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Passing of the Final Four ball to Berlin
Just prior to the start of the second half of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four Championship Game, the official passing of the “baton” between this season’s host and the host of the 2016 Final Four, Berlin, took place at center court. Pablo Juan Salazar Gordon, Comunidad de Madrid’ Director General for Youth and Sports, represented the Spanish capital in the ceremony in which he formally handed off a Spalding Final Four basketball to Ole Hertel, the Senior Director of Events & Deputy General Manager of O2 World Berlin. After a successful weekend here in Madrid, the sports world looks forward to visiting the German capital 12 months from now.
Madrid - Sunday, May 17, 21:05
Coaches Clinic was a true Final Four bonus
Set at a spacious gym in a country club-like setting, the 2015 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four International Coaches Clinic was a true Final Four bonus for any sort of coach. Upon entrance, any basketball coach or fan would feel at home in the GO fit Vallehermoso gym, which was peppered with familiar faces. Among the few hundred coaches are former players, assistants and head coaches, both male and female, from the junior, professional and international ranks and hailing from multiple continents. The attendees listened and took notes from the various lecturers, who not only went into detail on their topics, but explained why each detail was so significant. As becomes clear attending a session, the clinic is just as valuable for the junior players serving as props for each lecturers, with several of them breaking off between English, the language of the clinic, and Spanish to guide the players. Though this year’s clinic has come to a close, it is certainly worth noting its excellence and planning to attend next year in Berlin!
Madrid - Sunday, May 17, 14:45
Sunday: The day we’ve all been waiting for!
The final day of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four weekend has something for everyone. It starts slow with more action at the Fanzone at Plaza Oriente, builds to another high with the championship game of the ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT and finishes with the absolute highlight of the season, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game. Barclaycard Center will be the home of the bulk of the action featuring a triple-header with the third-place game sandwiched between the ANGT and Euroleague title games. The Fanzone opens at 10:00 CET with the continuation of the adidas Trophy tour at the adidas booth, skills games and a one-on-one tournament at EA7 Emporio Armani Court, school tournaments at Turkish Airlines Euroleague Central Court among the early attractions with so many more to follow. The feel of championship basketball will be in the air on the hardwoods of Barclaycard Center starting at 12:00 when Real Madrid and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade meet for the title of European junior club champion in the ANGT Championship Game. If you’re nearby, admission to the game is free; And if not, the game will be streamed live. Shortly after it finishes, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul will take the floor for their final game of the Euroleague season in the third-place game. The real magic moments came starting at 20:00 with the Euroleague Championship Game between Real Madrid and Olympiacos Piraeus. The colors of the four teams that made it to Madrid and the sounds of their fans singing will surely be seen and heard throughout the Spanish capital during the day. And come nightfall, the Euroleague will have crowned a new champion!
Madrid - Sunday, May 17, 10:06
Legends give high marks to Zalgiris dunker and shooter
One of the highlights at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Fanzone this weekend was the traditional Turkish Airlines Slam Dunk Contest and EA7 Emporio Armani Three-Point Contest on Saturday evening. In front of the hundreds of fans in the stands and around the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Main Court, and in front of the Euroleague legends serving as the judges, players from the Adidas Next Generation Tournament teams, and a few qualified local players, showed off their dunking and shooting skills. Both winners came from Zalgiris Kaunas.
Theo Papaloukas, Sasha Djordjevic, Ramunas Siskauskas and Joe Arlauckas graded the final dunk of Martynas Varnas with a perfect 40, allowing him to take away the win ahead of the other two finalists - Arnolds Krauklis of VEF Riga and Luc Loubaki of INSEP Paris. Three dunkers each got four 9s from the judges for their first attempts in the final round, before Varnas made a baseline 360 slam that impressed the crowed and Euroleague legends alike.
“The winning dunk was good. Creative and difficult, even more so if you know his age. He deserved it”, said Djordjevic about Varnas who was not the only Zalgiris player to win the competition. His teammate Laurynas Beliauskas took the trophy for the three-point challenge winner after sinking 17 of the maximum 30 points in his final round.
“I am very excited. I just shot the basketball, as always”, Beliauskas said as he rushed to celebrate the title with his teammates who were among hundreds of fans in attendance.
“This atmosphere at the event is an effort from everybody at Euroleague to show how basketball is close and beautiful and creative. Kids have a great talent, and they showed it”, Djordjevic said, and Siskauskas added: “It was a good show for the people. Players are young, but that made it more interesting and more fun.”
As far as Lithuanians winnig both contests, Siskauskas laughed:
“I am happy my countrymen won. Lithuanians are good everywhere.”
Madrid - Sunday, May 17, 9:00