Turkish Airlines Euroleague
December 11, 2013
Eurocup Finals Timeline (2003 - 2011)
March 14, 2012
2003, Champion: Pamesa Valencia
Pamesa Valencia became the original ULEB Cup champion in 2002-03, sweeping the two-way title series against Krka Novo Mesto. Krka had knocked off Spanish powerhouses Caprabo Lleida and DKV Joventut to get to the final. Pamesa had survived a tough test against another Spanish team, Estudiantes. Its superstar Dejan Tomasevic left hospital to play Game 2 of the semifinals in Madrid and lead Pamesa to the title series. Pamesa took a clear upper hand in the ULEB Cup Finals by downing Krka 78-90 in Game 1 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Nacho Rodilla led five Pamesa scorers in double figures with 15 points. Pamesa gave Krka no chance at home and won Game 2 78-76 in Valencia, Spain. Dejan Tomasevic took over early and registered a performance to be remembered a long time: 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tomasevic was almost unanimously voted MVP, with 51 of a possible 57 votes. It was Pamesa's first-ever European title - and could celebrate it in front of its fans.
2004, Champion: Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
Arguably one of the biggest upsets in continental basketball took place in the 2004 ULEB Cup final. Real Madrid won 5 out of 6 games in the elimination rounds - including a prestigious, first-ever road triumph against archrivals Metis Varese - to get to the single-game title game, to be played at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium. Its opponent would be Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, that managed to win its three elimination round series on points differential. Hapoel overcame the most successful club in European history to become just the second Israeli team ever to lift a continental trophy by downing Madrid 73-82 in the final. Kelly McCarty led Hapoel with 22 points, earning MVP honors. Will Solomon and Doron Sheffer added 15 each, while Tunji Awojobi had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Elmer Bennett led Madrid with 22 points.
2005, Champion: Lietuvos Rytas
The Spiroudome would keep its name as home of the ULEB Cup final for the next three seasons. Lietuvos Rytas used the home court advantage like few teams in competition history. L. Rytas lost all of its Game 1 series against Aris Egnatia Bank, PAOK BC and Pamesa Valencia but rallied in from of its fans in Vilnius to make it to the final. Pete Mickeal was not eligible to play until the elimination rounds, but once he joined Makedonikos, the club became unstoppable. Mickeal has one stellar performance after another, but none was more critical than his exhibition in Game 2 of the semifinals against Hemofarm. Makedonikos rallied from a 23-point first-leg deficit to beat Hemofarm 96-65 behind 32 points from Mickeal. Once in the title game, L. Rytas led 44-24 at halftime and held off a wild fourth-quarter rally to beat Makedonikos 78-74. Simas Jasaitis and Tyrone Nesby led L. Rytas with 16 points apiece. Robertas Javtokas - 14 points - was chosen as the title game MVP.
2006, Champion: Dynamo Moscow
The ULEB Cup trophy travelled to Moscow at the end of the 2005-06 season. Dynamo Moscow had failed to survive the eighthfinals the previous season but bounced back in style, winning of all its six elimination round games against Spirou Charleroi, Crvena Zvezda and Hapoel Migdal behind an outstanding Mire Chatman. Its opponent would be Aris, that survived a double-overtime thriller against Panionios in the eighthfinals and went on to defeat Adecco Asvel and Hemofarm - on a buzzer-beating jumper by Terrell Castle - to get to the title game. Dynamo thrived amid an incredible basketball atmosphere created by a majority of Aris fans thanks to an outstanding Ruben Douglas, who led the winners and earned MVP honors with 17 points. Dynamo clinched the first-ever European title in the club's 83-year history by downing Dynamo Moscow 60-73. Bojan Popovic played a key role off the bench with 17 points on 12 of 12 free throws.
2007, Champion: Real Madrid
The winningest club in European basketball history added its name to the ULEB Cup's roll of honours in the 2006-07 season. Real Madrid knocked off Alba Berlin and Crvena Zvezda and overcame a 20-point deficit late in semifinals Game 1 against Unics to access to the title game. Its opponent would be Lietuvos Rytas, that beat Snaidero Udine, Strasbourg and FMP on points differential to make it to Charleroi. Once in the title game, Madrid added the ULEB Cup crown to its extensive collection on Tuesday night with a 75-87 win over L. Rytas at the Spiroudome. Charles Smith fired in 6 three-pointer on his way to 19 points to earn MVP honors. That result gave Madrid its 14th continental title – including eight Euroleague championships. L. Rytas led 41-40 at halftime but Louis Bullock took over with separate 2-10 and 1-11 runs, allowing Madrid to get the lead for good.
2008, Champion: DKV Joventut
The ULEB Cup changed its format before the start of the 2007-08 season, turning its final stages into a Final Eight format that took place in
, Italy. DKV Joventut took the all-Spanish showdown in the Quarterfinals by beating Pamesa Valencia 77-67. A buzzer-beating triple by Cuneyt Erden sent Galatasaray Cafe Crown past archrivals Besiktas Cola Turka, 60-61. Dynamo Moscow confirm the expectations against PGE Turow with a 78-63 win and Akasvayu Girona knocked off Unics 75-66 behind 19 points each from Marc Gasol and Arriel McDonald. In the semifinals, Rudy Fernandez had 27 points to lead Joventut to a 90-83 win against Galatasaray. Akasvayu upset Dynamo 78-81 with 20 points from Ivan Radenovic. Joventut lifted its first ULEB Cup trophy by downing Akasvayu Girona 54-79 in the all-Spanish title game at Palavela. Demond Mallet led the winners with 26 points on 6-for-8 triples. Fernandez added 13 points and became the Final Eight MVP. Head coach Aito Garcia Reneses won its fourth different European club title.
2009, Champion: Lietuvos Rytas
The competition changed its name to Eurocup and kept its Final Eight format in
, this time at the Palasport Olimpico. L. Rytas previously downed Benetton Basket Tamoil and Hemofarm Stada to reach the final. BC Khimki Moscow Region had to defeat Spanish powerhouses Pamesa Valencia and iurbentia Bilbao Basket to access to the title game. L. Rytas became the first team to win the Eurocup title twice by rallying to down Khimki 80-74 in the final, making competition history in the process. Khimki led 39-51 late in the third quarter but Arturas Jomantas and Steponas Babrauskas fueled a 17-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarter that put L. Rytas ahead, 66-62. A three-point play by Carlos Delfino tied it at 71-71, but Marius Petravicius, Eurocup MVP Chuck Eidson and a crucial triple by Babrauskas allowed L. Rytas to celebrate an incredible come-from-behind win. Petravicius led the winners and earned Final Eight MVP honors with 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting.
2010, Champion: Power Electronics Valencia
The 2009-10 Eurocup came with a new format change, as the Final Eight was replaced by a two-way Quarterfinals series and the Eurocup Finals, with single-game semifinals and final on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Only one team - Power Electronics Valencia - swept its Quarterfinals series and three others - Panellinios OPAP, Bizkaia Bilbao Basket and Alba Berlin - got to the Finals in
, Spain, on points differential. Valencia downed Panellinios 92-80 in the first semifinal at Fernando Buesa Arena to return to the Eurocup final for the first time since 2003. Nando De Colo led 6 Valencia players in double digits with 20 points. Alba topped Bizkaia Bilbao Basket 77-70 in the second semifinal to get to a continental title game for the first time since 1995. Dozens of Alba fans came to Buesa Arena by bus all the way to Berlin due to last-minute flight cancellations. Once in the title game, Valencia thrashed Alba 44-67 to claim its second Eurocup title. Matt Nielsen was named Eurocup Finals MVP and his frontcourt mate, Kosta Perovic, paced the winners with 17 points.
2011, Champion: Unics
The 2010-11 Eurocup Finals were hosted at the PalaVerde in
, Italy. It featured heavy favourite Unics, hosts Benetton Bwin, Spanish debutant Cajasol Sevilla and Croatian emerging power Cedevita Zagreb. Unics confirmed its status in the semifinals, downing Cedevita 87-66 behind 27 points from Terrell Lyday. Unics led 47-30 at halftime and kept a safe lead for good. In the other semifinal, Cajasol upset Benetton 63-75 to get to the title game. Tariq Kirksay paced the winners with 16 points, including two late triples that sealed the outcome down the stretch. Unics left no prisoners in the title game, defeating Cajasol 92-77 to win its first Eurocup title. Maciej Lampe scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Finals MVP Marko Popovic added 18 points and set a Eurocup title game record with 11 assists. Unics already led 40-20 midway through the second quarter. Cajasol got within 55-48 but Hasan Rizvic and Popovic helped Unics to seal the outcome minutes before the final buzzer.
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