Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Morris and Barcelona Runners-Up for Spanish Title

After winning this year's Euroleague, the biggest basketball tournament in Europe, most people presumed that Terence Morris's (1997-2001) team, Regal Barcelona, would easily waltz to victory in the Spanish ACB Championship as well. But not only were they upset by Caja Laboral, Barca got swept 3-0 in the best-of-five championship series. In the final game, Morris scored the tying basket and then blocked Caja's final shot to force overtime. But at the end of OT, Morris tried to block a last second, game-tying basket again, but missed and fouled the shooter, who converted the three point play to end the series. The BallinEurope blog reacts to the unthinkable and has video highlights.

Regardless of the disappointment of the last game of the season, Slam Online says that Terence Morris was Barca's unselfish leader this season and a big key to their Euroleague title. (via Testudo Times)
“Thing that’s crazy is every year I have played in Europe I’ve played in the finals,” said Morris following a Euroleague Quarterfinals game against Real Madrid. “Maybe this year could be a highlight year for me.” [...]

As a veteran Morris leads by example doing all of the little things on the court. His hustle for loose balls on both ends, ability to run the floor, willingness to make the extra pass, and movement without the ball has made him one of the best wing players in European basketball. [...]

Terence Morris plays the game with a selflessness that has helped to prolong his career while also winning wherever he has gone. He is proof that making the extra pass consistently helps everybody to reach their goals.

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