Tribute to the Champs: Othello Hunter

Jun 03, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Othello Hunter

Othello Hunter was a blur of activity for CSKA Moscow over Final Four weekend and played a major role in his team capturing the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Hunter started both Final Four games and used his athleticism, experience and never-say-die attitude to make sure CSKA celebrated in the end. In the semifinals, CSKA started the fourth quarter trailing Real Madrid by 8 points and Hunter was a key player in its comeback. He scored CSKA's first 2 baskets of the quarter to get things going and later jammed in a missed layup by Cory Higgins that made it 82-83. Hunter's 2 defensive rebounds in the last 2 minutes of the game denied Real opportunities to score at crucial times. He matched up against Anadolu Efes Istanbul's defensive ace Bryant Dunston in the championship game and Hunter sent a message early with an alley-oop slam courtesy of a Nando De Colo assist in the first quarter. He drew Dunston's second foul late in the second quarter and his third early in the third.

Hunter rejected a Dunston shot and scored on consecutive possessions later in the quarter to match CSKA's biggest lead of the game, 54-68. He finished the weekend with 15 points and 6 rebounds, nearly all of which were timely and earned the 30-year-old center his first EuroLeague title.