Winners’ Cup 2001 Final: Jimmy Oliver leads Maroussi to title

por Roberto Anidos publicado en 2001 Competitions FIBA Decade 2000 Elan Chalon Maroussi Winners’ Cup

In 2001 the Winners’ Cup final was played by Maroussi and Elan Chalon in the Polish city of Warsaw, where the Greeks won by a tight margin (74-72), thanks mainly to the MVP of the final, scorer Jimmy Oliver

Keravnos – Valencia Basket
Antwerp – Unics Kazan
Maroussi – Baskets Bonn
Elan Chalon – Anwil

Valencia Basket – Elan Chalon
Unics Kazan – Maroussi

Maroussi and Elan Chalon, two teams with a poor record and a few wins, were reaching a European final for the first time. The victory fell to the Greek side in a heart-stopping finale, thanks to two free kicks by Sotiris Nikolaidis with 14 seconds to go. Previously, the French had made a great comeback that culminated in a triple by Andre Owens that put 72-72 on the scoreboard. As soon as the match was tied, Elan Chalon fouled Nikolaidis, who scored both of his shots. However, the French side failed to capitalise on their last possession and did not even get a shot on the Greek goal. The big names in the final were Vangelis Vourtzoumis (who «dried up» Stanley Jackson in the second quarter and left him with just one point, after the American scored nine in the first) and Jimmy Oliver (who scored 31 points, 19 of them after the break).

Maroussi 74
*Falekas – 13p, 3r
*Maslarinos – 4p, 3r
*Oliver – 31p, 1a
*Amaya – 15p, 6r
*Evtimov – 7p, 18r
Nikolaidis – 4p, 3a
Karaplis – 0p
Marmarinos – 0p, 1r
Vourtzoumis – 0p, 1r

Elan Chalon 72
*Jackson – 12p, 7r, 6a
*Owens – 7p, 2r
*Vespasien – 0p
*Giffa – 4p, 6r
*Gulyas – 10p, 2r
Tomic – 0p
Hay – 6p, 3a
Ostrowski – 14p, 2br
Lee – 19p, 5r