De Colo leads CSKA past Bamberg
CSKA Moscow registered its fourth consecutive win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season by topping Brose Bamberg 81-72 in the Russian capital on Friday. CSKA improved to 16-4 in the standings while Bamberg dropped to 7-13. Nando De Colo led the winners with 20 points, making 13 of 13 free throws. Sergio Rodriguez added 13 points while Cory Higgins had 12 for CSKA. Dorell Wright led Bamberg with 11, while Augustine Rubit, Maodo Lo and Leon Radosevic each had 10 for the guests. Nikos Zisis and Dorell Wright shined early, giving Bamberg a 5-9 lead. Wright got help from Rubit and Lo to keep Bamberg in charge, 18-19, after 10 minutes. Higgins and De Colo combined for 12 points in a 14-2 run which gave CSKA a double-digit lead, 34-23, but Zisis and Ricky Hickman got Bamberg within 39-30 at halftime. De Colo kept pacing CSKA after the break, getting help from Will Clyburn and Higgins to keep CSKA fully in charge, 55-46, at the end of the third quarter. Rodriguez and Vitaly Fridzon boosted the hosts' margin to 73-56, enough for CSKA to cruise to a well-deserved win.
Zisis got Bamberg going with a floater and Wright added a three-pointer for a 0-5 lead. Semen Antonov downed a jumper and Sergio Rodriguez struck from downtown but Wright and Zizis kept the guests in charge, 5-9. De Colo followed a triple with free throws and a red hot Antonov added a jumper, a bomb from downtown and a backdoor basket for a 17-13 CSKA lead. Wright and Mado Lo each hit one from beyond the arc, though, as Bamberg regained a lead, 18-19, after 10 minutes. Othello Hunter and Higgins fueled a 7-0 run that sent CSKA in front 27-21 early in the second quarter. Leon Radosevic scored inside for the visitors, but De Colo followed foul shots with a layup to make Bamberg call timeout at 31-23. De Colo and Rodriguez hit free throws and Hunter added an alley-oop slam for a 12-point CSKA margin, 39-27. A free throw by Dejan Musli and a jumper by Hickman kept Bamberg within 39-30 at halftime.
Hickman struck from downtown right after the break but De Colo fed Hunter for a dunk, found Nikita Kurbanov for a layup and hit free throws to restore a 45-33 CSKA advantage. Patrick Heckmann dunked and Wright added a wild three-point play but an outstanding Clyburn kept CSKA way ahead, 52-40. Zisis and Rubit filled a 0-6 Bamberg run before a three-pointer by Higgins fixed the score at 55-46 after 30 minutes
Rodriguez followed a jumper with a triple in a 7-0 run that Higgins capped with a dunk for a 64-48 CSKA lead with more 7 minutes left. Rubit and Radosevic tried to change things for Bamberg but Fridzon followed a triple with a jumper to seal the outcome, 73-56, with 4 minutes remaining, as CSKA kept full control until the final buzzer.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action next week - CSKA hosts Real Madrid on Thursday and Bamberg welcomes Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens on Friday.
Friday, January 26, 2018