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March 28, 2012 - Eurocup Finals matchups clarification

In order to avoid any misunderstanding because of a mistake in the Format section of www.eurocupbasketball.net Euroleague Basketball would like to clarify that the Eurocup Finals 2012 Khimki matchups as stated in the Eurocup official By-Laws are:

Semifinal A: Valencia Basket - Lietuvos Rytas
Semifinal B: BC Spartak St. Petersburg - BC Khimki Moscow Region

Euroleague Basketball would like to apologize for the misunderstanding but would also like to point out that the correct matchups are the ones appearing in the Eurocup official By–Laws that were approved during this summer and sent to all participating clubs before the beginning of the season.

March 28, 2012 - Quarterfinals, Game 2 MVP: Yotam Halperin, Spartak St. Petersburg

yotam halperinSpartak St. Petersburg reached the Eurocup Finals by sweeping its two-way series against CEZ Nymburk and one of its players registered the best individual performance of all winning squads in Game 2 of the Quarterfinals. Yotam Halperin helped Spartak to beat Nymburk 86-71 with 19 points on 3-of-4 three-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws. He added 3 rebounds, 7 assists, a steal, a block and 6 fouls drawn for a 31 performance index rating. In that game, Tre Simmons had a 32 index, but in a losing effort, making him uneligible in the MVP race. Simmons had 22 points on 4-of-5 triples and 4-of-4 free throws, 7 rebounds and 10 fouls drawn. Ali Traore of Lokomotiv-Kuban had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 fouls drawn to amass a 24 index in his team's 81-77 home win against BC Khimki - but it was not enough for Loko to get to the Finals. Read more here.

March 27, 2012 - Quarterfinals Game 2

Valencia Basket 85 - 63 KK Buducnost Voli

victor claverValencia overpowered Buducnost 84-60 to grab a spot in the Eurocup Finals in Khimki, Russia, on April 14 and 15. Valencia lost the opener to Buducnost and needed to win this game by more than 4 to move on. It exceeded that total early in the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead throughout, reaching a 31-point advantage early in the final quarter. The hosts used a balanced attack, led by Victor Claver’s 13 points, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, while Andrew Ogilvy, Vitor Faverani and Nik Caner-Medey contributed 11 points apiece. Bojan Dubljevic paced the losers with 17 points and Jermaine Anderson added 13. Read more here.

BC Donetsk 80 - 78 Lietuvos Rytas

renaldas seibutisLietuvos Rytas is back in the Eurocup Finals and will play on seeking its third title after surviving the Eurocup Quarterfinals, despite losing Game 2 on the road to BC Donetsk 80-78. Rytas won Game 1 by 11 points, which allowed it to move on in the two-game total points series. After falling behind 8-10 early in the first quarter, Donetsk trailed by as many as 12 until the fourth quarter when Ramel Curry led a rally that gave the hosts a 33-24 scoring differential in the final 10 minutes, enough to grab the narrow victory, but not enough to threaten the series outcome. Curry scored 26 points, including 4 of 6 from downtown, to pace the winners, while Vule Avdalovic bagged 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov contributed 12 and Ivan Radenovic 10 along with 8 rebounds. Read more here.

Lokomotiv Kuban 81 - 77 BC Khimki

vitaly fridzonBC Khimki will play the Eurocup Finals on its home court after advancing Tuesday in Krasnodar, despite losing 81-77 to Lokomotiv Kuban in Game 2 of the quarterfinals. Khimki won the opener 81-72 to win the total points series by 5. An 18-4 run to finish the second quarter gave to the visitors a 33-46 lead at halftime, but Lokomotiv climbed back in the third quarter and finished its comeback early in the fourth by taking the lead on a three-pointer from Jeremiah Massey, 66-64. Loko came close to the needed 9-point margin at 78-71 with 80 seconds left, but Khimki iced its qualification by being perfect from the foul line. Ali Traore combined for 22 points and 6 rebounds for Lokomotiv, Massey added 19 with 8 boards and Vlado Ilievski scored 11 and Maxim Sheleketo 10 for Lokomotiv. Read more here.

Spartak St. Petersburg 86 - 71 CEZ Nymburk

yotam halperinSpartak St. Petersburg is the first team in the Eurocup Finals! The Russian team defeated CEZ Nymburk also in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series by 86-71 and punched its ticket for the final event of the season, to take place in Khimki, Russia, on April 14 and 15. Spartak had also won Game 1 in the Czech Republic by 64-68. The rival of Spartak in Khimki will be thewinner of the series between Valencia Basket and KK Buducnost VOLI, to be played later today. Good accuracy from the three-point line helped Spartak build and keep a safe lead in the first half, and it only increased little by little in the second half as the hosts secured the win. Read more here.

March 26, 2012 - Quarterfinals, Game 2: it's decision time!

ali traoreTuesday will prove to be the decisive night for the eight teams alive and battling for Eurocup glory. The four Eurocup Quarterfinals series will all play the return legs on the home floor of the Last 16 group winners with the winners of the two-game, home-and-away, total points series heading on to the crowning weekend of the competition, the 2012 Eurocup Finals next month at Khimki, Russia. After the first games of the series turned up three home winners and a 4-point victory for the visitors in the other, everything is open heading into Games 2. The first series likely to be decided tips off at 17:00 CET when Spartak St. Petersburg hosts CEZ Nymburk. Patrick Beverley starred with 19 points and Vladimir Dragicevic added 18 as Spartak won last week 64-68, but Tre Simmons rallied Nymburk from 13 down in the fourth quarter to keep the Czech champs’ chances alive going into the return leg. One half-hour later, Lokomotiv Kuban faces BC Khimki in an all-Russian duel. Read more here.

Quarterfinals, Game 2


Spartak SPB vs. CEZ Nymburk 86:71
Lokomotiv Kuban vs. BC Khimki 81:77
BC Donetsk vs. Lietuvos Rytas 80:78
Valencia Basket vs. Buducnost Voli 85:63

March 21, 2012 - Quarterfinals, Game 1 MVP: Bojan Dubljevic, KK Buducnost VOLI

bojan dubljevicIn what probably was the most surprising result of the first leg of the Eurocup Quarterfinals, Bojan Dubljevic of KK Buducnost Voli led his team to a home win over Valencia Basket by 75-71 and earned weekly MVP honors in the process with an index rating performance of 25. Dubljevic scored 15 points, pulled 8 boards, had 3 steals and drew 6 fouls to rack up the best perfoemance among the winning teams in Game 1. The player with the highest index rating was CEZ Nymburk's Tre Simmons with 29, but his team lost to Spartak SPB at home. Read more here.

March 19, 2012 - Quarterfinals Game 1

Lietuvos Rytas 76 - 65 BC Donetsk

jonas valanciunasLietuvos Rytas opened its drive for the Eurocup Finals on the right track by defeating BC Donetsk 76-65 at home on Tuesday in the first game of their two-game, total-points quarterfinals series. Steponas Babrauskas scored 15 points, making 3 of 6 shots from downtown, and Jonas Valanciunas produced a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Rytas will advance to the next stage with a win in next week’s deciding fixture – or a loss by fewer than 11 points. Trailing the entire game, Donetsk pulled to within 22-20 in the second quarter and 63-59 in the fourth, but Rytas always had the answer. The hosts tallied more rebounds, two-point attempts and assists, adding up to overall dominance. Read more here.

KK Buducnost Voli 75 - 71 Valencia Basket

jermaine andersonBuducnost Voli rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Valencia Basket 75-71 and keep its hopes of reaching the Eurocup Final alive. The Montenegrin champs went on a 13-0 run and took the lead on a three-pointer from teenager Nikola Ivanovic to the delight of the local fans. Buducnost will punch its tickets to the next stage for the first time in club history if it wins the return leg of the two-game, total-points series next week in Valencia – or if it loses by fewer than 4 points. The game featured lots of back and forth action. Twice Valencia built double-figure leads only to see the hosts storm back to take the lead. Bojan Dubljevic paced the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Jermaine Anderson also scored 15 – including a three at the final buzzer to increase the final difference. Read more here.

BC Khimki 81 - 72 Lokomotiv Kuban

thomas kelatiBC Khimki took an 81-72 win over Lokomotiv Kuban, on Tuesday, in the first game of their two-game, total points quarterfinals series. Coach Rimas Kurtinaitis's men will reach the next stage with a win in Game 2 next week or a loss by fewer than 9 points. Lokomotiv, which led early, tied the score at 71-71 with 5:20 left to play, but Khimki finished stronger capped by a three point-play from Vitaly Fridzon to take the win. Thomas Kelati led the way with 20 points on an amazing 6-for-7 shooting from downtown. Fridzon added 17 with great accuracy, Alexey Zhukanenko drilled 13 and Sergey Monya 10. KC Rivers and Jeremiah Massey were the main contributors for Lokmotiv Kuban with 14 points each, while Ali Traore bagged 13 points plus 8 rebounds. Lokomotiv’s downfall was 17 turnovers. Read more here.

CEZ Nymburk 64 - 68 Spartak St. Petersburg

patrick beverleySpartak St Petersburg took a step closer to the Eurocup Finals with a 64-68 road win at CEZ Nymburk on Monday in the first game of their two-game, total-points quarterfinals series. Patrick Beverley scored 19 points and Vladimir Dragicevic 18 for Spartak, which improved to 12-1 in the Eurocup this season. Coach Jure Zdovc’s men will reach the next stage with a win in next week’s deciding fixture – or a loss by fewer than 4 points. Nymburk rallied from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to within 4 to leave itself a chance in game 2. The major difference in the game was shooting accuracy: Nymburk made 19 of 40 two-pointers (47.5%) and 4 of 14 threes (28.6%) compared to Spartak’s 21 of 35 two-pointers (60%) and 7 of 18 triples (38.9%). Read more here.

March 19, 2012 - Quarterfinals, Game 1: Quarterfinals start on lower-seed home courts!

nymburk vs spartakAfter three long weeks of anticipation, the Eurocup Quarterfinals are finally upon us. The best eight teams from the 32 that started the season will square off in four two-game, home-and-away, total-points series that begin this week with tickets to the 2012 Eurocup Finals at Khimki at stake. The quarterfinals field is an impressive one with two former competition champions and two resigning domestic champions among those still alive. The 2012 quarterfinals begin with a lone game on Monday in the Czech Republic, where CEZ Nymburk hosts Spartak Saint Petersburg at 19:00 CET. Nymburk is in the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons. Spartak is favored in the series after winning 11 of 12 games so far this season. The remaining three series tip off on Tuesday. Read more here.

Quarterfinals, Game 1


CEZ Nymburk vs. Spartak SPB 64:68


BC Khimki vs. Lokomotiv Kuban 81:72
Lietuvos Rytas vs. BC Donetsk 76:65
Buducnost Voli vs. Valencia Basket 75:71
- Big win for Buducnost Voli in Eurocup Quarterfinals Game 1

March 16, 2012 - Quarterfinals analysis: BC Donetsk vs. Lietuvos Rytas

donetsk vs lietuvos rytasBC Donetsk arrives in the Eurocup Quarterfinals on a three-game winning streak, which it used to win Last 16 Group J. In fact the team is 10-2 this season and undefeated at home with an average margin of victory of 11.3 points per game. Lietuvos Rytas marched through the regular season undefeated and like Donetsk, has lost only two games this season, though it finished second in Group L on a tiebreaker. The series features two of the top three rebounding teams in the Eurocup – Rytas is first with 38.3 boards per game and Donetsk this at 36.6. Capitalizing on the home games could be the key to the outcome, as both teams have been very strong on their home courts. Read more here.

Head-to-Head matchups: BC Donetsk vs. Lietuvos Rytas

March 14, 2012 - Quarterfinals analysis: Valencia Basket vs. KK Buducnost Voli

valencia vs buducnostTwo-time Eurocup champion Valencia Basket enters the quarterfinals on a tear after running through the Last 16 with a perfect record, despite a coaching change that brought in Velimir Perasovic two games into the stage. Valencia was the Last 16 leader in average performance index rating (87.8 per game) and its biggest strengths have been on the defensive end. The team also led the Last 16 in steals (11.5 spg.) and blocks (4.3 ppg.) and allowed the second-fewest points (64.5 ppg.). Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost Voli punched its quarterfinals ticket on the final day of the Last 16 with a victory over Krka Novo Mesto to finish Group K in second place with a 3-3 record. This marks the first time Buducnost has survived until the round of eight in this competition. Read more here.

Head-to-Head matchups: Valencia Basket vs. Buducnost Voli

March 12, 2012 - Quarterfinals analysis: Lokomotiv Kuban vs. BC Khimki

lokomotiv vs khimkiLokomotiv Kuban arrives in the Eurocup Quarterfinals after winning Group L with a 4-2 record. BC Khimki is tied for the best record in the Eurocup this far at 11-1, but finished second in Group J on a tiebreaker. Lokomotiv’s highly balanced team stands out in very few categories, but ranks among the top half in the Eurocup in nearly every major statistical category. Likewise the team’s points allowed per game (70.9 ppg.) is among the top quarter in the competition. Khimki has impressed this season and leads the Eurocup in average index rating (90.1 per game), three-point accuracy (40.4%), free throw shooting (80.4%) and assists (20.2 apg.) and is top five in scoring (fifth, 78.8 ppg.), three-pointers made (third, 91), steals (fourth, 8.4 spg.) and blocks (fourth, 3.5 bpg.). Read more here.

Head-to-Head matchups: Lokomotiv Kuban vs. BC Khimki

March 8, 2012 - Quarterfinals analysis: Spartak SPB vs. CEZ Nymburk

spartak spb vs. cez nymburkSpartak St. Petersburg has been among the best teams in the Eurocup all season and enters the Eurocup Quarterfinals with a combined 11-1 record to date – its only loss having come in the last game of the Last 16 after it had already clinched first place in Group K. CEZ Nymburk, which went 5-1 in the Eurocup Regular Season, slumped during the Last 16, but won its final game on the road by 30 to wind up second in Group I with a 3-3 record. Spartak has benefitted from an experienced lineup that buys into team basketball. Accordingly the team is ranked second in the Europe in assists (16.9 apg.) and leads the competition is two-point shooting (57.0%) and fewest turnovers committed (12.1 TOpg.). Read more here.

Head-to-Head matchups: Spartak SPB vs. CEZ Nymburk

March 2, 2012 - Quarterfinalists flash analysis

On Tuesday the eight teams that will play in the four Quarterfinals series were known. Take a peek at each of them less than three weeks before the start of the next phase, last hurdle before the Eurocup Finals in April!

nando de coloValencia Basket returns to the quarterfinals with great momentum after going 6-0 record in the Last 16. Led by Nando De Colo and Nik Caner-Medley, the 2010 Eurocup champs are more than ready to fight for a spot in the Eurocup Finals in Khimki next month. De Colo recorded the most steals(14) and assists (30) in the Last 16 and was fourth in points scored (95). His contribution was key for Valencia to get huge wins in the first leg of the phase, especially against CEZ Nymburk in which he scored 32 points. Caner-Medley leads the team in scoring this season (13.6 ppg) and Rafa Martinez is also contributing 10.7 points per game on a team with the quality and experience to advance to the Eurocup Finals and even go all the way. Read more here.

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