CSKA Moscow’s dominant form in the VTB United League continued on Sunday as Round 18 of the Regular Season got underway. There were four games during the day and joining CSKA in the winner’s circle were Nizhny Novgorod, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Unics Kazan. The four clubs combined victories meant that it was a clean sweep of road win on Sunday, with not team winning at home on the day.
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd vs. CSKA Moscow, 74-108
CSKA tore apart Krasny Oktyabr on the road in the VTB United League to win by more than thirty points and move to 18-1 at the top of the Regular Season standings. The visitors led from start to finish and controlled the hardwood for extended spells, claiming 52 points in the paint to dictate the pace in the key area. 55 points in the first half gave the Army Men a lead that turned out to be unassailable as the hosts of Volgograd could not live with their more illustrious opponents.
Fridzon Vitaly led five CSKA players in double digits with 21 points, while Joel Freeland named 14 points in the win. Playmakers Nando de Colo and Milos Teodosic netted 12 points apiece, with Aaron Jackson draining 11 points.
Voitiuk Evgenii topped the losing effort with 16 points, followed by Ibekwe Ekene with 14 points.
CEZ Nymburk vs. Unics Kazan, 74-75
Early 2015/2016 VTB United League season pace setters CEZ Nymburk continued to slide down the standings as Unics Kazan escaped the Czech Republic with a single point win. The victory was enough to keep Unics in second place behind CSKA, but with a considerably lower 14-2 record. Nymburk managed to edge a tight first half 41-39 before Unics hit back in the third act to take a one point lead through thirty minutes, 54-55. The guests then held that advantage at the final buzzer, thanks to the hosts missing in the final second.
Colom Joaquim topped Kazan with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Milaknis Arturas added 19 points and Kaimakoglou Konstantinos recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards.
Randle Chasson paced Nymburk with a game high 24 points, with Jiri Welsch claiming 12 points in the loss.