Efes beats Fenerbahce, takes 1-0 lead in Turkish Finals
Freshly crowned Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes Istanbul carried its great momentum into the Turkish League finals by thrashing Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 111-71 in Game 1 at Sinan Erdem Dome. Efes took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series and hosts Game 2 on Friday. Shane Larkin led the winners with 23 points. Vasilije Micic added 19, Bugrahan Tuncer had 12, Chris Singleton and Dogus Balbay each got 11 while Rodrigue Beaubois and Adrien Moerman contributed 10 apiece for Efes. Melih Mahmutoglu led Fenerbahce with 19 points. Nando De Colo added 14 while Jan Vesely had 11. Marko Guduric and De Colo combined for all points in an 0-8 run that gave Fenerbahce an early 3-10 lead. Beaubois and Bryant Dunston each dunked and Micic struck from downtown but De Colo and Jan Vesely kept the guests in charge, 13-19. Larkin and Balbay each buried a three-pointer to tie the game, 21-21, after 10 minutes. Larkin kept pacing Efes, getting help from Sertac Sanli and Singleton to give their team a 33-28 lead. Vesely and Mahmutoglu fueled a 0-6 Fenerbahce run but Larkin, Micic and Singleton allowed Efes to keep a 43-40 edge at halftime. Mahmutoglou scored again right after the break but Efes showed its best version right after that. Larkin and Micic combined for 15 points in a game-breaking 22-3 run highlighted by Dunston’s dunk off a steal. Efes got a 65-45 margin, extended it to 80-51 at the end of the third quarter and never looked back.
— Anadolu Efes SK (@AnadoluEfesSK) June 3, 2021
Panathinaikos strikes first in Greek finals
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens started the Greek League finals at full speed by overwhelming Lavrio Megabolt 100-72 in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos took a 1-0 lead in the series and visits Lavrio on Saturday. Dinos Mitoglou and Georgios Papagiannis led the winners with 14 points apiece. Ioannis Papapetrou and Aaron White each added 13 while Leonidas Kaselakis had 10 for Panathinaikos. Papapetrou added 13 assists for a double-double. Mario Hezonja dunked to get Panathinaikos going, sparking a 15-0 opening run in which Papagiannis had 6 points and Papapetrou dished 5 assists. Panathinaikos boosted its margin to 24-8 after 10 minutes and then again to 52-34 at halftime. Papapetrou had 12 of his team’s 18 assists at the break. Nothing changed after the break, as Panathinaikos pushed its lead to 72-40 late in the third quarter and sealed thed outcome, 81-47, long before the final buzzer.
— Panathinaikos BC (@paobcgr) June 3, 2021
Buducnost beats Mornar, lifts Montenegrin Cup title!
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica is the Montenegrin Cup champion! Buducnost won its 14th Montenegrin Cup crown and lifted the trophy for the eighth consecutive season by downing Mornar Bar 102-93 in the Championship Game. Zoran Nikolic and Nikola Ivanovic led the winners with 18 points apiece. Luka Mitrovic added 16, Justin Cobbs had 13 while Danilo Nikolic got 12 for Buducnost. Marko Jeremic led Mornar with 23 points. Aleksandar Lazic added 18, Milko Bjelica 15, Nemanja Gordic 14, Nemanja Vranjes 11 and Derek Needham 10. Buducnost led 26-23 after 10 minutes and boosted its margin to 57-43 at halftime. Mornar rallied and managed to get within 97-93 in the next-to-last minute but Sehovic buried a critical three-pointer and Cobbs sealed the outcome from the foul line, allowing Buducnost to celebrate yet another Montenegrin Cup title!
— KK Budućnost VOLI (@KKBuducnostVOLI) June 3, 2021
Partizan edges Mega, forces do-or-die Game 3
Partizan NIS Belgrade stayed alive in the Serbian League semifinals by downing Mega SoccerBet 81-77 at Hala Sportova in the Serbian capital. The best-of-three series in tied at 1-1 and Mega hosts Game 3 on Saturday. Eric Mika led the winners with 19 points. Nemanja Dangubic added 14 while Ognjen Jaramaz had 11 for Partizan. Marko Simonovic had 15 points for Mega, that led 12-25 after 10 minutes. Dangubic hit a triple, sparking a 12-0 run in which Mika had 6 points to bring Partizan within 24-27. Dangubic and Mike kept pacing the hosts, getting help from Jaramaz to put Partizan ahead, 40-38, at halftime. Uros Trifunovic struck from beyond the arc to make it a seven-point game, 56-49, but Simonovic and Dragan Milosavljevic allowed Mega to get withim 63-61 after 30 minutes. Novica Velickovic and Rade Zagorac joined the three-point shootout for a 75-71 Partizan edge with under 6 minutes left. The hosts boosted their margin to 80-73 in the next-to-last minute and even when Mega returned the game, 80-77, Dangubic sealed the outcome from the foul line.
— KK Partizan NIS (@PartizanBC) June 3, 2021
ALBA regains home-court advantage
ALBA Berlin took a 2-1 lead in its best-of-five German League semifinals series by topping ratiopharm Ulm 72-80 in Game 3. Maodo Lo led the way for ALBA with 21 points and 7 assists. Simone Fontecchio added 19 points while Ben Lammers had 12 for the winners. Dylan Osetkowski led Ulm with 16 points. Cameron Clark added 14 while Troy Caupain had 13 for the hosts. Osetkowski and Caupain fueled an 11-4 opening run which allowed Ulm to keep a 21-16 lead after 10 minutes. ALBA rallied late in the first half and Jayson Granger struck from downtown to put his team ahead, 37-39, at halftime. John Petrucelli gave Ulm its last lead, 59-58, with over 7 minutes left. Marcus Eriksson had 8 points, including a couple of triples, in a 2-13 run highlighted by Lammers’s dunk. Ulm kept trying but Lo sealed the outcome, 68-80, in the next-to-last minute.
Wir ziehen alle Hüte vor diesem Team! Trotz der zahlreichen Verletzten fightet sich unser Team zum 80:72-Sieg gegen ein starkes @ratiopharmulm. Maodo Lô (21pt 7as 4rb 2st) und @simofonte13 (19pt 4rb 3as 1st) führen uns im Schlussviertel zu zwei Matchbällen für das Finale. pic.twitter.com/m34YZ0GNaW
— ALBA BERLIN (@albaberlin) June 3, 2021