The leaders did not dissappoint

Daniel Hackett (photo: M. Serbin,
The first and second teams of EuroLeague standings played fascinating game. Unfortunately, the status quo remained.

CSKA vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 80-82 (-2)

CSKA: James (20 + 3 as + 6 to), Voigtmann (15 + 5 rb + 3 as + 2 st), Hackett (11 + 3 rb + 3 as + 2 st), Kurbanov (5), Hines (7 + 11 rb + 2 as) – start; Bolomboy (9), Antonov (0), Strelnieks (DNP), Sant-Roos (7 + 4 rb + 2 as + 4 pf), Koufos (DNP), Hilliard (1), Baker (5)…

Anadolu Efes: Larkin (23 + 4 as + 2 st + 5 to), Beaubois (13 + 4 pf), Singleton (5 + 2 as + 2 st), Pleiss (11 + 4 rb), Anderson (5 + 5 rb) – start; Balbay (3 rb + 2 as), Sanli (0), Moerman (6 + 4 rb), Tuncer (DNP), Micic (19 + 3 rb + 5 as + 2 st + 4 pf), Peters (0), Simon (2 as)…

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
We had a lack of confidence on the defensive end in the beginning. We established a better defense in the second and third quarters. In the fourth quarter, we were there too on defense. We were trying to create turnovers. We forced 14 turnovers. We took the lead a couple of times and then some details decided the game. The game could have gone either way. But congratulations to Efes that they got the victory. It was well-deserved. The way it went, we could have won the game. It’s a double week, we will try to stay positive and get the best experience and use it for the games to come.

Mike James (photo: M. Serbin,
Johannes Voigtmann (photo: M. Serbin,
Daniel Hackett (photo: M. Serbin,
Joel Bolomboy (photo: M. Serbin,
Howard Sant-Roos (photo: T. Makeeva,
Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva,
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: M. Serbin,
Ron Baker (photo: M. Serbin,
Darrun Hilliard (photo: M. Serbin,
Dimitris Itoudis (photo: M. Serbin,
Andrey Vatutin (photo: T. Makeeva,
(photo: M. Serbin,
Joel Bolomboy (photo: M. Serbin,
Mike James (photo: T. Makeeva,
Johannes Voigtmann (photo: T. Makeeva,
CSKA fans (photo: M. Serbin,
CSKA dance team (photo: T. Makeeva,
Daniel Hackett (photo: M. Serbin,
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: T. Makeeva,
(photo: M. Serbin,
Kyle Hines (photo: M. Serbin,
Joel Bolomboy (photo: M. Serbin,
(photo: M. Serbin,
CSKA dance team (photo: M. Serbin,
Nikita Kurbanov (photo: M. Serbin,
Daniel Hackett (photo: M. Serbin,
Kobe (photo: M. Serbin,
Pre-game show (photo: M. Serbin,
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