It might sound like a strange thing to say when three of the four ties went to the fifth game, but in the end, Home-Court advantage held firm in the EuroLeague Quarter-Final matches.
CSKA Moscow have been relaxing for some time, finishing the job in just three matches. However, we now know the full list of four teams who will take part in the Final Four later this month.
The final four teams left in the EuroLeague are:
- CSKA Moscow
- Anadolu Efes Istanbul
- AX Armani Exchange Milan
- FC Barcelona
There was some huge basketball action across Europe on Tuesday night.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul 88-83 Real Madrid
This was a game that went to the end, and it wasn’t wrapped up until the final minute. There were six lead changes and five tied-scores in the final quarter, so you get the sense both teams were desperate to remain in the competition.
Kruoslav Simon was the player who split the teams late on, and that was the catalyst for the hosts. Sergio Llull missed from Madrid’s next possession and then a foul on Chris Singleton, with the same player grabbing 2 free-throws, created the gap the side from Istanbul needed to sneak home.
Singleton delivered 26 points and 8 rebounds in the game.
AX Armani Exchange Milan 92-89 FC Bayern Munich
Milan had huge leads at various times in this game, as they did in the overall tie, but in the end, they did just enough to sneak into the Final Four.
The hosts held a 17-point lead during this game and with less than 80 seconds left on the clock, they were 12 points ahead. Munich might have seen the headlines for the greatest comeback of all time but a strong stop for Milan from Kyle Hines with 14 seconds left to play ensured the hosts would hold firm.
Malcolm Delaney provided 16 points in the win while Jalen Reynolds offered up a double-double for the losing side, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
FC Barcelona 79-53 Zenit St Petersburg
The regular season table winners showed their superiority in this game, easing through to the Final Four. It has been a tough series of games, but at no point did the Catalonian club look in danger during the last game of the series.
They held a nine-point lead at the 10-minute mark and were ahead by 13 points at the break.
This is the first time FC Barcelona have reached the EuroLeague Final Four in seven years. Cory Higgins notched 15 points in the win while Alex Poythress grabbed 11 points in the loss.
The Final Four match-ups will be:
- FC Barcelona v AX Armani Exchange Milan
- CSKA Moscow v Anadolu Efes Istanbul
We have some time until these games are played, so we will look at them in greater detail on the road to the Final Four, but for now, there is some celebrating taking place across Europe.