2017-18Regular SeasonRound 6
November 09, 2017 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

CSKA overcomes bad start to blow out Valencia

A slow start forced by an aggressive visitor did nothing to impede CSKA Moscow from walloping Valencia Basket 94-67 on Thursday to keep its home winning streak alive. CSKA improved its record to 5-1, keeping its share of first place, and left Valencia two victories behind in the standings at 3-3. Valencia led 6-17 midway through the first quarter before Nando De Colo came off the bench to lead a 14-2 run as CSKA led 20-19 after one quarter and 43-58 at halftime. A 30-16 advantage in the third quarter busted the game open and Valencia never had a chance after that. De Colo led all scorers with 23 points despite not playing the final quarter. Cory Higgins followed with 16, while Othello Hunter, among five CSKA players with 8 points, ripped 5 of his 10 rebounds on the offensive glass. Tibor Pleiss had 12 points, Fernando San Emeterio and Bojan Dubljevic 11 each for Valencia.

Pleiss made a hook shot and a baseline jumper to spark a 0-6 start for Valencia. Higgins scored first for CSKA, but Aaron Doornekamp's second jumper plus Erick Green's first 4 points on a breakaway and free throws meant a double-digit difference, 4-14. Hunter became CSKA's second scorer on a put-back, but Doornekamp did him one better from the corner, forcing a CSKA timeout at 6-17. De Colo scored on his first touch, as did Will Clyburn, narrowing the gap to 12-19. De Colo kept adding free throws until he drove for a tricky layup to complete a 14-2 run with CSKA leading 20-19 after one quarter. Pleiss returned with a pair of layups as Valencia reclaimed a 20-23 lead. Andrey Vorontsevich hit CSKA's first triple to tie and Pleiss answered with a long two-pointer. San Emeterio and De Colo traded driving layups, but the latter added an assist to Sergio Rodriguez for a 27-27 tie. Kyle Hines broke the tie with free throws and Vorontsevich finished the next fastbreak with a dunk as CKSA kept turning defense into offense to lead 31-27. Guillem Vives joined the Valencia scorers with a three-point play at 31-33. A Hines layup was followed by Dubljevic scoring 5 points to make it even closer, 37-36. De Colo and Higgins were relentless, however, as they stretched the CSKA lead to 43-38 at halftime.

Hunter rocked the rim and hit free throws to boost CSKA's lead to 47-38. Vorontsevich hit a three-pointer in transition and De Colo another as the lead soared to 53-40. Green with a follow-up and Sam Van Rossom from deep steadied Valencia, but Nikita Kurbanov joined the CSKA scoring column in style with a loose-ball dunk. De Colo, Vives and Kurbanov traded triples before Hunter slammed a rebound for a 15-point lead, 63-48. De Colo was unconscious now, dropping a face-up three from way downtown. Mikhail Kulagin stepped off CSKA's bench for the first time all season with a triple and the lead assist on a quarter-ending dunk by Hines that made it 73-54 after 30 minutes. Higgins and San Emeterio trades twos and threes, respectively, to open the fourth quarter before Kurbanov made CSKA's next from downtown for 20-point lead, 80-60. Higgins drilled the following triple, CSKA's 10th in 15 tries until then, but San Emeterio came back with his own. Still, time was ticking, under 5 minutes left, and CSKA was still up 20. Kulagin and CSKA's defenders took care of business from there to the finish to extend the team's home winning streak to 14 games.

Nando De Colo - CSKA Moscow - EB17
Thursday, November 9, 2017
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR)
Attendance: 7015
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 20:15 23 5/7 3/3 4/4   2 2 1 2 2   1 1 6 28
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 6:44 4 2/3     1   1 1 1           6
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 4:37 2 1/2             1   1       3
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 24:43 6 1/5 0/3 4/4   1 1 7 3 3     2 2 7
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 22:55 8 1/3 2/2   1 6 7       1   2   12
21 CLYBURN, WILL 19:17 3 1/1 0/1 1/1   2 2 3   1 1   1 2 8
22 HIGGINS, CORY 21:54 16 6/8 1/3 1/2   1 1 3 1       3 5 18
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL 11:16 8 1/3 2/3         1         2 1 5
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 10:21           2 2       1       3
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 17:58 8 1/2 2/2   1 3 4 1   1     2   9
42 HINES, KYLE 19:14 8 3/4   2/2 1 2 3       2 1 1 1 11
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 20:46 8 3/6   2/3 5 5 10   1     1 2 2 14
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 94 25/44 10/17 14/16 9 25 34 17 9 7 6 3 16 19 125
        56.8% 58.8% 87.5%
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, WILL 17:58   0/2     2 1 3 2       1 1   1
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 11:06 2 1/3 0/1     1 1   1 3   1     -3
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 20:22 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 2   2     1   -1
10 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 14:08 2 1/1 0/3     2 2 2         2   1
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 15:41 11 4/6 0/1 3/3 2   2 2         2 3 13
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 13:52 6 1/1 1/4 1/1           2     4 3  
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 9:29 2 1/4 0/2   3   3         2 1   -3
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 18:30 11 1/2 3/5   2 2 4 1 1 2     1 3 14
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 19:27 12 6/10     1 6 7 1 1   3 1 2   17
30 SASTRE, JOAN 14:08 2   0/1 2/2           1     2 2  
32 GREEN, ERICK 23:31 8 3/10 0/1 2/2 2 1 3 2   2     3 3 3
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON 21:48 8 2/3 1/2 1/2 2 4 6 3 1     1   2 16
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 67 20/44 6/23 9/10 15 18 33 15 4 12 3 6 19 16 59
        45.5% 26.1% 90%
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow

"At halftime, we had some targets. We talked a lot about playing better defense, being more competitive, using our strength, our length, our quickness. I think that the 51 to 29 difference in the second half satisfies us a lot. Also the rebound battle at the end, because they were hurting us with second chances. We shot the ball pretty good, with better decisions on splitting their defense and kick-outs. We had good open looks. And overall I think we have seen a totally different picture in the second half. Congratulations to the players because they make it happen. You know it's not easy to change the chip. We had a very emotional [VTB League]game on Monday with Khimki, then we came here and had a sloppy start, but overall we deserved to win. We were the better team."

"This game shows us in that we're in a good way. Of course it's going to take time. We're a new team. We have to make certain adjustments, but I'll say this. When players are coming deep off the bench and they are coming after a period of sitting and they play big, that's also important. It shows that we have players that help and today everyone was on the same page."

VIDORRETA, TXUS
Valencia Basket
"It was a tough game for us because we couldn't compete after minute five. We started the game well, defending, running, shooting the ball. But in the beginning of the second quarter, it was difficult for us to control the one-on-one situations with Nando De Colo. But our reaction was good to finish the first half with the game still open. After the break, we started the third quarter some points down and they scored to make it more, then we disappeared from the game. It's the first time this season that we are more than 10 points behind in the score and we were not ready for the situation. We have to improve this. When we don't have control of the game, we need to fight, play better, take rebounds, because if we don't do it, teams like CSKA destroy us."

Players

HIGGINS, CORY
CSKA Moscow
"We tried to come in focused, but we got off to another bad start. But after that, we played another great game, both offensively and defensively. We made our adjustments and were locked in. Everybody had a great game, everybody contributed. We're a deep team and we're built to have these difficult games after one another."
DE COLO, NANDO
CSKA Moscow
"I played for Valencia, but from that time, only one player remains and that is Rafa Martinez. I think it was something special but I think it will be more special when we go there. We knew they had a good team and play good basketball, but we respected what our coach wanted on the court. We played smart, moved the ball and played aggressive defense, and this was the most important thing, staying focused on what we need to do."
THOMAS, WILL
Valencia Basket
"It was a tough game for us. We came out, we started off really good, moving the ball and scoring easy baskets. Then they got back in the game really quick in the first quarter, and took control of the game, and that was it."
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