Olympiacos Beat CSKA Moscow 62-61 in Thrilling Euroleague Final May 16, 2012 21:54
Greek powerhouse, Olympiacos, came back from being 19 points down in the Euroleague final, to win 62-61 against Russian foes, CSKA Moscow.
In a final that will go down as being one of the best ever witnessed in European basketball, Olympiacos forward, Georgios Printezis, scored what proved to be the winning basket with just 0.7 seconds left on the clock.
When CSKA were leading 61-60 with 10 seconds remaining on the clock, they had a chance to extend their lead further when Lithuanian guard, Ramunas Siskauskas stepped up to take two free throws. He missed both attempts leaving Olympiacos with one last chance to claim victory.
CSKA hurled the ball up court after Printezis' winning basket, where the ball was swatted off court and time expired giving Olympiacos a very memorable victory.
CSKA Moscow star, Andrei Kirilenko, had already been named Euroleague Player of the Year and had won the Best Defender Trophy this season, however defeat in the final means that he won't claim the Euroleague title along with his teammates.
"I want to congratulate Olympiacos," Kirilenko said. "They played a great game and coming back from 19 points down takes a lot of heart and a lot of guts...I think they did a very good job in the fourth quarter and punished us."