CSKA Moscow dominates first-place battle against Unics Kazan – VTB Recap

2018-04-02T20:31:47+00:00 2018-04-02T23:02:56+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

02/Apr/18 20:31

Eurohoops.net

CSKA made a display of strength against Unics Kazan in the VTB League derby of the Week.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Thanks to a powerful output in the first quarter, CSKA Moscow defeated Unics Kazan 80 – 63 at home, perhaps more easily than what the final score implies.

Following their EuroLeague loss to Zalgiris Kaunas, the “Army Men” entered the game in an all-guns-blazing mode, leaving their opponents behind 23 – 9 (!) after 10 minutes.

Unics improved their offense a bit in the second period but CSKA kept its engines running at full speed to gain a 24-point lead (64 – 40), seven minutes into the second half. The rest of the match was just a standard procedure since Unics couldn’t erase such a margin.

Othello Hunter led CSKA with 14 points in just 16 minutes while Nando De Colo scored 12 and dished out 6 assists. Cory Higgins also had 12 points for CSKA.

Trent Lockett and Maurice N’Dour stood out for Unics with 13 points apiece plus 8 and 9 boards respectively.

In the rest of VTB League games that took place this Week, Joe Ragland pushed Lokomotiv Kuban past Astana while Charles Jenkins did lots of work on both ends, as an Alexey Shved-less Khimki beat Kalev Tallinn.

VTB League Results:

HOME AWAY FT HT Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
PARMA BASKET PERM ENISEY 96-73 41-29 15-14 26-15 34-17 21-27
LOKOMOTIV KUBAN BK ASTANA 79-78 38-30 19-12 19-18 24-18 17-30
KHIMKI MOSCOW BC KALEV/CRAMO 96-85 45-48 24-20 21-28 28-18 23-19
VEF RIGA NIZHNIY NOVGOROD 94-90 46-46 21-27 25-19 29-17 19-27
ZENIT SAINT PETERSBURG AVTODOR 79-93 36-61 16-27 20-34 16-20 27-12
CSKA MOSCOW UNICS KAZAN 80-63 45-26 23-9 22-17 23-25 12-12

VTB League Standings:

#
TEAM
PTS
MP
W
L
POINTS
+/-
1
CSKA MOSCOW
38
20
18
2
1848 – 1549
299
2
UNICS KAZAN
32
17
15
2
1436 – 1250
186
3
LOKOMOTIV KUBAN
31
18
13
5
1511 – 1311
200
4
ZENIT SAINT PETERSBURG
29
17
12
5
1446 – 1435
11
5
AVTODOR
26
17
9
8
1462 – 1513
-51
6
KHIMKI MOSCOW
29
19
10
9
1602 – 1498
104
7
PARMA BASKET PERM
25
18
7
11
1469 – 1525
-56
8
VEF RIGA
26
19
7
12
1464 – 1570
-106
9
NIZHNIY NOVGOROD
23
17
6
11
1426 – 1468
-42
10
BC TSMOKI MINSK
24
18
6
12
1306 – 1465
-159
11
BK ASTANA
25
19
6
13
1431 – 1479
-48
12
BC KALEV/CRAMO
26
20
6
14
1683 – 1819
-136
13
ENISEY
20
17
3
14
1312 – 1514
-202