2008-09Regular SeasonRound 4
November 12, 2008 CET: 18:15
Local time: 20:15 USH CSKA
Ramunas Siskauskas - CSKA MoscowDefending champion CSKA Moscow used a record breaking three-point shooting performance to bury visiting Efes Pilsen 90-68 in the Russian capital on Wednesday night. CSKA tied the Euroleague record with 18 three-pointers made and smashed the record for best accuracy by shooting 72% from downtown. Head coach Ettore Messina’s side improved its perfect record to 4-0 in Group D ahead of a trip to Belgrade to face Partizan next week. Meanwhile Efes Pilsen dropped its second straight to fall to 2-2. It will host Real Madrid next. The hosts never let any doubt into the outcome of the game as Zoran Planinic hit a three on the opening possession and Terrence Morris followed with triples on the next three trips downcourt as CSKA opened a big lead that it never let up. The lead grew to 38-11 in the second period and rested at 47-27 at halftime. Efes never got closer than 17 the rest of the way. Ramunas Siskauskas led the way for CSKA with 19 points on 4-for-4 three-point shooting. His last three with a minute remaining matched the most threes hit in a game this decade, 18 by Lottomatica Roma in December 2003. Morris made a career-high 5 triples en route to 17 points, while Trajan Langdon also hit 5 times to account for his 15 points. Planinic added 14 points and 8 assists and Erazem Lorbek had 11 points and 7 rebounds for CSKA, which was coming off an incredible 20-for-28 three-point effort in the Russian League over the weekend. Charles Smith had a great three-point day of his own, hitting 6 of 9 for 22 points, but it was not enough for Efes, which also got 11 points from Ender Arslan.

Kerem Gonlum - Efes PilsenCSKA took charge from the start with Planinic hitting a three on the opening possession and then Morris nailed 3 straight triples from the same spot on the wing. In between, Bootsy Thornton hit a three in between Morris's first and second threes for Efes’s first basket. Head coach Ergin Ataman took a timeout to calm his troops, but that didn’t trouble CSKA as Langdon added another triple. Planinic scored from close range for the first points not from behind the arc and Lorbek added a free throw for an 18-3 CSKA lead midway through the period. Thornton struck again from downtown, but the hosts continued to roll as Siskauskas converted a three-point play and soon a Nikos Zisis basket in transition gave CSKA a 21-point lead. An Arslan triple made it 27-9 at the end of the period.

A Planinic basket in transition followed by a Siskauskas triple from the corner saw the CSKA lead grow even more. Thornton fed Michailis Kakiouzis for a basket in the paint – Efes’s first points inside of the game – but back-to-back threes by Viktor Khryapa and Siskauksas made it 38-11. Preston Shumpert got on the board for the visitors and Kerem Gonlum scored twice inside as Efes started to show signs of life. Kakiouzos added a three after a Siskauskas basket and soon Smith buried one form the corner to get Efes within 19. CSKA head coach Ettore Messina took a timeout to refocus his charges and it helped as Zisis rifled in a three and then fed Morris for an alley-oop slam before Gonlum hit a hook to make it 47-27 at the halftime break.

Trajan Langdon - CSKA MoscowSmith opened the second half with a three-pointer, but CSKA quickly re-asserted its dominance with 11 unanswered points – including a pair of threes by Langdon – to go ahead 58-30. Kakiouzos scored inside for Efes, but another Morris triple kept the momentum with the hosts. Milos Vujanic scored his first points for Efes and Smith hit another three and added a fast-break layup to bring his team within 63-42 only for Langdon to step up from downtown. Morris shined again with a pretty pass to Lorbek and Langdon followed with his fifth three of the game. Thornton scored for Efes, but Morris ended the period with his career-best fifth triple to make it 74-47 with 10 minutes to play.

Smith kept firing away for Efes, hitting three times from downtown to give him 6 for the night and cutting the difference to 76-56. But after a timeout, a Planinic three and a Lorbek jumper left no doubt as to the outcome. The closing minutes began to resemble an all-star game, with little defense and lots of running. Andrey Vorontsevich committed an unsportsmanlike breakaway foul on Cenk Akyol and Arslan hit a three for Efes. A record-tying three by Siskauskas with a minute to go iced the win as CSKA continued its unbeaten start.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 4000
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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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 27:25 5 1/6 1/2     2 2 5         2 2 6
7 KEYRU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 30:28 19 3/6 4/4 1/1 1 2 3 5     1   3 1 23
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 22:09 11 5/9   1/2 4 3 7 1 1 2   3 1 3 12
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 17:51 6 3/5     3 2 5     2 1   2   6
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 4:10   0/2       1 1     2     2   -5
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 29:05 15 0/4 5/7   1 2 3 1 1       1 2 15
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 15:32 3   1/2     3 3 1   2     2 1 3
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 21:23 14 4/5 2/3     2 2 8 4 1     3 3 25
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 31:57 17 1/2 5/7   1 4 5 3 1 2         21
Team           2   2     2          
Totals 200:00 90 17/39 18/25 2/3 12 21 33 24 7 13 2 3 16 12 106
        43.6% 72% 66.7%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 SMITH, CHARLES 25:17 22 1/2 6/9 2/5   2 2 1 1       2 4 21
9 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 22:50 4 1/3 0/1 2/2       2   1       1 3
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 34:15 8 1/2 2/4   2 4 6 5 1 3   1 2 1 12
12 GONLUM, KEREM 33:44 8 4/6     1 2 3 1   1 2   2 1 10
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 15:38 4 1/1 0/2 2/2   1 1     2     1 1 1
14 PEKER, KAYA 4:53   0/3     1   1 1   1 1       -1
15 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 27:00 9 3/6 1/4     5 5   1 1   1 1   6
21 JONES, DWAYNE 3:01   0/1             1 1     1 1 -1
22 ATSUR, ENGIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 24:22 11 2/2 2/3 1/1       1   3     3 5 10
55 AKYOL, CENK 9:00 2   0/2 2/2   1 1 1 1         2 5
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 68 13/26 11/25 9/12 4 15 19 12 7 13 3 2 12 16 68
        50% 44% 75%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"We played a good game. We had an excellent start to the first and second halves. On defense, we did everything necessary to play against Efes's pick-'n'-rolls and shooters. But I'd like to point out: we played against a good team, so we can be satisfied with the work we did. You can look at the stats, at the number of assists, steals, rebounds to understand why."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Efes Pilsen
"We started very bad. For me the biggest surprise was the tempo of the game. Tactically, we tried to close the paint, but Morris started to hit one three-pointer after another, though in Madrid he was 0 for 8. After this start, we went down and showed a very bad game. CSKA played its basketball and we just followed. CSKA scored 54 points from the three-pointers alone: their offense was running like in the book. It is normal to lose to CSKA in Moscow, but not like this."

Players

LORBEK, ERAZEM
CSKA Moscow
"We played really good tonight and I'm happy to win with a big difference against a team like Efes Pilsen. We managed to applicate what our coach told us before the game. And I think we did it pretty good. We were good on both levels of the game. We outrebounded them and also had a respectable percentage from the three-point line. The most important thing is to stay resistent on defense in the game for all 40 minutes and I think this is the thing that makes us different than the other teams in the Euroleague."
GONLUM, KEREM
Efes Pilsen
"It was just like a nightmare, from the start until the end. We were too weak on defense and they punished us like they never did anyone else before. It was just like the two teams met with their best and worst performances on the same night. We knew that it was going to be really very tough, but never thought we might lose in that way. It was really very late when we shook ourselves and tried to find solutions in the game. They killed us with their high percentages, especially from the three-point line. We have to think about our mistakes and try to not to repeat them again because this season is not as long as the previous years."
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