Regular Season Round 4 - November 14, 2007 CET: 18:15 Local time: 20:15 - USH CSKA

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
FACCHINI, FABIO, Italy
Referee
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.0 Points 92.3
27.0 Rebounds 28.7
4.3 O. Rebounds 7.3
22.7 D. Rebounds 21.3
13.3 Assists 13.3
3.7 Steals 6.7
2.3 Blocks 3.7
8.3 Turnovers 14.7
55.1 % 2PT 58.6 %
41.1 % 3PT 42.1 %
74.6 % FT 82.1 %
82.0 Index 101.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.3 / SMODIS, MATJAZ Points 21.7 / JACKSON, MARC
5.0 / SMODIS, MATJAZ Rebounds 6.0 / WOODS, QYNTEL
1.0 / Andersen OR 2.0 / JACKSON, MARC
4.3 / SMODIS, MATJAZ DR 4.3 / Bourousis
4.7 / Papaloukas Assists 4.0 / Greer
1.3 / Papaloukas Steals 3.0 / MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS
1.3 / Goree Blocks 1.7 / JACKSON, MARC
1.3 / Goree Turnovers 2.7 / MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS
70.0 % / Goree 2PT 100.0 % / Teodosic
75.0 % / Zisis 3PT 71.4 % / JACKSON, MARC
100.0 % / HOLDEN, J.R. FT 100.0 % / Greer
18.0 / SMODIS, MATJAZ Index 26.3 / MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS

THE TAKE

Two teams eyeing the Group A lead meet on Wednesday in the Russian capital when CSKA Moscow hosts Olympiacos Piraeus. The battle of these two powerhouses also pits two of the greatest coaching minds in Europe against one another. CSKA head coach Ettore Messina and Olympiacos head coach Pini Gershon were the respective 2006 and 2005 Aleksander Gomelskiy Euroleague Coach of the Year award winners. They've both looked very strong at times this season, though each has coughed up a loss on the road against the same opponent, Union Olimpija. Besides being the visitor this time, too, Olympiacos will have to battle last year's Euroleague runner-up without the services of its top performer so far, Arvyydas Macijauskas, who stayed back in Athens to nurse a hand injury, as did big man Jake Tsakilidis, who has a foot problem. CSKA also faces severe injury problems, since Matjaz Smodis is sidelined for this game, and it might be doubting itself a bit after having also lost a rare domestic league home game over the weekend. CSKA started had started the Euroleague season by beating Prokom Trefl in Poland and holding off Montepaschi at home, but fell victim to Olimpija in Slovenia last week. Theodoros Papaloukas has helped CSKA maintain a league-low 25 turnovers all season. Olympiacos has played well at home, where the Reds are 2-0, but suffered the same road loss at Olimpija that CSKA did. The trio of big man Marc Jackson, forward Qyntel Woods and Lynn Greer - all scoring 14 points a game or more - will need to help make up for the absence of Macijauskas, who was averaging 20 for what is the Euroleague's top offense in terms of points and shooting accuracy. CSKA has won 19 straight home games in the Euroleague and will be chomping at the bit to stop the slide it has been on the last week. Meanwhile, Olympiacos must be eager to win on the road to confirm its status as a Group A contender. Among the interesting head-to-head matchups could be David Andersen against Jackson and Papaloukas against Greer. With Macijauskas out, the Reds will likely ask Panagiotis Vassilopoulos to keep an eye on dangerous Trajan Langdon of CSKA. Expect one of the top games of the young season so far.

CSKA Moscow head coach, Ettore Messina
"It will be a big game. We are coming from the two losses: one in the Euroleague and another in the Russian League. It is a chance for us to get to a better level of playing. Unfortunately we will miss Matjaz Smodis for the game. But I hope all the other players will step up and do their best to win."

CSKA Moscow guard, Theodoros Papaloukas
"It would be an important game. We are coming off two defeats, and it is very important to show our character. When one talks about big teams, it does not mean the team does not lose ever. What matter is how it reacts. We want to come back to our previous level of performance and we want to put in maximum effort."

Olympiacos Piraeus head coach, Pini Gershon
"CSKA Moscow is one of the best European clubs in recent years, the 2006 Euroleague champion and the 2007 Euroleague Final Four finalist. They have many great players who have competed together for many years. CSKA has suffered two losses in a row, but I strongly believe that it doesn't mean anything. Just the contrary, I think that it will work positively for them, because they want this win really bad, especially since they compete at home. Meanwhile, we are facing our problems, but our goal is the same like before and in all our games. And that goal is nothing but winning in Moscow."

Olympiacos Piraeus guard, Milos Teodosic
"We are facing a big club, with great players and an excellent coach. There is no doubt that CSKA doesn't stay at the top accidentally. The battle in Moscow might be the toughest for my team so far and definitely it offers us the opportunity to test our power. We achieved two easy wins in the Euroleague and in the Greek League, but the game against CSKA has nothing to do with them. We have to be much, much better in order to come back as the winners."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Euroleague.net

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Players

Trajan Langdon - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow held off a determined Olympiacos Piraeus for an 88-79 Group A win on Wednesday in the Russian capital. CSKA, which was stunned on the road at Union Olimpija last week, won their 20th straight Euroleague home game at Universal Sports Arena. Ramunas Siskauskas led the way with a season-high 24 points – one less than his Euroleague career best – as CSKA retained a share of first place in the group at 3-1. Olympiacos dropped its fifth straight road game and second this season to fall to 2-2. The game was close from the beginning and despite several short runs for each side, neither ever led by double figures. The game was tied as late as four minutes into the fourth quarter, but the visitors, who leaned heavily on Lynn Greer and Marc Jackson, ran out of steam, while Siskauskas stepped up and drove the hosts to the victory. Trajan Langdon added 21 points and Theo Papaloukas had 14 for the winners. Greer paced the Reds with 27 points and 5 assists, but missed the closing minutes with a leg injury after running into CSKA big man David Andersen. Jackson posted 22 points and 7 rebounds for Olympiacos.

CSKA won the opening tip, but it was Olympiacos that struck first when Qyntel Woods hit a runner. Langdon got CSKA's first points with a layup off a broken play. After Georgios Printezis hit a jumper for the visitors, CSKA head coach Ettore Messina used an early timeout to talk his team's offensive struggles over. The break seemed to calm down the nerves of his shooters, as two triples from J.R. Holden and one from Langdon helped the hosts take a 13-9 lead. Greer free throws and a Jackson three put the Reds on top once again, but Siskauskas hit another three and Langdon added free throws as the pace picked up. Greer's first triple knotted the score at 19-19, just as Papaloukas made his first appearance. Jackson hit a jumper for an Olympiacos lead only to see Langdon better him with a triple. Printezis had the final say with a floater to make it 22-23 after 10 minutes.

Lynn Greer - OlympiacosPapaloukas got the second period going with a basket-plus-foul in transition and Alexey Savrasenko hit a second-chance hook shot as CSKA's confidence grew. Both teams intensified their defenses, which resulted in more fouls and and a slower pace. Kostas Vasiliadis put Olympiacos back on top with a three-from the corner that made it 27-28. The lead swayed on the next few possessions until Greer's acrobatic baseline drive resulted in a three-point play and a 34-38 lead for the visitors. Papaloukas sliced through the Olympiacos defense for an easy two and Woods committed an offensive foul at the other end as the momentum threatened to switch sides. Holden's next triple restored the CSKA lead and then Andersen drilled a triple to cap an 8-0 spurt. Olympiacos head coach Pini Gershon used a timeout, but Vasiliadis threw up a wild three-point attempt that missed and the Reds were punished on the other end when Greer committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Papaloukas, allowing the hosts to increase their advantage to 7. Greer anded the period with a slick penetration basket to make it 45-40 at the break.

Milos Teodosic drove to the basket to start the first half, however Siskauskas answered with a three. Greer came back with a four-point play, but just as the Reds got close, Langdon drilled a triple and Siskauskas and Savrasenko scored inside for a 55-46 CSKA lead. Greer and Jackson kept their team in the running with 7 straight points to get back within 2. Andersen made a pair of free throws for CSKA, but Greer hit a jumper over Papaloukas and then fed Jackson in the paint to tie the game at 57-57. Jackson matched a Papaloukas basket with free throws before a Greer triple gave Olympiacos its first lead of the half. Papaloukas drove the lane for a tough basket to end the third period with the visitors leading 61-62.

Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA MoscowWith Greer resting, the Olympiacos attack slowed down as the fourth quarter got underway. Langdon hit from downtown to get CSKA back on top, but that was the hosts' only basket in the first three minutes of the period. When Greer came back, so did the visitors' offense as Printezis tied the game at 66-66. Savrasenko scored inside and Nikos Zisis hit 2 free throws to put CSKA up 4. Greer's next basket was matched a Marcus Goree's mid-range shot. And then Greer's free throws were met with a clutch Siskauskas triple that made it 75-70. Olympiacos used a timeout to try and regroup, but Papaloukas made free throws to put his team up 7. Teodosic's triple was canceled by Goree and Greer slipped and was whistled for traveling on Olympiacos's next trip downcourt as the visitors' chances started to slip away. Greer then was bumped by Andersen while driving to the basket, fell to the ground and needed to be removed. Rob Blakney came in and made Greer's free throws, but Siskauskas answered from the line, then made a key steal, drew a foul and made 2 more for an 83-75 CSKA lead. Jackson's three-point play gave the Reds hope, but Siskauskas's triple with 1:20 remaining seemed to finalize the deal.

CSKA Moscow head coach, Ettore Messina
"It was a difficult game for both teams, but more for CSKA. We were trying to get in shape after two losses, and we expected Olympiacos to play zone defense for a rather long period of time. They did it, and I am glad we managed to make some important shots. I am pleased with the performances of Goree and Zisis. Zisis took the leadership in the crucial moments and Goree gave us our consistency. Before this game, CKSA was one of the worst Euroleague teams in offensive rebounds, and the fact that we improved in that helped in this game a lot."

CSKA Moscow guard, Nikos Zisis
"This is an important win for our team. It was very difficult to beat Olympiacos, but we finished up with good defense and tried to show all our talent in the end."

CSKA Moscow forward, Trajan Langdon
"It was a big win for our team. It was very hard to come back from two losses, first of all mentally. We had some ups and downs, but I am happy that we finally got the job done."

Olympiacos head coach, Pini Gershon
"We played a very good game. We were in the game for almost 40 minutes, but in the end, we made some mistakes that a team should not do in a game against CSKA. I guess with our current roster and the players we have, we did an excellent job. I hope that at home, we will be able to do better against them. According to the trainer, Lynn Greer has a rather bad injury that could take him a couple weeks to recover from."

Olympiacos forward, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos
"We lost the game in the small details. We expected it to be hard, but I guess, with all the injuries we had, we did pretty good to be in the game and trying to win at the end." Olympiacos guard Lynn Greer "We gave our maximum effort to win this game, but we missed shots in the last minutes. That's the reason we lost."
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP)
Attendance: 5000
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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 19:31 14 5/6 0/1 4/5   3 3 4   2     2 5 19
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 16:48 2     2/2   3 3 2 1 1       6 13
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 31:59 24 4/6 4/10 4/4 1 1 2   2 1   1 2 4 20
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 22:04 9 0/1 3/5   1 2 3     1     2   6
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 20:34 5 0/4 1/2 2/2 1 3 4     1     3 3 3
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 24:11 6 3/3     2 1 3 3   1     4   7
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 1:56                         1   -1
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 32:47 21 4/7 4/6 1/1   3 3   2 2     3 3 19
22 GOREE, MARCUS 30:10 7 3/9 0/1 1/1 3 3 6 5 1   2   1 1 14
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2   1           3
Totals 200:00 88 19/36 12/25 14/15 10 19 29 14 7 9 2 1 18 22 103
52.8% 48% 93.3%
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: GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
# 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 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 8:16 2 0/1 0/2 2/2               1 3   -5
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 WOODS, QYNTEL 13:46 2 1/1 0/3     2 2   1 3     1   -2
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 15:12         1 3 4     1     2 3 4
11 GREER, LYNN 34:14 27 6/8 3/4 6/6   2 2 5   4     3 8 32
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 16:54 7 2/5 1/2     2 2   1 1     3   2
14 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 24:21 3   1/3     1 1           2 1 1
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 21:27 8 4/4       1 1     1 1   3   6
17 KAFKIS, PANAGIOTIS 0:10                   1         -1
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 33:58 8 1/1 2/7   2 5 7 4 1 1     3 1 12
25 JACKSON, MARC 31:42 22 6/11 2/3 4/5 4 3 7 2   1   1 2 5 25
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 79 20/31 9/24 12/13 7 20 27 11 3 14 1 2 22 18 74
64.5% 37.5% 92.3%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a difficult game for both teams, but more for CSKA. We were trying to get in shape after two losses, and we expected Olympiacos to play zone defense for a rather long period of time. They did it, and I am glad we managed to make some important shots. I am pleased with the performances of Goree and Zisis. Zisis took the leadership in the crucial moments and Goree gave us our consistency. Before this game, CKSA was one of the worst Euroleague teams in offensive rebounds, and the fact that we improved in that helped in this game a lot."
GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"We played a very good game. We were in the game for almost 40 minutes, but in the end, we made some mistakes that a team should not do in a game against CSKA. I guess with our current roster and the players we have, we did an excellent job. I hope that at home, we will be able to do better against them. According to the trainer, Lynn Greer has a rather bad injury that could take him a couple weeks to recover from."

Players

LANGDON, TRAJAN
CSKA Moscow
"It was a big win for our team. It was very hard to come back from two losses, first of all mentally. We had some ups and downs, but I am happy that we finally got the job done."
ZISIS, NIKOS
CSKA Moscow
"This is an important win for our team. It was very difficult to beat Olympiacos, but we finished up with good defense and tried to show all our talent in the end."
VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"We lost the game in the small details. We expected it to be hard, but I guess, with all the injuries we had, we did pretty good to be in the game and trying to win at the end." Olympiacos guard Lynn Greer "We gave our maximum effort to win this game, but we missed shots in the last minutes. That's the reason we lost."
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