Championship Game: CSKA vs. Efes for the EuroLeague title!
The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game, the showdown we have been waiting for all season long, is finally here: CSKA Moscow takes on Anadolu Efes Istanbul at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain at 20:30 CET. In its 14th EuroLeague final -- half of them since 2006 -- CSKA aims for its eighth continental crown. In its first-ever EuroLeague Championship Game, Efes has the opportunity to complete a dream season. It ranked 16th last season with a 7-23 record and has the chance to complete a historic worst-to-first run. On the level of individual motivations, CSKA center Kyle Hines can become the first player in more than a decade to lift his fourth EuroLeague title. At the same time, Efes head coach Ergin Ataman has a chance to win a fourth different European competition, this one being the biggest of them all. After two thrilling semifinals, not to mention arguably the greatest EuroLeague season ever, it is time to enjoy what promises to be an outstanding game. Before that, at 17:30 CET, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul faces Real Madrid in the Third Place Game. It is a rematch of last season's Championship Game, and the perfect introduction for the biggest showdown of the season. On Sunday night, we will have a new Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion!
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.