European domestic leagues Champions 2010-11

Adriatic League: Partizan mt:s Belgrade
Baltic League: Zalgiris Kaunas
Belgian League: Spirou Basket Charleroi
Croatian League: Zagreb CO
Czech League: CEZ Basket Nymburk
Dutch League: Zorg en Zekerheid
French League: SLUC Nancy
German League: Brose Baskets Bamberg
Greek League: Panathinaikos
Israeli League: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Italian League: Montepaschi Siena
Latvian League: VEF Riga
Lithuanian League: Zalgiris Kaunas
Polish League: Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Russian League: CSKA Moscow
Serbian League: Partizan mt:s Belgrade
Slovenian League: Krka Novo Mesto
Spanish League: Regal FC Barcelona
Turkish League: Fenerbahce Ulker
Ukrainian League: Budivelnik

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Adriatic League champion: Partizan mt:s Belgrade
Adriatic League Partizan is 2011 Adriatic League champ (Photo: adriaticbasket.com)Partizan mt:s held on to edge Union Olimpija 74-77 on Thursday at Stozice Arena in Ljubljana to win the Adriatic League for the fifth season in a row. Curtis Jerrells made 5 free throws in the final minute to help Partizan hold off the host club. The point guard paced the winners with 20 points, while James Gist added 12, Dusan Kecman 11 and Nathan Jawai 10. Partizan pieced together a 9-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters to take a 39-48 lead, but Olimpija clawed back to 54-56 on a Samo Udrih triple. Jerrells ended the third quarter with a three-pointer to make it 58-65. After Olimpija closed the gap to 3 points, Kecman hit a three and converted a three-point play to keep Partizan in control. Olimpija never quit and got within 70-72 on 4 straight Saso Ozbolt free throws with under two minutes to go. However with the clock a factor, the game became a free throw contest and Jerrells did not leave any openings and carried Partizan to the title. Vlado Ilievski paced Olimpija with 15 points, Udrih and Goran Jagodnik scored 12 each and Ozbolt had 11 in defeat. MORE


Baltic League champion: Zalgiris Kaunas
SEB Baltic League Zalgiris is 2011 Baltic League championZalgiris Kaunas became Baltic League champion for the fourth time and the second in as many seasons on Sunday by downing VEF Riga 75-67 in an exciting title game in Kaunas. Kristaps Janicenoks gave Riga a 53-57 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter, but Zalgiris came right back with a 12-3 charge fueled by Paulius Januknas with 7 points and DeJuan Colling with 3 assists to put Zalgiris ahead. Sandis Valters trimmed the gap to 2 with 2:34 remaining, however Zalgiris hung tough and Collins and Jankunas were perfect from the line in the last minute to wrap up the win. Tadas Kilmavicius led all Zalgiris scorers with 15 points and 9 rebounds, Jankunas added 12 points and Collins finished with 7 points and 6 assist for the winners. Trevon Hughes paced Riga with 16 points and Janicenoks added 12 with 5 assists. Lietuvos Rytas beat Ventspils in the third-place game 80-84 as Kenan Bajramovic posted 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points, 8 boards and 4 blocks. MORE


Belgian League champion: Spirou Basket Charleroi
Ethias League, BLB - Belgium Spirou Basket Charleroi is 2011 Belgian League champion (Photo Spirou Basket)Spirou Basket Charleroi successfully defended the Belgian League title on Saturday night with a 59-53 victory over Generali Okapi Aalstar. Kyle Weaver scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Charleroi, which wrapped up its fourth consecutive league crown and the 10th in club history. Demond Mallet was named finals MVP after scoring 11 for the winners and averaging 17.7 points per game in the three-game sweep. The hosts jumped out to a promising 23-14 lead by the end of the opening quarter, but Aalstar clawed its way back to make a game of it. With the score 46-44 entering the fourth quarter, Spirou turned the defensive intensity up a notch and limited Aalstar to just 9 points the rest of the way to secure the win and the title. Andre Riddick also played a big role with 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for the champs. Chris Copeland paced Aalstar with 16 points and 10 rebounds. MORE


Croatian League champion: Zagreb CO
A1 Liga Zagreb CO won its first Croatian championship (Photo kk-zagreb.hr)Zagreb CO survived an overtime thriller to beat Cedevita 85-89 and to sweep the finals for the club’s first ever Croatian championship. Krunoslav Simon scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Simon willed the visitors back after they trailed by 5 with four minutes remaining. Both teams had chances in the closing seconds of regulation time, however after Cedevita star Dontaye Draper stopped Damir Mulaomerovic, he committed an offensive foul to send the game to overtime at 75-75. The game went to the wire in the extra session as well. Draper went to the line with his team trailing 84-87 and 12 seconds to play. After making the first, he missed the second and Damjan Rudez twice tipped the ball up with a chance to tie the score, but missed each time. Instead Zagreb got the ball to Simon, who iced the game and series from the line. Josh Heytvelt added 14 points, Luka Zoric scored 13 and Ante Masic 10 for the champs. Draper led Cedevita with 20 points, Andrija Zizic scored 16 and Marino Bazdaric had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. MORE


Czech League champion: CEZ Basket Nymburk
CEZ Nymburk champ Czech League 2010-11 (photo basket-nymburk.cz)CEZ Nymburk used a second-half surge on the road to defeat BK Prostejov 65-82 on Friday and, in so doing, claim its eighth consecutive Czech League title. Nymburk won the best-of-seven series 4-2 two nights after needing overtime to avoid its first home loss in the playoffs in at least five years. On Friday in Prostejov, the visitors from Nymburk started Game 6 strong, withstood a comeback by the hosts and asserted complete control as the final buzzer approached. Mike Lenzly paced Nymburk with 18 points, while Petr Benda and Affik Nissim added 14 each, Michal Kremen 11 and Pavel Pumprla 10. Kremen led the winners with 7 rebounds and 5 assists, as well. The Nymburk defense did the rest, allowing Eugene Lawrence 18 points, Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson 13 and Benas Veikalas 13, but only 23 points to the rest of the Prostejov team. With the victory, Nymburk once again qualified to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualification Round next autumn. MORE


Dutch League champion: Zorg en Zekerheid
FEB - The Netherlands Monta McGhee - Zorg en ZekerheidZorg en Zekerheid is the Dutch League champion! In one of the most thrilling games in Dutch League history, Zorg en Zekerheid won its first title since 1978 by downing GasTerra Flames 96-95 in triple overtime in Leiden on Sunday. Monta McGhee paced the winners with 27 points. Seamus Boxley added 16 while Arvin Slagter and Thomas Jackson each had 13 for ZZ Leiden. Jason Dourisseau led GasTerra with 23 points. Matt Haryasz and Matt Bauscher each added 18 for the guests. Boxley had 10 points early in the game, leading Zorg en Zekerheid a 26-18 to lead after 10 minutes. The hosts got their biggest lead, 38-27, near halftime. Haryasz and Dourisseau fueled a 0-9 run that got the guests within 44-43. Boxley and McGhee helped Zorg en Zekerheid to regain a 54-50 edge after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Dourisseau completed the guests' comeback, 62-64, with under 6 minutes to go. Slagter stepped up for ZZ Leiden but a key basket by John Turek and a free throw by Haryasz sent the game to overtime, 69-69. Bauscher gave GasTerra a 73-77 edge but McGhee followed a triple with 4-of-4 free throws to force double overtime, 80-80. A free throw by Ross Bekkering took the game to a third extra period, 86-86. McGhee and Jackson led a 6-0 run that put ZZ Leiden ahead for good, 96-93, with 19 seconds left. A tactic foul helped the hosts to seal the outcome and start celebrating the title! MORE


French League champion: SLUC Nancy
LNB - France SLUC Nancy champ French League 2010-11 (photo lnb.fr)SLUC Nancy won its second French League title with a thrilling 74-76 victory over defending champion Cholet in their single-game final Sunday at the Palais Ominsport de Bercy in Paris. With the victory, Nancy earned the right to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season, too. John Linehan's two-point jump shot in the closing seconds decided the championship after Fabien Causeur of Cholet had scored the previous 5 points to tie the score, 74-74. Nancy's was a true team effort, with six double-digit scorers. Linehan and Victor Samnick led the new champions with 15 points each, Kenny Grant added 12, while three players – WIllie Deane, Akin Akingabala and Tremmell Darden – scored 10 apiece. Nancy's 9-for-16 shooting from long range as compared to Cholet's 3 for 17 made the difference. Cholet got 15 points from Causeur and 15 each from Sammy Mejia and DeMarcus Nelson. A 10-0 first-quarter run sparked by Deane gave Nancy its first lead on the way to an 18-21 advantage after one quarter. That difference hit a high of 20-29 early in the second, but Cholet roared back to tie 31-31 on a basket by Mejia. Back-to-back triples by John Linehan and Kenny Grant send Nancy ahead again, but Causeur finished the half by cutting the difference to 42-43 for Cholet. Nancy is the new French League champion, defeating 74-76, in a thrilling match, the defending champs of Cholet Basket, on Saturday in the final game, played at Paris Bercy. John Linehan scored with seconds remaining on the game clock the game-winners giving back the title to Nancy after their first France League title conquered in 2008. Nancy maintained a slim lead during the third quarter with Linehan scoring in the paint for a 59-61 edge after 30 minutes. Causeur took Cholet's first lead in a long time, 63-62 early in the final quarter, but an answer came immediately as 2 free throws by Linehan quickly restored a Nancy's advantage at 65-71. Causeur hit free throws headed into the final minute than struck from downtown to tie at 74-74, but with seconds remaining on the game clock, Linehan scored a short jumper that was worth both a trophy and a place in next season's Euroleague! MORE


German League champion: Brose Baskets Bamberg
Brose Basket champ German League 2010-11 (photo beko-bbl.de)A 10-1 run in the last 90 seconds of the fifth and deciding game of the German League finals launched Brose Baskets Bamberg to it second consecutive title and a place in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague with a 72-65 victory over visiting Alba Berlin on Saturday. Bamberg took the series 3-2 for its fourth German title, all won in the last six years, but its first back-to-back trophies. Down 62-64 on his home court, John Goldsberry scored 4 points and assisted Brian Roberts on a three-pointer over the span of a minute to put Bamberg up 69-64 with 21 seconds to go. Roberts and Predrag Suput led the winners with 15 points each. Kyle Hines added 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Goldberry and Casey Jacobsen scored 10 each. For Alba, which had led much of the game, Julius Jenkins poured in 22 points and Taylor Bryce 13. Bamberg had led 16-13 after one quarter and followed Hines and Suput to a 28-20 edge early in the second before Alba started coming back. A 1-10 run in which Jenkins was unstoppable launched the visitors in front 29-30 at halftime on a basket by Yassin Idbihi. Alba would lead by as much as 41-46 midway through the third quarer before Goldberry and Roberts tied it up, 48-48, although Alba entered the final quarer ahead 48-52. Tibor Pleiss stared the fourth quarter with a three-point play and soon Bamberg took back a 56-54 lead. After 4 scoreless minutes passed, Taylor and Jenkins gave Alba a 62-64 lead with 1:43 to play. After that, however, it was all Bamberg all the way to the trophy celebration. MORE


Greek League champion: Panathinaikos
HEBA - Greece Panathinaikos champ Heba 2010-11 (photo esake.gr)Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos Athens capped off a stellar season by winning its ninth straight Greek League title with a thrilling 101-94 overtime home win against archrival Olympiacos on Sunday. The Greens took the best-of-five series 3-1.The clinching victory came despite the fact that continental MVP Dimitris Diamantidis was hurt 1 minute into game and didn't return. The lead went back and forth for 40 minutes until a free throw by Loukas Mavrokefalidis of Olympiacos forced overtime at 83-83. In the last 2 minutes of overtime, the Greens broke an 88-88 tie by exploding for 9 answered points as their fans at OAKA celebrated yet another trophy. Mike Batiste and Antonis Fotsis, who hit 6 of 6 three-pointers, led Panathinaikos with 22 points, while Nick Calathes had 16. Batiste added 11 rebounds as the Greens outrebounded Olympiacos 42 to 25, while Calathes dished 11 assists. The Reds got 18 points from Vassilis Spanoulis, 16 from Ioannis Bouroussis and 12 from Loukas Mavrokefalidis, but suffered from some missed free throws at key moments of the fourth quarter. MORE


Israeli League champion: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Maccabi Electra 2011 Israeli League champ (Photo BSL)Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv regained the Israeli League crown after a one-season absence on Thursday by routing Gilboa Galil 91-64 in the title game at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi avenged its defeat to the same squad in last season’s final. Maccabi never trailed in picking up its 49th Israeli championship. Team captain Derrick Sharp was joined by injured guard Doron Perkins to lift the championship plate as the fans cheered on. David Blu was named MVP after drilling 5 three-pointers to lead Maccabi with 19 points. Chuck Eidson scored 13, Lior Eliyahu 12, Guy Pnini 11 and Jeremy Pargo tallied 9 points and 10 assists. Courtney Fells paced Galil with 25 points and Marko Killingsworth added 11 in defeat. Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored twice as Maccabi opened the game on a 10-0 tear and never looked back. The lead reached 18 midway through the second quarter and settled at 47-35 by halftime. Maccabi climbed ahead by 20 late in the third quarter and the lead peaked at 29 in the closing minutes. Earlier Hapoel Jerusalem claimed third place by beating Maccabi Rishon Lezion 94-74 behind 24 points from Yuval Naimy. MORE


Italian League champion: Montepaschi Siena
LEGA - Italy Montepaschi Siena Champ Italian League 2010-11 (photo menssanabasket.it)Montepaschi Siena became just the second team in 62 years to win the Italian League title for a fifth consecutive season when it edged visiting Benet Cantu 63-61 on Sunday in a thrilling Game 5 of their best-of-seven final series. It's the sixth Italian title overall for Siena, while Cantu earned a spot in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season. Malik Hairston led Siena with 13 points, Nikos Zisis added 12, all but 2 of them in the final quarter, and Rimas Kaukenas had 11. Vladimir Micov of Cantu led all the scorers with 17 points. Mike Green added 13 points and Marko Scekic 11 for the losers. In a first quarter dominated by defense, Micov put Cantu ahead 0-10, shocking the crowd in Siena and putting the hosts on their heels. Siena's Tomas Ress brought his team back to within 8-12 after 1 quarter, however, then early in the second, Hairston had the scored tied at 12. Scekic kept Cantu in front at 17-24 late in the second quarter, but an 11-0 run for Siena bridging halftime put the defending champions in front 28-24 early in the third. The game remained balanced the rest of the way, with a dunk from Ress giving Siena a 43-39 margin after 30 minutes. The hosts stayed a step ahead in the final quarter, but at the foul line, Green got Cantu as close as 61-60 with 15 seconds remaining. In the time left, Kaukenas scored his 2 attempts from the foul line, while Manuchar Markoishvili just 1 of 2, but got the offensive rebound, and shot what would have been a game-winning three-pointer that missed. His teammate, Denis Marconato, grabbed that offensive rebounded but also missed the layup to tie as Kaukenas corralled the rebound and the celebration started for another title conquered by Siena. MORE


Latvian League champion: VEF Riga
LBL - Latvia VEF Riga Champion Latvia 2010-11 (photo vefriga.com)VEF Riga is the new Latvian League champion! Despite trailing by 3-2 in the best-of-seven final series against BK Ventspils, VEF Riga managed to win the last two games and earned the crown on Friday night thanks to a last 82-87 win on the road. Bojan Bakic led the winners with 28 points including an amazing 5 of 7 threes. Sandis Valters helped with his 19 points and Kaspars Berzins posted 12. For Ventspils, Efejuku Oritseweyinmi led the way with 21 points, Akselis Vairogs added 12 and Rashad Anderson had 10. The first quarter looked good for the hosts, who were leading 22-18 after 10 minutes. However, dominance in rebounds by VEF Riga, who won that aspect by 26-44, allowed the guests to get back in the game and, in fact, won the next three quarters. By the halftime break the score was already tied at 35-35 and VEF Riga only increased the lead until the final buzzer for the domestic crown. The win earns VEF Riga now a spot for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds and Ventspils will be in the Eurocup Qualifying Round, both teams pending meeting the minimum criteria established for each competition. MORE


Lithuanian League champion: Zalgiris Kaunas
Zalgiris - 2011 Lithuanian champion (Photo: zalgiris.lt)Zalgiris Kaunas won the Lithuanian League championship for the 24th time and the first in three years on Thursday by routing Lietuvos Rytas 95-69 to win the best-of-seven finals series 4-1. Tadas Klimavicius posted 18 points and 10 rebounds and Paulius Jankunas and DeJuan Collins added 12 points apiece to lead the new champs. Zalgiris grabbed a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, soared to 54-32 by halftime and cruised the rest of the way, enjoying the closing minutes to celebrate the title. Kenan Bajramovic scored 13, D.J. Strawberry 12 and Jonas Valanciunas posted 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. The win wraps up a brilliant campaign for Zalgiris in which the club went undefeated in the Lithuanian League regular season, lost only once in the playoffs and also won the Lithuanian Cup and the Baltic League crown. MORE


Polish League champion: Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Asseco Prokom celebrates 2011 Polish League championship (plk.pl)Asseco Prokom Gdynia won the Polish League championship for the eighth straight season on Monday with a 76-71 victory over PGE Turow Zgorzelec in the seventh-and-deciding game of the Polish League finals. Ronnie Burrell tallied 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocked shots to pace the champs and Dan Ewing added 11 points and 4 assists and was later named Finals MVP. Prokom dominated early, racing out to leads of 15-4 and 20-6. Turos never quit and closed the gap to 4 in the third quarter and then rallying from 64-48 midway through the fourth quarter to 71-68 on a David Jackson basket with 93 seconds remaining. But the hosts held on thanks to free throws by Filip Videnov and Ewing down the stretch. Courtney Eldridge added 10 points for the winners. Daniel Kickert posted 18 points and 8 rebounds, Jackson scored 17 and Konrad Wysocki added 12 points in defeat. MORE


Russian League champion: CSKA Moscow
SUPERLEAGUE - Russia CSKA Moscow champ Russian League 2010-11 (photo pbleague.ru - Evgeny Sokolov)Coming back like it never had to before, CSKA Moscow put the wraps on its ninth consecutive Russia League title on Thursday with a resounding 63-74 road win against Khimki Moscow Region. CSKA won the series 3-1, marking the fourth consecutive year that CSKA defeated Khimki in the finals. But this time was differen because CSKA had lost the best-of-five series opener at home. After that, however, CSKA reeled off three straight wins, including the last two on Khimki's court. The one and only J.R. Holden was the big gun for CSKA with 25 points, including 4-for-6 three-point shooting to go with 4 assists and 4 steals.. Viktor Khryapa fillwed wih 12 points and Alex Shved with 11 for the winners. For Khimki, Vitaly Fridzon was the only double-digit scorer, with 14 points, while Sergey Monia had 9 plus 11 rebounds. Early points from Lazaros Papadopoulos had Khimki a step ahead of CSKA, at 14-12, until Khryapa's three-pointer sparked a 4-10 run . That left the visitors leading 18-22 after 10 minutes. CSKA's run continued with unanswered 7 points to start the second quarter. Soon, Holden buried 3 of 3 free throws for the game's first double-digit lead, 22-32, and CSKA held onto most of that edge as the half ended 34-43. Khimki scored the first 4 points after the break to close within 38-43, but Khryapa and Holden answerd. When Khimki got two more times, Andrey Vorontsevich and Holden detonated three-pointers as CSKA commanded a 50-59 edge after three quarters. When the same duo combined for 5 points to open the final quarter, CSKA was up 50-64 and on its way to a new title. MORE


Serbian League champion: Partizan mt:s Belgrade
Partizan Belgrade champ Serbian league 2010-11 (photo kkpartizan.rs)Partizan Belgrade stormed to its 10th consecutive Serbian League crown with a 86-69 victory over visiting Hemofarm Stada on Wednesday night before 7,550 fans at sold-out Pionir Arena. The victory gave Partizan a 3-0 sweep in their best-of-five series and lifted to 24 the number of national and regional titles the club has won, including the last five in the Adriatic League. Curtis Jerrells once again led the winners with 24 points on the strength of his 6-for-7 three-point shooting. Jan Vesely followed him with 18 points while Dragan Milosavljevic had 10. Dusan Kecman dished 7 assists and James Gist had 8 rebounds to go with 5 assists for Partizan, which has also won the last four Serbian national cups in a row. Despite a 14-14 score after 10 minutes, Partizan broke open Wednesday's title-clinching victory in the middle quarters. Jerrells and Vesely proved unstoppable as Partizan won the third and fourth quarers by a combined 51-37, then cruised from there to the finish. Hemofarm, which again played without big man Jerome Jordan due to injury, got 18 points from Mladen Jeremic and 17 from Ivan Maras in a losing effort. This marked the fourth consecutive year that Partizan eliminated Hemofarm either in the semifinals or title series. MORE


Slovenian League champion: Krka Novo Mesto
Krka Novo Mesto – 2011 Slovenian League champion (Photo union.olimpija.com)Krka Novo Mesto successfully defended its Slovenian League title by besting Union Olimpija 64-57 in an exciting Game 5 to win the series 3-2. Jure Balazic scored 14 points, Dusan Djordjevic added 13 and Zoran Dragic amassed 12 points and 13 rebounds to pace the champs. The game was full of thrills with Krka taking charge early with leads of 10-2 and 15-4. Saso Ozbolt only trimmed the gap to 17-7 at the end of the opening quarter. Olimpija dominated the second quarter as Vlado Ilievski triggered and capped a 0-12 run with three-pointers to help his team take the lead and go ahead 25-28 at the break. After an Ozbolt triple and an Ilievski layup made it 29-37 midway through the third quarter, Krka woke up and took over. Four players combined on a 10-0 run to finish the quarter up 2. Olimpija kept it close after that and was within 45-43 on a Goran Jagodnik jumper with five-and-a-half minutes to go only to see Balazic spearhead a 9-0 spurt. Nevertheless Davis Bertans made it 60-57 with a triple with 35 seconds left, however Djordjevic sank 2 crucial free throws and Damir Markota missed a triple on the ensuing Olimpija possession, which allowed Krka to start celebrating. Kenny Gregory led all Olimpija scorers with 12 points. MORE


Spanish League champion: Regal FC Barcelona
ACB - Spain Regal FC Barcelona Champ Spanish League 2010-11 (photo acb.com)Regal FC Barcelona won the Spanish League championship for the 16th time by beating Bizkaia Bilbao Basket 55-64 on Tuesday to sweep the best-of-five finals series. Juan Carlos scored 16 points and dished 4 assists to pace Barca, which relied on its defense to secure the victory in the end. Navarro was also named MVP of the finals series after averaging 15 points and 3.3 assists in the three games. After trailing throughout the third quarter, Marko Banic put Bilbao ahead 51-50 early in the fourth quarter. However Barcelona allowed just 8 points over the final 10 minutes and denied the home team on the most critical attacks. On a poor outside shooting night for both teams – 5 of 26 for Barcelona (19.2%) and 3 of 15 for Bilbao (20%) – the visitors’ 29-43 rebounding advantage played a big role. Alan Anderson added 10 points for the winners. Alex Mumbru paced Bilbao with 14 points. Bilbao finished the first quarter strong and took a 19-12 lead on a Josh Fisher triple, but Barcelona recovered quickly and evened the score by scoring the first 7 points of the second quarter. Janis Blums and Mumbru put Bilbao back ahead only to see Joe Ingles give the visitors a 29-30 advantage at the break. Navarro heated up in the third quarter with 8 points – including a pair of triples – as Barcelona went up by as many as 7 points and threatened to pull away. But Bilbao fed off the crowd’s energy and Fisher stripped Jaka Lakovic for a layup that made it 47-48 with 10 minutes to play. Banic put Bilbao ahead 51-50 early in the fourth quarter, setting up an exciting finish. A Navarro three-point play lifted the visitors on top and Ingles made it 51-55. Bilbao kept it close though and twice cut the gap to 2. However strong Barcelona defense denied the home team and Fran Vazquez essentially sealed the game and series with a pair of free throws that made it 55-62 with 45 seconds remaining. MORE


Turkish League champion: Fenerbahce Ulker
Sarunas Jasikevicius - Fenerbahce UlkerFenerbahce Ulker wrapped up its fifth Turkish League championship and fourth in the last five years by holding on to edge Galatasaray Café Crown 88-91 in Game 6 of the Turkish League finals on Friday in Istanbul. In a thriller, Fenerbahce guards Roko Ukic and Sarunas Jasikevicius combined to go 6 for 6 from the line in the final 13 seconds to hold on to a slim lead to win the game and take the best-of-seven series 4-2. Omer Onan paced the winners with 20 points before fouling out and Oguz Savas added 19. Jasikevicius scored 14, Emir Preldzic had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Sean May tallied 10 points and 6 boards in just 16 minutes. Jerry Johnson led Galatasaray with 19 points and 8 assists, Preston Shumpert tallied 18 with 6 rebounds and Ermal Kuqo scored 10 in defeat. The game was close from the onset. A pair of Shumpert three-pointers lifted Galatasaray to a 19-13 lead, but a pair of May baskets helped Fener cut the gap to 23-21 after 10 minutes. On Onan three put FB Ulker back on top early in the second quarter and May made it 25-32. Jasikevicius nailed a pair of threes to further boost the Fenerbahce advantage to 31-39. Galatasaray finished the half on a tear to take the lead before Saras tied the score at 49-49 at halftime. Shumpert put the hosts up 4 on a number of occasions in the third quarter, but neither team would lead by more than 5 the rest of the way. The fourth quarter alone featured two ties and six lead changes as the game came down to the wire. Evren Buker put Galatasaray ahead 80-79 with 2:47 remaining, but the hosts’ attack stalled after that. Meanwhile Onan connected from downtown and then lifted his team to 8-74 with 49 seconds left. Johnson narrowed the gap to 84-85 with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining as the game turned into a free throw contest. But Ukic and Jasikevicius combined to go 6 for 6 from the line in the final 13 seconds to ensure victory and the title for Fenerbahce. MORE


Ukrainian League champion: Budivelnik
Budivelnik is 2011 Ukrainian League champion (Photo: superleague.ua)Budivelnik claimed its first Ukrainian League championship in over a decade on Tuesday by beating BC Donetsk 62-69 in the seventh-and-deciding contest in the best-of-seven finals series. Donetsk led by 5 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Builders dominated on the defensive end and held the hosts to 7 fourth quarter points to snatch the game, series and title. Dee Spencer scored 20 points and Zach Morley added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the new champs. J.K. Edwards put Donetsk up 57-50 at the start of the fourth quarter and a Vyacheslav Kravtsov free throw made it 60-54 midway through the quarter, but Spencer single-handedly scored the next 7 points and after Edwards put Donetsk ahead for the last time, 62-61 with 2:33 to play, Morley got to the line and made 2 to put Budivelnik ahead, Andriy Agafonov added a basket and Spencer essentially wrapped up the game from the line, allowing his team to party the night away. Edwards finished with 15 points and Sasha Vasilievich posted 9 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. MORE