CSKA is a champion of Superleague!

CSKA is first team in Superleague (photo M. Serbin)
One tour to the end of the Russian Superleague CSKA Moscow has guaranteed its self the first place in the regular championship. Today Army team has defeat Arsenal Tula: 113-70. Thanks this victory CSKA has guaranteed its self advantage of the home arena in play-off.

CSKA vs Arsenal Tula: 113-70

Starting five of CSKA: Holden, Brown, Monya, Panov and Alexander needed some time to take leadership this game. In the beginning Vasiliev and Kapinos from Arsenal scored 2 3-pointers: 4-8. But minute later Panov scored 2 points and realized one three throw: 10-8. After that CSKA did not give Tula team any chances to win. The first quarter has finished by 31-22.

As the head coach of CSKA Dusan Ivkovic said after the game today he gave much playing time to young players: Monya, Khryapa, Bashminov and Tsintsadze. With this often substitutions CSKA continued to grow up its advantage. In the end of the second quarter Alexey Savrasenko scored 2 points under the board: 59-34.

Getting big advantage, CSKA did not stop to play aggressive in the offense. Arsenal could not do any thing with the army machine. Alexander Bashminov scored 100th point: 102-53. In the end of the game Monya after the assist from Khryapa made effect dunk. And then Viktor his self scored last points today by good 3-pointer: 113-70.

The head coach of CSKA Dusan Ivkovic:

- This moment our shape is growing up. I respect very much team of Arsenal and all job in Tula but now it was necessary to have more strong opponent. It was reason to give opportunity to play all players. Tarlac and Turkcan had a rest today. For this reason I gave more time to play to young players. Today we had very good percentage of 2- and 3-pointes. Tomorrow we continue to practice to next games.

The sport director of Arsenal Igors Miglinieks:

- Today we were good in the offense but not in the defense. Only 10 players could come to Moscow. Yaroslav Strelkin was injured and we did not want to use him today. Andrey Kapinos got injured in the middle of the game. We knew that we had not much chances to win today. Now we had to practice to the very important game against Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in the last round of the regular championship.

Alexander Bashminov (photo M. Serbin)
Sergey Monya (photo M. Serbin)
Victor Khryapa (photo M. Serbin)
Alexey Savrasenko (photo M. Serbin)
Anton Yudin (photo M. Serbin)
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo M. Serbin)
CSKA fans (photo M. Serbin)
Georgiy Tsintsadze (photo M. Serbin)
Ivkovic and Davydov (photo M. Serbin)