Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir won the Turkish League title for the first time in 28 years on Friday by defeating Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71-85 to take their best-of-seven series in five games. Juan Palacios led five Karsiyaka scorers in double figures with 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting plus 10 rebounds and D.J. Strawberry scored 19 points for the champs. Bobby Dixon added 13 points and Jon Diebler and Kenny Gabriel had 12 apiece. Stratos Perperoglou scored 6 as Efes jumped out to an 8-0 start, however Karsiyaka scored the game’s next 8 points to cancel the early difference. A Perperoglou three made it 16-10 only for Strawberry to tie it before Palacios gave Karsiyaka its first lead, 18-20. Strawberry heated up, but the sides finished the first quarter all square at 24-24. Gabriel gave the visitors a 5-point cushion and Strawberry later pushed it to 32-39. Dogus Balbay rallied Efes to within 1 before Strawberry left Karsiyaka on top 38-41 at the break. Karsiyaka opened the second half with 7 straight points to forge a double-digit advantage. Stephane Lasme and Matt Janning trimmed the deficit, but a pair of Diebler threes extended Karsiyaka’s cushion to 42-54. Dixon and Palacios each scored 4 points late in the quarter as the visitors coasted to a 50-67 lead heading into the fourth. Efes was unable to mount a serious rally after that. Back-to-back threes by Thomas Heurtel and Perperoglou made it 67-76 with four minutes remaining, but that was as close as it got. Perperoglou finished with 18 points, Heurtel had 14 and Lasme totaled 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Real Madrid held off a late FC Barcelona charge to win Game 1 of the Spanish League finals 78-72 on Friday in the Spanish capital. Rudy Fernandez scored 17 points, Sergio Rodriguez tallied 12 points and 8 assists and Felipe Reyes also scored 12 for the winners, who never trailed after the first quarter. The teams traded baskets for the first eight minutes and Barcelona led 16-17 after a Mario Hezonja triple, but Rodriguez, Fernandez and Andres Nocioni responded with back-to-back-to-back threes in an 11-0 run that helped the hosts to a 27-20 cushion after 10 minutes. Barcelona crept within 5 several times in the second quarter, but could get no closer. A pair of Felipe Reyes buckets lifted the Madrid advantage to 9 before Maciej Lampe scored the final basket of the first half and made it 47-40. Another Fernandez three-pointer gave Los Blancos their first double-digit lead at the start of the second half. Justin Doellman scored the game’s next 5 points to make it 50-45. After Sergio Llull connected from downtown for Madrid, Juan Carlos Navarro free throws made it 59-53 through three quarters. A Jonas Maciulis triple and Rodriguez layup pushed Madrid to an 11-point advantage, but a pair of Hezonja threes pulled Barcelona back into the picture. Hezonja connected once more from downtown in a 0-7 spurt that drew Barcelona within 70-68. But the Barcelona offense ran out of steam in the final minute, while Fernandez, Rodriguez and Reyes combined to make 6 free throws and wrap up the victory. Hezonja made 5 of 6 three-pointers en route to 18 points to lead the Barcelona attack. Madrid held Barcelona’s All-Euroleague center Ante Tomic to just 2 points.