Barça beat Euroleague leaders CSKA Moscow away from home on Friday night
Barça made a statement of intent against CSKA Moscow on Friday night, besting the current Euroleague leaders 75-88 away from home. Jasikevicius' men put in a strong display, overcoming a first quarter deficit to claim a big victory. Cory Higgins was the standout performer, scoring 25 points.
Home side start strong
CSKA Moscow started the contest in good shape, matching Abrines and Higgins' scoring and dominating the boards. They would end the first quarter leading the way, 25-20.
That advantage for the Russian side was extended to 12 points at the start of the second period, following a Mike James 3-pointer. Abrines then hit four-in-a-row from outside the arc, whilst a solid defence and scores from Higgins and Smits pulled Barça into the lead before the break, 41-42.
Barça take over
Upon the restart, Barça pulled further ahead, holding a lead as large at 11 points at times. In the final quarter they kept the advantage close to double digits, and although CSKA would get back to 62-69, the team showed their composure to claim a valuable 75-88 win.
CSKA Moscow: 75 Barça: 88
CSKA: James (18), Hilliard (10), Kurbánov (4), Milutinov (15) y Shengelia (10) -starting five- Voigtmann (5), Bolomboy (7), Antónov (2), Strelnieks (4) and Khomenko (-).