After a couple of very tough home game wins in the first two acts of the LNBM finals, Cluj took care of business in Bucharest, where Steaua CSM EximBank couldn’t keep up with Moldoveanu and the gang.
Learning from previous experiences, especially the semifinal against Oradea, the team no longer allowed the opponents to dictate the first quarter and imposed themselves as an extremely efficient side. The momentum from a 19 -13 lead in the first quarter, poured on in the second and third acts, as Cluj left nothing to chance and finished of the championship run with a 75 – 61 performance.
Vlad Moldoveanu proved pivotal once more, making timely shots, including the first trey of the game and immediately the next shot, giving U-BT a 5 – 0 start and finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds and a couple of simply stellar assists.
This gives Vlad his third championship in 4 years and after appearing in championship finals in each year. The LeBron-esque effort rewarded Vlad with also the Romanian SuperCup at the start of the year and later on with the Romanian Cup, as Cluj took all 3 of the possible trophies in play on the national level.
Moldoveanu was also selected to the first team of the championship, and was named both Domestic Player of the Year and Forward of the Year. While his impact on both his team’s performance and the entire league’s final standings and stats is humongous, he was denied finals MVP and Player of the Year accolades in favor of his colleague from U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca, Ousmane Barro, who posted similar stats and was indeed one of the important cogs in Cluj’s championship run mechanism.