Euroleague 2004-05 Season
Awards (by Euroleague)
Euroleague announced 1st and 2nd team ofor
1004-05 season. Here is short wrap of Euroleague awards this season:
Final Four MVP: Sarunas Jasikevicius of Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Anthony Parker (196-G-75) of Maccabi Tel Aviv
Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy:
Charles Smith (193-G-75) of Scavolini Pesaro
Euroleague Rising Star Trophy:
Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84) of Climamio Bologna
Best Defender Trophy:
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos
Maccabi wins the titel, Saras is Final Four MVP Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv - Tau
Ceramica Vitoria : 90-78 (26-15,24-24,15-23,25-16) Both teams fully deserved to be in this final: Maccabi have been
amazing throughout the season, while Tau have been showing some of
the best basketball in Europe during the last months and ended CSKA
dreams in the semi-final on Friday.
The game started like a rollercoaster – both teams scored on
consecutive possessions and continued running up and down the floor
until Tau suddenly found out that they are behind by 7: 5-12.
Everybody always talk about Maccabi's impressive offence, but not
many people give Maccabi credit for their defence. The reigning
Euroleague Champion played an incredible first half on the defensive
Pini Gershon switched the defensive formation all the time. Tau
never knew whether to expect a personal defence, a zone or a
Burstein (199-G-80, agency:
Anthony Parker (196-G-75, college:
denying the ball to
Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80). Especially Burstein did a great
job on the Lithuanian supershooter. The first quarter ended with a
double digit Maccabi lead: 26-15. But Tau is an experienced team
that always plays with its heart; in the second quarter they went
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) who created open shots for his
team-mates and made some shots himself as well. The Spanish team
didn’t manage to minimize Maccabi’s lead, but they did the most
important thing – they stopped Maccabi’s run and prevented them from
closing the game in the first half: 50-49. The top scorer of the
first half was (very unexpectfully)
Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) with 11 points, he connected for 3/3
Dusko Ivanovic let young talent
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency:
Interperformances) start the second half in stead of
Kornel David (206-F-71, agency:
Interperformances), and the move paid off as Scola and Splitter
put a massive pressure on Maccabi’s frontline on both ends. Morever,
Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college:
forced Euroleague MVP Parker into difficult shots, while scoring a
bunch of three-pointers himself. Tau almost equalised, but
Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college:
saved the lead for Maccabi with a three-pointer late in the
Both teams pushed the tempo in the beginning of the fourth quarter,
and the momentum could go to each side. Eventually Maccabi, under
leadership of a fantastic Jasikevicius, prevailed to become the
first team in almost 15 years to make a Euroleague repeat.
Lithuanian superstar was clearly MVP of the game and of the whole
Final Four tournament. He collected 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5
assists in the final. Luis Scola fought as much as he could for
Vitoria, he finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) added 16 points, Travis Hansen
and Arvydas Macijauskas added each 13 points for the Spanish team.
However, Macijauskas, Euroleague’s best shooting guard, was only
able to hit a single field goal in this game, missing a couple of
open three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Maccabi had 5 players in
Maceo Baston (206-F-75, agency:
Priority Sports, college:
put up a very impressive performance with 18 points, 7 rebounds and
a number of thunderous dunks.
All in all, there’s not much doubt that the best team won the
Euroleague Crown of 2004/2005.
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