BallinEurope this morning congratulates newly-recrowned 2010-11 TBL champions Fenerbahçe Ülker, who topped Eurocup side Galatasaray Café Crown, 91-88, in game six of the championship series. This marks the fourth championship for Fenerbahçe in the last five years and a defense of their 2009-10 title.
Fenerbahçe’s big guns were all firing in the game, with five players in double-digit scoring including contributions of 20 and 19 from Omer Onan and Oguz Savas, respectively, down to Sean May’s highly efficient 10 points in 16 minutes.
Highlights and official Euroleague writeup follow the break.
(Euroleague.net) – Fenerbahçe Ülker wrapped up its fifth Turkish League championship and fourth in the last five years by holding on to edge Galatasaray Café Crown 88-91 in Game 6 of the Turkish League finals on Friday in Istanbul.
In a thriller, Fenerbahçe guards Roko Ukic and Sarunas Jasikevicius combined to go 6-for-6 from the line in the final 13 seconds to hold on to a slim lead to win the game and take the best-of-seven series, 4-2. Omer Onan paced the winners with 20 points before fouling out and Oguz Savas added 19. Jasikevicius scored 14, Emir Preldzic had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists and Sean May tallied 10 points and six boards in just 16 minutes of court time. Jerry Johnson led Galatasaray with 19 points and eight assists, Preston Shumpert tallied 18 with six rebounds and Ermal Kuqo scored 10 in defeat.
The game was close from the onset. A pair of Shumpert three-pointers lifted Galatasaray to a 19-13 lead, but two May baskets helped Fener cut the gap to 23-21 after 10 minutes. An Onan three put FB Ülker back on top early in the second quarter and May made it 25-32. Jasikevicius nailed a pair of threes to further boost the Fenerbahçe advantage to 31-39, but Galatasaray finished the half on a tear to take the lead before Saras tied the score at 49-49 at halftime.
Shumpert put the hosts up by four points on a number of occasions in the third quarter, but neither team would lead by more than five the rest of the way; the fourth quarter alone featured two ties and six lead changes as the game came down to the wire.
Evren Buker put Galatasaray ahead 80-79 with 2:47 remaining, but the hosts’ attack stalled after that. Onan connected from downtown and then lifted his team to a 82-85 advantage with 49 seconds left. Johnson narrowed the gap to 84-85 with a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining as the game turned into a free throw contest. But Ukic and Jasikevicius combined to go 6-for-6 from the line in the final 13 seconds to ensure victory and the title for Fenerbahçe.