2011-12Regular SeasonRound 4
November 10, 2011 CET: 21:00
Local time: 22:00 OAKA

CSKA Moscow beat Panathinaikos 76-78

CSKA Moscow survived an overtime thriller to remain undefeated by beating Panathinaikos 76-78 in the latest classic showdown between the Euroleague powerhouses. CSKA took sole possession of first place in Group B with the come-from-behind win. It was an all-around effort for the Russian champs, who got the job done at both ends of the intense contest. Former Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas scored 14 to lead CSKA against his former team. Nenad Krstic posted 13 points and 11 rebounds, Viktor Khryapa posted 11 points, 4 assists and 3 blocks, Alexey Shved netted 10 and Andrei Kirilenko tallied 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 rejections. Kostas Kaimakoglou scored 13 and Nick Calathes 11 for the the defending Euroleague champs, who had the ball with a chance to win at the end of regulation, but missed twice in the closing seconds.

Panathinaikos set up Steven Smith for a triple to open the scoring. Former Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas answered back with a three from the corner. The OACA crowd roared when Andrei Kirilenko was called for an early foul and it got louder when Dimitris Diamantidis fed Aleks Maric for a string two-handed jam. Diamantidis and Maric connected again, but Siskauskas came back to tie the game midway through the opening quarter. Viktor Khryapa assisted Nenad Krstic and then scored himself to complete a 0-8 CSKA charge for a 7-11 lead. A jumper-plus-foul from Khryapa extended the lead to 5. Kostas Tsartsaris went to work on the offensive glass and Romain Sato battled in the paint for a score as the Greens stayed within 3. Tsartsaris was helped off the floor with a leg injury, but the hosts kept plowing away. Ian Vougioukas made it 15-16. After Sarunas Jasikevicius put Panathinaikos on top and the Greens stopped Kirilenko in a dunk attempt, Jamont Gordon struck from downtown. Diamantidis tied the score from the line and Kostas Kaimakoglou followed with a three to make it 22-19 at the end of the quarter.

Andrey Vorontsevich scored on the offensive glass to boost CSKA back ahead early in the second quarter. The lead switched hands as Sato scored for the hosts and Gordon answered from downtown. Fresh in the game, Mike Batiste made 2 from the line to even the score at 26-26. As the pace picked up, both teams missed some ruched shots. Nick Calathes brought the crowd to its feet with a three-pointer. The Panathinaikos defense went into lockdown mode, during which David Logan floated in for a layup and Kaimakoglou scored from the line. More free throws from Diamantidis and Calathes made for a 12-0 run and a double-digit lead. Khryapa tried to revive the visitors with a dunk. However CSKA faced severe foul troubles, as Krstic left to the bench with 3. Khryapa stayed hot with a high-flying reverse layup that Batiste erased with a one-hander in the lane. Gordon sank free throws, but Sato answered from downtown to fix the halftime score at 41-32.

Sasha Kaun down low and Siskauskas with a runner narrowed the gap to 6 within two minutes of the break. Smith sank a jumper for the Greens. Kirilenko got going with his first points of the night. On the other end Smith was fouled shooting a three and pushed the hosts up to 46-38. Kaun fought for a basket-plus-foul and Siskauskas flipped in a one-hander as CSKA got to within 4. Calathes’s response brought a round of cheers, 48-42, midway through the quarter. Milos Teodosic silenced the crowd with a triple and Kaimakoglou got them going again with a three. Incredible defense denied both teams. Alexey Shved broke through first with penetration to make it 51-49. Soon Kirilenko netted a three to make it a 1-point game. Jasikevicius lifted the Greens to 57-54 at the end of thequarter.

A pair of Kaimakoglou free throws and a Logan triple put Panathinaikos ahead 62-56. Diamantidis took a seat with his fourth foul and Krstic dunked, but a Calathes basket kept the momentum with the Greens. A Jasikevicius jumper started the Panathinaikos faithful in song. And after Logan stripped Siskauskas, the dong grew even louder. Kirilenko spun inside and drew a foul to end a nearly four-minute CSKA scoring drought from the line. Khryapa soared to reject Calathes and start a fast break that led to a Shved basket-plus-foul and a 67-63 margin with three-and-a-half minutes to play. Calathes answered quickly with a floater. Shved attempted an alley-oop to Kirilenko, but even though the pass was dropped, the CSKA forward still got to the ball for a slam. But Diamantidis put the Greens up 5 from the line. CSKA answered as Shved sank a three on a broken play to make it 71-69 with 1:29 to go. CSKA then stopped Panathinaikos on a 24-second violation and Diamantidis fouled out sending Krstic to the line with 52 seconds left. The center evened the score to set up a dramatic finish. A bad pass by Sato gave CSKA the ball with 32 seconds left, but the visitors came up empty. A timeout left Panathinaikos the final ball with 6.3 seconds to play. The ball went to Saras, who drove and dished to Batiste, who missed. Vougioukas missed the follow and the game went to overtime.

Krstic opened fire in the extra session a layup for 71-73, but got a reply by Vougioukas from the line, even though he only scored one attempt. Khryapa drove aggressively to the basket for the bucket and then Sato miscalculated and turned the ball over, but the hosts got the ball back and Kostas Kaimakoglou blasted a three to tie the game at 75-75 with less than two minutes to go. CSKA was not finding the way to the basket now, but luckily, Kirilenko blocked a clear drive by Batiste to keep things as they were, and then Siskauskas managed to find the space to drill a new bomb that put the guests ahead, 75-78 with less than one minute on the clock. Both teams were all heart now and Sato went all in looking for the rim, but he missed and there were only 33 seconds to go. In the following play, the guests played long, also suffocated by the Greens' defense, and finally Khryapa had the ball in his hands when the 24-second buzzer sounded. With less than 9 seconds left, Calathes had the ball when he was fouled by Siskauskas in midcourt. He scored only one attempt, 76-78,missing the second intentionally, but a violation gave the ball to CSKA with 5 seconds left. The guests managed to put the ball inbounds and escape the fouls as the clock ticked away to a new CSKA Moscow win at the always difficult OACA.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Attendance: 10874
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Panathinaikos Athens221916145
CSKA Moscow191322177
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Panathinaikos Athens2241577176
CSKA Moscow1932547178
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 MARIC, ALEKS 9:26 4 2/4     1 3 4   1 2   1 1 1 4
8 BATISTE, MIKE 24:22 9 3/9 0/1 3/4 1 5 6   1 1 1 4 1 2 5
9 LOGAN, DAVID 22:34 5 1/4 1/1     2 2   1       2   3
10 SATO, ROMAIN 37:11 7 2/4 1/3   1 3 4   2 3     3   3
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 0:48 2 1/1     1   1               3
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 20:01 6     6/6 1 1 2 4 3 1     5 4 13
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 12:40 4 1/3   2/6 1 2 3 1   1     2 6 5
15 CALATHES, NICK 38:15 11 3/7 1/3 2/4   6 6 3   2   2 2 5 11
16 KYRITSIS, ALEXANDROS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 SMITH, STEVEN 13:49 9 0/2 2/3 3/5   1 1 1       1 3 2 4
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 28:56 13 0/1 3/4 4/4 1 4 5     1     3 2 14
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 16:58 6 2/3 0/3 2/2   1 1 1   5     1 1 -1
Team             1 1     3         -2
Totals 225:00 76 15/38 8/18 22/31 7 29 36 10 8 19 1 8 23 23 62
        39.5% 44.4% 71%
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 TEODOSIC, MILOS 23:49 3 0/3 1/1   1 2 3 2   3     3 1  
8 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 29:49 14 4/5 2/5     1 1 1   2     3 1 8
11 MEJIA, SAMMY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 25:01 13 4/10   5/8 6 5 11   1 1     5 8 18
15 KIRILENKO, ANDREI 38:01 9 2/5 1/3 2/2 2 8 10 2 3 5 5   3 6 22
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 20:05 4 2/2 0/1   2 2 4 1 1 1         8
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 21:02 10 3/9 1/3 1/1   3 3 1 1     1 1 2 7
24 KAUN, SASHA 15:51 6 3/3   0/1   1 1     1     2 1 4
30 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 28:59 11 5/7 0/3 1/1   3 3 4   1 3   4 1 12
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 2:35     0/1     2 2               1
44 GORDON, JAMONT 19:48 8 0/4 2/3 2/2       3 1 1     2 3 7
Team             2 2     3         -1
Totals 225:00 78 23/48 7/20 11/15 11 29 40 14 7 18 8 1 23 23 86
        47.9% 35% 73.3%

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"First of all, I am very proud for our performance in the first 30 minutes, but I am also very angry for the last quarter. The worst thing in sports is not to believe that you can beat any opponent. During the last period, I had a different sense about the desire of my players. Games like this, help my team to understand where we are and where we can go. Unfortunately Tsartsaris stayed on the court only for 48 seconds, this is why Sato played the whole first half. Diamantidis played only twenty minutes, but the game was in our hands. We were lucky in some circumstances, but you have to provoke your luck. We can play much better basketball, than we did tonight. I want to see in the eyes of my players the desire to fight till the end. Keep playing, keep trying. Look at Kirilenko, who never stops to play. We have players with strong character and we can succeed."
CSKA Moscow
“I don't need to explain why we are so happy after this victory. There are not a lot of teams that manage to win at OAKA, but we have to stay cool because we are only at the start of a long and difficult road. We started the game with some offensive problems, and we didn't have the proper reaction against the zone that Panathinaikos played. We didn't read some situations the way we had to and we made mistakes, but when you win, everything is fine. I 've been here a lot of times as coach of Olympiacos, but tonight it was a different feeling. The fans supported their team and didn't act silly, by throwing coins, etc. It is my first victory here – I lost to Panathinaikos every time with Olympiacos and I also suffered defeat after overtime as coach of Zalgiris.”


Panathinaikos Athens
“We tried a lot to win this game, but we lost it in the overtime and in the details. Later we will analyze the game and find out what went wrong in order to avoid those mistakes in the future. It was a great game and I think that we need to play at this high level to get better.”
CSKA Moscow
“I liked the game, the opponent, the crowd – it was a really great Euroleague game. I am very happy because we edged out Panathinaikos and now we are 4-0. As to myself, I don't care only about scoring points. I’m trying to do various jobs and help my team. I don’t have a Euroleague trophy and I want to get it, but it is too early to talk about that.”
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