Regular Season Round 10 - January 14, 2009 CET: 19:30 Local time: 21:30 - USH CSKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
7-2 Regular Season 4-5
7-2 Overall 4-5

Referees

Crew Chief
PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Umpire
MAESTRE, NICOLA, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.0 Points 71.1
31.2 Rebounds 35.4
8.7 O. Rebounds 13.8
22.6 D. Rebounds 21.7
16.1 Assists 12.3
7.2 Steals 5.8
4.4 Blocks 3.9
11.3 Turnovers 15.1
54.9 % 2PT 50.7 %
46.7 % 3PT 34.1 %
75.0 % FT 70.2 %
96.6 Index 69.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Points 12.7 / Tepic
5.0 / MORRIS, TERENCE Rebounds 6.9 / Lasme
1.9 / Lorbek OR 2.9 / Lasme
3.8 / MORRIS, TERENCE DR 4.0 / Lasme
3.1 / Zisis Assists 3.7 / Tepic
1.2 / Khryapa Steals 1.2 / Lasme
1.7 / MORRIS, TERENCE Blocks 1.7 / Lasme
1.6 / Lorbek Turnovers 2.4 / Tepic
68.9 % / Lorbek 2PT 78.6 % / Vesely
54.5 % / LANGDON, TRAJAN 3PT 66.7 % / S. Milosevic
92.3 % / Zisis FT 100.0 % / S. Milosevic
14.2 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Index 14.2 / Tepic

THE TAKE

CSKA Moscow will close out the regular season at home Wednesday in a decisive game for the visiting Partizan Belgrade. The reigning champs have not only secured a berth in the Top 16, but also have wrapped up the top spot in the group. Partizan however, can still finish anywhere from second to fifth. The Serbian champs are through to the next stage with a road win at CSKA, something Partizan has never done. Head coach Dusko Vujosevic’s men could also advance if they lose, but will need help from Panionios, which would have to beat Armani Jeans by more than 4, but less than 32 points. Partizan’s hungry young squad should be ready for the challenge, after coming within three last-second shots in the paint from beating CSKA when they played in November. CSKA held on to win that game 62-63 as Erazem Lorbek and Zoran Planinic were among four CSKA scorers in double figures. Head coach Ettore Messina’s charges are coming off a big win in Istanbul, 55-74 over Efes Pilsen, as Trajan Langdon put on a shooting clinic making 7 of 10 three-pointers en route to a season-high 27 points. Meanwhile Partizan last week blasted Panionios 80-57 as teenager Jan Vesely erupted for 19 points and 10 rebounds. Partizan outrebounded Panionios 41-18 in that game as Slavko Vranes hauled in career-high 13 boards. Partizan is among the best rebounding teams in the competition and leads it in offensive boards, which could become a major theme in this game. Partizan will crash the boards with Vesely, Vranes, Stephane Lasme and Novica Velickovic, while CSKA counters with Lorbek, Matjaz Smodis, Terence Morris and Viktor Khryapa, while Sasha Kaun could also play a role at center off the bench. Partizan will need small forward Cedomir Vitkovac to step up against Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas, while the visitors rely upon Milenko Tepic, Aleksandar Rasic and Uros Tripkovic against Langdon, Planinic, J.R. Holden and Nikos Zisis. Even though this game ultimately has no bearing on CSKA’s progress, the proud champs will no doubt give their all for the win. However Partizan’s hunger and enthusiasm could trump that in this game. The keys for Partizan will be to control the glass and to keep Siskauskas and Langdon in check. CSKA lost its last home game before the break and will not want to lose two in a row at home, but Partizan is playing for its season, making this game one not to miss.

GAME NOTES

CSKA Moscow
  • Reigning Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas is just 1 steal away from reaching 100 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • The best individual performance of Zoran Planinic’s career came in Belgrade against Partizan. Planinic scored a career-best 30 points on 5-for-5 three-point shooting for Cibona Zagreb in an 81-76 loss at Pionir Hall in November 2001.
  • Guard Trajan Langdon shot 7 for 10 from downtown last week at Efes Pilsen to lead CSKA with 27 points – his best output since scoring 32 as a Euroleague rookie in November 2002.
Partizan
  • Guard Milenko Tepic has made at least one three-pointer in 14 consecutive Euroleague games. The streak dates back to the Top 16 last season.
  • The magic number for Partizan has been 80 points. The Serbian champs have won 10 of the last 11 games in which they have scored at least 80.
  • Partizan is one of three teams in the competition with two players in the top 10 in blocked shots. Stephane Lasme is second with 1.7 blocks per game and Slavko Vranes is tied for seventh with 1.2 per game.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We played a difficult game in Belgrade against Partizan, and though we are happy to assure the first place in Group D, our task is to win the game at home. I plan to use all our veterans and to keep the team concentrated. The last round of the regular season is very important for many teams and we should show our respect to all the opponents who are trying to get to the Top 16."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"The most important thing to us is to play one more quality game. We are not in a position to threaten the Euroleague champ, but we can play hard and aggressive. In Moscow, we can expect absolutely everything. From a heavy defeat to a victory for us, which would be a kind of miracle. Things like that happen very rarely and that is the reason people call them miracles. But I know coach Etore Messina well and I know how much he wants to beat us, especially after our last game in Belgrade, where we missed three easy winners. We worked hard so far this season and I am sure we deserve a spot in the Top 16."

Players

VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY
CSKA Moscow
"I expect the game to be difficult and tense. Partizan is a very strong opponent who proved to everyone they can win against the best teams in Europe. They were unlucky to lose to us in the end of the game in Belgrade then they missed three or four shots in the last seconds. Partizan has a lot of young and talented players who like to play fast and aggressive basketball. And I am anxious to play, to show our coaches my will and desire. Though the game means nothing to our standings, we do not intend to give up the win. That’s just not in CSKA’s tradition."
VELICKOVIC, NOVICA
Partizan
"CSKA is not invincible even though it is playing much better now than at the start of the competition. Our obligation is to show our best face to Euroleague champ and not to play under pressure because of the scores of other games in our group. We are not able to promise a road win to our fans, but we are going to Moscow to win. The only promise I can make is that we shall give our maximum. If that is good enough for a final win, it would be great."
Milenko Tepic - PartizanPartizan Belgrade pulled off an impressive 63-66 upset over CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital to secure a berth to the Top 16 for the second year in a row. Petar Bozic came up big when it counted most, breaking the last of three fourth-quarter ties with a clutch triple and then stripping Trajan Langdon on the game’s final play to seal the win. The Serbian champs finish the regular season with a 5-5 record and fourth place in Group D. CSKA dropped to 7-3, but won the group nonetheless. The hosts looked to have the game under control with a 45-37 lead late in the third quarter, but Stephane Lasme ignited a 3-17 turnaround bridging the third and fourth periods to put Partizan in control. The last 10 minutes would feature five lead changes, but Partizan battled on both ends of the floor to hold on for the win. Aleksandar Rasic scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter – including a pair of clutch free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining – and dished 5 assists to lead Partizan. Milenko Tepic added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, Lasme had 11 points and Slavko Vranes posted 8 points and 11 boards for the winners. Erazam Lorbek produced a season-high 23 points and 9 rebounds and Ramunas Siskauskas added 12 in defeat.

Partizan was aggressive from the very beginning, with Tepic darting inside for a basket before a Matjaz Smodis jumper put CSKA on the board. The visitors tried to go to Vranes inside and though he had some trouble finishing, Jan Vesely corrected it on the offensive glass as Partizan took a 2-6 lead and CSKA took an early timeout. Even after that, Rasic fed Vesely for a reverse layup and he then followed a Lorbek triple with one of his own. Tepic’s basket on the break made it 5-13. Lorbek and Vranes traded baskets before both sides shook things up with some substitutions. Zoran Planinic hit a long three to cut into the Partizan lead and a Langdon jumper made it 14-15. Uros Tripkovic’s triple extended the visitors’ lead to 14-18 at the end of the opening period.

Zoran Planinic - CSKA MoscowLorbek started the second period with a jumper and a minutes later Siskauskas’s three-pointer gave CSKA its first lead of the night. Lasme fixed his own miss, but CSKA has assumed control as Siskauskas made it 23-20. However a pair of Novica Velickovic baskets – the second a turnaround jumper rover Terence Morris – brought Partizan back. Sasha Kaun brought some energy off the CSKA bench and scored on the offensive glass. A few uncharacteristic errors held the hosts back, but Langdon came through with a jumper. Vranes tied the score with a basket on the offensive glass and after Planinic put CSKA ahead from the line, Tepic beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to give the Serbian champs a 29-30 halftime advantage.

Vesely scored to push Partizan further ahead only to see Lorbek tie the game from downtown. Tripkovic cancelled another Lorbek score with a three-pointer, but Siskauksas’s three and a Lorbek jumper put CSKA ahead 41-37. The visiting attack went dark for several minutes as Planinic drove over Vranes to stretch the champs’ lead to 6. And despite a Partizan timeout, Nikos Zisis buried a jumper to extend the CSKA run to 9-0. Tepic ended the bleeding with a free throw and after he missed the second, Lasme grabbed the rebounds and converted a three-point play to trim the gap to 45-41. Lasme next took the ball strong to the hoop, drew a foul and made 2 more from the line to bring his team within 45-43 with 10 minutes to play.

Rasic opened the fourth with a triple to cap a 0-9 run that put Partizan on top. Viktor Khryapa rifled in a three only to see Rasic feed Vesely for a power slam at the other end. A basket by Lasme in transition followed by a Velckovic score made it 48-52. And even after a CSKA timeout, Rasic scored on the break. Morris made a baseline jumper to give the hosts legs to stand on and Lorbek brought CSKA back within 2. Lorbek grabbed a miss from Zisis and scored to tie the game at 54-54 and the Zisis penetrated to complete an 8-0 charge and put CSKA back on top, but Rasic came right back with a three for Partizan. Lorbek knotted the game again with a free throw. Bozic picked a great time to sink his only shot of the night – a three that put the visitors on top again – and Tepic increased the lead to 5 on the break. Siskauskas narrowed the gap from the line, however Lasme’s two-handed jam with 1:11 to go ignited Partizan. Lorbek sank 2 from the line and then Langdon and J.R. Holden forced a steal from Bozic, but Langdon missed a three to tie the score. The CSKA defense denied Rasic and Siskauskas free throws brought CSKA within 1 with 12 seconds to play. Since CSKA was not yet in the penalty, Partizan was able to milk nearly 8 seconds off the clock before the hosts committed their fifth foul and sent Rasic to the line, He sank both with 4.3 seconds remaining to put Partizan ahead 63-66. CSKA called timeout to prepare one last play, but Bozic stripped Langdon before he was able to shoot and Partizan began a well-deserved celebration.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA)
Attendance: 3500
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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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 20:17 4 2/3 0/1     1 1     1   1 3 1 -1
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 14:44 4 2/5       1 1 3         3 1 3
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 29:43 12 1/2 2/4 4/4 1 2 3 1   2     4 7 14
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 26:16   0/4 0/2     2 2 3 2           1
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 28:23 23 7/15 2/2 3/4 5 4 9 1 1   1   2 5 29
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 24:41 4 2/2 0/5     1 1 2   2     2 2  
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA 10:50 2 1/2   0/2 1   1       1   2 1  
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 14:55 3 0/1 1/2     4 4 1 1 2 1   2 1 5
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 19:07 9 1/3 1/3 4/4   2 2 1         1 2 9
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 11:04 2 1/2       3 3   1 1   1     3
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 63 17/39 6/19 11/14 8 21 29 12 5 9 3 2 19 20 64
43.6% 31.6% 78.6%
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: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
# 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 TEPIC, MILENKO 32:01 13 4/8 1/2 2/4 1 7 8 4   3   1   6 20
6 RIZNIC, BOGDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 4:39         1   1 1             2
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 23:00 13 1/3 3/5 2/2   2 2 5   2   1 2 2 13
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 20:18 6 0/1 2/5     1 1     1     2 1 1
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 28:36 6 3/6 0/3 0/2       1 1     1 3 3 -1
13 LASME, STEPHANE 25:14 11 4/6 0/1 3/3 3 3 6 1   1 1   4 5 16
14 ALEKSIC, VUKASIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 VITKOVAC, CEDOMIR 6:54                         2   -2
20 BOZIC, PETAR 7:25 3   1/1           1 3         1
24 VESELY, JAN 25:43 8 4/4 0/2   1 3 4 1 2 1     5 1 8
33 VRANES, SLAVKO 26:10 6 3/8     2 9 11 1   3 1   2 1 10
Team           1 1 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 66 19/36 7/19 7/11 9 26 35 14 5 14 2 3 20 19 71
52.8% 36.8% 63.6%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"When you have an experienced team and it plays with no aggressiveness, no desire, without fire in the eyes, this is the coach’s responsibility. And I have to take it, to think more about this game. I do not have much to tell you about it now. I have too many emotions, it’s like you want to come to the room, to break the table and then to think about what happened. Talking about the regular season, I am happy with the result. But we had too much up-and-downs in our game and the worst is that we are starting the Top 16 having no core of the team. We just don’t know who are those five guys who can go to the court in the deciding minutes and win the game for us."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"I am happy that we were able to win against this great team in CSKA. We are friendly clubs, we live in friendly countries. There are not many clubs like ours in the world. This game was very important for us. I know that Real Madrid fought hard to win against Efes Pilsen, but we could not count on it. We needed to win this game. We just wanted this win badly. We had more motivation. The coaches can say everything, but if you don’t feel it in your stomach, you cannot win. I am a big fan of CSKA Moscow, I appreciate the results of the team and coach Messina is my friend. I like him and I respect his work. CSKA has a quality roster. Maybe the team needs someone under the basket, but I am sure even with these players, they will aim for the biggest goals. As for us, we have already reached what we wanted. We are in the Top 16 and we are happy."
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