CSKA Moscow wins a thriller in Malaga

The Russian powerhouse took the win 70-66 over Unicaja Malaga thanks to a great game by Sasha Kaun and a key performance from Milos Teodosic in the final minutes.

Two great teams played some outstanding basketball, with plenty of spectacular moves, such as a huge block by Augusto Cesar Lima on Viktor Khryapa. Unicaja Malaga always knew hot to stop Nenad Krstic, but it was Sasha Kaun who took advantage of the situation, scoring 16 points and dunking every time he wanted to. On the other hand, Earl Calloway and Luka Zoric, as usual, led their team to be strong enough against one of the top European teams.

After three quarters in which both teams played hard to tie the score, it was CSKA Moscow that got a small advantage in the end of the fourth quarter to take home the win. Milos Teodosic proved to be a clutch player netting  two straight three pointers to end the game at 66-70. But there was still time to see a bizarre action in the final seconds: Unicaja still trying to tie the game, Krunoslav Simon goes to get the ball and a referee suddenly appears in the middle of the movement to make the player lose the ball and in the process maybe a couple of games, because he got injured because of that hit. Unbelievable.

CSKA Moscow climbs up to the top position in Group E while Unicaja Malaga stays fifth behind Panathinaikos, two wins away from the Greek team after its victory over Real Madrid.

“It feels good,” CSKA forward Sasha Kaun said. “We played very well and competed well. It’s not easy play to play here in Malaga, it’s always hard and they have great fans. We tried not to look at the last game between us, because Unicaja played good in that one and we played badly. We knew we had to play good defense and do easy things.”

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