Tribute to the Champs: Vitaly Fridzon

May 30, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Vitaly Fridzon
The always-reliable Vitaly Fridzon arrived to his third Final Four with over 1,000 career points in 128 games with Khimki Moscow Region and CSKA Moscow. Fridzon, 30 years old, had lost back-to-back Euroleague semifinals with CSKA and wanted to make sure the third time was the charm. Indeed, he shined in the semifinal against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. He got himself going with a put-back basket and a corner three-pointer that boosted his team's lead to 35-21 midway through the second quarter. Fridzon added an off-balance three-point play before halftime, a layup late in the third quarter and another three-pointer to start the fourth quarter to keep CSKA way ahead all the way. Fridzon was CSKA's second-best scorer in the semifinal with 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench and just one missed shot. Fridzon saw less playing time in the final against Fenerbahce Istanbul, 6 minutes, and was held scoreless, but his contribution was important not only in the Final Four, but all season long.