Oleson wins La Liga title, fourth career pro championship

June 26, 2014

Brad Oleson BasketballBrad Oleson of North Pole has always had a knack for making big plays in big moments. He doesn’t shrink under pressure.

He proved it yet again in Game 4 of the Spanish League Finals, dishing an assist on the go-ahead basket and sealing the deal with free throws in the final minute of Barcelona’s 83-81 win over Real Madrid.

The victory ended the best-of-5 series and secured Barcelona’s Spanish League championship, the second for Oleson in six years in La Liga, the country’s top division.

The 31-year-old guard pumped in 10 points and one assist, which game when he fed a teammate for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds to make it 79-76.

Later, he iced the victory with two free throws with eight seconds left and had the ball in his hands when the clock ran out, setting off a Barcelona celebration.

He averaged 11.7 points in four Finals games.

Oleson, of North Pole, scored double figures in Games 2, 3 and 4 – the first time all season he reached double digits in three consecutive games. Dude is clutch.

Oleson won his first La Liga title in 2010 with Caja Laboral. In 2007, he won a Spanish League second division title with Rosalia. As a rookie in 2005, he won a USBL championship with Dodge City.