CSKA clinched a spot in the Euroleague Top 16 from Group C by downing visiting Pau-Orthez 97-74 in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. CSKA Moscow improved to 7-4 and mathematically made it to the next round, guaranteeing itself at worst fifth place in the group, since either Montepaschi and Ulker must lose once more in their Week 12 game together. r head-to-head matchup in Istanbul, Turkey on Game 12. Meanwhile, Pau-Orthez dropped to 3-8 but still keeps a slim chance to reach the Top 16. Trajan Langdon and David Andersen led the winners with 16 points apiece. Langdon made 3 of 3 triples while Andersen grabbed 8 rebounds. David Vanterpool had 15 points while Sergei Panov and J.R. Holden added 12 apiece for CSKA. Artur Drozdov had 16 points for Pau-Orthez while Lonnie Cooper, Thierry Rupert and T.J. Lux each had 10. Drozdov kept Pau within 22-15 early in the second quarter, but Vanterpool and Andersen fueled a 12-0 run which helped CSKA take off and never look back.
Andersen got CSKA going with a turnaround jumper, but Cooper tied the game at 2-2 with a five-meter shot. Panov hit a mid-range shot that Drozdov matched with a floating jumper for a 4-4 tie. Langdon beat the shot slock with his first three-pointer and Andersen followed with a six-meter jumper for a 9-4 CSKA lead. Vanterpool fired in a long jumper off a Pau timeout while Holden capped a 9-0 run with free throws as CSKA led 13-4 after 6 minutes. Drozdov tried to wake up Pau with a dunk, but CSKA shined at both ends now as free throws by Vanterpool and Andersen boosted the lead to19-6. Drozdov dunked again, Cooper found a layup and Rupert canned a jumper as the guests reduce the difference to 22-12 after a quarter.
Pau came to the floor with an improve attitude, especially in defense, as CSKA struggled to score early in the second. Meanwhile, Drozdov provided a highlight with a monster breakaway dunk which made it a seven-point game, 22-15. Papaloukas stepped up with a layup which Holden followed with a trademark five-meter jumper, good for a 26-15 CSKA lead. Rupert and T.J. Lux made consecutive baskets in the paint, but Holden was now on fire, as he buried a three for a 12-point CSKA lead at 31-19. The hosts were a different team in defense, while a close basket by Aleksey Savrasenko ignited a 12-0 run in which Vanterpool and Langdon each had 4 points to boost CSKA's lead to 43-21. Drozdov finally hit a jumper for Pau and a free throw by Xane D'Almeida brought Pau within 45-24 at halftime.
Souarata Cisse fired in a three right after the break, but CSKA carried on finding easy points in the paint, as Panov made an easy layup and Andersen dunked it for a 22-point margin at 49-27. Papaloukas shined with a basket-plus-foul which Fred Fauthoux erased with a triple. Langdon nailed a jumper and the free throw which came with it, but Pau kept fighting. Lux and Fauthoux combined for all points in a 0-7 run which brought the guests within 55-39. Drozdov buried a three to get Pau even closer, 58-44, after 26 minutes. Panov answered from downtown and Savrasenko added a jump hook, but Sales stepped up with consecutive baskets. Panov hit another three and Langdon soon copied him with a corner triple. D'Almeida took over with back-to-back driving layups, but another corner shot by Vanterpool fixed the score at 73-53 after 30 minutes.
Rupert tried to ignite a Pau comeback with a tip-in early in the fourth quarter and Jeff Varem added a driving layup to give the guests some hope at 73-57. It didn't last long, as Zakhar Pashutin canned a three and fed Holden for a basket-plus-foul, enough to seal the outcome, 79-57, with 8 minutes to go. CSKA started to rest its main players and even youngster Anatoly Kashirov stepped on court. Andersen stepped up with 6 quick points to force a Pau timeout, 85-63, with under 5 minutes remaining. Kashirov pleased the crowd with a huge turnaround jumper, while CSKA got more good news once Vladimir Dyachok saw some playing time after a long injury. Nothing changed until the final buzzer, as CSKA cruised to a well-deserved win.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006