De Colo, Teodosic dominate as CSKA routs Unicaja
CSKA Moscow remained undefeated this season by whipping Unicaja Malaga 101-74 on Thursday in the Russian capital. A week after claiming bwin MVP of the week honors, Nando De Colo did not miss a shot en route to 28 points, while Milos Teodosic set a Top 16 record with 14 assists to lead CSKA to a 4-0 start to the Top 16. The result dropped Unicaja to 0-4 in Group F. It took CSKA some time to pull away; Unicaja trailed 34-33 early in the second quarter, but a 10-0 CSKA run helped the hosts to a 54-41 halftime lead and the CSKA guards dominated the second half as the lead grew to 29. Teodosic, Sasha Kaun and Demetris Nichols each scored 13 for the winners. Will Thomas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 11 each for Unicaja and Fran Vazquez and Kostas Vasileiadis added 10 apiece in defeat.
First quarter: Fast-flowing offenses featured in entertaining start
Jumpers from the hosts’ Vorontsevich and the visitors’ Vasileiadis set the game in motion. Kaun made an immediate defensive impact with 3 blocks in the first two minutes. De Colo starred with a nifty layup at one end and drawing a charge at the other. Vazquez countered with a basket-plus-foul to tie the game at 6-6. Vorontsevich’s next bucket was followed by a Vasileiadis triple for Unicaja’s first lead. The shots started to fall at both ends. Caleb Green and De Colo traded triples to make it 15-15 midway through the quarter. After a pair of Mindaugas Kuzminskas free throws, Kaun threw down vicious one-handed slams on consecutive possessions. Vazquez used his quick hands and feet to turn Vasileiadis’s missed three into an offensive rebound and slam. Kaun added a tip in, but Vazquez kept the teams even from the line. Teodosic’s jumper and foul made it 26-23. After De Colo added foul shots, Ryan Toolson and Teodosic traded three pointers to end the quarter at 31-26.
Second quarter: CSKA pulls away with 10-0 run
Unicaja’s crisp passing led to a Thomas slam. De Colo continued his strong play with a triple from the corner. Toolson drove for a tough layup and Thomas added a basket-and-foul – which also sent Manuchar Markoishvili to the bench with 3 fouls – as Unicaja cut the gap to 34-33. Kyle Hines took a rebound coast to coast for three-point play and then turned a steal into a De Colo layup as CSKA regained a slim cushion. Nichols’s three-pointer made it 42-33 midway through the quarter. Kaun banked in a one-handed shot to extend the hosts’ run to 10 unanswered points. After a Unicaja timeout, Thomas ended the drought, but Nichols made a jumper too. Vladimir Golubovic finished off a series of quick passes with a layup only to see Teodosic feed Kaun for an alley-oop slam at the other end. Kuzminskas drove baseline to bring Unicaja within 7, but Vorontsevich followed with a triple and soon Teodosic added another for a 54-41 advantage at the break.
Third quarter: CSKA guards stretch lead into the 20s
Thomas beat the 24-second clock for the first bucket of the second half, but the momentum remained with the hosts. Nichols’s tip-in was followed by Teodosic’s perfect pass to Jackson for a layup and a 59-43 lead. After a timeout, Vazquez drilled a jumper, but Kaun scored in the paint. Stefan Markovic and Vazquez each scored on the break for Unicaja, but another pretty dish from Teodosic released De Colo for a baseline layup. De Colo knocked down his third three for a 66-48 advantage. Thomas’s fast break layup was answered by Teodosic with a jumper. Markovic scored again for the visitors, but De Colo’s layup and Nichols’s three took the lead into the 20s. De Colo scored on the break to make it 75-52.
Fourth quarter: De Colo, Teodosic wrap up convincing victory
The red-hot De Colo sank another three. After Kuzminskas scored, Vitaly Fridzon hit from downtown to make it 81-54. Granger and De Colo traded jumpers. Nichols’s third three from Teodosic’s 10th assist further extended the lead to a game-high 29. Kuzminskas netted free throws and a three-pointer before Jon Stefanson added a tough layup and foul. Green split free throws to complete a 0-8 Unicaja run. Teodosic collected a few more assists with dishes to Hines inside, Aleksey Zozulin for a three and Hines for a slam as the hosts cruised to a lopsided victory.
Thursday, January 22, 2015