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Efes stuns Real in Euroleague final

Published : 22 May 2022, 10:31

  DF News Desk

Anadolu Efes' Vasilije Micic (L) vies with Real Madrid's Adam Hanga during the final of the EuroLeague Final Four basketball match between Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 21, 2022. Photo Xinhua by Predrag Milosavljevic.

Anadolu Efes won their second consecutive Euroleague title in Saturday's final match against Real Madrid at the Belgrade Arena in Serbia (14-15, 15-19, 11-8, 18-15), reported Xinhua.

Both teams delivered impressive defenses right after tip-off, and the Spanish team gained a 5-point lead over Anadolu Efes in the slow-paced first half thanks to their effective offensive rebounds.

Coming back from the locker room, although Real Madrid expanded the advantage to 9 points thanks to a 3-pointer of Adam Hanga (40-31), the opponents managed to fill the deficit ahead of the final quarter.

Anadolu Efes took over the lead at 43-42 after Vasilije Micic's 3-pointer and sealed the triumph over Real Madrid in the finish of the match.

Micic, the hero of the semifinal match against Olympiacos once again pocketed the MVP with 23 points, while his teammate Tibor Pleiss added another 19 points.

"It feels amazing, I am speechless, this will remain forever in my heart... It will be a hot night in Belgrade, I will take my team to celebrate like never before," Micic said after the game.

Tavares was most efficient with 14 points and 11 rebounds on Real's side.

Earlier today, Barcelona defeated Olympiacos 84-74 in a battle for third place.