Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 22, 2013
Hosts finish fourth
Cedevita Zagreb finished the 2010-11 Eurocup with a prestigious win by downing Benetton Basket Bwin in the Third Place Game at Palaverde in Treviso, Italy on Sunday. Cedevita pleased its fans that traveled for the Finals with a marquee victory to end its first season in the Eurocup with style. Corsley Edwards led the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Eurocup MVP Dontaye Draper tallied 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Cedevita struggled to score in the opening 15 minutes, hitting just 2 of its first 20 shots. Meanwhile, Jakub Wojciechowski and Greg Brunner helped Benetton to a 14-8 lead. Draper and Edwards fueled a 0-7 run that gave the guests a 14-15 lead. Nicolo Cazzolato shined late in the half, but a buzzer-beating jumper by Damjan Rudez kept Cedevita within 23-21 at halftime. A three-pointer by Rudez allowed the guests to regain the lead, 36-37, after three quarters. Benetton led by 4 with three minutes to play, but Cedevita took control after that with three-pointers from Vedran Vukusic and Bracey Wright and strong play inside from Edwards making the difference. Benetton had a chance to win or tie on the final possession, but missed twice and Cedevita celebrated. Brunner had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Motijunas scored 10 and grabbed 8 boards in defeat.
INTERVIEW: STEFAN MARKOVIC
Few players can set career records in a statistical category by age 22, but Stefan Markovic of Benetton Bwin is one of them. In his fifth Eurocup season, Markovic is a young veteran that sits atop the all-time Eurocup assists table with 211. What is even more important, Markovic has the chance to keep dishing assists at the 2011 Eurocup Finals, in which Benetton has a chance to lift the trophy in front of many of its fans in Treviso, Italy.
BLOGGER: GREG BRUNNER
"To play for our coach is to understand his basketball philosophy from the first minute you step on the court. He loves this sport and loves winning. I don't know any other word mentioned more this season in practice than "DEFENSE", unless it's "REBOUND". Or maybe "FO-CUS"! Never mind, there is always "RUN" and "FASTER", or the mixture of both to create a very short and direct statement: "RUN FASTER GREG!" Rebounding and defense are definitely our coach's favorite things about basketball."
THE HEAD COACH: JASMIN REPESA
Although it seems as if Benetton Basket Bwin's veteran head coach Jasmin Repesa has been on the sidelines forever, he has yet to turn 50. Since starting his bench career in the early 1990s, Repesa has celebrated national championships in his native Croatia, Turkey and Italy, has guided the Croatian national team to the Olympic quarterfinals and has reached the Euroleague title game, all while working with many of the biggest stars in Europe.
SPOTLIGHT ON: DEVIN SMITH
The only player to reach the Eurocup Finals both last season and this one, 27-year-old forward Devin Smith has been a superstar in two jerseys in that time span, making the All-Eurocup First Team with each of his teams. First, he led Panellinios to the 2010 Eurocup Finals, where his 29-point performance against eventual champion Power Electronics Valencia was the best scoring effort of the weekend, but not good enough to win their semifinal.
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EUROCUP FINALS SCHEDULE
SEMIFINAL - SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
Benetton Bwin 63-75 Cajasol
THIRD PLACE - SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
Benetton Bwin 57-59 Cedevita Zagreb
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3rd place: Benetton Bwin vs. Cedevita
Semifinal: Benetton Bwin vs. Cajasol
Team arrivals in Treviso