EuroLeague 1960 Final: Giant Krumins leads ASK Riga to third consecutive European Cup

por Roberto Anidos publicado en 1960 ASK Riga Decade 60 EuroLeague Tbilisi

The competition starts with 21 teams, which will have to pass two previous rounds in a roundtrip format, after which there will be 8 survivors who will play the quarterfinals. ASK Riga was exempted from playing these rounds

In the previous round
The Akademik eliminated the Fenerbahce
Barcelona eliminated Marocaine
Dinamo Tbilisi eliminated Bucharest
Poland eliminated the Pantterit
The Olympics eliminated the Babenberg
The Prague eliminated the Urania
The Mulsant eliminated the Antwerpse

The quarter-finals were played in a round-robin format and pitted DYNAMO TBILISI against AKADEMIK, POLAND against BARCELONA, ASK RIGA against OLIMPIJA and MULSANT against PRAGUE.

Dinamo Tbilisi eliminated the Akademik (64-76); (72-69)
Poland eliminated Barcelona (64-65); (49-41)
ASK Riga eliminated Olympia (79-95); (79-63)
Prague eliminated the Mulsant (68-59); (65-52)

In the semi-finals, also in a round-robin format, DYNAMO TBILISI faced POLAND and ASK RIGA faced PRAGUE.

Dinamo Tbilisi eliminated Poland (88-65); (61-64)
ASK Riga eliminated Prague (82-55); (59-69)

Riga began forging their third consecutive European Cup title by winning their first match on the Tbilisi field. They always kept a small advantage in the hands of the giant Krumins. At half-time the score reflected a (23-29). Riga’s five/six point lead was a constant from start to finish, until in the final sprint they were able to go ten points clear. An important advantage, in addition to the one obtained in the opposite court, to play the second leg.

*Minashvili – 12p, 1r.
*Kiladze – 5p, 2r.
*Altabaev – 8p, 4r.
*Intskirveli – 11p, 4r.
*Lezhava – 7p, 3r.
Moseshvili – 4p, 2r.
Abashidze – 3p.
Gogelia – 1p.
Ugrekhelidze – 0p.
Khazaradze – 0p.

*Valdmanis – 7p, 2r.
*V.Muiznieks – 9p, 1r.
*Kalnins – 12p, 2r.
*G.Muiznieks – 11p, 4r.
*Krumins – 20p, 9r.
Gulbis – 2p, 3r.

For the third time in a row in the continental championship, the Baltic team captained by the giant Krūminš once again overwhelmed their rivals in the final. This time, it was the Soviet Union’s Dinamo Tbilisi (last season’s USSR champions) who were unable to stop the devastating action of this sober and powerful team, whose ranks include prominent players from the Soviet national team. In the first leg in Tbilisi, ASK Riga won by a ten-point margin (51-61), allowing them to go into the return leg with some confidence. The Riga game was a real test of the three-time continental champions, who beat their rivals again (69-62) thanks to Krūminš. The elegant hooks of this formidable 2.20m Latvian centre-back were joined by the mid-range effectiveness of the young Kalniņš, a new value in Soviet basketball. The Mui?niks brothers (notably Valdis) and veteran Valdmanis complete the ASK Riga starting line-up.

*Valdmanis – 6p, 2r.
*V.Muiznieks – 7p, 2r.
*Kalnins – 16p, 4r.
*G.Muiznieks – 9p, 3r.
*Krumins – 28p, 8r.
Gulbis – 3p, 2r.

*Minashvili – 15p, 1r.
*Kiladze – 6p, 3r.
*Altabaev – 7p, 3r.
*Intskirveli – 12p, 4r.
*Lezhava – 7p, 5r.
Moseshvili – 5p, 3r.
Abashidze – 4p, 2r.
Gogelia – 3p, 2r.
Ugrekhelidze – 2p.
Khazaradze – 1p.