CSKA Moscow defeated PARMA Perm at home, 108-84 (26-23, 24-13, 35-22, 23-26).
CSKA: Semyon Antonov (18 + 5 reb), Mikhail Kulagin (15 + 5 reb + 7 ast), Ivan Ukhov (13), Cory Higgins (13), Andrey Lopatin (12), Daniel Hackett (12)
PARMA: Eigirdas Zukauskas (14 + 7 reb), Kodi Justic (12), Grigory Skukhovtsov (11), Alexander Vinnik (11)
CSKA relied on the Russian contingent of Semyon Antonov, Mikhail Kulagin, Ivan Ukhov and Andrey Lopatin to demolish visiting PARMA by 24 points.
The Army Men relied on efficient offense (63% from the field), picking up a 14-point lead at halftime, which grew to as much as 29 early in the 4th quarter.
Both teams came out firing in the 1st quarter. PARMA knocked down five of its 15 3-pointers in the period, erasing an early seven-point deficit to lead by two, 23-21, on Alexander Platunov’s triple with two minutes remaining.
But Kulagin and Ukhov combined for the final five points of the quarter and CSKA never trailed again.
Up by three, 26-23, entering the 2nd quarter, Moscow went on a 9-0 run capped by Antonov’s dunk at the eight-minute mark. It was all CSKA the rest of the way, as the capital city club scored over 100 points for the second consecutive game.
PARMA shot 40% from beyond the arc and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds, beating Moscow on the glass by two (30-28), but the visitors could not match CSKA’s efficiency. PARMA committed 18 turnovers and made only seven free throws to the home team’s 21.
With Dimitris Itoudis looking to evenly distribute playing time, CSKA’s Russian contingent took a leading role, as Antonov (18), Kulagin (15), Ukhov (13) and Lopatin (12) combined for 58 points off the bench.
CSKA improves to 5-0 on the season, catching Khimki for 1st place. PARMA drops to 1-3.
+44 – CSKA’s advantage in bench scoring. The Army Men took advantage of their legendary depth in this contest.
CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis: “Congratulations to the team. We were better today. We played serious, while giving some players a chance to rest by spreading out the playing time on the court. From the beginning, we were able to set a good tempo and keep it going to the end. Our young guys are working hard in practice and deserved their minutes today.”
PARMA head coach Nikolajs Mazurs: “We didn’t play defense today like we should have. In the end, we couldn’t affect the style of play, which was run-and-gun. CSKA shot better and won. We have things to work on. Our new guys looked out of sorts today. Rashard struggled early and made the wrong decisions. CSKA found a rhythm and it was impossible to stop our opponents. Congratulations to the Army Men. I sincerely wish them luck in their EuroLeague games.”