TOP-16. CSKA - Partizan: 67-44

Anton Ponkrashov (photo M. Serbin)
CSKA won the second TOP 16 game. Partizan was beaten with the score 67-44. The scenery of the game reminded about Joventut match. The difference was CSKA concentration in the end of the game. The team did not let the rival to cut down the lead.

CSKA – Partizan: 67-44

Ettore Messina, CSKA head coach:

- Today Partizan showed that there is a big difference if the team plays under pressure or not. Even the head coach of the team Dusko Vujosevic mentioned it in his preview quote for the Our goal for the first two home games in Top 16 was to win both and we succeed. Surprisingly we had low shooting percentage tonight but we managed to overcome the problem with our defense. We limited Partizan with only 44 points a game. J.R.Holden and all other guards made a good job on Vonteego Cummings. The guard is a very important player for Partizan. I am happy with the win and also I’d like to mention solid performance of Anton Ponkrashov. That is very important for our team.

Dusko Vujosevic, Partizan head coach:

- We played pretty good in the first half. We were on the same level with CSKA but the final margin of two quarters does not express it because we made some stupid mistakes in the end. In the second half we had very poor 3 point percentage and we were knocked down with the CSKA defense. But once again the gap between our level of play was not that big as the score.

Matjaz Smodis (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Oscar Torres (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Anton Ponkrashov  (photo T. Makeeva)
Alexey Savrasenko (photo T. Makeeva)
Jon Robert Holden (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Trajan Langdon (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo T. Makeeva)
David Andersen (photo M. Serbin)
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (photo M. Serbin)
Nikita Kurbanov (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Dusko Vujosevic and Ettore Messina (photo M. Serbin)
Sergey Kushchenko and Andrey Vatoutin (photo M. Serbin)
Natalia Blohina (photo M. Serbin)
Sergey Panov, Sergey Ivanov, Sergey Kushchenko (photo M. Serbin)
Anton Ponkrashov (photo M. Serbin)
Theodoros Papaloukas (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Oscar Torres (photo M. Serbin)
Emanuele Molin and Ettore Messina (photo Y. Kuzmin)
Darya Petrovskaya (photo M. Serbin)