Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 21, 2013
bwin Euroleague Fantasy Challenge
Tel Aviv 2004
Qualifying Rounds 2012
NIKE International Junior Tournament
European domestic leagues Champions 2009-10
Allianz Swans Gmunden
Spirou Basket Charleroi
CEZ Basket Nymburk
Brose Baskets Bamberg
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon
Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Krka Novo Mesto
Caja Laboral Vitoria
BC Azovmash Mariupol
Week-by-Week, Domestic Leagues 2009-10
Cup Champions 2009-10
Adriatic League champion: Partizan Belgrade
In one of the most amazing finishes at any level this season, Partizan won its fourth consecutive Adriatic League title by edging Cibona 74-75 in overtime in front of a sellout crowd in Zagreb, Croatia on Sunday. Dusan Kecman became the game hero with a midcourt buzzer-beating three-pointer that allowed Partizan to lift the trophy in unbelievable fashion. Cibona trailed 68-72 with seconds left but back-to-back triples by Marko Tomas and Bojan Bogdanovic gave their team a 74-72 edge with 0.6 seconds left, but Kecman stole the show right when it mattered. Aleks Maric led the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lawrence Roberts added 13 points and 14 rebounds while Aleksandar Rasic and Petar Bozic each had 11 points for Partizan. Marko Tomas and Jamont Gordon led Cibona with 31 points apiece. Partizan led for the best part of the fourth quarter but Gordon allowed Cibona to force overtime, 60-60. Roberts downed 4-of-6 free throws to give Partizan a 68-72 lead late in the extra period and even when Cibona regained the lead, Kecman sank a shot that will go down in history as one of the most incredible ones in Adriatic League history.
Austrian League champion: Allianz Swans Gmunden
Allianz Swans Gmunden won the Austrian League championship on Sunday after beating BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld 68-76 on the road in the fifth and final game of the best-of-five series. Gmunden won its fourth title and first since 2007 thanks to a Deteri Mayes-led 0-10 fourth quarter run. After Desmond Penigar put the hosts up 57-55 with 6:27 remaining, Mayes responded with a triple and a layup and Florian Schoninger drilled a three as Furstenfeld was held scoreless for nearly three-and-a-half minutes and Gmunden moved closer to another title. Mayes finished with 30 points and 8 rebounds for Swans, while Ian Boylan had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Mathias Mayer posted 9 points and 10 rebounds. Jae Youngblood paced Furstenfeld with 20 points and Penigar and Nate Linhart added 17 apiece.
Baltic League champion: Zalgiris Kaunas
Zalgiris Kaunas has taken back the Baltic League title by outdueling rival Lietuvos Rytas 66-73 on Saturday with some spectacular second-half defense. Zalgiris had trailed by 46-32 at the half, but allowed L. Rytas only 20 points after that. That disappointed most of the 10,000 fans at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, the home court of L. Rytas, which was trying to defend its title. Vetaran scorer Marcus Brown led Zalgiris with 22 points, to which Tadas Klimavicius and Dainius Salenga added 17 and 11, respectively. Zalgiris owned the backboards with a 32-42 rebounding advantage that included 8 each from Klimavicius and Travis Watson. L. Rytas got 20 points from Martynas ecevicius, 14 from Kenan Bajramovic and 13 from Steponas Babrauskas, but suffered from bad long-distance shooting, just 4 for 19 (or 21%) from three-point territory. L. Rytas had broken open an 18-14 game after one quarter to lead by a whopping 46-32 at the half. Led By Brown, Zalgiris scored the first 11 points after the break. Triples from Klimavicius and Aleksandar Capin forged a new lead for Zalgiris, although L. Rytas took it back, 58-57 after three quarters. Zalgiris started the final quarter with a 3-9 run before Klimavicius put the game - and the trophy - away with 5 points late. L. Rytas has won the Baltic League trophy three times, Zalgiris twice now. In Saturday's game for third place, Siauliai beat Ventspils 84-83.
Belgian League champion: Spirou Basket Charleroi
Spirou Basket Charleroi won its third straight Belgian League crown on Wednesday by routing Belgacom Liege Basket 74-49 in Game 4 to win the best-of-five series 3-1. The hosts held Liege to 4 second-quarter points en route to a 35-22 halftime lead and put the game away with a 26-12 third quarter, allowing the players and fans to celebrate throughout the fourth quarter. Dwayne Broyles led the winners with 18 points, Jerry Johnson added 12 and veteran Andre Riddick posted 6 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks in 15 minutes as Spirou earned its ninth Belgian League championship. Will Thomas produced 10 points and 13 rebounds for Liege in defeat.
British League champion: Everton Tigers
The Everton Tigers are the new BBL Championship Playoffs winner after downing the Glasgow Rocks 72-80 in the final played in Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. Kevin Bell led the charge with 18 points and 4 assists was named game MVP. The Tigers started strong by scoring 10 of the game’s first 13 points and led 7-23 late in the first quarter en route to a comfortable 28-45 cushion at halftime. The lead peaked at 23-45. Glasgow stormed back to within 53-56 at the end of the third quarter and Mike Crowell gave them a 59-58 advantage early in the fourth. However Bell, Trey Moore and Andrew Thomson fueled Everton to another double-digit cushion, 66-77, and the title. Moore scored 22 for the winners, while Rob Yanders had 15 for the Rocks.
Croatian League champion: Cibona Zagreb
Cibona Zagreb won its 15th Croatian League championship on Thursday by beating KK Zadar 95-73 to complete a comeback from a 0-2 deficit to win the best-of-five series 3-2. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Marko Tomas added 18 for the newly crowned champs, who made a half of their 28 triples in the game. Things looked great for Zadar after a Trent Plaisted slam made it 14-21 late in the opening quarter, but Cibona scored the next 15 points as part of a 22-2 charge to take the lead for good. Leon Radosevic and Vedran Vukusic highlighted the run with 6 points each. Hrvoje Peric and Miro Bilan rallied Zadar back from 14 down to within 7 before a Rok Stipcevic triple capped the first half at 51-43. Another Stipcevic three brought the visitors within 53-49 early in the third quarter, but Cibona held Zadar to just two baskets the rest of the period as it stormed to a 20-point advantage with 10 minutes to play, effectively wrapping up the win and the league title with time to spare. Radosevic added 17 points for Cibona, Jamont Gordon shined with 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Vukusic chimed in with 12 points. Peric paced a short-handed Zadar side with 17 points, Stipcevic tallied 16 points and 6 assists, Marko Car scored 13, Bilan 11 and Plaisted 10 in defeat.
Czech League champion: CEZ Basket Nymburk
CEZ Basketball Nymburk bested BK Prostejov 75-67 on Saturday to win the club’s seventh straight Czech League championship. Petr Benda scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a dominant performance as Nymburk won Game 5 and took the series 4-1. Prostejov scored the game’s first 5 points and trailed just 25-20 at halftime, but Benda scored twice in a 7-0 run that gave Nymburk a double-digit edge early in the second quarter. Kyle Landry caught fire after that to make it 43-40 by the halftime break. However Nyburk started the third quarter strong, rebuilt the cushion to double figures and relaxed the rest of the way, holding off Prostejov to win the title. Radek Necas scored 12 and Arthur Lee was good for 10 points and 6 assists to lead the repeat champs. Landry had 20 points and 16 rebounds in defeat for Prostejov.
Dutch League champion: EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam
The GasTerra Flames became the Dutch League champions for the third time in club history on Tuesday by downing World Class Aviation Academy Giants 79-74 to win the best-of-five series 4-1 an deliver Groningen its first crown since 2004. Robby Bostain scored 17 points to lead the winners. The hosts led for much of the contest in a hard-fought 40 minutes, however the Giants' Arvin Slagter managed to knot the game at 66-66 with three-and-a-half minutes remaining. And then Daniel Faris gave the visitors a 71-72 lead. But with the game on the line, Bostain rose to the occasion and guided the Flames to the series-clinching win before he celebrated with the trophy. Jason Dourisseau and Matt Bauscher added 14 points each for the winners. Slagter paced the Giants with 17 points and Tyrone Sally and Jesse Kimbrough added 15 each.
French League champion: Cholet Basket
Cholet Basket won the French League championship for the first time Sunday by beating Le Mans 81-65 in the title game in Paris. Antywane Robinson led six Cholet scorers in double figures with 15 points and Mickael Gelabale added 11 points and 9 rebounds as the team dominated the second half to cap an excellent season in which it was also the regular season champ. Cholet built an early 21-10 lead thanks to some baskets by Marcellus Sommerville, but Dee Spencer and Maleye Ndoye helped Le Mans back to 25-20 at the 10-minute mark and J.P. Batista made it a 1-point game early in the second quarter. However Le Mans never managed to go ahead and settled for a 40-38 halftime deficit. Randal Falker scored 5 in a 7-0 push to start the second half and Sommerville soon added a bucket as Cholet built a double-digit lead. Gelabale heated up to put his team up 58-45 as Cholet confidence grew. Spencer and Batista kept Le Mans within 10 with five minutes remaining, however any remaining Le Man hope vanished as Cholet reeled off 7 unanswered points to wrap up the win with time to spare. Falker added 14 points for the winners, Sammy Mejia scored 12, Sommerville 11 and John Linehan 10. Spencer scored 21 for Le Mans, Batista added 12 and Ndoye 11.
German League champion: Brose Baskets Bamberg
Brose Baskets Bamberg claimed its third German League championship on Thursday by holding off a late Deutsche Bank Skyliners charge for a 72-70 victory in Game 5 of the best-of-five finals series. Anton Gavel scored 16 points, John Goldsberry added 15 on 10-for-11 free throw shooting and Tibor Pleiss added a double-double for the new champs. The victory gives Bamberg a ticket to the Euroleague next season. Predrag Suput drilled a triple on the game’s first possession and soon added a second basket as Bamberg raced to a 10-0 start. The lead reached 20-6 on a pair of Goldsberry free throws. A 0-9 charge to open the second quarter put Frankfurt right back in the game at 22-17, but in little time Brian Roberts had the hosts back up by 10. Pascal Roller’s triple just before the halftime buzzer helped the Skyliners to 32-27 at the break. Gavel had the host hand at the start of the third quarter as Brose Baskets outscored Frankfurt 11-2 to take a commanding lead. The visitors played on and behind Aubrey Reese and Seth Doliboa clawed their way back within 49-46 before Goldsberry made it 52-46 at the end of the third quarter. The Skyliners continued to challenge throughout the fourth quarter and Roller silenced the local crowd with a triple that made it 63-62 with less than two minutes to play. Doliboa went to the line for Frankfurt down 1 with 57 seconds on the clock, but missed both. At the other end a Gavel triple gave Bamberg a 4-point cushion with 33 seconds remaining. Roller kept the Skyliners’ hopes alive with a three to make it 70-69 with 16 second left. Frankfurt fouled Goldsberry, who made 1, but then missed for the first time after 9 successful free throws in the game. Bamberg fouled Roller, who also made just 1 free throw and Frankfurt never got another chance. Suput finished with 10 points and Pleiss tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Roller led Frankfurt with 10 points, Doliboa had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Reese netted 13 in defeat.
Greek League champion: Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos won its eighth straight Greek League championship on Sunday after escaping the Peace and Friendship Stadium with a 69-76 victory over Olympiacos to win the best-of-five Greek League finals 3-1. The title is Panathinaikos’s 31st and its 12th in the last 13 seasons. Game 4 was an eventful fixture that started with a 45-minute delay due to incidents inside and outside the court and it was interrupted for an hour with 15 minutes to go when the referees ordered the evacuation of the central stands and the removal of the fans in the seats behind the baskets. One minute and three seconds before the end the game called by the referees due to objects thrown on the court. The Greens trailed 19-7 after seven minutes, but drilled some big threes and charged on a 4-21 run to take their first lead, 23-25. After that, Panathinaikos stayed ahead and Olympiacos tried to react, but was unable to come back and suffered its first loss at home after 28 consecutive wins. Mike Batiste paced the Greens with a double-double of 20 points and 11 boards. Vassilis Spanoulis bagged 15 points and Drew Nicholas netted 13 points for the Greens. Ioannis Bourousis led the Reds with 15 points, Linas Kleiza added 11, Josh Childress had 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists and Milos Teodosic added 10 points and 6 assists. In the third-place series, Panellinios downed Maroussi at home 86-79 to tie the series and forced a Game 5 on Tuesday at Aghios Thomas. The hosts had a clear lead from the beginning of the game and registered a comfortable victory. Rod Blakney bagged 21 points and dished 6 assists for the winners. Ian Vougioukas recorded 17 points and 8 boards, Kostas Charalampidis added 15 points and 4 assists and Devin Smith had 14 points and 6 rebounds. For Maroussi, Dimitrios Mavroeidis posted 14 points and 11 boards, Billy Keys scored 12, Jamon Lucas netted 11 and Michalis Pelekanos had 10.
Israeli League champion: Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon shocked Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 90-77 to win the Israeli League championship at the competition’s final four on Thursday night at Nokia Arena. Galil won its second title, adding to the crown it took in 1993 when current Maccabi head coach Pini Gershon stood on the Galil sidelines. Maccabi failed to win the title for only the third time since 1970, but for the second time in three years. Former Maccabi coach Oded Kattash won in his first ever appearance in a title game as a head coach as Galil stopped Maccabi on 27 points in the second half to turn a 42-50 deficit to a big point win. Kattash became the third person in Israeli league basketball to win the title both as a player and as a head coach. Galil forward Brian Randle was named MVP of the final four after posting 19 points and 6 rebounds, Jeremy Pargo and Dion Dowell added 15 each, Elishay Kadir scored 11 and Isaiah Swann had 10. Guy Pnini led Maccabi with 18 points, Doron Perkins scored 14, Chuck Eidson added 12 and David Bluthenthal finished with 11. Maccabi had the edge in the first half and Perkins had a great finish to give his team an 8-point lead at the break, but Galil stepped up in the second half with a great defensive effort and had the nerves to hang on until the final buzzer. In the third place game Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem beat Barak Netanya 95-82.
Italian League champion: Montepaschi Siena
Montepaschi Siena conquered its fourth consecutive Italian League title and fifth of the decade by downing Armani Jeans 69-93 in Game 4 on Saturday in Milan to sweep the series. The win made it 21 playoff victories in a row for Montepaschi. Terrell McIntyre was named the finals MVP after leading Siena with 28 points on 6-of-9 three-point shooting. Romain Sato added 16 points for the winners, Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 15 and Shaun Stonerook 11. Jonas Maciulis paced Armani Jeans with 13 points, Stefano Mancinelli and Mason Rocca added 12 apiece and Chris Monroe 10. McIntyre hit from beyond the arc to give the visitors an early 11-20 advantage. Mike Hall made a layup to cut the gap to 19-22, but Henry Domercant answered as Siena raced to a 19-29 lead early in the second quarter. Maciulis finished a perfect fastbreak to get Milano within 44-45 only to see Stonerook score on the offensive glass and give Montepaschi a 44-47 edge at halftime. Mancinelli made it 50-51 early in the third, but McIntyre heated up and scored 10 points in the quarters to put his side in front 55-67. A put back from Ben Eze made it 57-71 for the guests at the end of the third quarter and Siena remained in control the rest of the way, extending the difference to 60-83 at the midway point of the period and starting the celebrations early.
Latvian League champion: Barons
Barons is the Latvian League champion! Barons lifted the Latvian League title by edging VEF Riga in do-or-die Game 7 of the best-of-seven playoff finals on Friday. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku paced the winners with 19 points. Rinalds Sirsnins added 15, Aigars Vitols had 12 while Uvis Helmanis got 10 for Barons. Alex Renfroe led VEF with 23 points and 10 assists. Taj McCollough added 18 points whle Sandis Valters had 10 for the guests, that led 11-15 early. Martins Skirmants and Helmanis stepped up late in the first quarter to give Barons a 20-18 lead after 10 minutes. Renfroe took over late in the first half to make VEF reach the break with a 33-34 edge. Barons opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run and quickly got a nine-point lead, 47-38. Efejuku soon helped Barons to make it a double-digit game, 59-48, late in this period. VEF did not give up and managed to get within 71-68 but free throw accuracy allowed Barons to celebrate the Latvian League title!
Lithuanian League champion: Lietuvos Rytas
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius successfully defended the Lithuanian League championship on Monday after holding off archrival Zalgiris 80-71 in a do-or-die Game 7 of the finals. Milko Bjelica scored 24 points to lead the winners, as the club claimed its fifth Lithuanian League crown and won in back-to-back seasons for the first time. The victory also guaranteed head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis's team a spot in the Euroleague next season. Kenan Bajramovic and Martynas Gecevicius added 15 points apiece and Igor Milosevic had 10 for the champs. Aleksandar Capin led Zalgiris with 15 points and Mantas Kalnietis scored 13. Zalgiris started well and led 6-14 late in the first quarter before Bajramovic got hot and pushed the score to 15-16 after 10 minutes. Zalgiris again ran out to a promising lead, 17-25, however L. Rytas scored the next 9 points and the home side took a 35-34 lead into halftime. A Dainius Salenga layup midway through the third quarter gave Zalgiris its final lead, 39-40. Steponas Babrauskas followed with a jumper and Vidas Ginevicius added a triple in a 10-0 charge that gave L. Rytas the lead for good. The scoreboard showed 54-43 at the end of the third quarter and despite Zalgiris's best efforts, it could do no more than trade baskets in the fourth quarter. L. Rytas upped its lead to 15 with six minutes to go as it began counting down the minutes to the title.
Polish League champion: Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Asseco Prokom Gdynia edged Anwil Wloclawek 79-80 on Saturday to sweep the best-of-seven Polish League finals and win the league crown for the seventh year in a row. Qyntel Woods posted 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead Prokom, while David Logan added 16 and was named finals MVP and Adam Lapeta tallied 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Prokom became the first team since 1997 to sweep the finals and the first team since 1988 to go undefeated throughout the Polish League playoffs. Game 4 was the closest of the 10 playoff games in which Prokom was involved, as it was not decided until Lapeta blocked Krzysztof Szubarga’s potential game-winner with 0.5 seconds remaining. Anwil looked poised to force a fifth game when it built a 44-32 halftime lead, however Prokom stormed back in the third quarter and took the lead in the fourth. Woods made it 77-80 with a minute-and-a-half remaining only to see Nikola Jovanovic score quickly. However, after Logan missed a three, Lapeta rejected Jovanovic. Daniel Ewing went to the line with 5 seconds left and a chance to distance Prokom, but missed twice and game Anwil one last chance, but Lapeta was there to preserve the win. Jovanovic paced Anwil with 20 points and 12 rebounds, Rashard Sullivan added 16 points and Andrzej Pluta scored 15 in defeat.
Russian League champion: CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow is once again the Russian League champion! CSKA lifted its eighth consecutive Russian League trophy by sweeping its best-of-five title series against BC Khimki Moscow region. It is its 17th crown since the Russian League was created in 1992 and its 41th counting Soviet Union titles. CSKA took care of business and won the title by downing Khimki 60-76 on the road in Game 3 on Monday. Ramunas Siskauskas paced the winners with 29 points on 10-of-10 two-pointers. Trajan Langdon added 13 while Nikita Kurbanov had 11 for CSKA. Keith Langford led Khimki with 18 points. Raul Lopez added 10 for the hosts. Langdon and Siskauskas combined for all points in a 2-14 opening run that gave CSKA the lead for good. Langford managed to get Khimki within 24-31 early in the second quarter but an outstanding Kurbanov singlehandedly kept CSKA way ahead, 30-43, at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as even when Khimki managed to get within 49-57, Zoran Planinic and and unstoppable Siskauskas stepped up in the fourth quarter to seal the outcome, 54-71, long before the final buzzer
Serbian League champion: Partizan belgrade
Partizan Belgrade is the 2010 Serbian League champion after sweeping rival Hemofarm Stada in the finals. Partizan edged Hemofarm in the opening two games of the series and celebrated the title at home when Hemofarm failed to show and forfeited Game 3. Partizan players nevertheless dressed for that game, warmed up and took the floor at game time. At the time tip-off was scheduled, Partizan was awarded a 20-0 technical victory and then able to celebrate its ninth consecutive domestic championship with the fans at Pionir Arena. Team captain Petar Bozic lifted the title and the whole team posed for photos during the celebrations.
Slovenian League champion: Krka Novo Mesto
Krka Novo Mesto won the Slovenian League championship on Wednesday for the first time in seven years. Veteran Davor Marcelic scored 24 points and Smiljan Pavic posted 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocked shots as Krka beat Union Olimpija 79-87 at Hala Tivoli in the Slovenian capital to wrest the title away in the fifth game of the best-of-five finals. Pavic, who averaged 12.7 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists in Krka's three wins in the series, was named finals MVP. Goran Ikonic nailed a pair of three-pointers and Pavic added a pair of tip-ins in a 2-14 first-quarter run that gave Krka the lead for good. The visitors finished the first quarter ahead 13-20, increased the lead to 25-45 at halftime and saw it peak at 23 early in the second quarter. Olimpija rallied in the closing minutes, but never seriously threatened Krka, which celebrated its third Slovenian League crown. Ikonic finished with 14 points and Simon Petrov added 13 for the new champs. Saso Ozbolt led Olimpija with 22 points, Jure Lalic added 16, Jaka Klobucar 14 and Edin Bavcic scored 12 in defeat.
Spanish League champion: Caja Laboral Vitoria
A Fernando San Emeterio three-point play with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime lifted Caja Laboral to a thrilling 79-78 victory and a 3-0 sweep of Regal FC Barcelona to win the club’s third Spanish League title. After Gianluca Basile put the visitors up 2 with 7.5 seconds left, San Emeterio took the ball, attacked the basket and managed to drop in a layup while drawing a foul from Terence Morris. He then sank the free throw as Fernando Buesa Arena erupted. Tiago Splitter was named finals MVP after recording 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks in Game 3. Lior Eliyahu added 18 points for the winners. San Emeterio finished with just 5, but 3 of them were the night’s most important points. Juan Carlos Navarro led Barcelona with 18 points, Pete Mickeal added 16 and Ricky Rubio finished with an impressive line of 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals.
Swiss League champion: Lugano Tigers
The Lugano Tigers won the Swiss League championship on Tuesday by beating Olympic Fribourg 81-88 on the road at at St.Croix Arena in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. The title is the sixth championship for Lugano and first since 2006. Michael Efevberha paced the freshly crowned champs with 33 points, Brian Brown added 18 and Mohammed Abukar scored 15. Edwin Draughan scored 19 for Olympic Fribourg, Oliver Vogt had 18, Brendon Polyblank 13 and Dave Esterkamp 12. Lugano led 34-42 at halftime and extended the difference to 48-61 after 30 minutes led by an outstanding shooting performance by Efevberha. In the last quarter, the visitors maintained a safe cushion and were accurate from the foul line to reject the final attempts by the hosts.
Turkish League champion: Fenerbahce Ulker
Fenerbahce Ulker routed outgoing champion Efes Pilsen 76-51 on Wednesday at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall to regain the Turkish League championship. Mirsad Turkcan scored 16 and Roko Ukic added 15 as FB Ulker took the best-of-six series 4-2 for its third league title in four seasons and fourth overall. The hosts used a 16-0 run as part of a 32-10 first quarter to soar ahead for good. The scoreboard showed 48-24 at halftime and the lead crossed the 30-point mark in the third quarter as Fener rolled to an east win and celebrated long before the final whistle. Semih Erden added 13 points and Tarence Kinsey recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds for the new champs, who outrebounded Efes 36-25. Charles Smith scored 15 for Efes Pilsen in defeat.
Ukrainian League champion: BC Azovmash Mariupol
BC Azovmash Mariupol successfully defended its Ukrainian League title after beating BC Budivelnyk 70-77 in Game 5 of the best-of-five finals on Monday. Ramel Curry led the winners with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Hasan Rizvic added 17 points. Budivelnyk led for mush of the game, though usually with small margins. The hosts looked to take control when Mikhail Anisimov gave them a 10-point lead early in the third quarter, but 5 points from Maxim Ivshina had Azovmash close in no time. Budivelnyk entered the fourth quarter up by 2, however Azovmash went with a big lineup that included Rizvic, Ivshina and Demetrius Alexander and that proved to be too much for the hosts to stop. Rizvic scored 7 points in a 2-12 push as Azovmash went up 60-67. Triples by Khalid El-Amin and Richard Guinn gave Budivelnyk hope, but Curry answered with a pair of big buckets to keep Azovmash on the path to victory. El-Amin led Budivelnyk with 24 points and Guinn added 11.
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