first_imgThe last undefeated team left standing in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is none other than CSKA Moscow after a 75-81 road victory over Olympiacos Piraeus in the Game of the Week on Thursday in which the champs led from the opening tip to the final buzzer. The score was deceptive as CSKA’s lead was 10 points or higher from the second quarter till the last couple of minutes. And even when Olympiacos came close at the end, Nando De Colo was on hand with a big shot for the champs. CSKA is 5-0 and broke the three-game winning streak of Olympiacos, whose record dropped to 3-2. De Colo, last season’s MVP, paced the winners with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Aaron Jackson and Kyle Hines scored 13 each, Andrey Vorontsevich 11 and Milos Teodosic 10 for the winners. Georgios Printezis was the big gun for Olympiacos with 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Vassilis Spanoulis scored 14 and Khem Birch 10.De Colo and Vorontsevich got CSKA off to a 6-0 start and soon Jackson lit up from the three-point line to make it 7-14. Printezis caught fire next for Olympiacos and cut the difference until his team was within 21-25 at the end of 10 minutes. While the its pass-masters took over – with De Colo sending a no-look pass and Teodosic one between a defender’s legs to Hines – so did CSKA’s defense held Olympiacos scoreless for the first 6 minutes of the second quarter, until Ioannis Papapetrou’s three-pointer made it 24-33. Before the half ended, it was Victor Khryapa feeding Hines for a dunk and CSKA’s high lead til then, 28-44, at the break. Olympiacos came out in the third quarter like a house on fire, scoring 11 points in less than 3 minutes as compared to 7 in the whole second quarter. But CSKA did not wilt and 5 points in a row by Vorontsevich sustained his team until threes by Teodosic, Jackson and De Colo restored a 51-66 advantage after 30 minutes. It was still 60-72 with under 4 minutes left, when Olympiacos began whittling away with all the points in an 13-3 run shared by Printezis and Erick Green that made it 74-77 with 1:17 to play. Hines came up with a huge offensive and hit 2 free throws, then Vorontsevich blocked a shot leading to 2 more by De Colo, defusing the drama.CSKA heads home to host Real Madrid in Round 6, while Olympiacos takes to the road against Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img