2017-18Regular SeasonRound 7
November 15, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 KOMBANK ARENA

CSKA seizes first place with blowout in Belgrade

With an opportunity to hold first place alone, CSKA Moscow took it with both hands, racing ahead early to defeat host Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 59-85 on Wednesday. With its fifth consecutive win, CSKA rises to the top of the standings at 6-1. Zvezda, which never led in the game, saw its record slide to 2-5. CSKA's was a true team effort, particularly on the defensive end, where the visitors held Zvezda scoreless for 5 minutes after halftime leading to a 7-21 third-quarter difference that put the game out of reach. Kyle Hines led CSKA with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Nando De Colo paced CSKA's scorers with 16 points, while Corey Higgins added 12 and Sergio Rodriguez 11 plus 9 assists. Zvezda got 15 points from Taylor Rochestie but no one else had more than 5 until after 3 quarters. James Feldeine finished with 12.

Nikita Kurbanov's dunk was answered by Rochestie's jump to get the scoring started, then De Colo and Will Clyburn dropped driving layups at 2-6. After he traded jumpers with De Colo, Rochestie hit the game's first three-pointer, but Hines scored inside and then by going coast-to-coast for a 7-12 CSKA lead. Both defenses took over then, with no baskets falling until Higgins popped a jumper at 8-16. Feldeine became just the second scorer for Zvezda, but Andrey Vorontsevich buried 6 quick points for a big 10-22 lead at the end of one quarter. Antic opened the second quarter from downtown, but Rodriguez beat the shot-clock with his own. A nifty layup by Higgins at 13-28 forced another Zvezda timeout. Rochestie resumed his scoring, but so did Kurbanov. Antic's free throws were met by another long-range strike by Rodriguez. Milko Bjelica joined Zvezda's scorers with a tip-in, but Othello Hunter answered with a put-back as CSKA stayed in control, 19-35. Mathias Lessort's 4 quick points and free throws by Nikola Radicevic trimmed the difference to 25-35. Clyburn and Nikola Jovanovic traded baskets, but Rodriguez hit again from downtown and the visitors pulled away from there, finishing the half with his behind-the-bank assist to Hines for a dunk and a 27-44 lead.

CSKA stormed out with the first 7 points after halftime as the lead soared to 27-53 on a triple by Kurbanov, marking a 13-0 run since late in the second quarter. Feldeine finally scored Zvezda's first points of the half after 5 minutes, but the trend continued as Clyburn strung together 4 points in a row and Higgins downed 6 more as the blowout continued at 34-65 after 30 minutes. A 6-0 start to the fourth quarter for Zvezda re-awakened the fans. Feldeine was able to trim the lead to 48-72 with 5 minutes left on a triple to answer Rodriguez. But the visitors kept full control the rest of the way as CSKA assured itself without any doubt whatsoever of becoming the first team in the EuroLeague this season to take exclusive possession of first place.

Kyle Hines - CSKA Moscow - EB17
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), HALLIKO, AARE (EST), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 13467
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade1017725
CSKA Moscow22222120
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade10273459
CSKA Moscow22446585
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KESELJ, MARKO 11:33     0/2   1 2 3 1   1     2   -1
5 RADICEVIC, NIKOLA 15:44 2 0/4   2/4       2 1     1 3 2 -3
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 14:25 2 0/2   2/4 1 1 2 1   2     3 2 -2
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 25:35   0/2 0/1   1 3 4 1 1 1   1 4   -3
12 ANTIC, PERO 21:16 9 1/2 1/5 4/5 3 2 5     2     1 5 10
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 1:24     0/2                       -2
14 FELDEINE, JAMES 27:03 12 4/9 1/6 1/3 1 2 3 3 1 2   2 3 2 2
15 APIC, DRAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 24:16 15 5/5 1/3 2/2 1 1 2 5 2 2     2 4 22
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 18:44 7 1/3   5/6 1 2 3     1 1   1 3 9
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA 9:25 4 2/5     3 3 6     1   2 1 1 4
51 BJELICA, MILKO 30:35 8 3/7 0/4 2/4 3 3 6 1   1     3 4 5
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 59 16/39 3/23 18/28 17 19 36 14 5 14 1 6 23 23 42
        41% 13% 64.3%
Head coach: ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN
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 23:10 16 7/9 0/1 2/2   1 1   1 4     1 5 15
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 14:04 1 0/1 0/3 1/2           2     2 1 -7
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 11:06   0/1       2 2       1   2    
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 23:56 11 1/2 3/6     2 2 9           1 19
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 19:05 9 1/1 2/4 1/2 1 2 3       1   3 2 9
21 CLYBURN, WILL 20:10 6 3/6   0/3   4 4     1   1 1 4 5
22 HIGGINS, CORY 15:46 12 4/4 0/1 4/4   3 3 1 1       4 2 14
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL 11:22 5 1/1 1/2         3 1 1     1 1 7
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 11:38     0/1   1 3 4 2         3   2
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 14:02 7 2/3 1/2     2 2 1   1     2 1 6
42 HINES, KYLE 16:06 13 4/4   5/6 1 6 7 2 3 2 2   2 4 26
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 19:35 5 2/3   1/2 4 6 10   1   2   2 2 16
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 85 25/35 7/20 14/21 7 31 38 18 7 12 6 1 23 23 111
        71.4% 35% 66.7%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

ALIMPIJEVIC, DUSAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
“They killed our confidence with their aggressiveness in the first half. You had a chance tonight to see a team which is probably going to end up in the Final Four. In the first half, we had more problems on offense than on defense. We played as much as we could, as much as CSKA let us play. We had too much respect, they deserve it, but it rocked our confidence. We missed 10 free throws, we missed 20 three-pointers and 23 two-point shots. We had 17 offensive rebounds, and still could not execute after that. We got to get out of this negative series, and get back up as we showed we can. I want to thank our fans who gave us support, and I am sorry that they had to see such a bad day on our part.”
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Nothing is easy in life. We played like this with the huge respect we have for Zvezda. We prepared very seriously. We know they have quality. I think that today our team deserves a lot of congratulations because we made them look like that. Zvezda is very talented, but I think that on the defensive end, we followed most of the game plan, we were focused, we were determined and we managed to bring it to that end. You may say it was easy, but nothing is easy. Don't forget that Zvezda was competitive in all games and beat here Barcelona and Maccabi, so we prepared the game very seriously. Congratulations to my team."

Players

HINES, KYLE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a big victory for us, a big defensive victory, a big road victory. For us to get where we want to go in the future, we have to have these victories, important victories on the road."