Turkish Airlines Euroleague
December 13, 2013
The star: Vitaly Fridzon
April 3, 2012
A homegrown talent who turned into a star, BC Khimki team captain Vitaly Fridzon has a unique opportunity to try to lift the Eurocup trophy on his team's home court at the 2012 Eurocup Finals. Fridzon arrived to Khimki's second team in the 2004-05 season, but was immediately promoted to the senior squad that year. By 2006, Fridzon had already played for the Russian national team and helped Khimki make the FIBA EuroCup title game.
Just like his team, Fridzon made his Eurocup debut in 2006-07 and helped Khimki lift the Russian Cup trophy in 2008, the year in which he played at the Beijing Olympic Games. A great slasher with determination, deep shooting range and a team-oriented mentality, Fridzon has slowly but steadily become a silent leader for his team.
In 2009, Fridzon had 14 points and a game-high 8 rebounds to lead Khimki to a 79-73 win against iurbentia Bilbao in the Eurocup semifinals. Despite his 11-point effort in the final, Fridzon could not get Khimki past Lietuvos Rytas in the title game.
Fridzon, who became team captain in 2010-11, has played two Turkish Airlines Euroleague seasons with Khimki and won a bronze medal with Russia at EuroBasket 2011. With the Eurocup Finals taking place in its own arena, Khimki has a golden chance to get its first continental crown, and if that happens, Fridzon eight years after first joining the team as a teenager will have the honor of lifting the trophy!
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