Larkin leads Efes to Turkish crown!
Anadolu Efes Istanbul is the 2018-19 Turkish League champion! Efes won its 14th Turkish League title, its first since 2009, by downing Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 89-74 in Game 7 of the finals on Friday. Efes won the series 4-3 and had the chance to celebrate its first Turkish crown in over a decade. Shane Larkin paced the winners with 38 points, hitting 8-of-9 two-point shots and 13-of-13 free throw attempts. Vasilije Micic added 20 while Sertac Sanli had 10 for Efes. Kostas Sloukas led Fenerbahce with 21 points. Nikola Kalinic added 19, Marko Guduric 11 and Nicolo Melli 10. Larkin got Efes going with 10 quick points, including back-to-back triples for a 14-9 margin. Ali Muhammed followed a three-pointer with a driving layup, getting help from Guduric and Sloukas to put Fenerbahce in charge, 21-23, after 10 minutes. A three-point play by an unstoppable Larkin restored a 29-28 Efes lead early in the second quarter. Micic and Larkin kept pacing Efes, combining for 29 first-half points, and a close jumper by Sanli allowed the hosts to get a seven-point margin, 44-37, at halftime. Back-to-back baskets by Sanli and a layup-plus-foul by Larkin made it a double-digit game, 51-41, soon after the break. Kalinic and Sloukas tried to change things for Efes but an outstanding Micic took over for a 67-53 Efes margin, which Sloukas and Kalinic cut to 69-58 after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Moerman and free throws by Micic broke the game open, 74-58, early in the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Krunoslav Simon sealed the outcome, 81-62, midway through the fourth quarter, giving Efes fans plenty of time to celebrate a historical win!
Real wins 35th Spanish League title
Real Madrid is the Spanish League champion! Real conquered its 35th league title by downing archrivals FC Barcelona Lassa 68-74 In Game 4 at Palau Blaugrana on Friday. Real won the series 3-1 and lifted the trophy for the fourth time in the last five years. Facu Campazzo led the winners with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to be chosen as the Spanish League Finals MVP. Rudy Fernandez added 12 points while Anthony Randolph, Edy Tavares and Fabien Causeur each had 10 for Real. Kevin Pangos led Barcelona with 16 points, Chris Singleton added 12 and Adam Hanga 11. Fernandez struck three times from downtown early in the game and Campazzo added another one from beyond the arc for a 5-14 Real lead. Randolph joined the three-point shootout to make it a double-digit game, 8-19. Pangos and Kyle Kuric fueled an 11-1 run that brought Barcelona back to life, 21-24, at the end of the first quarter. Kuric and Pangos each hit a triple to put the hosts ahead for the first time, 27-26, early in the second quarter. Gustavo Ayon followed a three-point play with a layup and a three-pointer by Trey Thompkins helped Real regain the lead, 33-37, at halftime. A layup by Fabien Causeur and another three-pointer by Fernandez restored a 33-42 margin soon after the break. Singleton and Kuric stepped up for Barcelona and a three-pointer by Pangos gave the hosts hope at 43-47. Causeur kept pacing Real and Campazzo struck from beyond the arc for a 47-55 lead after 30 minutes. Campazzo took over early in the fourth quarter, Causeur and Tavares scored around the basket and a power basket by Jeffery Taylor boosted Real's lead to 55-64 with under 6 minutes left. Barcelona kept struggling against the guests' defense and Madrid cruised to a well-deserved win.