2007-08Regular SeasonRound 14
January 30, 2008 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAMALAGUTI
David Andersen - CSKA Moscow Having already won its group, CSKA Moscow gave itself a chance to tie for the regular season's best record by taking care of business early in a 68-92 road win at last-place Virtus VidiVici Bologna on Wednesday. CSKA closed the regular season with a Group A record of 12-2, which will either be first- or second-best of all teams depending on what last season's champion, Panathinaikos, does in its last Group C game. Bologna finished 2-12 and in Group A's last place in its return to the Euroleague after a four-season absence. CSKA raced to a 3-19 lead to erase all suspense at the outset, letting the home fans admire the work that favorite son Ettore Messina does as head coach of CSKA Moscow. They stayed to the end and stood to applaud him when the game finished. In the interim, David Andersen led the winners with 15 points, while Nikos Zisis added 14, Marcus Goree 12 and Nikita Kurbanov 10. For Bologna, Dewarick Spencer finished with 20 points, Alan Anderson 19 and Fabio DiBella 10.

Goree got CSKAgoing with a bucket-plus-free throw and then stepped out for three-point single shot to fill most of an 1-8 opening run for the guests. The first Bologna basket - a put-back by Anderson - didn't arrive until almost 4 minutes were played, and didn't deter CSKA from continuing in its tracks as Trajan Langdon, Goree and Theo Papaloukas quickly made it a 12-point game at 3-15. While Bologna's offense struggled even to take a shot, a five-meter jumper by Andersen and foul shots by Langdon and Nikos Zisis ballooned the gap to 3-19. Anderson supplied a second basket for Bologna now, but Andersen hit another jumper for CSKA and Nikita Kourbanov's free throws gave the visitors a high lead of 5-24 advantage after 10 minutes.

Alan Anderson - Virtus VidiVici Goree remained unstoppable under Bologna's rim as his layup made it 5-26 to start the second quarter. After 3 free throws by Donnie McGrath, CSKA posted another 0-9 run that Goree and Nikos Zisis capped with layups, making it 8-35. The hosts started then to fight for rebounds and were able to convert several possessions into opportunities for Anderson, who scored free throws, jumpers and layups to lower the deficity below 20 points at 20-38. CSKA tightened its defense once again, while Andersen kept rebounding and hitting jumpers on the other end. A corner three-pointer by Alexey Shved welcomed CSKA's youngsters to the game as Artem Zabelin closed the half with a huge dunk giving the guests a new 27-point lead, 24-51.

Di Bella jumper to open the third quarter, the first bucket by a non-American Bologna player in the game. After Anderson hit another shot, Di Bella's steal and fastbreak made it 30-53 after 22 minutes. Zisis and Andersen re-established a 27-point margin for CSKA at 30-57, but Anderson's passing skills and a three-pointer by Spencer - the Bologna's first - brought the hosts within 35-58. On the offensive end, CSKA kept running its give-and-go plays as layups by Zisis and Kourbanov were followed by a triple from Langdon for a new high lead, 37-65. Spencer's back-to-back three-pointers helped Bologna to get some oxygen but Papaloukas couldn't be handled by the hosts' defense as he fed Zabelin for another dunk. Luca Garri, however, hit another three-pointer as Virtus came a little closer, 48-72 score after 30 minutes.

Nikos Zisis - CSKA Moscow CSKA made it a 30-point game to start the final quarter after Anatoly Kashirov scored 4 points and Ramunas Siskauskas a basket on the way to 48-78. Later, back-to-back three-pointers by Kourbanov and Shved enlarged the gap to 33 points, 53-86. It would remain CSKA's highest lead of the night as Bologna let its players padded their stats and give minutes to the younger ones. Saying goodbye to the Euroleague, the host crowd finally ended with a standing-ovation tribute to Messina, Bologna's historic head coach who now led CSKA to another first place in a Euroleague regular season group.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Marco Martelli, Bologna
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Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
Attendance: 4256
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Virtus VidiVici5192420
CSKA Moscow24272120
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Virtus VidiVici5244868
CSKA Moscow24517292
Virtus VidiVici
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 32:20 20 2/4 5/10 1/2   3 3   1     1 3 1 13
9 ANDERSON, ALAN 31:34 19 7/13 0/2 5/5 4   4 3 3 2 1 1 4 8 23
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 12:51 2 1/3     4 4 8     1     4   3
12 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 14:20   0/2 0/2   2 2 4   1 2     2   -3
14 CHIACIG, ROBERTO 17:59 4 2/4     1 2 3     2   1 3 1  
15 MICHELORI, ANDREA 16:40     0/1     3 3     3     2 3  
16 DI BELLA, FABIO 22:04 10 4/7 0/1 2/3   2 2 2 3 1       2 13
17 CANELO, JEAN CARLOS 9:21 2 1/2       1 1     4     1   -3
18 LESTINI, FEDERICO 3:10                   1     1   -2
19 DA ROS, MATTEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GARRI, LUCA 18:10 8 2/4 1/1 1/2 1 4 5   1 1   1 2 3 10
21 McGRATH, DONNIE 21:31 3 0/1 0/5 3/3   1 1     2     1 1 -4
Team                                
Totals 200:00 68 19/40 6/22 12/15 12 22 34 5 9 19 1 4 23 19 50
        47.5% 27.3% 80%
Head coach: PASQUALI, RENATO
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 18:45 6 2/3   2/4   2 2 4 4       2 5 16
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 18:32 9 2/2 1/2 2/2   3 3   2 2     2 2 11
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:25 12 4/6 0/4 4/5   2 2 4 3 3   1 3 3 10
7 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 6:50 6 3/3       2 2   1   1   1 2 11
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 18:39 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 3 2 5 1   1     1 2 11
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 12:24     0/2     1 1 2             1
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 11:26 2 1/1   0/1 1   1 2 2 2     2 1 3
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 22:33 15 4/9 2/2 1/1   3 3 3 2   1   2 4 21
15 ZABELIN, ARTEM 9:21 4 2/2       1 1     2 1   2   2
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 14:22 10 1/1 2/3 2/2   4 4 1         1 2 15
22 GOREE, MARCUS 21:26 12 4/5 1/2 1/1 1 3 4 1 2   1   3 2 17
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 17:17 8 1/3 2/4                       4
Team             2 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 92 27/40 8/20 14/18 5 25 30 18 17 10 4 1 19 23 125
        67.5% 40% 77.8%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

Head Coaches

PASQUALI, RENATO
Virtus VidiVici
"I am aware that playing against CSKA is not the best thing in the days of a coaching change. In this moment, we are not well-structured and we don't even have big motivations in this competition as we played taking care of not getting hurt. When you see an opponent in a higher gear, it's natural to stop yourself. Our process will take time, patience, and this game didn't mark any break in that. We had good things by the American players, maybe too much. Our Italian players have to contribute more."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It's been a very special night. I thank again everybody for the welcome; each time it is touching and embarrassing. I am happy for my team, because we played a serious game and a kind basketball that everybody in the arena enjoyed. For Virtus, but for all the teams, it is very difficult to play us if we all are concentrated like at the beginning of this game. But in the second half, Virtus found what it was searching for and this is a good presage for the future."

Players

DI BELLA, FABIO
Virtus VidiVici
"I think in the beginning of the game we were a bit distracted as we felt this festive atmosphere for a big team like CSKA and an historic coach like Ettore Messina. In the second half, we reacted after having struggled a lot. There, we loosened up and we played with conviction for the entire half. We made many mistakes, and against a team like CSKA you pay for them. We reacted, however, and the crowd understood it."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
CSKA Moscow
"It was a great emotion to come back here after all the successes we had and I thank the crowd for their cheers. We are trying to play at our level and in the last games we were able to do it. Tonight, we did everything very good since the first possession and we finished without problems. We are aware of our goals and we have to keep going on this trend. It's clear that we aim for the Final Four, but the key is to think game by game - and we are doing it."
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