CSKA downs Bayern, stays undefeated
CSKA Moscow remained undefeated in the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season after downing FC Bayern Munich 79-68 in the Russian capital on Thursday. CSKA improved to 2-0 in the standings while Bayern dropped to 1-1. Will Clyburn led the winners with 15 points and Johannes Voigtmann and Joel Bolomboy each scored 10 for CSKA. Voigtmann added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Greg Monroe paced Bayern with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Nihad Dedovic added 12 points and Danilo Barthel 10. Voigtmann and Darrun Hilliard each struck twice from downtown in the first quarter, helping CSKA get a 22-18 edge after 10 minutes. Clyburn and an outstanding Bolomboy allowed the hosts to boost their margin to 43-29. Barthel and Paul Zipser brought Bayern closer, 47-40, at halftime. Dedovic led an 0-8 run that brought Bayern within 50-48, however, Nikita Kurbanov and Andrey Vorontsevich fueled a 9-0 run, allowing CSKA to establish a 60-50 cushion after 30 minutes. CSKA boosted its margin to 77-60 and cruised to a convincing home win.
Barthel got Bayern going with a turnaround jumper that Hilliard bettered with a triple for a 3-2 CSKA lead. Kyle Hines dunked and a corner three-pointer by Voigtmann kept the hosts ahead, 8-5. Maodo Lo followed a bomb from downtown with an acrobatic layup and Monroe added a layup and a dunk that put Bayern ahead, 13-14. Hilliard downed his second three-pointer, Vladimir Lucic and Hines traded layups and a jumper by DeMarcus Nelson tied it at 18-18. Bolomboy and Vorontsevich gave CSKA a 22-18 edge after 10 minutes. Janis Strelnieks struck from beyond the arc and Bolomboy added a jump hook, but Petteri Koponen singlehandedly kept Bayern within 27-23. CSKA found a new go-to guy in Clyburn, whose dunk caused the guests to call timeout at 31-25. Monroe and Dedovic tried to change things for Bayern, but a red-hot Bolomboy buried a pair of three-pointers to make it a double-digit game, 39-29. Voigtmann added a put-back layup and fed Clyburn for a dunk that sent Bayern to call timeout at 43-29. Dedovic and Zipser rescued Bayern and a close basket by Barthel brought the visitors within 47-40 at halftime. Barthel scored in the low post soon after the break, but Kurbanov improved on that with a three-pointer. Dedovic hit a floater and followed Lo's layup with a fast break basket to get Bayern within 50-48. Kurbanov insisted from downtown, igniting a 9-0 run that Vorontsevich capped with a layup to restore a 59-48 CSKA lead. Koponen sank a jumper and a free throw by Clyburn fixed the score at 60-50 after 30 minutes. Ron Baker scored in penetration early in the fourth quarter and Vorontsevich added a three-pointer for a 65-50 CSKA lead. Baker joined the three-point showdown, but Dedovic and Monroe gave Bayern hope at 70-58 with less than 6 minutes left. CSKA improved its defense after a timeout and a layup by Hines sealed the outcome, 74-58, way before the final buzzer.
Bolomboy did a little bit of everything in what was one of his gest games in the EuroLeague until now. He struck twice from beyond the arc and finished the game with a career-high 10 points. Bolomboy added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 fouls drawn for a career-high PIR of 12.
Bayern rallied from a 14-point deficit to get within 50-48 midway through the third quarter. CSKA improved its defense, Kurbanov hit a triple, Voigtmann and James scored around the basket and Vorontsevich soon gave CSKA a 59-48 lead, which the hosts handled well for the rest of the game.
CSKA outrebounded Bayern 40-34, pulling down 16 offensive boards. CSKA did not allow Bayern to get any offensive rebounds in the first half, which helped the hosts build a 7-point halftime lead. CSKA also committed just 9 turnovers.
Did you notice?
Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu handed CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis the 2019-20 Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy in a pre-game ceremony. Itoudis was voted by his peers as the Coach of the Year award winner for the second time in his five-year coaching run with CSKA.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action on Thursday, October 17. CSKA Moscow takes on Khimki Moscow Region in the Leningradka derby. Bayern hosts LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. These teams face each other for the first time ever!
Thursday, October 10, 2019