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Itoudis: basketball players of CSKA in a match with “Olympiakos” summed up the game on rebounds

CSKA coach Dimitris Itoudis in the match against Olympiakos

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ISTANBUL, may 19. /Spec. Q. TASS Andrei Kartashov/. CSKA played bad on rebounds in the semifinal match of Euroleague with the Greek Olympiakos, which affected the match result. This at a press conference said the head coach of CSKA Moscow Dimitris Itoudis.

CSKA lost to Olympiacos with a score of 78:82, the match was held in Istanbul. The game was won after the third quarter, led the score of “5” and in the fourth, but then lost the advantage and ultimately defeated. CSKA has never beaten Olympiakos in the Final four of the Euroleague, having suffered four defeats. The club from Piraeus to win this red-and-blue in the semi-finals of the Euroleague in 2013 and 2015 and the final in 2012.

Only in the semifinal CSKA made 35 rebounds, the players of “Olympiacos” – 43, but in the attack on account of CSKA 10 rebounds, while his opponent, 19 .

“We played badly on rebounds, especially at the beginning of the match when the opponent made eight offensive rebounds. Olympiakos’s great throwing and picking up. In the second half the opponents were very good at three-pointers that played a role, – said Itoudis.

“I have nothing to say about the history of our meetings with Olympiakos “final four”. The story doesn’t play basketball. It is necessary to speak about today,” said the Greek specialist. “Yes, we lost, but we believe in ourselves and remain this team,” he said.

The question was if he has a specific plan to counter the defender “Olympiakos” Vassilis Spanoulis, Itoudis said: “Spanoulis is a great player, but bad throws today for my level (14 points). And of course, we had a plan and Spanoulis, and Eric Greene, and other players of Olympiacos.

CSKA in the match for third place, which will be held in Istanbul on Sunday, will face the loser in the meeting between the Turkish “Fenerbahce” and the Spanish “real”.

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