Final: The Greens get another crown!
Panathinaikos Athens became the 2009 Euroleague Basketball champion for 2009 and lifted its second crown in three years by beating CSKA 73-71 in a thrilling final at o2 World in Berlin. One of the most exciting basketball title games in history wasn’t decided until Ramunas Siskauskas’s attempted three at the buzzer bounced out. Only then, Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic, the winningest head coach in Euroleague history, was able to celebrate his seventh title. Vassilis Spanoulis was named Final Four MVP after scoring 13, including a clutch triple with less than three minutes to play. Panathinaikos had 10-0 runs in both the first and second quarters and had got its biggest lead at 56-33 but a 0-17 run brought CSKA back to life. CSKA would narrow the gap to 1 in the closing seconds, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Antonis Fotsis added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners while Sarunas Jasikevicius and Dimitris Diamantidis scored 10 each. J.R. Holden paced CSKA with 14 points and Trajan Langdon and Siskauskas each scored 13.
Regal FC Barcelona finished the 2008-09 Euroleague Basketball season in third place after cruising to a 79-95 victory over Olympiacos Piraeus at o2 World in Berlin. In a fast-paced and entertaining game, Barcelona led from start to finish, pulling away with a 0-15 charge that bridged the first and second periods, as it held the Reds without a basket for nearly seven minutes. David Andersen scored 20 to pace Barca, which finished the season with 18 wins - more than any team in the Euroleague this season. Juan Carlos Navarro and Jaka Lakovic added 14 apiece for the winners and Daniel Santiago scored 10. Lakovic also dished 5 steals. Lynn Greer led Olympiacos with 19 points, Ioannis Bourousis posted 17 points and 9 rebounds, Nikola Vujcic finished with 12 and Zoran Erceg had 11.