Russian side Khimki claimed its first title in several years after beating CSKA Moscow 66-64 in the VTB United League final.
Both finalists have changed their head coaches in the middle of the season and appointed Lithuanian coaches Rimas Kurtinaitis and Jonas Kazlauskas respectively.
CSKA were under pressure, as this season has been the worst in the club’s modern history. However, they had won both meetings against Khimki in the Russian league and were widely regarded as the tournament favorites.
Neither side was able to demonstrate their scoring ability as the game concentrated on defense. The title was decided in the final quarter.
CSKA were always several points down and tried to tie the score. With seven seconds left to play, Khimki held a four-point lead, but Jamont Gordon hit a desperate three-pointer to give a tiny hope for his team.
However that was not enough, as there were only two seconds left to play. CSKA’s Andrey Vorontsevich fouled Travis Hansen with just a little over 1 second on the clock. Hansen intentionally m
issed the second free-throw knowing that CSKA would not have enough time to make a shot.
Meanwhile the hosts of the Final Four, Unics Kazan, settled with the third place after beating Ukraine’s Azovmash convincingly 95-75 to please the home crowd.
The VTB United League is an international professional basketball competition, founded in 2008, uniting mainly the best clubs from the post-Soviet states.
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Travis Hansen with VTB United League Trophy
- VTB United League Champions