Turkish Airlines Euroleague
June 18, 2013
The underdogs finish third
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: MARINO BAZDARIC
Cedevita Zagreb has defied the odds this season as a Eurocup newcomer that started in the Qualifying Round to make it all the way to the Eurocup Finals. Despite its many injuries, an opening home loss in the Regular Season and a 0-2 start in the Last 16, Cedevita has always been able to fight back until it reached the Finals with a six-game winning streak. One of its most experienced players is team captain Marino Bazdaric, a sharp shooter ready to step up in crunch time.
BLOGGER: BRACEY WRIGHT
"In 40 minutes, we can put up 100 points sometimes, no problem. We're in the 90s so much that when we get down around the high 70s or 80, we're a little surprised and disappointed. When we went to overtime in Gran Canaria we got up to 114. We just have a team full of shooters, and not only that, but shooters who work well together. What I mean by that is that when one person gets it going, that helps all the shooters get it going. That's what makes this a big-time three-point shooting team."
THE HEAD COACH: ACA PETROVIC
Although he has piled up plenty of coaching achievements before, this year's Eurocup marks the first visit to the finals of a continental competition for Aleksandar Petrovic of Cedevita. After an excellent playing career, Petrovic started as a head coach by winning four consecutive Croatian League titles with Cibona. Shortly after he guided the Croatian national team to a bronze medal at the 1995 EuroBasket, Petrovic moved to Caja San Fernando in Seville, Spain.
SPOTLIGHT ON: DAMJAN RUDEZ
Among the many exciting players to watch in the Eurocup Finals, keep an eye on one gunslinger in particular, Damjan Rudez of Cedevita. Rudez has the size, athleticism and high basketball IQ to be a threat from any spot on the floor, whether slashing to the basket, banging with the big boys or, especially, hitting shots from the outside. Few players as tall as Rudez have as sweet a shooting touch from behind the three-point line. Still fewer can claim as much impact.
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Cedevita sneaks into Finals sweeping series
Interview: Damjan Rudez
Player Spotlight: Dontaye Draper
EUROCUP FINALS SCHEDULE
SEMIFINAL - SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
Unics 87-66 Cedevita Zagreb
THIRD PLACE - SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
Benetton Bwin 57-59 Cedevita Zagreb
TEAM PHOTO GALLERY
3rd place: Benetton Bwin vs. Cedevita
Semifinal: Unics vs. Cedevita
Team arrivals in Treviso