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Home - Eurocup 2013-14 Semifinals

  Eurocup 2013-14 Semifinals

April 10, 2014 - Semifinals Game 2 MVP: Nikos Zisis, Unics Kazan

nikos zisisThe Eurocup competition is drawing to an end one more season. The stage for the finals is set for next May 1 and 7 as Valencia Basket and Unics Kazan will meet up for a two-game series, first one in Spain and second one in Russia, to determine who is the new Eurocup champion and plays the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season. In the second game of the semifinal series, one player stepped up higher than the rest as Nikos Zisis of Unics amassed an index rating performance of 31 to lead his team in a comeback against Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade that made up from a point-deficit got in Game 1 and become the MVP of the week. Read more here.

April 9, 2014 - Game 2

Nizhny Novgorod 53 - 79 Valencia Basket Club

bojan dubljevicValencia Basket dominated host Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday night at Trade Union Sports Palace to win the game 53-79 and the series by an aggregate score of 128-163. The result sends Valencia to the Eurocup title series for a record fourth time, where it will face Unics Kazan. Valencia brought a 9-point edge from Game 1 into the return leg and used a 0-9 first-quarter run to assert control. Coach Velimir Perasovic’s men increased the lead to 25-39 (100-123) at halftime and erased any doubts with a 0-16 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to cruise to an impressive victory. Bojan Dubljevic led the Valencia attack with 13 points and 6 rebounds, Romain Sato added 11 and 8 and Sam Van Rossom and Rafa Martinez netted 10 points apiece. Read more here.

Unics Kazan 84 - 67 Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

nikos zisisUnics Kazan returns to the Eurocup Finals after using a huge second half from Nikos Zisis to overcome an 11-point deficit from the first leg, and beat Crvena Zvezda Telekom 84-67 in Game 2 of their semifinals series. Unics, the 2011 Eurocup titlist, won the semifinals series 136-130 on aggregate, as Zisis scored all of his 26 points after halftime. The Russian side will hold a home-court advantage in the finals, where it will play Valencia Basket. Zisis was scoreless in the first half, and Zvezda held 17-21 lead in the second quarter, which translated into a 15-point advantage in the series. But behind triples from Luke Harangody and baskets from Kostas Kaimakoglou, Unics rallied to take 36-30 halftime lead, and cut the series deficit to 5 points. Read more here.

April 9, 2014 - Semifinals, Game 2: who will reach the finals?

The road to the 2013-14 Eurocup Finals will be completed this week with the second and last games in a pair of home-and-away semifinals series. Those two-game Eurocup Semifinals series, as two before them in the eighthfinals and quarterfinals, will decide the finalists based on aggregate score difference when both games are finished. Valencia Basket and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade registered home wins in Game 1, but Nizhny Novgorod and Unics Kazan will have the chance now to have their say on their own home courts. Every point and each possession will count, so expect intensity, drama and great basketball, Eurocup-style! Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:


Unics Kazan vs. Crvena Zvezda Telekom 84-67 - Stats


Nizhny Novgorod vs. Valencia Basket 53-79 - Stats

April 3, 2014 - Semifinals Game 1 MVP: Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia Basket

bojan dubljevicThe time has come in the Eurocup to know what champions are made of! Only four teams are still alive and started the Semifinal series this week with the respective openers and when the dust settled, Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket emerged as MVP of the week thanks to an index rating performance of 31, the most among all winning players. Dubljevic led his team to a 84-75 home win over Nizhny Novgorod thanks to his 24 points - 6 of 11 twos, 2 of 4 threes and 6 of 6 free throws -, 12 rebounds and 8 fouls drawn. His teammate Pau Ribas was next in line with an index rating performance of 26, thanks to his 17 points - 4 of 6 threes -, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Read more here.

April 2, 2014 - Game 1

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 63 - 52 Unics Kazan

jaka blazicCrvena Zvezda Telekom used its defense that allowed only 4 points in the fourth quarter en route to 63-52 win over Unics Kazan in Game 1 of their two-way semifinals series on Wednesday. This outcome means that victory or a loss by up to 10 points next week will be enough for Zvezda to advance to its first ever Eurocup Finals. Two teams traded leads in the first half, with Zvezda bridging the first and second quarter with a 13-1 run, and Jaka Blazic made sure the hosts take 35-33 advantage into halftime. Rasko Katic and defense got the hosts to 48-39 in the third quarter, and after Unics cut the deficit to only 2 points, Zvezda opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, keeping Unics scoreless for almost 8 minutes, paving the way to victory. Read more here.

April 1, 2014

Valencia Basket Club 84 - 75 Nizhny Novgorod

bojan dubljevicValencia Basket used big second and third quarters on the way to 84-75 win over Nizhny Novgorod in Game 1 of their two-legged Eurocup Semifinals series. The team with the highest aggregate scored in two-game series will advance to the finals, which means that a victory or a loss by up to 8 points next week will be enough for Valencia to become the first team to reach its fourth Eurocup final. Led by Dijon Thompson the visitors had a better start to the game, building a 15-23 lead, but Pau Ribas, Justin Doellman and Bojan Dubljevic rallied Valencia, scoring all points in a 13-0 that closed the second quarter for 41-32 halftime lead. Valencia’s defense continued dominating after the break, and another 13-0 run helped break the 20-point barrier in the third quarter, making it 63-41. Read more here.

April 1, 2014 - Semifinals, Game 1: the best of the best!

The march to a 2013-14 champion continues this week with the opening games of the Eurocup Semifinals! The two-game, home-and-away semifinals series will be decide the finalists based on aggregate score difference when both games are finished. Two teams from Last 16 Group L - Nizhny Novgorod and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - and two others from Group O - Unics Kazan and Valencia Basket - made it this far. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:


Crvena Zvezda Telekom vs. Unics Kazan 63-52 - Stats


Valencia Basket vs. Nizhny Novgorod 84-75 - Stats

March 31, 2014 - Semifinals analysis

Unics Kazan vs. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade

eurocup semifinals 2013-14 unics kazan vs. crvena zvezda telekomBoth teams have impressive credentials entering the semifinals. Unics not only boats the best record in the competition this season, but was the only side to sweep its Eurocup Quarterfinals. Crvena Zvezda started the season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, missed a spot in the Top 16 by one game and since joining the Eurocup for the Last 32, has eliminated two more teams that started their seasons in the Euroleague. Their respective home-court advantages are second to none. Unics is undefeated in its last 13 games in Kazan; Zvezda set a European basketball attendance record at Kombank Arena in the quarterfinals. Read more here.

Nizhny Novgorod vs. Valencia Basket

eurocup semifinals 2013-14 nizhny novgorod vs. valencia basketIt is a clash of the two-time champion Valencia Basket and a Eurocup newcomer Nizhny Novgorod for a place in the finals. Valencia is in a familiar teritory, having won the competition in 2003 and 2010, and has reached at least the semfinals for the third consecutive year. As the lone club to win a quarterfinals series without home-court advantage, Valencia has made its La Fonteta a very difficult court to visit, combining to beat its last two opponents - Khimki Moscow Region in the eighthfinals and Alba Berlin in the quarterfinals - by 48 points. Nizhny on the other hand enters the semifinals with 6 road wins, but also a 9-1 record at home. Read more here.

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