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    CSKA Moscow's rout of Olympiakos that earned the Russians qualification to the Euroleague playoffs was "easy," captain Viktor Khryapa said.

    CSKA Moscow's rout of Olympiakos that earned the Russians qualification to the Euroleague playoffs was "easy," captain Viktor Khryapa said.

    Wendesday's 96-64 defeat of the Greeks was CSKA's fouth win in five Top 16 games, securing top spot in Group E for the six-time champion.

    "We played well and won easily," said Khryapa, a 29-year-old former Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls forward.

    "Olympiakos were just no match for us. They played so badly and missed all their chances - even when they were unchallenged" at the hoop, said Khryapa, who had returned from long-term injury.

    Andrei Vorontseivch top scored with 15 points for the hosts, who bounced back from their first defeat of the competition, to Galatasaray 68-64 on February 9.

    CSKA becomes the first team to advance to the quarterfinal playoffs, which start March 20, where it faces Spanish opposition in Bilbao's Gescrap BB or Real Madrid.

     

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