|22 April 2013|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|CSKA's Sasha Kaun led all scorers with 18 points|
A big three-pointer from Sonny Weems with eight seconds on the clock gifted CSKA Moscow a 68-66 win away at EuroChallenge semi-finalists Krasnye Krylia and their 20th Russian PBL title, on Sunday.
Ettore Messina's side, fresh off their win in Vitoria over Caja Laboral in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague play-offs, travelled to Samara determined to clinch the domestic league title and took an early 25-13 lead.
CSKA extended the gap to 18 points late in the second quarter but a Krasnye Krylia 12-0 run in the final frame balanced proceedings and Sergey Bazarevich's side went up 66-65 in the final minute on an Omar Thomas lay-up.
Weems then hit the big shot for CSKA which proved the game-winner after Dmitry Kulagin did not manage to tie the scores on Krasnye Krylia's last possession.
"We are very happy to have won the Russian championship," said Messina.
"This year, we have confronted a lot of great teams; Krasnye Krylia won the Russian Cup and advanced to the Final Four of the EuroChallenge, Lokomotiv Kuban won the Eurocup, Khimki and Triumph had a great season while our traditional rivals Unics Kazan and Spartak were as good as ever despite difficulties."
Bazarevich meanwhile admitted that after their Cup triumph last week, he and his players had one eye on the next big event, that awaits them this weekend in Izmir.
"We are preparing for the Final Four of the EuroChallenge," the Krasnye Krylia coach said.
"We did not train yesterday, as we were trying to recover from the trip to Vladivostok (where the Russian Cup Final Four was held), which proved longer than we thought.
"That is the reason that we failed in the first and second quarters.
"Also, I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to play basketball, our task was to give a break to some players that have been used the most this season."
Center Sasha Kaun paved the way for the newly crowned champions with 18 points while fellow Russian international Victor Khryapa delivered another all-round performance with six points, a game-high 10 rebounds and four assists.
Power forward Andre Smith meanwhile finished with 14 points and Chester Simmons added 13 for Krasnye Krylia in losing efforts.
|Adam Chubb was Oldenburg's top scorer with 22 points|
OLDENBURG CLOSE IN ON SECOND, BCM STAY AT TOP
EWE Baskets Oldenburg were the only of the three EuroChallenge semi-finalists that were in domestic league action at the weekend to emerge victorious.
The German Final Four-bound team prevailed 84-74 at home over Telekom Baskets Bonn, a side that had reached the EuroChallenge play-offs, in BEKO Bundesliga action on Saturday.
Oldenburg improved to 24-9 with the victory and will clinch second place in the Regular Season if they win their final game against LTi GIESSEN 46ers on Tuesday night, or if ratiopharm Ulm, who are in third spot at 22-10, lose both their remaining games.
Sebastian Machowski's side seized control of proceedings thanks to a strong second quarter in which they outscored their guests 24-15 to take a 40-31 lead at half-time.
They stretched the gap to 17 points in the third quarter and it was enough to secure victory with time to spare and in spite of a Bonn late attempt at a comeback in the final frame.
Big man Adam Chubb led the way for the hosts with 22 points and five rebounds, Christopher Kramer had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists while Ronald Burrell finished with 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.
In France, EuroChallenge semi-finalists BCM Gravelines Dunkerque lost 67-65 to Lyon-Villeurbanne on the road and fell to 20-9, but maintain top spot in the Pro A standings after their pursuers, Elan Chalon and Strasbourg were also defeated at the weekend.
Point guard Dwight Buycks once again led BCM in scoring with 21 points and seven assists while forward Juan Edwards finished with 18 points and five rebounds in defeat.