2020-21Regular SeasonRound 25
April 14, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 USH CSKA

CSKA rolls in makeup win over Panathinaikos

CSKA Moscow finished the regular season on a high note with a 93-86 home victory over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in a Round 25 makeup game. Iffe Lundberg led the way with 19 points for CSKA, which enters its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoff showdown with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on a six-game winning streak and a 24-10 record. Will Clyburn added 18 points, Johannes Voigtmann scored 15 and Toko Shengelia chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds as CSKA was in control of the game throughout. Panathinaikos was paced by Ioannis Papapetrou with 15 points, while Dino Mitoglou had 12 points, Howard Sant-Roos scored 11 and both Aaron White and Nemanja Nedovic had 10 points in the losing effort. The Greens ended up losing nine of their last 11 games to finish with an 11-23 mark and 16th place in the regular season.

Georgios Papagiannis opened the scoring with an alley-oop dunk before Darrun Hilliard scored at the other end. A Lundberg three-pointer gave the hosts their first lead at 5-4. Sant-Roos answered from deep. CSKA kept Panathinaikos scoreless for nearly 3 minutes and Michael Eric added an assist and basket for an 11-7 advantage. Panathinaikos got triples from Ben Bentil and Aaron White in going back up 16-17. Voigtmann gave CSKA a huge boost off the bench with 9 straight points for a 25-17 lead, which was 27-19 after 10 minutes. Semen Antonov started the scoring in the second quarter and Clyburn’s fastbreak layup pushed the gap to double figures, 31-20. White proved a spark for the guests with 4 points in trimming the deficit to 36-31. CSKA punched right back with a 13-2 surge to extend the margin to 49-33. CSKA did not finish the half strong as Panathinaikos tallied 6 points within 67 seconds and trailed 49-39 at the break.

A Nedovic triple to start the second half had the deficit down to 49-42. After Nikita Kurbanov’s three-pointer made it 54-42, Sant-Roos hit from deep to get his team within 54-47. Lundberg scored 7 points as CSKA managed to maintain control. A Clyburn triple at the buzzer had CSKA leading 74-61 after 30 minutes. Panathinaikos would not go down without a fight thanks to the three-pointer as Bentil and Shelvin Mack both hit from deep and Mitoglou drained 2 triples to get the margin down to 79-73 early in the final frame. CSKA got a three-pointer from Janis Strelnieks and a dunk by Voigtmann to re-establish a double-digit gap. Papapetrou and Sant-Roos both hit from the outside to get back within 7 only to have Clyburn drain a triple as well to make it 91-81 with less than 2 minutes to play. Panathinaikos still had one more effort left with a Papapetrou triple making it 91-86 with 58 seconds remaining. But Sant-Roos missed a three-pointer with 26 seconds left as CSKA prevailed.

Lundberg finishes averaging double figures

Mid-season addition Iffe Lundberg collected 19 points to go with 3 rebounds and 5 assists for an index rating of 23. He finished his debut EuroLeague regular season averaging 10.4 points in 10 games.

No Hezonja for the Greens

Panathinaikos finished the regular season missing one of its leaders as Mario Hezonja was not eligible to play because he was not yet registered when this game was originally scheduled to be played in February.

Telling numbers

CSKA converted on 66.7% of its two-pointers and really took advantage of Panathinaikos miscues with a 20-7 difference in points off turnovers.

Next games

CSKA will now prepare for its playoff matchup with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul while Panathinaikos will concentrate the rest of the season on the domestic Greek League.

Will Clyburn - CSKA Moscow - EB20
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; KOLJENSIC, MILOS
Attendance: 2479
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CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 LUNDBERG, IFFE 29:13 19 4/7 3/4 2/2   3 3 5   1     2 3 23
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 HILLIARD, DARRUN 18:04 7 1/2 1/5 2/2       3 2 1     1 2 7
7 UKHOV, IVAN 11:59 3 0/1 1/2         1         2    
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 10:24 2 1/1     1 1 2           3   1
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 16:30 7 2/3 1/2     2 2 5 2 1     2 1 12
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 25:42 15 4/4 1/4 4/5 1 3 4 4 1 1     1 2 20
21 CLYBURN, WILL 28:29 18 3/7 3/3 3/4 1 2 3 3 1 1       4 23
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 27:29 11 5/6 0/1 1/1 1 5 6 2 1 3   1 2 2 14
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 16:31 5 1/1 1/2     2 2     2     1 2 5
50 ERIC, MICHAEL 15:39 6 3/4       1 1 1     1   2 1 7
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 93 24/36 11/23 12/14 7 21 28 24 7 10 1 1 16 17 117
        66.7% 47.8% 85.7%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
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
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 MACK, SHELVIN 22:03 12 3/5 2/5     1 1 7   1     3 1 12
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 10:06 6 3/4     1 1 2 2     1       10
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 6:39     0/3           1 1     2 1 -4
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH 7:56 2 1/1     1   1           2   1
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 32:54 15 2/5 3/4 2/2 2 3 5 4 1         2 23
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 28:58 10 1/2 2/7 2/3   2 2 6   1     2 7 15
30 WHITE, AARON 21:14 10 3/3 1/1 1/3 1 1 2           2 2 10
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 21:58 12 3/5 2/3   2 2 4   1 2     3 2 11
50 BENTIL, BEN 27:30 8 1/3 2/3     3 3 2 1 1   1 2 1 8
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 20:42 11 1/2 3/6     2 2 1 1 4     1   6
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 86 18/30 15/32 5/8 8 17 25 22 5 11 1 1 17 16 94
        60% 46.9% 62.5%
Head coach: KATTASH, ODED

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We kept our concentration. We were ahead and in control of the game for most of the game by double digits. Today’s game was a good game for us, a good practice for us in terms of reading different defenses that Panathinaikos was using: match-ups, zones, man-to-man with switches or with no switches. We pretty much read that well. We scored 93 points and shot the ball pretty good, especially on two-pointers, and shared the ball well. We had some lapses and Panathinaikos hit some big shots, especially at the end of the game. But we were there the whole game. We also tried to play big ball with big lineups. And it worked. We definitely had a different motivation because the game was not decisive for the standings. But still, we played for our pride. We grabbed the second spot with the same record as Barcelona. We have to be pretty happy with that considering the fact that we had a lot of absences, a lot of injuries and a lot of problems. We’re ready for the next phase. Hopefully, we will have some more bodies with us. We’re very thrilled and motivated to see each and every game. We know it will be tough.”
KATTASH, ODED
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"In the second half, we did a better job defensively. They have a lot of quality. They hit some big shots. We focused on some things in the game plan: to protect the basketball. I think we did a pretty good job because they really know how to punish every turnover. Generally, it’s never easy to play a team like CSKA, but it was very important for us to finish the EuroLeague season being competitive. I think we did that."

Players

LUNDBERG, IFFE
CSKA Moscow
"Overall, we had pretty much control of the game. We played an intensive game. We wanted to end the regular season on a good note and just focus on the playoffs. [Fenerbahce] are one of the best teams in the league. It’s going to be tough, but I believe in our team and our abilities. We’re looking forward to the matchup."
CLYBURN, WILL
CSKA Moscow
"This is a tough league and even though they are not in the playoffs they have pride, they’re competitors so they came out and played hard. We are ready to get to [the playoffs]. Hopefully, we can continue this run and continue to get better."
MACK, SHELVIN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I feel that the team and I could have done more. CSKA is a great team and will go to the playoffs. We could definitely have shown better things tonight and in general in the season. Now we have to turn our interest to the Greek championship."