The hope is still here

CSKA (photo M. Serbin,
The win was very close but Panathinaikos shot the ball unbelievable well, including the shots in deciding moments. To keep the chance of Top 16 qualification CSKA should win three in a row and to hope for big luck in other games in Group D.

CSKA vs. Panathinaikos Athens: 68-72

Dmitry Shakulin, CSKA interim coach:
If you want to shoot some critical arrows use me as a target. But dont criticize the players just minutes ago in the locker room I expressed my appreciation to the huge amount of work they did. The miracles are rare. We did a lot in these four days. But we do not have enough time to fix the physical problems, lack of mutual understanding, to add new players to the system. Look at the team game of Panathinaikos: even with highest shooting percentage they play as a team, they pass the ball, they show patience, the make the opponent to help on defense. Sokolov was our best scorer but that was opponents sacrifice the never helped at the expense of Langdon and Siskauskas. Thats coaching maths. And because of big attention to our shooters we werent able to attack from a perimeter during final possession.

Zeljko Obradovic, Panathinaikos head coach:
We came here to play CSKA which is in abnormal situation. Because of coachs change and slow start of the season the players try to find additional motivation. And we knew about it. I prepared the team to face aggressive game by CSKA and I think the opponents played good game. We played good also but because of some stupid turnovers we allowed the opponent to come back. Congratulations to all my players with the important and well-deserved win.

Euroleague TV: CSKA vs. Panathinaikos Best Moments

Dmitry Sokolov dunks the ball (photo M. Serbin,
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo M. Serbin,
Matjaz Smodis (photo M. Serbin,
Ramunas Siskauskas (photo M. Serbin,
Trajan Langdon (photo T. Makeeva,
Sergey Bykov (photo T. Makeeva,
Jon Robert Holden (photo M. Serbin,
Jamont Gordon (photo T. Makeeva,
Dmitriy Shakulin (photo M. Serbin,
Viktor Khryapa (photo M. Serbin,
CSKA dance team (photo M. Serbin,
Athlets of Special Olympics (photo T. Makeeva,
Dmitry Sokolov (photo T. Makeeva,
Andrey Vorontsevich (photo M. Serbin,
Ramunas Siskauskas (photo M. Serbin,
Athlets of Special Olympic (photo T. Makeeva,
Trajan Langdon (photo M. Serbin,
Jon Robert Holden and Matjaz Smodis (photo T. Makeeva,
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