Anadolu Efes stormed back from a 48-30 halftime deficit to stun Caja Laboral with a 64-76 win at Vitorias Fernando Buesa Arena. The visitors limited Laboral to 7 third-quarter points and just 9 in the fourth while finding their own offensive rhythm to claim the vital road win. Efes improved to 3-1 and sits in second place in Group C with a chance to move into first when it hosts undefeated Zalgiris Kaunas next week. Jordan Farmar led the Efes attack with 18 points, while Kerem Gonlum added 10 in 12 minutes. The Efes offense was simply more efficient with 18 assists to Laborals 10 and better shooting percentages all around. Carlos Cabezas paced Laboral with 12 points, Andres Nocioni, who played despite suffering a neck injury last week, added 11 points, Brad Oleson netted 10 and Nemanja Bjelica chipped in with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Laboral fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 at home with the loss.
First quarter: Hosts take big early lead, Efes fights back
Oleson opened fire with a three and Heurtel followed with a couple of free throws, as the visitors remained scoreless in the early going. It was Semih Erdem, with a monster one-handed dunk off a pick-and-roll, who ended the drought for the visitors, setting a 5-2 score after the first three minutes. Oleson answered pretty early with another jumper, while Nemanja Bjelica tapped in a miss by Lampe to make it 9-2. Farmar showed his skills nailing a well-guarded three, but Maciej Lampe replied with another bomb in the next possession. Farmar kept rocking and scored in penetration, but he found no help from his teammates as Caja Laboral increased the margin to 17-7 thanks to a three pointer and a pair of free throws made by Tibor Pleiss with three minutes to go. Efes didnt panic though, as Farmar added two more points and Dusko Savanovic showed up at the low post to avoid an early crisis. Farmar, who else, made another bucket to cap a 0-6 run, but Nocioni hit twice from the line to prevent the visitors from completing the comeback. The game had to stop for a few minutes because of a problem with the shot clock with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter, and when it restarted Mahmuti switched to a zone defense that forced consecutive missed shots from Caja Laboral backcourt. Two free throws by Erden closed the first quarter with the hosts leading 19-15.
Second quarter: Cabezas, Oleson lead charge for comfortable halftime margin
Nocioni took advantage of his size to score in the low post against Josh Shipp, but Sasha Vujacic replied with a fast break dunk to keep Efes afloat. Nocioni and Gonlum exchanged baskets on the next possessions, as the pace of the game started to slow down. The score remained 23-19 until Gonlum hit once from the line to make it a 3-point game with six-and-a-half minutes to go in the half. The hosts were unable to find the key to break Efess zone defense , missed consecutive long-distance shots and turned the ball over. But Efes wasnt so effective on offense and allowed a 3-on-1 fastbreak capped by a Nocioni layup that made it 25-20 right before the TV timeout. The visitors tried to exploit their size advantage size inside, but Gonlum and Erden only scored a half of their free throws as Oleson and Bjelica kept Caja Laboral ahead 29-22 midway through the second quarter. Even with Farmar again on court, Efes was unable to find its momentum, while Laboral got back-to-back threes from Causeur to reach a double-digit lead, 34-23. Mahmuti called an urgent timeout, but it proved useless as Nocioni made the gap even deeper, 39-25, with a three entering the last two minutes. Savanovic came to the rescue with 5 points in a row, but the reaction didnt take place as Cabezas and Oleson took over on offense on the other end. Things got even worse for the visitors, as Batista committed an offensive foul followed by a technical foul called on Efess bench that granted 4 points in a row to Caja Laboral to finish the first half with a comfortable 48-30 lead.
Third quarter: Efes uses 0-12 run to storm back
Farmar hit a jumper right after the intermission, but it was the only basket from either team for the first two minutes of the quarter, so the differences remained in the early going. Erden found the basket inside twice to make it 48-36, as Laboral seemed to have lost its offensive effectiveness, forcing Coach Dusko Ivanovic to replace players too early. Nemanja Bjelica showed up for the first 2 points of the hosts, but Erden dunked the ball again to keep Efes in the right mood. A three pointer from Cabezas was quickly responded by an inside basket by former Laboral center Esteban Batista for a 53-40 hosts lead. Lucas banked a shot to reduce the deficit even more and Guler hit 2 free throws followed by back-to-back threes by Farmar and Shipp to cap a 0-12 run that got Efes into the game, 53-50 with 90 seconds to go in the quarter. Laboral called for an urgent timeout to try to recover its offensive momentum. It worked, as Lampe hit an open jumper that allowed the hosts keep breathing. Lucas answered later with a bank shot to close the quarter with the guests trailing 55-52.
Fourth quarter: Batistas slams in 0-11 march pave Efess way
Shipp made it a 1-point game right after the break and Batista capped a fastbreak with a basket-plus-foul play for the first visitors lead of the game, 55-57. Laboral was completely shocked, unable to find open shots against the great defense set by the visiting team. Batista made the hole even deeper with a monster two-handed dunk, while the hosts kept turning the ball over. Vujacic hit a jumper off the screen for a 6-point lead, which caused Ivanovic to stop the game. Nothing seemed to work for Laboral though, as Lampe and Oleson missed three pointers after the timeout. Batista scored inside for a 55-63 Efes lead before Nemanja Belica came to the rescue with a monster dunk off an offensive rebound to end a 0-11 Efes run and bring the crowd to its feet. Gonlum put the game on ice with a corner jumper. Even though Bjelica gave a boost to Laboral, the visitors found no trouble to add easy points on offense through Gonlum and Farmar to make it 59-69 with three minutes to go. Even though the guests remained scoreless for a while, Laborals offensive blindness prevented it from thinking of a comeback. Cabezas made a three-point play to reduce the gap to 62-69 with less than two minutes to go, Shipp added one more for Efes, and San Emeterio hit twice form the line to make it 64-70 with 90 seconds to play, but it was the last attempt by the hosts as Tunceri scored a short jumper to confirm the win. Gonlum and Farmar followed him with consecutive baskets to cap an amazing second-half comeback and seal its second road win.
This article has been taken from, Euroleague.net , posted on Thursday, November 01, 2012.
Nando De Colo claims Euroleague weekly honour - 1 day ago
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French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect r... [read more]
French Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 29-year old shooting guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and six assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Anadolu Efes (#14, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 93-87. It allowed CSKA to jump to the first place in the Euroleague. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but CSKA already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. De Colo has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg. De Colo is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young shooting guard Marko Guduric (196-SG-95) of Crvena Zvezda. Guduric impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 76-65 relatively comfortable win over FC Barcelona (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Guduric is well-known by Crvena Zvezda fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.
The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi T-A (#12). Iverson scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 98-92 win against Galatasaray (#16, 0-3). With bigger assistance of his teammates, Iverson could try to bring Maccabi T-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Iverson has a very solid season. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 11.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) of Baskonia - 18 points and 11 rebounds 5. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of Unics - 17 points and 7 rebounds 6. Nick Calathes (198-PG-89) of Panathinaikos - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists 7. Justin Dentmon (183-PG-85) of Galatasaray - 22 points and 4 assists 8. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87) of Fenerbahce - 14 points and 8 rebounds 9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points and 5 rebounds 10. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) of Real Madrid - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Maccabi T-A - Galatasaray 98-92 Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an... [read more]
Maccabi T-A used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 98-92. Galatasaray was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 54-45 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Galatasaray's 28 and made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Galatasaray in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zalgiris (#13) in Kaunas. Galatasaray will play at home against Fenerbahce where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either. Top scorers: Galatasaray: J.Dentmon 22+1reb+4ast, V.Micov 18+6reb+3ast, S.Guler 15+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 7+4reb, B.Schilb 6+5reb+6ast Maccabi T-A: S.Weems 23+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 17+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 17+3reb, A.Goudelock 12+2reb+3ast, M.Zirbes 10+2reb, D.Seeley 7+1reb+6ast
The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Fenerbahce (3-0) beat Lithuania Zalgiris (1-2) 82-68. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for Nigeria power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Greek guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) accounted for 8 points and 11 assists for the winning side. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 15 points and 4 assists and Australia power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St.) added 14 points respectively for Zalgiris in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce's next round opponent will be Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Zalgiris will play at home against Maccabi T-A (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Zalgiris: L.Westermann 15+2reb+4ast, B.Motum 14+3reb, A.Milaknis 10+1reb, P.Jankunas 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+2reb+1ast, K.Pangos 5+2reb+2ast Fenerbahce: J.Vesely 14+3reb+1ast, E.Udoh 14+8reb+1ast, P.Antic 11+1reb, B.Bogdanovic 10+1reb+5ast, L.Datome 8+4reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 8+1reb+11ast
A very close game took place in Bamberg between Greek Panathinaikos and German Brose Baskets. Panathinaikos (2-1) got a very close victory on the road over Brose Baskets (1-2). Panathinaikos managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Wednesday evening. Brose Baskets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American-Greek point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. American-Guinea-Bissau guard K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) with 13 points and 6 assists and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panathinaikos will meet at home Crvena Zvezda (#7) in the next round. Brose Baskets will play against FC Barcelona and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 16+2reb, N.Zisis 13+4reb+6ast, D.Miller 12+3reb+2ast, F.Causeur 7+1reb+2ast, M.Lo 6+1reb Panathinaikos: K.Rivers 18+1reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 16+1reb+3ast, N.Calathes 13+11reb+9ast, J.Gist 10+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 9+3reb, C.Singleton 9+3reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Barcelona 76-65. It looked good early as FC Barcelona took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda had a 31-15 second period charge getting the lead and FC Barcelona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-76. Crvena Zvezda forced 19 FC Barcelona turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Marko Guduric (196-95) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Crvena Zvezda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Victor Claver (206-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American-Spanish point guard Brad Oleson (190-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for FC Barcelona in the defeat. Crvena Zvezda's next round opponent will be Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens. FC Barcelona will play at home against Brose Baskets (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: FC Barcelona: B.Oleson 15+2reb+5ast, V.Claver 12+10reb+1ast, T.Rice 9+5ast, P.Ribas 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+5reb+1ast, A.Vezenkov 4+6reb+3ast Crvena Zvezda: M.Guduric 21+4reb+5ast, M.Simonovic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 12+3reb+4ast, B.Lazic 9+1reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb+7ast, O.Kuzmic 6+5reb+2ast
Real Madrid (2-1) recorded a loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Baskonia (2-1) 91-87. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-19. But Real Madrid won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for German center Johannes Voigtmann (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenia guard Jaka Blazic (196-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) answered with 9 points and 13 rebounds and Slovenia point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Real Madrid. Five Baskonia and four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Baskonia will play against Olympiacos (#8) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Real Madrid will play on the road against Armani Milano (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track. Top scorers: Real Madrid: G.Ayon 16+2reb, L.Doncic 15+3reb+4ast, S.Llull 13+2reb+3ast, F.Reyes 11+3reb, J.Carroll 11+2reb, O.Hunter 9+4reb+1ast Baskonia: J.Blazic 21+4reb+2ast, J.Voigtmann 18+11reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 14+3reb, A.Hanga 12+4reb, S.Larkin 11+4reb+5ast, J.Akognon 5+2reb+2ast
Very expected game in Istanbul where Turkish Anadolu Efes (0-3) were defeated by Russia CSKA (3-0) 93-87. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anadolu Efes won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Anadolu Efes only scored three points from the stripe. CSKA players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Anadolu Efes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for French Nando De Colo (196-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four CSKA players scored in double figures. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) came up with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward DeShaun Thomas (201-91, college: Ohio St.) added 16 points respectively for Anadolu Efes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA's next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Anadolu Efes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka. Top scorers: Anadolu Efes: D.Thomas 16+2reb, D.Brown 14+5reb+4ast, B.Cotton 12+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 9+5reb+2ast, T.Heurtel 7+7ast, A.Omic 7+4reb CSKA: N.De Colo 26+4reb+6ast, M.Teodosic 15+3reb+8ast, C.Higgins 13+3reb, J.Ayres 10+4reb, A.Vorontsevich 8+2reb, V.Khryapa 6+4reb
Host Greek Olympiacos (2-1) beat Italian Armani Milano (2-1) 91-81 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. Armani Milano managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiacos made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and Croatia swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 16 points respectively. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano will play next round against strong Real Madrid trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympiacos will try to continue on its current victory against Baskonia in Vitoria. Top scorers: EA7 Armani: K.Simon 16+1reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 13+2reb, A.Gentile 12+2reb+4ast, R.Sanders 8+4reb, R.Hickman 6+1reb+4ast Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 16+1reb+4ast, E.Green 16+1reb+1ast, K.Birch 12+6reb, M.Lojeski 10+1reb+3ast, D.Hackett 10+3reb+1ast, G.Printezis 9+7reb
Very predictable result when Turkish Darussafaka (2-1) beat on the road Russia Unics Kazan (0-3) 94-87. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-40 second half run of Darussafaka. Strangely Unics Kazan outrebounded Darussafaka 34-19 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import James Anderson (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) came up with 22 points and 4 assists and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Unics Kazan in the defeat. Four Darussafaka and five Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka's next round opponent will be Anadolu Efes (#14) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Unics Kazan will play on the road against CSKA in Moscow and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: Unics: K.Langford 22+4reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 17+7reb, J.Colom 16+8reb+3ast, A.Ponkrashov 16+2reb+3ast, K.Kaimakoglou 11+6reb+3ast, L.Williams 2+2reb Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+2reb+7ast, J.Anderson 18+6reb, S.Wilbekin 13+1ast, B.Batuk 12+1reb+2ast, O.Savas 10+1ast, M.Slaughter 8+4reb
The Final Four goes to Belgrade in 2018! - 2 days ago
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A basketball capital like few on the planet will soon seize the global spotlight in its favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball announced on Wednesday that the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will take place at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia! The decision marks the first time that Belgrade will host a Final Four to crown Europe's club champion in what will be the 30-year-history of the event. Kombank Arena is well known to fans far and wide as the venue that has attr... [read more]
A basketball capital like few on the planet will soon seize the global spotlight in its favorite sport after Euroleague Basketball announced on Wednesday that the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four will take place at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia! The decision marks the first time that Belgrade will host a Final Four to crown Europe's club champion in what will be the 30-year-history of the event. Kombank Arena is well known to fans far and wide as the venue that has attracted to EuroLeague games over the last decade some of the biggest and liveliest crowds in basketball history. It is currently the home court of EuroLeague club Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Kombank, which opened in 2004, seats 18,400 fans for basketball, making it one of the largest Final Four venues ever, too. Kombank previously hosted the 2005 EuroBasket championship for men's national teams, among other major basketball events. "Belgrade has given so much to our sport that the chance to see the 2018 Final Four there is sure to make the Serbian capital an instant destination for all true international basketball fans," Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, said. "The fans there live and breathe basketball with the same passion that flows through every Final Four, making Belgrade and this event a perfect match. Everybody who loves basketball will be looking forward with great anticipation to the 2018 Final Four." Belgrade is birthplace to many historic clubs, including Crvena Zvezda and the only continental champion from Serbia to date, Partizan. The city will witness European club basketball's main event for the first time since previously hosting a one-day continental final almost four decades ago, when Maccabi Tel Aviv won its first EuroLeague title there in 1977. As the breeding ground for countless great EuroLeague players and coaches over the years, Belgrade has a long basketball tradition that makes it a unique place to bring together generations of stars who have given Serbia an impact on modern world basketball well beyond what the country's size and population would indicate. The naming of Belgrade as the 2018 Final Four host follows the designation of Istanbul, Turkey in the same role for the culmination of the current 2016-17 season. Courtesy of: euroleague.net
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