Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 23, 2013
BC Khimki is the 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.
Spartak St. Petersburg
BC Khimki Moscow Region
2012 Eurocup Finals official press conference
The first official event of the Eurocup Finals took place on Friday at Khimki Arena in Moscow Region, Russia, as representatives of all four teams, the local organizers and sponsors, as well as TV partner Eurosport met with the media. The press conference launched a weekend of basketball fever in Khimki that will culminate on Sunday with the crowning of the 2011-12 Eurocup champion. Here are the comments of the press conference participants.
BC Khimki's road to Eurocup Finals host
When the 2012 Eurocup Finals touch down in Khimki, Russia one month from today to decide a new champion of the competition, it will mark the completion of a remarkable road to basketball prominence for that young city. Founded northwest of Moscow in the late 1930s, Khimki has become a European basketball hotspot in the new millennium behind the efforts of an even younger club, BC Khimki Moscow Region, whose achievements have been precocious, to say the least.
Eurocup Finals timeline: 2003-2011
The 10th season of the Eurocup is a perfect time to revisit the great triumphs and celebrations that a decade of this competition has delivered. Despite occasional changes in name and format, the Eurocup has constantly produced compelling basketball and storylines, which every culminates in the Eurocup Finals, which has been hosted by four neutral sites before this season. Learn more about the history of the Eurocup Final in this timeline
Eurocup Finals records
The final stages of the Eurocup have produces many memorable performances by some of the game’s best. Whether accomplished in the current format of single games at neutral sites or in two-game, home-and-away series of previous years, all the best outings in the Eurocup semifinals and championship games can be found on the Eurocup Finals Individual Records page. See who the best scorers, shooters, rebounders, passers and more have been!
Caner-Medley, Valencia enter record book
Eurocup Finals MVP list, 2003-2011
Basketball Center of Moscow Region, home of the 2012 Eurocup Finals
2012 Eurocup Finals referees, delegates announced
Meet the Eurocup Finals teams!
Khimki, Russia to host 2012 Eurocup Finals
2011-12 Eurocup format
Eurocup Finals Schedule
Saturday, April 14
Valencia Basket 80-70 Lietuvos Rytas
BC Khimki 77-73 Spartak SPB
Sunday, April 15, 13:30 CET
Lietuvos Rytas 71-62 Spartak SPB
Sunday, April 15, 16:30 CET
BC Khimki 77-68 Valencia Basket
Final: BC Khimki vs. Valencia Basket
Third Place: Lietuvos Rytas vs. Spartak SPB
Semifinal: BC Khimki vs. Spartak SPB
Semifinal: Valencia Basket vs. Lietuvos Rytas
Offcial Semifinal Practices
Offcial Press Conference