Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir stormed back from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 91-88 after overtime and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Turkish League finals. Bobby Dixon led the winners with 24 points, Jon Diebler added 20, Kenny Gabriel posted 16 points and 9 rebounds and D.J. Strawberry scored 13. The teams were never separated by more than one shot until baskets by Stratos Perperoglou and Matt Janning gave Efes a 28-32 advantage late in the second quarter. Gabriel drew the hosts within 35-37 by halftime. Efes took charge after the break with back-to-back three-pointers by Cedi Osman and Birkan Batuk before Perperoglou gave Efes its first double-digit lead. Batuk remained red hot with a basket-plus-foul and another three as the difference swelled to 43-59 midway through the third quarter and stood at 15 with 10 minutes remaining. An 8-0 Karsiyaka run closed the gap to 65-71, but a pair of Stephane Lasme buckets restored a 10-point Efes edge. Diebler and D.J. Strawberry fueled another Karsiyaka push to make it a 3-point game with two minutes to go. Despite a pair of Janning free throws, Diebler and Gabriel connected on back-to-back threes for an 82-81 Karsiyaka cushion with 9 seconds left in regulation. Efes turned to Lasme, who was fouled and split the resulting free throws to tie the game at 82-82 and send it to overtime. Juan Palacios and Gabriel scored on consecutive possessions to put Karsiyaka ahead for good. Dixon made it 91-88 with nearly 100 seconds remaining, but neither team scored the rest of the way and Karsiyaka celebrated victory. Perperoglou finished with 21 points and Janning netted 20, while Batuk added 17 for Efes.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia defeated Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 84-71 to take a 2-0 lead in the Italian League finals. Achille Polonara scored 20 points, Andrea Cinciarini added 15 points and 8 assists and Rimantas Kaukenas tallied 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Kaukenas scored 5 points during a 9-0 first quarter run that gave Reggio Emilia a 15-6 lead and the hosts never looked back. An Ojars Silins triple made for a double-digit difference at 20-8 and Reggio Emilia coasted to a 27-17 advantage after 10 minutes. Jeff Brooks halved the deficit early in the second quarter, but Reggio Emilia quickly regained control and rolled to a 47-36 halftime lead. Back-to-back threes by Silins and Polonara made it 55-39 early in the third quarter, the difference reached 20 midway through the quarter and Sassari never mounted a serious challenge the rest of the way. Silins and Darjus Lavrinovic each scored 11 for Reggio Emilia. Brooks paced Sassari with 18 points and 11 rebounds and David Logan scored 15.