Final: Panathinaikos lifts trophy at home!
In one of the best games ever seen in European basketball, Panathinaikos lifted its fourth Euroleague trophy by edging defending champion CSKA Moscow 93-91 in a thrilling final at OAKA in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos captain Fragiskos Alvertis raised the trophy as the proud club celebrated its fourth Euroleague title – the most of any team in the Final Four era. Final Four MVP Dimitris Diamantidis was one of six Panathinaikos players to score in double digits with 15 points. Ramunas Siskauskas shined with 20 points and 5 assists, Dejan Tomasevic added 16 and Mike Batiste and Milos Vujanic had 12 each for Panathinaikos, backed by a sea of green fans in the stands. Newly crowned Euroleague MVP Theodoros Papaloukas did his best to carry the outgoing champs, scoring a career-high 23 points and dishing 8 assists, but it wasn't enough. Back-to-back triples by Trajan Langdon brought CSKA within 87-85 with 51.3 seconds remaining. Batiste stepped up with a turnaround jumper and free throws by Vujanic sealed a historical win for the Greens.
Unicaja capped its first Final Four appearance in style by edging Tau Ceramica 74-76 in the Third Place Game on Sunday at OAKA. Marcus Brown was the hero for Unicaja by hitting the game-winning layup with 1.2 seconds remaining. Marko Tusek paced the winners with 18 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting. Brown and Tusek combined for 18 of Unicaja's 25 points in the decisive fourth quarter. Igor Rakocevic led Tau with 16 and Zoran Planinic added 15 off the bench. Tau controlled the game in the opening three quarters and had a double-digit lead, 61-51, after 30 minutes. Tusek and Brown brought Unicaja back to life, but Prigioni tied the game at 74-74 with 8.4 seconds to go. Unicaja chose to isolate Brown, who scored in penetration to win it for Unicaja.