A pair of stellar backcourt duos settled a night of drama and heroics in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four on Friday.
Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic led Anadolu Efes Istanbul to victory in the first semifinal with the same performance index rating as the entire Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul team. In the nightcap, CSKA Moscow rallied from 14 points down in the second half behind Nando De Colo and Sergio Rodriguez to knock off Real Madrid and assure that a new champion will be crowned on Sunday. Anadolu Efes Istanbul and CSKA Moscow will play for the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown on Sunday night in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain!
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 92-73 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Anadolu Efes Istanbul roared past Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 73-92 in the first semifinal. Shane Larkin assaulted the record book with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Vasilije Micic scored a career-high 25 points to pace Efes. James Anderson added 10 points and Bryant Dunston posted 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, who tied a Final Four record with 14 three-pointers made and outrebounded Fenerbahce 25-43. Jan Vesely returned from injury to lead Fenerbahce with 14 points, Erick Green added 13 and Nikola Kalinic had 12 in defeat.
CSKA Moscow 95-90 Real Madrid
In the second semifinal later, CSKA Moscow dominated the fourth quarter to beat Real Madrid 95-90 late Friday. Nando De Colo scored 10 points in the final 10 minutes in helping CSKA rally from a 14-point third-quarter deficit. He and backcourt mate Sergio Rodriguez finished with 23 points apiece, Will Clyburn netted 18 and Cory Higgins 11, including the last free throws to put the game on ice. Fabien Causeur led the Real attack with 18 points, Sergio Llull added 13, Anthony Randolph 12 and Facu Camapzzo and Rudy Fernandez scored 10 apiece. Real led for all but a few seconds of the first 38 minutes, but CSKA closed the game on a 13-5 tear.
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