Eliyahu revels in Spanish league title win

Israeli forward played a significant part in Caja Laboral's sweep.

June 17, 2010 03:19
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Eliyahu revels in Spanish league title win

Lior Eliyahu 248.88. (photo credit: AP [file])

Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu moved to rule out a potential transfer to Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday, a day after he played a significant part in Caja Laboral’s stunning sweep of Barcelona in the Spanish league finals. Eliyahu scored an impressive 18 points as the team from Vitoria won 79-78 in Game 3 to complete a 3-0 series victory over this season’s Euroleague champion.

It was Caja Laboral’s third league title in its 51-year history, having previously claimed the honor in 2008 and 2002.

Since David Blatt made clear his intentions to improve the level of Israeli players on the Maccabi Tel Aviv roster after taking over as coach on Friday, Eliyahu has been linked with a return to Israel.

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However, the jubilant 24-year-old stressed that he signed a four-year contract with the Spanish club last summer and is unlikely to follow Tal Burstein back to Tel Aviv.

“I have another three years on my contract with Caja and no one has told me otherwise,” he told Sport5.

Despite having won the Israeli league title three times with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Eliyahu said he felt winning the Spanish league was the greatest achievement of his career.

Maccabi is currently rebuilding after losing the BSL title last month.

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