2021-22Regular SeasonRound 4
October 15, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

CSKA defeats Zvezda for third win in a row

In a hard-fought battle that saw several lead changes and ties, CSKA Moscow prevailed over visiting Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 78-76 in the Russian capital on Friday night. The visitors led 69-71 late in the last period, but CSKA prevented Zvezda from scoring for almost 4 minutes and a 9-0 run led by Alexey Shved and Iffe Lundger put the game on ice. CSKA collected its third straight win to improve to 3-1, as Crvena Zvezda dropped to 2-2. Will Clyburn was CSKA’s top scorer with 18 points, with Shved posting 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for PIR of 25, as Johannes Voigtmann and Joel Bolomboy had 12 and 11 points respectively. Nate Wolters led the way for the visitors with 16 points, while Ognjen Kuzmic contributed 14 points and 7 boards. Nikola Kalinic, Ognjen Dobric and Nikola Ivanovic made 11, 10 and 10 respectively in defeat.

Despite allowing an early three-point play by Nikita Kurbanov, the visitors used baskets by Kuzmic and Wolters to grab a 5-6 lead. Zvezda’s defense was as suffocating as usual, but CSKA found a way to score through Joel Bolomboy and Voigtmann to get ahead, 11-8. Dobric helped the guests back in front with 6 fast points. Ivanovic nailed a three and fed Luka Mitrovic for an uncontested layup, as Zvezda led 17-21 at the end of the first quarter. CSKA needed 11 minutes to collect its first trey, but then Semen Antonov and Ivan Ukhov connected from downtown to tie the game, 23-23. Zvezda’s time out turned into a 25-30 edge behind a three by Hollis and a pair of hook shots by Kuzmic. The hosts survived from the free-throw line until Shved and Iffe Lundbgerg reduced the deficit, which Voigtmann finally erased from deep, 35-35. Baskets were swapped ­for a while, as the score remained balanced at halftime, 42-42, thanks to a buzzer-beating three by Wolters.

Kuzmic came up strong after the break with consecutive inside buckets, and Wolters added a layup to make it 43-50. With Bolomboy and Clyburn as the only contributors on offense, CSKA fought harder on defense to keep it close and came within 51-52 midway through the third period. Ivanovic hit a timely three, but a couple of blocks lifted CSKA’s spirit on both ends. Clyburn made it a one-point game with another trey, and Shved sunk a difficult buzzer-beating triple to tie the game once again, 57-57, entering the final period. Clyburn and Voigtmann extended the momentum with more bombing to send CSKA ahead early in the fourth, and Shved scored a fastbreak layup to make it 65-59. Clyburn extended the lead with a difficult bank shot, but Wolters and Kalinic showed up from downtown to keep the visitors engaged, 69-65. Wolters kept rocking and capped a 0-9 run to make it 69-71. Those were the last Zvezda points for a while, as the hosts counterattacked with another 9-0 run in which Lundberg provided 4 points and Shved combined a block and a three-point dagger in the same play, good for a 78-71 edge with less than 2 minutes to go. Kalinic missed a layup entering the last minute and CSKA made up for a couple of missed shots with strong offensive rebounding to seal the outcome.

Shved shines again for CSKA

Alexey Shved enjoyed his best EuroLeague game against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade after rejoining CSKA Moscow this summer. He could not score in double-digits in any of his three previous games, as he went for 9, 9 and 8 against AX Armani Exchange Milan, Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Zenit St Petersburg, respectively. Being held at 6 points at halftime, Shved came up big when his team needed a guiding light in the most difficult moments. He nailed a key buzzer-beating three-pointer to make it all-square at the end of the third quarter, which was the prelude of a 10-2 run for his team early in the fourth. Later, when the visitors got back in charge, 69-71, with less than 4 minutes to go, Shved delivered a decisive play when he blocked Austin Hollins in defense and promptly buried a crucial trey to make it 76-71 in crunch time. In addition to his 16 total points, he added 4 rebounds and 5 assists for a season-high PIR of 25.

Buzzer-beating night

Except the opening period, the other three saw spectacular buzzer-beating baskets coming from different situations. Nate Wolters closed the second period in style when he recovered from a double-team in which he almost turned the ball over to nail a three that tied the game, 42-42, at halftime. Alexey Shved took his turn in the third, as he completed a great one-on-one play by sinking a hard-contested long-range shot to tie it again, 57-57. And last but not least, Nikola Kalinic turned the last play of the game into a highlight reel when he saved a ball that was stolen from Clyburn to launch a mid-court rocket that saw nothing but net.

A good offensive first half was not enough for Zvezda

Crvena Zvezda hadn’t excelled in offense in the season’s first three games, even in victory. The Serbian team fell short in Istanbul, 61-57, against Fenerbahce, before managing to grab two wins in a row against Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv and Zalgiris Kaunas with limited scoring of 75 and 73 points respectively. But against CSKA, Zvezda displayed a very good first half offensive performance, going for 42 points on 10-of-18 in two pointers (55%), 4-of-11 in three pointers (36%) and 10-of-11 from the line (91%). But after halftime the lights turned off for Dejan Radonjic’s team as it could only score 29 points in the last 19 minutes. A late 0-5 run in the last minute of the game made up the score a little bit, but Zvezda’s 34 second-half points proved insufficient to surprise CSKA at home.

Johannes Voigtmann - CSKA Moscow - EB21
Friday, October 15, 2021
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; BALAK, AMIT; HALLIKO, AARE
Attendance: 2573 (Tentative)
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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 25:29 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 2   1   1 1 2 8
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 19:38 11 5/7   1/2 1 4 5     1 3   1 1 15
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 UKHOV, IVAN 9:52 3   1/3   1   1           2    
8 IVLEV, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 HACKETT, DANIEL 18:45 2 1/2       2 2 2   1     3 2 3
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 4:24 3   1/1                       3
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 29:02 12 2/2 2/7 2/2   5 5 2 2 3 1   1 2 15
21 CLYBURN, WILL 31:20 18 3/10 3/7 3/4 1 3 4 1 1 3 1 1 1 5 13
28 LOPATIN, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 31:30 5 2/2 0/3 1/1 1 2 3 4   1     2 4 10
91 SHVED, ALEXEY 30:00 16 4/6 2/3 2/2 3 1 4 5 1   1   2 3 25
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 78 20/34 9/25 11/13 10 19 29 16 4 10 6 2 13 19 95
        58.8% 36% 84.6%
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
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GUSIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 LAZAREVIC, STEFAN 9:23 2     2/2       1         3 1 1
3 WOLTERS, NATE 20:38 16 5/6 2/4     1 1 3 2 1     2   16
4 USKOKOVIC, ALEKSA 3:47           1 1           1    
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 24:14 2 1/1 0/1     2 2 1 1 1     3 1 2
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 18:56 4 2/5       2 2 2   3   1 1 1 1
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 31:18 11 1/4 3/5 0/1   2 2 3 1 2   1 2 2 8
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 20:39 10 4/4 0/2 2/2       1   2 1   1 2 9
14 HOLLINS, AUSTIN 22:41 5 1/7 1/5   1 3 4 3 1 1   3 2   -3
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 11:45 2 1/1       2 2 1         3   2
20 IVANOVIC, NIKOLA 15:35 10 2/3 2/5   2 2 4 1   1   1   5 14
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 21:04 14 7/7     4 3 7 1   1 1   1 1 22
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 76 24/38 8/22 4/5 10 20 30 17 5 13 2 6 19 13 76
        63.2% 36.4% 80%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We had a bad defensive approach in the first half. With all the respect to our opponent, we were expecting too much. We were not playing physical, we were not jeopardizing and sacrificing our bodies, we were not containing their creation, and we allowed a team that so far is not well-known for its scoring to make 42 points. After a sloppy beginning of the third quarter, we changed the chip, we started pressuring the ball, being active, forcing turnovers and creating difficult circumstances for our opponents. I said to my team that we need to have an identity and this identity is to go out there and hustle, to go out there and play defense. We are going to have good nights, in which we will make shots, creating, reading good the game, but we may have others that are not so good, but at least we must have some kind of identity, and that’s what we are looking for. The third and the fourth quarters were completely different, as we started to read the situations we were given, starting to attack the right people with the right decisions and better spacing. Of course, in basketball, when you are making the shots, everything is different. We made some crucial shots as a result of how they were created. We had a very competitive opponent, that plays on the edge of fouls all the time, that hustles and fights, so congratulations to them for that. It’s an important win for us."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"They were more aggressive at the end of a tight game. In the last few minutes, they played much better both on offense and defense, and they made an advantage from it, so congratulations to them for the win, and to my players for their performance tonight."

Players

CLYBURN, WILL
CSKA Moscow
"The second half, defensively [was crucial]. We managed to play better defense and make some stops that kind of turned things on offense for us. [The coach told us at halftime] we got to play our basketball, we got to play better."
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