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the following year the name is changed to EuroLeague

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Dominique Wilkins had a great run switching from NBA to Europe, when he lead Panathinaikos to a victory in the final of European Cup

Giannakis celebrates Panathinaikos victory (Photo: Gigantes)

Panathinaikos Athens 1995-1996
 Fragikos Alvertis (206-F-74)
 Dominique Wilkins (204-F-60) (USA)
 Nikos Ekonomou (206-F-73)
 Panagiotis Giannakis (192-G-59)
 Stojan Vrankovic (217-C-64) (CRO)
 Tzalis Stavrakopoulos (201-F-71)
 Giannis Korfas (178-G-62) (USA-GRE)
 Vangelis Vourtzoumis (194-G-69)
 Miroslaw Pecarski (210-C-67) (SRB-GRE)
 Christos Murionis (205-F-71)
 Head coach: Bozidar Maljkovic (SRB)

Since 1988, eight Greek teams had played in six Final Fours and advanced to title games in 1994 and 1995. But only in 1996 could Greek basketball finally claim its first continental title at a club level, thanks to a dramatic win by Panathinaikos at the Final Four in Paris. To get there, the Greens had signed Bozidar Maljkovic, the coach who had already won two titles with Jugoplastika and one with Limoges. As every year, there were some newcomers in the competition, such as Unicaja Malaga of Spain, Iraklis of Greece and Olimpique Antibes of France. CSKA and Barcelona ended as their respective group leaderswith 10-4 records, and beat their rivals in the quarterfinals round, Barca against Ulker (2-0) and CSKA against Pau-Orthez (2-1), just like Real Madrid eliminated Olympiacos by 2-1 as well. The only team that overcame the homecourt advantage was Panathinaikos, which had been third in its group (9-5) and needed a one-point road victory over Benetton Treviso, 64-65, to win their quarterfinal series (2-1). At the Final Four in Paris, Barcelona won the Spanish semifinal duel 76-66 despite Real Madrid's 15-point lead in the first half (19-34). Panathinaikos prevailed over CSKA by 81-71 thanks to a great performance by Dominique Wilkins, the big star of the team, who scored 35 points. In the breathtaking final, Panathinaikos beat Barcelona by a single point, 67-66, on a last-minute blocked shot by Stojko Vrankovic to secure the first title for a Greek team.
 By Euroleague
 FINAL FOUR: Paris, France
: Panathinaikos - FC Barcelona 67-66
 Panathinaikos: Alvertis 17, Wilkins 16, Ekonomou 10, Giannakis 9, Vrankovic 0; Stavrokopoulos 9, Korfas 4, Vourtzoumis 2
 FC Barcelona: Karnishovas 23, Fernandez 15, Galilea 10, Jimenez 9, Godfread 9; Montero 0, Diez 0, Bosch 0, Ferran 0

Final Four MVP: Dominique Wilkins of Panathinaikos

 THIRD PLACE: CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid 74-73 (34-35)
 CSKA: G. Vetra 22, V. Karasev 14, S. Panov 13, J. Nwosu 8, E. Kissourine 6, A. Kornev 6, I. Koudelin 5, N. Morgunov. Head coach: Stanislav Eremin
 Real: Z. Savic 22, I. Santos 16, M. Smith 14, J. Arlauckas 8, S. Abad 4, JA. Morales 4, Antunez 3, P. Laso 2. Head coach: Zelimir Obradovic
 FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 76-77
 Barcelona: A. Karnisovas 24, Godfread 22, F. Martinez 10, A. Jimenez 8, X. Fernandez 6, JA. Montero 2, S. Diez 2, M. Bosch 2, JL. Galilea, R. DueƱas. Head coach: Aito G. Reneses
 Real: J. Arlauckas 22, Z. Savic 15, Antunez 11, M. Smith 8, I. Santos 6, P. Laso 2, JA. Morales 2, Ferrer, S. Abad, Garcia. Head coach: Zelimir Obradovic
 Panathinaikos - CSKA Moscow 81-71 (36-33)
 Panathinaikos: D. Wilkins 35, F. Alvertis 13, S. Vrankovic 8, N. Ekonomou 8, J. Korfas 8, T. Stavrakopoulos 7, E. Vourtzoumis 2, P. Yannakis, M. Pecarski, Myriounis. Head coach: Bozidar Maljkovic
 CSKA: V. Karasev 23, J. Nwosu 12, G. Vetra 8, S. Panov 7, I. Koudelin 7, E. Kissourine 7, A. Kornev 4, N. Morgunov 3, A. Vadeev, Kourachev. Head coach: Stanislav Eremine


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