For the second time in three Euroleague seasons, Real Madrid and Olympiacos will play off in the final.
Real Madrid will play Olympiacos in the Euroleague final, after contrasting semi-final victories in the Spanish capital on Friday.Sunday’s final is a re-match of the 2012-13 decider which saw the Greek outfit win their third title.
Real are into the Euroleague final for third season running, aiming to win their first title since 1994-95.
The Final Four hosts advanced past Fenerbahce Ulker 96-87, largely thanks to a dominant second quarter.
Real outscored their Turkish opponents 35-14 in the only quarter they would win, but it would prove enough for a comfortable victory.
Gustavo Ayon top scored for Real with 18 points, while KC Rivers added 17 and four others from Pablo Laso’s men were in double figures.
Andrew Goudelock (26 points) and Jan Vesely (20) were standouts for Fenerbahce.
Olympiacos did it the hard way in the first semi-final, coming from nine points down in the final quarter to edge CSKA Moscow 70-68.
Trailing 61-52 inside the final four minutes, Olympiacos needed a hero – and they got one in 2012-13 MVP Vassilis Spanoulis.
Spanoulis had just two points to his name at that stage, but drained 11 thereafter via three threes and a two-pointer to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
Georgios Printezis top scored for Olympiacos with 14, while CSKA’s Nando De Colo had a game-high 18.
CSKA’s loss saw them relegated to the third-place play-off for a third straight season.