Fenerbahce sweeps Besiktas to defend Turkish crown
Fenerbahce Istanbul erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime and defeat Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul 94-98, complete a 4-0 series sweep and clinch its second straight Turkish League championship. Jan Vesely led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Bogdan Bogdanovic tallied 13 points and 9 assists. Bobby Dixon added 14 points and Ekpe Udoh had 12 points and 5 blocks for the champs. Kenan Sipahi scored 22 and dished 5 assists and D.J. Strawberry added 20 for Besiktas. Michael Roll added 15 points and 6 assists and Vladimir Stimac posted 13 points and 9 rebounds.
A Vesely alley-oop slam made it 13-18, which would match the largest lead of the first quarter, which ended with the visitors ahead 19-24. Stimac scored 4 points in a 7-0 second quarter run that put the Besiktas up 38-31. Bogdanovic helped Fenerbahce close the gap, but a pair of Sertac Sanli baskets in the final minute of the first half left the hosts with a 47-42 halftime advantage. Stimac pushed the lead to 8 midway through the third quarter, but Fenerbahce rallied back to within 2. A three by Sipahi made it 64-59 entering the fourth quarter. Strawberry scored 5 points in a 14-4 run to take a 79-65 advantage. Fenerbahce rallied once more and after a long three by Dixon, Bogdanovic knotted the score at 84-84 with 6 seconds left. Fenerbahce got the ball back again, but missed twice in the final seconds. In overtime, Vesely, Kalinic and Dixon each scored in a 0-6 spurt for an 88-94 lead. Roll got Besiktas within 2, however Bogdnovic and Vesely sealed the win.
Crvena Zvezda wraps up Serbian title defense
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade won its third consecutive Serbian League championship after beating FMP 87-57 Friday to complete a sweep of their best-of-five finals. Ognjen Dobric scored 25 points and Nemanja Dangubic added 16, while Charles Jenkins dished 8 assists to lead the champs. Isaiah Austin and Aleksa Radanov scored 13 points apiece for FMP.
Zvezda took care of business early by scoring the game’s first 13 points, of which Dobric netted 9. The lead grew to 30-9 after 10 minutes and twice reached 24 in the second quarter before settling at 46-24 at halftime. The lead grew into the 30s in the third quarter and gave Zvezda and its fans plenty of time to prepare the celebrations for another Serbian title.
Valencia is Spanish champion for first time
Valencia Basket won its first Spanish League championship on Friday after beating Real Madrid 87-76 to win their best-of-five finals series 3-1. Joan Sastre posted 19 points and 7 rebounds, Will Thomas scored 12 points off the bench, Atoine Diot added 11 and Romain Sato 10 to lead the winners. Valencia outrebounded Madrid 47-24 in one of the keys to victory. Sergio Llull tallied 23 points and 7 assists, Jaycee Carroll scored 11 points and Gustavo Ayon contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Neither team led by more than 4 in a tight first quarter, which ended with Madrid ahead 19-20. Rafa Martinez and Will Thomas stepped up to lead a 22-3 charge to start the second quarter, which put Valencia on top 41-23. Madrid pushed back behind Llull, but Sastre and Fernando San Emeterio kept Valencia in total control at 55-33 at halftime. Llull scored 4 in a 0-9 run to make it 67-56 and Nocioni got going to as Los Blancos drew within 73-66 through three quarters. Carroll closed the gap to 6 early in the fourth quarter, but Valencia did not let Madrid any closer and held on for a historic win.
Trento evens Italian finals at 2-2
Dolomiti Energia Trento routed Umana Venice 78-56 to even the best-of-seven Italian League finals at 2-2. Joao Gomes posted 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead five Trento scorers in double figures in the victory. Andres Forray, Diego Flaccadori and Dustin Hogue each scored 14 points and Shavon Shields added 13 for Trento, which outrebounded Venice 47-24. Ariel Filloy led Venice with 12 points and Melvin Ejim added 10. The visitors struggles with their outside shooting and made only 6 of 30 three-point attempts (20%) in the loss.
Trento took control from the outset by scoring the game’s first three baskets and surging ahead 20-5. The difference stood at 22-9 after 10 minutes. Venice regrouped in the second quarter and a three by Filloy drew the visitors within 40-31 at halftime. Gomes scored three baskets in an 8-0 start to the second half as Trento pulled away only to see Venice fight back. Stefano Tonut gave the visitors a chance when he trimmed the deficit to 54-46 entering the fourth quarter. However a 14-2 Trento charge, in which Aaron Craft scored 5 points, took the difference to 20 points and Venice never threatened again.