2008-09Top 16Round 1
January 29, 2009 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

CSKA Moscow did it with defense, winning 48-66 Fenerbahce Ulker

Reigning Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow got off to a strong start in Top 16 Group H by thrashing Fenerbahce Ulker 48-66 in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday night. CSKA joined Cibona in a tie for first place in the group at 1-0 and the teams will face each other in the Russian capital next week. Fenerbahce Ulker visits Montepaschi Siena, as both teams will be looking for their first win in the Top 16. Ramunas Siskauskas led the winners with 14 points. Terence Morris added 12, while Viktor Khryapa had 11 for CSKA. Gordan Giricek had 13 points for FB Ulker in his first Euroleague game since 2002. Semih Erden pulled down 11 boards for the hosts. Siskauskas buried consecutive triples in a 2-12 opening run that allowed CSKA to take a 12-20 lead after 10 minutes. Siskauskas, Trajan Langdon and an outstanding Morris fueled a game-breaking 0-11 run that made it an 18-point game midway through the second quarter. J.R. Holden helped CSKA to a 25-41 lead at halftime. FB Ulker improved its defense after the break with Gasper Vidmar and Semih Erden together on court, but CSKA kept a 38-49 margin after 30 minutes. And the hosts did not rally in the fourth quarter, as Khryapa and Morris made sure that CSKA went back to Moscow with a valuable road win.

FB Ulker tried a small starting lineup with Rasim Basak at power forward, but that didn’t phase the visitors. Siskauskas got CSKA going with a catch-and-shoot three-pointer and then Morris scored from close range before Devin Smith got Fener on the scoreboard with an uncontested layup. Siskauskas buried another triple and Khryapa also struck from downtown for a 2-11 CSKA margin. Basak joined the three-point shootout after a Fener timeout and Smith added a wild driving basket to bring the hosts within 7-12. Siskauskas sank a jumper off the dribble and Khryapa threw down an impressive two-handed slam it to restore a 9-point CSKA advantage. Oguz Savas sank free throws, but Fenerbahce continued to struggle against the guests' outstanding man-to-man defense. Khryapa fed Erazem Lorbek for a layup before as Giricek stepped onto a Euroleague court for the first time in more than six years. Emir Preldzic had a huge block on Nikos Zisis and free throws by Giricek got FB Ulker within 12-18. More foul shots by Siskauskas boosted the guests' lead to 12-20 after 10 minutes.

Damir Kaan Mrsic scored in penetration at the start of the second quarter as CSKA tried to slow down the game tempo. Morris finished a long, two-chance CSKA offense with a triple, but a jumper by Giricek kept Fener within 16-23. Siskauskas sank a five-meter shot and Morris buried a long two-pointer to make it a double-digit game. Langdon took over with a fast break layup that caused the hosts to call timeout. Zisis shined with a fallaway jumper and a corner three-pointer by Morris broke the game open, 16-34, midway through this period. Giricek tried to change things with a jumper and Semih Erden added a jump hook to get to 20-34. Giricek kept pacing FB Ulker, but didn't find much help. CSKA called timeout after which Lorbek nailed an uncontested triple to silence the crowd. J.R. followed with a driving layup, but Giricek banked in a seven-meter bomb. Holden beat the buzzer with an off-balance jumper to fix the halftime score at 25-41.

Holden kept pacing CSKA with another big basket right after the break, but a free throw by Onan and a layup in transition by Erden got Fener within 28-43. CSKA followed its game plan with a very patient offense and its trademark defense. Erden, however, took over with a put-back dunk that caused the guests to call timeout at 30-43. CSKA readjusted its defense, but found problems at the other end. Meanwhile, free throws by Mrsic got Fener even closer, 32-43. Vidmar and Erden had consecutive blocks on Zoran Planinic and Lorbek, respectively, as CSKA could not find the way to the basket. A big basket by Vidmar got the crowd involved at 34-43. Planinic found space for an uncontested corner triple and soon added a free throw to keep CSKA way ahead. Vidmar was next to the foul line, but made just one attempt, which Lorbek bettered with an outstanding put-back dunk. More free throws by Savas kept Fener within 38-49 after three quarters.

FB Ulker needed a quick comeback to return to the game early in the fourth quarter and Giricek tried to ignite it with a jumper. CSKA did not panic, however, as Planinic made free throws and soon added a seven-meter bomb that sealed the outcome, 40-54, with seven minutes to go. The hosts tried to use short possessions but lacked ball circulation when it mattered most. Zisis stepped up with a backdoor layup off a FB Ulker timeout and Khryapa fired in his second three-pointer for a 40-59 advantage. Both teams fought for points differential, a critical issue for multiple-way ties at the end of the Top 16. Morris dunked it, but Savas and Erden kept the hosts within 44-61. Everything was said and done at this point, as CSKA showed its power against a quality opponent.

Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GREEN, MARQUES 16:28   0/2 0/2         1 2 2     3   -6
7 ONAN, OMER 21:55 3 1/4 0/1 1/2       1 4 1   1 1 2 2
8 BASAK, RASIM 6:01 3   1/3             1          
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 26:37 8 4/8   0/2 5 6 11 2 2   1     2 20
10 GIRICEK, GORDAN 24:59 13 4/10 1/2 2/2   2 2         1 3 1 5
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 21:15 5 1/1 0/2 3/4 1 2 3 2   1       2 8
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 24:40 5 2/5   1/2 5 2 7 1 1 1 2 1 3 5 12
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 22:42 6 0/2 0/1 6/6 1 2 3 2   1 1 1 1 5 11
32 SMITH, DEVIN 19:41 4 2/3 0/1     1 1 1     1   4 2 3
33 CETIN, SERHAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 15:42 1 0/2 0/2 1/2 1   1     3 1   2 1 -6
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 48 14/37 2/14 14/20 15 16 31 10 9 11 6 4 17 20 51
        37.8% 14.3% 70%
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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 22:29 4 2/3     1 3 4 1 1     1 2 2 8
7 KEYRU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 32:19 14 3/8 2/6 2/4   1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 6 9
10 HOLDEN, JR 25:43 7 3/5 0/2 1/2       5 1 2     1 2 7
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 26:19 7 2/8 1/1   4 5 9 2   2 1 3 2 3 9
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 0:19                           1 1
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 25:09 2 1/2 0/1     2 2   2 1     4 1  
23 SHVED, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA 0:13                              
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 17:35 11 1/1 3/4   1 5 6 2 2 3 1   4   14
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 14:20 9 0/3 2/2 3/4       2   1   1 3 2 4
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 35:34 12 3/4 2/4   6 4 10 1   1 1   2   18
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 66 15/34 10/20 6/10 12 21 33 15 7 13 4 6 20 17 70
        44.1% 50% 60%

Head Coaches

Fenerbahce Ulker
"First of all, we have to remember that we played against the champions of Euroleague. They were so strong and played excellent basketball on two sides, defensively and offensively. We weren't able to find solutions to perform well against their strong defense. We were not good enough to create points the way we did before. We were thinking to use our advantage inside but we were also insufficient in the paint. And if you remain too weak on offense and concede too many three-pointers on defense, you cannot challenge an opponent like CSKA Moscow. We only did things better in the third quarter and had aggressiveness on defense. This was the only way you can match the game against CSKA Moscow, but you have to do it for 40 minutes."
CSKA Moscow
"Obviously it's a very important win for us. But it's just a win and now we have to forget this win to concentrate for the next game. Because every game in the Top 16 has enormous value. I would like to say that my players played a very good game because we played excellent defense for 40 minutes. It was not easy to play this kind of defense so aggressive for 40 minutes and to have a clear mind on offense. My players had clear minds on offense also in three quarters. We played with better attitude and with excellent concentration and we were better on rebounds. And the 15 assists is the result of our good concentration. We were lucky that they were without Mirsad Turkcan. It was not easy to play in front of this kind of enthusiastic crowd. But everybody played the way they have to play under pressure and we are going back home happy."


Fenerbahce Ulker
"We knew that CSKA Moscow is a great team and we tried our best to win. But they were better than us. I just have to congratulate them because they deserved the win and had a great performance. I don't know what happened but we were really weak on offense. They did things better than us. We will try to win the next game against Montepaschi Siena and will hope to qualifiy to the playoffs by winning the other matches."
CSKA Moscow
"First of all, any Top 16 game is always going to be tough, especially on the road. Fenerbahce Ulker came out with a lot of intensity. They showed a lot spirit on their home court. I think we just got it started off well and had good shots and we were so tough at the beginning. They continued to fight and made the game tough for us. But we kept playing tough on defense and smart on offense. We were very solid and tried to play as solid as possible. We had a very important guy missing in Matjas Smodis, but the good thing is that we did things better to hide his absence as well as we could. We played good and well enough to win against a good team like Fenerbahce Ulker."
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