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The 2019 EuroLeague Final Four was the concluding EuroLeague Final Four tournament of the 2018–19 EuroLeague season, the 62nd season of Europe's premier club basketball tournament, and the 19th season since it was first organised by Euroleague Basketball. It was the 32nd Final Four of the modern EuroLeague Final Four era (1988–present), and the 34th time overall that the competition has concluded with a final four format. The Final Four was played at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, on 17 and 19 May 2019.[2][3]

2019 EuroLeague Final Four
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The official logo was unveiled on 20 February 2019[1]
Season2018–19 EuroLeague
Tournament details
ArenaFernando Buesa Arena
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Dates17–19 May 2019
Final positions
ChampionsRussia CSKA Moscow (8th title)
Runners-upTurkey Anadolu Efes
Third placeSpain Real Madrid
Fourth placeTurkey Fenerbahçe Beko
Awards and statistics
MVPUnited States Will Clyburn
Top scorer(s)United States Shane Larkin (59 points)
2018
2020

VenueEdit

 
Outside view of the Fernando Buesa Arena during the Final Four
 
Interior view of the Fernando Buesa Arena during the Final Four

On May 15, 2018, Euroleague Basketball announced that the Final Four will be held in the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz. It was the first time ever the event would be hosted in Vitoria. The arena hosted the 1996 FIBA Saporta Cup Final, in which local Saski Baskonia won the title and also hosted the 2010 EuroCup Finals.[4]

The Final Eight of the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) was played four times at Buesa Arena (2000, 2002, 2008 and 2013).[5]

On 9 April 2012, at the game of Caja Laboral against Real Madrid, Fernando Buesa Arena registered the record of attendance in a basketball game of the Spanish Liga ACB with 15,504 spectators.[6]


Vitoria-Gasteiz
2019 EuroLeague Final Four (Europe)
Fernando Buesa Arena
Capacity: 15,716

BackgroundEdit

Real MadridEdit

Real Madrid failed to defend the title after finishing the regular season in the third position, with a 22–8 record, and being the first qualified team by beating Panathinaikos OPAP 3–0 in the playoffs. This was their seventh Final Four in the last nine editions and the third consecutive.

Coach Pablo Laso could have won his third title in his sixth Final Four appearance.

BracketEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal AEdit

Turkish champions Fenerbahçe Beko returned to the Final Four to make it their fourth straight appearance. Led by head coach Željko Obradović, the all-time record holder for most EuroLeague championships won by a head coach, it defeated Žalgiris Kaunas 3–1 in the play-offs, to clinch a semi-final spot.

Anadolu Efes qualified for its first Final Four since 2001, this being their third appearance, after finishing in last place the previous year. The club beat Barcelona Lassa 3–2 in the play-offs.

Larkin set a new EuroLeague Final Four record for Performance Index Rating with 43.[7]

17 May 2019 Fenerbahçe Beko   73–92   Anadolu Efes Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
18:00 (CEST) Scoring by quarter: 20–19, 20–26, 17–23, 16–24
Pts: Veselý 14
Rebs: Melli 4
Asts: Gudurić 6
PIR: Kalinić 15
Boxscore Pts: Larkin 30
Rebs: Dunston 10
Asts: Larkin 7
PIR: Larkin 43
Arena: Fernando Buesa Arena
Attendance: 13,470
Referees:   Luigi Lamonica,   Oļegs Latiševs,   Mehdi Difallah


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 35   Ali Muhammed 4 2 3
SG 1   Erick Green 13 0 1
SF 23   Marko Gudurić 8 2 6
PF 4   Nicolò Melli 9 4 2
C 44   Ahmet Düverioğlu 0 2 1
Reserves:
PF 5   Barış Hersek DNP
SG 10   Melih Mahmutoğlu 5 3 1
SF 12   Nikola Kalinić 12 3 2
F 13   Tarık Biberovic 0 0 0
PG 16   Kostas Sloukas 8 3 2
C 24   Jan Veselý 14 2 2
PG 32   Sinan Güler 0 0 0
Head coach:
  Željko Obradović
 
 
 
 
Fenerbahçe
 
 
 
 
Anadolu Efes

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Fenerbahçe Statistics A. Efes
21/42 (50%) 2-pt field goals 17/30 (50.7%)
6/21 (28.6%) 3-pt field goals 14/32 (43.8%)
13/16 (81.3%) Free throws 16/20 (80%)
6 Offensive rebounds 12
19 Defensive rebounds 31
25 Total rebounds 43
20 Assists 13
5 Turnovers 10
5 Steals 5
2 Blocks 1
24 Fouls 18
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 0   Shane Larkin 30 7 7
SG 22   Vasilije Micić 25 5 1
SF 44   Krunoslav Simon 0 1 0
PF 18   Adrien Moerman 7 5 2
C 42   Bryant Dunston 9 10 0
Reserves:
G 1   Rodrigue Beaubois 2 2 2
PG 4   Doğuş Balbay 0 0 0
PF 12   Brock Motum 9 4 0
C 15   Sertaç Şanlı DNP
G 19   Buğrahan Tuncer DNP
C 21   Tibor Pleiß 0 2 1
SF 23   James Anderson 10 5 0
Head coach:
  Ergin Ataman

Semifinal BEdit

Russian champions CSKA Moscow returned to the Final Four to make it their eight consecutive Final Four appearance. The club beat Kirolbet Baskonia 3–1 in the play-offs.

Defending Euroleague and spanish champions Real Madrid would play its third consecutive Final Four appearance. The match would be a re-match of the 2018 Semifinal A, which Real Madrid won on their way to their 10th title. Real Madrid beat Panathinaikos OPAP 3–0 in the play-offs.

17 May 2019 CSKA Moscow   95–90   Real Madrid Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
21:00 (CEST) Scoring by quarter: 18–22, 25–23, 22–28, 30–17
Pts: De Colo, Rodríguez 23
Rebs: three players 5
Asts: Rodríguez 4
PIR: De Colo 27
Boxscore Pts: Causeur 18
Rebs: Tavares 9
Asts: Campazzo 6
PIR: Causeur 17
Arena: Fernando Buesa Arena
Attendance: 13,199
Referees:   Matej Boltauzer,   Borys Ryzhyk,   Anne Panther


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 1   Nando de Colo 23 4 2
SG 23   Daniel Hackett 3 3 2
SF 21   Will Clyburn 18 5 1
PF 41   Nikita Kurbanov 0 2 0
C 44   Othello Hunter 8 5 0
Reserves:
F 3   Joel Bolomboy 0 0 0
F 5   Alec Peters 3 5 1
G 7   Ivan Ukhov DNP
PG 13   Sergio Rodríguez 23 0 4
PF 20   Andrey Vorontsevich DNP
G 22   Cory Higgins 11 3 1
C 42   Kyle Hines 6 4 0
Head coach:
  Dimitrios Itoudis
 
 
 
 
CSKA Moscow
 
 
 
 
Real Madrid

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CSKA Statistics R.Madrid
17/38 (44.7%) 2-pt field goals 24/46 (52.2%)
9/18 (50%) 3-pt field goals 7/24 (29.2%)
34/42 (81%) Free throws 21/24 (87.5%)
6 Offensive rebounds 11
25 Defensive rebounds 24
31 Total rebounds 35
11 Assists 16
8 Turnovers 8
2 Steals 4
2 Blocks 7
22 Fouls 32
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 7   Facundo Campazzo 10 2 6
SG 5   Rudy Fernández 10 2 4
SF 44   Jeffery Taylor 3 2 1
PF 3   Anthony Randolph 12 5 0
C 22   Edy Tavares 6 9 0
Reserves:
SG 1   Fabien Causeur 18 2 1
PF 9   Felipe Reyes DNP
C 14   Gustavo Ayón 2 2 1
SG 20   Jaycee Carroll 5 1 0
PG 23   Sergio Llull 13 2 2
SF 24   Gabriel Deck 2 2 0
PF 33   Trey Thompkins 9 6 1
Head coach:
  Pablo Laso

Third place gameEdit

Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid faced off in a re-match of the 2018 championship game. Facundo Campazzo set an all-time record for assists in a Final Four game, with 15. He surpassed Terrell McIntyre's record from 2008.[8]

19 May 2019 Fenerbahçe Beko   75–94   Real Madrid Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
17:30 (CEST) Scoring by quarter: 16–24, 24–14, 23–31, 12–25
Pts: Sloukas 17
Rebs: Düverioğlu 9
Asts: Sloukas 6
PIR: Sloukas 18
Boxscore Pts: Ayón 23
Rebs: Ayón 11
Asts: Campazzo 15
PIR: Ayón 36
Arena: Fernando Buesa Arena
Attendance: 12,866
Referees:   Matej Boltauzer,   Fernando Rocha,   Mehdi Difallah


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 32   Sinan Güler 4 0 2
SG 1   Erick Green 4 0 0
SF 23   Marko Gudurić 11 1 2
PF 12   Nikola Kalinić 8 3 0
C 44   Ahmet Düverioğlu 4 9 2
Reserves:
PF 4   Nicolò Melli 7 5 0
PF 5   Barış Hersek DNP
SG 10   Melih Mahmutoğlu 14 2 3
F 13   Tarık Biberovic 0 0 0
PG 16   Kostas Sloukas 17 1 6
SF 18   Egehan Arna 0 1 0
C 24   Jan Veselý 6 0 0
Head coach:
  Željko Obradović
 
 
 
 
Fenerbahçe
 
 
 
 
Real Madrid

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Fenerbahçe Statistics R.Madrid
16/32 (50%) 2-pt field goals 23/35 (65.7%)
10/27 (37%) 3-pt field goals 11/21 (52.4%)
13/15 (86.7%) Free throws 15/19 (78.9%)
5 Offensive rebounds 6
18 Defensive rebounds 28
23 Total rebounds 34
15 Assists 30
11 Turnovers 7
7 Steals 12
2 Blocks 4
22 Fouls 19
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 7   Facundo Campazzo 12 3 15
SG 20   Jaycee Carroll 8 0 0
SF 5   Rudy Fernández 6 2 5
PF 9   Felipe Reyes 6 2 0
C 14   Gustavo Ayón 23 11 3
Reserves:
SG 1   Fabien Causeur 13 2 2
SF 16   Santiago Yusta 2 0 0
C 22   Edy Tavares 2 4 1
PG 23   Sergio Llull 4 2 1
SF 24   Gabriel Deck 3 3 0
SG 25   Klemen Prepelič 3 0 1
PF 33   Trey Thompkins 12 5 2
Head coach:
  Pablo Laso

Championship gameEdit

The seven-time EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow advanced to the championship game for the seventh time and first since 2016 EuroLeague Final Four. Anadolu Efes advance to the Final Four Championship Game for the first time in their history, having finished third in both previous Euroleague Final Four participations. Remarkable was that in the previous season, Efes finished sixteenth and last in the EuroLeague.

Shane Larkin broke the record for most points scored in a Final Four, with 59 total.[9]

19 May 2018 Anadolu Efes   83–91   CSKA Moscow Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
20:30 (CEST) Scoring by quarter: 20–29, 22–15, 20–24, 21–23
Pts: Larkin 29
Rebs: Dunston, Simon 10
Asts: Micić 5
PIR: Larkin 24
Boxscore Pts: Higgins, Clyburn 20
Rebs: Three players 5
Asts: Hackett 5
PIR: Higgins 23
Arena: Fernando Buesa Arena
Attendance: 13,420
Referees: Robert Lottermoser (Germany), Luigi Lamonica (Italy), Oļegs Latiševs (Latvia)


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 0   Shane Larkin 29 1 2
SG 22   Vasilije Micić 10 0 5
SF 23   James Anderson 7 0 0
PF 18   Adrien Moerman 2 3 0
C 42   Bryant Dunston 13 10 2
Reserves:
G 1   Rodrigue Beaubois 3 0 0
PG 4   Doğuş Balbay 0 0 0
PF 12   Brock Motum 4 3 0
C 15   Sertaç Şanlı 0 0 0
G 19   Buğrahan Tuncer DNP
C 21   Tibor Pleiß 0 1 0
SF 44   Krunoslav Simon 15 10 2
Head coach:
  Ergin Ataman
 
 
 
 
Anadolu Efes
 
 
 
 
CSKA Moscow

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A. Efes Statistics CSKA
15/40 (37.5%) 2-pt field goals 17/32 (53.1%)
11/30 (36.7%) 3-pt field goals 14/22 (63.6%)
20/22 (90.9%) Free throws 15/18 (83.3%)
19 Offensive rebounds 8
17 Defensive rebounds 27
36 Total rebounds 35
12 Assists 18
9 Turnovers 11
4 Steals 3
2 Blocks 2
22 Fouls 22


2018–19 EuroLeague champions
 
CSKA Moscow
8th title
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 1   Nando de Colo 15 4 4
SG 23   Daniel Hackett 7 3 5
SF 21   Will Clyburn 20 5 2
PF 41   Nikita Kurbanov 7 5 3
C 44   Othello Hunter 7 1 0
Reserves:
F 3   Joel Bolomboy 0 2 0
F 5   Alec Peters 0 0 0
G 7   Ivan Ukhov 0 0 0
PG 13   Sergio Rodríguez 6 2 0
PF 20   Andrey Vorontsevich DNP
G 22   Cory Higgins 20 3 2
C 42   Kyle Hines 9 5 2
Head coach:
  Dimitrios Itoudis

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Final Four logo unveiled in Vitoria-Gasteiz". EuroLeague.net. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Vitoria-Gasteiz to host the 2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four". 15 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Final Four general public tickets are now sold out!" (Press release). Euroleague Basketball. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ Eurocupbasketball.com - An arena that grows with basketball's popularity.
  5. ^ Eurocup'96 Archived 2008-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ ¡15.504 espectadores! El Buesa Arena establece un nuevo récord de asistencia
  7. ^ "Larkin smashes Final Four PIR record". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four records review". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four records review". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 3 June 2019.

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