Lost the title, but gained respect / In Barcelona, champs praise tough Israelis

09.05.2011                      05.Ijar, 5771                      Gedenktag; Tag 20 des Omer; Ta'anit BH"B

Basketball:

Lost the title, but gained respect / In Barcelona, champs praise tough Israelis

Greek guard Dimitris Diamantidis the regular-season MVP, is also named MVP of the Final Four; Maccabi head coach David Blatt says 'Next year, we are taking the title.'

Panathinaikos celebrated its sixth European championship last night after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv in Barcelona, but the victors made sure to acknowledge the formidable challenge posed by their Israeli foes.
"I just want to thank all of our fans, and the fans of Maccabi who gave us this great atmosphere," said Panathinaikos coach Zelimir Obradovic, who captured a record eighth European championship, the last five with the Athens-based club….