Regular Season Round 3 - November 06, 2008 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALACIO VISTALEGRE

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-1 Regular Season 2-0
1-1 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Umpire
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.0 Points 88.0
31.0 Rebounds 37.0
13.0 O. Rebounds 7.5
18.0 D. Rebounds 29.5
11.0 Assists 16.0
11.0 Steals 6.5
0.5 Blocks 6.5
10.5 Turnovers 11.5
60.2 % 2PT 60.6 %
25.0 % 3PT 54.1 %
73.9 % FT 76.9 %
92.5 Index 119.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.5 / Hosley Points 14.5 / Zisis
5.5 / Hosley Rebounds 7.0 / MORRIS, TERENCE
3.5 / Hosley OR 1.0 / Kaun
4.0 / Reyes DR 6.0 / MORRIS, TERENCE
3.0 / SANCHEZ, PEPE Assists 4.0 / HOLDEN, J.R.
2.0 / Hosley Steals 2.0 / Lorbek
1.0 / HAMILTON, VENSON Blocks 4.0 / MORRIS, TERENCE
3.5 / Mumbru Turnovers 2.5 / LANGDON, TRAJAN
100.0 % / PEREZ, JAVIER 2PT 84.6 % / Lorbek
66.7 % / Lopez 3PT 100.0 % / MORRIS, TERENCE
100.0 % / Lopez FT 100.0 % / Zisis
17.0 / Hosley Index 20.0 / MORRIS, TERENCE

THE TAKE

A big Euroleague showdown is set to take place in the Spanish capital Thursday when Real Madrid welcomes CSKA Moscow in Group D. These teams have faced each other 33 times in the past, with big memories for European basketball. Madrid was the first Spanish team in any sports to play in the Soviet Union, facing CSKA in the 1963 European Cup final. They faced each other again in two more European Cup finals in 1965 and 1969, splitting wins. Their last major showdown came in 1996, when CSKA edged Madrid 74-73 in the European Cup third place game. Some of the best European players of all-time have taken part in this classic showdown and the game at Palacio Vistalegre will not be an exception, with European and World Champions, as well as Olympic medallists in both team's lineup. CSKA will travel to Madrid without two key players, playmaker J.R. Holden and power forward Matjaz Smodis. Holden will break his 163-game streak in the competition. Zoran Planinic and Nikos Zisis are set to share the point guard duties without Holden around. Planinic will test his leadership against Pepe Sanchez, while Zisis has an interesting battle against Raul Lopez. The key matchups, however, are at the wing spots. Louis Bullock comes off a good game in Belgrade, but has the tough mission of facing Final Four MVP Trajan Langdon, in a showdown between two of the best Euroleague shooters in the last decade. Meanwhile, Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas will test his all-around skills against Madrid forwards Quinton Hosley and Alex Mumbru. Victor Khryapa and Victor Keyru will come off the CSKA bench to offer intensity, defense and athleticism. Meanwhile, Madrid has a reliable backup in Sergio Llull, who has been unstoppable lately. Both teams have deep, versatile frontcourts, so the battle in the paint will be equally interesting. Madrid has its franchise player in Felipe Reyes, with Jeremiah Massey and Axel Hervelle sharing minutes at power forward and Lazaros Papadopoulos as a solid choice as center due to his experience and post moves. Papadopoulos will test his strength against Aleksey Savrasenko. Meanwhile, Hervelle and Massey are set to battle against All-Euroleague forward Terence Morris and former Euroleague Rising Star award original winner Erazem Lorbek. Both Morris and Lorbek will have to double their efforts on defense to stop Reyes. As usual, CSKA will try to win the game with outstanding defense and an extremely organized offense, with outstanding ball circulation. Madrid has lost three games in a row – two in the Spanish League and its Euroleague showdown against Partizan – and cannot afford another one. Expect drama, intensity and above, one of those outstanding games that only the Euroleague can offer.

GAME QUOTES

Real Madrid
  • Power forward Felipe Reyes needs only 8 rebounds to reach 500 for his Euroleague career. He would become the 24th player in competition history to achieve that feat.
  • Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow have famously met 33 times in the past, with some great memories for European basketball among them. Madrid was the first Spanish team in any sports to play in the Soviet Union, facing CSKA in the 1963 European Cup final. They faced each other again in two more European Cup finals in 1965 and 1969, splitting wins. Their last major showdown came in 1996, when CSKA edged Madrid 74-73 in the European Cup third place game.
  • Center Lazaros Papadopoulos had one of the most diverse performances of his Euroleague career against CSKA. Papadopoulos had 8 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 7 assists in just his second-ever Euroleague game for Panathinaikos back in October 2001. His Madrid teammate, Pepe Sanchez, made his Euroleague debut in that game.
  • Papadopoulos played alongside CSKA guard Nikos Zisis on the Greek national teams that won the gold medal at the 2005 European Championships and the silver medal at the 2006 World Championships. Papadopoulos was also a teammate of current CSKA star Trajan Langdon at Dynamo Moscow in the 2004-05 season.
  • Led by rising star Sergio Llull with 19 points, the Real Madrid reserves outscored the starters 41-36 in last week’s game at Partizan.
CSKA Moscow
  • Big man Terrence Morris leads the league with 4 blocks per game. His average of 1.93 blocks per game for his career places him second on the all-time charts.
  • The best game of Morris’s still young Euroleague career came lasts season against his Week 3 opponent, Real Madrid. Morris recorded 23 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks for a 31 index in a Top 16 win in overtime in Madrid last season.
  • Erazem Lorbek won the Week 2 MVP last season after he tagged Real Madrid for 24 points on 8-for-11 two-point and 2-for-2 three-point shooting, plus 6 rebounds for a 29 index in Madrid. However his team, Lottomatica Roma, lost 89-83.
  • Guard J.R. Holden will see his streak of 163 consecutive appearances in Euroleague games snapped this week as he sits out with a broken finger.
  • The last time these two teams met, CSKA needed overtime to beat Madrid 71-80 in the Spanish capital in January 2006. Trajan Langdon led CSKA that night with 17 points in a career-high 41 minutes.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"CSKA Moscow is the defending Euroleague champion and will be favorite in this game. We are clear that to reach far in this competition we have to be strong at home, where you cannot fail against any rival. And that is our main aim: being tough at home and do our best at all times. In front of us we will have a serious, stable team, with lots of quality and experienced players and who is favorite to win the Euroleague again. They commit very few mistakes and we have to be ready to play a great game and never lose concentration or intensity, especially in defense. And we need all the support we can have from our fans. We want to have Vistalegre by our side from minute one until the end."

Players

BULLOCK, LOUIS
Real Madrid
"The game against CSKA is a good chance for us to offer good game to our fans against the defending Euroleague champion, one of the best teams of the last years. It is a very important game for us despite being only the third game of the season. We know we all have to step up and do our best against a great roster and a great coach. We will have to be intense and to achieve that, we will need the help of our fans at the arena."
Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow survived a tough battle and stayed undefeated in Group D by edging Real Madrid 54-58 in the Spanish capital on Thursday night. CSKA leads Group D with a 3-0 record, one win away from Partizan and Efes Pilsen, that tie for second place at 2-1. Meanwhile, Madrid dropped to 1-2 and ties with Panionios On Telecoms for fourth place. Zoran Planinic led the winners with 13 points, including two critical three-pointers in the fourth quarter to put CSKA ahead for good. Ramunas Siskauskas added 11 while Terence Morris pulled down 9 rebounds and had 4 blocks for CSKA. Felipe Reyes and Alex Mumbru each had 10 points for Madrid, that were limited to 14-for-34 two-pointers and 2-for-18 triples tonight. Raul Lopez and Quinton Hosley allowed Madrid to get a 28-23 edge at halftime. CSKA improved its defense after the break, while Planinic and an outstanding Ramunas Siskauskas allowed the guests to get a 38-39 edge after 30 minutes. Planinic buried consecutive triple to make it an eight-point game, 40-48. Madrid managed to get within 50-53 with a minute to fo but Planinic, Trajan Langdon and Nikos Zisis allowed CSKA to seal the outcome from the foul lines.

Morris fed Planinic for an easy layup and soon had a block on Mumbru, as CSKA made Madrid go scoreless in the opening 2 minutes. Reyes stepped up with a layup and soon added a jump hook to give the hosts its first lead, 4-3. Jeremiah Massey finished a long, patient Madrid offense with an easy basket but Morris answered with a jumper to keep CSKA within 6-5. Madrid failed to get Louis Bullock involved, as Langdon was all over the place in defense. Siskauskas fired in a wide open triple and collected a steal in a 0-6 CSKA run that he capped with a foul shot. Lopez sank free throws, as the game turned into a physical battle, just as expected. Bullock took over with a long two-pointer from the right corner, as CSKA could not find the way to the basket, even missing open shots now. Erazem Lorbek scored in the low post, however, allowing CSKA to get a 10-11 edge after 10 minutes.

Felipe Reyes - Real Madrid CSKA kept trying to slow down the game tempo as much as possible, powering the offensive board for second and third-chance offenses. Its shooters were off-target, however, while Sergio Llull struck from downtown to put Madrid back ahead, 13-11. Aleksey Savrasenko took over with a put-back layup but Axel Hervelle scored off a high pick-and-roll with Pepe Sanchez and soon added a power basket for a 17-13 Madrid edge. Victor Khryapa made free throws, as CSKA kept dominating the boards. Khryapa kept pacing CSKA with a bomb from downtown to restore a 17-18 CSKA edge. Hosley made free throws while Venson Hamilton added a tip-in to provide another lead change, 21-18. Lopez took over with a driving layup but Langdon banked in a jumper - his first points - off a CSKA timeout. Mumbru scored off a backdoor pass from Reyes and even when Siskauskas shined with an off-balance jumper, Hosley beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to fix the halftime score at 28-23.

Morris scored in transition right after the break that Hosley erased with free throws. Morris insisted with a second-chance layup while Savrasenko added an easy basket to bring CSKA as close as 30-29. Madrid kept struggling to score while Planinic beat the hosts' zone defense with a three-pointer. Siskauskas capped a 2-11 run with a layup, making Madrid call timeout at 30-34. Reyes scored in penetration, as Madrid regroup in defense. Siskauskas and Bullock traded driving layups, but both teams kept struggling to score in an intense, defensive third quarter. Mumbru made free throws that Nikos Zisis matched with a jumper, as CSKA stick to its game plan - a patient offense and its trademark man-to-man defense. Reyes sank foul shots to get Madrid as close as 38-39 at the end of the third quarter.

Zisis beat the shot clock with an easy basket early in the fourth quarter, as Madrid did not find the way to the basket right when it mattered. Planinic stepped up with a big three-pointer to boost the guests' lead to 38-44. Mumbru kept pacing Madrid with a driving basket but he didn't much help around. Defense kept Madrid in the game, however, but Planinic buried another critical triple to make it an eight-point game, 40-48, with under 6 minutes to go. Madrid collapsed against CSKA's outstanding defense until Lopez and Reyes made free throws to give the hosts some hope at 43-49. Khryapa and Lopez traded foul shots while more free throws by Hosley made CSKA call timeout at 47-51. Khryapa was next on the foul line and did not miss for a 47-53 CSKA edge wit h2 minutes to go. Reyes made a free throw while Mumbru added a put-back layup for a 50-53 score with a minute to go. Langdon committed a turnover but Lopez missed a three-meter jumper. Planinic made 1-for-2 foul shots but Mumbru sank his two attempts for a 52-54 Madrid deficit with 12.2 seconds remaining. Free throws by Langdon and Zisis sealed the outcome down the stretch.

Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA)
Attendance: 9200
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid10181016
CSKA Moscow11121619
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Real Madrid10283854
CSKA Moscow11233958
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE 8:14           2 2 2   1     2   1
7 HOSLEY, QUINTON 19:22 6 0/3 0/1 6/6   3 3   2 1 1   3 5 9
9 REYES, FELIPE 30:11 10 3/6   4/6 2 5 7 1   3   1 3 5 11
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 12:04   0/3 0/1   1 1 2     2     1 3 -2
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 21:57 10 3/4 0/4 4/4 1 1 2 2   1     2 2 8
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 14:32 4 2/4 0/1   1 1 2   2 2   1 3   -1
21 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 17:26 2 1/2 0/1   1 2 3   1 1 1 1 2 1 2
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 28:13 7 2/4 1/5   1 1 2 1   4     3 4 1
23 LLULL, SERGIO 17:31 5 1/2 1/3     1 1 1       1 1 1 3
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 26:40 8 1/5 0/2 6/6 3 2 5 1   2   1 4 5 6
43 HAMILTON, VENSON 3:50 2 1/1     1 2 3               5
Team           2 2 4   1           5
Totals 200:00 54 14/34 2/18 20/22 13 23 36 8 6 17 2 5 24 26 48
41.2% 11.1% 90.9%
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
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 21:28 6 2/3 0/1 2/2 2 4 6 2   1     3 2 10
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 26:34 11 3/5 1/5 2/4 2 3 5 2 4 1     1 5 17
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 8:09 4 1/2   2/4 1   1   1 3     5 2 -3
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 22:16 5 2/3   1/4 4 1 5     2     5 3 2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 35:40 4 1/4 0/4 2/2   1 1 1 4 1     1 2 3
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 20:40 9 0/1 1/4 6/6 1 3 4     1     5 6 9
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 30:46 13 1/3 3/5 2/6 3 4 7 1 1 3 1 1 4 4 11
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 34:27 6 3/7 0/8   4 5 9 3 1 1 4 1 2   7
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 58 13/28 5/27 17/28 17 23 40 9 11 14 5 2 26 24 57
46.4% 18.5% 60.7%
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Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"It was not a brilliant game, but we managed to look CSKA in the eyes. I want to be positive and highlight our good defense throughout the best part of the game, even when CSKA made some runs that were key in the final outcome. We put a lot of effort into defense that caused us to be tired on offense, which explains the poor shooting percentages. I am happy because my team has improved a lot in defense. If we keep playing that way and we improve our outside shooting, things will be a little bit better."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was not a good game tonight. There was a lot of physical intensity. Real Madrid stepped on court nervous because it really needed a win. I am surprised that we got nervous, too. Maybe it was that we missed J.R. Holden and Matjaz Smodis, who did not travel to Madrid. I like the character that my team showed in the second half. This is a very valuable road win. I want to wish Madrid good luck in future games."

Players

MUMBRU, ALEX
Real Madrid
"We fought hard until the end. They played really well and proved they are a top-level team. It is true that they played a little bit better than us, but I don't see it as CSKA having a bad game, but as Madrid playing a good defensive game. We lacked a final step to win the game, but they are the Euroleague champions. We must now work for the next Spanish League game and be able to win against DKV Joventut in Badalona."
HOSLEY, QUINTON
Real Madrid
"We improved in defense and rebounding. We knew this would be one of the toughest games in our schedule. We played good defense and that's an improvement for us. Nobody likes to lose, but CSKA is one of the best teams in Europe. We now have to bounce back from this loss."
SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
CSKA Moscow
"It was a really tough game, not only for us, but also for the fans in the stands. There were a lot of missed shots and it was a very physical game. Two great teams were facing each other tonight and we are happy to go back to Moscow with this win. Each game is important and we managed to grab a road win in one of the most difficult courts in Europe."
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