Bourousis, Causeur led Laboral Kutxa over CSKA
In one of the most intense and physical games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz downed CSKA Moscow 81-71 at home in Group F on Thursday. Both teams now have 2-2 records in Group F. Ioannis Bourousis led the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Fabien Causeur added 15 points, Darius Adams 13, Toko Shengelia 11 and Adam Hanga 10. Milos Teodosic led CSKA with 18 points and 7 assists. Kyle Hines added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Vitaly Fridzon and Cory Higgins each scored 10 points for the visitor. A minute of silence took place before the game to honor former Laboral player Sherron Mills, who passed away earlier this week. Adams and Bourousis shined early to help Laboral to an 18-10 lead after 10 minutes. Free throws by Bourousis made it a double-digit game, 22-12, but Teodosic, Hines and Higgins helped CSKA tie the game, 34-34, at halftime. Shengelia took over after the break and a three-pointer by Causeur boosted his team's lead to 55-47 late in the third quarter. CSKA got within 57-54 after 30 minutes and took its only lead of the game, 69-70, on a triple by Higgins. Bourousis and Causeur each hit one from beyond the arc in a 12-0 run highlighted by Hanga's fast break dunk, which triggered celebrations among the 11,500 diehard fans in attendance.
First quarter: Laboral starts strong on defense
Darius Adams got Laboral going with a five-meter jumper and followed that with a layup off a steal for a 4-0 lead. Vitaly Fridzon beat the shot clock with an off-balance jumper, which Aaron Jackson followed with a layup to tie it. After Fabien Causeur struck from downtown, Jackson scored again and a dunk by Adam Hanga gave Laboral a 9-6 lead. Ilimane Diop hit a turnaround jumper, which Fridzon erased with a put-back layup. CSKA kept missing open shots and Laboral brought Bourousis int to get more of a low-post presence. Adams sank a one-handed running jumper, as the game turned into a physical battle. A layup by Toko Shengelia prompted CSKA to call timeout at 13-8. CSKA missed 9 consecutive shots until Milos Teodosic stepped up with a layup. A buzzer-beating triple by Jaka Blazic boosted the hosts' lead to 18-10 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: CSKA bounces back
Victor Khryapa shined with a tip-in early in the quarter, but Bourousis found Kim Tillie for an easy basket and soon added free throws to make it a double-digit game, 22-12. Khryapa kept pushing CSKA with another tip-in and Teodosic added a three-point play to give the visitors hope at 23-17. CSKA entered the foul penalty and Laboral started to play more aggressive. After Tillie ignited the crowd with a dunk, Kyle Hines split free throws and a tip-in by Bourousis pushed Laboral ahead 27-18. CSKA could not find the way to the basket – shooting 8 of 29 that point, when Dmitry Kulagin tried to change things with a reverse layup. Hines added a power layup, which caused Laboral to stop the game at 27-22. Kulagin took over with another reverse layup and a jumper by Cory Higgins made it a 1-point game. Bourousis hit free throws and added a three-pointer to give Laoral plenty of fresh air at 32-26. Andrey Vorontsevich answered from downtown - CSKA's first triple - and a foul shot by Teodosic brought CSKA within 32-30. Higgins made free throws, before Alberto Corbacho scored around the basket. A jumper by Hines tied it, 34-34, at halftime.
Third quarter: Showtime in Vitoria
Causeur struck from downtown immediately after the break and a huge dunk by Shengelia boosted the hosts' lead to 39-34. Khryapa fed Hines for a layup, which Shengelia erased with free throws. Khryapa kept pacing CSKA with a close jumper, but a red-hot Shengelia downed a three-pointer for a 44-38 Laboral lead. Adams scored in penetration and Fridzon responded with free throws. Hines scored around the basket, but Shengelia kept his team in front. Fridzon nailed a corner triple only to see Bourousis hit foul shots and Hanga add a fast break layup for a 52-45 advantage. Teodosic hit foul shots, which Causeur bettered with a three-pointer to cause CSKA to call timeout at 55-47. Teodosic made more free throws and Kulagin fed Vorontevich for a slam. Higgins provided a highlight with a brutal dunk-and-foul to get within 1. Hanga scored down low to give Laboral a 57-54 margin at the end of the quarter.
Fourth quarter: Home team hangs on
Teodosic buried a three-pointer early in the quarter, but Hanga quickly answered with a coast-to-coast layup to put Laboral back ahead, 59-57. Teodosic kept pushing CSKA with an acrobatic layup, as Laboral started to miss open shots until Causeur hit one from beyond the arc, after which CSKA stopped the game at 62-59. Vorontsevich struck from downtown, but Diop swished a four-meter jumper and a fast break slam by Adams gave Laboral a 66-62 edge. Hines scored around the basket, but Adams did better with a three-pointer for a 69-64 Laboral lead with four minutes left. Teodosic nailed a seven-meter triple in transition, which prompted the hosts to call timeout at 69-67. Higgins soon buried a triple to give CSKA its first lead of the game, 69-70, with two minutes left. Bourousis answered from downtown and a fast break dunk by Hanga boosted Laboral's margin to 74-70 with 1:11 to go. CSKA struggled to score in a couple of key offenses and after a dunk by Tillie, Teodosic was ejected for arguing with a referee. Bourousis iced the game from the line as the Laboral fans celebrated a big win.
Thursday, January 21, 2016