De Colo shines, CSKA wins in Milan
CSKA Moscow recorded its first Turkish Airlines EuroLeague win in 2018 by downing AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 81-107 on the road on Thursday. CSKA remained atop the standings with a 13-4 record, while Milan dropped to 4-13. Nando De Colo led the winners with 24 points, Will Clyburn and Sergio Rodriguez each had 15, Cory Higgins added 12 and Nikita Kurbanov 11 for CSKA. Kaleb Tarczewski paced Milan with 17 points, Dairis Bertans scored 15 and Amath M'Baye had 13 for the hosts. De Colo shined early, getting help from Kyle Hines and Semen Antonov to give CSKA 15-23 lead at the end of the first quarter. M'Baye stepped up for Milan, but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Higgins, Rodriguez and an outstanding De Colo made it a 14-point game at halftime. A three-pointer by Mindaugas Kuzminskas brought Milan within 54-60, but Clyburn dunked twice and added a three-point play and a put-back basket for a 61-77 CSKA lead after 30 minutes. CSKA soon boosted its margin to 63-89 and never looked back.
De Colo got CSKA going with free throws, Clyburn scored in the low post and a fast break layup by Antonov gave the guests a 2-8 lead. Bertans struck twice from downtown and Tarczewski added an alley-oop slam to tie it at 10-10. Vladimir Micov hit a three-pointer, but consecutive layups by Hines, Rodriguez and Antonov put CSKA back in charge, 13-16. De Colo buried a triple and Higgins added a dunk for a 15-23 CSKA lead after 10 minutes. Curtis Jerrells hit a step-back jumper early in the second quarter and M'Baye added a turnaround jumper, a high-flying dunk and a three-pointer, which prompted CSKA to call timeout at 24-27. Victor Khryapa and Kurbanov stepped up for CSKA, Higgins scored in penetration and a dunk by Othello Hunter caused Milan to stop the game at 26-35. Arturas Gudaitis followed free throws with a slam and M'Baye hit a jumper, but Rodriguez buried a triple and an unstoppable De Colo made it a double-digit game, 34-45. Free throws by Clyburn and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by De Colo boosted CSKA's lead to 36-50 at halftime.
Bertans and Andrea Cinciarini scored in penetration soon after the break and an outstanding Tarczewski dunked to get Milan as close as 46-52. De Colo and Rodriguez tried to change things for CSKA but three-pointers by Bertans and Kuzminskas kept Milan within 6. De Colo kept pushing CSKA, Kurbanov took over with a reverse layup and Clyburn dunked twice, following that with a three-point play that gave CSKA fresh air at 60-73. A jumper by Rodriguez and a put-back layup by Clyburn broke the game open at 61-77 after 30 minutes. Rodriguez downed a triple early in the fourth quarter and a 0-9 run that Kurbanov capped with a layup-plus-foul sealed the outcome, 63-89. Milan kept trying, but CSKA cruised to a well-deserved road win.
Thursday, January 11, 2018