Panathinakos lifts Greek League title
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens defended its Greek League crown. The Greens beat the visiting Promitheas Patras 111-77 to sweep the best-of-five finals series and become Greek champion for the third consecutive season, and 38th overall. Panathinaikos needed less than 5 minutes to open a 16-2 lead, a run which included 6 points from Georgios Papagiannis and a triple apiece from Sean Kilpatrick and Nick Calathes. An ensuing 13-0 run extended it to 29-5 before the end of the first quarter and Panathinaikos was well on its way to the title. The Greens led 62-34 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way. Among six players in double figures, Papagiannis had 16 points and 9 rebounds, and DeShaun Thomas also scored 16 points. Matt Lojeski netted 13, while All-EuroLeague guard Nick Calathes had 12 points and 9 assists in the victory. Langston Hall had 12 points and 8 assists for Promitheas.
Anwil crowned in Poland
Anwil Wloclawek is back at the Polish throne after going on the road and defeating Polski Cukier Torun 77-89 in a deciding Game 7 of their final series. Anwil trailed 1-0 and 3-2 in the series, but won the last two games to lift its third Polish League title, but first back-to-back. Kamil Lichodiej led Anwil with 16 points, Ivan Almeida collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Simon Szewczyk had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Meanwhile, Michael Umeh paced the hosts with 13 points. Anwil took control in the first quarter behind baskets from Michal Michalak and a triple from Walerij Laczynski that opened 15-22 lead. The visitors stayed in front, before back-to-back triples from Aaron Broussard and Lichodiej late in the second quarter helped open 40-50 halftime lead. Lichodiej hit twice more from downtown to open 45-58 in the third quarter, but Rob Lowery and Damian Kulig hit triples to get the margin into single figures. However, the fourth triple in as many attempts by Lichodiej, followed by a three from Chase Simon and a last-second triple from Almeida extended it to 58-75 after three quarters, paving the way to the title for Anwil.
Venice takes Game 3 in Italian finals
Umana Reyer Venice took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Italian League finals after holding on to 73-76 road win over Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari on Friday night. Venice took control early in the second quarter, and Julyan Stone and Austin Daye helped open 24-35 lead. Sassari got within a single possession in the third, but consecutive triples from Stefano Tonut, Michael Bramos and Stone in a 1-11 run restored double-digit margin, before a three-point play from Bramos made it 46-59 to end the third quarter. The visitors up by 14 late in the fourth, but Achille Polonara’s triple sparked a 14-0 run that tied the game at 64-64. Teams went into the last minute tied at 71-71, but Daye hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds to go, and Venice held on. Daye finished with 22 points plus 7 rebounds, and Tonut was the only other Venice scorer in double figures with 10 points. Rashawn Thomas scored 17, and Dyshawn Pierre 15 points in defeat.