Top scorers CSKA: Johannes Voigtmann (15 + 5 rebounds), Michael Eric (12 + 6 rebounds), Joel Bolomboy (10 + 7 rebounds). Tsmoki-Minsk: Andrei Rahozenka (14), Uladzislau Bliznyuk (11).
Johannes Voigtmann and Daniel Hackett long-range shots and a drive by Darrun Hilliard started 10-0 run. The German and Italian continued to hit threes – 22:6. Daniil Barysevich and Aliaksandr Pustahvar used this weapon and cut the gap by the second quarter, and 6:0 run at the start of the second quarter brought the guests back to the game – 22:27. CSKA answered with drives by Hackett and Hilliard and then debuting for CSKA Gabriel Lundberg showed his signature scoring 8 consecutive points in a row. In the remaining time of the first half the hosts weren’t losing concentration and reached 20-point lead.
Tsmoki-Minsk started the second half with 7:2 run but second comeback was too hard to start. CSKA activated after another Voigtmann three, and then started to storm opponent’s paint. Michael Eric and Joel Bolomboy with supporting cutting guards took enormous lead, fourth quarter was a formality.
CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis: – Congratulations to the team on the shown approach throughout the game. We played aggressively, especially in defense, it was to base to the successful offense. Congratulations to Tsmoki, they were fighting, I want to thank them for it. One of our goals was to give some rest to some players, help players to recover. We have some serious games up ahead, we’ll be preparing for them.
Tsmoki-Minsk head coach Rostislav Vergun: – The result is obvious. The strongest wins. It was a good opportunity for us to check our young players at a high level. Thanks to CSKA for true basketball, wish luck in the rest of the season.