PAO adds sixth Euroleague cup

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Panathi­naikos won its sixth Euroleague bas­ket­ball tro­phy af­ter de­feat­ing Mac­cabi Tel Aviv 78-70 in the fi­nal at Barcelona yes­ter­day evening. It was the third Euro­pean crown for the Greeks in the last five years.

Panathi­naikos was the bet­ter team through­out the game, thanks both to its strength un­der the bas­ket and its di­verse at­tack­ing strate­gies that de­stroyed the Tel Aviv club’s zone de­fense. Such was the de­fen­sive might of Panathi­naikos that it man­aged to con­tain Mac­cabi to just 70 points, down from an av­er­age of over 80 points in the Euroleague.

The ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion of An­to­nis Fot­sis with Mike Batiste or Aleks Maric un­der the bas­ket blocked a se­ries of Mac­cabi shots, frus­trat­ing the Is­raelis, who at one point in the first half had made no more than just one of 13 two-point shots. Batiste was the Euro­pean cham­pion’s top scorer with 18 points, fol­lowed by Dia­man­tidis (16) and Ni­cholas (14).

A day ear­lier Dia­man­tidis had re­ceived the Euroleague’s MVP of the sea­son award. He and Batiste were among the best competition’s five play­ers, the or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced.

Bas­ket­ball cham­pi­ons (left to right) Ro­main Sato, Stratos Per­per­oglou, Costas Tsart­saris, cap­tain Dim­itris Dia­man­tidis, Mike Batiste and coach Zeljko Obradovic cel­e­brate Panathi­naikos’s sixth Euroleague tro­phy won at Barcelona last night with a 78-70 vic­tory over Mac­cabi Tel Aviv.

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