2015-16Top 16Round 5
January 28, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
89.9 Points 77.9
35.1 Rebounds 34.1
10.4 O. Rebounds 8.3
24.8 D. Rebounds 25.9
20.1 Assists 18.0
6.9 Steals 5.3
3.3 Blocks 2.1
13.1 Turnovers 13.1
58.1 % 2PT 53.9 %
41.5 % 3PT 40.2 %
78.2 % FT 76.4 %
107.1 Index 86.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.1 / De Colo Points 11.7 / Wanamaker
5.0 / Hines Rebounds 6.8 / Melli
2.1 / Hines OR 2.2 / Radosevic
3.7 / Vorontsevich DR 5.5 / Melli
6.4 / Teodosic Assists 4.6 / Wanamaker
1.2 / Teodosic Steals 1.6 / Wanamaker
1.1 / Hines Blocks 0.6 / Melli
2.8 / De Colo Turnovers 2.5 / Wanamaker
77.8 % / Korobkov 2PT 69.7 % / Theis
51.5 % / Higgins 3PT 52.0 % / Melli
100.0 % / Korobkov FT 100.0 % / Idbihi
22.7 / De Colo Index 16.2 / Melli


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-2 Top 16 2-2
9-1 Regular Season 6-4
11-3 Overall 8-6


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The Take

CSKA has never lost against Bamberg in all 10 of their previous matchups, including two in the regular season. Nando De Colo, who leads the 2015-16 Euroleague in scoring (19.1 ppg.) and index rating (22.7) will be back in action. De Colo is set to lead CSKA at the wings along with Vitaly Fridzon, Cory Higgins and Nikita Kurbanov, with Milos Teodosic and Aaron Jackson sharing the point guard duties. Bamberg always uses twin point guards, with at least two of its three playmakers - former CSKA guard Nikos Zisis, Janis Strelnieks and Bradley Wanamaker - on the floor at all times. Zisis's matchup against Teodosic will be critical. De Colo faces a tough challenge against Wanamaker, who will get plenty of help from Darius Miller and Lucca Staiger. CSKA center Kyle Hines goes against his former team. Hines and Ivan Lazarev may see extended playing time if Joel Freeland remains sidelined. Andrey Vorontsevich, Demetris Nichols and Victor Khryapa will split minutes at power forward. Vorontsevich faces a challenging matchup against Nicolo Mello while Hines, Nichols and Lazarev will have a strong test against Daniel Theis, Leon Radosevic and Elias Harris. CSKA is the highest scoring team in the competition (89.9) and Bamberg leads the Top 16 in defensive rebounds (27.8) so imposing the game rhythm and controlling the boards will be critical in this outstanding showdown.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Game Notes

CSKA Moscow

CSKA is 10-0 all-time against Bamberg. All of those games have come over the past decade.

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top-scoring team with an average of 89.9 points per game.

Nando De Colo leads the Euroleague in performance index rating this season with an average of 22.7 per game and in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 17 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 93.2 %, having made 220 free throws out of 236 attempts over 59 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

De Colo has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Milos Teodosic has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last four games.

Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 37 of his last 38 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has dished at least 5 assists in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 14 of his last 15 Euroleague appearances.

Cory Higgins has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague appearances. He is shooting 17 for 31 from downtown (54.8%) over that stretch.

Nikita Kurbanov has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Victor Khryapa is 4 assists away from cracking the competition’s career top 20. He enters this game with 474 career assists; Gianluca Basile (478) sits in 20th place.

Kyle Hines began his Euroleague career with Brose Baskets Bamberg during the 2010-11 season. He helped Bamberg to the German League and Cup double that season.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Nikos Zisis passed Marcelinho Huertas for 10th place on the all-time Euroleague assists charts last week with 628 assists. However he won’t have it easy climbing thee chart because the players in seventh (Juan Carlos Navarro), eighth (Sergio Rodriguez) and ninth (Sergio Llull) place are all active.

Zisis has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Zisis played two seasons for CSKA between 2007 and 2009. Only forwards Victor Khryapa, Andrey Vorontsvich and Nikita Kurbanov remain from his time at the club. Together they won the Euroleague in 2008.

Zisis was a teammate of Nikita Kurbanov during the 20013-14 season at Unics Kazan.

Bradley Wanamaker has at least 1 steal in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in 15 straight Euroleague games.

Strelnieks has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Strelnieks was a teammate of Nikita Kurbanov during the 20012-13 season at Spartak St. Petersburg.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"We will play already the third game against Brose Baskets this season and we have full respect to our opponents. They are doing good in Euroleague and they actually have the same record as we do in the Top 16. They won the road game against Olympiacos, they demolished Zalgiris, they had a good chance against Real and they kept it close against Khimki. Brose Baskets is a well-coached team that plays good basketball, so we have to stay on our path for all 40 minutes of the game. It will be our second game at Megasport, we enjoyed almost a sellout against Barcelona when our fans created a great atmosphere and provided huge help to the team. I hope that on Thursday they will be with us again and push us to victory."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Third episode of the Saga. They won both games in two different ways. It’s obvious that we need to do more, we need to do it better, we need to do it harder, we need to do it quicker. Because we are playing against a very good team. Together with Fenerbahce they are the most stable team in the whole Euroleague season. We have to play two ways of basketball – offense and defense. We have to do our best, we need to go over our limits on every play. There won’t be room for rest in the head, if we want to stay in the game. We never stopped De Colo, never. In two games, we only saw the back of his car, never the front. Kurbanov was shooting unbelievable against us. Also Vorontsevich was very important in their win in Bamberg. So, we have a lot of job to do and we have to try to have the right psychology, because we play the best and we should not be frustrated if they will score big baskets or play quality basketball."


CSKA Moscow
"I expect it to be a tough game. Brose Baskets plays aggressive as a team on both ends of the floor. We have to answer with our aggressive defense and to play together on offense to win this game at home."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We expect to fight like we did in the first two games against them. It won’t be easy, because CSKA is one of the biggest organizations in Europe. They are a Final Four team. But we will try our best. They have the pressure, we don’t. This is a big advantage for us. But this doesn’t make any difference at the game. We have to avoid all the unforced mistakes we did in the last game. They will force mistakes, for sure. So we have to try to be perfect."

CSKA Moscow overpowers Bamberg in De Colo’s return

CSKA Moscow got back to its winning ways by routing Brose Baskets Bamberg 91-70 for its third win in as many games between the teams this season. CSKA improved to 3-2 in Group F, while Bamberg dropped to 2-3 with its second defeat in Moscow in six days. Bamberg scored the first 10 points of the game, but CSKA needed only a few minutes to catch up and then ran away behind the scoring of Nando De Colo and Nikita Kurbanov. The hosts ended the second quarter with a huge 28-5 charge to set a 55-34 halftime lead. CSKA scored first 7 points of the third quarter to build a 62-34 advantage and cruised the rest of the way. De Colo scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and also had 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Milos Teodosic added 14 points and 6 assists, while Joel Freeland scored 10 points and Nikita Kurbanov collected 9 points and 10 rebounds in victory. Nikos Zisis paced the visitors with 12 points, Bradley Wanamaker and Elias harris scored 11 apiece, and Nicolo Melli contributed with 10 points in Bamberg’s loss.

First quarter: Bamberg starts strong, CSKA catches up

Zisis hit an open mid-range jumper, and Darius Miller followed with a three-pointer in transition, then added a tough contested layup, making it 0-7. Bradley Wanamaker hit from downtown to open 0-10 margin with two and a half minutes gone in the game. After a timeout, Teodosic nailed a triple to open CSKA's account, but Zizis matched it, getting a shooter’s roll on a three-pointer. De Colo and Miller traded short jump shots, before Teodosic drove for a layup and a 7-15 lead after only 4 minutes. Teodosic and De Colo made free throws to cut an 8-point deficit in half, before Vorontsevich and De Colo hit back-to-back triples to tie it at 17-17. Harris ended Bamberg’s three-minute field goal draught, but Cory Higgins scored 6 points, including a pair of layups, in helping the hosts take a 25-21 lead before Harris ended the quarter with a big put-back dunk just before the buzzer, for a 25-23 advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts surge ahead

Patrick Heckmann hit from three-point range to open quarter and added a three-point play to Bamberg’s tally, which put the visitors back in front, 27-29. However, a tip in from Victor Khryapa and a Kurbanov triple restored CSKA’s lead, and sparked a big run. De Colo had a driving layup, Kurbanov scored inside on consecutive possessions, and after a Bamberg timeout, Hines powered inside for a big dunk to make it 40-29 halfway through the quarter. Melli hit a tough baseline jumper, snapping a 13-0 run, but De Colo nailed a step-back triple , then got an assist from Teodosic for an easy layup and a 45-31 advantage. Next, it was De Colo dishing assists, this time a behind-the-back bounce pass to Hines, who turned it into a three-point play. Melli hit a triple for the visitors, but after a timeout, Joel Freeland scored a pair of easy layups. CSKA’s defense did not let up, and De Colo’s jumper capped a 14-3 run to give the hosts a 55-34 halftime lead.

Third quarter: The lead reaches 28 points

CSKA continued with the same intensity after the break, not allowing a single basket for almost four minutes, while Teodosic nailed a jumper, Vorontsevich a triple, and De Colo scored a layup to open a 62-34 lead. Wanamaker finally scored for Bamberg with an easy fastbreak layup, and after Freeland scored inside, Zisis hit a corner three-pointer. Teodosic answered by burying a three-pointer of his own, but Strelnieks matched it by banking in a floater-plus-foul. Higgins made a strong move to the basket for CSKA, but Wanamaker made a steal and finished a fast break with a powerful dunk. Melli hit a triple to cut the deficit to 69-48. Hines worked the baseline for a tough off-balance shot, and added a short jumper, too, helping make it 73-50 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: CSKA closes it out

Zisis hit a long jumper to open the quarter, and Khryapa hit a jump shot for CSKA. Aaron Jackson nailed a triple to give the hosts a 25-point lead. Zisis banked in a runner, and Theis had a monster dunk over Hines to cut it to 80-57. Freeland scored a fadeaway jumper, and Dmitry Kulagin nailed a long jumper to give CSKA an 85-57 lead, which matched its largest of the night. Wanamaker drove for a layup on the other end, and Harris hit a tough shot. Staiger’s triple made it 86-66 before Freeland snapped a 1-9 run. Wanamaker hit a long jumper, and Harris made put-back to get Bamberg below 20 points in the final minute, but Demetris Nichols beat the buzzer with a corner triple to round out the scoring.

Nando De Colo - CSKA Moscow - EB15
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Attendance: 7813
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CSKA Moscow25301818
Brose Baskets Bamberg23111620
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CSKA Moscow25557391
Brose Baskets Bamberg23345070
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 21:16 19 5/7 2/3 3/4   6 6 3 1 1       4 28
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 7:34 2 1/1 0/1         2 1 2         2
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 22:11 14 2/5 2/3 4/4   2 2 6   2   1 2 3 16
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 14:24 3   0/4 3/4       1         3 2 -2
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 6:54 3   1/2     2 2           1   3
9 JACKSON, AARON 14:31 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1   2     1 2 2
19 FREELAND, JOEL 18:51 10 5/6   0/2 2 2 4           1 1 11
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 17:39 6 0/2 2/3   1 2 3 1   1 1   1 1 7
22 HIGGINS, CORY 18:55 8 3/5   2/2 1 1 2 2   1     2 1 8
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 15:27 5 2/2 0/2 1/2 1 1 2       1   3 2 4
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 21:09 9 2/3 1/2 2/2 1 9 10 2 1 1     1 2 20
42 HINES, KYLE 21:09 9 4/5   1/1 2 1 3 1     1   2 1 12
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 91 24/37 9/22 16/21 9 27 36 19 3 10 3 1 17 19 112
        64.9% 40.9% 76.2%
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
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 25:47 10 1/2 2/5 2/2   3 3 4 2         2 17
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 24:01 12 3/5 2/4     3 3 4   2     2   11
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 8:29     0/1                       -1
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 5:15 3   1/1                   2   1
10 THEIS, DANIEL 20:38 4 1/6 0/1 2/2 1   1 1 1 1     3 1 -2
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 28:38 11 4/7 1/3     4 4 2 2 4   1 3 3 9
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 14:44 3 1/2 0/3 1/1                 1 1 -1
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 17:21 11 4/5   3/4 3 3 6     1   1 1 4 16
21 MILLER, DARIUS 26:48 7 2/5 1/3     1 1 2   2     3 1 1
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 12:05 6 1/3 1/2 1/1   2 2 1   1   1 1 1 4
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 1:41                           1 1
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 14:33 3 0/1   3/4 1   1       1   3 3 3
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 70 17/36 8/23 12/14 5 18 23 14 5 12 1 3 19 17 60
        47.2% 34.8% 85.7%

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to our players for the victory. We started sloppy, though we worked to start well, we expected Brose Basket to play strong from the beginning. After that we turned our heads, hands, chests to the ball; we played better defense, we were dominant in most game situations and deserved to win. It was another victory in our tough group. I would like to thank the fans, those 8,000 created a great atmosphere and I expect them to come in even bigger numbers. They lift the team, that’s a fact."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Congratulations to CSKA for a well-deserved victory. They were simply better in everything and numbers say that the difference was created in the second quarter. We were never able to come back after that. After the loss in Vitoria, CSKA came back playing very tough and physical. And it was a no show for my team. Definitely it is my responsibility. It is understandable that we cannot match CSKA’s talent, because they are probably the most-talented team in Europe, but CSKA also played harder, more physical, and we could do better than this."


CSKA Moscow
"It’s never easy to come back after injury. I worked on my ankle to get better. Today we had a great game. Except for the first five minutes of the game, we came back in defense, with more aggressiveness and did what we wanted. And we just kept playing together, and that is good. We have to keep it up like this."
CSKA Moscow
"We started not really good, losing by 10 points, then called a timeout to make some adjustments. We played as a team, reacted more appropriate. I think we did a great job and maintained it till the end of the game. Our defense in the first half let us win today, we found the right ways by switching players."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"They played better than us, we couldn’t match their physical advantage and mental toughness during the game. CSKA controlled the game, so we could not take any chance to come back. They were better than us, now we need to go back home and work. "
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