2018-19PlayoffsGame 3
April 24, 2019 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

De Colo lifts CSKA past Baskonia in Game 3

CSKA Moscow regained control of its playoff series with a 77-84 victory over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in Game 3 at Fernando Buesa Arena, site of the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four. The victory gave CSKA a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. CSKA lead for the vast majority of the game, but after Matt Janning buried a pair of threes to give Baskonia a 65-62 lead early in the fourth quarter, Nando De Colo took control and scored 14 of his season-high 28 points in the final 10 minutes to lead the visitors to victory. Cory Higgins added 11 points and Will Clyburn and Kyle Hines scored 10 apiece for the winners. Vincent Poirier was a one-man wrecking crew for Baskonia with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Darrun Hilliard scored 13 before fouling out and Johannes Voigtmann netted 12 in defeat.

Andrey Vorontsevich made an early impact for CSKA with a pair of three-pointers as CSKA jumped out to a 4-10 start. Sergio Rodriguez came off the bench and dished 3 quick assists before Baskonia called timeout down 8. De Colo knocked down a triple that established a double-digit lead, 6-17. Poirier entered the game for Baskonia and got together with Marcelinho Huertas on an alley-oop-and-foul. Hilliard added a three as Baskonia started to close the gap. Clyburn helped keep CSKA comfortably ahead despite a second three from Hilliard. Othello Hunter's put-back slam left CSKA ahead 18-28 after 10 minutes. Higgins further extended the difference with a three-pointer. Rodriguez committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Hilliard on a fast break and through free throws by Hilliard and Poirier trimmed the deficit to 7. CSKA got threes by De Colo and Daniel Hackett to remain in control at 30-39. Baskonia drew within 39-46 at the break thanks to free throws by Poirier and Luca Vildoza.

Voigtmann connected from downtown and then fed Poirier for a slam as Baskonia got within 44-48 early in the second half. Clyburn and De Colo stretched back to 9 only for Huertas and Patricio Garino to spark a 6-0 Baskonia surge to make it 51-54. Higgins helped the visitors regain their composure, but Voigtmann carried Baskonia back again and the sides parted at 59-62 at the end of the third quarter. Matt Janning drained back-to-back three-pointers to start the fourth and give Baskonia its first lead of the night. De Colo answered from deep to even things at 65-65. De Colo remained hot with CSKA's next three baskets as it built a 67-71 edge. De Colo was whistled for a technical foul, after which Baskonia got back within 1 through a Poirier putback, but De Colo rifled in another triple for a 70-74 lead with 5 minutes remaining. Joel Bolomboy brought energy and defense off the bench to slow down Baskonia, while De Colo got Hilliard to foul out and sank free throws for a 71-79 advantage with 2 minutes to play. Baskonia battled hard and a second-chance triple by Garino made it 77-81 with 27 seconds left in regulation. Free throws by Higgins and Hines finished things off for CSKA.

Key statistics

It's pretty tough to win on the road when you commit 16 turnovers, but CSKA claimed the W because it was the superior shooting team. CSKA was 20 for 38 on two-pointers (52.6%) and 9 for 24 on threes (37.5%). It held Baskonia to 43.6% on twos (17 of 39) and 29.2% on threes (7 of 24). Nearly identical numbers of shots, but the visitors simply made more.

CSKA's revamped lineup

CSKA started the game with a different look. Coach Itoudis called on Nando De Colo, Daniel Hackett, Nikita Kurbanov, Andrey Vorontsevich and Kyle Hines to start. Not only was it the first time these five had started together, but it was also just the third start all season for Vorontsevich and the fourth for Hines. All but Hackett were members of CSKA most-recent EuroLeague-winning squad in 2016. The shakeup surely worked, because CSKA raced out to a 6-17 lead.

Up next

The teams meet again on Friday for Game 4. A CSKA victory will punch its Final Four ticket, which a Baskonia victory forces a Game 5 in Moscow next week.

Nando De Colo - CSKA Moscow - EB18
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; ROCHA, FERNANDO; VILIUS, GYTIS
Attendance: 12837 (Tentative)
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz18212018
CSKA Moscow28181622
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz18395977
CSKA Moscow28466284
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 23:06 7 1/2 0/5 5/5 1 5 6 4 2 3   1 1 4 12
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 28:02 12 3/5 1/6 3/3   4 4 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 11
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 20:31 4 1/7 0/1 2/2 1   1 5 1 3       2 3
11 JANNING, MATT 13:22 7   2/2 1/4   1 1 1 1 1     2 3 7
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 0:50                         1   -1
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 30:21 19 7/10   5/7 6 9 15   1   1   2 5 34
21 JONES, JALEN 2:13   0/1                   1   1 -1
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 18:34 9 3/5 0/1 3/6 2 1 3     2     3 3 4
29 GARINO, PATRICIO 23:48 3 0/2 1/2         2 2       3 3 4
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 16:14 3 1/4 0/1 1/2   1 1 2         4 1 -2
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN 22:59 13 1/3 3/6 2/2   3 3   1 2     5 1 6
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 77 17/39 7/24 22/31 11 24 35 15 10 13 3 3 23 25 78
        43.6% 29.2% 71%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 26:30 28 5/9 4/6 6/6   2 2 5 1 2     4 8 32
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 5:08           1 1     1 1   1    
5 PETERS, ALEC 3:23     0/1                   1   -2
7 UKHOV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 24:21 3 0/2 1/5   1 4 5 7 1 4     3   3
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 14:27 6 0/1 2/4     3 3             2 8
21 CLYBURN, WILL 25:33 10 3/6 0/2 4/6 2 5 7 1 2 2   1   4 14
22 HIGGINS, CORY 24:54 11 3/5 1/3 2/2   5 5 2   1 1   3 3 14
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 18:50 5 1/1 1/2   1   1 1   2     4    
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 22:02 5 2/3 0/1 1/1   3 3     3     1 1 3
42 HINES, KYLE 23:08 10 4/6   2/3 4 3 7 1 3 1   1 4 4 16
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 11:44 6 2/5   2/2 3 2 5 1 1   1 1 5 1 6
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 20/38 9/24 17/20 11 30 41 18 8 16 3 3 26 23 96
        52.6% 37.5% 85%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"First of all. I'd like to congratulate CSKA for their victory. They played harder than us throughout the whole game and basically, they were allowed to dominate. When we got ahead, we weren't able to maintain that advantage and they came back with a strong run. We had good moments during the game, but we had poor moments, too. In games like this, you have to play the whole game. We have to look forward now to the next game."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"I would like to congratulate my team for the win and the performance. I am 100 percent sure that the consistency we show and belief and trust and what we did the whole season, and the trust and belief that we brought each and everyone one individual in this group did affect the way we played the game, the way we fought and the way we believed. It was a very tight game, even though we had a big early lead for such a tough playoff game, but Baskonia has a quality and a character and came back. The moment of the game, they tied the game and took a 3-point lead, but we tied it right back with a great play. We showed we have great depth on the bench each and everyone gave something, including Joel Bolomboy, one of the last in the rotation. Bolomboy played just 5 minutes, but the way he was switching, the way he blocked a shot, the way he intimidated shots, the way he defended, there are no numbers that can be translated to what he contributed in those clutch moments. Basketball has a lot of complex situation, and that is a huge thing of Joel being a point of emphasis after only 5 minutes. As I say, it does not matter who starts the game, it is about belief and trust and consistency they show. It is tough to play in Vitoria, Baskonia is a good team and deserves respect from all of us. This is to be continued, there is another tough game upcoming."

Players

CLYBURN, WILL
CSKA Moscow
"We fought. That was the biggest thing. It was a dogfight out there and that's what we wanted to bring. We wanted to be the most physical and aggressive. That's what it was all about. That's De Colo. We see him every day. We never lost trust in him. We knew that he was going to bring it every night. Scoring. Defensively. Passing. That's him."
DE COLO, NANDO
CSKA Moscow
"We were much better than the last game for sure. It's what we wanted, to play this kind of game and we reacted pretty good from the last one. Basketball is not a one-player game. Tonight we did the job all together like we did all season. We need to work on it and everybody is going to step up."
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