2014-15Top 16Round 2
January 08, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 USH CSKA

CSKA Moscow beats Laboral and stays undefeated

In a highly-entertaining, run-and-gun showdown, CSKA Moscow remained undefeated this season by downing Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 99-90 in the Russian capital on Thursday. CSKA improved to 2-0 in Group F, while Laboral dropped to 0-2. Sonny Weems paced the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Milos Teodosic added 18 points, Nando De Colo had 17 points and 8 assists, Andrey Vorontsevich scored 13 points and blocked 4 shots, while Sasha Kaun contributed 12 points for CSKA. Mike James led Laboral with 19 points. Kim Tillie scored 14, Toko Shengelia added 11 while Colton Iverson and Fabien Causeur each got 10 for the guests. Vorontsevich fueled an 8-0 opening run, but James and Tillie allowed Laboral to get within 19-18. Teodosic and De Colo boosted CSKA's lead to 26-20 after 10 minutes. CSKA improved its defense early in the second quarter and an 8-0 run that Kaun capped with a dunk made it a 15-point game. Weems and De Colo gave the hosts a 53-36 margin at halftime. Laboral rallied after the break behind a great team effort, getting within 71-62 through three quarters and as close as 81-77 on a three-pointer by Darius Adams. Weems, De Colo and Teodosic stepped up in crunch time to seal the deal down the stretch. CSKA set a club record with 10 blocks, as did Laboral by pulling down 23 offensive rebounds.

First quarter: Run-and-gun basketball!

Aaron Jackson got CSKA going with a three-pointer, which Sasha Kaun followed with a layup-plus-foul for a 6-0 lead in just 41 seconds. Andrey Vorontsevich hit a six-meter jumper in transition, which caused Laboral to call timeout at 8-0. Mike James shined with a driving layup, but Kaun finished a three-chance CSKA offense with a close basket. James answered from downtown and free throws by Toko Shengelia kept the guests within 10-7. Vitaly Fridzon shined with a reverse layup, which Shengelia erased with a put-back basket. Vorontsevich struck from downtown and Fridzon gave CSKA a 17-9 margin. Jackson took over with an alley-oop layup for a double-digit CSKA lead. Kim Tillie sparked a response with a triple. Fabien Causeur stepped up with an off-balance layup and a put-back basket by Mirza Begic brought Laboral within 19-16. Tillie kept pushing Laboral with a put-back slam. Nando De Colo and Fernando San Emeterio exchanged layups before Milos Teodosic came off the bench to drill a three-pointer. A dunk by Vorontsevich made it 26-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: CSKA makes its move

De Colo hit free throws early in the quarter. Tillie nailed a corner triple, but a fade-away jumper by Teodosic restored a 30-23 CSKA lead. Kyle Hines took over with a driving layup, which James matched at the other end. De Colo took over with an off-balance three-point play and Teodosic hit one from beyond the arc for a 38-25 CSKA margin. De Colo fed Kaun for a slam, after which Laboral called timeout at 40-25, after an 8-0 run. Tillie scored down low. Weems found his first points and a put-back dunk by Begic kept Laboral within 42-29. Hines split free throws and a step-back jumper by Weems made it a 16-point game, 45-29. Weems fired in a corner three-pointer and Vorontsevich bettered Begic's free throws with a bomb from downtown that broke the game open, 51-31. James also hit one from beyond the arc and Causeur added a jumper, but De Colo gave CSKA a 53-36 margin at halftime.

Third quarter: Laboral shows its trademark character

Causeur tried to ignite the guests' comeback with a fast break layup soon after the break. Teodosic found Weems for a corner triple. Davis Bertans made free throws, as CSKA tried to control the game with Teodosic and Jackson together on court. Tillie scored around the basket, but Weems downed another three-pointer from the same spot. After Bertans dunked, Teodosic made free throws. A three-point play by James kept Laboral within 61-47. Tillie scored down low and an off-balance basket by James forced CSKA to call a much-needed timeout at 61-51. Weems rescued CSKA with free throws, but Bertans answered with a six-meter jumper. Colton Iverson split free throws and added a layup, but back-to-back triples by Teodosic gave CSKA fresh air at 69-56. Iverson went 1-of-2 from the foul line and Darius Adams hit a three to get Laboral within single digits, 69-60. Free throws by De Colo and Iverson fixed the score at 71-62.

Fourth quarter: Laboral tries, CSKA seals the deal

Teodosic fed Hines for a power layup early in the quarter, but Bertans did even better with a three-pointer and Adams also struck from downtown in transition to bring Laboral within 73-68. De Colo answered from downtown, which Iverson erased with a dunk-and-foul. Vorontsevich fired in a three-pointer, but Shengelia singlehandedly brought Laboral within 79-74. Teodosic send a wild no-look pass to Kaun for a slam, but Adams answered from way downtown. Weems banked in a one-handed floater and Kaun added a three-point play for an 86-77 CSKA lead with over four minutes left. Iverson split foul shots and a three-pointer by Weems sealed the outcome, 89-78. De Colo took over with an off-balance three-point play and a jumper by Teodosic allowed all CSKA fans to celebrate yet another win, 94-78, way in advance.

Thursday, January 8, 2015
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR)
Attendance: 4715
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria20366290
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 26:37 17 3/5 1/3 8/8   1 1 8 1 2     1 6 26
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 30:59 18 2/5 4/8 2/3   2 2 5 2 3   1 2 4 17
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 18:19 4 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 1 2       1 1 7
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 15:22 3   1/2   1 2 3   1 3 2   5    
9 JACKSON, AARON 13:51 5 1/1 1/3     5 5 6 1 2         13
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 1:59                         1   -1
13 WEEMS, SONNY 30:14 22 3/5 4/9 4/4 2 6 8 2   3   1 4 4 21
19 STREBKOV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 18:23 13 2/4 3/5   1 4 5 2   1 4   5 1 15
24 KAUN, SASHA 26:01 12 5/9   2/2 2 4 6     1 2 3 2 2 12
42 HINES, KYLE 18:15 5 2/4   1/2 1 3 4     2 2   2 2 6
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 99 19/37 14/31 19/21 9 32 41 24 7 18 10 5 23 20 118
        51.4% 45.2% 90.5%
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ADAMS, DARIUS 16:41 9 0/2 3/8   2 2 4 2 2 6   1 3 1 1
3 JAMES, MIKE 23:09 19 5/10 2/6 3/3 2 1 3 4 1 3   1 1 3 16
4 IVERSON, COLTON 16:01 10 2/3   6/9 3 2 5     1 2 1 3 6 14
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 28:33 10 5/10   0/1 1 4 5 6 5     2 1 3 20
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 19:06 11 3/5 0/1 5/9 2 3 5     1     2 6 12
12 DIOP, ILIMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 TILLIE, KIM 20:53 14 4/7 2/3   4 1 5     1   1 1   12
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 23:59 6 2/6   2/2 3 5 8 1 3   2 2 1 1 14
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 11:21 2 1/4 0/2     2 2   1       1   -1
23 HANSBROUGH, BEN 11:18     0/1     3 3 2         4    
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 28:59 9 2/7 1/9 2/2 1 2 3   1 2 1 2 3 3 -3
Team           5 1 6               6
Totals 200:00 90 24/54 8/30 18/26 23 26 49 15 13 14 5 10 20 23 91
        44.4% 26.7% 69.2%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"First of all, congratulations to my players and the team. I don't count the number of consecutive wins that we have. The important thing is that we are in the Top 16 and every point, every rebound, every mistake matters, maybe even double. We played a good game most of the way and managed to score some easy points, especially we had a good transition game in the beginning but in the third quarter, we were very bad in passing the ball. It also matters that Laboral Kutxa started to play a little bit more aggressive and we turned the ball over very often and that didn't give us the fluency that we want to have. There are no secrets; it is hard work being focused in what we are doing. We are going game by game, this is the Top 16 so every point matters. Congratulations to the team and thanks to our fans for their support."
NAVARRO, IBON
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Our defense in the first half punished us in the end. We were not able to stop CSKA’s fast breaks and allowed the opponents to score 26 points having one foul to give in the end of first quarter. In the second we did not play our best defense. After the break I think CSKA was not as aggressive, they did not deny the passes, did not press us and allowed us to pass the ball more. We improved in the second half, but not enough to win the game."

Players

WEEMS, SONNY
CSKA Moscow
"We should not let anyone, especially in the Top 16, take more than 20 offensive rebounds, because we will pay for that. We started the game really good. To compete in the Top 16, we cannot give up till the last minute, but today our third quarter was bad."
FRIDZON, VITALY
CSKA Moscow
"It’s very good that we won today, although we missed a lot of chances to score. I think that our opponents believed that they could win the game and they were close to doing that. Maybe if they had a bit more desire, it would have happened. We need to draw the right conclusions."
NICHOLS, DEMETRIS
CSKA Moscow
"I think that the key to success was playing defense and outworking our opponents. We worked really, really hard last week in practice. We are playing well, but obviously we want to do better things defensively, but the key was outworking them and doing what we do. We are going game by game and trying to get better game by game, practice by practice. We don't really get caught up in how many games we won in a row. We just want to be the best that we can be in every single game."
SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We started the game badly, they were good in fast breaks, so we couldn’t come back. In our second half we have made good effort, played good on defense and we did not let them run. Our team had a chance to be in the game, but in the end CSKA scored a couple of three-point shots and it closed the game."
SHENGELIA, TORNIKE
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a tough game. CSKA is one of the best teams in Euroleague, especially when they play at home. They came out strong in the first half and I think that’s why we lost the game. Our second half was good on both sides of the court: on offense and on defense. We let them score easy shots in transition and we could not stop them with fouls. "