First goal is reached

22.02.2018
Will Clyburn (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Our team officially qualified for the playoffs after beating Baskonia in tough home game.

CSKA vs. Baskonia Vitoria: 93-86 (+7)


CSKA: De Colo (8 + 3 rb + 7 as + 2 st + 3 to), Antonov (5 + 4 rb), Higgins (14 + 2 as), Kurbanov (11 + 2 st), Hines (8 + 5 rb + 2 st + 4 pf) start; Rudd (0), Fridzon (0), Westermann (DNP), Rodriguez (17 + 3 as + 3 to), Vorontsevich (8 + 3 rb), Clyburn (19 + 5 rb + 2 as + 2 st + 3 to), Khryapa (3)

Baskonia: Janning (10 + 5 pf), Diop (2 + 4 rb), Granger (26 + 3 rb + 5 as + 4 to), Shengelia (12 + 10 rb + 4 as + 4 to), Garino (3 + 3 rb + 3 as) start; Vildoza (3), Timma (0), Voigtmann (8), Malmanis (DNP), Huertas (0), Beaubois (12 + 4 rb), Poirier (10 + 2 st)



Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We had quite a long period with no games so we lacked some continuity, aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. Still we won three quarters and a whole game. We were a little bit better defensively in the second half. We played with more energy, we were smarter I would say. We were there to challenge the shots, cause Baskonia shot 8 out of 10 [on three-point shots] in the first half, Granger was good, and they were 3 out of 9 in the second half, so we did contest most of the shots, we had a good rotation, we stole a couple of balls and we forced turnovers, which was good. It is a big number, 19 turnovers. Most of those turnovers were forced because of good defense. At the same time we remained on the same level offensively, we created a lot off the post game situations. We qualified for the playoffs officially,
and this is something I was saying in the beginning of the season this EuroLeague is very tough, we secured the 8th spot with only 7 games left in the regular season. It was our first goal, the second will be to secure home-court advantage and then to go to the Final Four. I would like also to congratulate all Russians on tomorrows Mens Day and to thank 9000 fans who helped us.

Photos
Nando De Colo and Andrey Vatutin (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Sergio Rodriguez (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Cory Higgins (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Will Clyburn (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Nando De Colo (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Semen Antonov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Victor Rudd (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Dimitris 	Itoudis (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
(photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
CSKA dance team (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
Will Clyburn (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Cory Higgins (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Sergio Rodriguez (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
CSKA fans (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
CSKA (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Othello Hunter (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Pre-game show (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Victor Rudd (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Will Clyburn (photo: M. Serbin, cskabasket.com)
Andreas Pistiolis and Cory Higgins  (photo: T. Makeeva, cskabasket.com)
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