AEK down Monaco to clinch Champions League glory
AEK Athens claimed the Basketball Champions League title as they held on to defeat AS Monaco 100-94 in Sunday's final.
The Greek side, playing on home court, led from the first minute to the last, yet they faced a nervy final minute before the celebrations got under way at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall.
AEK made a mockery of Monaco's strong defensive record early on and scored 53 points, to lead by nine, at the halfway mark.
Mike Green top-scored for the hosts with 19 - also laying on three assists - while leading Champions League marksman Kevin Punter provided a further 16, but Monaco, third last season, rallied in the second half and won the next quarter.
Sergii Gladyr's 18 points and five rebounds made him the star for the visitors as they closed in, but they looked to have blown any chance of victory in the final quarter when AEK's lead stood at 10 points with under three minutes remaining.
Monaco would still get one last opportunity as they narrowed the score to 97-94 and took possession with just over 30 seconds left.
Yet Delroy James crucially stole the ball and then drew a foul before making consecutive free throws to seal the trophy for AEK.
UCAM Murcia took third place with a 85-74 triumph over MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the play-off, with Sadiel Rojas scoring a game-high 18 points.