Turkish Airlines Euroleague
June 19, 2013
2002-03 Eurocup, phase by phase
The first ULEB Cup trophy round ever was also the only one to consist of two games, with the winner to be decided on aggregate score after the second. Pamesa had that supposed "home-game advantage", playing the second game in Valencia, but didn't wait to go home to take the upper hand. Instead, Pamesa zoomed in front by 78-90 on the road in Novo Mesto in Game 1. Krka had led by as many as nine points, while Pamesa lost all of a 13-point second half lead, but prevailed with a late push. The meant less pressure on the hosts in Game 2, but Pamesa did not succumb to complacency and held on for a sweep of the series by winning 78-76 before the happy fans in Valencia as Dejan Tomasevic was named MVP and Pedro Robles drilled the game-winning shot. The ULEB Cup moved the next season to a one-game final at a neutral venue, making Valencia's the only crowd to witness a trophy celebration by its own team on their home court.
Finals, Game 1
Pamesa Valencia took the upper hand in the ULEB Cup Finals by invading Novo Mesto, Slovenia, for a 78-90 victory over Krka in Game 1. A wild first half saw Krka lose all of a 9-point first-quarter lead and Pamesa lose an even bigger one, 13 points, in the second. Late in the third quarter, Pamesa broke the game open for good behind a pair of three-pointers by Alejandro Montecchia and another by Jose Antonio Paraiso that beat the buzzer. Nacho Rodilla led five Pamesa scorers in double figures with 15 points and Fabricio Oberto added 14. Jamie Arnold finished with 28 points for Krka.
Finals, Game 2
Pamesa Valencia became the first ULEB Cup crown with a 78-76 victory over Krka Novo Mesto. Dejan Tomasevic took over early and registered an MVP performance to be remembered a long time: 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Although Krka came from 11 points down in the second half to take a lead in the final minutes, the trophy was not in doubt ever for Pamesa, which took a 12-point advantage from Game 1 into the second leg. Pamesa would not have its night diminished by a loss, either, as Pedro Robles drilled the game-winning three-pointer with under 5 seconds left to send the crowd going wild.
Krka Novo Mesto