The 2002 title, ALBA Berlin's 6th in a row, was clinched with a 69-68 overtime win over RheinEnergy Cologne as Phelps contributed nine points and Rodl added four points. The victory ended the best-of-five series in a three-game sweep and brought the team playoff record to a perfect 9-0.
Phelps was with ALBA last year and now has 2 German League titles. Rodl has been with ALBA Berlin since 1996-97 and has been on hand for the entire six-year championship run.
For Ed Cota to be part of a championship season his team, Oostende of the Belgium Basketball League (Division 1), must notch one more victory as they hold a 2-1 lead over Charleroi.
Game 4 of the Oostende-Charleroi best-of-five series is set for May 28 at Charleroi. If game No. 5 is necessary it will be played at Oostende. UNC's Kevin Salvadori is a member of Charleroi, but he has been sidelined for the series so far due to a lower back injury.
Carolina's Ademola Okulaja, now of F.C. Barcelona (Spain-ACB), has moved into his league's semifinals after winning the quarterfinal round 3-1.
Ademola has been troubled with left knee tendinitis since the end of the regular season and has missed the last three playoff games.
Barcelona's best-of-five semifinal series against Tau Ceramica begins on May 30.