Australia Post Boomers squad member David Andersen will play in the Final Four of the prestigious Euroleague competition.
Andersen’s Russian club side CSKA Moscow advanced after defeating Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv in the quarter final playoffs, 92-71.
The 212cm Victorian scored 15 points on 7-of-8 field goal shooting, including one 3-pointer from one attempt with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
The fortunes of CSKA, a powerhouse of world basketball, rose and fell with Andersen’s form in the three game series.
He posted 14 points and 4 rebounds in CSKA’s Game 1 victory over Maccabi, 80-58, but scored a mere 3 points in Game 2 as the Russians fell, 68-56.
CSKA will play Unicaja in the semi finals, who defeated Winterthur FC Barcelona 2-1 in an all-Spanish affair.
Greek giants Panathinaikos and Spain’s TAU Ceramica are the two other teams to contest Final Four competition, which begins on May 4.
Andersen has had a successful European season, averaging 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1 assist per game over 23 games.
A former Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and an Olympian with the Boomers in 2004, Andersen has won a host of titles while playing in Europe.
They include Italian club championships with Kinder Bologna and Montepaschi Siena, back-to-back Russian national championships with CSKA Moscow, and two Euroleague titles with Bologna and CSKA in 2001 and 2006.
Last month he was named in the 17-man Australia Post Boomers squad that will take on on New Zealand at the 2007 FIBA Oceania Qualifying Series in August.
Australia must defeat New Zealand in that series to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.