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  Eurocup 2015-16 Finals

April 28, 2016 - Lasme named Eurocup Finals MVP

Lasme named Eurocup Finals MVP

Stephane Lasme came to the Eurocup this season to help Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul capture the crown. The big man was a major reason the club was able to do so and was recognized accordingly when he was named the 2016 Eurocup Finals MVP. Lasme was chosen in a vote of accredited journalists at Game 2 of the series at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall. Lasme, 33, controlled the paint in Game 2 of the series with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks as Galatasaray won the game 78-67 and the two-game, total-points series by 7 points. Read more here.

April 28, 2016 - Galatasaray takes the crown!

Sinan Guler, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul is Eurocup Champ 2015-16 - Eurocup Finals 2016 - EB15

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul is the 2016 Eurocup champion! Galatasaray defeated Strasbourg 78-67 at a sold-out Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall to win the first continental trophy in the club’s 105-year history. It also became the first Turkish team to win the Eurocup. Strasbourg won the opening leg of the two-game, total points series 66-62 in France and entered the final minute of regulation down 2 points on aggregate, but Galatasaray scored the final 5 points, including a steal and layup by Sinan Guler in the closing seconds, to win the series by a total score of 140-133. Stephane Lasme was voted Eurocup Finals MVP after posting 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks for the winners. Errick McCollum also scored 16. Read more here.

April 27, 2016 - Eurocup Finals Game 2: Trophy time!

A new Eurocup champion will be crowned on Wednesday, when Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul hosts Strasbourg at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall. Galatasaray fans sold out the arena just minutes after tickets were released, so an outstanding basketball atmosphere is guaranteed to match the importance of this game. Strasbourg holds a four-point lead in the series due to its 66-62 home win in Game 1 behind 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists from team captain Louis Campbell. It was Galatasaray's worst scoring night this season, as the guests hit just 3 of 18 three-point shots and picked up 15 turnovers. Galatasaray is 10-1 at home this season, winning its last seven games there by double figures with an average margin of victory of 23.3 points. Read more here.

April 22, 2016 - 2015-16 Eurocup MVP: Errick McCollum, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

errick mccollumGalatasaray Odeabank Istanbul has had a rock-solid season, dominating its regular season and Last 32 groups before going all the way to the finals. None of its players has shined brighter than playmaker Errick McCollum, who has been unstoppable all season, leading the 2015-16 Eurocup in performance index rating average (22 per game) and taking Galatasaray to the Eurocup Finals for the first time. McCollum had already been the 2013-14 Eurocup top scorer (20.2 ppg.) playing for Panionios Athens and took his game to a new level this season as a go-to presence for Galatasaray through thick and thin. McCollum is the second-best top scorer in the 2015-16 Eurocup (18.7 ppg.), leads the competition in total fouls drawn (6.6 per game), free throws made (6.5 per game, with an excellent 86.7%). He also helped on the boards (4.4 rpg.) and shared the ball well (3.7 apg.). Read more here.

April 22, 2016 - Inside the finals

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul had reached the Eurocup Finals for the first time in club history - its best previous result was making it to the semifinals in 2008, losing against DKV Joventut Badalona. Head coach Ergin Ataman put together a core of experienced players - Sinan Guler, Blake Schilb, Stephane Lasme, Vlado Micov - who also happen to be hungry - none of them has ever won the Turkish Airlines Euroleague or the Eurocup, therefore facing a great opportunity in their careers. Galatasaray added Errick McCollum right before the season and it paid off incredibly well. McCollum is this season’s leader in performance index rating (22 per game) and ranked second in scoring (18.7 ppg.), despite coming off the bench in half his games. Adding more experienced players like Chuck Davis and Curtis Jerrells, only made the team even more dangerous. Read more here.


Strasbourg is definitely trying to re-write French basketball's recent history with a truly historical season. The team started the competition in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and was just one win away from becoming the first French team to make it to the Top 16 since 2007. Its wins against three eventual playoffs teams - Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Istanbul and Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - did not go unnoticed. Once in the Eurocup, Strasbourg has also found unprecedented success in the competition, going all the way to the Finals, something that no other French team had even been close to. Head coach Vincent Collet has relied on a core of players like Louis Campbell, Matt Howard, Bangaly Fofana, Romain Duport and Jeremy Leloup, who have been playing together for years, adding Mardy Collins, Kyle Weems and Rodrigue Beaubois into the fold to go the extra mile as a team. This chemistry has worked and has paid off really well until now. Read more here.

April 15, 2016 - 2015-16 All-Eurocup First, Second teams announced

In a season that has seen a lot of firsts, all 10 members of the 2015-16 All-Eurocup First and Second Teams are first-time selections and half of them are Eurocup rookies. The annual All-Eurocup selections honor 10 deserving stars for their on-court excellence throughout the season and leading their respective teams in deep runs in the competition. Though the selections, made by Euroleague Basketball’s panel of expert, do not have many players rich in Eurocup history, they do tell the story of the current season as the league leaders or runners-up in performance index rating, scoring, defensive rebounds, blocks, fouls drawn and true shooting percentage are all represented, as are eight players who appeared in the Eurocup Semifinals and Four due to play in the Eurocup Finals. The All-Eurocup First Team is comprised of guards Errick McCollum of Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul and Mardy Collins of Strasbourg, forwards Vlado Micov of Galatasaray and Davide Pascolo of Dolomiti Energia Trento and center Alen Omic of Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas. Read more here.

April 13, 2016 - 2015-16 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Maurizio Buscaglia, Dolomiti Energia Trento

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that the 2015-16 Eurocup Coach of the Year is Maurizio Buscaglia of Dolomiti Energia Trento. In the club's first season in any European club competition, Buscaglia led Trento to the semifinals, getting 15 wins in 22 games and only losing to Strasbourg by a two-point differential in their home-and-away series. Buscaglia, who turned 47 on April 9, has completed an amazing journey, taking Trento from the Italian third division to the Eurocup semifinals in less than six seasons with the club. Not only did Trento win this season, but Buscaglia instilled in the team a fun-to-watch, aggressive playing style. Trento put a lot of pressure on the passing lines, attacked the offensive glass with its wing players and opened the floor with its undersized big men Davide Pascolo and Julian Wright. Trento was second in its regular season group with a 7-3 record and first in its Last 32 group at 4-2. Its dream season continued with Trento downing CAI Zaragoza on point difference in the eighthfinals then sweeping mighty EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in the quarterfinals. Trento even won Game 1 of the semifinals on the road against Strasbourg, but its season ended at home, where it lost in Game 2. Coach Buscaglia has been part of his club's history over and over again, and now, by writing the most brilliant chapter in that book, he has become Euroleague Basketball's choice for the 2015-16 Eurocup Coach of the Year. Read more here.

April 13, 2016 - 2015-16 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Mateusz Ponitka, Stelmet Zielona Gora

mateusz ponitkaEuroleague Basketball is pleased to announce Mateusz Ponitka of Stelmet Zielona Gora as the winner of the 2015-16 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The 22-year-old forward enjoyed a breakout season in what was his third in the competition after two years with Telenet Ostend. After joining Zielona Gora over the summer, he helped the Polish champs reach the Eurocup Quarterfinals for the first time in club history by ousting Unics Kazan in the eighthfinals. Zielona Gora did not lose a Eurocup game on the road all season. The Eurocup Rising Star Trophy recognizes the most outstanding player in the competition who was younger than 22 years of age on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Ponitka, who will turn 23 in August, had already showcased his skills in the competition, but this season posted career-best averages in points, rebounds, assists, steals and performance index ranking. Ponitka did it all for Zielona Gora, leading his team in scoring (13.5 ppg.), rebounding (6.5 rpg.), fouls drawn (4 per game) and performance index rating (17.3 PIR), which made him a perfect choice as the 2015-16 Eurocup Rising Star! Read more here.

April 13, 2016 - Refereeing crews announced for Eurocup Finals

The 2016 Eurocup Finals between Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul and Strasbourg will be in the hands of veteran refereeing crews with experience at the very top of the sport. Euroleague Basketball has announced the two crews of three referees each that will officiate the two games to decide a new Eurocup champion. Game 1 of the will be played at Strasbourg’s home court on Friday, April 22 with Fernando Rocha of Portugal serving as the Crew Chief and working together with Sasa Pukl of Slovenia and Emilio Perez Pizarro of Spain. The referring trio for Game 2 in Istanbul on Wednesday, April 22 will have Christos Christodoulou of Greece as Crew Chief alongside Carmelo Paternico of Italy and Piotr Pastusiak of Poland. Read more here.

April 9, 2016 - Eurocup Finals at a glance: Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul vs. Strasbourg

eurocup 2015-16 finals

Galatasaray built a team with the weaponry to challenge for Eurocup glory and now there is only one opponent standing in its way. Coach Ergin Ataman has the competition’s No. 2 scorer for the season in guard Errick McCollum (18.7 ppg., 3.7 apg.) – who leads in performance index rating with 22.0 per game, and the Eurocup’s all-time No. 3 scorer coming off the bench in Chuck Davis (8.2 ppg.), yet it was another player who took charge in the decisive Game 2 of the semifinals; Vladimir Micov (13 ppg.) shined with 21 points. And it’s not all offense; Stephane Lasme (11.1 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 1.3 bpg.) is second in the Eurocup in blocked shots this season and swingman Blake Schilb (12.2 ppg., 44.2% 3FG, 3.8 apg.) contributes everywhere. Add in the defense of captain Sinan Guler (8.9 ppg., 3.6 apg.) and it’s understandable how this team is standing where it is. Another significant advantage Galatasaray boasts in Game 2 at home; this team has gone 10-1 in the Eurocup in Istanbul this season, including seven straight by double figures (with an average margin of victory of 23.3 points!). After competing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in three of the previous four seasons, not only are Galatasaray and its passionate fans hungry to get back to the promised land, but overflowing with the experience to handle the big games that could get it there. Read more here.

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