Semifinals: Maccabi will host Skipper Bologna in the final
Skipper Bologna outlasted Montepaschi Siena 102-103 after overtime in an all-Italian duel in the first semifinal in Tel Aviv to reach the Euroleague title game for the first time. Carlos Delfino's free throw with 11.6 seconds left in overtime broke a tie and crowned him the hero as Delfino posted 27 points for the winners. It was a cat-and-mouse game for much of regulation, with Bologna leading by 9 at halftime and 13 at one point in the third quarter, but Montepaschi always came back and eventually forced overtime on Michailis Kakiouzis’s three-pointer with 11.2 seconds to go. The game produced more thrills in the additional five minutes, but it was Skipper and its squad of stars-in-the making that eventually came out on top.
Maccabi Elite held off CKSA Moscow 93-85 to climb into the title game. Maccabi, playing on its home court at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, started sluggishly and trailed by 11 points at one point, but turned it around to get within 1 at halftime and pull away in the second half as the fans in yellow rocked on. Anthony Parker was the star of the show with 27 points – including a number of alley-oop dunks, several of which came from Sarunas Jasikevicius, who tallied 18 points and 6 assists. CSKA’s Marcus Brown, who shined when CSKA beat Maccabi in a regular season game in Tel Aviv several months earlier, paced his team with 23 points and 6 assists.