Turkish Airlines Euroleague
May 25, 2013
Alba falls to Valencia in Final
Power Electronics Valencia is the Eurocup champion for the second time in club history. Power Electronics became the second club to lift the Eurocup trophy twice on Sunday when it beat Alba Berlin 44-67 in the title game in Vitoria, Spain. With the victory, Valencia earned the right to play in the 2010-11 Euroleague. Valencia, the competition's original champion back in 2003, set a new Eurocup final record by allowing just 22 points in the first half. Pushed by a sea a orange and purple fans, Valencia used outstanding defense to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer and denied Alba the chance to win its first European club title since 1995. Matt Nielsen was named Eurocup Finals MVP and his frontcourt mate, Kosta Perovic, paced the winners with 17 points. Head coach Neven Spahija, who has lifted five different domestic league trophies all over the continent and reached the ULEB Cup final in 2003, won his first European title - just like almost every player on his team's roster. Thomas Kelati added 13 points and Marko Marinovic 12 for the winners. Derrick Byars and Steffen Hamann scored 9 apiece for Berlin in defeat. A three-pointer by Nando De Colo ignited a 0-11 run in which Marinovic and Kelati also struck from downtown to give Power Electronics a 10-19 edge early in the second quarter. Byars and Julius Jenkins tried to change things for Alba, but Serhiy Lishchuk, an inspired Kelati and a wild buzzer-beating jumper by De Colo gave Valencia a 22-36 lead at halftime. Nothing changed after the break, as Valencia stayed strong on defense and boosted its lead to 33-48 after 30 minutes, enough to keep full control of the game until the final buzzer. It took Valencia seven years to lift the Eurocup trophy for a second time, but thousands of fans had the chance to celebrate that their team was once again a European champion.
THE HEAD COACH: LUKA PAVICEVIC
A three-time Euroleague winner as a player, Alba Berlin head coach Luka Pavicevic is now trying to guide his team to its own taste of glory, the Eurocup title. Like a number of his former Jugoplastika Split teammates, Pavicevic took to the sidelines after retiring as a player. He started coaching with OKK Beograd and Atlas Beograd in Serbia before joining Hemofarm in 2005. The next season, Pavicevic helped Hemofarm reach the Serbia and Montenegro Cup final and the ULEB Cup semifinals, only to lose to Aris on a last-second shot.
THE STAR: JULIUS JENKINS
Dynamic guard Julius Jenkins is not only Alba Berlin's leading scorer, but also one of the club's longest-tenured players. As such, he knows that reaching the Eurocup Finals is Alba's best result in European competition since winning the 1995 Korac Cup title, and therefore already special for fans in the German capital. In just his fourth Eurocup season – and third with Berlin – Jenkins earned a spot among the Eurocup's all-time top 10 scorers earlier this season and is the only player in that elite group to reach Vitoria-Gasteiz.
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