2008-09Regular SeasonRound 8
December 17, 2008 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 USH CSKA
Felipe Reyes - Real MadridReal Madrid sent a message that echoed all around the continent by downing CSKA Moscow 78-82 in Group D in front of a sellout crowd at Universal Sports Hall in the Russian capital that included the Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Madrid improved to 5-3 and almost put both feet in the Top 16. Meanwhile, CSKA dropped to 6-2, but stills leads Group D and had already qualified for the next stage. Felipe Reyes paced the winners with 19 points and 11 fouls drawn. Alex Mumbru added 14, Louis Bullock had 13 while Jeremiah Massey got 12 for Madrid. Trajan Langdon led CSKA with 14 points. J.R. Holden and Terence Morris each added 12 while Erazem Lorbek and Aleksey Savrasenko had 10 apiece for the hosts. Bullock shined early while a tip-in by Mumbru allowed Madrid to tie it at 20-20 after 10 minutes. Holden and Viktor Khryapa helped CSKA build a double-digit lead, 35-25, but Massey and Reyes brought Madrid back to regain a 41-43 margin late in the first half. Holden and Langdon stepped up after the break to give CSKA a 64-59 edge after 30 minutes. Madrid used a 0-10 run that Reyes capped with a floating jumper to get a 67-69 edge with four minutes to go. Bullock took over with consecutive three-pointers in the final two minutes to seal the outcome down the stretch.

Trajan Langdon - CSKA MoscowJust as expected, CSKA started the game with very aggressive man-to-man defense and at the other end Savrasenko followed a layup-plus-foul with a power basket for a 5-0 lead. Bullock got Madrid going with a triple, but Morris immediately answered from downtown. Quinton Hosley joined the three-point shootout before Axel Hervelle tied the game at 8-8. Raul Lopez nailed a triple coming off a screen to cap a 0-8 Madrid run and give his team a 8-11 edge. CSKA called timeout and Morris stepped up with a layup, but Bullock fired in a long jumper. Holden was received with a warm ovation when he came off the bench for just the eighth time in 164 career Euroleague Basketball games. Langdon and a red-hot Bullock traded three-pointers, but the reigning Final Four MVP added a layup-plus-foul to tie the score at 16-16. Lorbek and Massey traded baskets, but a put-back layup by Langdon put CSKA back ahead, 20-18. A tip-in by Mumbru tied the game again, 20-20, after 10 minutes.

Holden buried a corner triple right at the start of the second quarter, while Madrid started to miss open shots. Lorbek scored down low for a 25-20 CSKA margin. Mumbru took over with a bomb from downtown, but CSKA had adjusted its offense. Khryapa and Morris nailed back-to-back triples to boost the hosts' margin to 32-23. Reyes shined with a power layup, which Khryapa bettered with a seven-meter bomb. Mumbru struck again from beyond the arc, but a floating layup by Holden helped CSKA to keep a 37-28 margin. Massey scored twice in the low post and then followed Reyes's outstanding low post move with a dunk off a steal to bring Madrid back to life at 39-36. Savrasenko scored down low off a CSKA timeout, but Massey answered with free throws. Madrid was a different team in defense at this point while a three-pointer by Marko Tomas tied it at 41-41. Free throws by Sergio Llull completed the guests' comeback, but a corner triple by Planinic restored a 44-43 CSKA edge at halftime.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Universal Sports Hall CSKA MoscowBoth teams struggled to score after the break until Morris sank a free throw for a 45-43 CSKA lead. Hervelle beat the shot clock with a three-pointer, but Langdon and Morris answered from downtown to restore a 51-46 CSKA margin. Madrid kept powering the offensive boards, but its shooters were off-target now. Holden sank his trademark mid-range jumper before a three-pointer by Lopez kept Madrid within 53-49. Lorbek took over with a turnaround jumper, as the guests tried to slow down the game tempo now. Reyes made 4 free throws only to see Planinic finish a long CSKA offense with a corner triple. Holden nailed another jumper, but Mumbru and Reyes allowed Madrid to make it a three-point game, 60-57. Lorbek beat the guests' zone defense with a layup and soon added a put-back basket to give CSKA some fresh air, 64-57. An alley-oop layup by Massey brought Madrid within 64-59 at the end of the third quarter.

Langdon fired in a bomb from downtown at the start of the fourth quarter as Madrid tried to attack the basket to get back in the game. Massey and Hervelle ignited the guests' comeback and Reyes scored in the low post to bring Madrid back to life at 67-64. CSKA kept struggling to score while a triple tied the game at 67-67 with six minutes to go. CSKA called a much-needed timeout, but Reyes capped a 0-10 run with a floating jumper that gave Madrid a 67-69 edge. Savrasenko stepped up with a layup, however Mumbru struck from way downtown for a 69-72 Madrid edge. CSKA lost control, as Khryapa committed a turnover and Langdon missed a seven-meter shot. Meanwhile, free throws by Reyes gave Madrid a 5-point lead with just under two minutes remaining. Zizis sank a triple, but Bullock immediately answered from downtown and soon he nailed another three-pointer that sealed the outcome, 72-80, allowing Madrid to return to the Spanish capital with a prestigious road win.
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU)
Attendance: 5000
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CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:09 6 0/3 2/3     1 1 3         2 3 7
7 KEYRU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 26:14 12 3/4 2/5     1 1 5   1     2 2 13
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 18:11 10 5/9     3 1 4       2   3 2 11
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 19:36 10 4/5   2/3       1         4 2 7
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 0:53                   1         -1
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 35:34 14 2/4 3/6 1/1 2 5 7 1   3     1 4 17
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 32:49 6   2/6     6 6 4 2 2     3   9
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 20:03 8 1/2 2/5     1 1       1   3 1 4
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 26:31 12 1/2 3/4 1/2 2 4 6 2         2 1 16
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 78 16/29 14/29 4/6 7 19 26 16 3 7 3 0 20 15 84
        55.2% 48.3% 66.7%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PEREZ, JAVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 REYES, FELIPE 24:29 19 5/10   9/10 2 4 6           2 11 28
14 HOSLEY, QUINTON 14:02 3 0/5 1/2   2 1 3     1       2 1
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 27:18 14 1/4 3/4 3/4 1 4 5 4 1 1   1 1 2 18
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 26:24 7 2/4 1/3   3 4 7           3   7
21 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 23:13 12 5/7 0/1 2/4 1 2 3   1     1 1 2 11
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 19:44 13 2/2 3/5         2         3 1 11
23 LLULL, SERGIO 16:07 2     2/2           1     3 1 -1
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 24:02 6   2/2     2 2 5 1       1 1 14
33 TOMAS, MARKO 20:16 6 0/1 2/4           1     1 1   2
43 HAMILTON, VENSON 4:25   0/1     1 2 3     1         1
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 82 15/34 12/21 16/20 10 21 31 11 4 5 0 3 15 20 93
        44.1% 57.1% 80%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"I would like to congratulate Real Madrid, which played an excellent game from minute one. Even though sometimes we had a lead. We missed Siskauskas and Smodis, our leaders were tired in the end of the game, but we cannot use this as an excuse. We could have won the game if we played our normal defense, but we tried to play an offensive game, which is not our style. We had some problems against their zone defense because we were not so accurate in positioning and spacing. Though we missed some good shots, this wasn't a reason. There were not so much passes under the basket and when we found Viktor Khryapa there he passed immediately to Aleksey Savrasenko and we had some easy baskets. But they were too rare. Also the team completely lost on the offensive rebounds. That was the main reasons for our defeat."
PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"We are happy to beat the European champions, we are proud of this. Technically we played very serious game. It is clear to me that we wanted to win more than CSKA, who already clinched its place in the Top 16. Today we proved that we are good enough to get to the Top 16 too. Probably Ettore [Messina] works for the future now and we know that we are to see CSKA at its best later, when the team will play for the Final Four. We are improving day by day and we hope to show our best games in February and March when the crucial time will come."
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