|06 April 2010|
EuroChallenge Final Four-bound Krasnye Krylia came up just short of springing a major upset on Easter Sunday when falling to CSKA Moscow in overtime.
Playing at home in Samara, the Red Wings opened up a 23-13 lead by the end of the first quarter but the defending Russian Superleague champions battled back and prevailed 76-74.
|J.R. Holden is carrying CSKA in all competitions these days|
Fresh off their 3-1 Quarter-Final series triumph over Caja Laboral in the Euroleague, CSKA got another huge game from JR Holden.
The Russia national team point guard buried seven three-pointers on his way to a game-high 26 points.
In defeat, Marcus Eugene Douthit had 18 points, Ernest Bremer 17 and Ralph Biggs 12.
Evgeny Pashutin, the CSKA Moscow coach, had led his team to a come-from-behind win at Caja Laboral on Thursday night in Vitoria that qualified the Russian giants for an eighth consecutive Final Four.
He decided to go deeper to his bench in Sunday's game.
"After a heavy, emotional victory in Spain, we gave the team leaders some rest, and the young guys stepped up," Pashutin said.
"I am glad (Anton) Ponkrashov, (Dimitry) Sokolov, (Nikita) Kurbanov, who usually do not get many minutes, played a lot, fought and got us the victory.
"It is important that candidates for the Russian national team showed a good game in a difficult game against serious contenders."
Ponkrashov, Sokolov and Kurbanov will later this summer fight for places in Russia's national team squad that is to play at the FIBA World Championship.
Scavolini, Roanne Fall
The team that the Red Wings face at the EuroChallenge Final Four on April 30 in Göttingen is Scavolini Pesaro.
|Sam Van Rossom and Scavolini Pesaro are facing the weeks of truth in their fight against relegation in the Lega|
But before they can begin to think about that Semi-Final, the Italians need to focus intently on their Lega A games where their battle against relegation.
Scavolini lost 98-94 in double overtime at fellow strugglers Vanoli Cremona on Saturday.
Rashad Anderson missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the end of regulation for Cremona and then Serbia international Branko Cvektovic was off target from behind the arc at the end of the first extra period for Scavolini.
Cremona got their noses in front in the second overtime and won a vital game that allowed them to climb into 11th place at 9-15.
The setback left Scavolini 14th at 8-16 and level with second-bottom Carife Ferrera.
Those two teams meet on Saturday.
Pesaro lost to Cremona despite getting 29 points from Michael Hicks and 26 along with 18 rebounds from Eric Williams.
Roanne, who face Final Four hosts BG Göttingen in the other Semi-Final, suffered an 89-88 defeat at Poitiers on Friday night.
Göttingen will take on EnBW Ludwigsburg on Tuesday in Germany's Beko Basketball Bundesliga.