Basketball, Panathinaikos wins the Euroleague and returns to the top of Europe! Real Madrid knocked out, Nunn and Sloukas protagonists

Basketball, Panathinaikos wins the Euroleague and returns to the top of Europe! Real Madrid knocked out, Nunn and Sloukas protagonists
Basketball, Panathinaikos wins the Euroleague and returns to the top of Europe! Real Madrid knocked out, Nunn and Sloukas protagonists

The Panathinaikos Athens accomplishes the feat and ascends the throne of Europe! In the Euroleague final atUber Arena of Berlin (Germany) the Hellenics defeat the defending champions of real Madrid by 80-95 thanks to a second half of great substance, with Real trying to get back in the final but Ergin Ataman’s men resist the assault and thus win the seventh Euroleague in their history thirteen years after the last time (2010-2011, when Zejiko Obradovic sat on the bench).

Kostas Sloukas and Kendrick Nunn put their signature on the Hellenic success respectively with 24 points (4/4 from the bow) e 21 pointswith Mathias Lessor who finished with 14 points scored. To the real Madrid ruler of regular season and favorite on the eve, Di’s 14 points are not enough Dzanan Musa and the 12th of Facundo Campazzo – exited prematurely for five fouls – to try to confirm the title won in 2023.

Ndiaye protagonist of the start with eight points in a row (8-3), with Panathinaikos quickly closing the gap thanks to Papapetrou’s triple and Kendrick Nunn’s free throws (10-9). Real Madrid tries to put more pressure on their opponents (19-13), with Nunn keeping the Greeks in touch from three (19-16). THE Blancos they press on the accelerator in the final quarter (30-22), also reaching the double-digit lead with Sergio Rodriguez’s 2/2 from the line (32-22). The scores with the clock stopped by Juancho Hernangomez and Vincent Poirier are worth the 36-25 with which the first 10′ of the game ends.

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Kostas Sloukas tries to charge in the second half (36-27), with Matthias Lessor doing his own thing by placing three consecutive baskets (43-37). Back and forth with triples between Mario Hezonja and Jerian Grant (46-42), with Vildoza emulating his teammate for -1 (46-45). The reigning champions increase the intensity again with baskets from beyond the arc by Muza and Campazzo (54-47), with the support of Kostas Skoukas – who has now reached 11 points – who takes the teams to the half-time on a score of 54-49 in favor of the Iberians.

In the second half Panathinaikos gained confidence and comes out of the changing rooms better: Lessor And Juancho Hernangomez they bring the Athenians back to -1 (56-55), then Kendrick Nunn scores from long range (56-58). Real Madrid feels the pinch, with Musa trying to shake up the score from the line (57-58). Nunn re-establishes full possession of the advantage (57-60), with Poirier who keeps Real in contact (59-60) shortly after getting a technical foul: first Sloukas and Panagiotis then send free throws to +5 (59-64 ). Think about it’El Chacho‘ Rodriguez to score the two points that keep the real Madrid at the last short break (61-64).

Kendrick Nunn attacks the rim for +5 (61-66), with the title holders coming back again thanks to Tavares and Rodriguez (65-66). They think about it Jerian Grant And Konstantinous Mitoglou to rekindle Panathinaikos with a 7-0 partial which is worth +9 (65-73), with the Blancos still in difficulty. Mario Hezonja leads the charge with 2+1 (68-73), followed closely by Sergio Llull (71-73). He thinks about it Kostas Sloukas to give the shock with two triples in a row (71-79 and 22 points for the former Olympiacos), with Llull and Tavares who bring Real back to -3 (76-79): the match remains of a very high intensity at – 4’07” from the final siren. Kendrick Nunn takes the lead again (76-83), with Mitoglou burning the retina from the arc (76-86): Panathinaikos tries to make the decisive breakthrough, time out Mateo. With both teams in bonuses, more goals are scored from the free throw line, but Real Madrid collapses at the end: it ends 80-95 in favor of Panathinaikos Athenswhich returns to the top of Europe and conquers the 2024 basketball Euroleague!

In the final for 3rd/4th place the tickOlympiacos Piraeus by 87-84 against the Fenerbahce Istanbul thus remaining on the continental podium thanks to a solid first half and a second half in which the red and whites of Athens contained the comeback of coach Jasikevicius’ men: 20 points from Alec Peters and 12 of Nigel Williams-Goss decisive for the Greeks, with Dyshawn Pierre And Scottie Wilbekin last to surrender among the Turks with 19 and 16 points on the scoresheet.

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