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  Eurocup  season 2012 / 2013 Semifinals

April 11, 2013 - 2012-13 Eurocup MVP: Nick Calathes, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

nick calathesEuroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that point guard Nick Calathes of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar has been selected as the Eurocup MVP for the 2012-13 season. Calathes, 24, has been Lokomotiv's floor general and most important player on its way to the final, which will take place on Saturday at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium. Thanks in no small part to the leadership of Calathes, Lokomotiv has a chance to lift its first international trophy when it faces Uxue Bilbao Basket of Spain in the title game. Calathes set a Eurocup record by becoming the first player to dish more than 100 assists in one season during the competition's 11-year existence. In addition, ranked second on Lokomotiv in scoring, rebounds, steals and fouls drawn. Read more here.

April 8, 2013 - 2012-13 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia Basket

bojan dubljevicEuroleague Basketball is pleased to announce Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket as the fifth annual winner of the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The 21-year-old big man was chosen to the All-Eurocup second team in 2011-12 and comes off an equally solid season for semifinalist Valencia. The Eurocup Rising Star Trophy recognizes the most outstanding player in the competition who was younger than 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Dubljevic, who will turn 22 years old on October 24, has played like a true veteran, changing games with his post skills, long-distance shots and overall effectiveness. Despite stepping on court just 21 minutes per night, Dubljevic was Valencia's second-best player in both scoring (13.3 ppg.) and performance index rating (13.7 per game), while ranking first in rebounds (4.8 rpg.) and fouls drawn (3.4 per game). His great contribution to Valencia's long run in the competition make Dubljevic a resounding choice as the 2012-13 Eurocup Rising Star! Read more here.

March 28, 2013 - Semifinals, Game 2 MVP: Stefan Markovic, Valencia Basket

stefan markovicAn epic performance in a big home win allowed Stefan Markovic of Valencia Basket to earn Eurocup Semifinals Game 2 MVP honors with a performance index rating of 22. Markovic was all over the place for Valencia against PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, leading his team to a 63-68 road win. It was not enough for Valencia to advance to the title game, however, as Lokomotiv won the two-series on points differential. Valencia lost three players - Justin Doellman, Florent Pietrus and Serhiy Lishchuk - to respective injuries during the game, forcing Markovic - the Eurocup's all-time assists leader - to play power forward in crunch time. Markovic finished the game with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal and a foul drawn to amass a 22 index. Leo Lyons of BC Budivelnik Kiev also reached a 22 index but his team lost against Uxue Bilbao Basket, making him uneleigible in the weekly MVP race. Read more here.

March 27, 2013 - Game 2

Uxue Bilbao Basket 75 - 53 BC Budivelnik Kiev

alex mumbruUxue Bilbao Basket has reached the Eurocup Final! Bilbao advanced to the Eurocup Final for the first time in club history by sweeping its two-way series against BC Budivelnik Kiev. On Thursday, Bilbao defeated Budivelnik 75-53 to win the two-way series by a total margin of XX points and will face PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium on Saturday, April 13. Lamont Hamilton and Alex Mumbru paced the winners with 13 points apiece. Fran Pilepic, Mamadou Samb and Kostas Vasileiadis each added 10 for Bilbao. Leo Lyons led Budivelnik with 20 points. Artur Drozdov added 12 for the guests. Malcolm Delaney, who scored 38 points in Game 1, was held scoreless for 31 minutes. Bilbao had a strong start, as Hamilton and Axel Hervelle led their team to a 20-9 lead. Budivelnik used a 0-8 run that return to the game, 20-17, early in the second quarter. Read more here.

March 26, 2013

Lokomotiv Kuban 63 - 68 Valencia Basket

nick calathesPBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar made it to the Eurocup final! Lokomotiv advanced to the title game despite a 63-68 against Valencia Basket. Lokomotiv had recorded an 87-97 road win in Game 1 and won the two-way series on points differential. As such, Lokomotiv sealed its ticket to the Eurocup title game, which will takes place at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium on April 13. It will face the winner of the other semifinal series between Uxue Bilbao Basket and BC Budivelnik Kiev. Valencia lost the chance to become the first team to reach a fourth final - and win a third title - in competition history. Nick Calathes led the series winners with 19 points. Jimmy Baron had 11 while Mantas Kalnietis added 10 for Lokomotiv. Stefan Markovic and Bojan Dubljevic led Valencia with 14 points apiece. Read more here.

March 26, 2013 - Game 2: Two tickets to paradise!

nick calathesIt's decision time in the Eurocup semifinals, as Game 2 will determine which two teams advance to the title game at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium on Saturday, April 13. Both Uxue Bilbao Basket and PBC Lokomotiv Kuban possess 10-point leads in their respective series against BC Budivelnik Kiev and Valencia Basket. Bilbao and Lokomotiv play Game 2 at home with the chance to finish the work in front of their fans, but Valencia and Budivelnik have proved throughout the 2012-13 Eurocup season that they are capable of beating the expectations. The last team to win a series rallying on the road was Hemofarm Stada against Dynamo Moscow in 2004-05, so Valencia and Budivelnik hope to follow that example. Hemofarm suffered an 81-84 home loss in Game 1 of the 2004-05 ULEB Cup eighthfinals, but thrashed Dynamo 75-96 – downing 12-of-13 three-pointers – in Game 2 to survive. Read more here.


Uxue Bilbao Basket vs. Budivelnik Kiev 75:53 - Stats


Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Valencia Basket 63:68 - Stats

March 21, 2013 - Semifinals Game 1 MVP: Simas Jasaitis, Lokomotiv Kuban

simas jasaitisFortunately for PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, sharpshooter Simas Jasaitis is peaking at the best possible time. The three-point marksman set a Eurocup semifinals record Wednesday with 7 three-pointers in leading his team to a valuable 87-97 road win at Valencia Basket to take a gigantic step towards the Eurocup Final. Beyond the victory and a Eurocup, Jasaitis can take pride in winning Eurocup MVP honors for the second week in a row; he was Quarterfinals Game 2 MVP after a master effort in clinching Lokomotiv’s sweep of Buducnost. On Thursday, Jasaitis tallied a performance index rating of 33 to lead all players on winning teams. He finished with 23 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. The best overall rating for the week came from Malcolm Delaney of Budivelnik Kiev, who set records with 38 points and a 47 index in defeat. Read more here.

March 20, 2013

Valencia Basket 87 - 97 PBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

simas jasaitisPBC Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar struck first in the two-game Eurocup Semifinals by downing Valencia Basket 87-97 in the opener in Spain on Wednesday. Lokomotiv takes a 10-point lead into the deciding game next week in Krasnodar, Russia. The aggregate winner will move on to the Eurocup Final next month in Charleroi, Belgium. Simas Jasaitis led the winners with 23 points on a Eurocup semifinals record 7 three-pointers. Derrick Brown added 19 points, Mantas Kalnietis scored 17, Richard Hendrix 14 and Nick Calathes contributed 8 points and 9 assists. Justin Doellman paced Valencia with 28 points, Pau Ribas added 20 points and Bojan Dubljevic 17. Lokomotiv got off to a strong start and a three-pointer by Jasaitis gave his team a 5-13 lead. Valencia improved off a timeout, but Calathes and Aleks Maric allowed the guests to get an 8-point lead after 10 minutes. Read more here.

BC Budivelnik Kiev 83 - 93 Uxue Bilbao Basket

lamont hamiltonDespite a record-breaking scoring performance by the hosts, a point-for-point battle in the Eurocup Semifinals ended with visiting Uxue Bilbao Basket defeating Budivelnik Kiev by 83-93 in the opener of their two-game series on Wednesday in the Ukrainian capital. A 13-30 run over 9 minutes bridging halftime – from 40-35 behind to 53-65 ahead – proved the difference in Bilbao going home with a double-digit lead to protect in Game 2 next Thursday. The visitors needed all the scoring they could get to withstand Budivelnik guard Malcolm Delaney's 38-point explosion, the best scoring performance not only in any semifinal to date, but also in any game later the regular season during the Eurocup's 11-season history. Delaney hit 6 of 9 three-pointers and 14 of 16 free throws – another semifinals record – but it wasn't enough. Read more here.

March 19, 2013 - Semifinals Analysis: Lokomotiv Kuban vs. Valencia Basket

eurocup semifinals lokomotiv valenciaTwo of the top contenders for Eurocup glory, Lokomotiv Kuban and Valencia Basket both present impressive resumes. Lokomotiv, whose 11 wins this season are tied for the most in the competition, was the only team to sweep its quarterfinals series. Valencia, the only former champ alive, was the lone club to win a quarterfinals series without home-court advantage. Both teams have fared well at home this season, each with just one defeat. Coach Evgeny Pashutin’s Lokomotiv squad has won eight of its last nine Eurocup games. Coach Velimir Perasovic’s Valencia is this season’s top-ranked team in average performance index rating (94.1) and the best attack among the quarterfinalists (84.2 ppg.). Lokomotiv is second in index (94.0) and leads the competition in assists (17.9 apg.). Pashutin previously coached Unics Kazan to the 2011 Eurocup crown. Under Perasovic, Valencia reached last season’s Eurocup title game. Read more here.

March 18, 2013 - Semifinals Analysis: Uxue Bilbao Basket vs. BC Budivelnik

eurocup semifinals bilbao budivelnikUxue Bilbao Basket and BC Budivelnik Kyiv were both Last 16 group winners and used their home-court advantages in the quarterfinals to advance. Both teams are quite strong at home, each with six wins and just one loss. Bilbao is tied for the most wins in the Eurocup this season, 11, along with fellow semifinalist Lokomotiv Kuban. This marks Bilbao’s third trip to the semifinals in as many Eurocup seasons, while Budivelnik reaches this stage for the first time. The two teams are similar statistically and are the top two rebounding teams (Budivelnik 35.8 rpg, Bilbao 35.1 rpg.) to reach the quarterfinals. Budivelnik is also this season’s leader in blocked shots (3.7 bpg.), while Bilbao ranks second in steals (8.1 spg.). Another similarity, both teams have balanced attacks with four players averaging double figures in points. This will mark the first time these teams have ever met in official competition. Read more here.

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