De Colo fuels CSKA over Dacka
CSKA Moscow recorded its second consecutive road win by topping Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul 65-80 on Wednesday. CSKA improved to 13-4 in the standings to remain alone in third place, while Darussafaka dropped to 2-15 and is at the bottom of the table. Nando De Colo led the winners with 17 points off the bench, Cory Higgins added 13, Sergio Rodriguez had 11 while Will Clyburn and Othello Hunter each had 10 for CSKA. Kartal Ozmizrak led Darussafaka with 13 points. CSKA led 34-44 at halftime and managed to keep a safe margin the rest of the way by winning all four quarters.
Hunter and Higgins got CSKA going with consecutive dunks and a three-pointer by Nikita Kurbanov gave his team a 4-7 lead. Hunter scored down low and followed Higgins's fast-break dunk with a layup that boosted CSKA's lead to 4-13. A driving layup by Rodriguez prompted a Darussafaka timeout at 4-15 after a 0-11 run. Ozmizrak struck from downtown and Oguz Savas added a layup, but Hunter and Rodriguez kept CSKA in control, 9-19. Savas and Ozmizrak stepped up for the hosts, but a buzzer-beating floater by Kyle Hines established a 16-25 CSKA advantage after 10 minutes. Daniel Hackett took over with a three-point play early in the second quarter and an acrobatic layup by De Colo made it a 14-point game. Dogus Ozdemiroglu and Berk Demir tried to change things for the hosts and a three-point play by Muhammed Baygul brought Darussafaka within 27-36. Clyburn and Higgins rescued CSKA, but Ozmirzak hit his third triple to bring Darussafaka within 34-44 at halftime. De Colo took over after the break and a wild dunk by Hunter boosted the visitors' lead to 38-52. Peiners answered with a put-back layup and Toney Douglas scored in penetration, but De Colo and Rodriguez kept the visitors fully in charge, 49-60, after 30 minutes. An alley-oop dunk by Jeremy Evans gave Darussafaka hope at 51-60 early in the fourth quarter. Andrey Vorontsevich stepped up with a driving layup and De Colo hit a triple in a 0-7 run that Rodriguez capped with a driving layup for a 51-67 CSKA cushion. By the time Higgins followed a jumper with a fast break layup, CSKA had sealed the outcome, 56-73, with 4 minutes left, and the hosts never recovered.
Nando De Colo was at his best against Darussafaka as a constant threat on offense from the moment he came off the bench. He finished the game with 17 points on 5-of-6 two-point shooting, 1-of-2 from downtown, 4-of-4 on free throws and 4 fouls drawn - all in less than 19 minutes.
After a balanced start of the game, Othello Hunter and Cory Higgins fueled a 0-11 run that Sergio Rodriguez capped with a layup that gave CSKA its first double-digit lead, 4-15. That allowed CSKA to gain momentum and after that, the visitors kept a comfortable margin almost all game long.
Two-point shooting made the difference in this game. Darussafaka hit just 19 of 42 shots inside the arc (45.2%) and CSKA excelled in the category, making 30 of 43 two-pointers (69.8%). It is the third-best two-point shooting percentage this season and the best for CSKA since April 12, 2016, when it hit 72.8% inside the three-point line against Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.
Did you notice?
It was Will Clyburn's first game at Volkswagen Arena since leaving Darussafaka to join CSKA in 2017. Clyburn led Darussafaka to the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs. Clyburn is averaging 14.8 points this season, but just 7.0 in two games against Darussafaka.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action on Friday. CSKA hosts Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv in a rematch of the 2006 and 2008 EuroLeague championship games. Darussafaka visits Buducnost VOLI Podgorica in a repeat of last season's 7DAYS EuroCup quarterfinals duel.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019