CSKA Russia defeated Tsmoki-Minsk on the road, 101-61 (23-16, 20-11, 28-15, 30-19).
Tsmoki-Minsk: Vitali Liutych (19)
CSKA: Daniel Hackett (24 + 6 ast), Joel Bolomboy (16), Sergio Rodriguez (12), Nando De Colo (10 + 6 ast)
CSKA put on a shooting clinic in Minsk, knocking down 34 of 47 field-goal attempts (72%), led by Daniel Hackett’s perfect 8-8 line, which included six 3-pointers.
The visitors had a 13-game winning streak snapped last week in St. Petersburg, but this game was never in doubt.
Tsmoki-Minsk saw an early 16-15 lead evaporate as Daniel Hackett scored eight unanswered points to close the opening quarter.
Hackett made it 10 straight with a layup to start the 2nd quarter, giving CSKA a 25-16 advantage.
The visitors built on the lead with stingy defense, giving up only 11 points on 4-16 shooting from the Belarusians.
CSKA’s 9-0 run midway through the period blew the game wide open. Leading 39-22 with four minutes to go in the half, Moscow was never threatened again.
Dimitris Itoudis’ men ultimately finished with 101 points and a 40-point margin of victory, the club’s biggest of the season.
Some of the numbers on offense were staggering: CSKA only missed five two-point field-goal attempts (19-24), while Bolomboy and Hackett combined to shoot 15-15 from the field.
Perhaps most impressively, CSKA shot 65% from beyond the arc (15-23), leaving Minsk absolutely no chance at an upset.
The win lifts the Army Men to a League-leading 14-1. Minsk falls to a League-worst 2-12.
141 – Dimitris Itoudis became the winningest coach in VTB United League history with the victory.
Димитрис Итудис стал самым побеждающим тренером в истории Лиги!
Dimitris Itoudis became the winningest coach in VTB League history! pic.twitter.com/SHhiNeTGhA
— VTB United League (@VTBUL) January 27, 2019