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Euroleague Standings
Top16
Group E
 1. Olympiakos 5-1 
 2. Tau 4-2 
 3. Armani MI 2-4 
 4. Prokom 1-5 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 5-1 
 2. Real Madrid 5-1 
 3. Maccabi T-A 2-4 
 4. ALBA 0-6 
Group G
 1. Panathinaikos 5-1 
 2. Partizan 4-2 
 3. Unicaja 2-4 
 4. Lottomatica 1-5 
Group H
 1. CSKA 5-1 
 2. Montepaschi 4-2 
 3. Cibona 2-4 
 4. Fener.Ulker 1-5 

Season 2008-09
All Games
List of Players


MVP - Juan Carlos Navarro (Photo: Euroleague)

Panathinaikos won Euroleague championship 2009
(Photo: Euroleague)



Spanoulis - Final Four MVP


Panathinaikos won Euroleague 2008-09
Euroleague Standings
Regular Season
Group A
 1. Unicaja 8-2 
 2. Olympiakos 6-4 
 3. Maccabi T-A 6-4 
 4. Cibona 5-5 
 5. Air AV 3-7 
 6. Le Mans 2-8 
Group B
 1. Regal Barca 9-1 
 2. Montepaschi 8-2 
 3. Panathinaikos 7-3 
 4. Prokom 2-8 
 5. Zalgiris 2-8 
 6. Nancy 2-8 
Group C
 1. Tau 8-2 
 2. Lottomatica 6-4 
 3. Fener.Ulker 6-4 
 4. ALBA 4-6 
 5. DKV Joven. 4-6 
 6. Olimpija 2-8 
Group D
 1. CSKA 7-3 
 2. Real Madrid 6-4 
 3. Armani MI 5-5 
 4. Partizan 5-5 
 5. Efes Pilsen 4-6 
 6. Panionios 3-7 

Points Per Game
 Igor RAKOCEVIC
  Tau
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Rakocevic, Tau17.8 
 2. Logan, Asec.Prokom17.0 
 3. Warren, Air AV16.2 
 4. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.15.4 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.15.3 
 6. Becirovic, Lottomat.14.8 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.7 
 8. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.7 
 9. Arroyo, Maccabi .14.6 
 10. Eliyahu, Maccab.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Woods, Zalgiris9.0 
 2. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.8.6 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 4. Fischer, Maccabi .7.7 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans7.7 
 6. Julian, Nancy7.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.3 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montepas.7.0 
 9. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.0 
 10. Burke, Asec.Prok.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.2 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.1 
 3. Mallet, DKV J.4.6 
 4. McIntyre, Montepas.4.5 
 5. Prigioni, Tau4.3 
 6. Arroyo, Maccabi .4.1 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.8 
 8. Navarro, Regal B.3.6 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.3.5 
 10. Holden, CS.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Asec.Prokom
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Logan, Asec.Prokom2.7 
 2. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 3. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.2 
 4. Anderson, Cibona2.0 
 5. Green, Fener.Ulker2.0 
 6. Miles, Panionios1.9 
 7. Jaaber, Lottomat.1.9 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi1.8 
 9. McIntyre, Montepas.1.7 
 10. Calloway, Cibo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  CAI Zaragoza
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Woods, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.7 
 4. Begic, U.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Lasme, Partizan1.6 
 6. Splitter, Tau1.6 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Archibald, Unicaja1.1 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.1 
 10. Eze, Montepasc.1.1 


All-Euroleague 1st and 2nd team (Photo: Euroleague)

# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
11 Nicholas Andrew 191 (6'3'') G 81 USA
14 Pekovic Nikola 210 (6'11'') C 86 Montenegrin
7 Perperoglou Stratos 203 (6'8'') G 84 Greek
6 Spanoulis Vassilis 193 (6'4'') G 82 Greek
9 Fotsis Antonis 210 (6'11'') F 81 Greek
8 Batiste Mike 203 (6'8'') F 77 USA
13 Diamantidis Dimitris 196 (6'5'') G 80 Greek
5 Kecman Dusan 197 (6'6'') G/F 77 Serbian
15 Sakota Dusan 209 (6'10'') F 86 Serbian Greece
19 Jasikevicius Sarunas 192 (6'4'') G 76 Lithuanian
10 Chatzivrettas Nikos 195 (6'5'') G 77 Greek
12 Tsartsaris Costas 210 (6'11'') F 79 Greek
 President: Gianakopoulos Thanasis     
 President: Gianakopoulos Pavlos     
 Manager: Papadopoulos Manos     
 Head Coach: Obradovic Zeljko Serbia     
 Assistant: Itoudis Dimitris     
 Assistant: Pistiolis Andreas     


Greens are the new champions! - May 4, 2009 (by Kostas Papadopoulos)
And here is the final!!! Incredible beginning by CSKA; 12-7 four minutes in the game with 6/8 shots while Panathinaikos has already made two mistakes. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) at 7 points from Greens' nine later (9-12). And with Pekovic and Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) at 13-12. The Greens want to hit from inside the paint and although CSKA found ways to defense initially then the whole situation changed. And the serie had not stopped; 10-0 and the score at 17-12 while the Green fans are in an ecstasy. Finally the Russians found some solutions, mainly with Holden, and the period ended at 21-16. CSKA found a lot of difficulties in the last five minutes. It should be mentioned its 0/4 3p shots. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) almost invisible, just as Smodis (no scoring).

At the first 3:27 minutes of the second period Panathinaikos dominated. With two consecutive successive 3p shots from Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) and Diamantidis and a basket from Andrew Nicholas it took a 12 point difference (31-19) and the Russians seemed incapable to stop the Green 'tsunami', which palys without his clear center (Pekovic) but with Batiste and Tsartsaris who give it the chance to run even faster. At that time CSKA committed three turnovers. The difference edged even the 15 points (36-21), with 2:32 remaining after another successful 3p shot from Diamantidis. At that time, CSKA (in 7:28 minutes had scored only 5 points). But it was not the biggest yet; 17 points later, and 20 at the buzzer, after four more 3p shots by Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), Vassilis Spanoulis, Jasievicius and Andrew Nicholas (48-28). That was the final score of this incredible first half.

And it was so since Panathinaikos had 7/10 successful 3p shots at the second period, while CSKA did not score a single one in throughout the whole half. The Greens run a lot, Ramunas Siskauskas had only one basket,just like Smodis and Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) and only Holden fought with his 12 points. Obradovic was the dominator while his friend Messina seemed that he had to hear his wife complaining him again.

The third period began at the same exactly tempo: a 3p shot from Sarunas Jasikevicius (51-28). A 5-0 serie brought the Russians to 18 points (51-33) then but the Greens responded with their 5-0 and another 3p shot from Antonis Fotsis; 10/17 their percentage. 7-0 then again for the Russians (56-40) with 3:30 remaining, which, at last with their first successful 3p shot, was extended to 10-0 by Trajan Langdon. The explanation? Messina at last changed his defense system, abandoning the zone. Obradovic took a time-out but the Russians have returned (?). Three lost offenses for the greek team but the Russians did not succeed in a single one; only in a free throw (56-44). But Panathinaikos fourth consecutive lost offense brought CSKA even closer. 56-46, with the serie extended to 13-0. the third period ended at this 10 point difference, with Panathinaikos not having scored for 6 whole minutes.

And the serie went up to 15-0 (56-50) 1:55 after the beginning of the last period. The game has restarted for sure!!! Antonis Fotsis broke it with his third 3p shot (59-50). Perperoglou's 6 consecutive points brought the difference again to 13 points (65-52) with 5:38 remaining. But a 8-0 serie brought the Russians again to 5-point difference (65-60). Which was reduced even more after a successful 3p shot from Khryapa (70-66), 40,9 seconds before the end. He lost though two crucial free throws immediately after, but Diamantidis made a mistake or rather Mr. Juan Carlos Arteaga made a wrong call (8 seconds violation). Ramunas Siskauskas succeeded in another 3p shot for the point-difference (70-69) 26,2 sec. for the end. Diamantidis won the foul, scored the two free throws (72-69), Ramunas Siskauskas in his owns (72-71), Sarunas Jasikevicius lost though one (73-71) and CSKA had 5,8 seconds to attack. Ramunas Siskauskas lost the 3p shot and the GREENS ARE THE NEW CHAMPIONS

Panathinaikos: Vassilis Spanoulis 13, Perperoglou 6, Batiste 6, Antonis Fotsis 13, Andrew Nicholas 7, Tsartsaris 2, Diamantidis 10, Pekovic 6, Sarunas Jasikevicius 10
CSKA: Smodis 9, Ramunas Siskauskas 13, J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) 14, Trajan Langdon 13, Kaun 3, Khryapa 9, Zisis, Lorbek 5, Planinic 5, Morris


2008-09 All-Euroleague, MVP announced - May 2, 2009

The best Euroleague Basketball players of the 2008-09 season were honored at the Euroleague Basketball Awards Ceremony at the majestic o2 World in Berlin, on the same court where the 2009 Euroleague Basketball champion will be crowned on Sunday night. The court was set up in a matter of minutes to welcome the VIPs from the world basketball elite who are present at the Final Four. Each of the award winners received his trophy in the special ceremony. The event was highlighted by the selection of Regal FC Barcelona guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) as MVP for the season. Navarro, previously an All-Euroleague first team selection in 2006 and 2007, received his first Euroleague MVP trophy. In addition to Navarro, the All-Euroleague First Team also included point guard Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena (ITA), 2009 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) at shooting guard/small forward and at power forward/center, Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE) and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE). Rakocevic, Pekovic and Bourousis made it to the All-Euroleague first team for the first team in their career. Rakocevic and Pekovic had previously been All-Euroleague second team selections in 2007 and 2008, respectively. McIntyre is the only repeat selection on the first team. All the honorees received their awards from Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu.

All-Euroleague 1st Team 2008-09
NavarroNavarro
Navarro
RakocevicRakocevic
Rakocevic
McIntyreMcIntyre
McIntyre
BourousisBourousis
Bourousis
PekovicPekovic
Pekovic

1st Team
Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77) of Montepaschi Siena (ITA)
Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona (ESP)
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE)
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE)

All-Euroleague 2nd Team 2008-09
PapaloukasPapaloukas
Papaloukas
SpanoulisSpanoulis
Spanoulis
SiskauskasSiskauskas
Siskauskas
LorbekLorbek
Lorbek
SplitterSplitter
Splitter

2nd Team
Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE)
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Panathinaikos Athens (GRE)
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84) of CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)

The All-Euroleague Second Team features point guard Thodoros Papaloukas of Olympiacos, shooting guard Vassilis Spanouls from Panathinaikos, small forward Ramunas Siskauskas of CSKA and big men Tiago Splitter from Tau Ceramica and Erazem Lorbek of CSKA. Papaloukas and Siskauskas were Euroleague MVPs in 2007 and 2008, respectively. The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy was presented to Rakocevic. Novica Velickovic of Partizan, the Rising Star Trophy winner, was unable to attend the ceremony. Partizan General Manager Mladen Silobad took the trophy in his honor. Dimitris Diamantidis was handed the Best Defender Trophy for the fifth straight season. All awards were based on a combination of fan and media voting except the top scorer, which was based on the most average points scored during a minimum of games this season.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Barcelona at the third place - May 3, 2009 (by Kostas Papadopoulos)
Barcelona entered the game with a bigger will and leaded with 14-4 and 19-8 later, taking advantage of its inside game through Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) (7 points). The Reds achieved to reduce at three points, with a 11-3 serie, (19-22) after Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) entered the game transimitting a concentration in his team's game. The first period ended at 19-26 for Barcelona.

This 4-0 Spanish serie extended to 9-0 two minutes after the beginning of the second period (19-31), after the consecutive mistakes of the Reds, of which Barca took advantage in its fast breaks. And then even more: 15-0 (19-37) while Olympiacos at this time (6:08 minutes) did not even score a single point. The difference reached even the 21 points for Barcelona (23-44) with 1:56 remaining, before Olympiacos making a 7-0 serie to reduce it to 14 (30-44). The half time's score, 30-46, was quite normal according to its whole picture; the Reds' players were obviously out of the field, very disappointed. The percentages were a proof: 10/33 while the Spanish ones were 16/28. And, it should also be mentioned that Olympiacos had Giannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) with 3 fouls.

The second half seemed to be different. At least at its six first minutes. It was the time that the Reds decided to play basketball; they reduced the difference at 8 points (46-54 and 48-56) due mainly to Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances) (12 points) and Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) (16 points). At that time, though, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Roger Grimau scored 3p shots and the difference at the end of the third period was shaped again at 15 points (58-73) although it was even bigger before (52-69).

The last period had therefore nothing interesting. Both teams tried some plays, having their interest at their domestic champioships. The final 79-95 was just a reflection that Barcelona wanted the third place more than Olympiacos; and it took it

Olympiacos: Thodoros Papaloukas 8, Pelekanos 3, Nikola Vujcic 12, Milosevic, Giannis Bourousis 17, Halperin , Lynn Greer 19, Vougioukas, Giorgos Printezis 4, Erceg 11, Teodosic 5,
Barcelona: Basile 3, Barret 4, Trias 5, Barton 6, Jaka Lakovic 14, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, David Andersen (212-C-80) 20, Vazquez 3, Daniel Santiago 10, Roger Grimau 5, Sada 4, Ilyasova 7   


FMP win Nike International Junior Tournament - May 3, 2009
FMP - Lietuvos Rytas 123:110
Serbian FMP became the junior Euroleague champions for the second straight time! They defeated Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas in the Grand Final that took place in O2 Arena in Berlin earlier today. Dejan Musli (212-C-91) knocked down 31 points and grabbed impressive 17 rebounds to lead junior FMP squad. Filip Duran provided 23 points for the winners. Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) responded with 25 points for Lietuvos Rytas.
FMP wasted little time taking a 34:28 after the opening frame. Lietuvos Rytas slowed the Serbian down in the second stanza but could not get any closer. FMP arrived at halftime leading by 8 points. The decisive third quarter was marked by FMP dominance as the Serbian youngsters stretched the margin to 17 points and never looked back en route to the success.
Branislav Dekic nailed 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for FMP. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Lietuvos Rytas in defeat.
FMP took care of Alba Berlin, Unicaja and Montepaschi Siene to pave the way into the championship game. Lietuvos Rytas was simply unstoppable in the preliminary round as they thrashed Gran Canaria and Olimpia Ljubljana. The Lithuanian team also eked out a 74:71 win over the last seasons finalist Hemofarm.
Dejan Musli was trumped the first ever two-time MVP of the tournament.
FMP: Dejan Musli 31, Filip Duran 23, Branislav Dekic 20
Lietuvos Rytas: Mantas Kadzevicius 25, Jonas Valanciunas 22+13 boards  


Vassilis Spanoulis was named the MVP of Euroleagues Final Four! - May 3, 2009
The 2008-09 Euroleague champ is Panathinaikos 73-71 CSKA in another stone thriller before a stunned crowd of 13,200 at o2 World in Berlin. A 23-point second-half lead by Panathinaikos dwindled to a single point several times as CSKA roared back, but Ramunas Siskauskas' game-winning three try rimmed out. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) was named MVP of the Final.
Panathinaikos Athenss star guard Vassilis Spanoulis was selected Euroleague Basketballs 2009 Final Four MVP after leading the Greens to a 73-71 victory over defending champion CSKA Moscow in the title game on Sunday night at O2 Arena in Berlin. Spanoulis was selected in a vote of media after leading the winners with 31 total points in the Final Four, including 13 in the final. At his very first Final Four, Spanoulis showed no signs of nervousness, scoring his teams first basket and 7 points overall in the first quarter to keep the Greens in the game when CSKA started strong. He added another three late in the second period in helping his team to a 20-point halftime lead and scored his final basket with just less than three minutes to play, helping Panathinaikos stave off CSKAs final surge en route to lifting the Euroleague crown for the first time. It is worth mentioned the fact that this is Spanoulis first time participation in a Final Four! Spanoulis tried to play in NBA and made his dream true, after a not so godd season, Spanoulis return back to Greece and Panathinaikos.


Panathinaikos is in the final!! - May 2, 2009
After an amazing game which finished just a couple of minutes ago, Panathinaikos beat Olympaikos with 84-82 in a game that the fans all over the world will remember for many years to come.
Posted by Chris Mammides and Kostas Papadopoulos

The game was a real advertising for the Basketball. A game that had everything, dunks, show, tough defences, strategic moves from two of the best coaches in the Globe! Both Panagiotis Giannakis and Zelimir Obradovic proved once more why they consider being among the creme de la creme of the European basketball. With amazing tactics, pick and rolls, and many other approaches the two coaches played their European game like a chess game. Panathinaikos and Obradovic had in a great night the amazing quartet of Spanoulis (18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists),
Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) (18 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds), Batiste (19 points and 6 rebounds) and Pekovic who was the top scorer of the game (20 points, and 2 rebounds), these four players were the A to Z for the Greens. Especially Sarunas Jasikevicius was a real captain and a coach in the court, more specifically in the last minutes of the game, the Lithuanian super star gave two amazing assist to Pekovic and Batiste which were the key to the final success. On the other hand, from Olympiakos who played evenly great, top scorer was Lynn Greer who scored 18 points but he was invisible in the second half as he scored just two points from the charity line, from a close distance was the Croatian Vujcic who scored 14 points while Papaloukas who tried to turn the game up side down when he stole the ball from Jasikevicius, assist Printezis and scored a three pointer in less than a minute to cut the deficit from seven to two with just a minute to go.
The fans create an amazing atmosphere and there were not any problems or any fights as many 'European experts' predicted for the game.
The MVP of the game was another Lithuanian (in the first semi final between CSKA and Barca, the MVP was Siskauskas), Sarunas Jasikevicius was amazing in the second part of the game, he scored, he assists and he even played good defence, an area which is not his strong point.
The first period ended at 21-27, but its total picture doesn't reflect the score at all. Panathinaikos took a quick lead (7-0 and 9-2 by Perperoglou-4 points- and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) -5). Olympiacos reduced it at 9-7 but the Greens continued by hitting inside the field since Vujcic faced many difficulties either with Nikola Pekovic or with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket)). Since the Reds were behind by 6 (15-9), having already made 3 turnovers, it was Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances)' time. Hiw entering calmed Olympiacos' game, and with Bourousis entering the Reds strengthened their defense and found ways to score. Although Vassilis Spanoulis scored 11 points, the Reds came close very close (21-22) with Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) helping also a lot, before the final 21-27, with a Vassilis Spanoulis' buzzer 3p shot.
At the second period, the first three minutes belong to
Nikola Pekovic. He scored 8 consecutive points for Panathinaikos' 28-35 and nothing seemed possible to stop him, except from his fouls (2). Although he was made a substitute, Panathinaikos continued to take advantage of Vujcic's bad defense (32-39) and only Lynn Greer's attempts (15 points) were keeping the Reds alive (37-39, 2:53 before the half time). Thodoros Papaloukas equalised the score with 1:34 remaining. The final 41-43 reflects how the Reds were improved at their defense (only 8 points at the last 5 minutes, regarding the 35 at the rest fifteen).
A nice first half at this second semi-final with Panathinaikos taking a quic lead, seemed to be the dominator of the game, but
Thodoros Papaloukas and Lynn Greer changed the whole picture. What should be mentioned is the fact that Panathinaikos was scoring almsot totally from inside (1/6 3p shots), which was outbalanced by its 6 offensive rebounds. The Reds managed to return, having good percentages and due to their leaders and the concentration they gave to their team's play.
The third period was characterised by the continuous series:
Olympiacos 5-0 (46-43)
Panathinaikos 7-0 (46-50)
Olympiacos 8-0 (54-50)
Panathinaikos 4-0 (54-54)
Panathinaikos 10-1 (60-66)
This last one gave the Greens a significant lead of these 6 points which was reduced by the end at three (63-66) after a Bourousis' 3p shot. Vujcic (9), Batiste (8) and Jasievicius distinguished at that time.
At the last period Panathinaikos leaded 65-73, after a successful 3p shot by Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland), taking advantage of Vujcic' two successive turnovers, while the Reds also faced a problems with fouls (Bourousis and Childress 4, Vujcic 3 with 8 minutes remaining).However the Reds made a 6-0 serie to bring the difference to 2 (71-73). Panathinaikos then seemed more concentrated leading again by 7 (74-81) with 2:31 remaining. However, a quick 6-0 serie in 53 seconds brought the Reds again at 1 (80-81). Pekovic scored a free throw for the 80-82 and Bourousis 2 respectively for the draw (82-82). Pekovic's successful shot for the 82-84 was the crucial one since Bourousis lost the last shot. Final 84-82 for the Greens.
Olympiacos: Papaloukas 9, Childress 11, Vujcic 14, Bourousis 10, Halperin 4, Greer 18, Vougioukas, Printezis 9, Erceg 4, Teodosic 3, Pargo
Panathinaikos: Kecman, Spanoulis 18, Perperoglou 4, Batiste 19, Fotsis 5, Nicholas, Tsartsaris, Diamantidis, Pekovic 20, Jasikevicius 18
Posted by Chris Mammides and Kostas Papadopoulos



CSKA for the fourth time in the final - May 2, 2009 (by Kostas Papadopoulos)
It was certainly an exciting first semi-final. Barca provided a strong obstacle to CSKA's win but it finally did not succeeded. And this due to Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78). The Lithuanian super star scored 25 points at the second half (missing only a free throw and suceeding in his 4 2p, 3 3p shots and 7 rest free throws) and showed David Andersen (212-C-80) who is the real boss. The Barca's center may have scored 24 points respectively but there were not enough. What counted mostly? CSKA's experience; and certainly Siska.
The thrird period was almost totally balanced. Barcelona made a 5-0 serie for the 41-32, but the Russians answered for the 43-39 and then for the 47-46. It was a battle between David Andersen (17 points) and Ramunas Siskauskas (11), who equalised the score at 52-52, before the ending 56-54.
CSKA draw again at 56-56, but 5 consecutive points from David Andersen made then the 61-56. Messina placed Planinic for the first time in the game. Can he change it? Ramunas Siskauskas succeeded in 2 in-a-row 3 point shots and there CSKA is! Ahead at the score for a first time: 61-62, 6:26 before the end. And with 5 more points from him, 61-67. CSKA made a 13-5 serie with Ramunas Siskauskas scoring 11 of these points!!!
The difference increased at 6 (64-70) later, with 4:20 remaining. At that time Ramunas Siskauskas had scored 20 points at this half but what should be mentioned is that the whole picture of the game changed after Planinic entered the game.
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80)'s second successful 3-point shot made the 69-72. Ramunas Siskauskas answered with 2 free throws (69-74), and after missed shots from both sides, Ilyasova made the 71-74. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) responded with a basket (71-76), Juan Carlos Navarro succeeded in another 3-point shot (74-76) but Ramunas Siskauskas and J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) then made the 74-80, with 21,9 seconds remaining. Nothing changed until the end; consecutive free throws made the final 78-82 and the Russians are at the final for fourth time in a row.
Barcelona: Basile 5, Barton 2, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) 13, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, David Andersen 24, Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) 6, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) 9, Grimau 4, Sada, Ilyasova 2
CSKA: Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) 9, Ramunas Siskauskas 29, J.R. Holden 8, Trajan Langdon 15, Kaun 4, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) 9, Zisis, Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) 8, Planinic, Morris

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