CSKA Wins 6th Straight, Drops 110 On Avtodor

CSKA Wins 6th Straight, Drops 110 On Avtodor

CSKA Moscow defeated Avtodor Saratov at home, 110-76 (25-18, 28-28, 29-16, 28-14).

Top Scorers
CSKA: Mikhail Kulagin (20 + 5 reb), Nando De Colo (19 + 5 ast), Semyon Antonov (13), Cory Higgins (13)

Avtodor: McKenzie Moore (16), Perrin Buford (15 + 7 reb), Tre’ McLean (15), David Kravish (13 + 15 reb)

Undefeated CSKA started the game on fire, blitzing Avtodor for a 19-5 lead midway through the 1st quarter. Tre’ McLean helped bring the visitors back, scoring 10 straight to cut the deficit to seven, 25-18, entering the 2nd. 

Moscow once again pulled away, 46-31, midway through the 2nd period, but McKenzie Moore and Perrin Buford were able to make it a close game at halftime, 53-46. 

Turning Point
CSKA opened the 3rd quarter on another run, 10-3, courtesy of Cory Higgins. This time, though, Moscow never let up on the gas, streaking to a 20-point advantage at the end of the quarter (82-62). The 4th quarter was a blowout with CSKA wrapping up a 6th-straight win to open the season. Avtodor drops to 2-2 after back-to-back wins. 

5 – 5 Russian players 20 or younger played in the game. Nikita Mikhailovsky (two rebounds, one assist), Anton Kvitkovskikh (six points) and Savely Makarov (one assist) featured for Avtodor; Andrey Lopatin (four points, two assists) and Alexander Khomenko (two points) suited up for CSKA. 

10 – David Kravish finished two rebounds shy of breaking the League record for offensive rebounds.

Top Play

Mikhail Kulagin. The CSKA guard missed the start of the season due to injury, but has been effective since returning. Today he scored a game-high 20 points on 6-9 shooting in 22 minutes. Kulagin was two points shy of setting a career high. 

CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis: “We didn’t have enough focus at times in the first half, with all due respect to the talent Avtodor has at every position, especially individually. They are a team that likes to run and use iso’s. In the 2nd quarter, we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, iso’s and fast breaks. For the rest of the game, we had a serious approach on defense and offense. We were better. It’s great we could distribute playing time, knowing there are tough games ahead.”

Avtodor head coach Sergei Mokin: “In the first half, we managed to compete and score points. But, like I expected, it’s tough to compete with CSKA on offense. When your opponent hits a ridiculous percentage from 3 (56%) it’s always going to be tough. It’s hard enough when one guy’s hot, but when the whole team is connecting, that’s twice as hard.” 


04/11/2018 CSKA-Avtodor 110:76