1997 FIBA EuroLeague Final Four

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1997 FIBA EuroLeague Final Four
Tournament details
ArenaPalaeur
Rome, Italy
DatesApril 1997
Final positions
ChampionsGreece Olympiacos (1st title)
Runners-upSpain FC Barcelona Banca Catalana
Third placeSlovenia Smelt Olimpija
Fourth placeFrance ASVEL
Awards and statistics
MVPUnited States David Rivers
1996
1998

The 1997 FIBA EuroLeague Final Four was the 1996–97 season's FIBA EuroLeague Final Four tournament, organized by FIBA Europe.

Olympiacos won its first title, after defeating FC Barcelona.

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
Slovenia Smelt Olimpija 65
 
 
 
Greece Olympiacos 74
 
Greece Olympiacos 73
 
 
 
Spain FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 58
 
Spain FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 77
 
 
France ASVEL 70
 
Third place
 
 
 
 
 
Slovenia Smelt Olimpija 86
 
 
France ASVEL 79

Semifinals[edit]

Smelt Olimpija – Olympiacos[edit]

April 22
18:30
Smelt Olimpija Slovenia 65–74 Greece Olympiacos
Scoring by half: 32–37, 33–37
Pts: Stepania 12
Rebs: Stepania 10
Asts: four players 2
Pts: Rivers 28
Rebs: Tarlać 13
Asts: Rivers, Sigalas 4
Palaeur, Rome
Attendance: 11,700
Referees: Carl Jungebrand (FIN), Gennaro Colucci (ITA)

FC Barcelona Banca Catalana – ASVEL[edit]

April 22
20:30
FC Barcelona Banca Catalana Spain 77–70 France ASVEL
Scoring by half: 38–36, 39–34
Pts: Djordjević 17
Rebs: Rivas 12
Asts: Djordjević 5
Pts: Howard, Rudd 20
Rebs: Howard 6
Asts: Rudd 6
Palaeur, Rome
Attendance: 11,700
Referees: Mikhail Davydov (RUS), Romualdas Brazauskas (LTU)

Third Place Game[edit]

April 24
18:30
Smelt Olimpija Slovenia 86–79 France ASVEL
Scoring by half: 54–35, 32–44
Pts: Milič 17
Rebs: Jurković 8
Asts: McDonald 5
Pts: Digbeu 22
Rebs: Howard, Nebot 6
Asts: Rudd 5
Palaeur, Rome
Attendance: 12,500
Referees: Gennaro Colucci (ITA), Mikhail Davydov (RUS)

Final[edit]

April 24
20:30
Olympiacos Greece 73–58 Spain FC Barcelona Banca Catalana
Scoring by half: 31–29, 42–29
Pts: Rivers 26
Rebs: Tarlać 14
Asts: Rivers 3
Pts: Jiménez 16
Rebs: Jiménez 9
Asts: Djordjević 7
Palaeur, Rome
Attendance: 12,500
Referees: Carl Jungebrand (FIN), Romualdas Brazauskas (LTU)
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Olympiacos jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Olympiacos
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FC Barcelona Banca Catalana jersey
Team colours
Team colours
FC Barcelona Banca Catalana
Starters: P R A
PG
15
United States David Rivers 26 6 3
SG
5
Greece Giorgos Sigalas 7 4 2
SF
9
Croatia Franko Nakić 0 2 0
PF
12
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Tarlać 11 14 1
C
10
Greece Panagiotis Fasoulas 6 4 1
Reserves: P R A
PG
4
Greece Efthimis Bakatsias 1 0 0
PF
7
Greece Dimitrios Papanikolaou 11 4 0
SF
8
Greece Nasos Galakteros 0 0 0
PG
11
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Tomić 9 4 1
C
12
Germany Chris Welp 2 1 1
Head coach:
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Ivković
1996–97 FIBA EuroLeague
Champions
Greece
Olympiacos
First Title
Starters: P R A
PG
10
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sašha Djordjević 6 4 7
SG
9
Spain Xavi Fernández 0 1 0
SF
14
Lithuania Artūras Karnišovas 14 4 0
PF
4
Spain Andrés Jiménez 16 9 2
C
7
Puerto Rico Ramón Rivas 6 4 1
Reserves: P R A
PG
5
Spain Rafa Jofresa 9 2 1
SG
6
Spain Roger Esteller 3 0 1
C
8
Spain Enrique Andreu 2 0 0
PF
12
Spain Manel Bosch 0 2 0
C
15
Spain Roberto Dueñas 2 0 0
Head coach:
Spain Aíto García Reneses

Awards[edit]

FIBA EuroLeague Final Four MVP[edit]

FIBA EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer[edit]

FIBA EuroLeague All-Final Four Team[edit]

FIBA EuroLeague All-Final Four Team
Player Team Ref.
United States David Rivers (MVP) Olympiacos [1]
Greece Dimitrios Papanikolaou Olympiacos
United States Brian Howard ASVEL
Spain Andrés Jiménez Barcelona
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Greece Dragan Tarlać Olympiacos

References[edit]

External links[edit]