Milan tops CSKA for third place
AX Armani Exchange Milan finished its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on a winning note with an 83-73 victory over CSKA Moscow in the third-place game of the 2021 Final Four at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Sergio Rodriguez scored 14 points and dished 6 assists to lead five Milan scorers in double figures. Vlado Micov also scored 14 and
Michael Roll, Riccardo Moraschini and Shavon Shields added 11 each to help Milan score its first victory at the Final Four since its last appearance in 1992 when it also placed third.
Toko Shengelia led CSKA with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Iffe Lundberg scored 13 and Johannes Voigtmann had 12 in defeat.
Each team's first basket came from a player who did not start in Friday's semifinal with Kaleb Tarczewski getting Milan and the scoreboard and Joel Bolomboy scoring for CSKA. Micov and Roll knocked down threes as Milan jumped ahead 10-5. Roll and Bolomboy kept the scoreboard moving. Roll was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Lundberg, whose free throws gave CSKA its first lead, 12-13. Shengelia and Darrun Hilliard helped CSKA extend the lead before Moraschini knocked down a pair of threes to even things at 20-20. A put-back by Voigtmann and a free throw by Alexander Khomenko made it 20-23 after 10 minutes. Milan closed the gap throughs Zach LeDay before Tarczewski tied it from the line, 27-27. Roll connected on his second three of the game before Shengelia countered with a layup-plus-foul. Rodriguez heated up late in the quarter with a three-pointer, a free throw and a dish to Micov for an 8-point lead. Lundberg scored just before the halftime buzzer to send the teams to the locker rooms with Milan up 40-34.
Bolomboy and Shengelia scored the first baskets of the second half as CSKA slashed the deficit. However, triples by Roll and Rodriguez restored a comfortable Milan lead, 49-41. Shengelia stepped up with a steal, an assist and 4 points – including a slam that camped an 8-0 run to tie the game midway through the third quarter. Milan fired in the next 5 points, highlighted by Moraschini's layup after a Kyle Hines steal. Rodriguez shined for Milan, but strong play from Voigtmann, including a pair of threes, kept CSKA in it through three quarters at 60-57. Shields scored twice in an 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter that gave Milan the game's first double-digit advantage, 68-57. Nearly 4 and a half minutes passed before Bolomboy scored CSKA's first points of the quarter. A three by Nikita Kurbanov and a jumper by Ivan Ukhov had the CSKA bench roaring again at 71-64. A three by Micov all but put the game on ice at 78-69 with 1:25 remaining and Milan held on the rest of the way.
Milan made 50% of its 22 three-point attempts, while CSKA shot 23.1% on 26 shots from downtown. Michael Roll made 3 triples and Riccardo Moraschini added a pair with neither player missing. Milan also blocked 7 shots, compared to 0 for CSKA. Five different players blocked a shot, led by Kyle Hines's 3.
Shengelia strong vs Milan, again
Toko Shengelia had his second-best game of the season – at least by the numbers – with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for a performance index rating of 26, which was his second-highest PIR in a CSKA uniform. His highest? Round 29 when he went for 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals for a PIR of 33… also against Milan.
Hines adds another milestone
Kyle Hines became the career leader in blocked shots at Final Fours with his third of the game. Hines's rejection of his former CSKA teammate Semen Antonov early in the third quarter gave him 16 at Final Fours – and 1 more than Ekpe Udoh and Maceo Baston, who had shared the top spot with 15.
"That just means I’m really old," Hines said after the game of the record. "I appreciate it. Any time you can be the all-time leader in history, it means something special."
Hines also moved into a second-place tie with Theo Papaloukas for the most Final Four games played with 18. Victory Khryapa leads the charts with 23 Final Four games.
Rodriguez makes more history
Sergio Rodriguez hit a three-pointer with 1:18 left in the first half to give Milan a 37-32 lead and move past former teammate Rudy Fernandez into sole possession of third place on the all-time list for three-pointers made. Rodriguez finished the game with 3 threes to take him to 497 in his EuroLeague career. The only two players with more are Vassilis Spanoulis (518) and Juan Carlos Navarro (623). With 6 assists, Rodriguez took his tally at Final Fours to 56, which is 3 less than Theo Papaloukas for the most ever at Final Fours. He also moved into the top 10 on the career Final Four scoring charts with 163. He sits ninth; Dejan Bodiroga and Papaloukas are tied for seventh with 164.
Sunday, May 30, 2021