Carroll on song as Real win ninth Euroleague title

Real Madrid beats Olympiacos 78-59 to win the Turkish Airlines Euroleague final

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Real Madrid won a record-extending ninth Euroleague title and their first since 1995 after American guard Jaycee Carroll inspired them to a 78-59 win over Olympiakos Piraeus on Sunday.

Carroll stood out in an enthralling final, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter during a 13-3 Real run which gave the Spanish giants the lead for good after Olympiakos had overturned an 11-point deficit.

Earlier on Sunday, CSKA Moscow beat Fenerbahce Istanbul 86-80 in the third-place match.

Several thousand Greek fans spiced up an electrifying atmosphere in the Palacio de Deportes, with Real enjoying equally frenetic home support.

Having beaten Real 100-88 in the 2013 final in London's O2 Arena, Olympiakos threatened to again live up to their comeback kings billing after turning a 40-29 deficit into a 41-40 lead early in the third quarter.

Having seen Olympiakos come from behind to beat CSKA in Friday's semi after they also fought back to beat the Russian side in the 2012 final, the home fans held their breath as Real's offence came to a halt.

Enter Jaycee Carroll.

The 32-year old from Wyoming nailed three successive three-pointers and a lay-up to restore Real's 10-point lead and spark a deafening roar from the jam-packed terraces.

Palpably running out of steam after Friday's absorbing contest against CSKA, Olympiakos were unable to force another twist with their inspirational playmaker Vassilis Spanoulis stifled.

Poor free-throw shooting cost Olympiakos as they sank only 12 of 25 attempts from the foul line while Real buried 12 three-pointers and collected 40 rebounds, 15 more than their opponents.

Playmaker Sergio Llull and former Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni added 12 points each for Real while guard Matt Lojeski finished with a game-high 17 for Olympiakos.

Source: 
Reuters