"CSKA" starts with victories at out matches
Moscow "CSKA" had the second match in Russian basketball championship on Saturday.
"Soldiers" had two long-distance out matches in a row for the first time in their Russian history. Basketball players of "CSKA" in the first their match of this championship on Friday
examined Vladivostok "Spartak-Primorie" which had never had such serious games. The main coach of "CSKA" let to play on the match all players that had come. "Soldiers" defeated their rival without any difficulties. They won in every quarter. The final score was 87:53.
After that meeting "red-blue" went to Novosibirsk, where they should play with local "Locomotiv". "Railwaymen" had only 10th place in past season. They had lost two games with "CSKA" with a gap in more that 22 points. "Locomotiv" won Surgut "Universitet" in its first match of this season with score 81:65. Novosibirsk fans looked forward to the sensation on the threshold of this match with "CSKA".
Start membership of "CSKA" was Tradjan Lengdon, David Anderson, Zakhar Pashutin, John Robert Holden and Matiaz Smodish. The meeting began with accurate 3-point sprint of denizen Russian John Holden. The first period ended with score 12:22.
Teams played equally during the second period. Several throws in a row made Igor Grachev and that helped the home team not remain behind leader. First points in the game made Vasilii Zavoruev. Europe champion "soldier" Nikita Shabalkin joined the game in the middle of match. He replaced Alexei Savrasenko. Ten points by Zakhar Pashutin made during last four minutes of the period and advantage of "soldiers" reached 15 points. Before the long break there were joyless digits for the home team on score-board - 29:43.
Basketball players of "Locomotiv" came to the playground much sure of them after the break. There was nowhere to go back. Alexei Zozulin, Denis Sevastianov and Igor Grachev were good during that time. They could not much reduce score but they did not disappoint their fans. They collected their strength and won the third period with score 21:20. So "red-blue" lost their first period in this season. In the middle of the third period after two hits of Matiaz Smodish the advantage of "soldiers" reached its maximum "+18". During residual time Novosibirsk basketball players could just reduce score a little. The most resulting player in this match was Tradjan Lengdon. He gained 24 points.
On the other match of this day Kazan "UNICS" played with St. Petersburg "Spartak". Kazan team which had been the third in last season won with score 70:66.
"Locomotiv" (Novosibirsk) - "CSKA" (Moscow) - 69:82 (12:22, 17:21, 21:20, 19:19)
"UNICS" (Kazan) - "Spartak" (St. Petersburg) - 70:66 (19:17, 13:16, 20:16, 18:17)