CSKA Moscow still perfect after visit to Darussafaka
CSKA Moscow kept its undefeated record intact with a comfortable 75-80 road win over Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Thursday. CSKA improved to 4-0, while Darussafaka dropped to 1-3 in Group D. Darussafaka jumped to an early lead, but CSKA replied with a 0-16 run that bridged the first and second quarters and opened a 19-29 lead. Darussafaka closed to 43-48 at halftime, but it was all CSKA in the third quarter as Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic led the visitors to a 52-70 advantage after three quarters. Darussafaka attempted a late rally, but did not get closer than 7 points until the final possession. Teodosic finished with 22 points and 9 assists and De Colo scored 19 points with 5 rebounds in victory. Kyle Hines had 9 points and 6 rebounds for CSKA. Luke Harangody led the home team with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Marcus Slaughter collected 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jamon Gordon added 9 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in a losing effort.
First quarter: Big runs on both sides
Semih Erden opened the game by splitting free throws and then making a layup, but De Colo drove for an easy layup for CSKA, before Kyle Hines scored inside then added a put-back-plus-foul to make it 3-7. De Colo hit a jumper to extend CSKA's run and lead, before Manuchar Markoishvili hit a baseline jumper to stop the leak. Andrey Vorontsevich knocked down a second-chance jumper, but Luke Harangody fought inside and Markoishvili buried one from downtown to make it 10-11. Harangody had a three-point play on a fast break, but Teodosic nailed a jumper that tied the game at 13-13. Harangody was at it again, knocking down a wide-open triple, and Markoishvili ran the fast break and finished with a layup-plus foul for a 19-13 lead with 2 minutes to go in the quarter. After a timeout, however, Teodosic and Vorontesevich hit back-to-back threes to snap a 14-2 run. Then Teodosic stepped up. He first made a steal, ran the fastbreak and found Cory Higgins for a layup. On the next possession he perfectly dished a long, one-handed throw to De Colo who scored a layup-plus-foul, ending the quarter with 19-24 score.
Second quarter: Teodosic keeps CSKA in front
Hines scored from close range to continue CSKA’s run at the start of the quarter, then De Colo buried a three-pointer that made it 19-29. Darussafaka was without a single point for more than four minutes before Emir Preldzic made 2 free throws to snap a 0-16 run. Preldzic banked one in, but Teodosic made a brilliant assist on a De Colo layup. Ender Arslan scored a fastbreak layup for the hosts, but Higgins scored inside on the other end. Arslan hit from long range to help get Darussafaka within 29-33. Teodosic answered with a three-pointer. Marcus Slaughter and Viacheslav Kravtsov traded baskets inside, before Jamon Gordon nailed one from long range. Preldzic made a pair from the foul line to cut the deficit to 2, but Teodosic fed Kravtsov with a bounce pass for an easy layup. Then the two players made 3 free throws to extend the lead to 36-43. Oguz Savas made a short baseline jump shot and traded foul shots with Teodosic. In the final minute of the half, Preldzic beat the shot-clock with a triple, but Aaron Jackson drove to bank in a runner for a 43-48 halftime advantage.
Third quarter: CSKA in control
Kravtsov split free throws, Nikita Kurbanov scored a baseline jumper on a fast break and Vorontsevich banked in a runner as CSKA extended the margin to 10. Gordon made a floater, but Jackson drove for an easy layup and then fed Teodosic for a fastbreak layup and a 45-57 lead. After a timeout, Gordon scored a short jumper, but Teodosic bettered it with a triple. Slaughter scored inside to cut the difference to 49-60. Teodosic answered by making another three-pointer and Kurbanov’s free throws extended the margin to 16 points. Slaughter made a pair of foul shots for the hosts, but CSKA was in control. Teodosic and De Colo connected again for an easy De Colo layup and a 52-70 advantage.
Fourth quarter: CSKA holds of Darussafaka rally
De Colo made it a 20-point contest with a driving layup, but Reggie Redding hit a three-pointer for the hosts. De Colo answered with a reverse layup, but Gordon made a driving layup of his own that cut the deficit to 57-74. A triple from Arslan and a fastbreak layup from Harangody made it 62-74 and prompted visiting coach Dimitris Itoudis to call a timeout. After a timeout, Harangody scored a pair of layups that made it 66-74, before Jackson made a runner that snapped an 11-0 run. Slaughter converted a three-point play that got the hosts within 69-76 with 2:15 to go, but 70 seconds later, Teodosic drove for a layup to make it 69-79 and essentially seal the outcome. In the final 60 seconds, Slaughter made free throws, and Harangody scored a pair of layups to halve the final deficit.
Thursday, November 5, 2015