Telekom Baskets Bonn become first German club to win BCL crown as Shorts earns Final Four MVP award
MALAGA (Spain) - Telekom Baskets Bonn were proclaimed 2022-23 Basketball Champions League champions on Sunday after prevailing 77-70 over Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem in the hard-fought Final of the seventh season of the competition, in front of 10,437 spectators in Malaga's Martin Carpena arena.
Bonn became the first ever team from Germany to lift the competition trophy and celebrated a historic maiden European title for the club in the process.
TJ Shorts II also made history on the night. The Bonn point guard became the first player to score 29 points in a BCL Final and walked away with Final Four MVP honors, a day after he picked up the 2022-23 Basketball Champions League season MVP award.
Shorts, who averaged 25 points and 5 assists over the two games of the Final Four weekend in Malaga, is the first player in competition history to collect both the season and MVP awards.
Bonn succeeded 2021-22 champions Lenovo Tenerife at the summit of the league.
The Spanish two-time BCL champions, who were defeated by Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem in the Semi-Finals, held off hosts Unicaja to reach an 84-79 victory in the Third-Place Game earlier on Sunday, to climb on the third spot of the podium.
About Basketball Champions League
The Basketball Champions League is an innovative joint partnership between FIBAClubCo and 11 top European leagues. It is a fair competition based on sporting principles with teams qualifying through national leagues.