Turkey are the kings of European club basketball for the first time, ever. Nearly 60 years of coming up short against Europe’s best is over.
To Fenerbahce Istanbul falls the honour, making the most of fervent home advantage to beat Olympiacos Piraeus 80-64.
It also makes up for the heartache of losing out on the Euroleague title last year to CSKA in overtime.
EKPE UDOH! (
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The game was drum-tight until the third quarter, when the Turks surged into a break, scoring an 11 points to 2 run to lead by 18 early in the final quarter.
Kalinic and Bogdanovic scored 17 each, while Istanbul’s Final Four MVP Ekpe Udoh set a Euroleague championship game record with five blocks, to which he added 10 points and 9 rebounds.