Game Center: Real wins ANGT Istanbul
U18 Real Madrid secured a ticket to the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals by fighting past U18 Stellazzurra Rome 77-85 to take first place at the ANGT Istanbul. Eli Ndiaye was named tournament Most Valuable Player after collecting 28 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 8 fouls drawn for an index rating of 36 for the two-time U18 continental champion. Matteo Spagnolo added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The 2015 and 2019 champion qualified for the eight-team ANGT Finals field at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four along with U18 FC Barcelona, which finished first at the ANGT Valencia earlier this season. The third qualifier will be decided at the ANGT Belgrade from March 26-28. Five other teams to be awarded spots via wild cards to the ANGT Finals.
Fellow two-time continental champion U18 Zalgiris Kaunas placed third at the ANGT Istanbul after defeating host U18 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 79-97. Liutauras Lelevicius tallied 27 points to lead the way for the 2003 and 2007 champion. U18 Casademont Zaragoza blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead, but managed to beat U18 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 97-89 in overtime to capture fifth place. Daniel Arjol led the way for Zaragoza with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. U18 Basket Brno collected its first victory in ANGT history as it knocked off U18 Tofas Bursa 71-66 in overtime to finish seventh in Istanbul. Ondrej Hustak led the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the debutant Brno. Jakub Necas (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Lukas Olbort (11 and 12) also had double-doubles.