MOSCOW (VTB United League/EuroBasket) - The VTB United League has been around for several years.
The competition that features teams from northern and eastern Europe has had plenty of exciting, knock-down, drag-out games and Russian giants like CSKA Moscow have won three of the league's four titles.
It's fitting, then, that one of CSKA's long-time stars, Russia international Victor Khryapa, has gone into the history books as the first player to ever record a triple-double in a VTB United League game.
The 30-year-old forward scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out 10 assists as CSKA defeated VEF Riga, 83-75, in the Russian capital over the weekend.
"It was an expectedly difficult game because we played away in Krasnoyarsk and Kaunas during the past week," CSKA coach Ettore Messina said.
"Besides, the opponents never walked away easily and tried to stay in the game until the very end.
"Still, we played a good game, led by our captain Victor Khryapa who had a triple-double."
Khryapa has not only been one of CSKA's most important players for several years but also one of Russia's.
His all-round play at EuroBasket 2007 in Madrid helped the national team capture the gold medal.
He finished that event with averages of 11.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Khryapa was immense in the Final against Spain on the boards with 12 rebounds to go with his seven points.
The next highest total from a teammate was the EuroBasket 2007 MVP Andrei Kirilenko´s five.
Only several months ago in London, Khryapa helped fire Russia to a bronze medal.
He will be a key man when Russia run onto the floor under new coach Fotis Katsikaris at this summer's EuroBasket, a qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.