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  Eurocup season 2012 / 2013 Finals

April 14, 2013 - 2013 Eurocup Final MVP: Richard Hendrix, PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

richard hendrixThe last player to join PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar this season has been chosen the Eurocup Final MVP. Richard Hendrix arrived to Lokomotiv Kuban midway through the Last 16, right before the final deadline for Eurocup players in the 2012-13 season. Lokomotiv's great move paid off in the final, as Hendrix was all over the place at the RTL Spiroudome, leading his team in scoring (14), rebounds (9) and performance index rating (25). Hendrix already had 10 points and 7 rebounds at halftime, allowing Lokomotiv to get an eight-point lead, 30-38, which was decisive for his team to lift the trophy at the end of the night. He hit 7-of-10 two-point shots and added 2 steals, 2 assists and a block to round out a great individual performance. Hendrix has averaged 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 8 Eurocup games this season, but saved the best for last. Read more here.

April 13, 2013 - PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar is the 2012-13 Eurocup champion!

lokomotiv kuban 2012-13 eurocup champ

PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar is the 2012-13 Eurocup champion! Lokomotiv conquered its first-ever continental trophy by downing Uxue Bilbao Basket 64-75 in the Eurocup Final at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium on Saturday. Bilbao became the fourth Russian team to win the competition - after Dynamo Moscow, Unics Kazan and BC Khimki Moscow Region - and earned the right to play in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Head coach Evgeny Pashutin gets his second title, having also won with Unics. Richard Hendrix led the way for Lokomotiv with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Aleks Maric had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Calathes had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 37 minutes. Bilbao was led with 16 points from Kostas Vasileiadis and 11 from Milan Rakovic, but suffered most from 34% two-point shooting (15 for 44). A three-pointer by Raul Lopez gave Bilbao a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes and Adrien Moerman soon boosted his team's margin to 22-16. Read more here.

April 12, 2013 - Eurocup Final in Charleroi begins with press conference

eurocup 2013 final press conferenceThe crowning event of a season full of thrills, the 2013 Eurocup Final, got underway officially on Friday in Charleroi, Belgium with an opening press conference featuring representatives of the two teams that will fight for the trophy, PCB Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia and Uxue Bilbao Basket of Spain. This year's title game tips off on Saturday night at the RLT Spiroudome at 21:00 CET and will be broadcast live in Europe and beyond by Eurosport 2. The Eurocup Final marks its return to Charleroi, where the trophy was awarded in a single championship game during four previous seasons between 2004 to 2007. Now in its 11th year, the Eurocup began the season with 32 teams from 19 countries. Now it all comes down to two, vying for the trophy and passage to the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, in the final on Saturday. Read more here.

April 12, 2013 - Eurocup Final 2013 preview: Uxue Bilbao Basket vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

nikos zisisPBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Uxue Bilbao Basket participate in a European final for the first time in their respective histories, with one of the two teams set to lift a first ever Eurocup trophy. Bilbao comes into the final with an overall record of 13-3 for the season, while Lokomotiv has won 12 of its 16 games played. The two sides made their way to this never-before-seen encounter with some startlingly similar statistics to their names. Lokomotiv is ranked top on overall index rating with a 93.1 PIR, while its opponent from Bilbao is third with 91.9. On scoring skills, Lokomotiv also just edges it with an average of 81.9 PPG, compared to Bilbao’s 81.8. Add to this some close figures for rebounding and the final is sure to be a hard fought contest. Read more here.

April 10, 2013 - Star power fills 2012-13 All-Eurocup teams!

nick calathesThe 2012-13 Eurocup basketball season was among the finest in competition history. The six-month long campaign showered fans with spectacular plays, amazing team and individual performances, and consistent drama. As it does every season, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to honor 10 deserving stars as members of the All-Eurocup First and Second Team, players that clearly helped make the season as great as it was. One reason for the season's success was an influx of new talent, which can be seen clearly on the 2012-13 All-Eurocup First Team. Four of the five All-Eurocup First Team members made their Eurocup debuts this season. They are guards Nick Calathes of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Malcolm Delaney of BC Budivelnik Kiev, forward Justin Doellman of Valencia Basket and center John Bryant of ratiopharm Ulm. Read more here.

April 9, 2013 - 2012-13 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Fotis Katsikaris, Uxue Bilbao Basket

fotis katsikarisEuroleague Basketball is proud to announce that Fotis Katsikaris of Uxue Bilbao Basket, who leads his team into this season's title game later in the week, has been chosen as the 2012-13 Eurocup Coach of the Year. In his fourth season on Bilbao's bench, Katsikaris has marched the team its first-ever Eurocup Final, with the chance to lift its first trophy and return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. The final will be played against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium on Saturday. Bilbao registered the Eurocup's best overall record this season, 13-3, and also managed to overcome a tough predicament to advance in the competition. Bilbao was one of the three teams to finish the regular season undefeated at 6-0. Read more here.

April 4, 2013 - Eurocup Finals 2013 star profile: Kostas Vasileiadis, Uxue Bilbao Basket

kostas vasiliadisA fearless shooter and a favorite among Uxue Bilbao Basket fans, small forward Kostas Vasileiadis arrives at the very top of his game to the first international club final of his 13-year pro career. Born in Thessaloniki and raised at Greek powerhouse PAOK, Vasileiadis showcased his scoring skills early. He made his Euroleague debut as a 16-year-old with PAOK in 2000. By age 20, Vasileiadis was already averaging 13.9 points for PAOK in the 2004-05 Eurocup. He went on to join Unicaja Malaga of Spain and reach the Final Four in 2007, then played the following Euroleague season at Olympiacos Piraeus. After a year split between PAOK and Montegranaro of Italy, Vasileiadis returned to Spain in 2009 and has played there ever since, joining Bilbao in the summer of 2010. Read more here.

April 4, 2013 - Eurocup Finals 2013 star profile: Simas Jasaitis, Lokomotiv Kuban

simas jasaitisSometimes, basketball offers second chances. In that context, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar forward Simas Jasaitis returns to Charleroi on April 13 ready to fight for his second Eurocup title. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Jasaitis started his career with Sakalai before joining his city’s signature club, Lietuvos Rytas, as a teenager in 2001. Four years later, Jasaitis helped L. Rytas make history by winning the 2005 Eurocup title, its first continental trophy. On that memorable night, Jasaitis matched his team's high of 16 points as L. Rytas defeated Makedonikos of Greece 78-74 at the Spiroudome in Charleroi. The following season, Jasaitis made his Euroleague debut with L. Rytas, and he has since switched clubs every summer. After Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in Israel, he moved to Tau Ceramica Vitoria of Spain and reached the 2008 Final Four. Read more here.

April 2, 2013 - Eurocup Finals 2013 coach profile: Fotis Katsikaris, Uxue Bilbao Basket

fotis katsikarisAs he and his club prepare to play their first-ever international trophy final in Charleroi, Fotis Katsikaris offers the perfect combination of background, experience and coaching talent to make history for Uxue Bilbao Basket. In his first two full seasons with Bilbao, Katsikaris took the club to new heights by reaching both the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs and the Spanish League playoff finals. Now, he and Bilbao want to lift the club's first trophy and, in so doing, return to the Euroleague. Katsikaris, a former point guard who was once the youngest pro in Greek League history, joined the coaching staff of the club where he played most of his career, AEK Athens, in 1998. There he proceeded to learn from legends like Dusan Ivkovic, Dragan Sakota and Kostas Politis before becoming the head coach himself in 2003. Read more here.

April 2, 2013 - Eurocup Finals 2013 coach profile: Evgeny Pashutin, Lokomotiv Kuban

evgeny pashutinComing into his second Eurocup title game, former competition champion Evgeny Pashutin of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar is accustomed to high-pressure situations, both as a player and a coach. The 44-year-old former point guard had a long playing career in Spartak St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow, helping the latter to reach the Euroleague Final Four in 2003. After taking his career directly from the playing court to the sidelines, Pashutin quickly showed his talent for coaching. In 2004, he directed CSKA's team to the Euroleague's Nike International Junior Tournament title and the following year won under-20 European Championships with the Russian national team. All the while, he remained an assistant coach at CSKA, learning on the job from legends like Dusan Ivkovic and Ettore Messina. Read more here.

April 1, 2013 - Uxue Bilbao, Lokomotiv Kuban to face off for trophy!

eurocup basketballTo crown the first champion of its second decade, the Eurocup will return to a pair of time-honored traditions: playing a single-game final in the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium! The stage set of Uxue Bilbao Basket of Spain and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of Russia to square off in the title game on Saturday, April 13, with one of those teams walking away with its first international trophy and a chance to play in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague! Uxue Bilbao Basket swept its way to the finals by winning both games in its semifinal series against BC Budivelnik Kiev of Ukrain. Lokomotiv Kuban lost Game 2 in its series at home, but had already topped Valencia Basket on the road by more points in thir first game, thus ensuring its place in the final. It is not the first continental final for Lokomotiv, which had previously reached a Korac Cup and FIBA Europe Cup. Read more here.

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