Pau Gasol will probably never win the Euroleague. FC Barcelona indeed failed Sunday in the final of the major European competition after a big physical fight won by Anadolu Efes, the Istanbul club (86-81) who won for his second attempt in the final after the ‘known failure in 2019 against CSKA Moscow (83-91).
With eleven players (out of twelve) returning two years later, in the dull closed doors of Cologne (Germany), the Turkish team won at the finish after two hours and ten minutes, without extra time, of a match. irradiated by the doublet of backs Vasilije Micic (25 points including 21 in the second half, 8 fouls provoked), MVP of the event, and Shane Larkin (21 points, 12 out of 12 throws) who unlocked the two teams in the second half (39-36 for Anadolu Efes at the break).
The team of two Frenchmen Adrien Moerman (6 points, 8 rebounds) and Rodrigue Beaubois (3 points) is the second Turkish club European champion after Fenerbahçe in 2017.