Down from a mall, straight to the ball

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Our team stepped on the court in Pistoia after a long trip from Moscow and lost in its first preseason game to the Italian LegaA newcomer.

Pistoia – CSKA: 64-53 (-11)

Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:
It was a difficult game for us after travel on the same day. We faced fast and athletic team which was tough opponent for us on the first stage of preparations. Our physical conditions affected our game as we were slow and uncertain in all aspects of the game. Still we managed to play pretty good defense and created a lot of scoring opportunities but spoiled them with our horrible shooting percentage. One of our tasks now is to become quick from being just tall and powerful.