2016-17Regular SeasonRound 30
April 07, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

CSKA edges Olympiacos in regular season finale

CSKA Moscow defeated Olympiacos Piraeus 90-86 Friday in the Russian capital in a tense and exciting tune-up for the two playoff bound teams. CSKA recorded its eight straight home win to finish the regular season in second place with 22-8 record. The champs will face Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the playoffs. Olympiacos lost its third game in a row to rank 19-11 and finish third. It will play Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the next stage. CSKA led for much of the game with the lead reaching 14 in the second quarter, but the Reds came back and stayed close down the stretch. Ioannis Papapetrou hit a deep three with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 81-81, but Milos Teodosic, who shined with 11 fourth-quarter points, countered with a three-point play and the hosts made their free throws down the stretch to keep the win. Nando De Colo and Teodosic scored 23 points apiece to lead the winners, while Cory Higgins added 12 points, Andrey Vorontsevich 11 and Kyle Hines 10. Vassilis Spanoulis collected 16 points and 7 assists and Papapetrou also scored 16 for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou added 13 points off the bench and Georgios Printezis and Vangelis Mantzaris each netted 12.

The CSKA offense was flowing as it scored the game’s first three baskets. Spanoulis drew the Reds back within 2, but CSKA continued to score with ease, while Nikita Kurbanov added a spectacular block of Khem Birch. Teodosic drained a three-pointer to make it 17-8 midway through the quarter. Vorontsevich’s first three-pointer gave the hosts a double-digit lead, 25-15, which is how the first quarter ended. Patric Young made a big impact inside for the visitors with offensive rebounds and a three-point play. However a four-point play by Vitaly Fridzon extended the margin to 31-19. The difference reached 14 on Higgins free throws, but Spanoulis kept the Reds from falling any further behind. Threes by Mantzaris and Papanikolaou drew Olympiacos within 8, but Hines free throws made it 47-37 at the break. Higgins came through with a steal and 4 points in the first minute of the second half, but Printezis scored 4 points and Papapetrou drained a triple in a 0-8 push that closed the gap to 51-45. Mantzaris took a steal in for a layup and later Spanoulis knocked down a three-pointer to make it 55-52. A pair of quick CSKA baskets for Vorontsevich and De Colo kept the hosts in control and then De Colo heated up as the hosts finished the third quarter with a 71-63 advantage. Papanikolaou scored 4 points early in the fourth quarter to bring Olympiacos within 71-69. CSKA remains ahead, but Olympiacos stayed close; Spanoulis made it 79-76 with three and a half minutes remaining. Papapetrou silenced the arena with a deep three with 1:32 that tied the score at 81-81. Teodosic countered with a basket-plus-foul and Higgins added free throws with 35 seconds left, but a quick three by Papapetrou kept the visitors alive. However Hines nailed a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to all but seal the outcome.

Nando De Colo - CSKA Moscow - EB16
Friday, April 7, 2017
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP)
Attendance: 11077
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CSKA Moscow25222419
Olympiacos Piraeus15222623
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CSKA Moscow25477190
Olympiacos Piraeus15376386
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 30:28 23 6/9 2/6 5/5   2 2 6 3 2       6 31
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 32:26 23 4/6 3/6 6/7   2 2 4 2 8     2 6 21
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 15:22   0/1     1 3 4         1 2    
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 11:43 4 0/2 1/2 1/1 3   3     3     3 2  
9 JACKSON, AARON 12:02   0/1 0/1         1   1     1 1 -2
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 0:17           1 1               1
19 FREELAND, JOEL 2:50                              
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 26:13 11 4/6 1/1   1 2 3 2 1       2   13
22 HIGGINS, CORY 16:44 12 2/3 0/1 8/8         1 3     2 7 13
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 13:30 2 1/2       2 2 1     1 1 2 1 3
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 16:37 5 0/1 1/2 2/2   4 4 2     2   4 2 9
42 HINES, KYLE 21:48 10 2/3   6/6 2 4 6 1   2 1   2 3 16
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 90 19/34 8/19 28/29 8 22 30 17 7 20 4 2 20 28 107
        55.9% 42.1% 96.6%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 BIRCH, KHEM 17:34 2 0/2   2/2   2 2 1 1 2   1 4 1 -2
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 4:12 4 1/2   2/3 2   2           2 2 4
5 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS 0:03                              
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 27:42 16 2/6 4/6   1 1 2   1     1   1 13
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 30:37 16 4/6 1/4 5/7   1 1 7 2 5   1 5 5 13
9 WATERS, DOMINIC 5:44     0/1         1         2   -2
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 12:59 7 3/5 0/2 1/2 2 3 5   1     1 3 5 9
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 17:31 4 2/3       1 1 1 1 2 2   3   3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:58 12 5/5 0/1 2/2 3 4 7   1 2     2 2 17
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 25:26 13 3/4 1/7 4/6 1 3 4 3 1 2     2 3 11
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 28:09 12 3/4 2/4     1 1 4 3 3     4 1 11
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 3:05                         1   -1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 86 23/37 8/25 16/22 10 18 28 17 11 17 2 4 28 20 78
        62.2% 32% 72.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"We have two competitive teams. We talked before the game and I said maybe the outcome is not important for the standings, but this is a rivalry, this is a very good team. They have very high expectations from the team; we have as well. We played at home, so the outcome was good for us. We managed to have the home-court advantage from the regular season and now we are looking forward to the playoffs. "
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"This was a high-level game with two great teams, two traditional teams in European basketball. CSKA is a really talented team with a lot of players that can score easily and we had some problems defensively at the beginning of the game, I think we didn’t start the game well and allowed them to score 17 points in the first five minutes. So that was very important. After that slowly we tried to improve our defense, especially at the beginning of the second half. CSKA scored less points than in the beginning and with some shots from the outside, we tied the game. At that period, when the game was 81-81, I think 1 offensive rebound made by CSKA resulted in a basket and foul. Then it was 5 points, 86-81. And I think at the end it was very difficult to comeback, even though we fought. It was a good game between two very good teams and now we focus on the playoffs. "

Players

HIGGINS, CORY
CSKA Moscow
"It’s always a physical and tough game against Olympiacos and we expected that. It’s good that we got the win to close the regular season on a high note and to prepare for the playoffs."