CSKA lifts its eighth EuroLeague trophy!
With determination from the first minute to last, CSKA Moscow grabbed its eighth EuroLeague title with a thrilling 83-91 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul before a packed Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain on Sunday. CSKA controlled much of the game, trailing only once after the game's fifth minute, for a couple of possession soon after halftime. Its high among several double-digit leads was 14 points, 20-34, early in the second quarter, but Efes came back every time and cut the difference to 81-85 before CSKA finished the job. Kyle Hines became the 15th player in European history to win the continental trophy four times, and the first in the Final Four era to win more than once with two different clubs.
Championship game, Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83-91 CSKA Moscow
CSKA Moscow outlasted Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83-91 to win its eighth European crown in the championship game of the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins netted 20 points apiece and Nando De Colo contributed 15 points to lead CSKA to glory. CSKA led for the majority of the game, but Efes kept the pressure on by closing within 4 twice in the fourth quarter. CSKA never lost its composure and was able to seal the win with late free throws. The victory gave CSKA eight EuroLeague titles, which is second in competition history behind only the team it defeated in the semifinals, Real Madrid, which has 10. Shane Larkin made history for Efes with 29 points, which was the most in the championship game since the turn of the century. Krunoslav Simon added 15 before fouling out, Bryant Dunston posted 13 points and 10 rebounds and Vasilije Micic finished with 10 points for Efes, which was competing in its first EuroLeague championship game.
Third place game Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 75-94 Real Madrid
Real Madrid finished its season on a winning note by pulling away to beat Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 75-94 in the third place game on Sunday at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Gustavo Ayon starred with 23 points on perfect shooting from the field plus 11 rebounds and Facundo Campazzo set club and Final Four records with 15 assists to lead Real. Fabien Causeur added 13 points and Camapzzo and Trey Thompkins netted 12 points apiece. Kostas Sloukas paced Fenerbahce with 17 points and 6 assists, Melih Mahmutoglu added 14 points and Marko Guduric 11.