2016-17Regular SeasonRound 11
December 08, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
Dmitry Kulagin - CSKA Moscow - EB16

CSKA impresses in Milan without Teodosic, De Colo

Defending champion CSKA Moscow put on an offensive clinic in the third quarter and made a series of defensive stops in the second half, racing away to a 64-79 road win against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Thursday night at the Mediolanum Forum despite missing its top two scorers. Milan led 38-36 at halftime, but CSKA scored 30 points in the third quarter and allowed only 10 points in the fourth en route to a win that improved its record to 10-1 atop the standings, while Milan dropped to 4-7. CSKA played without its top two scorers, last season’s EuroLeague MVP Nando De Colo and All-EuroLeague playmaker and this season’s assist leader Milos Teodosic. And after some struggles in the first half, the visitors dominated in the second behind Dmitry Kulagin who scored a career-high 14 points, and Aaron Jackson who had 14 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Cory Higgins netted 11 for CSKA, which hit 12 three-pointers while holding Milan to only 4-for-21 from long range. For the hosts, Miroslav Raduljica finished with 11 points and Ricky Hickman and Jamel McLean each scored 10 for Milan.

With Joel Freeland in lineup for the first time this season, Vitaly Fridzon and Jackson scored for CSKA early, and Victor Khryapa made a pair of defensive plays that helped CSKA to a 10-14 edge. But Rakim Sanders sparked Milan's run of 7 unanswered points to put the hosts up, and Hickman's three-point play helped the hosts to a 23-21 lead after 10 minutes. The hosts went up by 6, but Higgins, who hit one three-pointer late in the first quarter, hit two more in the second to tie things at 27-27. Before halftime, Hickman on one end and Dmitry Kulagin on the other had 5 points apiece, each with a three-pointer, before Jamel McLean’s steal and a big breakaway slam helped Milan lead 38-36 at halftime. After the break, however, CSKA came out on fire on offense. James Augustine started it off with a pair of baskets inside, before Semen Antonov hit 2 threes and assisted on a Nikita Kurbanov corner three-pointer. Dmitry Kulagin, Kyle Hines and Higgins all contributed in a 2-14 run that put CSKA up 46-57. Mantas Kalnietis and Dmitry Kulagin traded threes as the visitors held a 54-66 lead going into the fourth quarter. Jackson hit a pair of wide-open corner threes to extend the difference to 17 points early in the fourth and then dished a flashy bounce pass for a Hines dunk and a 55-74 advantage with eight minutes to go in the game. A Hines basket in heavy traffic broke the 20-point margin midway through the fourth. Milan turned to a zone defense that held CSKA scoreless for a stretch in the final minutes, but it was too little, too late for the hosts.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 12331 (Tentative)
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan23151610
CSKA Moscow21153013
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan23385464
CSKA Moscow21366679
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 20:23 10 4/8 0/1 2/4 4 2 6   1 2   1 3 3 7
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 23:00 10 2/4 1/5 3/3   4 4 2 2 3   1 1 9 16
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 18:29 7 2/5 1/4     1 1 2             4
11 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 19:37 11 5/8   1/2 1 2 3 2 1 2     3 4 12
12 DRAGIC, ZORAN 26:05 7 1/2 0/2 5/6 3 3 6           5 4 8
13 MACVAN, MILAN 11:52   0/2       2 2 3 1 2   1     1
14 PASCOLO, DAVIDE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 12:25 4 0/1 1/1 1/2                 2 1 1
21 SANDERS, RAKIM 21:35 4 1/4 0/3 2/4   4 4 1 1 4   1 2 3 -2
23 ABASS, AWUDU 9:01 4   1/2 1/2   1 1     1     1 1 2
30 CERELLA, BRUNO 6:38     0/1                   3   -4
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 30:55 7 2/3 0/2 3/3   4 4 4   3   1 1 4 11
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 64 17/37 4/21 18/26 9 28 37 14 6 17 0 5 21 29 62
        45.9% 19% 69.2%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 21:43 14 3/5 2/5 2/2 1 4 5 2 1 1     3 2 15
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 10:40 4 2/2     1 1 2   1 1     2   4
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 22:57 9 1/4 1/3 4/4   3 3 3 1 1 1   2 4 13
9 JACKSON, AARON 34:16 14 4/5 2/5 0/1   5 5 5 3 6     1 4 19
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 14:08 6 0/1 2/2         1   1 1   3 1 4
19 FREELAND, JOEL 6:52                         3 1 -2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 15:33 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 3     1   4 1 -1
22 HIGGINS, CORY 21:59 11 1/4 3/7     5 5 1 2       1 1 12
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL 5:44 5   1/3 2/2           2     4 1 -2
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 8:57 2 1/2 0/1         1   1 1   1    
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 14:48 5 1/1 1/2     7 7 3   2 1   3 2 12
42 HINES, KYLE 22:23 8 3/4   2/4 1 2 3   1 1     3 4 9
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 79 16/31 12/29 11/15 5 31 36 19 9 16 5 0 30 21 87
        51.6% 41.4% 73.3%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It's acceptable to lose to CSKA, but it's not acceptable to lose playing a second half like we did tonight. The start of the third quarter was significant: two consecutive forced threes by Cinciarini and Dragic. And we stopped playing defense. It's unexplainable because the first half was excellent both defensively and offensively. No matter what level, I have always believed that you get out of difficult moments by playing as a team because all the heroes are two meters under the ground, buried. This is what happens when you don't execute like a team."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"I think that all wins are statement wins. I really have to congratulate this group of players, including of course my injured players that stayed in Moscow that would love to be here helping the team. But that’s what is the meaning of team. That’s what we said about the marathon. I think that overall if we watched the 64 points, we kept a very talented team to 64 at home. I think it’s one of our best defensive performances. We moved the ball well and I think we had the answers, even though in the first half the shot the ball better. I think overall we deserved to win. "

Players

CINCIARINI, ANDREA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It was a 40-minute game, but we stopped after 20. This cannot happen. We didn't move the ball and we didn't execute. That's the reason we lost."
JACKSON, AARON
CSKA Moscow
"[Teodosic] is out; he’s done a lot for us, him and De Colo. It’s our job. When those players go down or need rest, it’s our job. We’re CSKA. We have to step up for them and that’s exactly what we did tonight. We played basketball real well as a team today. We moved the ball. Not only that, they averaged 90 points at home, we held them to 64 points. A great defensive effort. Coach came in at halftime and told us a few things that we needed to do and we did a good job making adjustments. "
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