Maccabi Tel Aviv players celebrate their victory Maccabi Tel Aviv players celebrate their victory Maccabi Tel Aviv players celebrate their victory at the Mediolanum stadium in Assago, Italy. (Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

Tel Aviv team wins European basketball tournament

After overtime victory, thousands of fans celebrate in the streets.

It might become known as the "Miracle in Milan."

In a thrilling overtime victory Sunday night, Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team defeated Spain's Real Madrid 98-86. Guard Tyrese Rice led the team with 26 points and was named MVP of the Final Four tournament.

An estimated 10,000 fans traveled from Israel to Italy for the weekend tournament, which also featured teams from Moscow and Barcelona. Tens of thousands of Maccabi fans rushed into Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to celebrate the victory.

“I'm so happy,” said Coach David Blatt. “We have brought so much honor to the country and to Maccabi fans especially. We never wavered and I'm just so proud of everyone.”

The last time Tel Aviv won this tournament was in 2005, and they were widely seen as underdogs in this year's Final Four. This is the sixth time since 1977 that they've won this tournament.

Maccabi had a rough start to the season, but their championship victory will serve as a promising return to prominence for the team.

“Six months ago everyone, but everyone, said we were done,” Coach Blatt told The Jerusalem Post. “We as a team decided to block out all the background noise and focus on basketball and believe in ourselves. I always believed in these guys."

Fans celebrate Maccabi Tel Aviv's winMaccabi Tel Aviv's supporters react while watching on TV. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Maccabi Tel Aviv's players gather around the trophy as they celebrate their victoryMaccabi Tel Aviv's players gather around the trophy as they celebrate their victory. (Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images) 

Maccabi Tel Avivs US guard Tyrese Rice , MVP of the Final FourMaccabi's Tyrese Rice was named MVP of the Final Four (Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

Fans celebrate in Tel AvivFans gather in Tel Aviv after the victory. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Maccabi Tel Aviv's supporters react to the winFans watch the game from a cafe in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

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