It seemed difficult...

Matjaz Smodis (photo M. Serbin,
The desperate fight of two leaders of Russian Superleague finished with the great run by CSKA in the end of the game, which allowed the big final difference against Khimki and clear first place in the championship.

Khimki vs. CSKA: 57-76

Ettore Messina:

"Of course, I am happy with the first half - both by the game and the result. I think in the first 20 minutes we were still carrying the burden of the loss in Milan. I want to congratulate my team: we were able to change the attitude and to change the game. I am happy with all my players, but especially with the leaders. It is very important that Savrasenko recovered after the injury. He plays better and better and I hope will continue to progress. Today Smodis played his first 'Smodis game'. Andrey Vorontsevich was just excellent - I told that in the locker room. There is no complains regarding his game - nether in offense, nor in defense, nor on the rebounds. By the way he allowed us to use three big men sometimes playing on 'three' position".
Trajan Langdon became the game best scorer (photo M. Serbin,
Matjaz Smodis (photo T. Makeeva,
Viktor Khryapa (photo T. Makeeva,
Ramunas Siskauskas (photo M. Serbin,
Nikos Zisis (photo Y. Kuzmin,
Alexey Savrasenko (photo M. Serbin,
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo T. Makeeva,
Zoran Planinic (photo Y. Kuzmin,
Victor Keyru (photo M. Serbin,
Ettore Messina (photo Y. Kuzmin,
Sergey Ivanov and Andrey Vatutin (photo M. Serbin,
CSKA fans (photo M. Serbin,
Trajan Langdon (photo Y. Kuzmin,
Matjaz Smodis (photo M. Serbin,
Viktor Khryapa (photo Y. Kuzmin,
Ramunas Siskauskas (photo T. Makeeva,
Alexey Savrasenko (photo T. Makeeva,
CSKA (photo Y. Kuzmin,