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  Euroleague - Panathinaikos won 2002 Euroleague title - May 6, 2002


Panathinaikos had no mercy for host Kinder Bologna and beat them in the Euroleague Final 89-83. It's a big triumph of Greek team, which won 3rd European top clubs competition in last 7 years. But the game itself was extremely interesting. Just to mention shortly, Panathinaikos was already 13 points down and managed to build up thru the game and get the lead.
Yugoslavian Dejan Bodiroga was voted MVP of the game.
Panathinaikos Athens - Kinder Bologna 89-83

All-Euroleague 1st Team:

Tyus Edney (Benetton), Marko Jaric (Kinder), Emanuel Ginobili (Kinder), Dejan Bodiroga (Panathinaikos), Dejan Tomasevic (Tau).

   Euroleague - Panathinaikos will face Kinder in the final - May 3, 2002


Both semifinal games were very close and no team could be sure a victory to the last minutes. First Panathinaikos beat strong Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and then Kinder, last year champion, beat Benetton in a tough game. The final is on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Panathinaikos - Maccabi Tel Aviv 83-75
Pao controled the game from the very begining. Alvertis opened the game with a 3 pointer, and Pao held the lead till the 7th minute. McDonald with a huge 3 pt shot gave Maccabi their first lead, 14-15, but Pao took over the game till the buzzer and led by 4 after 10 min. Maccabi kept running behind Pao, but stayed close. A great finish by Parker helped Maccabi finish the half with a 44 tie.
Maccabi went up by 2 after 4 min. in the 2nd half, and that was their biggest lead of the game. Bodiroga took over the game, and started making big shots. He added 2 HUGE 3 pt shots in the last Q, and Maccabi couldn't score from the line (60%). Pao advance to the finals, and want the cup back now.
Panathinaikos (27+23+18+21) - Bodiroga 26 + 9 rbs, center ton 15, Alvertis 11, Papadopoulos 9, Kutluay 9, Mulamerovic 6 - 2/10 FG, Kalaitzis 2 + 5
Maccabi - (23+21+13+18) - Burstien 18 + 5 as, Huffman 16 + 10 rbs, McDonald 11, Parker 11 - 4/13 FG, Shelef 8, Besok 5, Curcic 3, Sharp 3, Henefeld 0

Kinder - Benetton 90-82
Kinder got a chance to repeat a success of Split, which was the last team which won two consecutive top European clubs trophies. But that was not an easy game for Kinder. Benetton challenged champions. They fight equal and when the score was 63-63, Kinder put a wall in their defense, and did not allow Benetton to score for next 5 minutes. That was a decisive point of the game.

Kinder: Jaric 18, Andersen 15, Becirovic 14, Ginobili 14, Griffith 13, Smodis 8, Rigaudeau 4, Frosini 4, Granger
Benetton: Bell 19, Edney 19, Nachbar 17, Garbajosa 8, Chikalkin 7, Marconato 5, Bulleri 4, Nicola 3, Pittis.

  Euroleague Polls - May 3, 2002
Who will qualify to the finals? Maccabi - 37.5%, Kinder - 37.5%, Benetton - 12.5%, Pao - 12.5%
Who will win the cup? Kinder - 50%, MTA - 28.6%, Benetton - 21.4%
Much more polls...
Euroleague - You Can't Blame the System
Many of the Euroleague teams have complained about the  "System", that is: about the decision that regular season results are not taken into account in the Top 16 - other than for determining the identity of the teams in each group; thus, there is no bonus for the team finishing first (or second), compared to the teams that finished, say, fourth (unlike previous systems, when a higher ranking led to a home-court advantage in the knock-out stages).

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