Legendary power forward Luis Scola is one of the two players - the other is Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid - who played in the original Turkish Airlines EuroLeague campaign, 2000-01, and is also active in the competition's 20th season, the current one. This is Scola's first EuroLeague season in 12 years; since 2007 he has played in North America and China.
At the beginning of his career, Scola became a EuroLeague superstar with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, back then called Tau Ceramica. He helped the team reach the EuroLeague Finals in 2001 and the championship game in 2005. He took Tau Final Fours in 2006 and 2007, too.
Scola's last two EuroLeague games with Baskonia were in OAKA, Panathinaikos Athens's home court. They came in the 2007 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four where Tau fell 67-53 in the semifinal against Panathinaikos. Scola, who had been chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team for the second consecutive season, finished the game with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 turnovers and a performance index rating of 7. He did a bit better in the third-place game with 14 points in a 74-76 loss against Unicaja Malaga.
Scola left and for many years, it looked like those two games in OAKA would be the final ones in his EuroLeague career. Instead, he took an offer from AX Armani Exchange Milan to join the team for one season with the goal of playing at his fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
That gave Scola an opportunity to play in OAKA again and the game was definitely marked in red on his calendar.
Scola needed only 23 minutes to finish the game with 17 points, 9 rebounds and a PIR of 18. He sat out the final 5 minutes, but kept Milan in the game for the most part of it as a key player in his team's 78-79 victory.
In his last season with Tau, Scola averaged 15.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 23 games. After three games this season, Scola is averaging 15.0 points and 6.3 rebounds for Milan. The Argentinean legend is definitely turning back the clock and on Thursday finally got that last win in Athens.