Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 21, 2013
BC Khimki is new Eurocup champion!
BC Khimki Moscow Region won the Eurocup for the first time in club history on Sunday by downing Valencia Basket 77-68 in a thrilling final at Basketball Center of Moscow Region. Zoran Planinic was named Eurocup Finals MVP after amassing 19 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes for Khimki, which also secured a return ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the 2012-13 season. Khimki grabbed an early lead and then rode the red-hot Zoran Planinic to a 37-30 halftime lead. The duo of Serhiy Lishchuk and Nik Caner-Medley combined for all but 1 points in Valencia’s 2-13 third-quarter run, which put the visitors ahead 43-45. The teams then battled back and forth and arrived to the closing minutes even at 66-66 after a Caner-Medely three-pointer with 2:13 left. But Vitaly Fridzon answered with a huge three and Chris Quinn tacked on 4 free throws, while Valencia turned it over twice, all of which allowed Khimki to grab the win. Kresimir Loncar added 14 points and Quinn 11 for the champs. Caner-Medley starred with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks for Valencia, while tying a Eurocup title game record for performance index rating with 38. Lishchuk tallied 16 points in defeat.
Semis: BC Khimki survives into final!
BC Khimki Moscow Region has made it to the Eurocup finals! Khimki managed to make it to the title game for the second time in club history by edging Spartak St. Petersburg 77-73 in the second semifinal on Saturday night. Khimki now has the chance to battle for its first Eurocup title against two-time champion Valencia Basket.
Blog: Thomas Kelati
This is my last blog entry before the Eurocup Finals and I have to say that I am excited. Being here at the Eurocup Finals and seeing some of my old Valencia teammates brings me back to one of my greatest basketball memories - winning the Eurocup in 2010. I had so much fun that year with a great bunch of guys and I definitely would love to repeat those feelings again this year with Khimki.
Interview: Sergey Monya
Sergey Monya is among BC Khimki’s most versatile and most experienced players. A veteran of multiple Euroleague Final Fours, in addition to a previous appearance in the Eurocup semifinals, Monya knows a thing or two about big games. Moreover, having played the vast majority of his career in and around Moscow – including the 2005 Euroleague Final Four with CSKA in the Russian capital – Monya is well versed in what it takes to compete for trophies there. This season has been one of Monya's best.
The Coach: Rimas Kurtinaitis
The Star: Vitaly Fridzon
The Team: BC Khimki Moscow Region
Zoran Planinic makes All-Eurocup first team
Meet the Eurocup Finals teams
Blog: Thomas Kelati
Interview: Zoran Planinic
Eurocup Finals Schedule
Saturday, April 14, 16:30 CET
BC Khimki 77-73 Spartak SPB
Sunday, April 15, 16:30 CET
BC Khimki 77-68 Valencia Basket
Final: BC Khimki vs. Valencia Basket
Semifinal: BC Khimki vs. Spartak SPB
Official Semifinals Practice
The way to the Eurocup Finals