In the bubble in Athens the home-team AEK displayed some impressive basketball as they went on to rout Casademont Zaragoza for the 99-75 final score, steaming ahead to the 2019-’20 Champions League Finals in which they’ll face Burgos.
AEK led the game from start to finish and even amassed a maximum lead of 34 points before slowing down slightly in the closing minutes. Orchestrating his team perfectly was experienced Point Guard Tyrese Rice who finished with 18 pts & 5 asts, while the newly selected Champions League MVP Keith Langford also drained 18 pts for AEK in their lopsided win.
Despite only playing 6 minutes in total (all in the first half) the US/Belgian swingman Matt Lojeski definitely played his part for AEK as he went 3/4 from behind the arc and added an easy lay-up on a backdoor play to rack up a quick 11 points and helping AEK out for the 21 point lead at the half.
In the second Semi-Finals we had another Belgian player on the court as Dijon faced the Spanish San Pablo Burgos. Unfortunately for Hans Vanwijn and his teammates, Dijon came up a bit short and saw their hopes for a Champions League Finals’ berth ending with the 81-67 final score as Burgos advanced to the finals to face AEK.
Vanwijn played 20 minutes for Dijon and recorded 3 pts (1/3 FG’s), grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and also had 1 steal.
The tournament Finals between AEK and Burgos will now be played on Sunday (Oct. 4) at 7pm Belgian time, while the game for third place between Dijon and Zaragoza will be played at 4pm Belgian time.
In any case: 2 Belgian players in the Top 4 of the Champions League… we can’t be mad at that, now can we?