Regular Season Round 9 - January 04, 2006 CET: 20:15 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
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
6-2 Overall 7-1

Referees

Crew Chief
ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Referee
BITTON, MOSHE, Israel
Umpire
VIATOR, EDDIE, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.1 Points 83.8
33.6 Rebounds 29.9
9.9 O. Rebounds 9.5
23.8 D. Rebounds 20.4
14.9 Assists 13.0
14.1 Steals 10.6
3.0 Blocks 2.5
12.6 Turnovers 14.3
55.2 % 2PT 58.5 %
31.1 % 3PT 39.2 %
77.3 % FT 76.2 %
92.6 Index 93.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / Andersen Points 14.5 / Spanoulis
7.9 / Andersen Rebounds 5.1 / Batiste
1.4 / Andersen OR 1.6 / Batiste
6.5 / Andersen DR 3.5 / Batiste
4.3 / Papaloukas Assists 3.0 / Diamantidis
2.6 / VANTERPOOL, DAVID Steals 2.5 / Diamantidis
1.1 / Savrasenko Blocks 0.9 / Diamantidis
2.1 / VANTERPOOL, DAVID Turnovers 3.0 / Spanoulis
69.6 % / Papaloukas 2PT 74.2 % / Diamantidis
63.6 % / Papaloukas 3PT 53.3 % / Tsartsaris
93.9 % / Andersen FT 100.0 % / ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS
18.0 / Andersen Index 16.9 / Diamantidis

THE TAKE

The 2006 portion of the Euroleague season begins with a classic as two superpowers, past and present, square off when CSKA Moscow hosts Panathinaikos on Wednesday in Group C. CSKA (6-2) boasts a six-game winning streak, but Panathinaikos (7-1) has the best record in the entire Euroleague. Both teams have few concerns about Top 16 qualification and can in fact do so this week, depending on other results. But this game is about heavyweight status. The Greek champs handed CSKA its last defeat back in Week 2 as Vasilis Spanoulis erupted for a season-high 28 points on the way to a 92-82 victory. Jaka Lakovic chipped in 17 points, while J.R. Holden and Theo Papaloukas kept CSKA in the game with 20 and 16 points, respectively. CSKA has not allowed more than 66 points in a game since that night and have held opponents to 57.2 points per game during the winning streak. The hosts lean on the talents of All-Euroleague center David Andersen (14 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), who will want to take advantage of injuries on the Panathinaikos frontline. Center Patrick Femerling and forward Fragiskos Alvertis are still out, while Dejan Tomasevic (6 ppg., 4.6 rpg.) is questionable with foot problems despite having returned from injury to play the last game before the break. The Greens can turn as well to Konstantinos Tsartsaris (7.1 ppg.) and 19-year-old Dusan Sakota to wear Andersen down, while Mike Batiste (13 ppg., 5.1 rpg.) will be the main man of the visitors inside. CSKA gets plenty of big help from Matjaz Smodis (9.5 ppg.), Alexey Savrasenko (6 ppg., 3.2 rpg.) and Sergei Panov (6.8 ppg., 3 rpg.). Just like in the first game, many of the points will likely come from the backcourt. Panathinaikos's Lakovic (14 ppg.), Spanoulis (14.5 ppg.), ace defender Dimitris Diamantidis (11.2 ppg., 2.5 spg.) and Vlado Scepanovic make up a formidable crew, but CSKA's Holden (9.6 ppg.), Papaloukas (8.7 ppg., 4.2 apg.), Trajan Langdon (11.1 ppg.) and all-around threat David Vanterpool (9.5 ppg., 2.5 spg.) match-up quite well. The status of Vanterpool, who missed several games since midseason, is unclear after he suffered a foot injury that kept him out of the last Euroleague game. Although this game features the league's top defense in CSKA, which allows only 63.6 points on average, against the second-best offense of Panathinaikos, scores 83.8 per game, both teams have showed that they can play any style of basketball. The most important factor for each team could be production from the bench. If the Greens get the type of play from their reserves that can slow down Andersen and bring points, the visiting side will have the advantage. However, if Papaloukas and Co. can dictate the pace and keep the starters fresh, CSKA could take the win and change the look of Group C a little.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
Euroleague.net

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Players

Panathinaikos left no doubt its power in Group C by downing CSKA 84-89 in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday night. Panathinaikos stays as the uncontested leader in Group C with a 8-1 record and was set to become the first team to seal its ticket to the Euroleague Top 16 with the next loss by Pau-Orthez. Meanwhile, CSKA lost its six-game winning streak and dropped to 6-3 in the standings. Jaka Lakovic led the winners with 21 points and 5 assists, Vassilis Spanoulis added 20 points and also dished 5 assists, Mike Batiste had 13 points and Dimitris Diamantidis 10 for Panathinaikos, including a critical three with 32.3 seconds to go which sealed the outcome. J.R. Holden led CSKA with 25 points while David Andersen scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The game saw 19 lead changes and 13 ties until a free throw by Holden brought CSKA within 80-81, but Diamantidis fired in a three while Kostas Tsartsaris and Lakovic combined for 4 free throws to seal a very important win.

CSKA sent out Zakhar Pashutin again to start for injured swingman David Vanterpool. Both teams struggled to score in the early going until Lakovic fed Kostas Tsartsaris for a shot in close. Pashutin tied the game with a driving layup and fed Holden for a corner three-pointer that gave CSKA a 5-2 lead. Lakovic answered from downtown, but Andersen beat the Greens' 2-1-2 zone defense with a put-back basket. Diamantidis fed Batiste for a two-handed dunk, but Langdon buried his first triple and beat the buzzer with another one from the arc. Hatzivrettas matched at the other end, however, pulling Panathinaikos within 13-12. Andersen dunked it for a 15-12 score, as Panathinaikos switched to man-to-man defense once Papaloukas stepped on court. Free throws by Tsartsaris and Lakovic put the Greens in charge, 15-16, and a big three by Dusan Sakota extended his team's margin to 17-19. Free throws by Matjaz Smodis for CSKA fixed the score at 19-19 after 10 minutes.

Theodoros Papaloukas took over with a turnaround jumper early in the second quarter but Diamantidis answered from the left corner and Lakovic copied him from the right wing for a 21-25 Panathinaikos edge. Nikita Kurbanov got CSKA on track with another three, and even when Spanoulis scored in penetration, Andersen nailed a jumper to fire up the crowd. Smodis followed it with a basket-plus-free throw that let CSKA regain the lead, 29-27, after 14 minutes. Panov capped a 11-3 run with another three-pointer, but the hosts entered the foul bonus too early. Free throws by Dimitrios Papanikolaou and Diamantidis got the Greens within 34-32. Spanoulis and Smodis traded triples while free throws by Lakovic tied it again at 37-37. Panathinaikos kept control due to its famous three-guard lineup, as Spanoulis nailed a pull-up jumper, but Holden slashed for a layup which kept the game tied, 40-40, at halftime.

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Tsartsaris hit one from downtown, but Holden answered with consecutive baskets and Papaloukas added a fastbreak dunk to put CSKA back in charge, 47-45. The hosts tried to use a more aggressive defense which Diamantidis beat with a corner three, but Holden - who else? - matched it at the other end. Spanoulis joined the three-point festival with one from the left wing which Batiste followed with a put-back dunk for a 50-53 Panathinaikos lead. Batiste capped a 0-7 run with free throws, but Holden and Andersen scored all points in a 7-0 response that allowed CSKA to get a 57-55 lead. Hatzivrettas stepped up with a triple to which Andersen answered with a jump hook. Hatzivrettas made free throws and Spanoulis added a three-point play off a steal to give the Greens a 62-63 lead, but Holden capped his sensational third quarter with back-to-back threes, as he banked in the second one before the buzzer to help CSKA go ahead 68-63 after 30 minutes.

Andersen quickly made a jump hook to cap a 8-0 run which gave CSKA its biggest lead so far, 70-63. Spanoulis tried to change things with a driving layup that Lakovic followed with an unbelievable three to make it a two-point game, 70-68. Spanoulis and Lakovic combined for 6 quick points to force a CSKA timeout, 70-74, after a 0-11 run. Panov came to the rescue with a corner three but a red-hot Spanoulis answered with an off-balance jumper to which Batiste followed with a big triple to keep the Greens ahead, 73-79. Andersen and Panov fueled a 6-0 run which brought CSKA back into the game, 79-79, but Lakovic shined with a layup to give the guests a 79-81 edge with under 3 minutes to go. Both teams struggled to score for 2 long minutes until Holden made a free throw with 43 seconds to go, but after a Panathinaikos timeout, Diamantidis sealed the outcome with an open corner triple that landed with 32.3 seconds remaining. Holden and Diamantidis exchanged turnovers, while Andersen scored with 17.8 seconds to go. Tsartsaris drew an unsportmanlike foul, as he and Lakovic combined for 4 of 4 free throws to give Panathinaikos a prestigious road win.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Euroleague.net
Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BITTON, MOSHE (ISR), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), DAVYDOV, MIKHAIL (RUS)
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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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 26:15 8 4/5 0/2   1 2 3 3 1 2     2 2 10
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 7:45 3   1/2     2 2           2 1 3
6 PANOV, SERGEY 20:00 8 0/1 2/3 2/2 1 2 3   3 1     5 1 7
7 ZAVORUEV, VASILY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 21:00 8 1/2 1/2 3/3 1 4 5 1 2 1 1   4 4 14
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 36:00 25 3/9 5/10 4/6 1 1 2 4 3 1     2 4 22
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 18:15 2 1/3 0/1     1 1 2 1 1     2 5 5
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 27:00 18 9/12     3 5 8 2   3   4 3 2 17
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 12:00 3 1/2   1/2 1   1 2   1     3 1 1
15 KASHIROV, ANATOLY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:45 9 1/4 2/6 1/2 2 2 4 3   3     3 1 3
Team           1   1   4 1         4
Totals 200:00 84 20/38 11/26 11/15 11 19 30 17 14 14 1 4 26 21 86
52.6% 42.3% 73.3%
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: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
# 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 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 3:00 2     2/4         1       1 3 3
7 LAKOVIC, JAKA 34:00 21 1/4 4/7 7/8   3 3 5 4 3     3 6 26
8 BATISTE, MIKE 30:45 13 4/5 1/1 2/2 2 4 6 1 3 2 1   1 3 23
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 17:00 8 0/1 2/3 2/2       1       1 3 2 5
11 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:00 20 6/10 2/4 2/3   1 1 5 2 2     4 4 19
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 31:15 9 1/1 1/4 4/4   3 3 1   2 2   4 4 10
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 38:00 10 0/1 3/5 1/2 1 5 6 3 1 4 1     3 16
14 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 9:15 3 1/2   1/2 1 2 3           2 1 3
16 SAKOTA, DUSAN 5:45 3 0/1 1/2     1 1           3   -1
Team           1 2 3   3 1         5
Totals 200:00 89 13/25 14/26 21/27 5 21 26 16 14 14 4 1 21 26 109
52% 53.8% 77.8%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a very tense game. We let the rival penetrate through our defense and to have too many open shots from the perimeter. Just as an example, usually we let our opponents score 67 points, this time Panathinaikos had 89. And that was surely the key for the game. I don't know if Vanterpool's presence would have changed things a lot. But surely he has a lot of influence on the team and we miss his leadership in the close games like the one."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"It was a tough game. And the winner was determined in the last seconds. In this kind of game small things, every single possession, could become the key to the game. We played well on offense tonight and that was one of the reasons for us to come up as the winners."

Players

SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY
CSKA Moscow
"Panathinaikos is a very good team that as usual showed its best basketball in the game against us. We were bad at the defensive end – as you know CSKA rarely allows its opponents to score 89 points. However I would like to distinguish Sergei Panov and J.R. Holden who fought until the end tonight."
PANOV, SERGEY
CSKA Moscow
"It was a close game and both teams deserved the win tonight. Panathinaikos was fresh, its players moved faster, especially on defense. Plus, such three-pointers like the one that was made by Batiste in the last seconds are illogical. We made some stupid turnovers in the end, too. So Panathinaikos was simply luckier. That's all."
BATISTE, MIKE
Panathinaikos
"This match was big for us. CSKA won its last six Euroleague games in a row and it's always difficult to play in Moscow because of the energy of the fans that can really make a huge impact on the result of the match. But we kept the faith in ourselves during all the game and pulled out a win. I think the main reasons for our success were good defense and three-pointers."
DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos
"It was a very tough game. In the end we had some opportunities which we couldn't blow. We made it and we are very happy now. I think there is no need to explain how important it was for us to win tonight."
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