Did you believe? We are in semis!

26.05.2014
CSKA (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Accordingly to tradition of the series Game 5s our team did not leave any chance to Lokomotiv and qualified for the VTB League semifinals.

CSKA vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar: 84-65 (+19)


CSKA: Teodosic (12 + 7 as + 3 to), Gudumak (2), Fridzon (4 + 4 pf), Pargo (6 + 6 rb), Krstic (18 + 4 rb), Weems (11 + 9 rb + 5 as + 2 bs), Vorontsevich (15 + 5 rb), Kaun (4 + 3 rb), Khryapa (10 + 5 rb), Hines (2 + 4 rb + 2 bs)

Lokomotiv: Grigoriev (3), Brown (10 + 3 rb), Williams (1 + 7 rb + 5 as + 3 to), Hendrix (3 + 6 rb), Kalnietis (7), Lihodey (18 + 3 rb + 4 pf), Zubkov (10), Zhukaneneko (3), Maric (3 rb), Ponkrashov (5 + 5 rb), Simon (5)




Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:
My players did something special. After 0-2, after two home losses to start the series, after all the sadness of Final Four they deserve all credit, respect and congratulations. I am happy for them. The team played solid; we were patiently building the lead until Krasnodar finished playing. And I would remind you that we had excellent, Top 16 team in front of us. In my opinion Zhenya [Pashutin] is an excellent coach who won two Eurocups, who coached in the Final Four. Now we can be happy, enjoy the moment, but we have to become serious soon.

Nenad Krstic, CSKA center:
We controlled the game from quarter to quarter. It was our final game in series against Loko and I think we looked very relaxed and confident at the same time. Its very good especially before series against UNICS. We will need this confidence and belief in each other. Even when we made some mistakes today we continued to play our way. I dont think lots of things changed since Final Four we just show our character more than in Milan. We show up, believe in ourselves and play for each other. Everybody in CSKA played basketball together and it happened maybe firstly since a lot of time we played as a team.

Photos
Jeremy Pargo (photo: cskabasket.com)
Nenad Krstic (photo: Y. Kuzmin, cskabasket.com)
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: Y. Kuzmin, cskabasket.com)
Victor Khryapa (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Kyle Hines (photo: cskabasket.com)
Milos Teodosic (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: cskabasket.com)
Alexander  Kaun (photo: cskabasket.com)
Sonny Weems (photo: Y. Kuzmin, cskabasket.com)
Milos Teodosic (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
CSKA dance team (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Aleksandr Gudumak (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Aleksei Zozulin (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Grigory Shukhovtcov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
CSKA fans (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
(photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
CSKA (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Kyle Hines (photo: cskabasket.com)
Victor Khryapa (photo: Y. Kuzmin, cskabasket.com)
Milos Teodosic (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Jeremy Pargo (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
(photo: Y. Kuzmin, cskabasket.com)
Aleksandr Gudumak (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Andrey Vorontsevich and Alexander  Kaun (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Grigory Shukhovtcov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Victor Khryapa and Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
CSKA (photo: Y. Kuzmin, cskabasket.com)
Sonny Weems (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Watch The Team!

Wild dunks from Vorontsevich and Pargo against Loko

Author: CSKAbasket.TV | Russia 2

Duration: 00:41

Unbroken

Author: CSKAbasket.TV | Sergey Makarov

Music: Unbroken (Black Veil Brides)

Duration: 02:53