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Fenerbahce sweep Panathinaikos in Euroleague playoffs


Fenerbahce has swept Panathinaikos 3-0 in Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs and clinched its third Final Four ticket in a row following a 79-61 win on Tuesday, APA reportrs quoting Anadolu agency.

 

The Turkish club was comfortable at home against the Greek powerhouse after winning both games away in Athens.

 

Bobby Dixon led the way for Fenerbahce, scoring 13 points and dishing out three assists, as Ekpe Udoh grabbed 10 rebounds and six other players scored double-digit points en route to victory.

 

Tuesday's win marked the first time a team sweeps a best-of-five series in Playoffs without the home-court advantage.

 

Fenerbahce is now the first Turkish club in Euroleague to advance to three consecutive Final Fours, and first in the tournament to sweep three straight first round series.

 

Th team's Final Four match-up will be determined by the outcome of the series between Real Madrid and Darussafaka Dogus, another Turkish club. They are currently tied at one game apiece.

 

The Final Four will take place in Istanbul at the Sinan Erdem Dome.

 

In the other game slated for Tuesday, CSKA Moscow beat Spain's Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 90-88 and moved onto the Final Four with a 3-0 series sweep.

 

CSKA Moscow have now advanced to the Final Four in the tournament 14 times in 15 years.

 

They will be up against tough competition as they look to repeat as champions after last year's finals victory against Fenerbahce.

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