CSKA finishes season in third place
CSKA Moscow wrapped up its 2016-17 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season by downing Real Madrid 70-94 in the third place game at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday. The victory over Madrid not only served as a sweet finish to an otherwise disappointing Final Four for the outgoing champs, but ensured CSKA the league’s overall best record for the season at 26-9. Kyle Hines paced six CSKA scorers in double figures with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Nando De Colo and Aaron Jackson added 13 points each, Cory Higgins and Vitaly Fridzon scored 12 apiece and Andrey Vorontsevich totaled 10. Hines moved into fifth place on the all-time Final Four rebounding list with 55, while Milos Teodosic, who finished with 7 points and 6 assists, is now seventh in Final Four history with 155 points and tied with Euroleague Basketball Legends Dimitris Diamantidis and Sarunas Jasikevicius with for second place with 46 assists. Gustavo Ayon and Jonas Maciulis led Madrid with 11 points each. Sergio Llull scored 7 points to overtake Jaka Lakovic for sixth place in EuroLeague history with 2,528 points. The biggest difference between the sides was three-point shooting; while CSKA made 12 of 26 (46.1%), Madrid attempted the same amount and made only 6 (23.1%).
Jackson got CSKA going with a driving layup and Vorontsevich struck from downtown for a 0-5 lead. Ayon and Maciulis stepped up for Madrid, but Teodosic and Hines kept CSKA in charge, 7-12. Fridzon scored in penetration, Cory Higgins added a stop-and-pop jumper and Hines dunked to make it a double-digit game, 8-18. Luka Doncic hit free throws, but Semen Antonov hit a three-pointer and Hines added a layup for a 10-23 CSKA lead after 10 minutes. Free throws by Fridzon and a triple by Teodosic boosted CSKA's lead to 14-28 midway through the second quarter. Felipe Reyes stepped up
with a three-point play and Dontaye Draper added a triple, but Higgins had 5 points in a 0-11 CSKA run that broke the game open, 20-41. Ayon and Andres Nocioni - in his final EuroLeague game - led an 8-0 Madrid run, but free throws by Nikita Kurbanov and a three-pointer by De Colo kept CSKA way ahead, 32-45, at halftime.
Jeffery Taylor followed a triple with a dunk to bring Madrid within single digits, 37-45, right after the break. De Colo rescued CSKA with a couple of layups and free throws. Jackson soon added a three-pointer for a 42-56 lead. The teams traded baskets at full speed and De Colo got help from Higgins and Teodosic to keep CSKA rolling at 53-67. Jaycee Carroll nailed one from beyond the arc, but Higgins scored in penetration to fix the score at 56-69 after 30 minutes. Fridzon shined with a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and Vorontsevich and James Augustine boosted CSKA's lead to 60-76. Jackson followed a big triple with a driving layup and soon struck again from downtown to seal the outcome at 67-84 with over three minutes left.
Sunday, May 21, 2017