Tribute to the Champs: Victor Khryapa

Jun 10, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Victor Khryapa
If Victor Khryapa’s Final Four had to be summed up in two moments, it would be his game-tying put-back that forced overtime in the championship game, allowing CSKA to survive and win, and then the moment in which he lifted the long-awaited trophy as team captain. Khryapa started that weekend in Berlin by breaking records for the most Final Fours played by any player ever, 10, and the most games played at the event, 20 by the end of the weekend. A three-time All-Euroleague selection and 2010 Euroleague Best Defender trophy winner, Khryapa rushed back from a hand injury that cost him 19 games during the season to feature in both games in Berlin. And his experience proved vital; he scored 8 of CSKA's 14 fourth-quarter points in the title game against Fenerbahce to keep his team alive when the offense faltered. His rejection of Nikola Kalinic in the final minute of overtime helped wrap up the win and the crown. Khryapa posted 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in the championship game to end a personal streak of six consecutive Final Fours without a title and his relief could be seen when he received the trophy from Euroleague President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu and lifted it to the sky!