MOSCOW – It was a rout from the get-go as the Russian team CSKA Moscow destroyed Greek power Panathinaikos, 93-66 in their European basketball league quarterfinal series on April 14.
Without injured AJ Slaughter, Panathinaikos was never in the game after the first minutes and could only watch helplessly as Russia’s best team ran up big leads although the Greek team had it within 10 at 35-25 before watching it slip away.
It was a laugher for CSKA, which led 77-42 after three periods and just coasted to the end over the dispirited Greens.
held firm in the first quarter of the game, but CSKA ran riot after that, sending its lead close to 30 points at times, with the 35-25 score halfway through the second period turning into a 56-27 half-time score.
“We must remember we are Panathinaikos,” forward James Gist, who scored 14, said, second to Nikos Pappas’ 16 for the night.
The best-of-five series continues on April 16, again in Moscow.