CSKA reach Euroleague playoffs, Fenerbahce victorious
By Zoran Milosavljevic
BELGRADE (Reuters) - CSKA Moscow advanced to the Euroleague playoffs with four games to spare after an inspired performance by their Serbia playmaker Milos Teodosic gave them an 88-83 home win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday.
Fenerbahce Istanbul boosted their hopes of becoming the first Turkish team to reach the season-ending Final Four, edging closer to the knockout stages with a 73-64 win at former champions Olympiakos Piraeus.
CSKA, Olympiakos and Fenerbahce all have an 8-2 record in their section, with the latter two still mathematically needing one win from the last four games to progress to the best-of-five quarter-final playoff series.
The Russian giants joined Real Madrid, who secured their passage on Thursday, after Teodosic racked up 20 points and nine assists to lead the competition’s six-time winners past a battling Anadolu Efes.
The visitors held their own throughout the contest but succumbed in a fast-flowing finish as CSKA center Sasha Kaun added 16 points and six rebounds for his side, whose Greek coach Dimitris Itoudis praised the vociferous home support.
“I’d like to thank the fans who turned up tonight and created a great atmosphere,” he told the competition’s official website.
“We made a sloppy start but established a better defensive game and won in the end, although they made some tough shots in the second half.”