2020-21Regular SeasonRound 4
October 16, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

ALBA holds off CSKA in thriller to claim first win

ALBA Berlin grabbed its first win of the season in dramatic fashion with a thrilling 88-93 victory at CSKA Moscow. An exciting game was closely contested throughout, with 62 points scored in a pulsating second quarter which featured 8 lead changes. ALBA continued to battle hard to lead by 3 at the end of the third quarter, and a big charge early in the fourth gave the visitors a double-digit lead. CSKA battled back to within 2 points, but it wasn’t enough as ALBA held its nerve in the final stages to claim its first ever win over the Russian giant. Simone Fontecchio led the German team to success with 20 points, followed by 15 from Maodo Lo. Marcus Eriksson made 3 triples in his total of 13 points, while Peyton Siva added 12 and Luke Sikma scored 11. Mike James produced a heroic effort in defeat with 27 points and 6 assists, while Will Clyburn scored 25 in defeat.

Darrun Hilliard’s jumper opened the scoring before Siva struck from deep to send ALBA in front in a low-scoring start. Tornike Shengelia scored twice, including a three-pointer, but Fontecchio also made a couple of scores for a 10-10 tie. James struck from deep and Ben Lammers dunked as the offenses started to click. Niels Giffey’s three-pointer and Jayson Granger’s long two sent ALBA back in front, but Clyburn’s triple made it 19-17 after ten minutes. Sikma, Giffey and Fontecchio scored close to the basket and Lo netted a threeball to make it 22-26, but Clyburn scored twice and Daniel Hackett struck from deep to give CSKA the lead. Siva forced yet another lead change from long-range, and Fontecchio’s driving layup made it 30-34. The hosts came back as Clyburn scored his third triple and Joel Bolomboy also struck from beyond the arc before James scored off-balance for a 38-36 edge. Clyburn from close range, James from the corner and Shengelia with a dunk put together a 7-0 run, before James, Clyburn, Siva and Lammers were all on target in a frantic finale to the first half, which finished 51-47. Fontecchio briefly brought ALBA level early in the third, but Hilliard and Clyburn sent CSKA in front. James penetrated to score for CSKA’s biggest lead so far, 60-53, but fastbreak baskets from Louis Olinde and Lo pulled ALBA closer. Eriksson’s threeball tied the game, and Granger penetrated to complete a 5-15 end to the quarter as the visiting team moved ahead 65-68. Granger doubled that lead from deep early in the fourth and a wide-open corner three from Eriksson forced CSKA into timeout at 65-74. James got CSKA moving with a long two, but Eriksson arrowed another long-range missile for a double-digit lead. James narrowed the gap but Fontecchio’s three-pointer made it 72-80 with 5 minutes left. James kept on leading CSKA to within 78-80, but Lo kept ALBA ahead with a three-point play and a layup. James struck from deep for 82-85 with 2 minutes left. Sikma’s layup stretched the lead, before Clyburn made it 85-87 inside the final minute. Giffey tipped in for 85-89, and ALBA got a big defensive stop followed by free throws to seal a famous victory.



Slow start from both teams

Both teams struggled to get their offenses moving, with only one field goal apiece in the opening 4 minutes of the game. ALBA made only 1 of its first 9 field goal attempts and CSKA committed 3 turnovers in the first 5 minutes.

Offensive explosion in second quarter

The second quarter was an entirely different matter as both teams launched an offensive explosion which was edged by CSKA, 32-30. The last two and a half minutes saw 24 points scored, with 10 of 14 field goals converted. That highly entertaining second period also featured 8 lead changes.

Granger and Eriksson mastermind key run

The game was ultimately decided by a 1-15 charge from ALBA to bridge the third and fourth quarters. Marcus Eriksson (twice) and Jayson Granger struck from deep, while Granger also beat the third quarter buzzer to help his team establish a big lead which was never relinquished.

Milutinov makes modest CSKA debut

After missing the first three games of the season, CSKA’s high-profile summer acquisition Nikola Milutinov made his debut. The former Olympiacos center entered the action late in the first quarter, and posted 4 points and 1 rebound in 7 minutes on the floor.

Next round

CSKA travels to Serbia to take on Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade for Round 5 next Thursday, while ALBA welcomes TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on the same night.

Simone Fontecchio - ALBA Berlin - EB20
Friday, October 16, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PATERNICO, CARMELO; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; VALEEV, STANISLAV
Attendance: 3087 (Tentative)
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CSKA Moscow19321423
ALBA Berlin17302125
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CSKA Moscow19516588
ALBA Berlin17476893
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 27:38 5   1/2 2/2 3 2 5 1     4   3 2 13
4 KHOMENKO, ALEXANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 JAMES, MIKE 32:56 27 7/10 4/8 1/1   3 3 6 1 5   1 3 2 23
6 HILLIARD, DARRUN 19:45 8 2/3 0/1 4/4   1 1 2   2     2 3 8
7 UKHOV, IVAN 5:12     0/1                   2   -3
10 HACKETT, DANIEL 19:19 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 1 2 2   1 4 2 -2
17 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 11:47 2 0/1   2/2 1 3 4             1 6
21 CLYBURN, WILL 30:06 25 5/8 4/6 3/4 2 2 4 1 1 3   1 4 3 20
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 28:02 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 3 4 7 2 1 3 1   2 3 15
32 UMRIKHIN, YURY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 7:27 4     4/6   1 1             4 7
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 17:48 5 0/1 1/1 2/4 1 2 3     3   1 1 2 2
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 88 16/29 12/24 20/25 11 20 31 13 5 19 5 4 21 22 90
        55.2% 50% 80%
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LO, MAODO 17:44 15 3/4 2/7 3/3   3 3 2       1 1 2 14
3 SIVA, PEYTON 16:26 12 2/2 2/3 2/2       4 2 1     2 2 16
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 19:01 11 3/5 1/2 2/2 4   4 1 1       4 2 12
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 24:24 13 0/1 3/7 4/4   1 1 1 3 1     3 5 14
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 6:39     0/1         1         2 1 -1
19 OLINDE, LOUIS 17:23 2 1/2 0/1   1   1   1 1 1   2    
20 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE 23:53 20 7/11 2/5   2 1 3 1 1 2   1 2 1 14
33 GRANGER, JAYSON 20:20 7 2/4 1/4     2 2 5   2   2     5
43 SIKMA, LUKE 31:32 9 2/5 0/2 5/6 5 3 8 5   3 1 1 4 6 15
50 LAMMERS, BEN 22:38 4 2/5     2 1 3   1 1 2   2 2 6
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 93 22/39 11/32 16/17 17 13 30 20 9 12 4 5 22 21 99
        56.4% 34.4% 94.1%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
“Congratulations to ALBA for the win. Unfortunately it was a very bad night for us. Even though in the first half we shot the ball with the best percentages so far – 75% for threes and 64% for twos – I went into the locker room telling my players that was not the way to perform because they already had 8 offensive boards and we turned over the ball 8 times. Unfortunately I was proven right. In the second half, we started by shooting 0 of 9 for three and we turned over the ball 11 more times, and we gave them 14 more possessions than we had. I take all the blame for this performance but everybody needs to think seriously about how to communicate better and be more concentrated. We didn’t match their energy, we didn’t match their enthusiasm. We have not fought enough, and we paid the price.”
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin

“In the beginning we shot threes well but then we wanted to shoot three every time and this was a mistake. We played better in the last offenses.”

“We played with focus in a difficult situation when there are so many games.”

Players

HACKETT, DANIEL
CSKA Moscow
“We’ve got to give ALBA credit. They were very solid and outplayed us. They deserved the win. We will learn from this and get better. We were not focussed or sharp, we turned the ball over and didn’t make shots when we tried to play catch-up. But you’ve got to be thankful for nights like this because it’s not always pretty and we have to look inside ourselves. Each of us has to take responsibility for this so we can get better.”
FONTECCHIO, SIMONE
ALBA Berlin
“We are very happy for our first win. We played very good defense against a great team and we passed the ball well on offense. We played our game, our style. It was very tough because they’re a top team in EuroLeague but we did a great job especially on defense and rebounding. We didn’t have a few guys in the center position today but we did a good job.”
SIVA, PEYTON
ALBA Berlin
“I thought we did a good job of sharing the ball, attacking and making some shots. We played our offensive style, we were able to get up and down and run, so credit to our team for staying in there and pushing the pace. We went out there to play with ambition to win. We got smacked in the last couple of games but today we wanted to go and play with ambition, heart and try to get the win.”