Euroleague: CSKA hammers Maccabi Tel Aviv

Defending Euroleague champs look headed to fifth straight Final Four.

By
April 4, 2007 04:27
1 minute read.
Euroleague: CSKA hammers Maccabi Tel Aviv

cska 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

CSKA Moscow dominated and humiliated Maccabi Tel Aviv 80-58 in the first game of their best-of-three Euroleague quarterfinal playoff series on Tuesday night in Russia. The reigning Euroleague champions controlled the game right from the tipoff and led 21-6 after 10 minutes. Maccabi had to toil for every point and was only 13-of-41 (32 percent) from two-point range. Tel Aviv, which had a total of only five assists throughout the game, will need a dramatic improvement over the next 48 hours if it's to extend its European season beyond this week. CSKA has a chance to book its place in its fifth straight Final Four in game two at Nokia Arena on Thursday night, and will be overwhelmingly favored to do just that. "CSKA is like an NBA team," said Maccabi coach Neven Spahija. "They are very strong and that is the main reason we played poorly. I'm not happy because we played without confidence and didn't know what to do. "The game in Tel Aviv will be difficult, but I hope we will play better because we know that this could be our last game of the Euroleague season." Maccabi's highest scorer Tuesday night was Nikola Vujcic, who managed only 10 points. Moscow was led by Trajan Langdon, who scored 16 points, with David Andersen and J.R Holden adding 12 and 11 points, respectively. Tal Burstein scored the first five points of the game to keep Maccabi within one point (6-5) midway through the first period, but a 15-1 CSKA run in the final four minutes of the quarter killed off the game before it really ever began. Tel Aviv scored just a single field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game, and, unbelievably, matters deteriorated as the game progressed. CSKA easily extended its lead in the second quarter and Vujcic's three-pointer at the end of the first half was little consolation for Maccabi, which trailed 40-22 after 20 minutes.

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI