Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 22, 2013
Unics is the new Eurocup champ!
Unics Kazan dominated Cajasol Sevilla 92-77 to finish the 2011 season as the Eurocup champion. Maciej Lampe scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Marko Popovic added 18 points and set a Eurocup Finals record with 11 assists to lead Unics to a historic win at the Palaverde in Treviso, Italy. The result also gives the Russian club an automatic bid to the 2011-12 Euroleague Regular Season. Unics dominated early, making 9 of 14 two-pointers and 4 of 4 triples in the first quarter, as Kelly McCarty and Lampe led their team to a 32-16 lead after 10 minutes. Unics increased the lead to 20 before settling for 51-36 at halftime. Outstanding defense brought Cajasol within 55-48 after the break and gave the Spanish side a chance in the fourth quarter. However Unics was too strong down the stretch and took over again in the last half of the fourth quarter to secure the victory. The win is Unics’s first Eurocup title and second continental trophy after winning the 2004 FIBA Europa League. McCarty scored 18 points in winning his second title in the competition and Terrell Lyday tallied 15 for the winners. Louis Bullock and Txemi Urtasun paced Cajasol with 15 points apiece and Tariq Kirksay and Juanjo Triguero netted 10 each.
INTERVIEW: VLADIMIR VEREEMENKO
Long viewed as a super talent, Vladimir Vereemenko of Unics showed why as he exploded in the Quarterfinals to lead his team to the Eurocup Finals with superb performances in both games against Pepsi Caserta. Veremeenko played a total of more than 70 minutes in the two games and averaged 20.5 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Quarterfinals is performance index rating (30.5).
BLOGGER: SLAVKO VRANES
"When you change teams, you have to find your spot. Sometimes you find it faster, sometimes not. I myself am not playing too much now, but what's important is to play good when you are on the floor and help your team. Here we are, on our way to the Eurocup Finals and another chance to get in the Euroleague. Yes, there has been a lot of change. But this team is good, the players are good, the coaches are good. There is a good atmosphere and chemistry."
THE HEAD COACH: EVGENY PASHUTIN
This is Evgeny Pashutin's first Eurocup Finals, but the Unics coach is no stranger to high-pressure situations – or success in overcoming them – both as a player and a coach. The 42-year-old Russian native started his professional playing career with Spartak St. Petersburg and went on to compete with several more Russian teams. In 2003, his last season, the playmaking guard helped CSKA win the Russian League and reach the Euroleague Final Four.
SPOTLIGHT ON: MACIEJ LAMPE
From the time he was discovered a decade ago in Sweden, Unics' Maciej Lampe has made an extended tour of world basketball, setting new standards of precociousness and always scoring in ways that few players his size can hope to imitate. After he debuted in the Euroleague at age 16 with Real Madrid, Lampe went on to become the first Polish player in NBA and the youngest from any country ever to appear on-court for one of his four NBA clubs.
EUROCUP FINALS LATEST
Unics: another shot at glory
Unics also takes Game 2, on to the Eurocup Finals!
Interview: Terrell Lyday
Quarterfinals Analysis: Ricky Minard
EUROCUP FINALS SCHEDULE
SEMIFINAL - SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
Unics 87-66 Cedevita Zagreb
FINAL - SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
Unics 92-77 Cajasol
Final: Unics vs. Cajasol
Semifinal: Unics vs. Cedevita
Team arrivals in Treviso
UNICS CELEBRATION VIDEO
MVP, Marko Popovic, Unics
Kelly McCarty, Unics
Terrell Lyday, Unics