Big heart is not enough

27.09.2015
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Having just two healthy bigs our team made up 11-point difference in the second half but had no energy for the end.

Banvit (Balikesir) vs. CSKA: 65-61 (-4)


Banvit: Yilmaz (1), Fortson (2 + 4 to), Johnson (12), Slaughter (13), Gecim (3 rb), Simmons (7), Vidmar (5 + 8 rb + 4 pf), Stephens (4 + 3 rb), Moerman (11 + 8 rb), Yildirim (10 + 6 rb + 3 to)

CSKA: Kulagin (9 + 3 rb), Fridzon (16 + 3 rb + 2 bs), Jackson (9 + 3 rb + 5 as + 3 to), Vorontsevich (8 + 3 rb + 5 pf), Higgins (7), Kurbanov (2 + 3 rb + 4 pf), Hines (10 + 4 rb + 5 pf)



Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
There were obviously two different pictures in the first and second halves. For sure so many absences affected our game but I told the team that we should not look, who is now off the court, we should look, who is on the court. And in the second half the guys fought like lions. We evened the game in the third quarter and made it decided by just one shot. Banvit was lucky to hit this shot. In our turn Jackson created good position for Kurbanov, Nikita missed but we completely supported the play, we just werent lucky enough. I have to repeat that it is really difficult to try to win without Freeland, Khryapa, Nichols, Korobkov, De Colo and Teodosic. But we will be ready to fight in any situation.


Photos
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Dmitriy Kulagin (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Pvel Korobkov (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Aaron Lee Jackson (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Cory Higgins (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Anton Astapkovich (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Mikhail Kulagin (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Mikhail Maleyko (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Dmitriy Kulagin (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Dimitris Itoudis (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)