Too good for Astana

Nando De Colo (photo: T. Makeeva,
Our team continued its streak against the team from Kazakhstan by taking another victory at home.

CSKA vs. Astana: 81-63 (+18)

CSKA: De Colo (18 + 4 rb), D.Kulagin (5 + 4 as), Augustine (4 + 4 rb), Jackson (7), Antonov (2 + 4 rb + 3 to), Freeland (6), Vorontsevich (5 + 3 rb + 2 bs), Higgins (10), M.Kulagin (9 + 3 rb), Kurbanov (7 + 7 rb), Hines (8)…

Astana: Odom (11 + 4 rb), Lowery (10 + 6 st + 5 to + 4 pf), Krubally (12 + 4 rb + 4 pf), Murzagaliev (3), Ponomarev (1 + 3 rb), Kaselakis (3 + 5 rb), Zhigulin (4), Katsivelis (10 + 4 rb), Miller (9 + 6 as + 3 st + 6 to)…

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Congratulations to the team for the victory against serious opponent, the team that plays good basketball this season with clear ideas, athleticism and smart use of big lineups, they are in the chase for playoff spot and gave us good battle today. We played good defense and we do it continuously during last several games. We put the effort in it and pay attention to details. You could expect us to play better offense but we just missed some open shots. We created shots well and I can only applause my players. Unfortunately we just could not make them, even our best shooters like Vitaly, Nando, Dima and Andrey. Besides in the game of such a competitive league we shot just 7 free throws. Still it is good to take the win in our third game in six days.

Cory Higgins (photo: M. Serbin,
Mikhail Kulagin (photo: T. Makeeva,
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva,
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: T. Makeeva,
Aaron Jackson (photo: T. Makeeva,
Joel Freeland (photo: M. Serbin,
Dmitriy Kulagin (photo: T. Makeeva,
Ivan Lazarev (photo: T. Makeeva,
Semen Antonov (photo: M. Serbin,
Victor Khryapa (photo: M. Serbin,
CSKA dance team (photo: M. Serbin,
Nando De Colo (photo: M. Serbin,
Cory Higgins (photo: T. Makeeva,
Mikhail Kulagin (photo: M. Serbin,
Vitaly Fridzon (photo: M. Serbin,
(photo: M. Serbin,
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo: M. Serbin,
Semen Antonov (photo: M. Serbin,
Mariya Vilkova (photo: M. Serbin,
Dmitriy Kulagin (photo: M. Serbin,
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva,
Cory Higgins (photo: M. Serbin,