Final: CSKA Moscow takes crown 35 years later!
In arguably one of the most thrilling title games ever seen in European club basketball, CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague crown for the first time in 35 years and ended Maccabi Tel Aviv's dynasty with a 73-69 victory in the final in front of almost 17,000 fans at the state-of-the-art Sazka Arena in Prague, the Czech Republic. Theodoros Papaloukas scored 18 points and dished 7 assists to lead the winners and earn MVP honors off the bench. CSKA was in its fourth consecutive Final Four but won the title in its first final since 1973. Maccabi lost the chance to become the the third team in Euroleague history to win three straight titles, a feat that still belongs only to ASK Riga and Split. At the same time, CSKA matched Varese and Maccabi for second place on the all-time list of winners, each with 5 titles. David Vanterpool added 16 points while Matjaz Smodis had 12 for CSKA. Will Solomon led Maccabi with 20 points. Trajan Langdon and Smodis struck from downtown in a 10-1 run which put CSKA in charge for good late in the game, enough for all CSKA fans to celebrate a historical win.Tau Ceramica finished the 2005-06 Euroleague season with a prestigious win by topping Winterthur FC Barcelona 82-87 in the Third Place game at Prague's Sazka Arena. Predrag Drobnjak paced the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Travis Hansen added 15 - all in the first half - while Serkan Erdogan added 14 off the bench for Tau. Gregor Fucka and Juan Carlos Navarro each had 20 points for Barcelona, that lost its fourth Final Four Third Place game in as many appearances. Bootsy Thornton added 18 points for Barcelona, that rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to get a brief 60-58 late in the third quarter. Luis Scola, Drobnjak and Erdogan helped Tau to seal the outcome down the stretch.