2008-09Regular SeasonRound 3
November 06, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
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
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Real Madrid10181016
CSKA Moscow11121619
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Real Madrid10283854
CSKA Moscow11233958
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 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%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
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%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

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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