In the summer of 1994,
Zeljko Obradovic left Joventut due to financial reasons despite
having won the European title in Tel Aviv. Real Madrid took the
chance to sign the young coach everybody was talking about, owner
already of two titles with two different teams: Partizan in 1992 and
Joventut. The move proved providential for Madrid, since the
Spaniards ended second in their group (9-5), only after
Panathinaikos (10-4), and in front of CSKA Moscow and Scavolini,
both with 9-5. In the other group, Limoges was first (10-4),
Olympiakos second (9-5) Cibona and Buckler Virtus third and fourth
(both 8-6). In the quarterfinals, only Real managed to sweep,
beating Cibona 2-0, while Panathinaikos (vs. Buckler), Limoges (vs.
Scavolini) and Olympiakos (vs. CSKA) each needed three games to
advance. In the Final Four, played again in Zaragoza, Spain,
Olympiakos won the Greek semifinal for the second year in a row,
while Real Madrid did not have any problems downing Limoges. In the
final there were no doubts: Real Madrid was ahead by 10 points at
halftime (38-28) and maintained its clear lead until the end, 73-61.
Arvydas Sabonis, in his third and last year with Real before going
to the NBA, finaly won the European title that had escaped him at
two previous finals: in 1986 with Zalgiris and in 1992 with Real
Madrid. Now, the team which still has the most European titles, had
its first title in 15 years.
FINAL FOUR: Zaragoza, Spain FINAL: Real Madrid - Olympiakos 73-61 (38-28)
Real: Sabonis 23, Arlauckas 16, Antunes 12, Santos 7, Garcia Coll
2; Cargol 6, Martin 6, Lasa 1
Olympiakos: Volkov 15, Sigalas 10, Johnson 9, Tomic 3, Fassoulas 0;
Nakic 15, Tarlac 7, Bakatsias 2 THIRD PLACE: Panathinaikos - Limoges 91-77 (48-35)
Panathinaikos: F. Alvertis 29, S. Vrankovic 19, K. Patavoukas 17,
Z. Paspalj 15, M. Pecarski 6, C. Myriounis 5, I. Georgikopoulos, N.
Ekonomou, I. Papagianis. Head coach: Eftimis Kioumourtzoglou
Limoges: M. Young 24, T. Kempton 14, R. Dacoury 10, F. Forte 8, M.
M'Bahia 6, G. Adams 6, J. Bilba 5, A. Sy 4, B. Croix, J. Verove.
Head coach: Bozidar Maljkovic
Final Four MVP: Arvydas Sabonis of Real Madrid
SEMIFINALS Real Madrid - Limoges 62-49 (27-19)
Real: A. Sabonis 21, J. Arlauckas 12, JM. Antunez 8, I. Santos 7,
J. Lasa 5, A. Martín 4, J. Cargol 3, J. García-Coll 2, J. Biriukov,
M. Ferrer. Head coach: Zelimir Obradovic
Limoges: T. Kempton 12, A. Sy 10, M. Young 9, F. Forte 5, M.
M'Bahia 5, J. Bilba 4, J. Verove 2, R. Dacoury 2, B. Croix, G.
Adams. Head coach: Bozidar Maljkovic Olympiakos Pireus - Panathinaikos 58-52 (27-29)
Olympiakos: E. Johnson 27, G. Sigalas 10, P. Fassoulas 6, M. Tomic
5, D. Tarlac 5, A. Volkov 4, E. Bakatsias 1, A. Stamatis, A.
Kambouris, F. Nakic. Head coach: Iannis Ioannidis
Panathinaikos: Z. Paspalj 17, N. Ekonomou 12, S. Vrankovic 12, F.
Alvertis 3, M. Pecarski 3, P. Yannakis 3, K. Patavoukas 2, I.
Georgikopoulos, I. Papagianis. Head coach: Eftimis Kioumourtzoglou
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