CSKA In Superleague: 11-0

Mirsad Turkcan
The game in Saint-Petersburg became the last check for CSKA before the road game in Euroleague against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Obviously, coach staff of our team decided to give a rest American center Victor Alexander. Dragan Tarlac changed him in the starting five.

Spartak St.Petersburg vs CSKA: 69-99

The Army team became a leader in the beginning of the game. After the far throw of Victor Khryapa they were leading by 4-11. CSKA had a chance to made off, but like in the game against Italian Skipper starting acceleration of our team has gradually come to naught. The head coach of Spartak Viatcheslav Borodin used a tactic of a zone defense. Distant miss of Holden and loss of Turkcan cost to our team 6 points: Kuzyakin and Ignatavicius has productively finished three throws and the score became to 10-11. But advantage of Turkcan and Tarlac over their Petersburg`s opponents has allowed CSKA to restore status quo – 16-22 after the first quarter.

Problems with the zone defense have begun in the middle of the second quarter. Before this moment CSKA scored points thanks Mirsad Turkcan only. To the 15 minute of the game our team was leading by 10 points. But when Korobov and Savchenko from Spartak moved to the game their team became to play more productively. After 5 points of Spartak Dusan Ivkovic took a time-out. But his substitutions have even more aggravated CSKA situation. Misses, losses and block-shots from returning to the game Mikhail Antropov moved the score to 35-36 to the big rest.

Obviously, the head coach of our team has find right words for players in the locker room. The course of the game changed in the second half. Thedoros Papaloukas moved to the game as a playmaker. Greece guard not only scored the points by his self, he made 13 goal assists to Turkcan, Khryapa and Savrasenko also. Russian center played good today, he scored 14 points and made 7 rebounds. CSKA won the third quarter by 15-35. Victor Khryapa finished the game by a beautiful block-shot on Mantas Ignatavicius and saved finishing 30-points leading of your team.