October 11, 2011 - 2011-12 Regular Season Eurocup Draw results
Eurocup Regular Season Draw results and clubs' meeting The 2011-12
Eurocup Regular Season Draw took place in Barcelona on Tuesday and
divided 32 clubs from 19 countries into the regular season groups that
will mark the road forward toward the eventual crowning of the
competition's 10th annual champion next April. The six-game Eurocup
regular season will begin on November 15 and finish on December 20,
with the best two of each group's four teams advancing. Games resume on
January 17, with the opening of the Last 16 round, which consists of
six more games for each team, ending February 28. Again, the best two
teams from each group advance, this time to the Quarterfinals,
head-to-head two-game home-and-away series decided on aggregate score
between March 20 and 27. Those four series winners will reach the
Eurocup Finals for single-elimination games to decide a champion on
April 14 and 15. Read more here.
October 5, 2011 - Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12, Game 2
Telenet Oostende 70-67 Norrkoping Dolphins
Oostende finished off a sweep of Norrkoping Dolphins on Wednesday to
advance to the Eurocup Regular Season. Oostende was all but assured
winning the series after a 26-point victory in Game 1. The hosts ran
out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter of this game, but
Norrkoping fought back to make a game of it. Chris Booker led the
winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Dusan Sakota added 11.
Oladapo Ayuba paced the Dolphins with 18 points and 10 rebounds and
Povilas Sakinis netted 17 in defeat. Oostende grabbed the game by its
horns early as Veselin Petrovic and Booker put the hosts up 15-5. Read
BK Prostejov 77-87 Lukoil Academic
champion Lukoil Academic ensured its return to the Eurocup Regular
Season with a 77-87 win over BK Prostejov in the second leg of the
qualifying round. The game was close for two-and-a-half quarters until
Academic schooled Prostejov with a 2-23 run that put the game and
series away. Andre Owens led the winners with 17 points, Lamont Mack
added 15 and Brandon Heath scored 13 for the winners. Arvydas
Eitutavicius paced Prostejov with 14 points and Bertengeh Gadri and
Matej Venta scored 11 each in defeat. The game was close early with
neither team leading by more than a basket in the first quarter, which
ended with Academic ahead 16-19. That changed when Bozhidar Avramov
scored the first basket of the second quarter. Read more here.
October 4, 2011 -Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12, Game 2
Gran Canaria 2014 92-65 Artland Dragons
Canaria took care of business against Artland Dragons with a 92-65
victory to advance to the Eurocup Regular Season. With a 5-point lead
in hand from Game 1, Granca took charge by the end of the opening
quarter and proceeded to outscore the Dragons in each quarter. Xavi Rey
led six Gran Canaria scorers in double figures with 14 points and
Spencer Nelson and Marquez Haynes added 12 apiece. Johannes Strasser
paced Artland with 11 points. Artland raced out to a promising 7-12
start on a David Holston jumper, but Tomas Bellas soon tied the score
at 14-14. A Rafa Martinez triple followed by another from Michel Bramos
put the hosts ahead 27-20 after 10 minutes. Read more here.
Le Mans 80-78 Pinar Karsiyaka
Mans swept its way into the Eurocup Regular Season with an 80-78 win
over Pinar Karsiyaka to sweep their series. Le Mans won their first
meeting by 7 in Turkey. That lead had been erased by the end of the
third quarter as Karsiyaka played tough, but Taylor Rochestie and
Marcellus Sommerville starred in a 12-0 run that bridged the third and
fourth corners and set the stage for a Le Mans win and a berth in the
Eurocup. Alex Acker paced the winners with 19 points, Taylor Rochestie
tallied 15 points and 10 assists and Marcellus Sommerville and J.P.
Batista added 14 points each for Le Mans. Read more here.
Cedevita Zagreb 84-69 Elan Chalon
Cedevita roared back to
the Eurocup with an 84-69 win over Elan Chalon. Reigning Eurocup MVP
Dontaye Draper starred with 18 points, 10 assists and 4 steals to lead
his team, which trailed in the third quarter before a 13-0 run that
bridged the third and fourth quarters put Cedevita in control. Marino
Bazdaric, who was clutch in the closing minutes, added 12 points and 7
rebounds among five Cedevita scorers in double figures. Blake Schilb
led Chalon with 21 points and 5 assists. The game was tight in the
opening minutes with neither team leading by more than 3 points until
Draper and Bazdaric teamed up in the last minute of the quarter to make
it 20-16. Marko Car added a three-pointer and Miro Bilan scored inside
as the hosts pushed the lead to 27-18. Read more here.
Dexia Mons-Hainaut 74-63 Besiktas
Mons-Hainaut used a 21-2 third-quarter run and a 13-0 charge in the
fourth to turn the tables on Besiktas and advance to the Eurocup
Regular Season. Mons won 74-63 to overcome an 8-point deficit from the
first leg and claim the series. A.J. Slaughter starred with 19 points
and Ahmad Nivens added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the victors, who
trailed by 15 on aggregate at halftime. Marcelus Kemp paced Besiktas
with 18 points, Erwin Dudley netted 13 and Zoran Erceg 11, but
Besiktas’s biggest summer signing, Deron Williams, struggled for 7
points on 3-of-13 shooting and dished 7 assists, but also committed 6
turnovers. Read more here.
Spartak St. Petersburg 83-64 Etha Engomis
St. Petersburg stormed into the Eurocup Regular Season with an 83-64
win over Etha Engomis, which denied the Cypriot champs their first trip
to the competition. Spartak, which won Game 1 of the series by 1,
pulled away in the second quarter to take a 49-36 halftime lead and
then soared to a 20+ point advantage in the third quarter to wrap
things up early. Patrick Beverley shined for the winners with 26 points
and 5 steals, Valery Likhodey netted 15, Yotam Halperin peppered the
court with 14 points and 7 assists and Loukas Mavrokefalidis added 10
points. Patrick Okafor led Etha with 15 points, Thomas Massamba scored
12 and Valdas Dabkus 11. Spartak made its move early as Miha Zupan hit
a triple and finished a break with a slam to give his team an 11-4
lead. Read more here.
BC Azovmash 79-65 BK Ventspils
sealed its return to the Eurocup with a 79-65 win over BK Ventspils.
The visitors came into the game with a 1-point lead from the opening
leg, but Azovmash led most of the way. Ventspils started the fourth
quarter strong and tied the game at 62-62, which meant it led
aggregate, but the hosts went on a 13-1 charge to wrap up the game and
series. Ricky Minard starred for Azovmash with 24 points, Dan Ewing
tallied 18 points and 5 assists, Rado Rancik was key late as he put up
13 points and 8 rebounds and Hasan Rizvic added 9 points and 10 boards.
Bojan Bakic paced Ventspils with 18 points and Jahmar Young scored 14
in defeat. Ventspils and Young started strong as the guard scored the
game’s first 5 points. Read
October 3, 2011 - Eurocup Regular Season Draw set for October 11
A draw to determine the groups that will make up the
Regular Season groups for the 2011-12 Eurocup will be held on Tuesday,
October 11 at the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport in Barcelona at 13:00
local time. The list of teams that will make up the 2011-12 Eurocup
Regular Season is all but complete. The finish of the Turkish Airlines
Euroleague Qualifying Rounds promoted 14 more clubs into the Eurocup
Regular Season, leaving eight more spots that will go to the teams that
win their respective Eurocup Qualifying Round series. Read more here.
September 28, 2011 - Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12, Game 1
Artland Dragons 56-61 Gran Canaria 2014
Canaria registered a 56-61 road win at Artland Dragons to move closer
to a return to the Eurocup Regular Season. Marquez Haynes scored 14 and
Spencer Nelson 10 for the visitors, who led by as many as 12 points in
the fourth quarter before Artland went on a late run. Anthony Hilliard
paced the Dragons with 17 points. Juan Palacios led Gran Canaria to a
0-6 start as the visitors asserted themselves, however tripled from
David Holston and Adam Hess quickly changed the momentum at 8-9.
However Nelson made sure Granca remained ahead 13-18 after 10 minutes.
Hilliard kept Artland close early in the second quarter, but Granca
continued pulling away and extended its lead to double figures on a
Rafa Martinez fastbreak layup. Read more here.
Etha Engomis 59-60 Spartak St. Petersburg
Spartak St. Petersburg
held off Etha Engomis’s late charge to register a 59-60 road win in the
first game of their Eurocup Qualifying Round series on Wednesday.
Spartak led by double figures eantering the fourth quarter before the
Cypriot champions stormed back and had the potential final shot for the
win. However an offensive foul on Kenvarrios Tutt allowed Spartak to
escape with a narrow win heading into the deciding leg of the series
next week in Russia. Yotam Halperin paced Spartak with 16 points, with
Patrick Beverley added 9 points for Spartak, which made just 3 of 20
(15%) three-point shots. Shawn Ray led the hosts with 15 points and
Patrick Okafor had 10 in defeat. Etha scored first via Okafor and then
rode Ray to a quick 10-4 lead. Read more here.
September 27, 2011 - Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12, Game 1
Elan Chalon 78-73 Cedevita Zagreb
Chalon coughed up a 22-point, fourth-quarter lead against Cedevita
Zagreb, but held on for a 78-73 victory. Chalon seemed to be in cruise
control heading into the last 10 minutes, but ran into Chris Owens and
then Vedran Vukusic, who carried Cedevita all the way back to set up an
exciting Game 2 in Zagreb next week. Alade Aminu led Chalon with 20
points and 7 rebounds and Blake Schilb added 14 points for the winners.
Owens paced Cedevita with 17 points and reigning Eurocup MVP Dontaye
Draper added 13. It looked to be all Cedevita early as Draper, Chris
Warren and Vukusic got off to a 0-7 start. However Chalon answered in
form as Aminu, Schilb and Ilian Evtimov tied the score. Read more here.
Pinar Karsiyaka 73-80 Le Mans
A brilliant fourth
quarter for Le Mans led the club to a come-from-behind 73-80 win at
Pinar Karsiyaka that gives head coach J.D. Jackson’s squad a 7-point
cushion heading into Game 2 of the Eurocup Qualifying Round series.
Marcellus Sommerville scored 8 in a 3-22 blitz to start the fourth
quarter that gave Le Mans the lead for good and may have determined the
outcome of the series. Karsiyaka must win next week in France by more
than 7 to achieve its goal of playing Eurocup basketball this season.
Read more here.
Norrkoping Dolphins 62-88 Telenet Oostende
practically sealed its spot in the Eurocup Regular Season with a 62-88
drubbing of Sweden’s Norrkoping Dolphins in the opening leg of their
qualifying round series. Jason Rich scored 19 and Matthew Lojeski 18 to
lead six Oostende scorers in double figures in the one-sided outcome.
The game was decided by Oostende outscoring Norrkoping 30-51 in the
middle two quarters. Andrew Mitchel led the Dophins with 13 points and
Anton Saks added 10. The game was close early as Petras Balocka scored
twice and Povilas Sakinis pulled up for a triple to give the Dolphins a
9-4 start. Read more here.
Besiktas JK 78-70 Dexia Mons-Hainaut
JK led by as many as 15 en route to a 78-70 win over Dexia
Mons-Hainaut. Besiktas’s stars carried the team, but head coach Ergin
Ataman only got 2 points from his bench. Marcelus Kemp starred with 24
points for the winners, while Zoran Erceg posted 15 points and 10
rebounds, Deron Williams scored 15 and dished 9 assists and Erwin
Dudley posted 13 points and 10 boards. Justin Cage led Mons with 13
points, Quincy Taylor recorded 12 points and 7 assists and Ahmad Nivens
also scored 12. Taylor helped Mons jump out to a promising 7-13 start,
but a David Hawkins triple and points on consecutive possessions from
Williams closed the gap. Read more here.
BK Ventspils 75-74 BC Azovmash
BK Ventspils edged BC
Azovmash 75-74 on a buzzer-beating Jahmar Young three-point shot. Young
shined all night for the winner and finished with a game-high 28
points. Samuel Wilard added a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards
for Ventspils. Ricky Minard paced Azovmash with 16 points and Hasan
Rizvic and Rado Rancik tallied 14 each in defeat. Azovmash hosts Game 2
next week in Ukraine. Ventspils jumped out early by scoring the game’s
first 5 points, pushed the lead to 15-7 on a Janis Strelnieks
three-pointer and then 25-15 late in the quarter before Rizvic and
Oleksiy Pecherov brought Azovmash within 6 after 10 minutes. Minard
added 4 points before Rizvic capped a 0-10 Azovmash run to tie the
score. Read more here.
Lukoil Academic 70-65 BK Prostejov
Academic held on for a 70-65 BK Prostejov thanks to 17 points from
Lamont Mack. The all-time leading Eurocup scorer, Todor Stoykov, and
Bozhidar Avramov added 10 each for the Bulgarian champs. Jamar Smith
paced Prostejov with 22 points and Bertengeh Gadri tallied 10 points
and 9 rebounds in defeat. Dusan Pandula scored first for Prostejov as
the game was close for the first several minutes. Soon Mack took over
with 9 points in a 10-0 run that gave the hosts a double-digit lead.
Pandula helped Prostejov get back within 21-17 after 10 minutes.
Academic surged ahead in the middle of the second quarter as the lead
reached 12, but led by Smith, Prostejov managed to get back to 36-31 by
halftime. Read more here.
September 23, 2011 - Eurocup Qualifying Round 2011-12 preview
of the most exciting and intense weeks of the Eurocup season tips off
this week as the competition hits the ground running with games of the
utmost importance – the Eurocup Qualifying Round. Sixteen teams will
clash in eight two-game, home-and-away, total-points series for tickets
to the Eurocup Regular Season. The different series feature teams of
differing backgrounds, ranging from last season’s semifinalist Cedevita
Zagreb to debutants looking to make history in their respective
countries like Norrkoping Dolphins of Sweden and Etha Engomis of
Cyprus. Six of the series get started on Tuesday, with only Artland
Dragons vs. Gran Canaria 2014 and Etha vs. Spartak St. Petersburg
beginning Wednesday. All conclude on Tuesday or Wednesday of the
following week, October 4-5. Read more here.
July 7, 2011 - Eurocup Clubs Commission meeting in Barcelona
The Eurocup Clubs Commission met Wednesday in
Barcelona prior to the 2011-12 Eurocup Qualifying Round draw to
continue discussions on how to improve the competition and establish a
framework designed to meet all the needs of the clubs. The commission
consists of representatives from nine clubs in as many countries: Alba
Berlin of Germany, CEZ Nymburk of the Czech Republic, Galatasaray of
Turkey, KK Cibona of Croatia, Pallacanestro Treviso of Italy, PAOK BC
of Greece, Spirou Basket of Belgium, Valencia Basket Club of Spain and
VEF Riga of Latvia. Read more here.
July 5, 2011 - 2011-12 Eurocup participating teams
The list of teams that will make up the 2011-12
Eurocup has been announced by Euroleague Basketball. For the third
season in a row, the competition will be filled by teams in three
different ways: by direct qualification to the Eurocup Regular Season,
by promotion from the Eurocup Qualifying Round and by demotion
following the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. A total of
10 teams from nine countries have already qualified directly to the
32-team regular season through their results in domestic competitions
or through a wild card. Read more here.