Teodosic, De Colo lead CSKA past Madrid
In a big showdown between Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants, CSKA Moscow registered its first win in Group F by downing reigning champion Real Madrid 95-81 in the Russian capital on Thursday. Both teams now have 1-1 records. Nando De Colo led the winners with 28 points and 7 assists. Milos Teodosic added 23 points and 7 assists, Kyle Hines had 14 points on 7-of-7 two-point shooting, while Andrey Vorontsevich scored 11 for CSKA. K.C. Rivers led Madrid with 23 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, Gustavo Ayon added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Luka Doncic had 12 points and Sergio Rodriguez dished 13 assists for the visitors. Ayon and Rivers shined early to give Madrid a 10-16 lead, but Teodosic and Vorontsevich stepped up to help CSKA to a 22-20 lead after 10 minutes. Hines and De Colo took over early in the second quarter to boost the hosts' margin to 37-30. Doncic struck three times from downtown to bring Madrid within 42-41, but Teodosic and De Colo led CSKA to a 50-41 halftime advantage. Madrid found a go-to guy in Rivers, who had 12 third-quarter points, but De Colo and Joel Freeland helped CSKA keep a 71-64 margin after three quarters. De Colo and Teodosic stepped up to seal the outcome at 90-72 with three minutes remaining.
First quarter: CSKA fires back, gets the lead
Vitaly Fridzon got CSKA going with a one-handed jumper in the lane, as Madrid struggled to score early. Ayon stepped up with a jump hook and soon added a layup for a 2-4 Madrid lead. Joel Freeland picked up a good pass from De Colo for a backdoor dunk and soon added an off-balance basket to give CSKA a 6-4 lead. Rivers struck from downtown and a tip-in by Trey Thompkins set a 6-9 Madrid edge. Milos Teodosic scored around the basket, but Rivers erased it with a fast break layup before a dunk by Ayon forced CSKA to call timeout at 8-13. Higgins scored in penetration, but Rivers bettered that with a triple. Sergio Rodriguez shined with a driving layup, but Teodosic found De Colo for consecutive backdoor baskets to bring CSKA within 14-18. Andrey Vorontsevich followed free throws with a jump hook, however an alley-oop slam by Jeffery Taylor put Madrid back ahead, 18-20. Vorontsevich hit a mid-range jumper and Teodosic made free throws for a 22-20 CSKA edge after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: De Colo shines as CSKA soars
Jaycee Carroll hit a one-handed jumper in the lane that a red-hot Vorontsevich improved on with a three-pointer. Mo Ndour and Kyle Hines traded dunks and free throws by Taylor brought Madrid within 27-26. De Colo stepped up with back-to-back baskets that caused Madrid to call timeout at 31-26. Rodriguez tried to change things with a driving layup and Hines scored around the basket. Ayon returned to the floor and immediately delivered with a couple of offensive rebounds and a put-back layup to keep Madrid within 33-30. De Colo found space for an uncontested layup and another close basket by Hines made it a 7-point game. Luka Doncic shined with a three-pointer, but Fridzon immediately answered from downtown and a tip-in by an unstoppable Hines boosted CSKA's lead to 42-33. Ayon scored again and Doncic buried consecutive triples to bring Madrid within 1. Teodosic joined the three-point shootout and got help from De Colo to restore a 50-41 CSKA lead at halftime.
Third quarter: Rivers keeps Madrid’s hopes alive
Rivers buried a corner triple immediately after the break, but De Colo quickly answered with a baseline jumper and Freeland added a layup to make it a double-digit game, 54-44. Jonas Maciulis made free throw,s but De Colo nailed a three-pointer in transition. Rivers scored again and again, but Madrid struggled to get Rodriguez involved due to Nikita Kurbanov's great on-the-ball defense. De Colo struck from downtown and a fast break layup by Demetris Nichols gave CSKA a 62-50 lead. Thompkins buried his trademark three-pointer from the right corner and Rivers erased Freeland's jump hook with an acrobatic basket that gave Madrid hope at 64-55. Ayon rolled off a high post pick for an easy basket, but Teodosic restored CSKA’s 10-point lead. Rivers sank another one from beyond the arc before Fridzon and Ayon traded baskets. A layup by Maciulis got Madrid as close as 69-64. A layup by De Colo fixed the score at 71-64.
Fourth quarter: Teodosic, De Colo dominate
Vorontsevich shined with a put-back basket early in the quarter and Hines ignited the crowd with a big block on Taylor. Andres Nocioni stepped up with a three-point play and Doncic bettered Hines's power layup with his own basket-plus-foul to bring Madrid within 75-70. De Colo rescued CSKA with a mid-range jumper and soon added a bomb from way downtown, which prompted Madrid to call timeout at 80-70 with over six minutes left. Teodosic joined the three-point shootout and added a driving layup that broke the game open. Felipe Reyes made free throws - his first points, which Hines erased with a close basket. Madrid struggled to score when it mattered most and a three-pointer by Teodosic sealed the outcome at 90-72 with three minutes left. Madrid kept trying, but CSKA kept a big margin until the final buzzer.
Thursday, January 7, 2016