AEK Athens and Monaco battle for Champions League supremacy

Monaco and AEK Athens will meet in the FIBA Basketball Champions League finals in the Greek capital.

The hosts AEK faced a tough challenge but they eventually overcame UCAM Murcia 77-75.

In a tense encounter, a Delroy James free throw with 5.3 left to play ultimately handed AEK the win. 

Murcia grabbed the rebound after James missed his second shot for the final possession, but Kevin Tumba could not find an open man, instead gave the ball to Sadiel Rojas, who ran into James. The collision happened in UCAM Murcia’s half, too far for Rojas to attempt a game-winning shot.

Manny Harris paced AEK with 20 points.

They will be joined by Monaco who comfortably overcame German side Ludwigsburg 87-65.

The German side had an 11-point lead early in the game, but Monaco used all of their depth to get back into it by the half. 

The third quarter proved to be decisive, Chris Evans went off for 10 points in the stanza, joined by Amara Sy and Gerald Robinson with six each. 

Once Elmedin Kikanovic hit a three-pointer to beat the quarter-buzzer and hand Monaco a 61-54 lead, it all went downhill for Ludwigsburg. 

A 26-11 final quarter score shows you how the German side just fell apart after the three-pointer.

Kikanovic led the way with 19 points.

Advertisement