Mystics are beaten

Sergio Rodriguez (photo: M. Serbin,
Our team started the game vs Olympiacos with myriad of missed shots but managed to improve and stood strong in the end.

CSKA vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 69-65 (+4)

CSKA: Antonov (0), Clyburn (17 + 9 rb + 4 st), Higgins (11 + 5 rb), Hackett (3 rb), Hunter (4) start; De Colo (2 as), Peters (6 + 4 rb), Ukhov (DNP), Rodriguez (20 + 5 as + 4 to), Vorontsevich (3), Kulagin (2), Hines (6 + 5 rb + 2 as)

Olympiacos: Williams-Goss (13 + 3 rb + 3 as + 2 st), Toupane (0), Milutinov (7 + 7 rb + 2 as), Printezis (14 + 6 rb), Papanikolaou (7 + 4 rb + 5 pf) start; Toliopoulos (DNP), Spanoulis (16 + 3 rb + 6 as + 3 to), Timma (0), Vezenkov (4 rb), Mantzaris (0), Bogris (DNP), LeDay (8 + 5 rb)

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
I would like to congratulate my players for another win, an important win. It was another lesson for us in different circumstances. We faced a lot of psychological difficulties in terms of missing open looks, missing layups, well-created shots. The outcome was not good in the first two quarters. At halftime we were only minus-4 and I would say only only minus-4 because when you have Cory Higgins shooting the ball 1 for 9 under the basket and some other players, then I said to them that I believe in them because I see them every day. Thats not something that has to stop us. The fact that we hadnt moved the ball well and we were missing open looks costs the team, but we came out very strong and very decisive for the third quarter. We have the quality to force turnovers. I think that was the main point of emphasis, that they were being very cautious and alert. Thats the only quarter that we won. It was a huge boost. That third quarter with 6 out of 10 twos and 3 out of 7 threes with 0 free throws. Today we had also to dig a lot and we saw the deep bench that we have with Misha [Kulagin] giving us 11 quality minutes, Vorontsevich scoring a very important three-pointer and rebounds and a couple of defenses. It shows we have a good rotation that is ready. I like this versatility. Its another example that we can win under 70 points.

Will Clyburn (photo: M. Serbin,
Cory Higgins (photo: T. Makeeva,
Kyle Hines (photo: M. Serbin,
Alec Peters (photo: M. Serbin,
Othello Hunter (photo: T. Makeeva,
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: M. Serbin,
Mikhail Kulagin (photo: M. Serbin,
Daniel Hackett (photo: T. Makeeva,
Sergio Rodriguez (photo: M. Serbin,
Dimitris 	Itoudis (photo: M. Serbin,
Anastasiya 	Shumkova (photo: M. Serbin,
Abel Hernandez (photo:
Hordur Magnusson (photo:
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva,
(photo: M. Serbin,
Will Clyburn (photo: T. Makeeva,
Mikhail Kulagin (photo: T. Makeeva,
Cory Higgins (photo: M. Serbin,
CSKA (photo: M. Serbin,
Nikita Kurbanov (photo:
Sergio Rodriguez (photo: M. Serbin,
Joel Bolomboy (photo:
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: T. Makeeva,
Daniel Hackett and Dimitris Itoudis  (photo: T. Makeeva,
(photo: M. Serbin,
Will Clyburn (photo: T. Makeeva,
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