De Colo leads CSKA past Buducnost
CSKA Moscow brushed aside Buducnost VOLI Podgorica with a dominant 99-69 home victory on Friday night, gaining its third straight victory to stay secure in third place. The Russian side moved into a double-digit lead in the second quarter and was in front the rest of the way, with the outcome never looking in doubt after a 10-0 spurt in the third. Nando De Colo was the inspiration for CSKA with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Kyle Hines combined 11 points with 7 assists. Daniel Hackett had 17 points in victory and Sergio Rodriguez added 14. Norris Cole top scored for Buducnost with 11 points.
Filip Barovic rolled home the opening basket, but a tough layup and one from Hines sent CSKA ahead. Triples from Cole and De Colo saw the lead swap hands two more times, and another three-point play from Hines plus Hackett free throws made it 17-10. Nikita Kurbanov’s triple completed an 8-0 run, but Coty Clarke responded from the corner. Petar Popovic’s three-pointer kept Buducnost in touch, before Semen Antonov scored the last basket of the opening quarter for a 28-20 lead. Antonov and Popovic traded triples, and Antonov netted again for a double-digit margin. Clarke, Cole and James Bell reduced the deficit, before Sergio Rodriguez steadied CSKA with 5 quick points. Baskets were traded evenly for the next few minutes, including a triple from Bell and a long two from Hackett to make it 52-47 at the break. De Colo and Danilo Nikolic struck from deep early in the second half, as did Nemanja Gordic and Hackett to make it 64-55 midway through the hard-fought third. Free throws from Will Clyburn were followed by another De Colo triple, extending CSKA’s lead to 16 points. A tough jumper from Earl Clark and a fastbreak dunk from Cole pulled Buducnost back to 72-61 at the end of the third. A three-point play and a dunk from Othello Hunter kept CSKA comfortable, and consecutive baskets from Hackett put the outcome beyond doubt. Another pair of baskets from De Colo further extended the gap, and CSKA cruised home as Ivan Ukhov scored his first field goal of the season.
Antonov plays his part
Semen Antonov might not feature in the game highlights but he played a key role in allowing CSKA to establish a strong lead: the forward netted 7 points in the space of 1 minute 24 seconds bridging the end of the first and the start of the second, turning a 6-point lead into a double-digit margin which Buducnost could never recover. Antonov didn’t score again but he had already played his part.
Hines turns provider
Veteran CSKA big man Kyle Hines is well-known as an outstanding rebounder, scorer and defender, but on this occasion he showed another asset by dishing a career-high 7 assists. His previous best of 6 came way back in 2012 for Olympiacos Piraeus against Cedevita Zagreb.
Free throw party for CSKA
This was an extremely physical game featuring a huge number of free throws: CSKA had 20 foul shots in the first half alone, and ended up going 31-of-37 from the line – the joint-third highest number of free throw attempts taken by any team this season.
Rebounding boosts hosts
The home side played hard and outrebounded Buducnost by nearly two to one, gaining a total of 40 boards compared to just 24 for the visitors. 11 different players grabbed rebounds for CSKA, and seven of them had at least 3.
CSKA faces a big-time match-up next week with a home game against Real Madrid which could go a long way towards deciding second place. Buducnost returns home to welcome Khimki Moscow Region.
Friday, February 1, 2019