Kind of epidemic

Aleksandr Yershov and Daniil Kochergin (photo: M. Serbin,
Our team went to Nizhny Novgorod shorthanded.

Pre-game breakdown

The Army Men hoped to get some reinforcements after the game vs Valencia, but in fact they lost one more player. Howard Sant-Roos twisted his ankle during the practice today and stayed at Moscow for the tests in GMS Clinic. The Red-Blues “hospital” is overloaded with 7 (!) players out: Will Clyburn (ACL surgery), Janis Strelnieks (hamstring), Darrun Hilliard (being hit to his head, left out as a precaution), Semen Antonov (illness), Andrey Vorontsevich (ankle), Sant-Roos and Alexander Khomenko (knee).

To complete the 12-man lineup coaching staff added CSKA-2 players Alexander Yershov and Daniil Kochergin to the roster.

Word to the coach

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Nizhny is always fighting, so we expect a tough game. We go there to compete.

Past matchups

Win-loss record: 26-3
2019-20 season games:
25-Nov-2019. CSKA – N.Novgorod: 94-69 (+25)

Short dossier

Nizhny Novgorod
Founded: 2000
Colors: white, black
Homecourt: Labor Unions Palace of Sports (5,000)
CEO: Alexander Khairetdinov
Head coach: Zoran Lukic
Accomplishments: VTB United League runner-ups (2014), Russian Championship runner-up (2014), Superleague B champion (2010), Russian Cup finalists (2011)

Kosta Koufos (photo: M. Serbin,
Daniel Hackett (photo: M. Serbin,
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: M. Serbin,
Mike James (photo: M. Serbin,
Johannes Voigtmann (photo: M. Serbin,
Ivan Ukhov and Mikhail Kulagin (photo: M. Serbin,
Kyle Hines (photo: M. Serbin,