Top 16 Round 2 - February 20, 2008 CET: 18:15 Local time: 20:15 - USH CSKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-0 Top 16 1-0
12-2 Regular Season 9-5
13-2 Overall 10-5

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia
Umpire
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.7 Points 76.4
31.7 Rebounds 32.2
8.2 O. Rebounds 10.4
23.5 D. Rebounds 21.8
13.9 Assists 15.5
7.1 Steals 8.8
2.7 Blocks 3.5
9.8 Turnovers 12.9
53.9 % 2PT 55.9 %
40.1 % 3PT 29.8 %
74.6 % FT 72.8 %
92.3 Index 83.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.9 / Andersen Points 13.6 / Lakovic
6.2 / Andersen Rebounds 6.1 / TRIAS, JORDI
2.4 / Goree OR 2.2 / TRIAS, JORDI
4.7 / Andersen DR 3.9 / TRIAS, JORDI
3.4 / HOLDEN, J.R. Assists 3.7 / SANCHEZ, PEPE
1.2 / SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS Steals 1.6 / SANCHEZ, PEPE
1.1 / Goree Blocks 0.8 / TRIAS, JORDI
1.7 / Papaloukas Turnovers 2.3 / Lakovic
66.7 % / Vorontsevich 2PT 66.7 % / Kasun
60.6 % / Andersen 3PT 39.8 % / Lakovic
92.3 % / Andersen FT 80.3 % / Lakovic
16.5 / Andersen Index 15.1 / Lakovic

THE TAKE

The top spot in Group G will be on the line Wednesday when CSKA Moscow hosts AXA FC Barcelona. CSKA kicked off the Top 16 with a tough home win over Lottomatica Roma, coming back from a 10-point deficit with four minutes to go to win 72-71 on Trajan Langdon’s deep buzzer-beating three-pointer. Barca started on the right foot by edging Unicaja 64-62 despite losing a head coach hours before tip-off. Interim coach Xavi Pascual guided the team successfully as Fran Vazquez shined with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Both teams have their eye on the Final Four and know that a win in this tough head-to-head encounter could go a long way towards winning the group and earning home-court advantage for the Quarterfinal Playoffs. CSKA has beaten Barcelona in three straight meetings, including twice last season as David Andersen and Theo Papaloukas shined for the Russian champs. This season Barca may be better equipped for that pair, with a deep lineup and a handful of good defensive players. In the paint, the battles will be waged between Andersen, Tomas Van den Spiegel and Marcus Goree for CSKA and Vazquez, Jordi Trias, Mario Kasun and Denis Marconato for Barca. On the perimeter, the hosts Langdon and Ramunas Siskauskas aim to score big against Barca’s defensive aces Roger Grimau and Alex Acker. Papaloukas and Holden meanwhile will organize the CSKA attack against Jaka Lakovic, Pepe Sanchez and Gianluca Basile. Two newcomers could have the biggest impact in the game. CSKA recently welcomed back Viktor Khryapa, whose complete package at the forward spot could be dominating when he jells with the rest of the squad, while Barca scoring threat Gary Neal could lift the entire team when he gets going. While the teams do match up well on paper, CSKA’s 25-game Euroleague home-court winning streak is enough to proclaim it as the favorite. On the other hand, Barcelona has won four of its last five on the road and with a new coach, could have surprises in store. Either way this game should be a close one and could go down to the wire – just like both teams’ Top 16 starters.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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David Andersen  - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow took the big showdown between undefeated teams in Group G by downing AXA FC Barcelona 72-55 in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA is now the Group G leader with a 2-0 record while Barcelona drops to 1-1 and will tie for second place at the end of this round. David Andersen led the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ramunas Siskauskas added 16 points, while Trajan Langdon had 10 for CSKA. Jaka Lakovic had 11 points for Barcelona, but nobody else scored in double digits for the guests. Siskauskas scored 6 unanswered points in a 9-0 run that gave CSKA its first double-digit lead, 22-11, early in the second quarter. Barcelona got within 32-25 at halftime while three-pointers by Ersan Ilyasova, Pepe Sanchez and Roger Grimau kept the guests in the game, 48-43, after 30 minutes. Theo Papaloukas shined early in the fourth quarter and Langdon and Andersen stepped up to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer, as CSKA's outstanding defense once again allowed the hosts to grab another easy home win.

Andersen got CSKA going with his trademark five-meter jumper from the left wing, as Barcelona tried to speed up the game tempo from the opening tip. The visitors went scoreless for more than two minutes until Fran Vazquez hit a jump hook to tie the game at 2-2. Siskauskas made free throws and soon added a left-handed driving layup for a 6-2 CSKA lead. Lakovic fed Denis Marconato for a floating layup, but Barcelona kept struggling to score, as CSKA was its usual self in defense. Meanwhile, Andersen shined with a put-back layup, but Lakovic answered from downtown for an 8-7 Barcelona deficit. Marcus Goree hit free throws on Vazquez's third foul, so Ilyasova stepped on court at power forward. Meanwhile, Langdon fired in a three-pointer to give CSKA a 13-7 lead. Ilyasova had a huge block on Tomas Van den Spiegel and Lakovic buried his second triple to keep Barcelona close at 13-10. Mario Kasun and Andersen traded free throws, as both teams missed some easy shots. Andersen beat the buzzer with another baseline jumper for a 16-11 CSKA lead after 10 minutes.

Jaka Lakovic - AXA FC BarcelonaCSKA switched to a 2-3 zone defense right at the start of the second quarter, but it kept missing shots at the other end, so the hosts opted to drive to the basket. Siskauskas made foul shots and then added a floating layup for a 20-11 CSKA lead. Barcelona could not find the way to the basket, while a red-hot Siskauskas stepped up with another driving layup that capped a 9-0 run. Ilyasova shined with a power layup and Lakovic sank his third bomb from downtown to bring Barcelona within 22-16. Goree made free throws and Nikos Zisis buried a mid-range jumper, but Marconato kept Barcelona within 26-20. The guests had improved their defense, hustling for every loose ball now. Ilyasova made a free throw and Gianluca Basile added a second-chance layup to get within 26-23. Andersen fired in another shot and Goree made free throws to restore a 30-23 CSKA lead. Alex Acker drew a foul and calmly made free throws, but Andersen copied him at the other end to give CSKA a 32-25 halftime lead.

Andersen continued to pace CSKA with another mid-range jumper right after the break and then Langdon fired in one from downtown to give the hosts their biggest margin yet, 37-25. Barcelona could not find any shots at all for three minutes, committing 4 consecutive turnovers, leading to new head coach Xavi Pascual calling a much-needed timeout. Kasun tried to ignite the visitors’ comeback with a layup-plus-foul but Siskauskas erased it with a three-pointer that made it 41-28. Ilyasova answered from downtown and had another big block on Goree. Sanchez joined the three-point shootout to get Barcelona within 42-34. Viktor Khryapa shined with a high-flying tip-in, but Grimau buried another triple to make it a 7-point game. CSKA quickly called timeout to adjust its offense and improved its aggressiveness with Van den Spiegel on court. He and Sanchez traded free throws before Basile buried a seven-meter bomb to bring the guests even closer. Free throws by Jordi Trias and a driving basket by Langdon fixed the score at 48-43 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA MoscowLakovic took over with a six-meter jumper to get Barcelona within striking distance, 48-45, early in the fourth quarter. Theo Papaloukas found his first points on a driving basket and soon scored again in penetration to give CSKA some fresh air at 52-45. Barcelona called timeout, but Langdon scored again to cap a 6-0 CSKA mini-run. Grimau shined with an outstanding driving layup, but Andersen hit from downtown to boost the hosts' lead back to double digits with six minutes to go. Grimau made free throws, but Papaloukas fed Siskauskas for a wide-open triple. Kasun sank a fadeaway jumper that an unstoppable Papaloukas bettered with a wild three-point play for a 63-51 CSKA margin. Barcelona soon entered the foul bonus and CSKA made the most out of it. Andersen sank foul shots while Barcelona lost control on offense. More free throws by Andersen after a Barcelona timeout sealed the outcome, 67-52, with more than three minutes to go. Both teams fought for points differential now, as a three-pointer by Khryapa and a jumper by Goree allowed CSKA to get a massive home win that got the team closer to the Quarterfinal Playoffs.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA)
Attendance: 5000
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CSKA Moscow16161624
AXA FC Barcelona11141812
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CSKA Moscow16324872
AXA FC Barcelona11254355
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 22:55 7 3/5 0/2 1/1   4 4 3 2       3 1 10
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 13:38 2 1/1       1 1 1           2 6
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 24:58 16 3/4 2/5 4/4 1   1 1   1     4 3 12
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 27:06   0/1 0/2     2 2 1 2 1       1 2
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 28:05 20 5/11 1/4 7/8 4 4 8 1 1 2       4 22
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:23 10 2/5 2/7     2 2 3 5 2     3 4 11
22 GOREE, MARCUS 23:47 9 1/4 0/1 7/8 3 4 7 1 1   1 3 3 6 14
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 9:22 2 0/1   2/4 1 2 3     1   1 2 2  
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 18:46 6 1/5 1/2 1/2 7 2 9 2 2 4 1   4 1 7
Team           1 2 3   1 1         3
Totals 200:00 72 16/37 6/23 22/27 17 23 40 13 14 12 2 4 19 24 87
43.2% 26.1% 81.5%
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: PASCUAL, XAVI
AXA FC Barcelona
# 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
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 23:18 5 1/3 1/3   1 2 3   1           5
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE 29:36 5   1/3 2/4   2 2 3   6     2 2  
8 TRIAS, JORDI 7:52 2 0/1   2/2 2 1 3 1   1       1 5
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 23:07 6 2/3   2/2 1 2 3   2 1     3 2 8
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 29:47 11 1/2 3/7 0/2   3 3 2   2   1 4 4 6
13 NEAL, GARY 2:22   0/1 0/1                       -2
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 9:26 2 1/2                     5   -4
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 23:36 6 1/1 1/3 1/2 1 4 5   3 1 3 1 3 1 10
24 MONCASI, ALBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 ACKER, ALEX 15:54 4 1/1 0/3 2/2 1 5 6   1 2     3 3 6
41 KASUN, MARIO 15:59 7 2/6   3/5 2 2 4     2 1   3 3 4
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 19:03 7 1/5 1/1 2/2   3 3 1   2     1 3 7
Team                   1 1          
Totals 200:00 55 10/25 7/21 14/21 8 24 32 7 8 18 4 2 24 19 45
40% 33.3% 66.7%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"This time we played better. We found the rhythm, played good defense. Unfortunately we had poor shooting percentage, but we managed to find good opportunities to shoot. In the second half our defense forced Barcelona to go down to 10 points twice and we finished the game with 17 points difference. So now we have two wins in two important games and now we should focus on the other difficult matches of the Top 16."
PASCUAL, XAVI
AXA FC Barcelona
"We were a bit soft in the beginning and did not manage to stop Siskauskas’s penetration to the basket. But after we found a good rhythm and after the halftime break we played much better. The start of the third quarter was the best time for us. Unfortunately late in the quarter we could not take advantage out of the unsportsmanlike foul of Victor Khryapa. The start of the fourth quarter became the key to the game."
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