2018-19PlayoffsGame 2
April 18, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 MEGASPORT ARENA

Baskonia overpowers CSKA to even series

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz overpowered CSKA Moscow 68-78 on Thursday night at Megasport Arena to even their best-of-five playoff series at 1-1. In doing so, Baskonia wrested away the home-court advantage in the series, which swings to Spain next week for two games at the home of the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, Fernando Buesa Arena. Darrun Hilliard paced the winning attack with 16 points, Shavon Shields scored 15, Vincent Poirier tallied 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals and Patricio Garino added 11. The victory was Baskonia's first over CSKA in Moscow since the 2005 Final Four – a run of 15 consecutive defeats. Cory Higgins paced CSKA with 15 points and Will Clyburn and Sergio Rodriguez netted 14 points apiece. CSKA scored the game's first points, but Baskonia answered with a 0-8 run and never trailed again.

Baskonia made two changes in its starting lineup with All-EuroLeague big man Toko Shengelia and veteran playmaker Marcelinho Huertas moving into the first five at the expense of Poirier and Luca Vildoza. The visitors got going with an 0-8 run in which Shields and Garino nailed three-pointers to lead 2-8. Shengelia's second foul came less than 4 minutes into the game and he took a seat on Coach Perasovic's bench. After Nikita Kurbanov's three drew CSKA within 2, another strike by Shields and a put-back by Poirier boosted Baskonia to 10-17 and prompted a CSKA timeout. Baskonia continued its momentum and Poirier free throws made it 18-27 after 10 minutes. Matt Janning knocked down a triple early in the second quarter to send the margin into double figures. Poirier dominated on both ends and Hilliard free throws made it 20-34. The hosts looked to come back as a Rodriguez three closed the deficit to 9, which caused the Baskonia bench to call a timeout. The momentum swung CSKA's way as the hosts scored on the break, off offensive rebounds and in the halfcourt. Rodriguez fed Othello Hunter for an alley-oop slam that capped an 11-0 run and brought their team within 3. Baskonia withstood the challenge and through Vildoza and Poirier surged to 33-42. Poirier committed his third foul in the final seconds of the half and Clyburn split free throws to make it 37-42 at the break.

Both teams brought back their starters to open the second half. CSKA rallied through threes by Higgins and Rodriguez, but Garino shouldered the scoring for Baskonia to keep the visitors ahead 47-53 midway through the quarter. Clyburn drew CSKA within a shot with a three-pointer, however, Baskonia regrouped to reel off 11 unanswered points to end the quarter and led 52-66 on a Hilliard triple. The same man added a second three early in the fourth to give Baskonia its biggest lead, 54-69. CSKA managed to slow the Baskonia attack, but struggled to get things going on offense. Higgins connected from downtown, which caused the visitors to call timeout at 63-72. Hines drew the hosts within 7, but CSKA then missed its next 5 shots – 4 of them from behind the arc – as Baskonia reclaimed a double-digit advantage, 65-75. CSKA played hard till the end, but it was Baskonia's night.

Key performer

Vincent Poirier dominated every moment he was on the floor to finish with 14 points on perfect shooting, 15 rebounds and 4 steals. Not only did he not miss a shot, but several of his buckets were spectacular slams. Poirier tied the club record for steals in a playoff game. His rebounding total was the most in a playoff game for anyone since Richard Hendrix collected 16 for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv against Baskonia in 2011. Maccabi won that series to reach the Final Four in Barcelona.

Under-the-radar contributor

Patricio Garino may not have had the best line of Game 2 for Baskonia, but his key third-quarter contributions played a big role. After Cory Higgins opened the second half with a three-pointer to bring CSKA within 2, the second-year forward scored on three of Baskonia's next four possessions to keep the hosts at bay. Each of those baskets came with CSKA breathing down Baskonia's neck and helped keep the lead and psychological advantage that proved crucial.

Did you notice?

Despite the loss, it was a historic night of milestones for CSKA big man Kyle Hines. He finished the game with 6 rebounds and 2 offensive boards. The second offensive rebounds gave Hines 500 for his career. He became the second man – after Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid – to achieve that feat. He also broke a tie with Antonis Fotsis for sole possession of ninth place with 1,130 career boards.

Next week

Baskonia will host Games 3 and 4 of the series on Wednesday and Friday. Only if the two teams split those games will the series return for a fifth-and-deciding game in the Russian capital.

Vincent Poirier - KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - EB18
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; PATERNICO, CARMELO
Attendance: 7512 (Tentative)
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KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz27426678
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 16:52 6 2/4 0/3 2/2       2   2       2 3
3 BOLOMBOY, JOEL 3:35           1 1           1    
5 PETERS, ALEC 10:39 2 0/2 0/2 2/2 1 1 2         1   2 1
7 UKHOV, IVAN 0:07                              
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 29:41 14 1/3 4/11     2 2 3 1 4     2 1 6
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 8:37     0/1   1 1 2   1   1   1   2
21 CLYBURN, WILL 28:59 14 2/4 2/5 4/6 1 5 6 2 1 3     3 6 16
22 HIGGINS, CORY 27:29 15 3/5 2/6 3/3   1 1 3   2     4 4 11
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 11:39 2 1/3 0/1           1 2   1 2   -5
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 23:16 7 2/2 1/1   2 2 4 2         2   11
42 HINES, KYLE 20:16 4 2/5     2 4 6 1 2 1   1 3 1 6
44 HUNTER, OTHELLO 18:50 4 2/4     1 2 3   1 1     2 3 6
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 68 15/32 9/30 11/13 11 22 33 13 7 16 1 3 20 19 62
        46.9% 30% 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
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 23:47 7 2/6 1/5     1 1 4   1     2 2 3
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 29:22 4 1/3 0/4 2/2   2 2 4 2 1 1   2 1 5
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 16:19 1 0/1 0/2 1/2       6 1 4     2 2  
11 JANNING, MATT 9:26 3   1/2     2 2   1       1   4
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 0:07                              
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 21:43 14 6/6   2/2 4 11 15 2 4 4 1   3 3 32
21 JONES, JALEN 6:08         1   1     2     3   -4
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 22:37 7 2/6 1/1 0/3 1 4 5 2 2 2 1 1 3 4 8
29 GARINO, PATRICIO 20:54 11 4/5 1/3     2 2           2   8
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON 29:57 15 3/4 2/2 3/3 1 1 2     2     1 3 16
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN 19:40 16 2/2 3/5 3/4   3 3   1 1       5 21
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 78 20/33 9/24 11/16 8 27 35 18 11 17 3 1 19 20 95
        60.6% 37.5% 68.8%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"I would like to congratulate Baskonia for the win. They were more decisive in many moments and they managed to tie the series. We knew that it was going to be a tough series and it was proven; they just tied the series. If we get into the analysis, we definitely gave up too easy a start and too easy points on their offensive creativity and the best possible shots that they had at the beginning of the first quarter; 27 points is too much, because if you make a summary of the first and third quarters, which I'm going to also refer to, you will see the result is 33-51 for them. But if you make the sum of the second and the fourth quarters, you will see it is 35-27 for us. I am saying that because the key is we gave them too much in the first half in general, but especially the first quarter. Huge difference from how we played the second quarter and how we played much of the third quarter. We came to 52-53 with the three-pointer of Chacho [Rodriguez] from the corner and the timeout. And then they ran 13-0. Of course, the fatigue of this lineup that brought the team to 52-53 was questionable and that's why we tried to rotate. But unfortunately, that momentum was the key momentum for them."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I think today we played excellent defense. When CSKA scores 68 points, you can say you did a good job. This is a key for me. We were solid in the pick-and-roll situations when they always create some advantages, but today we stopped their situations and also in one-on-one, so we did a good job. When you win one game here, you always must be happy. But we know it will be difficult to beat CSKA two time at home, but we will fight."

Players

HIGGINS, CORY
CSKA Moscow
"We didn't play good. We gotta focus on the two games in Vitoria. We didn't play aggressive enough, so we gotta change that and go win two games. It's 1-1 and it's a five-game series. We gotta make adjustments and win two more. The problem was we didn't come focused enough. We didn't come with enough fight."
SHIELDS, SHAVON
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"It's a really big win for us to get one on the road and tie the series going back home. So we take care of business at home now and keep playing the way we've been playing. [The keys were] getting stops on defense; they're a really good offensive team, so stopping all their weapons and getting out on transition helped us a lot to win."
POIRIER, VINCENT
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We were aggressive. We played great defense. We didn't allow the [kinds of] baskets they made two days ago and I think today that made the difference. We are confident. We know it won't be easy. They are a tough team; we know they can play really tough and win two game sin Buesa, so we have to be really focused, stay humble and do the best we can."