Baskonia fans rooting for Efes in Final Four
Many Baskonia fans could be found at the FanZone all weekend long as well as in the stands at Fernando Buesa Aena for the games. They have made it a point to have the club's blue and red colors on display whenever possible. But, who will they support in the championship game?
"All of us here will cheer for Efes," said Imanol Ruiz De Vergara, who was with a group of friends and family at FanZone Sunday afternoon and had tickets for the championship game, too."I think, if not all Baskonia fans, then most of them will cheer for Efes. Efes has three players who played for Baskonia and who we love, Shane Larkin, Tibor Pleiss and Rodrigue Beaubois."
Is that the only reason? "CSKA beat Baskonia in the playoffs!"
EuroLeague Academy tournament final attracts local fans
Among many fun activities and events at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague FanZone throughout the weekend, the most competitive of them all were the five-on-five games of the EuroLeague Academy basketball tournament. The 16 co-ed teams of players under-12 were made up of more than 200 children from Vitoria-Gasteiz based schools. Sunday afternoon the tournament concluded with Toki Eder 2 beating Marianistas 1 by the score 54-19 in the final to win the EuroLeague Academy trophy. To the delight of the children, as well as the crowded stands on the Main Court at Plaza España (Plaza Nueva), there to present the trophy and hand out commemorative medals were KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz forward Johannes Voigtmann and Final Four Ambassadors Johnny Rogers and Michalis Kakiouzis.
Sunday: the day we waited for!
It is Sunday, May 19. Yes, Championship Sunday at the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four. The biggest game in European basketball will tip off tonight at Fernando Buesa Arena. Anadolu Efes Istanbul and CSKA Moscow will battle for the EuroLeague crown starting at the 20:30 local time, but there is plenty more going on today in Vitoria-Gasteiz. There's still time to hurry over to Buesa Arena to catch the starts of tomorrow in the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Finals championship game. U18 Real Madrid and U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade will clash at 10:00 for the title of best junior club team on the continent. Admission is free through Gates 7 and 8 for those who want to feel the action in the arena but don't have a ticket to the EuroLeague title game. The ANGT winners will be honored at halftime of the EuroLeague championship game. Earlier, at the end of the first quarter, Euroleague Basketball will host a brief Ambassadors Recognition Ceremony. Another trophy that will be handed out today is that of the 2018-19 EuroLeague Academy Tournament Vitoria-Gasteiz. Head over the the the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague FanZone at Plaza Espana (Plaza Nueva) and the adjoining Plaza de la Virgen Blanca and Plaza de los Fueros for the EuroLeague Academy deciding games as well as a host of other events supported by EuroLeague sponsors. The FanZone is the place to be when the balls aren't bouncing at Buesa Arena. At the end of the day, we will know who win the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title! Stay tuned.