Maccabi crowned European champions

By Simon Griver, May 19, 2014
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Shimon Peres led the tributes to Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra who overcame all the odds to claim their sixth Euroleague title.

A 98-86 victory over Real Madrid saw Maccabi send their 9,000 supporters into dreamland at the final four competition in Milan.

Maccabi reached the final following a stunning comeback against CSKA Moscow in the semis. The team, coached by David Blatt, trailed by 15 points at the end of the third quarter, but staged a stirring comeback to win 68:67 with the winning basket six seconds from the buzzer.

Israel President Shimon Peres spoke to Blatt after the team's victory and said, "All of Israel is yellow tonight – congratulations!

"You were an example of determination. The whole team fought like lions and won. I watched the whole game and nearly had a heart attack.

"You are heroes and have brought incredible pride to the state of Israel. Congratulations to you and the entire team."

David Blatt responded: "Mr. President, we wanted to bring this trophy home as a present to you for all that you have done. This is your leaving present from Maccabi Tel Aviv.

"I am overjoyed – I feel the sense of pride we have brought to all of Israel, and to the Maccabi Tel Aviv fans in particular for the way they supported the team here."

    Last updated: 11:55am, May 19 2014