2017-18Regular SeasonRound 4
October 27, 2017 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 SINAN ERDEM DOME.
Will Clyburn - CSKA Moscow - EB17

CSKA cruises by 18 over host Efes

CSKA Moscow looked very much at home in Turkey on Friday as it cruised to an 80-98 road win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul to sweep the sweep both games of the season's first double-round week in style. CSKA raised its record to 3-1 and a share of third place, while Efes keeps looking for a first victory after four games CSKA protected the ball as well as ever, matching its own EuroLeague low this century with just 3 turnovers while forcing Efes into 16. That provided a lot of scoring opportunities that resulted in the team's highest-scoring performance of the season. Will Clyburn and Nando De Colo came off the bench for 20 and 18 points, respectively. Sergio Rodriguez followed with 14 while Othello Hunter had 13, also in a reserve role. CSKA scored 25 points off the turnovers and 19 on the fastbreak, both dwarfing the number of Efes, whose only lead was 3-0 right after tipoff. Simon Krunoslav scored 23 for the hosts, while Josh Adams added 17 and Bryant Dunston 14, but scoring was not Efes's problem. It was rather not being able to slow down CSKA for any length of time, while the visitors shut down Errick McCollum, who was averaging 17, to zero points.

On the game's first possession, Simon drove for a three-point play. Rodriguez answered from deep then matched Dunston's layup with his own. Neither team missed before first-time starters Cory Higgins and Semen Antonov drilled from deep for a 7-11 CSKA edge. Vladimir Stimac inside basked was followed by Ledo hitting the first Efes triple and Simon the second as their team jumped ahead 15-13. Nikita Kurbanov and Hines put CSKA back in front, but Adams tied. Rodriguez and Hunter scored in transition as CSKA surged to 19-22. Simon's tip-in was matched by Kurbanov free throws. Rodriguez drilled one triple but after Justin Doellman's dunk, Ricky Ledo hit his own deep shot, cutting the difference to 26-27 after 10 minutes. Leo Westermann and Clyburn kept CSKA's scoring rhythm, and Adams did so from deep for Efes. Victor Khryapa and Simon liked the idea, too, as Efes stayed within 34-36. A three-minute CSKA defensive stand let Clyburn and Westermann put their team ahead 34-42. Doellman's free throw didn't stop the bleeding as Clyburn finished two fastbreaks at 35-48. Simon, already up to 16 points, dropped a triple out of a timeout, but Clyburn just kept scoring and Rodriguez finished the half with CSKA comfortably ahead, 43-54.

Adams and Ledo sparked Efes with triples to open the second half as De Colo assisted Hunter and hit a floater at 49-58. De Colo's three-pointer was answered by Adams from deep, but Hunter's put-back made it 52-65. De Colo kept scoring until it was 56-71 and only a pass that hit him in the face stopped him to take a rest. Khryapa and Doellman traded baskets but the scoreboard didn't budge much as CSKA stayed ahead 60-73 after three quarters. Free throws from Simon and Dunston led to fastbreak layup by Simon as Efes moved within 67-77, but Clyburn got a fortunate high bounce on a three-pointer and hit his own free throws to restore a 15-point edge. Efes kept fighting with a dunk by Dunston and a triple from Doellman, but Clyburn reappeared along with Rodriguez, both scoring at will to make it 74-90 with 3:00 left, too little time for Efes to avoid a fourth consecutive loss.

Friday, October 27, 2017
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB)
Attendance: 6540
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul26171720
CSKA Moscow27271925
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul26436080
CSKA Moscow27547398
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 LEDO, RICKY 30:17 9 0/8 3/7   2 4 6 4   3   1 3 1 1
2 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 21:15 8 2/5 1/3 1/2 1 5 6     2     1 1 6
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 12:26   0/3 0/1     2 2 2       1 3   -4
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 18:25   0/1     1 1 2 4 1       3   3
10 BITIM, ONURALP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 DEMIR, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOTUM, BROCK 7:23 2     2/2   1 1     1     1 1 2
14 ADAMS, JOSH 26:30 17 2/2 3/5 4/4 1 2 3 1   1     4 5 19
15 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 14:19 7 3/5   1/1 2 2 4   1 2       3 11
22 MUSTAFA, MUHAYMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 37:03 14 5/10   4/4 3 4 7 2   2 2   1 3 20
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 32:22 23 4/6 3/5 6/6 2 3 5 4   5     3 4 24
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 80 16/40 10/21 18/19 15 25 40 17 2 18 2 2 19 18 84
        40% 47.6% 94.7%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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
1 DE COLO, NANDO 27:20 18 7/9 1/2 1/1   1 1 5 1 1 1     4 26
7 FRIDZON, VITALY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 14:13 6 3/4       1 1 4 1       2   9
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 14:14 5 1/1 1/3         1 1   1   3   3
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 25:46 14 4/6 2/4     1 1 3 1 1   1 4 1 10
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 5:24 2   0/1 2/2   2 2           1 1 3
21 CLYBURN, WILL 26:01 20 7/11 1/4 3/7 1 4 5 1 1       1 5 20
22 HIGGINS, CORY 16:38 5 1/3 1/2         2   1       1 4
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 12:09 7 2/4 1/1     2 2 1 2       3   7
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 18:15 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 1 5 6   1         1 11
42 HINES, KYLE 15:56 2 1/4       1 1 2 1       3 3 3
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 24:04 13 5/8   3/3 4 2 6   4     1 1 3 21
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 98 33/53 7/19 11/15 9 19 28 19 13 3 2 2 18 19 120
        62.3% 36.8% 73.3%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Congratulations to CSKA. During the game, we couldn't stop their offense. They had easy points in one-on-one and transition situations. Our big problem was our turnovers. Against a team like CSKA, if you make these many turnovers, you let them make too many fastbreak points. Because of the turnovers, the result became like this."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We forced 18 turnovers in back-to-back games, and that's something that we have worked on a lot, and were able to do against Panathinaikos in previous game, and now against Efes, such a talented team, with a lot of good ballhandlers, a lot of good isolation players, a lot of good creators. We forced them into 18 turnovers, and that's the key. It shows us, although maybe we don't get that much of a credit on their 80 points, but I'm telling you we did a pretty good job, besides the first quarter, on defense. What we are looking for now is the continuity and consistency on what we are doing. It's not easy because we miss practices, we miss the chemistry, but today I'm happy with my players. They responded well."

Players

WESTERMANN, LEO
CSKA Moscow
"It was not easy because it was a back-to-back game, but we managed to contain our opponents, to play pretty good defense, then on offense to score a lot of points. Everybody played pretty well today, enjoyed, and it was a good game for all of us."
HUNTER, OTHELLO
CSKA Moscow
"It was good. We won. We played together. Played good defense, forced a lot of turnovers. I don't know how many fastbreak points we scored, but it was a lot. Everybody just played good."
DE COLO, NANDO
CSKA Moscow
"We always need to work on turnovers, and we know that we just need to move the ball like we did tonight and just stay focused. This is a great job. It's the beginning of the season, it will be long and tough season, so we just need to stay focused on our team. We need to work every day and just keep going like we did in these last two games. We need to improve our game every day. We have a team where everybody can play. We have 12 players who can play on the court. We can share the time and this will be important for this season and these double weeks."