- The Student, Itoudis, Beat the Teacher Obradovic -
EUROLEAGUE - FINAL
|Fenerbahce||96 - 101 (OT)||CSKA Moscow|
|(20 - 22)
(30 - 50)
(53 - 69)
(83 - 83)
(96 - 101)
What a Game….In a thrilling game, CSKA defeated Fenerbahce 96-101 in overtime to win this year’s Euroleague Title. The Turkish side came back from 21 points down to send the game into overtime, but the Russian team prevailed in the extra period. Dimitrios Itoudis defeated his “teacher” Obradovic and became the second Greek coach to win the Euroleague.
The Euroleague season saved the best match for last! CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce played in Berlin for the Euroleague Title. CSKA Moscow dominated the first half and took a 20 point lead into the break. The Russian side did not let up at the beginning of the second half and increased their lead to 21 points in the third quarter. Sloukas and Antic (both former Olympiacos players) did not stop fighting for Fenerbahce and the lead was cut to 16 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Fenerbahce took advantage of CSKA’s many turnovers and the lead was decreased to single digits. With 1:41 remaining, Fenerbahce was well in the game and was behind by one point. With 43 seconds left, Dixon brought the game level, 81-81, with a difficult 3 pointer. Sloukas gave Fenerbahce the lead with 2 free-throws but CSKA tied the game, sending the match to overtime. In the extra period, both teams exchanged points before the Russians went ahead by 7 points. Fenerbahce looked to make another comeback but the difference was too high to overcome and CSKA Moscow won their 7th Euroleague Title!
Itoudis, who was Obradovic’s (current coach of Fenerbahce) assistant for many years at Panthinaikos, became the second Greek coach to lift the Euroleague Championship. Georgios Bartzokas was the first Greek coach to win the Euroleague during the 2013 season at Olympiacos. For Fenerbhace, Kostas Sloukas had 10 points.
ITOUDIS BEING TOSSED IN THE AIR BY HIS TEAM
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