Australia Post Boomer David Andersen and his Russian super club CSKA Moscow have advanced to the final four of the 2008 EuroLeague competition following their dominant 81-56 win in the deciding game of their quarter final series against Greek giants Olympiacos.
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After dropping the opening game at home 76-74, CSKA claimed an 83-73 away win in game two to send the series to a third and final match which they led from start to finish.
They now face Spanish club Tau Ceramica, who defeated Partizan Igokea, in a do-or-die semi-final over the EuroLeague final four weekend in Madrid, Spain from May 2-4.
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As the starting centre, Andresen tallied 8 points (4-of-6 shooting) and three rebounds in 22 minutes on court.
Lithuanian forward Ramunas Siskauskas was the star of the show for CSKA, hitting a game 24 points while Slovenian born Matjaz Smodis added 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
“First of all I would like to thank our fans,” CSKA Head Coach Ettore Messina. “They created great atmosphere in the CSKA Sports Hall and this is something that will be remembered for a long time.”
“Also I want to congratulate my team management. They believed in us even after the loss in Moscow.
“Today we played great defence. We managed to limit the opponents in scoring and on the other side we managed to find good solutions for our shots.
“Olympiacos is a great opponent and we respect them and wish all the best in the upcoming part of the season. As for us for 2-3 days we will enjoy our win but then we will try to concentrate on the preparations for the Final Four games. Of course, it would not be an easy walk.”
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Andersen & CSKA one win from EuroLeague Final Four
April 4, 2008
Australia Post Boomer David Andersen and his Russian super club CSKA Moscow are one win away from another EuroLeague Final Four appearance after leveling their quarter final series against Olympiacos over night, winning game two 83-73 in Greece.
In front of 12,000 fiercely patriotic Greek fans, Andersen tallied 8 points (4-of-8 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes on court.
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Lithuanian forward Ramunas Siskauskas scored a game high 20 points for CSKA while American Trajan Langdon added 19 points.
Andersen and CSKA looked in big trouble at the end of the first quarter, down 27-15 before blitzing their Greek rivals 27-11 in the second term and 28-18 in the third quarter to hold a 70-56 with a quarter remaining.
Olympiacos tired hard in the final term, winning it 17-13 but it wasn’t enough to prevent CSKA forcing a deciding game three – which will be at CSKA’s home court on Wednesday, April 9.
The game will tip-off at 6:15pm Russian time.
“It was an important win,” CSKA head coach Ettore Messina said. “I want to thank my coaching staff and the management as they prepared for the game without me and I want to congratulate my players for the effort they made tonight.
“We managed to work with their zone only after the half time break but it is not the time for celebrations.”
CSKA dropped the opening game 76-74 thanks to a Lynn Grir buzzer beater last Tuesday (April 1).
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Andersen wins Russian Superleague
28 March, 2008
Australia Post Boomers centre David Andersen has tasted championship victory in Moscow after his CSKA team defeated Triumph 81-71 to win the Russian Superleague overnight.
Andersen finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the ten point victory, cementing CSKA’s reputation as Russia’s best club.
A powerhouse in world basketball, CSKA has won 13 Superleague championships in the past fifteen years, missing out in 2001 and 2002.
Andersen (212cm, 107kg, 27 yrs) will now turn his attention to the EuroLeague quarter finals, where 16 teams remain in the battle for Europe’s ultimate club crown.