Hosts Göttingen ignited a giant violet and white themed party in the city after being crowned champions of EuroChallenge 2010 with a hard fought and riveting 83-75 win over Krasnye Krylia.
Amidst scenes of jubilation on the final buzzer, Coach Patrick and his players held their first European trophy aloft much to the delight of a near 4,000 fans inside Lokhalle (watch highlight video here).
|BG Göttingen now call the EuroChallenge trophy their own|
Those home based supporters revelling in being handed their first major piece of silverware can now also look forward to watching EuroCup basketball in 2010-11.
In another terrific advert for the tournament, the climax of EuroChallenge Final Four weekend didn't disappoint.
To their credit, Krasnye Krylia dug deep as they have all season and pushed the Violets all the way. However in the end, the momentum and a gigantic performance by Chris McNaughton proved to be decisive.
The center was playing in the third tier of Spanish basketball last season but 12 months later is now a EuroChallenge champion and his majestic 22 point performance was instrumental and with this contribution, he wrote himself into Göttingen basketball folklore.
In a clash of styles, Krasnye Krylia did a good job in slowing down the hosts for the majority of the first half and had led 24-22 but a poor finish to the second quarter handed Göttingen a, 35-28 advantage at the interval.
|Ralph Biggs tried hard to keep his team alive but came short with the red wings|
As much as veteran Ralph Biggs and leading scorer Luis Flores tried, the Red Wings struggled to make up the deficit and with McNaughton on fire, they trailed by double digits heading into the final ten minutes.
When Michael Meeks drained back to back triples to take it out to 68-55, Samara looked a spent force but they again showed their hard-nosed edge.
Coming out of a time-out with just over five minutes to play, Krasnye Krylia rattled off a 14-4 run to get the nerves of the noisy home crowd jangling.
With the tension in the Arena palpable and at times bordering on almost unbearable tension, the German side regained their composure from the free-throw line to seal a historic and memnorable victory.