Domestic leagues roundup: June 13

Jun 13, 2016 by Print
Domestic leagues roundup: June 13

EA7 Milan wins its 27th Italian League title

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan rallied on the road in Game 6 of the best-of-seven Italian League finals, beating Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 70-74 to win Italian its second title in three seasons, and 27th overall. It was a thrilling contest in which Reggio Emilia used a 12-0 run late in the second quarter and 8 unanswered points by Amedeo Della Valle to take 38-29 halftime lead. But the hosts did not score in more than 3 minutes to start the third quarter, and Milan rallied and tied it at 44-44 with a layup by Krunoslav Simon. The hosts did not let Milan take over the lead, however, until Simon hit a triple and Esteban Batista scored inside to make it 56-58. Teams traded blows as the game went down to the stretch, until 2:13 to go when Rakim Sanders nailed a three-pointer with Achille Polonara’s hand in his face, making it 61-66. After a timeout, Milan Macvan extended the margin to 7 points. Polonara made foul shots, and Della Valle stole the inbound pass and raced for a layup-plus-foul to give the hosts hope, cutting it to 66-68 entering the final minute. But Simon made a tough baseline turnaround jumper, then stole the ball to split free throws, only for Milan to secure offensive rebound and make free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure victory. Alessandro Gentile led Milan in scoring with 16 points, while Simon had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sanders netted 13 with 5 assists, and Batista collected 10 points plus 9 rebounds in victory. Rimantas Kaukenas scored 18 points for the hosts. Della Valle finished with 13 points, and Polonara had 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Fenerbahce ousts Efes to lift Turkish League title

Fenerbahce Istanbul is the new Turkish League champion after routing Anadolu Efes Istanbul 91-70 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven playoff final series on Monday night. Fenerbahce won the championship crown for the seventh time in club history, and second time in three years. This title made it a Turkish double for Fenerbahce, first in five years, since the team won the Turkish Cup earlier this season, too. There was little doubt about the outcome of the sixth game of the series, as Zeljko Obradovic men built a 20-point lead before halftime, and held a 31-point margin in the third quarter. Sparked by Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 12-0 run late in the first quarter put Fener in control, and 19-9 lead. Thomas Heurtel and Jon Diebler’s triple cut Efes deficit to 5 points, but 12-0 run, this time with Luigi Datome in the main role, broke open the game, giving the hosts 36-19 lead midway through the second quarter. Lead reached 20 points with 2 minutes left in the first half, and Fenerbahce held 52-32 at the break. If there was any hope for Efes to turn it around, it pretty much disappeared when Fenerbahce scored the first six points of the third quarter. Bogdanovic and Ekpe Udoh made sure margin breaks a 30-point barrier, 68-37 with 3 minutes left in the third, and the hosts cruised the rest of the way and towards the title to the delight of its fans in the Ülker Sports Arena. Datome finished with 20 points, and Bogdanovic had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Udoh had an all-round game collecting 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Kostas Sloukas also had 13 points, Jan Vesely scored 12, and Bobby Dixon 10 in title-clinching victory. Diebler netted 18, and Cedi Osman had 14 points in defeat.