CSKA takes over in crunch time and survives Crvena Zvezda

By Eurohoops team/ [email protected]

Crvena Zvezda put on a huge fight against CSKA Moscow, even leading by 50-42 early in the third quarter, however, the Russian powerhouse managed to bounce back and outplay them in crunch time to grab a 78-76 home win in EuroLeague Round 4.

It was a tied game at 71 with three minutes left when Nikita Kurbanov secured an offensive rebound for CSKA which led to Iffe Lundberg’s driving layup. Alexey Shved followed up with a block and a three-pointer while Lundberg completed the 7-0 run with a mid-range shot and basically decided the outcome.

Zvezda made it a two-point game at the end thanks to Nikola Ivanovic’s two and Nikola Kalinic’s ‘improvised’ three-pointer at the buzzer.

CSKA has lost Toko Shengelia this week to injury but Will Clyburn with 18 and Shved with 16 points stepped up scoring-wise. Johannes Voigtmann added 12 and Joel Bolomboy 11 points.

For Crvena Zvezda, which has got its own roster issues, Ognjen Kuzmic reminded of his prime days with 14 points (7-7 shooting) and seven rebounds while Nate Wolters scored 16 and Ognjen Dobric ten points.

CSKA improved to a 3-1 record with this win while Crvena Zvezda split up its four games and stands at 2-2.

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