Baskonia Beats Madrid To Win Euroleague Title
Baskonia outlasted Madrid in a thrilling Game 5 to win the Euroleague championship on Wednesday. The game was back and forth throughout, but Baskonia was able to pull away in the end for a 93-91 victory.
This is Baskonia’s first Euroleague title in club history. They had come close before, losing in the final in both 2005 and 2006. But this year they were able to come out on top, thanks largely to their star player Johannes Voigtmann.
Voigtmann led all scorers with 24 points and was dominant on both ends of the court. He was a menace on defense, recording five blocks, and he also showed off his shooting touch, making three three-pointers.
The other key players for Baskonia were Pablo Prigioni and Inigo Martinez. Prigioni had 17 points and eight assists, while Martinez chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds.
For Madrid, Nikola Mirotic led the way with 22 points. Luka Doncic added 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Baskonia’s balanced attack.
After a back-and-forth first half, Baskonia took control of the game in the third quarter. They went into halftime up 63-58 and then extended their lead to 76-68 by the end of the third quarter.
However, Madrid refused to give up. They stormed back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 86-85 with just under two minutes remaining. But that’s as close as they would get, as Baskonia held on for the victory.
This was an exciting championship series that had everything: big shots, clutch plays, amazing athleticism, and plenty of drama. Congratulations to Baskonia for being crowned Euroleague champions!
Vitoria and Leon Battle to the Extreme In Basque Derby
The Basque Country is one of the most culturally rich and diverse regions in all of Europe.
Bordered by France and Spain, the autonomous community of Basque Country is made up of seven provinces: Biscay, Gipuzkoa, Álava, Navarra, Burgos, Palencia, and Soria.
The Basque people are an ethnic group with their own language, culture, and traditions that differ from those of the rest of Spain.
One of the most popular traditions in the Basque Country is the “Basque Derby” or “Eusko Derbi” between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad.
The rivalry between these two clubs is so intense that they are often referred to as El Gran Derbi de Euskadi (The Great Basque derby).
This weekend marked the latest installment of this heated rivalry as Athletic Bilbao welcomed Real Sociedad to San Mamés stadium.
Both teams came into the match in good form, with Athletic Bilbao undefeated in their last six matches and Real Sociedad winning four of their last five games.
Athletic Bilbao started off brightly and almost took the lead in the fourth minute when Iker Muniain’s long-range effort hit the crossbar.
Real Sociedad finally got on the scoreboard in the 26th minute when Willian José finished from close range after a good team move.
Athletic Bilbao equalized just before halftime when Aritz Aduriz headed home from a corner kick.
The second half was a close-fought affair with both teams having chances to score but it was Athletic Bilbao who ultimately won the match 2-1 thanks to an extra time winner from Inaki Williams.
The victory moved Athletic Bilbao up to seventh place in La Liga table while Real Sociedad remain in 11th place.
Signed: The Next Big Thing Out Of The Baskonia Academy
The Baskonia academy has been one of the most successful academies in Europe for many years now. Some of their alumni include NBA players like Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio, and Jose Calderon. As a result, they have been able to produce a lot of top-level talent in recent years.
The latest player to come out of the Baskonia academy is DeAndre Ayton. Ayton is a 7-foot-1 center who has been compared to NBA legends like Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon. He is currently playing for the Arizona Wildcats and is expected to be a top pick in next year’s NBA draft.
One of the reasons why the Baskonia academy has been so successful is that they focus on fundamentals. Players are taught how to play defense, rebound, and make good decisions with the ball. This approach has paid off handsomely for the Baskonia academy, and it will be interesting to see how DeAndre Ayton performs at the next level.
Record Crowd Expected At Baskonia-Barcelona Showdown
A record crowd is expected at the Baskonia-Barcelona showdown scheduled for this weekend in the Liga ACB.
The teams are tied for first place in the Liga ACB standings, and a victory by either side could be decisive in the race for the championship.
Tickets for the game have been sold out for some time, and with both sides boasting big stars, the atmosphere is sure to be electric.
In addition to the usual players who have been lighting up the Liga ACB all season, both teams will also have some reinforcements.
For Barcelona, Brazilian Nene is expected to make his debut after signing with the club last month. Nene is a 34-year-old veteran who has played in the NBA and has won several championships in Europe.
Baskonia will also have a new player on hand: veteran shooting guard Juan Carlos Navarro, who is coming out of retirement to help his old team pursue glory.
Navarro is a 38-year-old Spaniard who is considered one of the greatest players in Spanish basketball history. He has played for both Barcelona and Baskonia during his career and is a four-time winner of the Liga ACB MVP award.
With two such talented lineups competing against each other, fans are sure to be treated to an exciting game this weekend.
How The Return Of Jan Padiot Has Transformed Baskonia’s Season
For much of the season, Baskonia has been one of the most inconsistent teams in Europe. They have alternated between dominant performances followed by poor losses. This made it difficult to determine whether they were contenders or pretenders for the championship.
One reason for their inconsistencies was their roster changes throughout the season. The team had to deal with multiple injuries to key players and also adjusting to the new playing style of head coach Velimir Perasovic.
However, the team seems to have finally found its groove in March. They are currently on a six-game winning streak and look like a completely different team than they did at the beginning of the season.
The biggest reason for their resurgence is the return of Jan Padiot. Padiot, who suffered a knee injury in January, has come back and ignited the Baskonia offense. In his first game back, he scored 27 points against Anadolu Efes and followed that up with 29 points against Olympiakos.
With Padiot leading the way, Baskonia looks like a championship contender once again. Their offense is now more balanced and they have shown that they can compete with anyone in Europe.