Records set, milestones achieved at 2021 Final Four

Jun 01, 2021 by Print
Records set, milestones achieved at 2021 Final Four

With a collective of experienced players at this season's Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four, history was bound to be made. Some of that came in the form of records being set, while others were people joining exclusive clubs and then there were milestones met.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul guard Shane Larkin set the record for the best free-throw shooting night in a EuroLeague championship game this century. He did not miss in 12 trips to the foul line. The record had been shared by Milos Vujanic (Panathinaikos Athens, 2007) and Tyrese Rice (2014, Maccabi Tel Aviv), who were both 9 for 9 in championship games. Larkin tied Ramunas Siskauskas (Panathinaikos, 2007) and Manu Ginobili (Kinder Bologna, 2002) for the most free throws made in the championship game.

His backcourt mate Vasilije Micic became the fifth player in competition history to win the Final Four MVP in the same season in which he was named EuroLeague MVP. The others on that list are Dimitris Diamantidis (Panathinaikos, 2011), Vassilis Spanoulis (Olympiacos Piraeus, 2013), Nando De Colo (CSKA Moscow, 2016) and Luka Doncic (Real Madrid, 2018).

Ergin Ataman became the third head coach to lead teams to the title in both the EuroLeague and the 7DAYS EuroCup. The first was Dusan Ivkovic, who won the EuroLeague twice with Olympiacos (1997 and 2012) and the EuroCup in 2006 with Dynamo Moscow. David Blatt led Maccabi to the 2014 EuroLeague crown and Darussafaka Istanbul to the 2018 EuroCup. And Ataman won the EuroCup in 2016 with Galatasaray Istanbul.

CSKA Moscow forward Will Clyburn set a semifinals record for two-point accuracy when he made 9 twos with a single miss against Efes. The only better shooting at a Final Four game was Gustavo Ayon's 11 for 11 on two-pointers for Real Madrid in the 2019 third-place game.

FC Barcelona's All-EuroLeague big man Brandon Davies tied a championship game record with 6 offensive rebounds. That number had previously been reached by Alex Tyus with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2014 and Ekpe Udoh with Fenerbahce Istanbul in 2016.

Davies's frontcourt mate Nikola Mirotic of collected 9 offensive rebounds in his two games in Cologne, which tied for the third-most at a Final Four this century. Luis Scola had 10 in 2006 with Tau Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and Alex Tyus matched that number in 2014 with Maccabi. Barcelona's 32 offensive boards between the two games tied for the second-most at a Final Four. Only CSKA had more (37) in 2005.

AX Armani Exchange Milan guard Sergio Rodriguez soared up the all-time charts in several categories at his seventh Final Four. He took his assist tally at Final Fours to 56, which is 3 less than Theo Papaloukas for the most ever. He also climbed into a tie with Milos Teodosic for third place in three-pointers made with 26. He trails only J.R. Holden (30) and Juan Carlos Navarro (31) on the all-time charts.

Rodriguez moved into the top 10 on the career Final Four scoring charts with 163 points. He sits ninth; Dejan Bodiroga and Papaloukas are tied for seventh with 164. And Rodriguez leapfrogged Mike Batiste into a tie with Anthony Parker for the ninth-most free throws made with 39.

Milan big man Kyle Hines became the career leader in blocked shots at Final Fours with 3 in the third-place game. That gave him 16 at Final Fours – and 1 more than Ekpe Udoh and Maceo Baston, who had shared the top spot with 15. Hines also moved into a second-place tie with Theo Papaloukas for the most Final Four games played with 18. His former teammate, Victor Khryapa, leads the charts with 23 Final Four games. Hines was already ranked second in accumulated rebounds at the Final Four and improved his tally to 86. He trails only Khryapa (107) for the most in Final Four history.

Hines overtook Theo Papaloukas (53) for third-place in two-pointers made with 55. David Andersen (57) is second with Nikos Galis comfortable in front with 87. He also cracked the top 10 in steals with his 3 over the weekend giving him 13 and tying Mike Batiste for 9th place, while dropping former Maccabi great Willie Sims to 11th place.