Regular Season Round 7 - December 14, 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
4-2 Overall 1-5

Referees

Crew Chief
MITJANA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Referee
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Umpire
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.5 Points 65.5
32.3 Rebounds 30.0
10.0 O. Rebounds 13.2
22.3 D. Rebounds 16.8
15.2 Assists 9.0
12.5 Steals 14.5
2.5 Blocks 1.3
13.2 Turnovers 13.5
54.4 % 2PT 42.6 %
32.2 % 3PT 23.1 %
82.7 % FT 67.3 %
87.8 Index 54.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.3 / Andersen Points 16.2 / MILOJEVIC, D.
7.7 / Andersen Rebounds 10.3 / MILOJEVIC, D.
1.7 / VANTERPOOL, DAVID OR 4.2 / MILOJEVIC, D.
6.5 / Andersen DR 6.2 / MILOJEVIC, D.
4.7 / Papaloukas Assists 2.5 / MILOJEVIC, D.
2.0 / VANTERPOOL, DAVID Steals 2.5 / BROWN, GERALD
0.8 / Savrasenko Blocks 0.5 / Perovic
2.2 / VANTERPOOL, DAVID Turnovers 2.5 / MILOJEVIC, D.
68.2 % / Savrasenko 2PT 100.0 % / Velickovic
100.0 % / Andersen 3PT 37.5 % / LONCAR, NIKOLA
100.0 % / LANGDON, TRAJAN FT 88.9 % / Suput
18.8 / Andersen Index 22.8 / MILOJEVIC, D.

THE TAKE

Red-hot CSKA will look to continue its rise in Group C on Wednesday when it hosts Partizan Belgrade in Moscow. After losing the first two games of the season, CSKA (4-2) has won its last four by an average of 20.8 points. Meanwhile, Partizan (1-5) is looking for its first road win in the Euroleague since November 2003 - a span of 14 straight road losses. The Serbian champs have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, after dropping the first four games of the season by a combined 63 points. Their first win came in Week 5 over Ulker and last week they went into the fourth quarter tied with Unicaja, but scorer just 8 points in the final 10 minutes, allowing another potential victory to slip away. Although both teams possess talented players all over the court, the main battles will likely take place inside, where CSKA center David Andersen (14.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg.), an all-Euroleague first team selection last season, will face a promising 20-year-old, 2.17-meter Kosta Perovic (8.5 ppg.). Andersen will also help out on Partizan forward Dejan Milojevic (16.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.5 spg), who draws more fouls (8.8) than any other player in the league and gets to the line more than nine times a game. CSKA’s Matjaz Smodis (10 ppg.) will likely start the game on Milojevic, but surely can expect help from Andersen and others. Shooter Nikola Loncar's (10.6 ppg.) move to the starting lineup has given Milojevic some support on offense, bur as always, Partizan will need some of its younger players to come through if it hopes to score an upset. CSKA has been playing stifling defense over the past month, holding its opponents to 53.8 points per game. One player Partizan should watch out for is David Vanterpool, who is averaging 12 points per game at home, compared to just 4.7 on the road. This game has a good chance to be low-scorig, as the league's second-best defense (64.2 ppg.), that of CSKA, faces the third-worst scoring team (65.5 ppg.). Partizan's hopes fall on guards Gerald Brown (7.3 ppg.), Uros Tripkovic and Loncar, who must hold their own against CSKA’s J.R. Holden (11.1 ppg.), Trajan Langdon (10 ppg.) and Theodoros Papaloukas (4. 6 apg.) for the visiting side to have a chance.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Euroleague.net

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The good times continue to roll in Moscow after CSKA won its fifth consecutive Group C game in comfortable fashion on Wednesday, blowing out the guests from Partizan 89-58. CSKA raised its record to 5-2 at the halfway point in the regular season and will be sure to share a piece of second place in the group standings. Partizan fell to 1-6. David Vanterpool led the show at both ends of the floor with 17 points, almost all in the first half, and 6 of CSKA's 26 steals on defense. Theodoros Papaloukas was right behind him with 15 points, 5 steals and 2 blocks, while J.R. Holden completed CSKA's backcourt dominance with 10 points. But it was the defense of CSKA that really ruled as only Nikola Pekovic, with 11 points off the bench, and Predrag Suput , with 10, scored in double digits for the visitors. CSKA held Partizan star Dejan Milojevic to 6 points by limiting him to just 5 shots attempted in his 32 minutes on the floor.

CSKA came out mixing up defenses on Partizan, who could not buy a basket, despite several second chances. For the first 4 minutes, the visitors only scored when Vanterpool registered a monster block in the paint on Kota Perovic that was ruled to be goaltending. In the meantime, Vanterpool's three-point play, a later free throw by him and a pair of Holden jumpers gave the hosts a 10-2 lead and forced Partizan to take a timeout. After that, Predrag Suput nailed a three-pointer to get the guests moving, and soon Loncar's jumper made it 12-7. Still, with Vanterpool in charge at both ends of the floor, CSKA blanked the visitors for awhile more. In the final minute of the quarter, however, Nikola Pekovic hit consecutive layups, the second coming with a free throw with 3 seconds remaining, as Partizan trimmed the CSKA lead to 20-15 after 10 minutes.

CSKA kept up the defensive pressure in the second quarter, with Papaloukas forcing turnovers and Alexey Savrasenko blocking 2 shots and capping off a 7-2 run with a dunk and free throw to put the hosts up 27-17. Milojevic stopped the bleeding for Partizan with a driving laying over Savrasenko, but Papaloukas blocked Bojan Bakic and went in for a fastbreak dunk, forcing Partizan to take another timeout, down 30-19. CSKA took its biggest lead yet, 38-22, on a steal and reverse dunk by Papaloukas with 2:25 left in the half. Luka Bogdanovic drained a three-pointer and Milojevic hit free throws, but CSKA coasted to 40-27 lead at the break.

Behind Pekovic's three-point play and Suput's steal and layup, Partizan cut the CSKA lead to 43-32 with 7:38 to play in the third quarter. But CSKA reacted with a 7-0 run punctuated by a three-point play from Andersen off a fastbreak feed from Holden, good for a 50-32 lead. CSKA tightened up on the defensive glass after giving up 8 offensive boards in the first half, and with Partizan's shooting woes returning, the hosts began to run away with the game, stretching its lead to 56-32 on a Langdon three-pointer from the right corner. Despite a triple from Bogdanovic, Partizan could muster little resistance, and behind Langdon's shooting and Paploukas's third and fourth fastbreak dunks of the game, CSKA closed out the third quarter with a 73-40 lead.

With the game all but decided already, Partizan played loose on offense to start the final quarter, with Loncar draining two three-pointers to cut the CSKA lead to 81-50 with 6 minutes to play. But the home fans were treated to a rare sight as Zakhar Pashutin — hardly known for his above-the-rim exploits — soared in for a one-handed dunk and youngster Vasily Zavoruyev hit a three-pointer. The last few minutes were simply a matter of technique for CSKA, as coach Ettore Messina cleared his bench and the hosts wrapped up an 89-58 victory.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Carl Schreck, Moscow
Referees: MITJANA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), DAVYDOV, MIKHAIL (RUS)
Attendance: 0
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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 18:00 15 6/6 0/1 3/6       2 5 1 2   2 5 22
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 16:30 5 1/2   3/4   5 5 1 2 3 1 1 4 2 6
6 PANOV, SERGEY 16:30 3 1/1 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 3 2       3 2 10
7 ZAVORUEV, VASILY 6:15 3   1/2 0/2           2   1   2 -1
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 12:45 6 1/1 1/1 1/2       1 1 1   1 5 2 2
9 VANTERPOOL, DAVID 28:45 17 6/11   5/9 1 2 3 2 6 2   1   7 23
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 20:00 10 5/5 0/4         2 1       1 1 9
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 13:45 6 2/2 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 1 2       3 2 9
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 24:00 6 1/3   4/5 1 8 9 1       1 3 4 13
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 17:15 9 3/5   3/3 1 3 4 2 2 2 3   1 2 17
15 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 4:15   0/1               1         -2
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 22:00 9 0/3 2/4 3/5   3 3 1 2         2 10
Team           2 1 3   3 1         5
Totals 200:00 89 26/40 4/14 25/40 7 27 34 16 26 13 6 5 22 31 123
65% 28.6% 62.5%
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: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
# 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 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 26:00 9 0/3 3/6   1 3 4     1 1   5   2
6 LONCAR, NIKOLA 26:30 8 1/5 2/8         1 1 3 1 1 4   -7
7 PEROVIC, KOSTA 16:30 6 2/6   2/2 1 2 3   1 2 1 1   2 6
8 SUPUT, PREDRAG 19:00 10 3/6 1/4 1/2 2 4 6 1 1 5     1 2 7
9 STEFANOVIC, NENAD 5:15 2 1/1 0/1         1         1   1
10 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 1:15       0/2           2     2 1 -5
11 BAKIC, BORIS 12:45     0/1             2   2 5 2 -8
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA 7:30 1 0/1   1/3   1 1   1 1     1 2  
13 MILOJEVIC, DEJAN 32:30 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 3 5 8 2   5     3 7 12
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 25:30 11 4/7   3/4 4 5 9 2   1 2 1 4 4 18
23 DRAGICEVIC, STRAHINJA 0:15                              
32 BROWN, GERALD 27:00 5 0/2 1/4 2/2 1   1 1 2 4   1 5 2 -4
Team           3 2 5   7           12
Totals 200:00 58 13/35 7/25 11/17 15 22 37 8 13 26 5 6 31 22 34
37.1% 28% 64.7%
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"I think we made the game easy for ourselves with a very good approach in the first minutes. One of the main reasons for our success was great play by Panov, who actually 'cancelled' Partizan leader Dejan Milojevic. My players worked well together. Even though playing with few mistakes, they sometimes made our fans go crazy with some fastbreaks and dunks. We finished the first part of the Euroleague regular season with a 5-2 record. But remember, after the first two games you weren’t sure that we'd manage to do this. We will have a very hard January. For example, we'll meet Panathinaikos at home. But the team continues to grow up. I'm glad to notice the progress of two players – Papaloukas and Vanterpool. It was tough for Theo to find his game after Eurobasket, but right now he is becoming the same person he was in previous seasons. And David is close to the player he was at Montepaschi. It wasn't easy for him after such a serious injury."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"CSKA completely deserved this win and they deserved to win with such an advantage. The Army club is twenty times stronger than Partizan. CSKA played with real energy and desire. And I can't say that about my guys. I want to congratulate Moscow club players; they were great on both the defensive and offensive ends. We simply couldn't stop CSKA's fastbreaks."

Players

HOLDEN, J.R.
CSKA Moscow
"Coach told us at halftime that we had to do a better job boxing out and get out and run, because they're a team that likes to slow it down. We did a good job of coming out aggressive, and we knew if we kept up the aggressiveness, we could pull away and win. Our team is coming together well. The good thing about this team is that we have a lot of players who can contribute. We have a lot of guys who can pitch in 10 to 15 points a a game, and that balance is nice."
BROWN, GERALD
Partizan
"Our turnovers in the third quarter killed us. They're a good team, and they really made us pay for the turnovers. Because of the turnovers we didn't get very many attempts at the basket, and when we did get our looks, we weren't hitting the shots."
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