2006-07Regular SeasonRound 10
January 03, 2007 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 USH CSKA
Trajan Langdon - CSKA Moscow CSKA started 2007 write, staying atop Group C and avenging its only loss so far when it thrashed visiting Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez 78-58 on Wednesday in Moscow. CSKA, already qualified for the Top 16, holds onto first place in its group with a 9-1 record. Meanwhile, Pau dropped to 5-5 and will at least retain a share of fourth place in Group C. David Vanterpool led the winners with 16 points, J.R. Holden added 13 and Trajan Langdon 12 for CSKA. C.C. Harrison had 12 points while Ricardo Greer added 11 for Pau-Orthez, for whom Xane D'Almeida and Thierry Rupert were sidelined. Holden, Langdon and Vanterpool fueled a 14-1 run that bridged halftime and broke the game open, giving CSKA a 36-20 lead early in the third quarter. Pau never recovered, as CSKA kept double-digit leads until the final buzzer.

Pau tried to run its offense through Britton Johnsen while using aggressive, but foul-prone defense. As a result, CSKA went scoreless in the opening 2 minutes, but Pau got only a free throw from Michael Wright. Matjaz Smodis got CSKA going with foul shots that Wright matched with an inside basket. Pau soon entered the foul bonus and CSKA made the most of it. Langdon free throws ignited a 7-0 CSKA run that Vanterpool capped with a three-pointer, making Pau call timeout at 9-3. Johnsen buried his own shot from downtown but Pau kept struggling against CSKA's trademark man-to-man defense. Holden shined with a put-back basket that Greer bettered with a three-point play. Theo Papaloukas came off the bench to immediately hit free throws and then feed Thomas Van den Spiegel for a layup-plus-free throw. Ian Mahinmi dunked in response for Pau before a layup by David Andersen gave CSKA a 18-11 lead after 10 minutes.

Ricardo Greer - EB Pau-OrthezCedric Ferchaud sandwiched a pair a three-pointers early in the second quarter around one by Holden to pull Pau within 21-17. The guests improved their defense behind hyperactive Michael Bauer but otherwise kept struggling to score. CSKA did not do much better, getting only a free throw from Andersen in the next 2 minutes. Greer stepped up with a second-chance basket to get Pau as close as 22-19 after 16 minutes. CSKA used offensive boards to get extra chances, and soon Langdon shined with a put-back that Vanterpool followed with a mid-range jumper to make it 26-19. Pau simply could not find a way to the basket, and when Holden hit back-to-back jumpers, CSKA had an 8-1 run good for the game's first double-digit lead, 30-20, at halftime.

Smodis buried a triple right after the break to which Vanterpool added a layup-plus-free throw that extended CSKA's run to 14-1 and its lead to 36-20. Harrison tried to spark a Pau comeback with a three-pointer and Aaron Miles added a jumper that made it 36-25. That would be as close as Pau would get to the lead again, however. Langdon and Holden stepped up with consecutive jumpers to make CSKA stay out of trouble at 40-25. Johnsen hit free throws but Vanterpool answered with another basket, forcing a Pau timeout at 42-27. Greer tried to change things with a layup, but Smodis, Holden and Vanterpool fueled a 6-0 run that broke the game open for good at 48-29. Bauer and Greer fought back, but Langdon struck twice from downtown while Papaloukas scored and fed Aleksey Savrasenko on a three-point play that meant a 19-point CSKA lead, 59-40, after 30 minutes.

CSKA tried to offer some showtime to its many fans in the final quarter. A free throw by Andersen and a wild dunk by Savrasenko gave the hosts another game-high margin, 62-40, with 8 minutes to go. Pau did not give up, however, as Bauer hit from downtown and Mahinmi from inside. CSKA tried to rest its main players now for the game against Benetton Treviso next week, while Pau called timeout to organize its offense in the final 5 minutes. Bauer nailed another triple but it happened to be too little, too late for the guests. CSKA was headed for another victory in its fight to finish first in Group C, while Pau plays three of its four remaining games at home and has the chance to reach the Top 16 for the first time since 2004.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
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Referees: ZAVLANOS, NIKOLAOS; MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO; SABETTA, ENRICO
Attendance: 5000
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CSKA Moscow18122919
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CSKA Moscow18305978
Pau-Orthez11204058
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 18:00 6 2/3   2/2 1 2 3 3       1 1 2 11
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 5:15   0/1           1 1           1
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 19:00 9 2/3 1/4 2/2 2 3 5 1           4 15
9 VANTERPOOL, DAVID 27:15 16 4/6 1/2 5/5   5 5 5 2 4     2 5 24
10 HOLDEN, JR 26:45 13 5/6 1/4   1 1 2 1 2 2     1 1 12
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR 12:15 6 0/1 2/4     1 1 2 1 1     2 1 5
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 18:00 4 1/4 0/1 2/4 1 2 3 2   5     2 3 -1
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 19:00 7 3/5   1/1 1 2 3   1 1     4 1 5
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 10:00 2 1/2       1 1   1 2       1 2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 0:15     0/1                       -1
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 25:45 12 2/3 2/5 2/2 2 1 3 2 3 1 1   2 2 16
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 18:30 3 1/4   1/1 2   2 1 2     1 3 2 3
Team           2   2   4           6
Totals 200:00 78 21/38 7/21 15/17 12 18 30 18 17 16 1 2 17 22 98
        55.3% 33.3% 88.2%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC 13:45     0/1     1 1 5   3     1 2 3
5 HARRISON, CLINT 31:15 12   4/5   2 3 5 1 2 2   1 5 2 13
7 JOHNSEN, BRITTON 24:30 5 0/4 1/3 2/4   2 2 2 2 2     4 2 -1
8 GREER, RICARDO 21:45 11 3/4 0/1 5/7 1 1 2 2 1       2 5 15
9 FERCHAUD, CEDRIC 18:30 6 0/1 2/3                   2   2
11 MILES, AARON 26:15 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 2 2 4     1   -1
14 MAHINMI, IAN 15:45 6 3/3     1 1 2   1 4     2 1 4
15 BAUER, MICHAEL 23:00 9 1/2 2/6 1/2 1 4 5 2 1 3 2   3 2 9
16 VATY, LUDOVIC 5:30 2 1/2               2         -1
18 WRIGHT, MICHAEL 19:45 5 2/2   1/2   1 1   1 1     2 3 6
Team             2 2     4         -2
Totals 200:00 58 11/20 9/21 9/15 5 16 21 14 10 25 2 1 22 17 47
        55% 42.9% 60%
Head coach: HERBERT, GORDON
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Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was our first game after a long pause due to the holidays. I am pleased that we were concentrated enough to work hard at defense and wait for our chances on offense. When we caught them, we never missed them. We scored 29 points in the third quarter. I am happy that most of the players demonstrated smart and beautiful basketball today. The team was ready both physically and mentally."
HERBERT, GORDON
Pau-Orthez
"I am pleased with our effort, but we made 25 turnovers! The level of CSKA's intensity today was different compared with our home game against them. The post defense of CSKA was a key also: as you all see, our leader Wright was locked up. However, our tempo was not that bad and the first half gave us hope. But the first three-four minutes of the third quarter put us away by 15 points. And that's inadmissible with CSKA."

Players

VANTERPOOL, DAVID
CSKA Moscow
"It's a good start for the new year. We came out playing very strong defensively. In the second half, things turned around for us and it's very important looking to the future. Great game for me? Maybe. But I don't look at statistics too much. People like to do it, but it's not that important. I know personally when I play well or bad."
MILES, AARON
Pau-Orthez
"CSKA is a great team. They play well together. Hard defense and organized offense are what CSKA's all about. I praise all the players from the opposite side: they gave us no choice."
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