By Eurohoops team/ [email protected]
One day after getting his first “MVP of the Round” this EuroLeague reason, CSKA Moscow guard Daniel Hackett put a strong bid to win it back to back.
Hackett scored a season-high 27 points in 26 minutes and grabbed five rebounds as CSKA beat ASVEL Villeurbanne 90 – 83 to register its second consecutive win. The Italian veteran also reached the 2000-point mark over his career in EuroLeague.
With 1:40 to play, Hackett also delivered a crucial 3-point play to put CSKA up 88 – 81 after ASVEL cut a 12-point deficit to four in three minutes. ASVEL’s top scorer (17 points, six rebounds) Marcos Knight, scored a basket but committed an offensive foul with 27 seconds remaining. On the other end, Marius Grigonis hit a pair of free throws to secure CSKA’s win. The Army Men, that were again without leading performer Will Clyburn, went up to 12-7 while ASVEL suffered its eighth loss in the last 10 games to fall to 8 – 10.
ASVEL was more than competitive and held a short lead during multiple moments throughout the game’s very close first 30 minutes. The French side was up 59 – 61 in the last seconds of the third period before CSKA increased the level of its defense to go on a 10-0 run and eventually get an 80 – 68 advantage with 4:34 to go.
Alexey Shved added 17 points and Marius Grigonis scored 16 for CSKA. Elie Okobo finished with 15 points, five assists (also five turnovers) for ASVEL while James Gist had season-highs 14 points and eight rebounds.
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