Isaiah Canaan falls short of EuroLeague championship: “They made one more shot”

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Giannis Askounis

21/May/23 22:20

Despite tucking in five three-pointers, Isaiah Canaan succumbs to defeat in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague final

By Cesare Milanti /

KAUNAS, Lithuania – Olympiacos definitely controlled most of the game before eventually falling to Real Madrid in crunch time of the championship game of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four.

“They made one more play than we did,” Isaiah Canaan reacted to Sergio Llull hitting the go-ahead bucket with 3.1 seconds remaining in the final held in Zalgirio Arena Sunday, “We had tough a couple of possessions toward the end. They deserve credit, they made one more shot.”

Canaan, 31, is ineligible to play for the Reds in the Playoffs of Greece’s Basket League, which covers the rest of the 2022-23 schedule.

“It was a rollercoaster for me, just coming to a new team, new environment, new system, new teammates. But as the season went on, things started getting better for me,” he summed up the campaign relating to possibly having played his last game with the Greek giant, “I got a chance to experience a lot with this group. We will see what happens later but I am very blessed and very fortunate to be a part of a great organization, to play with a lot of players that believe in me, and a lot of coaches that believe in me.”

The Murray State product joined Olympiacos last July. “I feel like I found a home,” he revealed intentions of wanting to stick around for a second season.

The solid scoring display in the championship game translated to 21 points behind 7/9 field goals, including 5/6 from beyond the arc.

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