2011-12 season, Final Four
Final Four 2012, Istanbul_36067The 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season will always be remembered by providing one of the most exciting finishes in world basketball history. In one of the most unbelievable comebacks ever seen in continental basketball history, Olympiacos wrote a brilliant page in Euroleague history by rallying from 19 down in the final 12 minutes to beat CSKA Moscow 61-62 on a last-second shot by Georgios Printezis. CSKA dominated the game for the best part of it and led 53-34 after 28 minutes but defense, team effort and outstanding mentality made the Reds refuse to give up. A 0-14 run brought Olympiacos back to the game and with Ramunas Siskauskas missed free throws with 9.1 seconds left, the Reds had the chance to win. Vassilis Spanoulis, chosen as the Final Four MVP, drove to the basket and found Printezis, who won the game with a catch-and-shoot baseline floater. Olympiacos had topped FC Barcelona Regal 68-64 in the semifinals behind 21 points from an unstoppable Spanoulis. CSKA had previously edged defending champion Panathinaikos 66-64 with 17 points and 9 rebounds from 2011-12 Euroleague MVP Andrei Kirilenko. It was a weekend to remember and the perfect ending to a great Euroleague season!

Team Olympiacos celebrates - Olympiacos champ Euroleague 2011-12 - Final Four Istanbul 2012
Final
In a game for the ages, Olympiacos Piraeus rallied from 19 points down in the final 12 minutes to stun CSKA Moscow 61-62 and become the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion. Georgios Printezis’s floater with 0.7 seconds left won it for the Reds, who become European champions for the second time in competition history. Olympiacos also won in 1997, also under head coach Dusko Ivkovic. A brilliant game at both ends by Kostas Papanikolaou led the new champs with 18 points. Vassilis Spanoulis added 15 points and Printezis had 12. CSKA led 53-34 in the third quarter and seemed well on its way to victory, but a 14-point run brought the Reds back and they stayed close until the end. The turning point came when former Euroleague MVP Ramunas Siskauskas missed twice from the line with 9.7 seconds left and his team up 1. Olympiacos came down at the other end, got the ball to Printezis and the rest is history.
Kosta Perovic - FC Barcelona Regal - Final Four Istanbul 2012
Third Place
FC Barcelona Regal finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in third place after holding off outgoing champion Panathinaikos 69-74 in the third-place game at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. Marcelinho Huertas dominated early with 19 first-half points and then netted a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win. He finished with 21 – 2 points shy of his career high. The victory gave Barcelona a competition-best 19-2 record for the season, but it was not enough for the Spanish powerhouse to win its third Euroleague title. Joe Ingles matched his season high with 13 for the winners and C.J. Wallace took advantage of extended minutes to score 12 and block 2 shots. Dimitris Diamantidis paced the Greens with 17 points, Aleks Maric was strong inside with 13 points and 11 rebounds and David Logan netted 11.
Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - Final Four Istanbul 2012
Semifinal
CSKA Moscow survived one of the greatest semifinal games in Euroleague history to dethrone Panathinaikos 66-64 in the opener of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. The game went down to the wire and the Greens had a chance to tie it – or win it – on the last possession, but CSKA’s rock-solid defense denied the Greek champs even a shot. Panathinaikos simply dominated early and led 15-29 after 10 minutes but a record-setting defensive effort by CSKA carried the Russian champs back to tie it, 32-32, late in the first half. CSKA took its first lead early in the third quarter and what ensued from then on was a basketball classic for the ages. Andrei Kirilenko led the winners with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Sarunas Jasikevicius paced Panathinaikos with a season-high 19 points.
Kostas Sloukas - Olympiacos - Final Four Istanbul 2012
Semifinal
Olympiacos Piraeus took another crucial step on its way to its second Euroleague crown by outlasting FC Barcelona Regal 68-64 in a thrilling semifinal showdown at the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Arena. Vassilis Spanoulis starred for Coach Ivkovic’s squad with 21 points and 6 assists – the last of which to Joey Dorsey put the Reds up two possessions with 16.1 seconds to go and paved the way to victory. Olympiacos led for much of the contest, but Barcelona never fell too far behind and was always in the thick of the hunt. But in the end Olympiacos got the job done at both ends and pulled out a tough win to get back to the title game for the second time in three years. Georgios Printezis added 14 points for the winners. Juan Carlos Navarro paced Barcelona with 18 points and Boni Ndong had 10 in defeat.
2012 Final Four
May 11-13, 2012
SEMIFINAL
CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow 66
Panathinaikos Athens 64
Panathinaikos Athens
SEMIFINAL
Olympiacos Basketball
Olympiacos Piraeus 68
FC Barcelona Regal 64
FC Barcelona Regal
THIRD PLACE
Panathinaikos Athens
Panathinaikos Athens 69
FC Barcelona Regal 74
FC Barcelona Regal
FINAL
CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow 61
Olympiacos Piareus 62
Olympiacos Basketball