2017-18Regular SeasonRound 5
November 03, 2017 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

CSKA outscores Zalgiris 94-91 to keep streaks alive

CSKA Moscow extended its home winning streak to 13 games with a fine offensive performance in a 94-91 win over Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday night. It was the 10th win for CSKA over Zalgiris in as many Turkish Airlines EuroLeague matches at home this century, a victory which boosted CSKA's record to 4-1, while Zalgiris dropped to 2-3. The hosts took the lead for good in the second quarter behind Nando De Colo and Will Clyburn, building a 15-point halftime lead. But Zalgiris fought back in the third, and closed to within 4 points midway through the fourth quarter. CSKA then nailed 4 consecutive triples in a 2-minute, 14-2 run to build another insurmountable advantage. Clyburn tied his career-high with 26 points, and De Colo netted 25 points and dished 10 assists for his career-high performance index rating of 37. Andrey Vorontsevich finished with 14 points, including 3 consecutive three-pointers that fueled that fourth-quarter run. Vasilije Micic led Zalgiris with 20 points and 7 assists, Edgaras Ulanovas added 14 points, and Paulius Valinskas scored all of his 11 points in the final minute.

Ulanovas opened the scoring from close range, then hit a pair from deep. When Micic followed from long range, the visitors led 5-11. Kyle Hines scored CSKA's first 5 points, but Kevin Pangos scored twice on the other end, and a second effort from Paulius Jankunas made it 9-18. De Colo came off the bench to spark CSKA's offense. He scored 7 straight points, including a basket-plus-free throw, then assisted for a Clyburn triple that cut the difference to 17-18. A three-point play from Hines put CSKA in front for the first time before Clyburn's jumper capped a 13-0 run as the hosts led 22-19 after 10 minutes. Arturas Milaknis opened the second with a three-pointer and Jankunas put Zalgiris back in front with a layup in the lane, 22-24, but that's when CSKA started a new run. Vorontsevich and De Colo hit triples before Cory Higgins raced for a fastbreak dunk that opened the first double-digit lead of the night, 39-28. Micic stopped the bleeding with a reverse layup, and Aaron White had a dunk, getting Zalgiris within 41-34. But De Colo nailed another three and Clyburn scored 5 points, including a last-second three-pointer that made it 51-36 at the break.

Othello Hunter extended the lead to 17 points at the start of the third quarter, but Zalgiris answered with 7 straight points on triples from Micic and Ulanovas. Clyburn, De Colo and Sergio Rodriguez kept the lead in double digits, but a driving layup from Micic sparked another Zalgiris run. Axel Toupane hit a baseline jumper and Milaknis nailed a triple that cut the deficit to 64-55. Clyburn hit a three for the hosts, but Toupane had a three-point play that got Zalgiris even closer, 67-62. Higgins finished the third quarter with a basket from close range, and opened the fourth with a three-pointer, restoring a 10-point lead, 72-62. However, the visitors held CSKA scoreless for the next 4 minutes, during which time Micic and Toupane cut the lead to 72-68. The hosts needed little more than 90 seconds after that to bury 4 three-pointers and run away once again. Vorontsevich ended the drought with a corner triple, then added two more in a minute for an 81-70 lead. After a timeout, De Colo nailed one from downtown himself and added an easy layup at 86-70. The 14-2 run all but sealed the deal. Pangos and Gytis Masiulis did hit from long range for the visitors to make it 86-78, but with 2:20 to go, there was not much time left for a comeback. In the final minute, Valinskas scored back-to-back triples that made it 92-88 with 16 seconds left, but CSKA held on.

Will Clyburn - CSKA Moscow - EB17
Friday, November 3, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO)
Attendance: 7103
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CSKA Moscow22291825
Zalgiris Kaunas19172629
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CSKA Moscow22516994
Zalgiris Kaunas19366291
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 29:22 25 6/7 3/7 4/4 1 2 3 10 1 1   1 3 8 37
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 2:48   0/1 0/1           1           -1
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 7:01     0/1     1 1           2   -2
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 22:01 4 1/2 0/3 2/2 1   1 4 1 4     2 2 2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 23:12 14 1/3 4/6     2 2       1   1 2 14
21 CLYBURN, WILL 33:56 26 4/6 3/6 9/10   4 4 4 1 1     2 8 34
22 HIGGINS, CORY 18:51 9 3/8 1/5     1 1           4 1 -2
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 3:56     0/1     2 2           2   -1
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 18:53   0/1 0/1   1 3 4 3   1     4    
42 HINES, KYLE 20:32 8 3/4   2/2 1 2 3       3   2 5 16
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 19:28 8 3/4   2/2 5 2 7     2 1   3 2 12
77 MAKIEV, ALAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4   4     1         3
Totals 200:00 94 21/36 11/31 19/20 13 19 32 21 4 10 5 1 25 28 112
        58.3% 35.5% 95%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DAVIES, BRANDON 17:39   0/4     1 2 3 1   3 1 2 4 1 -7
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 26:22 8 2/3 1/2 1/2   2 2 2   3     4 5 7
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 17:14 9 3/5   3/3   2 2   2 2     1 4 12
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 25:10 9 3/8 0/1 3/4 2 3 5 2   3   3 3 3 3
20 MASIULIS, GYTIS 2:55 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 1   1     1   2
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 24:12 8 1/1 2/5     1 1 2   1     2 1 6
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 25:59 20 5/7 2/4 4/4   1 1 7 1       2 5 28
24 ARLAUSKAS, MARTYNAS 2:55 2     2/2 1   1           2 1 2
30 WHITE, AARON 14:14 4 2/2       3 3 1         1 2 9
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 8:31 3 1/1   1/2       2         4 1 1
66 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS 5:55 11 1/1 3/4     1 1           2   9
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 28:54 14 1/2 3/4 3/4 1 3 4 1         2 2 16
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 91 19/35 12/21 17/21 6 22 28 19 3 13 1 5 28 25 92
        54.3% 57.1% 81%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the players for the win. A win is a win. We are trying to collect wins right now, we are trying to become a team. We had bad luck with injuries to Misha and Leo, but we hope to get them back stronger than ever. Thanks to the fans for supporting us. In that sense, it is a huge obligation from our side to either attract more and more fans with the way we play and how we compete. Today we had a bad start, and after a timeout realized we had to change our attitude, and we did that. We outrebounded them, we played physical, scored 51 points, shared the ball pretty good, forced turnovers and everything. But all this changed drastically in most of the third and most of the fourth quarter. We just relied on the advantage we had, and gave up many easy points and open looks. Zalgiris hit 60% behind the arc, and almost 60% for twos. This needs to be changed drastically. Saras said he cannot understand that players making more money were more motivated, but I did not see that in the second half. I thank him for the congratulations, he is doing a great job, they are very competitive team and for sure have a future in the EuroLeague. But for us it is not to have one or two players. A team is a team. When somebody is falling out of the system it is difficult to cover all the time, we need all the players to step up, especially on the defensive end.”
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
“Congratulations to CSKA. It is really too bad we did not show our true face, especially in the first half. Not that much fighting. CSKA dominated us with their desire to play, and this is really strange because their players are more known, they are bigger stars, they make more money, so our players should be crazy fighting with them, to see how they compare with the best players. On the other hand, my players were just watching, and just trying to see what’s going on. Which I really don’t understand. For me, it is very, very sad.”

Players

DE COLO, NANDO
CSKA Moscow
"We tried to respect what the coach said, play good defense and don’t let them play like they want. And we knew on offense we needed to move the ball. They have a good defense, they know how to stay in position, and if you just stay with the ball you can’t do nothing on the court. So we tried to move the ball, and we made shots, that’s what made the difference. Day after day we try to be a better team, to try to know exactly what each player can do and how he can help the team. We go day by day, try to keep working, and the team is going pretty good."