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Home - Eurocup 2015-16 Semifinals

  Eurocup 2015-16 Semifinals

April 8, 2016 - Eurocup Semifinals, Game 2 MVP: DJ Seeley, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

dj_sealeyAfter a long, tough season, two teams - Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul and Strasbourg - prevailed and went all the way to the Eurocup Finals, starting in a couple of weeks. Both teams advanced suffering a lot in the last semifinals games in a week for the memories. It was so close that Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas fell only two points short of being in the final for the second consecutive season, as it still won Game 2 against Galatasaray, overtime included, which allowed DJ Seeley to become the last weekly MVP of the season with his index rating performance of 28, his best individual performance ever in the competition. Seeley netted 23 points, pulled 4 rebounds, dished 5 assists, had 1 steal and drew 7 fouls to be the best ranked player this week. Following him, Davide Pascolo of Dolomiti Energia Trento with a 27 and Romain Duport of Strasbourg with a 24. Read more here.

April 6, 2016 - Semifinal, Game 2: it is crunch time!

It is decision time in the 2015-16 Eurocup! The Eurocup semifinals will come to an end on Wednesday with two exciting games. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul holds a 14-point lead in its series against Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, which hosts Game 2 at on Wednesday 21:30 CET. Two hours earlier, at 19:30 CET, Dolomiti Energia Trento hosts Strasbourg with a six-point lead in its series. Get ready for a critical day in the outcome of the competiton! Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:


Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 94-81


Dolomiti Energia Trento vs. Strasbourg 78-86

March 31, 2016 - Eurocup Semifinals, Game 1 MVP: Chuck Davis, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

chuck davisThe road to the Eurocup Finals just entered it's last step with the semis. Both series are still much alive after Game 1, but it is also true that Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul is the team closer to reaching the final step thanks to a 14- pointwin over Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas. The leader behind a win that could prove decisive was Chuck Davis, who thanks to his index rating performance of 29 earned weekly MVP honors. Davis netted 18 points, pulled 10 rebounds, dished 4 assists, had 1 steal and 1 block and drew 2 fouls for a great all-around performance in 28 minutes coming off the bench. Next in line among winning players was Davis' teammate at Galatasaray Vladimir Micov plus Dolomiti Energia Trento's Julian Wright, both with index rating performances of 23. Strasbourg's Bangaly Fofana had a prominent 26 index, but his performance did not earn his team a win against Trento. Read more here.

March 29, 2016 - Semifinal, Game 1: four teams, one goal!

The road to the 2016 Eurocup Finals is coming to the end. Less than a week after the end of the Eurocup quarterfinal series, the stage is set for the first leg of the home-and-away semifinals. With one clash on Tuesday and one on Wednesday, get ready for the excitement and drama.

Semifinal A: Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

On Wednesday, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul welcomes Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas for their first semifinal game. The only previous times these two teams met was in 2008, when Galatasaray ousted Gran Canaria in the Eurocup Eighthfinals, thanks to a 99-74 win at home in Game 1, and proceeded that season to its only previous Eurocup Semifinals appearance.

Semifinal B: Strasbourg vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento

In the semifinals opener on Tuesday, Strasbourg welcomes Dolomiti Energia Trento and Quarterfinal Game 2 MVP Dominique Sutton. The two sides are in the midst of the most-successful continental campaigns in their respective histories and now go against each other for the first time ever.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:


Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 89-75


Strasbourg vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento 68-74

March 28, 2016 - Inside the semifinals: Dolomiti Energia Trento vs. Strasbourg

A hand injury to Strasbourg big man Matt Howard thrust the team's two most-experienced centers, Bangaly Fofana and Romain Duport, into big roles in the quarterfinals. The two combined to average 18.5 points on 15-of-21 shooting (71.4%), which included a pair of threes by Dport, plus 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. With Howard unlikely to return for the games against Trento, these two centers, who did not shoulder much of a load early in the season, remain focal points for Strasbourg. Of course Trento has a go-to- guy in the paint in Julian Wright, who is second on the team in scoring (14.5 ppg.), rebounding (5.6 rpg.), steals (1.5 spg.) and average index rating (16.8) and leads the squad in blocks (1.2 bpg.) But Wright (2.03 meters) and his backup Luca Lechthaler (2.06) will give up a lot of height to Fofana (2.12) and Duport (2.18). This will surely be a matchup to follow. Read more here.

March 26, 2016 - Eurocup Semifinals at a glance

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul

For the second consecutive season, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas has reached the Eurocup Semifinals, and once again it is the most successful of the last four teams with its 15-5 record. Gran Canaria boasts an 8-2 road record and enters the semifinals on a seven-game road winning streak, and five of those wins have been by a double-digit margin. Head coach Aito Garcia Reneses has used 14 different players at least once in the starting lineup, but now uses a 10-man rotation. In the four games since the elimination rounds have started, seven different players have scored at least once in double figures. Gran Canaria is the highest scoring team in the semifinals (85.3 ppg.), averages most assists (19.4 apg.), rebounds (36.5 rpg.) and three-pointers (10.5). Big man Alen Omic is Gran Canaria’s top scorer (13.8 ppg.) and rebounder (7.7 rpg.), but the team has plenty of firepower on the outside. Pont guard Kevin Pangos averages 12.2 points on 52.8% three-point shooting and dishes 5.1 assists; no player made more threes this season than Sasu Salin (49), who averages 11.9 points per game; and D.J. Seeley has been worth 11 points per night. With Brad Newley, Pablo Aguilar and Eulis Baez each scoring at least 7 points per game, Gran Canaria and its diverse solutions on offense will be hard to stop.

Dolomiti Energia Trento vs. Strasbourg

In its first season in the competition, Dolomiti Energia Trento has put together an impressive campaign and reached the Eurocup Semifinals. Trento rides a three-game winning streak into the semis during which it won each contest by at least 10 points. The team has been strong at home with an 8-2 record, but has been especially productive on the road, where its 87.1 points per game in third-best in the competition. Trento leads the Eurocup in forced turnovers (16.7 TOpg.) and steals (9.1 spg.) and is the best of the semifinalists in offensive rebounding (12.3). Big man Davide Pascolo is the team’s top scorer (14.8 ppg.) and rebounder (5.7 rpg.) and one of three players who posted at least 13 points plus 7 rebounds in the two-game quarterfinals series. The other two are Julian Wright (14.5 ppg., 5.6 rpg.), the only player who started all 20 Eurocup games for Trento, and in-form swingman Dominique Sutton, who picked up Eurocup Quarterfinals Game 2 MVP honors for torching EA7 Emporio Armani Milan with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Trento gets significant contribution on the perimeter from Trent Lockett (10.8 ppg.), and Jamarr Sanders (9.1 ppg.) who hopes to recover from an ankle sprain. In his absence, veteran point guard Giuseppe Poeta stepped up with 16 points and 3.5 assists in the quarterfinal series, helping Trento join Benetton Treviso as the only Italian teams to reach the competition’s semifinals, and it now wants to become the first team from Italy to contend for the Eurocup title. Read more here.

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