2006-07Regular SeasonRound 11
January 10, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAVERDE
Matjaz Smodis - CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow scored a hard-fought win over Benetton, 60-68, on Wednesday night in Treviso, Italy, to remain atop Group C with a 10-1 record. Former Benetton coach Ettore Messina guided CSKA to its eigtht straight win, thaks to a stand-out performance by Matjaz Smodis. The power forward missed only one shot on his way to 17 points and 7 rebounds. Center Aleksey Savrasenko was also near-perfect from the field on his way to 15 points. J.R. Holden finished with 12 points and 5 assists and Theo Papaloukas 11 for the reigning Euroleague champs. Benetton, which was without injured star power forward Marcus Goree, got 19 points from Matteo Soragna in the first half alone, but he went scoreless in the final 20 minutes. Nikos Zizis added 10 points and 5 assists and Spencer Nelson finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds. CSKA led for much of the game, going up by as many as 16 late in the third quarter. But Benetton stormed back in the final period and cut the gap to 5 with 42 seconds to go. The hosts had three open looks from downtown on their next possesion to get within 3, but couldn't sink one and when CSKA finally got the rebound, they let the clock run out and celebrated the win.

It all started in great fashion with an ovation to the returning Messina and a hug between him and Benetton coach David Blatt. Smodis opened the scoring for CSKA, but Joey Beard soon responded. CSKA pulled away early as Savrasenko and Smodis found open space in the paint to make it 2-9. Soragna came to the rescue with a three. Beard’s lay-up was then met by a three from Holden. Zizis returned the favor and when he added two from the line it was all square, 12-12. Holden and Soragna exchanged what were the last buckets for two-and-a-half minutes. Then Papaloukas took the floor to drill a three. Soragna answered twice before Papaloukas netted another jumper to make it 18-19 after 10 minutes.

Spencer Nelson - Benetton TrevisoCSKA committed a pair of turnovers to start the second quarter, but the Italian champs did not capitalize. Sticky defenses from both sides meant the score stalled for three minutes. Savrasenko broke the ice from the line, but Soragna was on hand again to score underneath. He then drew the foul after Holden had beaten the shot clock, 22-24. Smodis got a put back, but coach Messina was punished by the referee for arguing too much, resulting in two free throws. A great cut by Soragna and a three by Bryant Smith lifted the crowd as Benetton took the lead for the first time, 31-28. However, 4 points by Smodis returned the edge to CSKA with two-and-a-half minutes to go till halftime. The lead cotinued to sway from one side to another as Smith received an unsportsmanlike foul. In the absence of Goree, the physical battle in the paint was tough for Benetton, but Beard, Nelson and Angelo Gigli were fighting hard to keep the visitors at bay. However, some late free throws and a bucket by Smodis eventually gave the champs a 5-point lead at the break.

CSKA kept up the pressure on with a lovely hook by Savrasenko. A mixture of good defense and inaccurate shooting led to a three-minute scoring drought until Marco Mordente made a jumper. However Savrasenko kept causing problems in the zone. An amazing incident followed as the clock did not ring at the end of the 24 seconds and what looked like a late score from Smodis was allowed, sending the guests to a 12-point advantage. As a result, Blatt took a much-needed timeout to try to calm things down and reorganise his men. The game resumed under the boos from the crowd as Smodis got away from his marker for a fierce dunk. And when Trajan Langdon went through the traffic for an unbalanced lay-up and added a three, Benetton had a mountain of 16 points to climb with two minutes to play in the third quarter. Zizis made a three-point-play, but Tomas Van den Spiegel sank two from the line. Smith fired in a three to offer a slim hope to the host entering the deciding quarter.

Smith tried to get his team on the run, but Papaloukas in traffic answered immediately. Gigli connected beyond the arc before stealing and sending Zizis for an easy lay-up, cutting the deficit to 9 points and prompting a CSKA timeout. Papaloukas dished to Savrasenko to silence the crowd, 51-62. Gigli again from three kept Benetton’s hopes alive, 54-62 with three-and-a-half minutes to go. However, Holden got what seemed to be the knockout punch with a three that beat the shock clock. However, Nelson and Gigli reduced the gap to 7 with 4 quick points to set up an exciting last 1:15. Zizis coolly sank two from the line and a full-court press followed, paying off as the hosts got the ball back, with a 5-point deficit to shave in 42 seconds. Timeout. Gigli’s three-point attempt rolled frustratingly over the basket and out. Three more misses from downtown allowed CSKA to take a hard-fought road victory to stay atop of the group.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Fabrice Turmel, Treviso
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS; BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS
Attendance: 4436
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Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LYDAY, TERRELL 2:15                   1     1   -2
5 SMITH, BRYANT 28:00 7 2/3 1/3     2 2   2 2     1   5
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 37:45 10 2/5 1/2 3/3   4 4 5 1 4   1 2 5 14
7 SORAGNA, MATTEO 33:15 19 4/6 1/3 8/8   4 4 3 1 2     4 5 22
9 MORDENTE, MARCO 20:30 5 2/5 0/3 1/2 2 1 3 1 1 1   1 1 3 3
11 RULLO, ROBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 RENZI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GIGLI, ANGELO 27:30 8 1/3 2/4   1 4 5     2 1 1 3 1 5
17 NELSON, SPENCER 30:15 7 2/4 1/3   3 5 8 2 1 3     4 1 8
19 BEARD, JOEY 20:30 4 2/5   0/1   1 1 1 3 2     4 2 1
20 CUCCAROLO, GINO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1   6         1 8
Totals 200:00 60 15/31 6/18 12/14 7 21 28 12 15 17 1 3 20 18 64
        48.4% 33.3% 85.7%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 24:15 11 4/5 1/1         2 1       3   10
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 31:00 17 7/7 1/2   4 3 7 1 1 2     3 3 23
9 VANTERPOOL, DAVID 30:45 2 0/4 0/4 2/2 1 3 4 3 1 3   1 3 3 -2
10 HOLDEN, JR 32:15 12 1/3 3/5 1/2   1 1 5   1     1 2 13
11 PASHUTIN, ZAKHAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 18:00 4 1/3 0/3 2/4   4 4   3 1 1     4 8
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 20:45 15 7/8   1/2 2 3 5 1 2 2     4 3 18
18 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 32:45 5 1/3 1/4     7 7 1 1 4     3 4 6
22 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 10:15 2     2/2   1 1 1   1 2   1 1 5
Team                   9 1         8
Totals 200:00 68 21/33 6/19 8/12 7 22 29 14 18 15 3 1 18 20 89
        63.6% 31.6% 66.7%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE
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Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Benetton Basket
"Nothing but good things to say about our team. I think we played hard and we played right. CSKA is a great team and you really have to play close to perfect to beat them. Especially tonight, missing so many key players, and in the end we came close, but close is not good enough. Hopefully, in the next week or two we’ll get our team back, and I think we’ll be very good. The fans are great and they can see that we put all our heart in it. Coming to a game like that, with the obvious physical advantage they have on us, we played to a point in which we can neutralize to the maximum this advantage. If you can hold a team like CSKA to 65 points, you have a chance to win, but we did not make the shots. As far as Smith is concerned, he’s a great kid, he gives everything he has, he’s the kind of guy you like to have on your team because of his personality and his effort."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"Tonight, I don’t know why, I only played the expert players. I don't think Benetton were in crisis at all. It was great to see a full Palaverde, the fans were fantastic. In my opinion, in the Top 16, when Lorbek and Shumpert get into the team, Benetton will have a deeper bench and will be stronger and harder to beat. Our aim is to reach the Final Four, and then once you’re their anything can happen. You can lose it for just one missed-shot."

Players

NELSON, SPENCER
Benetton Basket
"We had to play better than we did. Having said that, I am very proud of what the team did tonight."
PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS
CSKA Moscow
"Sometimes we don't play that good but we still win. Now we are the champions everybody wants to beat you, to take your position, like I wanted to do when Maccabi was the champion, so we have to stay very focused. The season is very long, two years ago we started great but then lost in the Final Four, so the important will be to stay very concentrated all the way."
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