Ariel McDonald produced a performance for the ages to guide Girona to their first ever piece of European silverware against Azovmash Mariupol in the EuroCup Final.
The 35-year old veteran scored a season high 25 points to spearhead a superb Girona display in the face of a valiant opponent in Azovmash.
Akasvayu Girona and Estudiantes both suffered post-EuroCup hangovers on Wednesday night as they slumped to away defeats in the ACB, going down to Real Madrid and Gran Canaria Grupo Dunas respectively.
Akasvayu, who beat Azovmash to win the EuroCup title on Sunday, fell to an 83-72 loss at ACB leaders Madrid at the Palacio Vistalegre.
Akasvayu Girona coach Svetislav Pesic wrote another chapter to his legendary career by leading the Spanish outfit to EuroCup glory on Sunday.
Pesic moved to Girona in the summer from Lottomatica Roma and won the title in his very first season in thrilling fashion as his men prevailed 79-72 over Azovmash.
On Friday evening just in front of the main entrance at the Pavello Fontajau, Girona’s Ariel McDonald kissed two-year old son Bailey goodbye so that he could meet up with his team. As Ariel walked away, Bailey was crying and holding out his arms hoping his father would come back immediately.
This evening, the father and son were celebrating together a EuroCup title and the elder McDonald’s MVP performance.
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