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  Eurocup 2013-14 Finals

May 7, 2014 - Valencia sets several Eurocup Finals records

rafa martinezOn its way to a competition-record third Eurocup title, Valencia Basket Club set a number of records both on defense and offense in the second leg of the Eurocup Finals series against Unics Kazan on Wednesday. By hitting 12 of 24 attempts from behind the arc, Valencia collected the most three-point shots made in a finals game ever. The previous record of 10 three-pointers shot made was set by Real Madrid in 2007. Rafa Martinez led the way for the new Eurocup champions by landing 4 of his 5 attempts from downtown. On defense, Valencia also set a new mark for the fewest points allowed in a quarter in a Eurocup Finals game by holding Unics to just 4 points in the first quarter of Game 2. The previous record was held by Joventut Badalona, which limited Akasvayu Girona to 6 points in the second quarter of the 2008 title game. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Valencia's Doellman claims Eurocup Finals MVP trophy!

justin doellmanNobody across the 4,000 kilometers between Valencia, Spain and Kazan, Russia had any doubt when the series ended on Wednesday with Valencia Basket Club as champion who exactly had to be the Eurocup Finals MVP. That honor was signed, sealed and delivered in the name of forward Justin Doellman after he led Valencia to a 73-85 victory to sweep the two-game series and win his team's unprecedented third Eurocup title. Doellman needed less than 25 minutes on court Wednesday to turn in another of the best performances in Eurocup Finals history. His 26 points tied for the fourth-most in any final game in the 12-year history of the competition. And his performance index rating of 34 was the fourth-best ever. His 4 steals tied the record for most in a final, too. In both cases, Doellman's own performance in Game 1 ranked slightly ahead of his Game 2 show. His 28 points in Game 1 tied the all-time scoring mark in a finals game and his performance index rating of 35 in the series opener was the third-best ever, behind only a pair of former Valencia stars. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Dominant Doellman leads Valencia to third Eurocup crown

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Valencia Basket Club has won its competition-record third Eurocup title after beating Unics Kazan 73-85 in Game 2 of their two-game finals series. Valencia swept the series with a 140-165 aggregate score to win the trophy it previously raised in 2003 and 2010, and also earn a Turkish Airlines Euroleague berth for the 2014-15 season. Valencia never trailed at any point of either finals game, and it dominated Game 2 behind another brilliant performance from Eurocup Finals MVP Justin Doellman, who finished the return leg with 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Valencia played it to perfection on defense, limiting Unics to a Eurocup finals record 4 points in the first quarter. Sam Van Rossom and Doellman made it 4-16 after 10 minutes before 4 consecutive three-pointers – a pair from each Pablo Aguilar and Rafa Martinez – extended the difference to 10-29 in the second quarter, which translated into 32-point series advantage. Read more here.

May 7, 2014 - Eurocup Finals, Game 2: the ultimate battle!

eurocup finalsAn extraordinary 2013-14 Eurocup season, arguably the toughest and most exciting in competition history, comes to an end with Game 2 of the Finals. Valencia Basket Club holds a 13-point lead from Game 1 and looks for its third Eurocup title, which would set a new competition standard. Valencia would also become the second team in European competitions to win a title after surviving four two-way series without home court advantage – Aris Thessaloniki did that in 1997-98. It will not be an easy task, however, as Unics is undefeated at home this season in all competitions and hopes to become the first Russian team – and just the third ever – to win the Eurocup twice. Valencia registered an 80-67 home win in Game 1, but Unics used a final 10-30 run to overcome a critical situation and return to the series. Read more here.

Game 2, May 7, 2014

Unics Kazan - Valencia Basket 73-85 - Stats

May 6, 2014 - Valencia opens home court to fans for Game 2 in Kazan

Not one, but two arenas will be entertaining big crowds for the last battle of the Eurocup season on Wednesday as Valencia Basket Club has announced plans fill its home court with fans - even though the game will be held more than 4,000 kilometers away in Kazan, Russia! Valencia leads the two-way Eurocup Finals after winning Game 1 last Thursday 80-67 over visiting Unics Kazan before a sellout crowd of 8,500 at Pabellon Fuente de San Luis, better known locally as La Fonteta. For Game 2 from Kazan on Wednesday, Valencia is opening up La Fonteta and placing giant TV screens inside so that its fans can spend the last night of the Eurocup as they did so many before it – together. Read more here.

May 2, 2014 - Finals Game 1 MVP: Justin Doellman, Valencia Basket Club

justin_doellmanWith one of the best performances by a player in Eurocup Finals history, Justin Doellman of Valencia Basket Club helped his team take a step towards a Eurocup title while claiming Eurocup Finals Game 1 MVP honors. As Doellman starred in the opening clash of the two-game series, Valencia beat Unics Kazan 80-67 and will take a 13-point cushion into the return leg next week in Kazan, Russia. Doellman's performance index rating of 35 was the fourth-best all time in the Eurocup finals; Nik Caner-Medley in 2012 and Dejan Tomasevic in 2003, both with Valencia, share the highest mark with 38. Doellman finished Game 1 with 28 points on 8-of-11 for two point shooting, 2 for 5 from behind the arc, and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Game 1

Valencia Basket Club 80 - 67 Unics Kazan

justin doellmanValencia Basket Club led from start to finish in taking the upper hand in the Eurocup Finals with an 80-67 win over Unics Kazan in Game 1 of the two-leg series on Thursday in Valencia. Behind Justin Doellman’s 28 points, Valencia played a fantastic three quarters and led by as many as 33 points, but a strong finish for Unics with a 2-18 run to end the game cut the margin to 13 points by the final buzzer. The 2014 Eurocup champion will be crowned on Wednesday, May 7 after Game 2 in Kazan, Russia, where Valencia will need a win, or a loss by up to 12 points, to become Eurocup champion for the third time. Valencia, in its fourth Eurocup Finals appearance, took a big lead very early in the first leg of the finals. Doellman scored 12 first-quarter points as the hosts led 27-12 lead after 10 minutes. Three consecutive triples at the start of the second opened a 24-point cushion. Read more here.

May 1, 2014 - Eurocup Finals, Game 1: The party starts in Valencia!

eurocup finalsThe Eurocup Finals 2014 are here! The two-game, home-and-away series tips off Thursday when Valencia Basket Club hosts Unics Kazan. The series winner, based on aggregate score difference when both games are finished, will be crowned Eurocup champion, and with it, earn a pass to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season. This is the first time since the inaugural 2002-03 ULEB Cup season that the competition's winner will be decided in a two-game series. It is a clash of the titans, the two former Eurocup champions, in the final series of the season. On one side, Unics owns best record this season, 20-2, while on the other, Valencia is historically the most successful team in the competition, with titles from 2003 and 2010 as it makes a record fourth Eurocup Finals appearance. Read more here.

Game 1, May 1, 2014

Valencia Basket - Unics Kazan 80-67 - Stats

April 30, 2014 - 2013-14 Eurocup MVP: Andrew Goudelock, Unics Kazan

andrew goudelockWhenever Unics Kazan needed a basket this season, the team with the best record in the Eurocup turned to Andrew Goudelock. Time and time again, the shooting guard stepped up and delivered, leading Unics to the Eurocup Finals. For his many spectacular performances in taking Unics to the brink of the title, Goudelock has been chosen as the Eurocup Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 season. A rookie in European basketball, Goudelock put up big numbers all season long. He started 21 of his team's 22 games prior to the Eurocup Finals and scored in double figures in every one. Goudelock finished fourth in the competition in scoring, with 19.1 points per game, ranked ninth in three-pointers made per game (2.4) and sixth in free-throw accuracy (90.5%). A statistical analysis of Goudelock's season shows that he didn't just pile up stats in blowout wins, either. Read more here.

April 25, 2014 - 2013-14 All-Eurocup First, Second teams named

all eurocup team 2013-14The new and expanded 2013-14 Eurocup basketball season had even more action and drama than ever before. As it does every season, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to honor 10 deserving stars as members of the All-Eurocup First and Second Teams, players that excelled on the court throughout the season and led their respective teams in deep runs in the tournament. This year’s selection is loaded with familiar faces. Some are previous All-Eurocup selections with multiple Eurocup or even Turkish Airlines Euroleague seasons under their belt. The only rookie among the First Team honorees is guard Andrew Goudelock of Unics Kazan. He is joined on the All-Eurocup First Team by guard DeMarcus Nelson of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade, forwards Dijon Thompson of Nizhny Novgorod and Justin Doellman of Valencia Basket Club, and center Vladimir Golubovic of Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler. Read more here.

April 24, 2014 - Eurocup Coach of the Year: Andrea Trinchieri, Unics Kazan

andrea trinchieriEuroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that the 2013-14 Eurocup Coach of the Year is Andrea Trinchieri of Unics Kazan. In his first season on the Kazan bench, Trinchieri has led the club to next month's Eurocup Finals with the best record in the competition by playing the best defense in Eurocup history. In fact, the 64.4 points allowed by Unics over 22 games this season is not only 8 points fewer per game than the next-best defense this season, it's also the best points-against defense by any team in Eurocup history. It has been a stellar season for Trinchieri and Unics alike. Unics started with a perfect regular season and stretched its winning streak to a competition record 13 games - dating back to a Game 2 win in last season's quarterfinals - before suffering its first loss in Round 3 of the Last 32. Read more here.

April 24, 2014 - 2013-14 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia Basket

bojan dubljevicEuroleague Basketball is pleased to announce Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket as the back-to-back winner of the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The 22-year-old center is the first man to win this award twice, after posting career numbers this season and helping Valencia become the first club in competition history to reach the Eurocup Finals four times. 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. Dubljevic, who turned 22 on October 24 of last year, missed a month during the regular season with a dislocated left shoulder, but was instrumental before and after the injury with an inside-outside game that opened up opportunities for his teammates while displaying a veteran’s poise in clutch moments. Read more here.

April 11, 2014 - Eurocup Finals Analysis: Unics Kazan vs. Valencia Basket

eurocup finals 2014By all metrics, it’s clear that Unics Kazan and Valencia Basket represent worthy foes to meet in the Eurocup Finals. While Coach Andrea Trinchieri’s Unics squad has dominated on the defensive side of the ball, Coach Velimir Perasovic’s Valencia has been one of the most prolific offenses. Unics boasts the best record in the Eurocup this season, 20-2, and has by far and away been the best defensive teams in the competition. Unics has allowed the fewest points (64.4 ppg.) and the lowest index (59.9), three-point shooting percentage (30.8%) and true shooting percentage (44.0%). On offense, Unics has taken good care of the ball and ranked fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49 to 1). Valencia has gone about dominating teams all season; its smallest margin of victory in its 13 wins was 9 in Game 1 of the Eurocup semifinals. Read more here.

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