MVP Teodosic Fires Olympiacos To Greek Cup Glory

22 February 2010

Milos Teodosic added another award to his trophy cabinet over the weekend after leading Olympiacos to a 68-64 victory in the Greek Cup Final.

The Serbian hotshot had a game-high 22 points for the Reds and was voted MVP of the game.

Teodosic led his country to a silver medal at last year's EuroBasket and made the all-tournament team.

His contributions on Saturday ensured that the Reds claimed their first Greek Cup triumph since the 2001-02 campaign.

It was the eighth in their history.

Teodosic, who turns 23 next month, was a bit-part player one year ago with Olympiacos but he's been riding a wave of confidence ever since EuroBasket 2009 in Poland.

"Olympiacos tried last year to help Milos acquire critical thinking and become a player that could make the most of his abilities while capitalizing on the weaknesses of opponents," Olympiacos coach Panagiotis Yannakis said.

"He is still very young and has much to learn."

Having beaten their biggest rivals in the Greek Cup Final, the Reds will now take aim at glory in the Euroleague and the Greek top flight.

Greece center Ioannis Bourousis was a huge doubt going into the Final against Panathinaikos after missing games and practice with the flu but Yannakis played him more than 16 minutes and he contributed eight points while also pulling down five rebounds.

"I thank my coach, who believed in me and gave me great pleasure to fight and win the Cup," Bourousis said.

The result added to a frustrating season for Panathinaikos, who claimed a Greek Cup, Euroleague and Greek league treble last season.

"You can't always win," Panathinaikos' Greece international guard Dimitris Diamantidis said, before adding, "in difficult times, we must stick together. "

Zeljko Obradovic, Teodosic's compatriot and the coach of Panathinaikos, congratulated Olympiacos but also said: "My players fought to the end and I am proud of them."

Most of the clubs' fans weren't able to watch it in person because of concerns about crowd violence.

Police decided each team would get 750 tickets and the Greek Basketball Federation got around 600 invitations.

The game was shown on television, however.


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