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01/05/2016, 23.42

Skyliners Frankfurt beat Varese to win first FIBA Europ Cup title

66-62 the final score for Frankfurt

Fraport Skyliners clawed their way back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to edge out OpenjobMetis Varese 66-62 in a gripping FIBA Europe Cup final and lift the first European trophy in club history.

Turning Point: With 1:02 remaining to the final buzzer Jordan Theodore, who had gone 1-of-7 from beyond the arc until that moment, pulled up from the top of the key and drilled a three-pointer to tie the scores for the first time since the opening quarter, 62-all. Kuksiks tried to reply on the other end but his contested three-point attempt rattled out. With 27 seconds on the clock and the shot-clock running down, Theodore tried to repeat his earlier feat from a similar position. He missed but was fouled on the attempt and sunk all three free-throws to give Skyliners a 65-62 cushion. Kuksiks missed from the corner, Varese kept the ball alive but Maalik Wayns's attempt to tie the game also did not drop in and the Italian side fouled Johannes Voigtmann who wrote the final score from the stripe.

Stats Don't Lie: Frankfurt were 1-of-11 from beyond the arc at half-time but went 8-of-15 from long range in the second half. The reason they managed to stay relatively close until they found the hot hand was their superiority inside, which earned them 13 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points. Varese scored only three second-chance points off their seven hard-earned offensive boards.

MVP: Quantez Roberston had a rather discreet first three quarters but came to life in the final stanza, inspiring Frankfurt's fightback with nine quick-fire points. He finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. The 31-year-old Skyliners shooting guard displayed his leadership quality just as the final appeared to be slipping away from his team and was voted Final Four MVP.
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