2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 USH CSKA

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The Take

CSKA Moscow plays host to Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv in the 34th showdown between these classic Euroleague teams. The two powerhouses are matched up in the regular season group for the fourth time this century. CSKA's offense, which led the competition in scoring last season, starts with a loaded backcourt that features former MVP Milos Teodosic, Aaron Jackson and All-Euroleague selection Nando De Colo, and feeds the rest of the team. Maccabi has a lot of firepower and playmaking of its own with Jordan Farmar and Taylor Rochestie, while the on-ball aggressiveness of Yogev Ohayon could be the key on the other side of the floor. Former All-Euroleague selection Devin Smith, with Guy Pnini and Sylven Landesberg are slashers on the wings, but will also need to find a way to limit CSKA's Cory Higgins, Vitaly Fridzon and Demetris Nichols, who all easily get hot from downtown. The hosts will also use its two versatile, do-it-all big forwards - Andrey Vorontsevich and Victor Khryapa – to their advantage, and open up the paint where Maccabi's Brian Randle, Vitor Faverani and Trevor Mbakwe are set to battle with Kyle Hines and Nikita Kurbanov. Watch out for Maccabi rookie Dragan Bender to make an impact too in this exciting start to the season.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Game Notes

CSKA Moscow

This will be the 37th game on record between CSKA and Maccabi… all of which have come in the framework of Europe’s top-tier competition. The record between them is 18-18, though three of Maccabi’s victories from the mid-1970s were technical wins from the period when there were no diplomatic relations between Israel and the Soviet Union.

Cory Higgins, Viacheslav Kravtsov, Dimitriy Kulagin and Mikhail Kulagin are poised to make their respective Euroleague debuts.

Milos Teodosic needs 10 more three-pointers to catch retired CSKA star Marcus Brown for seventh place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Teodosic enters the game with 317 career triples.

Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 24 consecutive Euroleague games.

Teodosic has made 21 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nando De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games.

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

De Colo has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kyle Hines is closing in on a spot among the competition’s all-time top 10 in blocked shots. He enters this game ranked 13th with 117 career rejections. Former CSKA forward Marcus Goree (120) is 12th, Nikola Vujcic (122) 11th and Darjus Lavrinovic (123) 10th.

Victor Khryapa is 28 assists away from becoming the 18th player in Euroleague history to rack up 500 career assists.

Khryapa recorded one of the best games of his Euroleague career two seasons ago against Maccabi. He flirted with a triple-double and finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 32, which tied his career high. CSKA cruised to a 100-65 victory.

Andrey Vorontsevich had one of the best games in his Euroleague career against Maccabi last season. He recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks for a performance index rating of 29 in a 99-80 regular season victory in Moscow.

Aaron Jackson scored a season-high 18 points in the 2013-14 Top 16 finale against Maccabi in Tel Aviv. He made 3 of 5 three-pointers in leading CSKA to a 76-81 victory.

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Dragan Bender, Trevor Mbakwe, Arinze Onuaku, Dagan Yivzori and Yovel Zoosman are set to make their respective Euroleague debuts.

Taylor Rochestie was the 2015 Ford Trophy winner after leading the Euroleague in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

Rochestie has scored in double figures in each of his last 21 Euroleague games.

Rochestie has made at least 1 three-pointer in 20 of his last 21 Euroleague games.

Brian Randle has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Vitor Faverani will play in his first Euroleague game since the 2008-09 season, when he was with Unicaja.

Faverani was a teammate of CSKA’s All-Euroleague guard Nando De Colo during the 2011-12 season at Valencia Basket. They helped the team reach the Eurocup championship game that season.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"The games between CSKA and Maccabi are always interesting. The opponents have a very strong team again and we open our Euroleague season at home against Maccabi for the second year in a row. They’ve already won the Israeli Cup and the first game of the domestic league; we studied both games as well as their exhibition game against EA7 Emporio Armani in New York. The main additions for Tel Aviv this year are definitely Farmar and Rochestie, high-scoring guards who push the pace of the team. Mbakwe at center has the necessary athleticism and speed to be integral part of a high-tempo offense as well as Randle, who helps to keep up the tempo. Smith, who plays at 3 and 4, together with Pnini create space on offense. Maccabi also has a deep roster with Ohayon, Landesberg, Faverani and the latest addition Onuaku able to help the team. Our opponents like to score and run the floor, so we have to stop them, stay focused through all 40 minutes to control the tempo of the game. As I said, this is our first Euroleague game of the season, which will be very difficult, but we hope to start successfully with good help from our fans – hopefully they’ll come in big numbers. I think we have enough quality to play for the win."
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
“It just worked out that our first game of this season is against CSKA Moscow, one of the best teams in Europe. Most of their roster is back again this year, and if I’m not mistaken, we haven’t won a game there since 2004. You can talk about Sasha Kaun and Sonny Weems, two players who are very dominant, that left, but they have three of the best point guards in Europe, and some of the best forwards in Europe. Our guys are ready and feeling confident. We’ve had three days to work on certain things, and we’re as ready as we can be for our first Euroleague game of the season.”


CSKA Moscow
"Maccabi is a traditionally strong team and very dangerous offensively. We have to remember that, make stops, play together all game, move the ball as we did in the previous VTB League game and make them work hard defensively."
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"It’s going to be a difficult task, but everyone wants to go in there and win. We’ve got a lot of new guys. It’s the same system, but the new players need to get used to the system and that takes time. We always head to Moscow knowing we can win, but we’re also aware that it won’t be easy. We’ll need to be focused for the full forty minutes; thirty-two or thirty-five minutes won’t be enough there. We’ve prepared well, we feel good, and we’re confident."

CSKA Moscow thrashes Maccabi FOX

CSKA Moscow sent a message that echoed all around the Euroleague by downing Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 100-69 in the Russian capital on Thursday. CSKA opened Group D in style, getting its second biggest home win against Maccabi - CSKA registered a 100-65 home win against the Israeli powerhouse in the 2013-14 season. Nando De Colo led the winners with 17 points, Milos Teodosic added 15, Aaron Jackson had 12 and 7 assists, Vitaly Fridzon contributed 11 and Demetris Nichols scored 10 for CSKA. Jordan Farmar led Maccabi with 17 points, Taylor Rochestie added 14 while Yogev Ohayon had 13 for the guests. An outstanding Farmar and a three-pointer by Ohayon gave Maccabi an early 11-14 lead. Teodosic and Jackson stepped up to give CSKA a 29-20 lead after 10 minutes. CSKA held Maccabi scoreless for more than six minutes, while an outstanding Teodosic gave the hosts a 44-29 margin at halftime. De Colo took over after the break and a buzzer-beating jumper by Fridzon made it a 25-point game through three quarters, enough to seal the outcome. A moment of silence was held before the start of the third quarter to honor the late Nate Huffman, who passed away earlier in the day. Maccabi wore black ribbons in his memory.

First quarter: CSKA takes off in high-scoring form

De Colo got CSKA going with a three-pointer, but Farmar quickly answered from downtown. De Colo kept pushing CSKA with a wild driving basket, which Ohayon erased with a five-meter jumper. A layup by Farmar soon gave Maccabi its first lead, 5-7. Jackson made free throws, but Trevor Mbakwe erased them with a put-back basket. After De Colo shined with a reverse layup, Vitor Faverani hit a jump hook. Jackson tied it at 11-11. Ohayon took over with a corner triple, but an unstoppable De Colo scored again. Arinze Onuaku hit a jump hook off an offensive rebound, but a dunk by Kyle Hines and free throws by Teodosic put CSKA back ahead, 17-16. Nichols found space for a wide open triple that caused Maccabi to call timeout at 20-16. Farmar nailed a jumper off a screen, which Cory Higgins matched at the other end. Dragan Bender scored in penetration, but Teodosic did better with a three-pointer. Jackson took over with a layup off a midcourt steal and a layup by Teodosic boosted the hosts' lead to 29-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: CSKA's defense makes the difference

A free throw by Nichols gave CSKA its first double-digit lead, 30-20, early in the quarter. Maccabi tried to circulate the ball a bit better, but shots did not fall in. An outstanding driving layup by Jackson caused the guests to stop the game at 32-20. Maccabi had been held scoreless for more than six minutes and kept struggling against CSKA's outstanding defense. A mid-range jumper by Teodosic made it a 14-point game. Taylor Rochestie rescued Maccabi with a baseline jumper, but Andrey Vorontsevich did better with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer for a 37-22 CSKA lead. Bender dunked and a high-flying alley-oop layup by Farmar gave Maccabi hope at 37-26. Teodosic sank a mid-range jumper off the dribble, Faverani split free throws and another triple by Vorontsevich broke the game open at 42-27. A layup by Bender and free throws by Teodosic fixed the halftime score at 44-29.

Third quarter: Hosts look to put the game on ice

Hines shined with a big put-back basket right after the break. Rochestie found Farmar for a three-pointer and soon hit one from beyond the arc to get Maccabi within 46-35. Teodosic hit a one-handed floater in transition, which Farmar bettered with another triple. De Colo made free throws and a corner three-pointer by Vorontsevich kept CSKA way ahead, 53-38. Rochestie kept pacing Maccabi with a one-handed jumper in the lane, but a backdoor layup by De Colo and a two-handed dunk by Hines gave CSKA a 57-40 margin. De Colo scored in penetration and matched Rochestie's five-meter jumper with an easy basket. Ohayon sank a five-meter shot and a three-point play by Higgins gave CSKA its first 20-point lead, 64-44. Jackson and Farmar traded free throws and a three-pointer by Fridzon seemed to seal the outcome, 69-46. Pavel Korobkov scored down low and a buzzer-beating jumper by Fridzon restored a 73-48 CSKA lead.

Fourth quarter: CSKA wraps up the victory

Ohayon hit free throws early in the quarter, but Nichols bettered that with an off-balance three-point play. Guy Pnini answered from downtown, but Jackson also joined the three-point shootout. Farmar finished a great Maccabi offense with a three-pointer, but Fridzon and Nikita Kurbanov boosted the hosts' lead to 82-56. The outcome was clear, but CSKA stayed focused on defense. Nichols hit free throws and dunked off a midcourt steal to force Maccabi to call timeout at 85-56. Rochestie stepped up with a five-meter jumper and after Slava Kravtsov dunked in traffic, back-to-back baskets by Ohayon got Maccabi within 87-62. Maccabi kept trying, but everything was said and done already, as CSKA had cruised to an impressive and well-deserved win.

Cory Higgins - CSKA Moscow - EB15
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Attendance: 4831
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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 20:08 17 6/8 1/3 2/2   3 3 1         1 3 19
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 6:40 2 1/1               2     2   -2
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 18:55 15 4/4 1/6 4/4 1 1 2 5   2     1 2 16
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 15:45 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 1 1       2 2 13
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 18:06 10 2/3 1/3 3/5 1 4 5   2   1     3 16
9 JACKSON, AARON 23:50 12 4/6   4/4       7 2 1     1 5 22
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 9:37 4 2/2 0/1   1 1 2       1   4   2
15 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 9:25 7 3/4   1/3 1 2 3 1   1 1   2 2 8
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 19:15 9 0/2 3/4   3 4 7     1 1 1 3 1 10
22 HIGGINS, CORY 21:42 7 3/5 0/1 1/1   5 5 2 2 1     2 3 13
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 13:09         2 1 3 1     1       5
42 HINES, KYLE 23:28 6 3/7   0/4 3 1 4       1 2 1 2 2
Team           3 5 8               8
Totals 200:00 100 31/46 7/22 17/25 16 30 46 18 7 8 6 3 19 23 132
        67.4% 31.8% 68%
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 FARMAR, JORDAN 28:32 17 3/6 3/5 2/2   3 3 3   2   1 2 4 17
3 BENDER, DRAGAN 18:19 7 3/6 0/1 1/2       1 1 1 1 2   1 3
6 SMITH, DEVIN 26:04 6 1/3 1/4 1/2   6 6 2   2   1 3 2 4
7 RANDLE, BRIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SEGEV, ITAY 2:26                         2   -2
10 PNINI, GUY 13:46 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 1         2    
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 25:07 13 4/5 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1 2 1     4 3 14
13 FAVERANI, VITOR 8:49 3 1/3   1/2 1   1 1       1 1 1 1
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 12:00 2 1/1 0/1 0/2   2 2 1           2 4
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 24:13 14 4/11 2/2     2 2 2 1 2     2 1 9
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 23:51 2 1/4   0/2 3   3 1   1 1 1 4 2 -2
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 16:53 2 1/3   0/2 3 4 7     1 1   3 3 5
Totals 200:00 69 19/43 8/18 7/16 8 19 27 13 4 10 3 6 23 19 53
        44.2% 44.4% 43.8%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY

Head Coaches

CSKA Moscow
"I think you saw that our team dominated on the floor tonight, and I’d like to congratulate my players for that. I liked the pace we had, the tone which was picked up off defense. I liked how we played on the glass, we had 16 rebounds offensively taking almost the same number as Maccabi (19). Talking about the rebounding battle, I can dig even deeper to the stats and mention 8 team rebounds – that says how the players boxed out and dived for the balls. We understand that Maccabi missed such an important player like Randle, but we still played a very good game. I said to the team that we have to turn the page and play even better because we did not reach our peak yet. I’d like also to express my deepest condolences to the family of Nate Huffman who passed away today."
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
It was not a good game by us. We were weak already in the beginning and not too sharp. For every small mistake, we were punished by CSKA. We let them make almost 70% of their two-point shots. That’s inconceivable. On offense we didn’t move the ball and we didn’t get to good shots. And even when we had good shots, the ball didn’t go in. And we were a catastrophe from the foul line. It was a very painful loss. But we look forward and we’ll correct the mistakes.


CSKA Moscow
"It’s the first Euroleague game for me. Our team was well-prepared and it was another day of basketball. I have played all my life, so there was no reason to be nervous. We came out today really focused and it was a tough game, but with our defense we stopped them."
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This is not the way we hoped to start our Euroleague season. This was not the real Maccabi. We didn’t play defense, the simplest things didn’t work for us and CSKA used every opportunity it had to increase its lead. We will do everything we can to make it up to our fans next week at home.”
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