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Tribute to the champs 2011-12: Olympiacos Piraeus!
In one of the greatest comebacks in basketball history, Olympiacos lifted its second Turkish Airlines Euroleague trophy by rallying from 19 down against CSKA in the final 12 minutes of the title game!
A dean among coaches, Dusan Ivkovic reached one of the greatest achievements in his career by leading Olympiacos to its second Euroleague title. At age 68, Ivkovic became the oldest coach to win the Euroleague title.
As one of just two players ever to win Euroleague titles as the Final Four MVP with different teams, Vassillis Spanoulis will be remembered for leading Olympiacos Piraeus to glory as few players have done in basketball history.
The fact that he didn't miss a field goal attempt in the entire Final Four says how focused and determined Kostas Papanikolaou was to lead Olympiacos to this year's Turkish Airlines Euroleague title.
A great comeback story was capped in the most amazing way when Georgios Printezis hit the game-winning shot in the title game against CSKA Moscow. Barely two years ago, Printezis landed on his shoulder after a bad fall in a Spanish League game and his career seemed to be in trouble. Printezis soon returned to his childhood club and delivered throughout the entire season as an elite sixth man.
Kyle Hines provided energy, intensity and hustle off the Reds' bench all season long. An undersized center, Hines made up for his lack of height with his winning mentality and never-ending effort, which paid off handsomely in the playoffs series against Montepaschi Siena, where he averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in four games.
It was an up-and-down season for Marko Keselj. The small forward was slowed by injuries, which limited his playing time and helped pave the road for the rise of Kostas Papanikolaou at his position. However, Keselj found the way to be highly productive when it mattered most.
By winning the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title, Martynas Gecevicius has joined an exclusive club of just six people to win Europe's strongest club competitions this decade. Gecevicius won the Eurocup with Lietuvos Rytas in 2009 - and lifted the Euroleague trophy with the Reds. He arrived in Piraeus last summer and got off to a very strong start of the season.
A player who only joined Olympiacos at mid-season, Acie Law made the ultimate sacrifice to help the Reds win their first Euroleague title in 15 years, playing hurt in the title game. Despite not being able to walk earlier in the day, his key minutes on defense against CSKA helped spark one of the most exciting comebacks in basketball history!
Combo guard Kostas Sloukas was a European superstar at youth levels - and has now proved his value in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Sloukas did not play until regular season Game 8, but once he stepped on the court, he showed great determination, leadership and the ability to perform at his best in clutch situations.
It took him 10 years to return to the Final Four, but when he did, Lazaros Papadopoulos enjoyed the same success he had in 2002 with Panathinaikos. Now, he is one of just three players to win the title with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos and one of just six to win both the Euroleague and Eurocup.
A welcome frontcourt presence from the time he arrived midway through the season, Joey Dorsey helped Olympiacos improve in defense and toughness. His intensity, shot-blocking ability and rebounding gave the Reds a true physical presence in the middle.
Another young gun that helped Olympiacos to round a dream Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with the title is Evangelos Mantzaris. The point guard played his best basketball at the right time.
He arrived at EuroBasket 2011 without a contract and in less than one year, Pero Antic helped FYROM to reach that competition's semifinals, signed for a continental powerhouse and won the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in incredible fashion.
Thursday, May 24, 2012