2001-02Final FourRound 1
Manu Ginobili - Kinder Bologna - Final Four Bologna 2002 - EB01

Semifinals: Kinder Bologna to face Panathinaikos for the title

Kinder Bologna earned the chance to defend its Euroleague title in the final after having dispatched Benetton Treviso with a 82-90 victory at home in PalaMalaguti in the semifinals. Kinder had the chance to become the first team since Jugoplastika more than a decade ago to repeat as Euroleague champion against Panathinaikos, an 83-75 winner over Maccabi in Friday's first semifinal. Kinder broke open a tie game with a scorching run of 10-0 to open the fourth quarter. Kinder's inside scoring strength combined with perimeter defense turned up to high heat just overwhelmed Benetton, which could not score for almost 5 minutes after having been tied 63-63 entering after three quarters. Marko Jaric was Kinder's driving force all night, scoring 18 points to lead Kinder. David Andersen finished with 15 points, Emanuel Ginobili and Sani Becirovic 14 each and Rashard Griffith 13. Tyus Edney and Charlie Bell led Benetton with 19 points each.

Panathinaikos got the chance to play for the Euroleague title after downing iMaccabi Tel Aviv in the first semifinal of the Final Four by 83-75 behind the fourth-quarter heroics of a certain Top 16 MVP named Dejan Bodiroga. The Greens earned the chance to go for their third Euroleague crown against defending champion Kinder Bologna. Bodiroga gave Panathinaikos control of a back-and-forth battle in the late third and early fourth quarter, scoring 12 consecutive points for the Greens to restore the moderate leads they had enjoyed earlier in the game. Bodiroga finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals, while the inside duo of Darryl Middleton and Lazaros Papadopoulos combined for 24 points to negate what was supposed to be Maccabi's superior inside game. The Greens had also put on a first-quarter three-point shooting display, 5 for 5 from behind the arc. Maccabi's top scorer was Tal Burstein with 16 points off the bench.