CSKA in Final Four of Russian Cup

Theodoros Papaloukas (photo cskabasket.com)
Like in the road game against Lokomotiv Rostov all key players of CSKA were in the technical roster. Alexey Savrasenko took the place of center in the starting five of the army team. Local tribunes met the captain of Loko Igor Kudelin very good.

CSKA vs Lokomotiv Rostov: 116-67

Hosts demonstrate serious mood from first minutes of the game. Slackness in the first quarter has change by very good defense and offense. Two far throws of J.R. Holden finished by 6 points for CSKA: 6-2. After14-7 the head coach of quests had to take time out. But his team could not do anything with Ivkovic machine. They scored 35 points in first 10 minutes and let guests to score only 15. Army team continued their play in the second quarter. It finished by 51-17. The defense in those 10 minutes was brilliant: only 8 points by Lokomotiv.

After getting good difference in the score CSKA get some slackness. They let guests to win the third quarter. The best player in these minutes was guard of Lokomotiv Gennady Silantiev.

CSKA moved into last quarter being very precise. They present to spectators beautiful play and good combinations. Till 4,5 minutes to the final buzzer Viktor Khryapa scored 100th points by effect dunk. The last points scored guard of the army team Theodoros Papaloukas: 116-67.

The head coach of CSKA Dusan Ivkovic:

- I think, that of course we deserved this victor. I would like to congratulate all my players. Like we decide our targets for this game were to play good defense in the fist half. We often let our opponent to score many points to our basket in the first quarter. Like it was in the game against Tau Ceramica and Cibona. Today Lokomotiv scored only 12 points. Our defense was very tough. Now we qualify to the Final Four of Cup of Russia. Monday morning we continue to prepare to this competition.

The head coach of Lokomotiv Rimas Girskis:

- I would like to congratulate CSKA with the win. We hope that today we were defeat by the best team in Europe. I hope that army team will become the best team in Europe in Tel-Aviv. We played bad today, probably it was the worst game in the season. We had to play our game. If we do it, the difference could be not so big.

J.R.Holden (photo cskabasket.com)
Alexander Bashminov (photo cskabasket.com)
Alexey Savrasenko (photo cskabasket.com)
Victor Kryapa (photo cskabasket.com)
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo cskabasket.com)