CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game
CSKA Moscow held off a second-half rally by Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul to record an 80-86 victory in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Third-Place Game on Sunday evening at Barclaycard Center in Madrid. Both teams put in spirited efforts less than 48 hours after losing their semifinal games at the Final Four. Nando De Colo came off the bench to lead CSKA with 17 points, Demetris Nichols added 14 points and Aaron Jackson tallied 12 points and 6 assists as CSKA finished the season with a 26-4 record. Andrew Goudelock paced Fenerbahce with 24 points, Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals and Nikos Zisis contributed 12 points and 6 assists in defeat. CSKA opened the game with a 2-16 run, and needed less than eight minutes to open a 20-point lead. After Goudelock strung together 3 three-pointers for Fenerbahce late in the first quarter, CSKA did not allow a field goal for more than seven minutes to start the second quarter and cruised to 24-48 halftime lead. CSKA opened as big as a 28-point margin in the third but Bjelica and Goudelock rallied Fenerbahce in the third, and Semih Erden joined in the fourth. A Zisis triple completed the comeback and tied it at 70-70 with under six minutes to play, but CSKA recovered in time and a big three by Nichols and late free throws iced the win.
First quarter: CSKA starts strong, builds 20-point lead
Aaron Jackson scored a baseline floater and followed it with a fastbreak layup in the opening minute to get the scoring gong. Kaun split free throws and Andrey Vorontsevich hit a wide-open three-pointer for an 8-0 start after exactly two minutes. Andrei Kirilenko's fouls shots and Sonny Weems’s basket from close range extended it to 12-0, forcing Coach Zeljko Obradovic to call a timeout. Bjelica scored a layup for Fenerbahce's first points, but Kaun's put-back made it 2-16. Jan Vesely dunked, but Vitaly Fridzon added a jumper and a fastbreak layup and Kyle Hines scored from close range in between Fridzon's baskets for a 4-22 advantage. Free throw from Hines broke the 20-point barrier, before Goudelock nailed a triple for Fenerbahce. Hines scored a put-back, but Goudelock knocked down 2 more threes in the final minute of the quarter to cut the deficit to 13-27 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: CSKA hits from long range to keep big advantage
Bjelica made a pair of free throws for Fenerbahce, but De Colo hit a jumper and Hines dunked in a crowd to make it 15-31. CSKA continued its run with back-to-back triples from De Colo and Jackson hitting a mid-range jumper to push the difference to 16-38. Vesely hit 3 of 4 free throws, but CSKA did not allow a field goal for more than seven minutes at the start of the quarter. Nichols and Fridzon each sank a triple for a 27-point before Zoric scored a reverse layup that snapped a 3-18 run. Before the end of the quarter, Kaun scored from close range, while Zoric added 4 free throws to his tally. Jackson split foul shots to set the halftime score at 24-48.
Third quarter: Goudelock, Bjelica, rally Fenerbahce
Nichols hit a jumper, and Zisis drove for a layup to start the half. Nichols’s put-back and a banked shot from Weems made it 26-54. Zoric and Bjelica scored put-backs on consecutive possessions and Zisis buried a three-pointer to make it 33-54. Bjelica drove for a dunk and made a pair of free throws, before Goudelock nailed a triple for a 40-56 scoreline that awoke the Fenerbahce fans. Fridzon’s free throws put an end to a 14-2 run, but Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a layup for his first points of the game. Kaun had a monster dunk for CSKA’s first field goal in more than four minutes, but Bogdanovic answered with a triple. De Colo hit a jumper only to see Zisis finish a fastbreak with a layup. De Colo made free throws. A pair of Goudelock’s floaters made it 51-64. After De Colo and Zisis traded free throws and unsportsmenlike fouls, Zisis fed Semih Erden for a dunk that made it 55-66.
Fourth quarter: Fenerbahce rallies to tie it
Goudelock scored layups in the opening minute of the quarter to come within 59-66, and Erden had a big block to make his defensive presence felt. Weems scored a fastbreak layup, and after Erden’s tip-in, Kirilenko dunked in a crowd. But Erden countered with an even bigger two-handed slam and Goudelock drove through the crowd for a second-chance layup that closed the deficit to 5. The run continued with a put-back layup from Erden, and a Zisis triple that tied the score at 70-70. Jackson snapped a 9-0 run with a corner triple, and Goudelock countered by banking in a runner. Victor Khryapa and Bjelica traded baskets inside, before De Colo hit a jumper. Bjelica hit from downtown to tie the game at 77-77 with just over three minutes left on the clock. Jackson’s free throws gave CSKA another lead, and De Colo also scored a pair from the foul line for a 77-81 cushion. A corner three from Nichols extended it to 78-84 with 39 seconds left. Bjelica closed the gap back to 4, but Mahmutoglu missed a three and Nichols iced the CSKA victory from the line.
Sunday, May 17, 2015