Regular Season Round 5 - November 30, 2005 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
2-2 Overall 4-0

Referees

Crew Chief
SUDEK, PETR, Slovakia
Referee
CASTANO, ANIBAL, France
Umpire
BACHAR, SHMUEL, Israel

Team Stats

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76.8 Points 75.5
32.5 Rebounds 32.5
9.3 O. Rebounds 13.3
23.3 D. Rebounds 19.3
13.8 Assists 13.5
12.5 Steals 11.3
3.3 Blocks 4.3
14.3 Turnovers 14.0
54.2 % 2PT 48.7 %
32.1 % 3PT 45.0 %
84.2 % FT 72.4 %
87.3 Index 84.0

Player Stats

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14.3 / Andersen Points 15.5 / BULLOCK, LOUIS
8.8 / Andersen Rebounds 7.5 / Reyes
2.0 / SMODIS, MATJAZ OR 3.3 / HAMILTON, VENSON
7.8 / Andersen DR 5.0 / Reyes
3.8 / Papaloukas Assists 3.5 / SONKO, MOUS
2.0 / VANTERPOOL, DAVID Steals 3.0 / BULLOCK, LOUIS
1.3 / SMODIS, MATJAZ Blocks 2.0 / HAMILTON, VENSON
2.3 / SMODIS, MATJAZ Turnovers 2.3 / Tomas
81.8 % / Savrasenko 2PT 61.9 % / Hervelle
100.0 % / Andersen 3PT 66.7 % / Rakocevic
100.0 % / Andersen FT 100.0 % / Rakocevic
19.5 / Andersen Index 15.5 / BULLOCK, LOUIS

THE TAKE

CSKA Moscow will look to continue its recent resurgence when it hosts undefeated Real Madrid on Wednesday in Group C. After dropping its first two Euroleague games, CSKA (2-2) has roared back with a pair of wins by a combined 39 points. Madrid (4-0), on the other hand, has been the strongest team in the Euroleague so far, winning every game by at least 10 points. CSKA got things going last week against Pau-Orthez thanks to Matjaz Smodis's (9.7 ppg.) best game with the team so far. The power forward, who missed most of CSKA's first two games with an injry, scored 17 points , grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 4 shots against Pau. Smodis will be even more important if center David Andersen (14.2 ppg., 8.7 rpg.), who has missed practice with calf muscle problems, cannot play for CSKA. Normally, CSKA can cause frontcourt problems for most teams, but even with Andersen, Madrid might not be one of them. Depth at the big positions, with the likes of Axel Herville (12.7 ppg.), Felipe Reyes (10.2 ppg., 7.5 rpg.) and block specialist Venson Hamilton (5 rpg, 2 blocks per game), gives Madrid stability inside and makes for some interesting matchups against CSKA. Madrid's defense has held teams to a league-low 62 points per game so far, with only one opponent having scored more than 65 points against the Spanish champs. Guard Louis Bullock (15.5 ppg.) is the Madrid's top scorer, while small forward Mickael Gelabale (12.2 ppg.) has hurt opponents on both ends of the floor. The status of Madrid's other perimeter scoring ace, Igor Rakocevic (11.3 ppg.) is unclear: after missing most of the last two games, but travelled to Moscow and could return if needed, according to a team press release on Tuesday night. CSKA guards J.R. Holden (13.7 ppg.), David Vanterpool (7.7 ppg.) and Theodoros Papaloukas (8.5 ppg., 3.7 apg.) are all well versed in defense, but excel even more on offense, pushing the team to 76.8 points per game this season, fifth-best in the Euroleague. Madrid leads the Euroleague in blocked shots (4.3) and is among the best three-point shooting sides (45%), two areas that CSKA will need to combat in trying to hand Madrid its first defeat. Expect the hosts to play aggressive man-to-man defense on the perimeter and hope that Andersen can play so that rebounds turn into fastbreak chances before Madrid's defense can get set. These clubs have met dozens times over the decades, including three times for the European championship in the 1960s. They remain two big-name organizations whose pride is apparent in every game, but especially in such challenges as Wednesday's, when a step up in difficult Group C is also at stake.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Euroleague.net

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With defense as its calling card, CSKA registered its third consecutive Euroleague win in Group C when it felled previously undefeated Real Madrid 64-52 at home in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. CSKA's record improved to 3-2, while Madrid dropped to 4-1, alone in second place pending other group results. David Vanterpool led the winners with 15 points, hitting 7 of his 10 two-point shots. David Andersen added 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting while Trajan Langdon had 11 for CSKA. Igor Rakocevic was the only player to score in double figures for Madrid, with 13 points. It was all defense, all night as both teams combined for the seventh-lowest scoring total ever in a Euroleague regular season game, with 116 points. CSKA overcame an early deficit with an 18-0 run that counted for a 29-27 edge at halftime. A small lineup allowed CSKA to boost its margin to 45-35 after 30 minutes, while Andersen and Vanterpool sealed the outcome late in the fourth quarter.

Felipe Reyes got Madrid going with a driving layup that Holden quickly erased with free throws, as both teams started the game with tough man-to-man defense. CSKA used Sergei Panov and David Andersen, who was nursing a calf injury, in the both frontcourt. Madrid got to the offensive boards, but its shot selection was poor in the early going. Andersen nailed a four-meter jumper to give CSKA its first lead, 4-2, but when Axel Hervelle answered from downtown and added free throws, then Bullock put in a cosat-to-coast layup, Madrid was suddenly ahead 4-10 and the hosts needed a timeout. Bullock capped a 0-10 run with a baseline jumper for a 4-12 margin after 7 minutes. CSKA finally improved its ball circulation with Theo Papaloukas on court, as Langdon nailed a big triple and Smodis made 3 free throws to cut the difference to 10-12. David Vanterpool tied the game with a running jumper and Papaloukas slashed to the rim to cap a 10-0 run that gave CSKA a 14-12 edge after 10 minutes.

To start the second quarter, CSKA found a go-to guy in Aleksey Savrasenko, who dropped a jump hook and a layup to make it 18-12. CSKA's defense was the difference now, as Madrid had not scored for more than 5 minutes, while a red hot Savrasenko and Vanterpool pushed the run to 18-0 and the lead to 22-12, forcing a Madrid timeout. Bullock finally found a basket for the guests with a long two-pointer but Sergei Panov came off the bench and immediately nailed a triple for a 25-14 CSKA lead. Venson Hamilton beat the shot clock buzzer with a tough layup for Madrid and Igor Rakocevic nailed a three-pointer from the top as the guests got within 25-19. Rakocevic kept going with a basket-plus-free throw to which Edu Hernandez-Sonseca added free throws, making it 27-24. Holden stopped CSKA's slide with a corner jumper, but a turnover gave Gelabale the chance to dunked and add a free throw to fix a 29-27 score at halftime.

Madrid struggled to score early in the third quarter, while Panov got CSKA going again with a put-back layup and a three-pointer, good for a 34-27 lead. Gelabale stepped up for Madrid with a six-meter jumper, but Langdon answered from downtown to keep CSKA in charge. Reyes slammed a two-handed dunk but Andersen followed a three-point play with a turnaround jumper for a 42-33 CSKA margin. Panov went to the bench with 4 fouls midway through this period and Madrid called timeout to adjust its offense. Once Andersen picked up his fourth foul, CSKA used a small lineup with Vanterpool as power forward. Holden made his trademark jumper off the dribble and Vanterpool added a free throw, but Rakocevic slashed to fix the score at 45-35 after 30 minutes. CSKA held Madrid to 8 points in the third quarter.

Gelabale tried to get Madrid going with a turnaround jumper while CSKA went scoreless for more than 2 minutes early in the final quarter. Madrid did not do much better, however, committing several turnovers. Langdon fired up the crowd with his third triple while Rakocevic stepped up for Madrid with a short jumper. Andersen returned to the floor to score under the basket and add free throws on the next play. When Vanterpool scored off a steal, CSKA had its biggest lead yet, 54-41, with 4 minutes to go. Rakocevic gave Madrid some air with a big three-pointer and Bullock copied him from downtown to make it 54-47. The threat ended when Langdon hit a high-flying jumper and Andersen a wild two-handed dunk, sparking an 8-0 run which Vanterpool capped with consecutive baskets. The outcome was sealed, as CSKA handed Real Madrid its first Euroleague loss of the season.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Euroleague.net
Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), CASTANO, ANIBAL (FRA), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), DAVYDOV, MIKHAIL (RUS)
Attendance: 0
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CSKA Moscow14151619
Real Madrid1215817
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CSKA Moscow14294564
Real Madrid12273552
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 20:00 2 1/1     1 2 3 3 1 2     2 2 7
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 1:15                              
6 PANOV, SERGEY 13:45 8 1/1 2/3   3   3   2       4 1 9
7 ZAVORUEV, VASILY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 8:45 3   0/2 3/4       2           2 4
9 VANTERPOOL, DAVID 33:15 15 7/10 0/1 1/2   3 3 3 4 4   1 2 3 16
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 37:00 6 2/8 0/3 2/2   1 1 4 1 1   1 1 3 3
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 10:00   0/1 0/2     2 2   1       1   -1
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 22:00 13 5/8   3/3 3 2 5 1 2     2 4 4 16
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 21:00 6 3/5     4 1 5   2   1   2 1 11
16 SHABALKIN, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 33:00 11 1/2 3/9   1 3 4 1 1 3     2 3 8
Team           1 2 3   5 1         7
Totals 200:00 64 20/36 5/20 9/11 13 16 29 14 19 11 1 4 18 19 80
55.6% 25% 81.8%
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: MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
Real Madrid
# 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 HAMILTON, VENSON 13:30 2 1/1     1 1 2     1     2 2 3
5 SONKO, MOUSTAPHA 25:00   0/1 0/3     2 2 1 2 1 2   2 1 1
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 24:15 13 3/4 2/5 1/1 1 3 4 1 1 2     1 4 16
9 REYES, FELIPE 29:00 7 3/4   1/2 2 5 7 3   6     4 5 10
13 GARCIA, HECTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 GONZALEZ DE LAS CUEVAS, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GELABALE, MICKAEL 33:00 9 4/6 0/3 1/1 1   1 3     1   1 2 10
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 12:15 2 0/3   2/2 1 2 3       1   2 1 2
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 19:15 7 1/1 1/3 2/2 3 3 6   1 1   1 2 1 9
21 SINANOVIC, NEDZAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 30:45 9 3/7 1/4             6     1 2 -3
33 TOMAS, MARKO 13:00 3   1/1         2 1 1     4   1
Team           1 3 4   6 1         9
Totals 200:00 52 15/27 5/19 7/8 10 19 29 10 11 19 4 1 19 18 58
55.6% 26.3% 87.5%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We did not start the game well. The team was a bit surprised with Real's way of defense, a very physical one with a lot of contacts, and it took a while to get used to it. But as soon as we took an advantage we lost one of our main players, Matjaz Smodis. This is the reason why in the second half we were forced to play with four guards on court. I am very happy with the way we did it. We played a smart game and we put our heart into it."
MALJKOVIC, BOZIDAR
Real Madrid
"We played a bad, ugly game. We lost for two clear reasons. The first is that CSKA pulled 15 offensive rebounds, which until now was our main weapon to win our games. The second is that we lost almost all the one-on-one situations. It looked like they wouldn't work tonight. That's why we lost."

Players

SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY
CSKA Moscow
"This game was rather nervous for us. It's understandable, because games against Real are always very important for our club. But we tried as hard as we could to get that win and we did it. Defense was the main reason for our victory. Real's big men didn't play their best basketball today too. And despite a perfect performance from Igor Rakocevic, we were definitely the better side on the court."
LANGDON, TRAJAN
CSKA Moscow
"It was an important win for us tonight. It was a difficult game, sometimes 24 seconds of ball possession were not enough for both teams to carry out a combination. We had some shots that didn't fall in but we played good defense and came out with a good win."
HAMILTON, VENSON
Real Madrid
"It was a tough game for us. After the first quarter, we started suffering with the rebounds and Coach had already told us that would be a key. We couldn't take control of that. They played a good game and we know we have to improve on defense. We know we can play harder defense and we have to focus on that. The first loss is no big deal, we have to focus now on the next game at home and win that. We are on the good path."
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