CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller
CSKA Moscow won the 2016 Turkish Airlines Euroleague crown after holding off Fenerbahce Istanbul 96-101 in overtime of a classic championship game at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. Team captain Victor Khryapa received the Euroleague trophy from Euroleague President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu to lead the celebrations as CSKA won its seventh Euroleague title. CSKA led 30-50 at halftime and by as many as 21 in the third quarter, but needed Khryapa to make a tip-in with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game into the extra session. The win was also in large past thanks to a big performance from Euroleague MVP Nando De Colo, who was 8 for 8 from the foul line in overtime, when he scored 10 of his game-high 22 points. In doing so, he also earned Final Four MVP honors. De Colo added 7 assists and 3 steals. Fellow All-Euroleague guard Milos Teodosic collected 19 points and 7 assists, while Kyle Hines posted 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Cory Higgins added 12 points, Andrey Vorontsevich 11 and Khryapa 10 for CSKA. Bobby Dixon led a big second-half comeback for Fenerbahce and finished with 17 points, making 5 of 9 three-point shots. Ekpe Udoh tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds, Luigi Datome and Pero Antic each scored 16, while Kostas Sloukas added 10 for Fenerbahce. The 197 points scored by CSKA and Fenerbahce was the second-highest total in the history of European continental title games, exceeded only by the 202 for which CSKA and Real Madrid combined in 1969 after two overtimes.
First quarter: Teams trade blows early on
De Colo opened the scoring with a floater, but Nikola Kalinic bettered it with a triple. Kyle Hines drove to score inside, but a three-point play from Luigi Datome made it 5-4. Higgins nailed a three after a behind-the-back dish from De Colo, but a put-back from Bogdan Bogdanovic and a triple from Datome put Fenerbahce up 11-7. However, Andrey Vorontsevich answered right back with a triple of his own and added a pair of free throws that made it 11-12 after only four minutes of play. Teodosic nailed a three-pointer to cap a 0-8 run, but after a timeout, Jan Vesely made a baseline floater, and Datome hit a mid-range jumper to tie the game. A three-pointer from Higgins put CSKA back in front, and free throws from Teodosic opened a 15-20 cushion. Ricky Hickman used a second-chance opportunity for a driving layup-plus-foul, and tied the game once again making free throws, however, Victor Khryapa hit a second-chance jumper on the other end and blocked Hickman’s layup attempt in the waning seconds to put CSKA up 20-22 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: CSKA pulls away with a 1-18 run
Nikita Kurbanov made a pair of foul shots for CSKA, but Bobby Dixon buried a three-pointer to cut it to 23-24. After a tough floater by Teodosic, Pero Antic made 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and Udoh split his two for Fenerbahce to regain the lead, 27-26. CSKA countered with De Colo’s baseline floater and a magic no-look pass from Teodosic that set up an easy dunk from Vorontsevich to make it 27-30 and force a Fenerbahce timeout. A fastbreak slam from Kurbanov added to the CSKA lead, and after foul shot from Antic, Teodosic nailed another triple to make it 29-35. After a timeout, Hines’s foul shots and De Colo’s corner triple extended the margin to double digits. Higgins went untouched for a one-handed dunk, added a pair of foul shots, and dished a pass for a Hines layup. In the final 90 seconds of the quarter, CSKA made two more defensive stands, while Vorontsevich drove for a layup and Teodosic fed Aaron Jackson for an easy layup and a 20-point halftime margin, 30-50.
Third quarter: CSKA keeps big margin
Vesely opened the second half with a layup. After a three-point play by Hines on the other end, a Bogdanovic layup and a Vesely put-back cut the difference to 36-53. Fenerbahce’s full-court pressure resulted in three consecutive CSKA turnovers, and its defense did not allow a basket for more than three minutes, but Vesely missed 4 free throws and Fener missed an opportunity to cut into the deficit some more. As the battle intensified on every inch of the court, Teodosic made 2 of 3 from the line to end CSKA’s drought, before Vesely and De Colo each split free throws to make it 37-56. Sloukas drove for a layup, but Teodosic from the free throw line and De Colo with a driving layup increased the margin to 39-60. Antic hit a triple for Fenerbahce, but Teodosic answered right back from downtown. Sloukas drove for an up-and-under layup and added a free throw and Antic made 3 of 4 from the line, while drawing De Colo’s fourth personal foul, 48-65. Khryapa got creative feeding Jackson for an easy layup, but Dixon nailed a much-needed triple for Fenerbahce. Vorontsevich and Udoh split foul shots in the last minute and CSKA held 53-69 lead.
Fourth quarter: Fenerbahce charges back
A put-back dunk by Udoh started the quarter, and after a Khryapa triple, Datome fed Udoh for a dunk, Then Udoh fed Antic for a dunk-plus-foul to get within 60-72. Jackson made a driving layup, but Udoh forced a fourth personal from Teodosic and then scored a layup that made it a 10-point game with six minutes to play. Vorontsevich’s fifth personal foul sent Datome to the line and he cut the deficit to 8 points, before Khryapa hit a triple to make it 66-77. But Datome hit a triple of his own and Antic made free throws. Hines scored inside for CSKA, but Udoh had a second chance dunk, before Dixon hit a transition triple and added a floater to make it 78-79 with two minutes to go. That was the score going into the final 60 seconds. Teodosic fed De Colo on a back-door cut with a layup, but Dixon hit a triple with 43 seconds to go to tie the game. Fenerbahce made a defensive stand, and Sloukas made 2 free throws, but CSKA had the last possession, and Khryapa put back a miss by De Colo to send the game into overtime at 83-83.
Overtime: The MVP comes through
Sloukas hit a triple to start the scoring in overtime and give Fenerbahce a new lead. De Colo made 2 foul shots and a fastbreak layup by Higgins made it 86-87. Bogdanovic beat the shot-clock with a short baseline jumper, but Hines scored inside and De Colo drove for a layup to make it 88-91 with 2:10 left in the extra session. After a Fenerbahce timeout, Udoh had a dunk, but De Colo’s foul shots kept CSKA in front and Hines made a put-back to open a 90-95 advantage. Khryapa came up with a big block on Kalinic, and De Colo’s free throws extended the margin to 7 points with 38 seconds left in overtime. Fenerbahce never quit; Dixon came right back with an off-the-glass triple. However CSKA managed to waste 16 seconds by keeping the ball away from the Fenerbahce defense, When Fenerbahce fouled Teodosic with 17 seconds left, he netted 2 free throws. Datome nailed a triple with 7.5 seconds left, but then De Colo made 2 more free throws to ice the win and the Euroleague crown.
Sunday, May 15, 2016