The 2016 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season came to an end with an exciting Final four
at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. In the end, CSKA Moscow held on for its seventh continental crown and first since 2008, while Fenerbahce Istanbul can take pride as the first Turkish club to ever reach the Euroleague Championship Game.
Championship Game: Fenerbahce Istanbul 96-101 CSKA Moscow
In an overtime classic that will long be remembered, CSKA Moscow held off Fenerbahce Istanbul 96-101 in the 2016 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Championship Game. Team captain Victor Khryapa received the Euroleague trophy from Euroleague President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu to lead the celebrations as CSKA won its seventh Euroleague title. Khryapa was CSKA’s hero on the night for forcing overtime, tying the score at 83-83 with a tip-in just 1.9 seconds before the end of regulation. CSKA previously held by 21 points in the third quarter, and led 53-69 entering the fourth, but Fenerbahce came up with a huge rally. In overtime, Euroleague MVP Nando De Colo scored 10 of his game-high 22 points, and was 8 for 8 from the foul line in the extra minutes. In doing so, he also earned Final Four MVP honors. De Colo added 7 assists and 3 steals. Fellow All-Euroleague guard Milos Teodosic collected 19 points and 7 assists for CSKA, which led 30-50 at halftime. Bobby Dixon led a big second-half comeback for Fenerbahce and finished with 17 points. The 197 points scored by CSKA and Fenerbahce was the second-highest total in the history of European continental title games, exceeded only by the 202 for which CSKA and Real Madrid combined in double-overtime 1969 title game that took place in Barcelona, Spain.
Third Place Game: Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 75-85 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
In the Third Place Game, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar defeated Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 75-85 in the German capital. Malcolm Delaney and Ryan Broekhoff scored 21 points each to lead six Lokomotiv scorers in double figures. The two combined to shoot 8 for 13 from three-point range. Darius Adams paced Laboral with 25 points and Davis Bertans netted 13 in defeat. After a tightly played first half, which ended with Laboral ahead 42-40, Lokomotiv surged in front with a 0-11 third-quarter run and held on the rest of the way.