CSKA Moscow defeated Tsmoki-Minsk on the road, 100-63 (23-6, 21-19, 26-19, 30-19).
Tsmoki-Minsk: Dru Joyce (16+5 ast), Djordje Gagic (15+7 reb)
CSKA: Nando De Colo (21), Andrei Vorontsevich (18), Vitaly Fridzon (16), Semyon Antonov (12)
CSKA put this game away early, surging to a 23-6 lead in the opening period. Nando De Colo scored eight points in the quarter, putting the Army Men firmly in the driver’s seat.
The visitors led by as much as 21 in the 2nd quarter, leading 44-25 at halftime.
CSKA went on to win by 37 points, led by Nando De Colo’s 21 and Andrei Vorontsevich’s 18. With Kazan’s loss, Dimitris Itoudis’s club takes over sole possession of 1st place with an 11-1 record. Minsk drops to 3-8.
Tsmoki-Minsk head coach Igor Grishchuk:
– It’s very tough to confront CSKA, especially when you have a short bench. Our opponent played good defense and played aggressively. When you let them grab 12 offensive rebounds, it’s tough to think about a win.
CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis:
– We deserved a win today. We started the game strong and dominated on both ends of the court. The team played at a high level for the entire game. It’s encouraging that we kept Minsk below its scoring average today.
Tsmoki-Minsk: January 15 at Nizhny Novgorod
CSKA: January 16 at UNICS