Κυριακή, 13 Μαΐου 2012 23:14

Final Four : CSKA Moscow 61-62 Olympiakos

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The first quarter saw us make a number of mistakes although we did get the first score of the game and held the score at 2-5 for about five minutes. (We had a superb shot to get 3 points). A number of fouls and penalties allowed CSKA to overtake us though and the quarter finished at 10-7 in favour of the Russians.

We started off badly in the second quarter and slipped to a seven point defecit before making a slight fightback with the score at 16-11. We then drop twelve points behind at 25-13 and need to call a time out before we end up getting further behind. After the comeback we have four penalties but only score one from the shot. At the end of the quarter and the halftime, we slipped to 14 points behind the Russians and the halftime score was 34-20.

The third quarter started off with a similar story but after slipping sixteen points behind we had a rally and came to 41-30. Two three point shots for the Russians and only a single penalty in reply saw us return to a 16 point defecit again though. A hoop and a penalty later and we were 47-34 down but had decreased the russian lead. After a quick time out, we unfortunately collapsed and let in 6 points without reply to go 53-34 points down. The third quarter ended at 53-40 and we had everything to do in the final quarter.

A good start for us in the final quarter and we went within 8 points of the Russians (53-45) before pulling even closer and getting only 5 points behind CSKA. We then had points on both sides with the russians getting the better of the play (just). Two converted penalties took us back to within 5 points again and another hoop shot to within 3 points. Krstic shot 2 penalties for CSKA (-5 again) and then shot another basket (-7) before a three pointer for us got us back into the mix (59-55). One penalty apiece increased the scores for both sides before a steal allowed us to get within 2 points.

With the game now in the final minute of the last quarter, we were within 2 points of tying the score (60-58) but a single penalty for the russians increased the difference to 3 points. Only ten seconds remained on the clock when we scored from two penalties (61-60) and the tension increased after they missed two penalties and we grabbed the winner in the last shot of the game. We WIN!!!!!!! We've won the euroleague!!!!!!! Holy shit...!!

CSKA Moscow 61-62 Olympiakos
1st Quarter : CSKA Moscow 10-7 Olympiakos
2nd Quarter : CSKA Moscow 34-20 Olympiakos
3rd Quarter : CSKA Moscow 53-40 Olympiakos
4th Quarter : CSKA Moscow 61-62 Olympiakos

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