Virtus Bologna and Tenerife clinched their spot in the Final of the Basketball Champions League on Friday night (03/05). They will now face each other for the title on Sunday (05/05).
The Italians made one of the most dominant performances in the history of the competition. They decimated Brose Bamberg and reached the Final (67-50).
Virtus Bologna led from start to finish and never looked back. They earned a double-digit lead in the first half and cruised to an easy victory.
For their part, Bamberg could not turn things around and never threatened in the second half.
The Italians played excellent defensively and held the Germans to their lowest total of the season and the lowest ever by a team in the Final Four. Furthermore, Bamberg had a Final Four record low of 25% in field goals.
Kevin Punter led the winners with 21 points. On the other hand, Tyrese Rice posted 21 points for the losing squad.
Tenerife made its return to the Basketball Champions League Final, after rallying past Antwerp Giants in the second semi-final (70-54).
At the sold-out Sportpaleis, the Belgian hosts were in control early in the game, taking a double-digit lead. The Spaniards, though, went on a 19-6 run and closed the first half in front by five (31-26).
Antwerp remained competitive until the end of the third quarter (47-42), but Tenerife took over after that.
More specifically, the visitors closed the game on a 23-12 run to seal the deal and the qualification to the Championship Game.
Nicolas Brussino had 17 points for the winners, who will play in the Final after a one-year absence (2017). Javier Beiran and Pierre-Antoine Gillet added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Tyler Kalinoski and Jae’Sean Tate posted 13 points apiece for the losing squad. Antwerp will now compete in the third-place game on Sunday (05/05).