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First home win in the season

Alexey Savrasenko (photo T.Makeeva)
CSKA won the first home game in 2004-0 season against Ural Great Perm. Dusan Ivkovic team get the leadership in the early beginning and did nit lost it till last seconds:

CSKA - Ural Great: 95-73.

The game of Champions of Russia was not good in the early beginning. The starting five without nominal center could not score easy points because of the zone defense of Perm team. On the 4th minute Dusan Ivkovic substituted Martin Muursepp with 3 fouls to Alexey savrasenko. Army center missed two freee throws but then score 2 points and started spurt of CSKA. Antonio Granger who has moved to the court started to show his good far throw: 15-8. Till 2 minutes to the end Marcus Brown increased our advantage to double: 20-10. Sam Hoskin tried to catch the opponent, but on last second Sergey Panov could return the difference: 24-14.

In the second quarter Ivkovic put to the court Holden, Brown, Granger, Panov and Savrasenko. Sharon Sason received 4th foul and went to the bench. Till 50 seconds to end Golemac also received 4th foul. The referees has given many fouls this moment, but the bench of CSKA is longer. This time the advantage of the army team was 25 points already: 46-25.

It is not true that the another team returned to the court after the big rest, but CSKA started to play slower, started to make to may mistakes and fouls. Holden and Savrasenko received their 4th fouls in the third quarter. In the middle of these 10 minutes perios Ural Great could score 8 points in a row,. Brown could stop this spurt, but Ivkovic took time-out: 61-45. After it hosts started to play better, but Perm could win this quarter 25-26.

Ural Great did not have any chances to recover and win the game, but did not give up. Till 2 minutes to the final buzzer Kourilov made effect steal and scored 4 points in a row. Zakhar Pashutin was very good this quarter. Alexey Savraseniko could become the best sniper of the game, but missed 2points-shot on last seconds: 95-73.

The head coach of CSKA Dusan Ivkovic:

CSKA absolutely deserved this win. We won three easy road games on the start. Now we are several steps behind the expected shape, so our win is logical. In the first half our team was good in offense. We scored 49 points and Ural Great scored only 27. But after the big rest we lost the concentration. We missed 26 points in the third quarter.

Now we are preparing to the start in Euroleague. Spanish and Italian clubs played 7 games already, Greek teams played in the national cup. So we have to be very concentrate in the game against Benetton. Tomorrow morning we already have practice.

The head coach of Ural Great Sergey Belov:

This moment Ural Great is playing as it can. Today we again made the similar mistakes last in the other start games. The most part of the players does not feel yet the game that we expect from them.

Marcus Brown (photo M.Serbin)
Alexey Savrasenko (photo T.Makeeva)
Demos Dikoudis (photo M.Serbin)
Zakhar Pashutin (photo M.Serbin)
Sergey Panov (photo T.Makeeva)
Antonio Granger (photo T.Makeeva)
Sergey Monya (photo M. Serbin)
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo T.Makeeva)
Jon Robert Holden (photo T. Makeeva)
CSKA Dance Team (photo M.Serbin)