2014-15Regular SeasonRound 4
November 07, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 USH CSKA

Teodosic stars as CSKA downs Unicaja in battle of unbeatens

In a clash of two undefeated teams in Group B, Milos Teodosic scored 27 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting and dished 10 assists to lead CSKA Moscow to a 95-85 victory over Unicaja Malaga in the Russian capital on Friday. CSKA improved to 4-0 for sole possession of the first place in the standings, while Unicaja dropped to 3-1 and second place. CSKA took the lead for good in the first quarter, and built a 42-28 lead behind Vitaly Fridzon and Sonny Weems. Teodosic got it going from long range late in the first half to help make it 52-39 at halftime, but Unicaja rallied in the third quarter with a balanced offense and Jayson Granger leading the way. The visitors got within 69-66, but Teodosic hit 3 triples to give the hosts some breathing room before Weems and Kyle Hines finished off the job. Weems had 16 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, and Fridzon also scored 16, while Hines finished with 14 points and 3 blocks. For the visitors, Granger had 20 points and 10 assists, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas also scored 20 in defeat.

First quarter: Weems and Fridzon get the hosts in front

Fridzon started the game with a corner triple on the opening possession, before Kostas Vasileiadis opened Unicaja's account with a layup. Weems nailed a jumper, but Kuzminskas hit a corner three-pointer for 5-5. After a floater from Fridzon, Kuzminskas answered with a driving layup, and Vladimir Golubovic made a put-back dunk for a 7-9 edge. Andrey Vorontsevich had a put-back himself, before Teodosic threw an alley-oop pass to Weems for a dunk and another CSKA lead. Will Thomas scored on a powerful move inside for Unicaja, and after Teodosic nailed a jumper, Granger’s runner tied it at 13-13. Weems knocked down a corner triple, and after a tip-in from Golubovic, a dunk from Sasha Kaun and a fastbreak layup from Fridzon made it 20-15. Kuzminskas and Granger each buried a three-pointer, but Fridzon's 3 from the foul line and a dunk from Kyle Hines made it 25-21. In the final minutes of the quarter, Hines added a fastbreak layup to the tally, and Teodosic drove the lane for a layup just before the buzzer, giving the hosts a 29-21 lead.

Second quarter: CSKA pushes the margin into double figures

Teodosic opened the second quarter with a jumper, before Morayoninuoluwa Soluade scored on a fast break for the visitors. After Demetris Nichols sank a long jumper, Vasileiadis nailed a triple to make it 33-26. Nando De Colo drove for a pair of layups, with Granger scoring one for Unicaja on the other end. Weems nailed another shot from long range and Hines added another basket inside for a 42-28 cushion. Unicaja cut the deficit with Kuzminskas sinking a three-pointer, and after Nichols drove for a layup, Vasileiadis hit from downtown on a fast break to get within 44-36. But Teodosic buried a three for CSKA and then fed Kaun for a dunk to restore a double-digit margin, 49-36. Granger made a pair of free throws and Caleb Green split his from the charity stripe, before Teodosic knocked down another three-pointer to make it 52-39 at halftime.

Third quarter: Unicaja climbs back

Fran Vazquez hit a baseline jumper and Ryan Toolson nailed a triple to get Unicaja’s offense going right from the start of the second half. Weems answered with a corner triple, but Kuzminskas made a basket-plus-foul to make it 55-47. Kaun scored inside, but Granger quickly answered with a layup. Teodosic’s runner and Fridzon’s reverse layup gave CSKA a 61-51 lead before Granger’s driving layup-plus-free throw. A fastbreak basket from Kuzminskas cut the deficit to 61-56. Teodosic and Thomas traded baskets from close range, then the two players traded jumpers to make it 65-60. Hines extended the margin with a layup-plus-foul, but Green scored on a fastbreak and missed the additional free throw that Golubovic tipped in, 69-66. However, Teodosic nailed a triple on the ensuing possession, finishing the quarter with CSKA up 72-66.

Fourth quarter: CSKA shakes off the rally, win by 10

Green made a tip-in at the start of the quarter, before Teodosic and Soluade traded three-pointers. Teodosic buried his fifth triple, and Vorontsevich scored a fastbreak dunk to make it 80-71. A three-pointer from Fridzon put CSKA back up by 10 points, and Kaun’s basket extended it to 85-73. The visitors were held without a field goal for almost five minutes, but 4 free throws from Granger and a layup from Vazquez cut it to 85-78. A three-pointer from Toolson brought Unicaja within 5, but Weems sank a jump shot and Fridzon hit a high-arching jumper with 95 seconds left, making it 90-81. Hines sealed the deal with a basket-plus-foul before the final minute, during which Green and Kuzminskas scored layups for Unicaja, and Hines rounded out the scoring with a dunk after some nifty passing.

Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - EB14
Friday, November 7, 2014
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), MARICIC,SASA (SRB)
Attendance: 4619
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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 20:01 6 3/5       5 5 2 2 3   1 4 2 7
2 ASTAPKOVICH, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 28:23 27 6/8 5/6     2 2 10   5     4 4 31
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 28:19 16 3/4 2/6 4/4 1 3 4 3 1     1 4 1 15
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 11:12 4 2/2 0/1             1         2
9 JACKSON, AARON 16:16   0/1       1 1 1 1 1     1    
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 WEEMS, SONNY 27:01 16 3/6 3/7 1/2 1 4 5 7 1 2     3 2 18
19 STREBKOV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 28:48 4 2/3   0/1 2 5 7 2 1 1     1 3 13
24 KAUN, SASHA 20:23 8 4/6     2 1 3     2 1   2   6
42 HINES, KYLE 19:37 14 6/8   2/3 2 3 5   1 1 3   2 3 20
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 95 29/43 10/20 7/10 9 26 35 25 7 16 4 2 21 15 115
        67.4% 50% 70%
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SOLUADE, MO 8:17 5 1/2 1/1   1   1   1           6
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 24:50 7 2/4 1/5     1 1 1   4     3 2 -2
9 TOOLSON, RYAN 27:38 6 0/5 2/6   2   2 3 1 2   1 2 1 -1
10 THOMAS, WILL 21:34 6 3/6 0/1   1 4 5               7
11 NGUIRANE, MAODO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 SUAREZ, CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 KARAHODZIC, KENAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 31:43 20 4/7 1/3 9/9   2 2 10 2 1     2 7 33
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 19:50 7 2/3   3/4   1 1 1 2       2 2 9
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 27:32 20 5/7 3/6 1/1 1 2 3   2 1 1 1 2 3 20
30 GREEN, CALEB 20:33 6 2/3 0/1 2/3 2 2 4   1 1 1   4 4 8
32 GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR 18:03 8 3/8   2/2 6 3 9 1 1     2   2 14
Team           2 3 5           1   4
Totals 200:00 85 22/45 8/23 17/19 15 18 33 16 10 9 2 4 16 21 98
        48.9% 34.8% 89.5%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
“In the first half we played really good basketball both on offense and defense. We performed well, we read their defense, we got open looks and ran. Our only problem was rebounds on our glass: if I am not mistaken in the first quarter they had 7 offensive rebounds and we had 6 defensive ones. In the third quarter Unicaja got back to the game by playing defense. But with due respect to the opponents, I can note the lack of concentration from our side. We could at least not to turn the ball over so often, especially taking into account that Malaga did not change its defensive system. Still we managed to keep the lead and win by playing some zone and switches. I think we deserved to win but it is obvious that we have a lot of work to do. On this stage of the season it is normal for us not to play consistently through all 40 minutes. We still need to find good chemistry and rotation, adopt our philosophy and continue winning. I would like again to thank our fans who were really loud and helped the players."

“Finally, I would like to say something important for me personally and for our club. Life has its good and bad moments. And it is my obligation to say that we devote this win to Mr. Ivanov. It is very difficult time for him. And if we can give him small, small piece of happiness with our win, we would be happy. And we will continue winning.”
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
"First congratulations to CSKA, they really deserved to win. Most part of the game they were playing better than us. We had no chance to win by shooting the ball with this percentage. And at some points of the game we weren’t defending well enough, we were just exchanging baskets. It is not necessary to say that Teodosic was having a great night, but I was expecting this kind of performance from the best point guard in Europe."

Players

TEODOSIC, MILOS
CSKA Moscow
"It was a tough game for us. Malaga is a really good team and it’s their first loss in the season. We played good basketball, maybe at some moments we did not play defense well enough and let Malaga come back. I’m happy with the way we played. We have the next game in two days. Tonight this win is dedicated to Sergey Ivanov. He is having a really hard time for his family. So as he supports us on the court, we would like to support him today in such a sad moment."
FRIDZON, VITALY
CSKA Moscow
"We saw Unicaja playing well even in the preseason. They are the leaders of the ACB and that’s why we were expecting a real fight. In the first half we played good, but in the third quarter we probably thought that it was easy for us, so we became weak a little. And they cut the difference to 4. I think we woke up on time and scored some important shots. I’m pleased with the result and expect a hard game in Malaga."
KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS
Unicaja Malaga
"We began the game really badly, we played terrible defense. They scored 52 in the first half and had a 13-points advantage. With this kind of team like CSKA, if you let them play their game – you are dead. That’s what happened to us. In the second half we tried to compete and show our best, but that was not enough. So we lost. Our problem was our defense and 50/50 balls – balls which we could take and they could take – we did not fight for them. I hope we are going to in the future. "
GOLUBOVIC, VLADIMIR
Unicaja Malaga
"To me today we played against the best team in Europe. But we did not think about that and gave 100%. We came with some problems and injured players, if we had them in our playing roster maybe we could have a chance to win. We should have a better rotation and stop their fast breaks, box out better, get more offensive rebounds – that was the key. "