Panathinaikos BC become European champions for seventh time

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Panathinaikos BC has added a seventh European crown to its glorious history after beating Real Madrid in Berlin’s final on Sunday.

Panathinaikos came back from 14 points down to win 95-80 in a match that will go down in history.

Despite an abysmal defensive performance in the first quarter, after which Real led by 11 (36-25) and then stretched their advantage to 41-27, the Greeks regrouped and improved their defense while maintaining their offensive flair that had them constantly devise new ways to overcome Real’s defense.

In the third period Panathinaikos turned things around completely thanks to its defense that let in only seven points in 10 minutes. As a result it went ahead 58-56 for the first time and never looked back.

Most players of the Greens ended the game with tears in their eyes, including coach Ergin Ataman as Panathinaikos has won the Euroleague for the first time in 13 years.

Earlier Olympiakos earned the third place with its 87-84 win over Fenerbahce.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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