Russia under Israeli David Blatt overpowers Spain, wins Euroleague

September 16, 2007 23:39


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Russia's national team won the EuroLeague championship Sunday evening, having barely defeated current world champion Spain by a single point. The finishing result was 60:59 for Russia. Andrey Kirilenko, with 17 points, was Russia's top shooter. Russia's coach is Israeli David Blatt, formerly Hapoel Upper Galilee and Maccabi Tel Aviv coach. Blatt, who also coached the Israel national team for a brief period in 2005, became Russia's coach in March 2006. Blatt is the first Israeli coach to take a team all the way to the coveted title of Euroleague champion.

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