Media Reactions To Final Four



6. William Thomas (Pinar Karsiyaka)
The reactions of Pinar Karsiyaka players painted a better picture of the result than words

When Krasnye Krylia escaped with a one-point victory on Sunday night to complete their perfect EuroChallenge season, Russian media was quick to remind fans of what the victory means in the wider scope of Russian basketball.

Following on from Dynamo Moscow winning EuroCup Women, UMMC Ekaterinburg defeating Fenerbahce to win EuroLeague Women and Lokomotiv winning the Eurocup; Krasnye Krylia's miraculous come-from-behind victory over hosts Pinar Karsiyaka on Sunday means that if CSKA win the Euroleague Final Four, Russia will hold all five European-wide men's and women's club basketball trophies this season.

"Taking into account the women's clubs [as well], we may be witnessing an unprecedented success for Russian basketball - the complete collection of continental club trophies. We should remain patient and believe in the team of Ettore Messina," commented the game report on leading Russia sport website, making reference to CSKA head coach Messina.

There was almost an heir of disbelief in the writings of Turkish journalists whom it appeared were struggling to comprehend how Pinar Karsiyaka - who had dominated the first half - failed to hold on for the win.
The pictures, rather than words, were best describing the outcome of the game on with four Karsiyaka players pictured sitting heartbroken and dismayed on their team's bench, under the headline: "What have you done?"

German news website, made mention of EWE Baskets Oldenburg having their dream burst after being relegated by Karsiyaka on Friday, before getting up to claim third on Sunday.

However, the story took a nice spin, quoting BBL (German domestic league) Managing Director Jan Pommer who said that Oldenburg demonstrated they can compete against the big clubs Europe, representing German basketball in the best possible fashion.

French media was taking on something of a more sombre tone, following the failure of BCM Gravelines to pick up a win over the course of the weekend, with L'equipe noting that Ludovic Vaty - a potential candidate to play in Slovenia this summer - failed to get the required offensive assistance from his teammates.

Vaty averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds-a-game in the Final Four.


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