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Canada’s Kaza Kajami-Keane Breaks Finals Scoring Record in the FIBA Europe Cup

ISTANBUL, Turkey (April 25, 2024) - NINERS Chemnitz won their first FIBA Europe Cup Title this week, and Canadian Kaza Kajami-Keane played a significant role in their title win.

NINERS Chemnitz played two legs against Bahcesehir College, winning the first leg 85-74. Bahcesehir College took the second leg 105-95, but thanks to the OT push from Chemnitz, they inched past Bahcesehir College 180-179 after two legs of play.

Ajax product Kaza Kajami-Keane earned Finals MVP Honours for this performance in game two, scoring 29 points in 28 minutes of play. He also had four assists, three steals, and 11-12 free throws. His 29 points are the most in the history of FIBA Europe Cup Finals, adding his name to the record books.

Kajami-Keane was a big reason Chemnitz was able to push the game to OT. He scored 14 points in the third quarter to give Chemnitz a boost heading into crunch time. After the game, he credited their coach’s game plan in the second half.

“It was a wild game. Coach came with a good execution in the second half. We executed pretty well on the defensive end. We played hard all game, all year. Play hard, play together, that's how we came out on top."

Kajami-Keane is a veteran of Canada Basketball, having played for the Senior Men’s National Team since 2019 and being involved at the youth level since 2012. Most recently, he participated in the opening window of the FIBA Men's AmeriCup 2025 Qualifiers for Canada, where the SMNT went 2-0 against Nicaragua. 

Although they were both teammates in each of Canada's big wins, this time, Phil Scrubb was on the opposite side of the floor for Kajami-Keane. Scrubb, who played for Bahcesehir College, bounced back in the second leg of gameplay, scoring 12 points, four rebounds, and a team-high six assists. However, it was not enough to get the win, and Chemnitz took the victory. Scrubb played solid minutes in Canada’s games against Nicaragua, knocking down important shots and contributing on the floor. 

Kajami-Keane finished his season with NINERS Chemnitz as a FIBA Europe Cup Champion and Finals MVP. He averaged 11.5 points per game and 5.5 assists per game through 13 games with the German club this season.