1994, two years after losing the final game against Partizan in
Istanbul on a buzzer-beater, the "Golden Generation" of Joventut
Badalona managed to take the title. The previous summer, "Penya" had
signed the very coach of the same Partizan that took the 1992 title
from its hands, Zeljko Obradovic. But during group play, Joventut
didn't have a very good season, finishing third at 9-5, but in the
elimination rounds was able to eliminate Real Madrid in a 2-0
quarterfinals sweep for a ticket to the Final Four in Tel Aviv. In
Israel, three more teams would be waiting: Barcelona which had risen
from fourth to take group leader Efes Pilsen, a newcomer to that
stage, in the quarters; Olympiakos, who downed Virtus Bologna 2-1;
and another newcomer in the elite, Panathinauikos of Greece, who
defeated defending champs Limoges in quarters by 2-1 as well. In the
first semifinal, a Catalan duel, Joventut destroyed Barcelona's zone
defense thanks to a rain of threes by Jordi Villacampa and Tomas
Jofresa. In the Greek semifinal, 32 points by Russian legend
Aleksandar Volkov were not enough for Panathinaikos because
Olympiakos had a big variet of scorers, including Zarko Paspalj
(22), Roy Tarpley (21), Giorgos Sigalas (15) and Panagiotis
Fassoulas (13). In the big final, a crucial triple by Corny
Thompson, and great defense on the last possession for Olympiakos
play gave Joventut its first title. At last, two years later than it
expected, "Penya" could call itself champion.
FINAL FOUR: Tel Aviv, Israel
FINAL: Joventut Badalona - Olympiakos Pireus 59-57
Joventut: Ferran 17, Villacampa 16, Thompson 9, Smith 6, R.Jofresa
4; T.Jofresa 5, Morales 2
Olympiakos: Paspalj 15, Tarpley 12, Tomic 10, Bakatsias 2,
Fassoulas 2; Sigalas 14, Limniatis 2, Stamatis
THIRD PLACE: Panathinaikos - FC Barcelona 100-83 (49-54)
Panathinaikos: N. Galis 30, A. Volkov 29, S. Vrankovic 14, F.
Alvertis 9, C. Miriounis 8, G. Georgikopoulos 6, N. Ekonomou 2, G.
Chrissantopoulos 2, K. Patakouvas, I. Papagianis. Head coach: Costas
Barcelona: F. Roberts 19, T. Massenburg 18, JA. San Epifanio 16,
JA. Montero 11, E. Andreu 10, X. Crespo 7, A. Jimenez, JL. Galilea
2, S. Diez, V. Alemany, O. Fuentes. Head coach: Aito G. Reneses
Final Four MVP: Zarko Paspalj of Olympiakos
Olympiakos Pireus - Panathinaikos 77-72 (36-36)
Olympiakos: Z. Paspalj 22, R. Tarpley 21, G. Sigalas 15, P.
Fassoulas 13, M. Tomic 6, E. Bakatsias, A. Stamatis, A. Kambouris,
F. Nakic, D. Tarlac. Head coach: Iannis Ioannidis
Panathinaikos: A. Volkov 32, S. Vrankovic 11, N. Galis 8, K.
Patavoukas 7, C. Miriounis 6, G. Georgikopoulos 3, N. Ekonomou 3, F.
Alvertis 2, M. Gekos, I. Papagianis. Head coach: Costas Politis
Joventut Badalona - FC Barcelona 79-65 (31-36)
Joventut: T. Jofresa 21, J. Villacampa 20, C. Thompson 12, F.
Martinez 12, M. Smith 11, R. Jofresa 3, I. Corrales, JA. Morales, D.
Perez, A. Albert. Head coach: Zelimir Obradovic
Barcelona: JA. San Epifanio 23, T. Massenburg 10, F. Roberts 7, JA.
Montero 5, X. Crespo 5, JL. Galilea 5, A. Jimenez 3, E. Andreu 3, S.
Diez 2, V. Alemany 2. Head coach: Aito G. Reneses