CSKA Moscow of Nando De Colo became European basketball champion by defeating Efes Istanbul 91 to 83 in the final of the Euroleague Sunday in Vitoria.
CSKA Moscow's Nando De Colo became European basketball champion again, three years after his last title, defeating Efes Istanbul 91-83 in the final of the Euroleague on Sunday in Vitoria.
This is the second personal title for the 31-year-old Bleus, in the most prestigious competition of the Old Continent. He won in 2016, his best year. He then finished MVP (best player) of the season and Final Four.
In the final, the contribution of the North, the centerpiece of the team of France for a decade, was solid, even if it was hampered by early mistakes. He managed a crucial three point basket that pushed the Efes to nine points five minutes from the mermaid and finished the match with a line of very clean statistics: 15 points to 5/6 shot, 4 rebounds and 4 assists decisive.
He was decisive in the semifinal in the 95-90 victory over defending champion Real Madrid with 23 points and a three-point shot that put his team ahead 1-20 seconds from the end. .
Nando De Colo is the second French European Champion twice after Antoine Rigaudeau with the Virtus Bologna.
It could be his last season in Moscow, where he arrived in 2014 after an inconclusive experience in the NBA. The Spanish press announced it back in the peninsula, but the player said he would take care of his future after the Final Four.
Two other Frenchmen participated in the final, for the first time for their part, inside Adrien Moerman and back Rodrigue Beaubois, in the ranks of Efes Istanbul. The first played 30 minutes for modest "stats" (2 points, 3 rebounds) and the second 9 minutes for 3 points.
CSKA moves closer to Madrid
This is the eighth title of CSKA Moscow (including four between 1961 and 1971), which is closer to the record of Real Madrid (10). The Russian club is by far the most regular of the 2000s with 16 participations in the Final Four in the last 17 editions (including the last 8). But his success rate was rather low to the point of having stuck a picture of "looser".
Efes was the surprise guest of the Final Four. Last year, he finished last in the regular season. The Istanbul club created a new sensation in the semifinal by dominating (92-73) the derby against Fenerbahçe, the 2017 champion, diminished by injuries.
CSKA has mastered the final. Leading 14 points in the first period thanks to his Americans Will Clyburn (Final Four MVP) and Cory Higgins (20 points each in the final), he was a little tossed to the back of the locker room when Istanbul passed for the only time of the match (45-44). But the Muscovites quickly restored a small mattress in advance that they kept without shaking to the end. On the Efes side, American Shane Larkin (29 points) was a bit isolated.
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