Oleson part of historic Spanish title (Basketball)

June 15, 2010
Brad Oleson

After upsetting No. 1 ranked European power Regal Barcelona on the road in Games 1 and 2 of the Spanish League Finals, you kind of wondered what Caja Laboral could possibly do for an encore in Game 3.

Does a last-second three-point play to win the game suffice?

In one of the biggest basketball surprises of the 2009-2010 season, Caja Laboral capped a series sweep with a 79-78 victory after hero Fernando San Emeterio converted a basket and free throw with 0.5 seconds left in overtime.

Brad Oleson, of North Pole fame, scored eight points, including a pair of free throws that gave Caja Laboral a 41-37 halftime lead.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 7.3 points in the series in his first season with Caja Laboral, helping his club win its third Spanish League championship in team history.

Barcelona—which features world-class players such as Juan Carlos Navarro and Ricky Rubio—won the Spanish League regular-season trophy and was coming off a title in the Euroleague, comprised of the best teams overseas.

Oleson, a former NCAA All-American at UAF, played 27 minutes in the final game. He made one 3-pointer and went 4 of 7 from the free-throw line.

He scored four points in Game 1 and 10 points in Game 2.

Oleson joined fellow Alaskans Trajan Langdon (Russia) and Doron Perkins (Israel) to reach the championship finals of their respective domestic league. Oleson and Langdon won titles.

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