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Home - Eurocup 2014-15 Quarterfinals

  Eurocup 2014-15 Quarterfinals

March 26, 2015 - Quarterfinals, Game 2 MVP: James White, Unics Kazan

james whiteThe feat accomplished by Unics Kazan this week has to be one of the most memorable moments in Eurocup competition. After having lost Game 1 of the quarterfinals at home by 9 points against powerhouse Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, the team from Kazan regrouped and won on the road in Game 2 by 21, more than enough to claim the series and advance to the semifinals. The main pillar of this recovery was guard James White, who deservedly earned MVP honors this week. White led Unics with a performance index rating of 38, the highest in his Eurocup career and also the highest among all winning players this week. White scored 29 points (also a career record for him), pulled 8 rebounds (another personal record), dished 2 assists and drew 8 fouls in his best Eurocup performance ever. Following him was Banvit Bandirma's Sammy Mejia, who had a performance index rating of 28 to lead his team into semifinals by defeating Paris Levallois. Read more here.

March 24, 2015 - Eurocup Quarterfinals, Game 2: Survival tests all around

Return games in the eight home-and-away Eurocup Quarterfinals series this week will determine four semifinalists that will continue to battle for Eurocup glory. A pair of home teams enter their respective Game 2 with advantages from last week, but all four series are still open and promise plenty of excitement. Return legs start on Tuesday with a clash between Banvit Bandirma and Paris Levallois, and continue with three more games on Wednesday. Read more here.

Here is the schedule for Game 2:

Quarterfinal A

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar vs. Unics Kazan 58-79

Quarterfinal B

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas 74-75

Quarterfinal C

Banvit Bandirma vs. Paris Levallois 75-71

Quarterfinal D

Khimki Moscow Region vs. Valencia Basket 76-61

March 20, 2015 - Quarterfinals, Game 1 co-MVP's: Tyrese Rice of Khimki and Krunoslav Simon of Lokomotiv

tyrese riceThe defining moments of the season are approaching at a fast pace and as such, the first game of the four quarterfinals series is in the history books. After all the dust settled in the battles, two players emerged as the best this week among the winning players: Tyrese Rice of Khimki Moscow Region and Krunoslav Simon of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Both managed to rack up a performance index rating of 27 to become co-MVP's of the week. Rice helped his team survive a late Valencia Basket late combat for a 1-point win thanks to his 27 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. On the other side, Simon lifted Loko to a valuable road win over Unics Kazan thanks to his 18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 drawn fouls. Vladimir Dragicevic of Banvit Bandirma was in the third place this week with a performance index rating, albeit his team lost on the road to Paris Levallois by 2 points. Read more here.

March 17, 2015 - Quarterfinals, Game 1: Hot teams open sizzling series

The eight teams are left in the 2014-15 Eurocup season will play the first half of their two-game series starting this week as the Eurocup Quarterfinals get underway. Two of those quarterfinals series pair former Eurocup champions, and the two other series feature three that have never before made it this far in the competition. The quarterfinals open on Tuesday with battle of the reigning champion Valencia Basket against the 2012 champ Khimki Moscow Region, and continue with three more games on Wednesday.

Here is the schedule for Game 1:

Quarterfinal A

Unics Kazan vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 78-87

Quarterfinal B

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir 76-66

Quarterfinal C

Paris Levallois vs. Banvit Bandirma 67-65

Quarterfinal D

Valencia Basket vs. Khimki Moscow Region 75-76

March 16, 2015 - Inside the quarterfinals

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas vs. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir

Meeting for the first time ever, and traveling more than 4,000 kilometers to do so, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas and Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir will look to extend their best-ever seasons in the competition and make their way to a place they have never been before – the Eurocup Semifinals.

Hard to beat

In its ninth campaign in the competition, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas is enjoying its best-ever Eurocup season. Head coach Aito Garcia Reneses's men have won 17 out of 18 games this season, and five in a row after opening the season with a 12-0 record. Gran Canaria has reached the quarterfinals once before, in the 2009-10 season, when it was ousted by Panellinios. Tomas Bellas and Oscar Alvarado are two players still left on the roster from that team, and now will have a chance to help Gran Canaria battle for a historic semifinal berth. Read more here.

Paris Levallois vs. Banvit Bandirma

For the first time ever in the Eurocup quarterfinals, Banvit Bandirma and Paris Levallois square off knowing the winner will claim a place in the semifinals and write a new chapter in its club’s history.

Exploring the unknown

Two clubs are hoping to reach Eurocup heights they have never reached before. Banvit Bandirma and Paris Levallois are both first time Eurocup quarterfinalists and one of them will make more of its club history by reaching the semifinals. Paris only made its Eurocup regular season debut last season, and coming into this series has a 14-14 all-time Eurocup record. On the other hand, this is Banvit’s fifth Eurocup campaign in as many years and only one team has played more Eurocup games in the past five seasons than Banvit. Read more here.

Unics Kazan vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Unics Kazan won the Eurocup in 2011. Lokomotiv Kuban won it two years later. Unics reached the finals last season. Lokomotiv is undefeated this season. Both are serious title contenders. But one will be going home soon.

How did we get here?

Unics Kazan started the season in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds. After knocking off Stelmet Zielona Gora, Hapoel Jerusalem and ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne, Unics advanced to Group A of the Euroleague regular season. Things did not go well at the start as Unics dropped four of its first five games. However, with its back to the wall – and after a coaching change – Unics won four straight games and had a shot to reach the Top 16 before falling at the hands of Nizhny Novgorod in the regular season finale. Read more here.

Valencia Basket vs Khimki Moscow Region

Two of the Eurocup’s great dynasties clash for a ticket to the semifinals. Defending champion Valencia Basket has won the competition a record three times; Khimki Moscow Region beat Valencia in the 2012 championship game for its first crown.

How did they get here?

After winning the Eurocup last season, Valencia started the current campaign in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Though Valencia played well against some strong teams – it lost twice to Olympiacos Piraeus by a combined 4 points, defeated two current Top 16 teams and had a winning record at home (3-2) – its inability to win on the road cost the team a chance at advancing. Instead, Valencia came to the Eurocup to defend its title starting from the Last 32. Things did not go well at first; Valencia was 1-2 at the midway point in Group N, but won its next two games to clinch second place and then routed FC Bayern Munich in the eighthfinals. Read more here.

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