Final Four, Finals: Panathinaikos wins sixth European crown!
Panathinaikos started the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four with a hard-fought 77-69 victory over Montepaschi Siena at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona to reach the Euroleague title game for the third time in five seasons. Nick Calathes scored a career-high 17 points and Dimitris Diamantidis came within 1 of a semifinal record with 9 assists to lead Panathinaikos. Head coach Zeljko Obradovic, the winningest coach in Euroleague history, will go for his eighth crown and Panthinaikos’s sixth on Sunday against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The Israeli team rocked Real Madrid 82-63 in the second semifinal at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to book a spot in the title game. Chuck Eidson scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and set a Euroleague semifinals record with 6 steals to lead Maccabi to the final, where it will meet old rival Panathinaikos, which defeated Montepaschi Siena 77-69 earlier Friday in the first semifinal. With the win Maccabi, reached the Euroleague final for the seventh time in a dozen seasons, tied Madrid for the most appearances ever in the Euroleague title game with 14 and on Sunday will go for its sixth continental crown.