Regular Season Round 12 - January 17, 2007 CET: 18:15 Local time: 20:15 - USH CSKA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-0 Regular Season 1-1
10-1 Overall 1-10

Referees

Crew Chief
PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Umpire
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.3 Points 77.9
32.3 Rebounds 33.3
8.2 O. Rebounds 11.2
24.1 D. Rebounds 22.1
14.6 Assists 13.5
12.0 Steals 11.9
2.3 Blocks 1.9
12.2 Turnovers 14.1
54.3 % 2PT 57.5 %
37.6 % 3PT 30.1 %
75.1 % FT 69.2 %
92.2 Index 84.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / SMODIS, MATJAZ Points 14.6 / BEARD, TANOKA
5.0 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Rebounds 9.7 / BEARD, TANOKA
1.9 / SMODIS, MATJAZ OR 2.9 / BEARD, TANOKA
4.5 / LANGDON, TRAJAN DR 6.8 / BEARD, TANOKA
4.5 / Papaloukas Assists 4.9 / Popovic
1.8 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Steals 2.4 / Maciulis
0.9 / V.d. Spiegel Blocks 0.7 / BEARD, TANOKA
1.9 / Papaloukas Turnovers 2.4 / Maciulis
70.0 % / Ponkrashov 2PT 75.0 % / GINEVICIUS, VIDAS
57.1 % / Andersen 3PT 60.0 % / MOTTOLA, HANNO
87.9 % / VANTERPOOL, DAVID FT 100.0 % / MACHADO, M.
15.3 / LANGDON, TRAJAN Index 19.4 / BEARD, TANOKA

THE TAKE

A couple of classic Euroleague teams in quite different circumstances face each other on Wednesday when Group C leader CSKA welcomes Zalgiris Kaunas to Moscow. CSKA (10-1) can clinch first place in Group C and lock up a top seed for the Top 16 draw if it wins this game, or also if Winterthur FCB loses at Fenerbahce Ulker this week. Zalgiris (1-10), on the other hand, is already eliminated from contention after an eight-game losing streak. Zalgiris has been battling injuries all season long and once again Marko Popovic (15.1 ppg.) is questionable for the game in Moscow, even when Mantas Kalnietis (4.1 ppg.) and Kirk Penney (7.3 ppg., 44.1% 3FG) are back and ready to face CSKA. The reigning Euroleague champion already beat Zalgiris 59-78 in Kaunas behind 15 points each from Trajan Langdon (12.4 ppg., 5 rpg.) and Matjaz Smodis (14 ppg., 45% 3FG). Without Popovic on court, Kalnietis and Vidas Ginevicius (3.6 ppg.) will have the tough mission to guard star playmaker Theodoros Papaloukas (9.9 ppg., 68.8% 2FG, 4.5 apg.). CSKA's backcourt is much more than Papaloukas, however, as Langdon, David Vanterpool (7.3 ppg., 2.9 apg.) and J.R. Holden (9 ppg.) split most of the minutes on the perimeter, with Anton Ponkrashov (3.6 ppg.) and Zakhar Pashutin (44.4% 3FG) stand ready to come off the bench. Streak shooters Marcelinho Machado (7.4 ppg.) and Penney will test their scoring skills against Langdon and Holden, while up-and-coming forward Jonas Maciulis (12.7 ppg.) will have the tough mission of going against Vanterpool, one of the best one-on-one defenders in the competition. Zalgiris has its main strength near the basket, as Tanoka Beard (14.6 ppg., 9.7 rpg.) earned Week 11 MVP honors and has his perfect complements in power forwards Hanno Mottola (12.2 ppg., 60% 3FG) and Paulius Jankunas (9.9 ppg., 7 rpg.). Beard will not have it easy against twin towers Aleksey Savrasenko (7.9 ppg., 69.6% 2FG) and Tomas Van den Spiegel (2.9 ppg.), while Jankunas will have an interesting battle against Smodis and former All-Euroleague center David Andersen (9.4 ppg., 57.1% 3FG). CSKA plays at home and is the heavy favourite to win the game, but Zalgiris needs to please their fans after so many consecutive losses and this may well be a good chance to really impress people.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We face the team that has a long-time rivalry with CSKA, a rivalry that had a lot of great moments in the past and that fascinated people in both countries. In addition, we play the home game against Zalgiris at a very important moment, with one day left until the late Alexander Gomelsky's birthday. We have to be ready for the game and we want to continue to win in order to be in good condition before the Top 16."
GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
"It’s hard to name another team in Euroleague that is so talented. They have many skilled, all-around players. I would say every position on this team is very strong. CSKA is very balanced team that has a lot of potential. It will be very hard game for us. We are still missing Popovic, who is recovering from the injury and won’t be able to help us in Moscow. Of course, our main goals now are the Lithuanian League and Baltic League championships titles, so the game against CSKA also will be good a experience before our weekend game in the Baltic League against Lietuvos Rytas."

Players

LANGDON, TRAJAN
CSKA Moscow
"This game is very important for everyone in here. We know about the long-time rivalry between CSKA and Zalgiris, and between Russia and Lithuania in general. It is a home game and we should do the maximum to win to show respect for our fans."
MACIULIS, JONAS
Zalgiris
"CSKA is one of the strongest teams in the Euroleague. They know each other very well. Many of them have played together for years. CSKA is very self confident team. Even in tough situations they don’t panic. A big part of this team is their very good head coach, Ettore Messina, and their very experienced playmaker Theodoros Papaloukas, who always controls the pace and distributes the ball well. I wouldn’t say that CSKA is an unbeatable team. We played against them this season and our starting five controlled the game in the beginning, but the second unit couldn’t compete with CSKA's players. We played an up-tempo game in the first quarter and CSKA was not prepared for that. But at the end of the first half we got little bit tired and they got their rhythm back and took control of the game. However, we are going to fight hard in Moscow. We analyzed their playing style and prepared a few surprises for our opponents. If these surprises work out, we can expect victory."
David Andersen - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow edged closer to becoming the Group C champion by downing rival Zalgiris Kaunas 88-72 at home in the Russian capital on Wednesday night. CSKA improved to 11-1 and will clinch the top spot in Group C if Fenerbahce beats Winterthur FC Barcelona on Thursday. Meanwhile, Zalgiris dropped to 1-11 and has been mathematicaly eliminated from Top 16 contention. David Andersen led the winners with 18 points on 3-of-3 three-pointers. Trajan Langdon added 15, J.R. Holden 12 and Aleksey Savrasenko, Theo Papaloukas and Tomas Van den Spiegel each scored 10 points for CSKA; who were without David Vanterpool. Papaloukas added 9 assists in his first start in a Euroleague game since January 30, 2003. He had come off the bench in 91 consecutive Euroleague games, in which he has redefined the sixth man role worldwide. Kirk Penney had 14 points for Zalgiris, Tanoka Beard and Jonas Maciulis each added 13 and Mantas Kalnietis tallied 10. Andersen and Savrasenko fueled a 14-0 run in the second quarter, which allowed CSKA to get a 43-31 lead at halftime. Zalgiris found its go-to guy in Penney, who had 8 points in a 1-14 run that allowed the guests to get their last lead, 56-57. Langdon, Holden and Andersen had the final word, as they led a 14-0 run that broke the game, 70-57, midway through the fourth quarter.

Maciulis opened the scoring with a close-range basket, but Papaloukas answered with a three-point play to give CSKA a 3-2 lead. Paulius Jankunas stepped up with back-to-back jumpers, but a basket inside by Aleksey Savrasenko and a second-chance dunk by another surprising starter, Nikita Kourbanov, kept CSKA ahead 7-6. Langdon scored his first basket on a mid-range jumper that Tanoka Beard erased with a big dunk, and by the time Kalnietis scored in penetration, Zalgiris was back ahead 9-10. Maciulis fed Penney for an easy layup. Van den Spiegel stepped up with a second-chance basket, but Kalnietis answered from downtown to give Zalgiris an 11-15 edge. Van den Spiegel kept pacing CSKA with free throws and a layup, but an active Maciulis scored again to keep Zalgiris ahead 15-17. CSKA found a go-to guy in Andersen, who struck twice from downtown during a 9-0 run that gave the hosts a 24-17 lead after 10 minutes.

Tanoka Beard - Zalgiris KaunasZalgiris attacked the basket early in the second quarter. Maciulis scored in penetration, Beard added a baseline jumper and by the time Kalnietis scored in the paint, Zalgiris was within 24-23. CSKA went scoreless for 2 minutes until Andersen buried a four-meter jumper, but even though Zalgiris had improved its defense, it also kept committing turnovers. Papaloukas stepped up with a dunk and then fed Savrasenko for an easy basket, forcing Zalgiris to call timeout at 30-23. Andersen hit another shot before Papaloukas found Savrasenko twice for consecutive layups that gave CSKA a 13-point lead, 36-23. Papaloukas scored off a Zalgiris timeout to cap a game-breaking 14-0 run, as Zalgiris went scoreless for 5 minutes until Hanno Mottola stepped up with a layup. Maciulis dunked it, but Holden answered from downtown for a 41-27 CSKA margin. Jankunas scored in the paint and Marcelinho Machado added free throws brought Zalgiris within 43-31 at halftime.

Maciulis kept shining after the break with his second dunk, that Matjaz Smodis matched with his first basket. Machado buried a triple from the top of the key that Langdon erased with a corner three-pointer. A five-meter jumper by Beard gave Zalgiris some hope at 48-38. Maciulis buried one from downtown, but free throws by Papaloukas and Langdon kept CSKA ahead, 52-41. Beard scored inside, but Langdon buried another triple. Machado joined the three-point festival while Penney went on fire. He buried back-to-back triples and soon added free throws to single-handedly bring Zalgiris back into the game, 56-54. Kalnietis capped a 1-14 run with yet another three-pointer, giving Zalgiris its first lead in the half, 56-57. CSKA called timeout and found its scoring reference in Andersen, who nailed a jumper and fed Langdon for his third triple in this period, good for a 61-57 CSKA lead after three quarters.

CSKA improved its defense early in the final period and found its go-to guy in Holden, who hit a jumper and found Andersen for a three-pointer, which gave the hosts a 66-57 lead. Once again Holden scored in transition and Savrasenko found an easy layup to make it a 13-point game, 70-57, after a 14-0 run that bridged between the quarters. Zalgiris went scoreless for almost 3 minutes until Beard stepped up with a layup, but Kourbanov matched it and Anton Ponkrashov buried one from downtown to break the game open, 75-61, midway through the final period. Penney tried to ignit a miracle comeback, but Holden fired in another three-pointer and by the time Kourbanov followed a layup with a dunk, CSKA led 82-65 with 3 minutes to go. Zalgiris never surrendered but could not escape with a win, while CSKA got closer to one of its initial goals of the season.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO)
Attendance: 4000
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CSKA Moscow24191827
Zalgiris17142615
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CSKA Moscow24436188
Zalgiris17315772
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 23:45 10 3/4 0/2 4/5   3 3 9 2 3     2 5 20
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 20:00 8 4/6 0/2   2 2 4 1         2   7
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 8:45 2 1/1 0/1                     2 3
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 26:00 12 3/4 2/6     1 1 3 2 1     1 1 12
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 7:15                 1 1          
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 26:00 18 3/5 3/3 3/4 1 3 4 3 2   1   1 4 28
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 24:00 10 5/8   0/3 1 5 6   1 1 1   3 2 10
15 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 2:15   0/1           1              
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 17:15 3 0/2 1/1     4 4 3   1     1 2 8
19 SHVED, ALEXEY 2:15                              
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 26:30 15 2/3 3/8 2/2   1 1   2 2     1 3 12
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 16:00 10 4/6   2/2 3 1 4 1     2 1 4 1 11
Team             1 1   2 1         2
Totals 200:00 88 25/40 9/23 11/16 7 21 28 21 12 10 4 1 15 20 113
62.5% 39.1% 68.8%
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: GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
# 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
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 10:45   0/1       1 1   1 1     1   -1
5 MACHADO, MARCELINHO 30:00 8 0/5 2/3 2/2       1   1     4 1 -1
6 BEARD, TANOKA 31:15 13 6/10 0/1 1/3 2 6 8 4   3   2 2 4 15
7 PECIUKAS, VAIDOTAS 5:15         1   1 2             3
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 27:30 13 5/6 1/2     2 2 2 3 2     5 3 14
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 29:15 10 2/4 2/2     4 4 1 1 3     2 4 13
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 24:00 6 3/3 0/1     6 6     2   1 4   4
14 SILINSKIS, DARIUS 3:15                              
20 PENNEY, KIRK 17:15 14 3/5 2/3 2/2   1 1 1         1 2 14
25 MOTTOLA, HANNO 21:30 8 4/6 0/2   1 2 3 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 8
Team             1 1   1 2          
Totals 200:00 72 23/40 7/14 5/7 4 23 27 14 7 17 1 4 20 15 69
57.5% 50% 71.4%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"Zalgiris played without Popovic, on our side we missed Vanterpool for all of the game and Smodis for the most part, as he did not feel well tonight. Both teams had a chance to play young players and they showed some good performance. On our side, it was also the solid game of David Andersen. In the third quarter, we lost our concentration for a while and let Zalgiris to score several three-pointers. But then we played focused and right now we are very close to the top position in the group."
GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
"We suffered a lot from our turnovers. It is one of our main problems. Tonight we made as many as 17. But we showed good discipline until the moment we evened the score. After that, our young players were not so focused on defense. They want to show something on offense and because of this reason, we are losing leadership. The game in general was very similar to the one we played against Winterthur. We miss Popovic a lot."

Players

LANGDON, TRAJAN
CSKA Moscow
"Good win and the important one in terms of the rivalry between our teams. After a good start, we missed some important shots in the third quarter, but later came back playing focused."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
CSKA Moscow
"Tough match. We showed a good performance until the third quarter when Zalgiris started to shoot well. But we played as a team and it helped us to get some leads in the last quarter."
MOTTOLA, HANNO
Zalgiris
"We met a very strong rival and we had a chance to change the game in the third quarter. But CSKA showed why their team is the Euroleague champion. In three or four possessions, they changed the scenario of the game once more. We made too many turnovers tonight and it is very hard to play in this gym."
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