CSKA vs Dynamo: 2-0

Mrsic vs Holden (photo M.Serbin)
This time army team players did not give Dynamo any opportunity for the win. Team of Zvi Sherf could fight against CSKA only in the last quarter when the result of the game was already clearly:

CSKA vs Dynamo Moscow: 106-89

It was like Dusan Ivkovic had serious talks with his team after the first game of the semifinal series. Yesterday CSKA defeat Dynamo, but they did not play good in the first half. Today the head coach of the army team decided to change the starting five by the substitution of Victor Alexander to Dragan Tarlac. Serbian center scored first points and started our brilliant spurt.

First minutes of the game were like mirror of yesterday. Mirsad Turkcan wanted to show better game and did it. He scored half of our first 12 points: 12-2 and Zvi Sherf had to take first time-out. Getting advantage in 10 points in the early beginning army team did not stop and continued their pressure. Till 4 minutes to the first rest Dragan Tarlac put score to 21-6. But soon he received third foul and was substitute to the hero of the yesterday game Alexey Savrasenko. Mirsad Turkcan finished this quarter by 2 points: 31-15.

Dusan Ivkovic decided to give Turkish forward to have a rest and the captain of CSKA Sergey Panov entered the game. Army team continued to press their opponent. Only on 13th minute Dynamo remembered about their good 3-pointers. Jimmy Oliver scored 2 3-points these 10 minutes. But our opponent could only to stop our spurt but not to recover CSKA. In the middle of the quarter Sergey Monya has shown effect block-shot and dunk in a row. In the end Oliver and Mrsic could to recover the army team a little: 54-33.

In the beginning of the third quarter our players started spurt again. They scored points in 4 attacks in a row. CSKA could put their advantage to 30-points. But after that Dynamo tried to recover the opponent. They could recover 8 points: 82-60 before the last rest.

In the beginning of the last quarter the best sniper of today game Mirsad Turkcan received fifth foul. Instead of him Alexander Bashminov entered to the game. And this time Dynamo could minimize our advantage to 14 points. Ivkovic took time-out and then returned Brown, Holden and Papaloukas to the court. Till 2 minutes to the final buzzer Theodoros Papaloukas scored 100th point by free throws: 101-81. The final advantage of our team was 17 points: 106-89.

Now semifinal series moving to SH Dynamo on Lavochkina street. The third game will take place on Saturday, May, 15 at 17:00 CET.

The head coach of CSKA Dusan Ivkovic:

- The second game of the semifinal series is always very important. We played one great first quarter when we scored 31 points, most of them in transition. Our defense was great, Dynamo scored only 35 points in the first half. In the second half two thing happened for me. First of all our young players were not enough concentrate. We let to score too many easy points. From another side I think that referees changed absolutely criteria. We had 41 fouls in this game. Now we need to rather the team and to concentrate. We expect much different situation in Dynamo. I respect this team very much. In first two games we were absolutely better and deserved these victories. But play-off has another psychology and mentality then the regular season. We need very much to concentrate to the third game.

The head coach of Dynamo Zvi Sherf:

- My team is not strong enough now to fight against CSKA. We are realists and we understand that it is very difficult to beat CSKA on their home court. This season no one Russian club could do it. So, we will try to do our best to show good game on Saturday.

Mirsad Turkcan (photo T. Makeeva))
Marcus Brown (photo T.Makeeva))
Dragan Tarlac (photo M.Serbin)
Jon Robert Holden (photo M. Serbin)
Sergey Monya (photo T.Makeeva))
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo T.Makeeva)
Alexey Savrasenko (photo T.Makeeva)
Sergey Panov (photo T.Makeeva)
Dragan Tarlac & Jon Robert Holden (photo M. Serbin)
CSKA Dance Team (photo M.Serbin)