Former Virginia basketball star Mike Tobey and his team - the Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias - emerged victorious in the 2017 FIBA Intercontinental Cup with a 76-71 victory over Guaros De Lara.
The game pitted two champions against one another as Iberostar Tenerife are reigning Basketball Champions League winners and Guaros De Lara (out of Venezuela) won the 2017 FIBA Americas League. Guaros De Lara were also the reigning champs in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
The FIBA Intercontinental Cup, commonly referred to as the FIBA World Cup for Champion Clubs, or the FIBA Club World Cup, is a professional basketball competition endorsed by FIBA, FIBA Americas and Euroleague Basketball Company. Historically, its purpose has been to gather the premier basketball clubs from each of the world's geographical zones, and to officially decide the best club of the world, which is officially crowned as the world club champion. The World Cup for Clubs has been contended mainly by the champions of the continents and/or world geographical regions that are of the highest basketball levels.
After graduating in 2016, Tobey joined the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets’ D-League) before getting a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets in February of this year. In mid-March, Tobey signed a contract to finish out the 2016-2017 with the Spanish club Valencia, which went on to win the Spanish club title (though he was hurt for a part of the season).
With a 21 point, nine rebound performance in the championship game, Tobey earned the MVP honors.
Clearly, Tobey had himself some Zinburger before this one. Congrats, Mike!