai saw very limited playing time against Real Madrid and several players have physical problems. As such, Coach Xavi Pascual will probably use a different rotation in this game. Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada, just as always, will try to set the right game tempo. Huertas must use his creativity, just as he did against Madrid on Friday (19 points, 6 rebounds) and Sada will offer athleticism and on-the-ball defense against Milos Teodosic, a former Euroleague MVP who will split time at point guard with Theo Papaloukas and Aaron Jackson. Papaloukas provides experience and determination in what may be his last Final Four game; he has hinted that he may retire at the end of this season. Jackson will be a valuable defensive weapon to use against former Final Four MVPs Sarunas Jasikevicius and Juan Carlos Navarro. Barcelona is deep at both wings despite Mickeal's absence, as it features small forward Joe Ingles and young guns Alex Abrines and Xavi Rabaseda. CSKA relies on Vladimir Micov and Sonny Weems to make the difference on the wings with their versatility and athleticism, respectively. Evgeny Voronov and Anton Ponkrashov may see extended playing time to provide intensity off the bench. Nenad Krstic leads a deep CSKA frontcourt that also includes Sasha Kaun, Victor Khryapa, Zoran Erceg and Andrey Vorontsevich, giving coach Messina endless options around the baskets. With Jawai most likely out, Ante Tomic and Erazem Lorbek should see most of the minutes under the baskets, with Marko Todorovic offering a helping hand.

The team that is able to leave its semifinal loss in the past and wants it more, showing it on the court, could be the one finishing the season with a prestigious win. Both teams split road regular season wins and will not want to go home empty-handed. The bottom line is to expect an entertaining game between two of this season’s best teams as they clash in the second-to-last act of an incredible Final Four weekend.
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Game Notes

CSKA Moscow

CSKA leads the Euroleague this season in team performance index rating with an average of 92.3 per game. Barcelona is second (89.3).
Only four CSKA players – Aaron Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Vladimir Micov and Milos Teodosic – have appeared in every game this season. Coach Ettore Messina has used a total of 12 different players in his starting lineups and 17 players overall this season.
Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight and 25 of his last 26 Euroleague games.
Teodosic trails Anadolu Efes point guard Kerem Tunceriby by 1 assist for 10th place on the Euroleague’s list of all-time assists leaders. Teodosic enters the Final Four with 500 career assists.
Teodosic needs 2 more three-pointers to move into the all-time top 10 on the list of three-pointers made at the Final Four. Teodosic has made 13 three-pointers at Final Fours. Three players –Ibrahim Kutluay, Derrick Sharp and Ramunas Siskauskas – share ninth place with 15 triples apiece.
Viktor Khryapa has at least 1 steal in six straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.
Khryapa is second on the Euroleague career rebounding list at Final Four games. Khryapa has collected 71 rebounds in 12 games. The all-time leader is former CSKA big man Matjaz Smodis with 73.
Khryapa is 2 assists away from reaching the all-time top 10 in Euroleague Final Four games. Khryapa has dished 22 assists in Final Four games; Nikola Vujcic is 10th with 24.
Khryapa, with his next blocked shot, will pass Nikola Vujcic for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time shot-blocking leaders list. They each have 122 career blocks. Aleksey Savrasenko is third with 130 rejections.
Andrey Vorontsevich has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.
Vladimir Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.
Nenad Krstic needs 7 more points to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his Euroleague career.
Theodoros Papaloukas is tied with Euroleague legend Dejan Bodiroga for fourth place on the all-time Final Four scoring charts with 164 points. Former CSKA star Trajan Langdon is third with 172 points.
Papaloukas is tied with former teammate Matjaz Smodis for fifth place on the all-time list of free throws made at the Final Four. They have each drained 43 free throws over their careers. Another former CSKA here, Ramunas Siskauskas, is fourth with 46 made free throws. Papaloukas has dished more assists than any player in Final Four history with 57.

FC Barcelona Regal

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67 points allowed and 62 performance index rating allowed per game.
Marcelinho Huertas is the Euroleague leader in free-throw shooting this season at 97.22%. Huertas has made 21 straight free throws in Euroleague action and 35 of 36 attempts this season.
Juan Carlos Navarro was the playoffs scoring leader with 16.6 points per game.
Navarro is fourth on the all-time list of three-pointers made at the Euroleague Final Four with 21. Teammate Sarunas Jasikevicius is third with 22 triples. Trajan Langdon of CSKA Moscow fame is second with 23 made.
Navarro is 2 assists away from reaching the all-time top 10 in Euroleague Final Four games. Navarro has dished 22 assists in Final Four games; Nikola Vujcic is 10th with 24.
Alex Abrines has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games dating back to last season, when he played for Unicaja Malaga.
Sarunas Jasikevicius needs 4 more three-pointers to become the seventh player in competition history to sink 300 career three-pointers.
Jasikevicius has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action. He is the competition’s career leader in free throw accuracy at 92.97%.
Ante Tomic established a new career high in performance index rating with 34 in the semifinal against Madrid on Friday. He scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Erazem Lorbek played for CSKA during the 2008-09 season. He was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team after helping the club reach the Euroleague title game. Lorbek and CSKA also won the Russian League that season.
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"This is my first third place game. You have to suffer and learn in this life. I am learning a lot today and tomorrow. The most difficult thing will be bouncing back from this loss, psychologically speaking. We have a big part of the team in the same situation it was in one year ago. In situations like this, you can think you have worked hard all season to be in the same position as one year ago, even worse. We have talked about it, watched some video, but we don't know in which mental condition we will be until we step on court. We must try to win this game for us, the club, our fans and families. We have to play a decent game and put a good effort out there. It is not a game to rest or for different rotations, but for dignity and effort."
FC Barcelona Regal
"Truth to be told, it will not be easy to play this game. With so many players with physical problems, we managed to get as much as strength as possible to compete in the semifinals. It is difficult to go back to this game. We have to get ready for a new day, physically and mentally, in a game in which you don't get much of a reward; we were third twice and it didn't change much. Of course, we have to try to play a good game for all the people that came to see us, try to be as competitive as always and see if we have chances to win."


CSKA Moscow
"We probably come off our worst game this season, but the worst part is that it came in a very bad moment for us: against Olympiacos in the semifinals. We played without energy, were not focused and they killed us with great defense. Our offense was terrible. I am sorry for the fans, as a good number of them came to see us. Barcelona's game was more tight; they had a big lead in the third quarter. We were down since the middle of the first quarter and really looked terrible on the court. We cannot compare both games. It will be hard to find the motivation, but this is a game for third place. It means something and we have to focus and fight to play better for our fans and also for us. We are CSKA."
CSKA Moscow
“We can show what kind of character we have. We can give a better effort and that shows a lot about us as a team, as people, that we are not the types that put our heads down after one game. I think we’ll use the same tactics as we did [against Barcelona] in the regular season. They’re doing a real good job right now with their high-low game between Tomic and Lorbek. We really have to focus on that. We’ll just try and do what we’ve been doing lately and keep it simple.”
CSKA Moscow
“You can’t give up, Even though this is not the game we came to play in, we still have a chance to play for third place. And our season’s not over yet. This game is going to be a great motivation for us. Because we have to go back and play in another tournament, which is the VTB and we have to win that. So getting this win will give us a push towards it, even though we didn’t have a very successful weekend. Getting this win will be very motivational for us. [Barcelona] posts the ball a lot more. They’ve been playing together for a while. They know how to play together as a team. That’s one thing we’ll have to overcome. We’ll have to play way better defense than we did yesterday. And we have to move the ball defensively. Those are going to be the keys for us winning.”
FC Barcelona Regal
"We did a good job last night, but some bad minutes cost us this loss. I said it yesterday, but I want to thank Nate [Jawai] for the huge effort he made last night. We will try to win this game, the one that nobody wants to play when you get to a Final Four. We did not play well in the second quarter last night and had a five or six final minutes in which the teams was stuck. When that happens in a Final Four game, you lose. We hope we can finish it with a win, especially for our fans."
FC Barcelona Regal
"Of course, we want to finish this Euroleague season with a win. It will be a tough game for both teams, but we will try to win it, no question about it. We are not here to watch time go by. We had the game in our hands last night, but unfortunately, we could not win it. It is mentally tough to play this game and we will go for a win. Whoever puts last night's loss in the past earlier will have an advantage in this game. CSKA is one of the greatest teams in Europe, showing it in the last few years, playing Final Fours and for Euroleague titles. Beating them would be a great thing."
FC Barcelona Regal
“Third place games are never very much fun, but it’s a chance for the fans, for sure, to see two great teams, Barcelona and CSKA, play. To be honest, if you look at last year, we won the third place game and we ended up going on the win the [Spanish] League. Hopefully we can learn from the mistakes we made yesterday in the fourth quarter and take this as an opportunity to play a high-level competitor and get ready for the playoffs. In third-place games sometimes coaches tend to rest certain players. Tactically, they’ve had time to see what we do well and what we struggle with and our coaches have had time to see what they do well and what they struggle with. It’s a game that’s fun to play as far as playing against a fun opponent. Obviously its disappointing to play in because you know you’re not playing in the championship. But the Euroleague fans are great fans and the came all the way to London to see this tournament and there will be two great games tomorrow. I will wish all the Olympiacos guys good luck.”

CSKA beats Barca to finish season on the podium

CSKA Moscow held on to beat FC Barcelona Regal 74-73 to win the third place game at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at The O2 in London. The game came down to the very last shot before CSKA stopped Barcelona to claim the victory. Victor Khryapa led the way with 16 points, Sonny Weems scored 14 and Aaron Jackson 13, including the go-ahead free throws with 26.9 seconds remaining. Juan Carlos Navarro carried Barca in the fourth quarter and his triple put the team ahead in the final minute. He finished with 17 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting. Marko Todorovic added 11 points and Alex Abrines and Ante Tomic netted 10 apiece. CSKA started fast and led 11-2 before Barcelona got going. Alex Abrines got going in the second quarter with 8 points to rally his team back. Bacra led briefly and eventually the teams reached halftime knotted at 35-35. CSKA came out hot in the third with 13 unanswered points, but Barcelona rallied again. Navarro’s hot hand set up an exciting finish, but even after regaining the lead, Barcelona was unable to hold on in the final minute.

First quarter: Khryapa, Kaun lead CSKA to strong start

CSKA won the opening tip and got on the scoreboard first through a Khryapa turnaround jumper on the baseline. Barcelona missed 4 free throws in the first three and a half minutes before Erazem Lorbek broke the ice with a pair from the charity stripe. Khryapa, Sasha Kaun and Weems led the CSKA charge as the Russian champs stormed out to a 9-2 lead. Barcelona turned to its star, but even Navarro’s shots rimmed out. After the first TV timeout, Khryapa extended the lead to 9 before Xavi Rabaseda looked to ignite his side with a three-pointer. Barca found some momentum as Ante Tomic scored down low and C.J. Wallace from behind the arc to make it 13-10. After baskets by Nenad Krstic and Sarunas Jasikevicius, CSKA led 15-12 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Abrines sparks Barcelona rally

Weems provided a highlight as he blocked Abrines, scooped up the loose ball and went straight to the rim for a slam. Barcelona fought back and soon tied the score at 17-17 with an Abrines triple. Tomic remained a central factor at both ends as the teams traded scores. Joe Ingles finally gave Barcelona its first lead, 23-25, with a runner in the lane that came with four minutes left in the half. Jackson tied it again before Abrines connected from downtown a second time. Before long, Vladimir Micov’s first three knotted the game again, 32-32. Khryapa sank a three too, but Todorovic’s first basket left things all square, 35-35, at halftime.

Third quarter: CSKA takes charge with 13-0 run

Weems drove to beat the shot clock and open the second half scoring. Back-to-back threes by Weems and Milos Teodosic made for a 9-0 run and resulted in a Barcelona timeout just 103 seconds into the quarter. Kaun and Khryapa made it 13 unanswered points. Tomic scored for Barcelona from the line and Ingles drained a three. Todorovic added to a 0-7 Barcelona surge before Khryapa netted a jumper. Weems restored a double-digit CSKA lead only to see Navarro get going, first with a fade-away three and then his trademark “la bomba.” A tomic tip-in made it 56-51. Another Navarro three – and the Euroleague debut of 22-year-old Papa Mbaye – came before the third quarter ended at 59-54.

Fourth quarter: Heroes shine at both ends as game comes down to final shot

Andrey Vorontsevich kept CSKA in front, but the veteran duo of Navarro and Jasikevicius were not going to give in. A Navarro three made it 62-57. Krstic inside and Jackson from the line maintained a safe cushion. Pascual was whistled for a technical foul, after which Jackson made it 67-59. The TV timeout allowed Barcelona to regroup. Abrines sank free throws and Erazem Lorbek scored in the paint to bring Barca within 4. A hard foul by Rabaseda on Khryapa followed and the CSKA forward made only 1 of the resulting free throws. Lorbek banked in another shot to make it 68-65 with three minutes remaining. After a wild sequence with turnovers at both ends, Khryapa soared to stuff a Kaun miss and stare down Tomic in the process. But Barca showed no fear; Navarro bettered him with his fourth three of the game to make it 70-68. Then Tomic tossed in a lefty hook at the one-minute mark to even the score. Kaun put CSKA back up with a tip-in, only to see Navarro lift his team with a clutch three with 36 second left. Jackson got to the line and made it 74-73 with 26.9 seconds remaining. Barcelona decided to go for the won with one last shot. After Marcelinho Huertas wound the clock down, he passed to Tomic, who gave it back to him, but the guard missed his jumper and CSKA raced off with the win.

Victor Khryapa - CSKA Moscow - Final Four London 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Frankie Sachs, Euroleague.net - London
Attendance: 10716
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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 TEODOSIC, MILOS 29:33 5 0/2 1/2 2/2   5 5 5 2 1     1 2 14
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 18:48 6 1/8 1/1 1/2   2 2 1   1       1 1
7 JACKSON, AARON 22:47 13 3/3   7/8   1 1 2 1       2 4 18
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 19:35 7 3/8   1/2 3 1 4 2   3   1   5 8
13 WEEMS, SONNY 27:50 14 6/12 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1   4 1 7
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 10:41 2 1/1 0/2                   1   -1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 16:54 4 2/3     1 4 5 1   1     4   4
24 KAUN, SASHA 23:32 7 3/6   1/3 2 2 4       2   3 3 8
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 26:32 16 6/7 1/3 1/2 1 3 4 2 4 2     3 2 19
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 3:48   0/1 0/1         2         1   -1
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 74 25/51 3/11 15/21 11 22 33 16 8 11 3 1 19 18 81
        49% 27.3% 71.4%
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 22:24   0/2 0/1     1 1 2   6         -6
10 ABRINES, ALEX 19:58 10   2/6 4/4         1 1   1 1 2 6
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 21:40 17 1/4 5/7     1 1 1   2       3 15
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 18:03 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2 6   3     2 2 4
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 20:14 11 2/2   7/8 1 3 4 1   1 1   1 6 20
18 WALLACE, C.J. 9:59 3 0/1 1/1     4 4     1         5
20 INGLES, JOE 16:35 7 1/2 1/2 2/4           1     2 2 2
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 21:20 5 1/3 1/2     4 4         2 3   1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 18:23 8 3/6 0/1 2/2   4 4 1   1     2 2 8
34 MBAYE, PAPA 5:05                         3   -3
44 TOMIC, ANTE 26:19 10 4/6   2/4 3 3 6 3   1     4 2 12
Team           2 4 6           1   5
Totals 200:00 73 13/29 10/21 17/22 7 25 32 14 1 17 1 3 19 19 69
        44.8% 47.6% 77.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"This was a game between two frustrated and disappointed teams as always happens in these third-place games. But both teams competed in the game and they wanted to win. And they made an effort. For some it was easier, for some it was more difficult because the degree of frustration changes from person to person. I think we deserved to win because most of the time we were up, even with a good lead. They came back late in the game. But we take a win that we consider important that finishes at least on a positive note a very good Euroleague season, which unfortunately was spoiled by a poor performance that we had in the semifinal against Olympiacos. Tomorrow we will start thinking about a way to come back to the next Final Four. In my first third-place game, what I keep after this game is that we had a reaction. We played with dignity – as we wanted. And we got a win."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We were fourth and I would like to congratulate my team for the trajectory this year and how we played here. The results weren’t what we wanted but we still played well. Just like on Friday, we ended up with 12 fewer field goal attempts than them. And it’s difficult to win the game with those statistics. We had a good attitude and courage and disposition today. With Victor Sada injured, the team did its best. Jawai was also out, but we had a good heart and played with courage. The young players played well and we’re very happy with what they did. Without a doubt, the worst thing is that we couldn’t control the rebounding at all in either game. I think the team worked hard and well both on Friday and today. Tactically, we worked well. We were very prepared. We lost because of our lack of physical quality and rebounds."


CSKA Moscow
"We had high expectations at this Final Four, so it was hard to play this game, but we got the win. Third place does not mean much to me, because I want to win championships; hopefully we will get another chance next year and win it. It was hard to fall asleep after the semifinals, because we did not show up for that game. Today, we had to have pride and show we are better team than what we played Friday."
CSKA Moscow
"Of course it is never easy to play games like this third place game. But we wanted to finish the Euroleague season with a win and I'm glad we succeeded in that. I have to say that this Final Four leaves a bitter taste, but I hope we will learn lessons that will help us next year."
CSKA Moscow
"We didn't play well in the semifinals, but today we played much better. We have pride and we wanted to show that today, even if it's not as exciting as playing in the title game. Barcelona is a tough opponent and they played us till the last seconds, and also had a chance to win, but we came out on top. We're not used to playing for third place, but we're CSKA and we didn't want to leave the Final Four without a win. It was very difficult to get this win, and like all wins, especially close ones, it's very sweet."
CSKA Moscow
"We came here thinking about how we're going to win the trophy, but we didn't play well on Friday and ended up playing today for the third place. We needed to make a switch in 48 hours from the loss to this game, because nobody wants to lose both games in the Final Four. Barcelona put up a fight as we expected, but we found the way to win. On the last play I ended up guarding Ante Tomic, who's much taller than me, so I fought to stay between him and the basket, and I'm very happy it worked out. This win is very important for us even if it's not for the Euroleague title."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We had to play hard and compete; we couldn't leave London without doing that. We had a solid Euroleague season and couldn't finish it with a bad game. We were unlucky, because I really think we deserved to be fighting for the Euroleague title until the end. We go home with a bitter taste in our mouths, but the Spanish League playoffs are around the corner. We cannot let these losses affects us, because a big title is up for grabs."
FC Barcelona Regal
"I think the team did the best it could. We had a game-winning shot in our hands which unfortunately didn't go in. We had a good effort and it is too bad that we finished in fourth place. We came here to win this title. It is a tough game to play. CSKA had a strong start after the break and got an important lead. We managed to get back in the game, but couldn't win in the game. We wanted to get this win to finish the Euroleague season with a good taste in our mouths, but maybe this Final Four has not been fair to us, considering the season we had. Of course, we have to think about it, but we have to look forward to the Spanish League playoffs."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We really missed Nate Jawai in this game. He is a very important part of this team. We have to leave the Euroleague season behind as soon as possible. This game is a reference on how to find the way to overcome a bad start and play better, which is what we did today."
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