2006-07Regular SeasonRound 7
December 06, 2006 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Matjaz Smodis - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow used a third-quarter defensive crackdown to execute a turnaround from 37-31 halftime deficit on the way to a 64-74 win over Fenerbahce Ulker on Wednesday night in Istanbul, Turkey. Matjaz Smodis scored a season-high 21 points to lead the defending Euroleague champs to their fourth straight win as CSKA improved to 6-1 at the midway point of the season. CSKA took a half-game lead in Group C over Winterthur Barcelona, which hosts Aris TT Bank on Thursday night. Fenerbahce dropped to 2-5. It was Fenerbahce that was the stronger side in the early going, but CSKA held the hosts to10 third-quarter points to go on top. Back-to-back Damir Mrsic threes got Fenerbahce within 3 early in the fourth quarter, but Smodis scored the game's next 7 points as CSKA put the game away for good. Theo Papaloukas was perfect from the field on the way to 15 points and 8 assists, while Trajan Langdon added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Mrsic led Fenerbahce with 18 points on 6-for-10 three-point shooting, Eddie Badsen had 12 points and 5 assists in his Euroleague debut, Kaspars Kambala added 11 and Mirsad Turkcan finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds against his former team.

CSKA got off to an impressive start with strong defense and offensive rebounds to take an early lead. Langdon drilled a three-pointer after just 13 seconds and when David Vanterpool penetrated inside for a layup, CSKA led 2-7. A Turkcan three followed by new forward Basden's first Euroleague points on a baseline jumper tied things up. Defense prevailed for the next few minutes until Mrsic drilled a three-pointer. After another Basden jumper, Mrsic hit from downtown again to gave the home team its first lead, 15-14. Kambala and Omer Onan led a defensive charge that held CSKA to score just 3 points in the last five minutes of the first quarter and Onan dished an assist of Turkcan that gave the hosts a 17-15 lead after 10 minutes.

Damir Mrsic - Fenerbahce UlkerFenerbahce started the second quarter feeling good as Mrsic made his third three of the game from the left side to extend the Fenerbahce lead to 21-15. Papaloukas and Smodis tried to keep CSKA in the game but Fenerbahce's defense got tougher minute by minute. On the other end, young Hakan Demirel put the home team up by 9 after he grabbed a rebound and moved outside to score a three. Kambala’s effective inside game kept Fenerbahce ahead despite CSKA's resurgence. Kambala made another layup over Alexei Savrasenko to put Fener up 8 points in the final minute, but Thomas Van Den Spiegel's dunk with 5 seconds left in the period ended the first half with Fenerbahce ahead 37-31.

CSKA came out with increased defensive pressure both inside and outside. Langdon's jumper cut the difference to 39-37 after a few minutes and a J.R. Holden three from the right side of the floor made it 44-43 midway through the period. A minute later, Smodis put CSKA ahead and the visitors remained ahead for the rest of the quarter, using three pointers from Papaloukas and Holden to cap a 10-20 third quarter and go into the last quarter leading 47-51.

A panic-stricken Fenerbahce tried to comeback, but things didn’t work out. CSKA remained strong on defense, especially inside with Van Den Spiegel, who found the recipe to stop Kambala. Savrasenko's layup made it 47-55 and David Andersen made one of two free throws to increase the lead to 9. But two quick threes from Mrsic ignited the Fenerbahce fans as the hosts closed to within 53–56. But Smodis was the answer for CSKA. He scored 7 points in a row, including a pair of three-pointers to make the score 53-63. He added free throws to increase the gap to 13 points. Holden's jumper at with two minutes remaining gave CSKA its biggest lead, 55-69 and the visitors held on for their fourth straight win, 64-74.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP)
Attendance: 5200
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Fenerbahce Ulker17201017
CSKA Moscow15162023
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Fenerbahce Ulker17374764
CSKA Moscow15315174
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DEMIREL, HAKAN 6:30 3   1/2   2 1 3           1   4
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 32:00 10 1/5 1/3 5/8 1 10 11 1 1 2 2   4 5 15
7 ONAN, OMER 14:45 2 1/3 0/1         1       1 2   -3
8 BASAK, RASIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 29:00 5 1/3 1/6         1   2   1 2 2 -4
11 SAVAS, OGUZ 10:00 2 1/2       1 1         1   1 2
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 33:30 18   6/10     1 1 1   3     2 1 12
13 CLARK, IRA 8:00 1 0/2   1/2   2 2           2 2  
15 KAMBALA, KASPARS 30:00 11 5/9   1/2 2 5 7 3   1   2 4 4 13
16 MUTAF, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 BASDEN, EDDIE 36:15 12 4/5 1/2 1/2 1 4 5 5 4 2     1 2 22
Team                                
Totals 200:00 64 13/29 10/24 8/14 6 24 30 12 5 10 2 5 18 17 61
        44.8% 41.7% 57.1%
Head coach: ORS, AYDIN
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 25:15 15 1/1 2/2 7/8   1 1 8 1 3     3 5 23
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 29:30 21 2/7 4/7 5/8 4   4 1   2   1 3 4 13
9 VANTERPOOL, DAVID 29:30 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 6 1 2     4 2 8
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 33:15 8 1/4 2/4     1 1 3 2       1   8
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 2:00     0/2     1 1       1        
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 13:30 4 1/4   2/4 2   2 1       1   2 3
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 21:45 6 3/7     3 2 5 3     2   1 1 12
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 30:00 8 1/2 2/7     7 7 1 2 1       3 14
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 15:15 6 3/4       3 3       2   5 1 6
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 14/34 10/23 16/22 11 18 29 23 6 8 5 2 17 18 89
        41.2% 43.5% 72.7%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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Head Coaches

ORS, AYDIN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"As Fenerbahce Ulker, our philosophy is the same whoever we play against: we always play to win. In the first 25 minutes of the game, we proved that we can beat CSKA Moscow. But in the remaining minutes of the game we started to struggle against the experienced stars of the opponent. The percentages are nearly similiar on all the details of the stats but their only difference is on the asssits. What makes the difference is they know very well how to share the ball. And I think this is the only difference between the two teams. I'm sad because if we had won the game, we would have been more lucky in the next games. I congratulate CSKA Moscow and their talented coach Ettore Messina for their win."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We are very happy for the win. Because we knew that we were coming to Istanbul to challenge a good team which is in a good mood right now. We knew we were fighting with a very motivated team, getting in better shape by playing together. On the other hand, we lost our last league game away against Unics Kazan. Because of that, in the first two quarters, we were very nervous on offense. We were playing impatiently and making mistakes. And Fenerbahce Ulker was playing well inside and outside, balancing the game very well in the first half. In the second half, we played better defense but more importantly, we relaxed on offense and we found important shots by everybody. I think in the end offensive rebounds were very important for us to win the game. I wish the best for Fenerbahce Ulker to make the Top 16."

Players

MRSIC, DAMIR
Fenerbahce Ulker
"We stood to the challenge very well. We prepared the game well enough because we knew that it was going to be a very hard duel against CSKA Moscow. I think we played very good in the first half. We made some easy mistakes in the beginning of the second half. And if you make that kind of easy mistakes and if your opponent is experienced like CSKA Moscow you can not handle it."
PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS
CSKA Moscow
"It was a very hard game for us after we lost our last game in the Russian League away. Fenerbahce played very clever in the first half. In the second half, we moved the ball well in offense and I think we won quite easy then. I think we played good defense tonight. Eveybody played good in defense. I think Fenerbahce played an excellent first half. But they were upset later and psyschologically went down."
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