Fenerbahce clinches third straight Turkish title
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul routed Tofas Bursa 94-64 on Wednesday to win the Turkish League championship for the third consecutive season. Fenerbahce won the best-of-seven series in five games. The hosts used great defense to take control, holding Tofas to just 12 first-quarter points. Brad Wanamaker scored 8 points in a 16-1 Fenerbahce run to finish the second quarter, which gave the hosts a 45-26 halftime lead from which Tofas never recovered. The lead grew throughout the fourth quarter, peaking at 32 late as Fenerbahce cruised to victory. Ahmet Duverioglu dominated with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting plus 9 rebounds, Wanamaker finished with 11 points and Egehan Arna added 10 for Fenerbahce, for which all 12 players scored and collected at least 1 rebound. Pierria Henry recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in defeat and Kenny Kadji added 12 points.
Italy: AX Milan edges Trento to take a 3-2 finals lead
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan edged Dolomiti Energia Trentino 91-90 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Italian League finals. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Arturas Gudaitis scored 19 points each to lead the winners, Andrew Goudelock added 16 points and Andrea Cinciarini 15. Shavon Shields starred for Trento with 27 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting, Dominique Sutton scored 15, Dustin Hogue posted 14 points and 9 rebounds and Joao Gomes added 12 points. Dairis Bertans scored 5 points in an 8-1 first-quarter run that gave the hosts a double-digit lead, which Trento closed to 31-22 after 10 minutes. The visitors closed the gap with 9 unanswered points in the second quarter during which Hogue scored twice. A Sutton triple gave Trento a 48-50 halftime advantage. Trento stretched its lead to 50-56, but Milan stormed back behind Kuzminskas and Vladimir Micov to lead 71-66 through three quarters. Trento stayed close throughout the fourth quarter and behind Shields's hot shooting took an 89-90 lead in the final minute, but Curtis Jerrells free throws put Milan back in front and Goudelock blocked Sutton on Trento's final possession.
Baskonia tops Madrid in Game 1 of Spanish finals
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz grabbed the lead in the Spanish League finals by edging Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Real Madrid 90-94 in the opener at WiZink Arena in the Spanish capital. Los Blancos led by 3 with two and a half minutes to go, but Baskonia scored the next 5 points to take control. Sergio Llull tied it at 84-84 with a minute and 23 seconds remaining, however free throws by Luca Vildoza and Toko Shengelia put Baskonia back in charge and foul shots by Johannes Voigtmann and Rodrigue Beaubois then iced the game. Vildoza led six Baskonia scorers in double figures with 16 points, Vincent Poirier added 13, Janis Timma and Shengelia netted 12 points apiece and Voigtmann and Beaubois scored 11 each. Jaycee Carroll paced Madrid with 20 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, Llull finished with 14 points, Luka Doncic tallied 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Walter Tavares also scored 12.
ALBA forces decisive Game 5 in Germany
ALBA Berlin held visiting FC Bayern Munich to just one basket over the final three minutes to come from behind for a 72-68 victory. The hosts closed the game on a 9-2 tear to grab a victory that evened the series at 2-2. The fifth and final game will be on Saturday in Munich. Niels Giffey scored 4 of his game-high 20 points in that game-ending run. Luke Sikma added 12 points and 8 rebounds and Marius Grigonus and Joshiko Saibou had 10 points each for the winners. Danilo Barthel and Jared Cunningham paced Bayern with 11 points apiece and Stefan Jovic scored 10. The game was close throughout with neither team leading by double figures at any point. Bayern held a 29-34 halftime edge, but ALBA came right back with an 8-0 run early in the third quarter and it remained close until the end.
Monaco nips Le Mans in Game 1 of French finals
Monaco bested Le Mans 81-77 in the opening game of the French League finals behind 18 points from Cristopher Evans. Elmedin Kikanovic added 16 points, D.J. Cooper delivered 15 points and 8 assists and Gerald Robinson scored 14. Travis Romeo led Le Mans with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Chris Lofton tallied 15 points and 6 assists, Justin Cobbs added 13 and 8 and Youssoupha Fall had 10 points. Monaco collected 9 steals, which were 6 more than Le Mans, and forced the visitors into 22 turnovers in what were keys to the game. Back-to-back threes by Evans and Cooper gave Monaco a double-digit lead, 36-24, in the second quarter. Lofton and Travis helped Le Mans trim the gap to 39-55 at halftime. Monaco remained in control throughout the third quarter, but Le Mans came back behind Lofton to tie the game at 70-70 midway through the fourth quarter. Kikanovic and Evans put Monaco back on top and 4 late free throws by Robinson sealed the win.