Game Center, 7DAYS EuroCup Finals, Game 2: Darussafaka takes 7DAYS EuroCup title with sweep!
Darussafaka Istanbul is the new 7DAYS EuroCup champion and is heading next to the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague! Darussafaka ended a half-century drought without trophies by winning Game 2 of the finals 67-59 over visiting Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar on Friday before an amazing crowd at Volkswagen Arena. The victory gave the new champions a 2-0 sweep of the series after Darussafaka had won Game 1 in Krasnodar on Tuesday by rallying for an overtime victory that ended Lokomotiv's record 20-game perfect start to the season. Scottie Wilbekin scored 19 points in the first half alone on in Game 2 on Friday and finished with 28. Lokomotiv tied 33-33 just before Wilbekin and Kartal Ozmizrak hit three-pointers in the first half's final minute to give Darussafaka a lead that would stretch to 49-37 midway through the third quarter and 55-45 when it ended. It was still a double-digit difference, 58-48, with 5 minutes left. Lokomotiv got within 58-54, but Wilbekin stepped up with a huge triple with 2 minutes left that sealed the deal and the title. Darussafaka became the second Turkish team to win the competition, after Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in the 2015-16 season, and earned the right to participate in the 2018-19 EuroLeague. Darussafaka boss David Blatt became the second head coach ever to win the EuroLeague and EuroCup titles, after Dusan Ivkovic. Blatt was the EuroLeague champion in 2014 while coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv.
7DAYS EuroCup champions: 2003-20017