CSKA Moscow hammered Gescrap BB 98-71
CSKA Moscow sent a message that echoed all around the competition by thrashing Gescrap BB 98-71 in Game 1 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs in the Russian capital on Wednesday. CSKA took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series and hosts Game 2 on Friday. Nenad Krstic paced six CSKA scorers in double figures with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Alexey Shved added 15 and Jamont Gordon 14, while Milos Teodosic, Anrdey Kirilenko and Viktor Khryapa each accounted for 11 points. Kostas Vasiliadis paced Bilbao with 15 points and Alex Mumbru added 14. An 0-11 run that Vasiliadis capped with a three-pointer gave Gescrap a 15-18 lead midway through the first quarter. Khryapa and Teodosic stepped up to put CSKA back ahead, 27-26, after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Janis Blums allowed Gescrap to tie the game for the last time, 31-31. CSKA improved its defense and a dunk by Andrey Vorontsevich made it a double-digit game, 50-40, at halftime. Teodosic and Shved took over after the break, as CSKA boosted its margin to 84-51 after 30 minutes and cruised to a big home win.
Krstic got CSKA going with a dunk and a reverse layup by Ramunas Siskauskas gave his team a 4-0 lead after just 23 seconds. Vasiliadis struck from downtown but a tip-in by Kirilenko and a layup by Krstic boosted the hosts' lead to 8-3. Krstic kept pacing CSKA with free throws, which Aaron Jackson erased with a put-back basket. Khryapa stepped up with a four-meter jumper and Siskauskas bettered Mumbru's close basket with a triple, good for a 15-7 CSKA lead. Axel Hervelle scored around the basket and an alley-oop slam by D'or Fischer brought Gescrap within 15-11. Vasiliadis made foul shots and a baseline jumper by Fischer tied the game at 15-15. A corner three-pointer by Vasiliadis completed the guests' comeback, 15-18, after a 0-11 run. Krstic made free throws, but Jackson matched those with a jumper. Khryapa hit a triple, split free throws and buried a jumper to tie it at 23-23. Shved dunked off a steal, but Vasiliadis buried a seven-meter bomb to put Gescrap back ahead, 25-26. A wild driving layup by Teodosic gave CSKA a 27-26 at the end of an outstanding first quarter.
Kirilenko sent the crowd to its feet with a driving layup and fed Sasha Kaun for an easy basket that boosted the hosts' lead to 31-26. Marko Banic buried his trademark baseline jumper, however, a three-pointer by Blums caused Coach Jonas Kazlauskas to call timeout at 31-31. Jamont Gordon made free throws and after Dimitrios Mavroeidis scored around the basket, a corner triple by Kirilenko gave CSKA a 36-33 edge. Gordon joined the three-point shootout to force Gescrap to call timeout at 39-33. Raul Lopez struck from downtown before Kirilenko and Banic traded tip-ins for a 41-38 score. Vorontsevich hit a three-pointer and a fast break dunk by Kirilenko set the crowd on fire at 46-38, as Gescrap kept struggling to score late in the first half. Hervelle tried to change things with a layup, but Shved made free throws and found Vorontsevich for a wild two-handed dunk that gave CSKA its first double-digit lead, 50-40, at halftime.
Banic scored around the basket right after the break, but Khryapa immediately answered from downtown and fed Krstic for a dunk that made it a 13-point game, 55-42. CSKA kept circulating the ball well, as Kirilenko found Krstic for another uncontested slam. Teodosic struck from downtown and even after Mavroeidis stepped up with a layup, CSKA kept finding open shots against the guests' zone defense. A red-hot Teodosic buried consecutive threes to break the game open, 68-44. Mumbru tried to change things with a corner triple, but a dunk by Krstic and free throws by Siskauskas gave the hosts a 72-47 lead. Krstic nailed a wide-open shot that Vasiliadis matched with a fast break layup. Shved took over with an alley-oop slam and beat the shot clock with a fall-away jumper for a 78-50 CSKA margin. Gordon nailed a jumper off the dribble and an outstanding Shved sealed the outcome, 84-51, at the end of the third quarter.
Gordon hit a jumper early in the fourth quarter and a three-pointer by Shved made it a 38-point game. Gescrap kept trying, however, as Mumbru shined with an acrobatic fast break basket and Fischer dunked in transition for a 89-55 deficit. Banic took over with a layup-plus-foul in a 0-9 run that Mumbru capped with another layup, 89-60. Gordon and Jackson traded three-pointers, as CSKA had started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Everything was said and done, so CSKA opted to sit out its main players in the final minutes en route to an impressive win.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012