The final game of the 2014-15 Eurocup season is upon us; Khimki Moscow Region welcomes Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas, holding a comfortable 25-point advantage, for Game 2 of the Eurocup Finals on Wednesday. The team that scores more points during the home-and-away series will lift the trophy. If Khimki holds on it, will become only the third team with multiple Eurocup titles, while Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas is in its first ever finals appearance.
Khimki hosts Game 2 of the two-game total-points series knowing that a win – or a loss by up to 24 points – will make it the 2015 Eurocup champion and hand it a berth in the 2015-16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season. Gran Canaria has dominated the competition, and entered this series with a 21-1 record, but has a tough task ahead as Khimki has a 19-game home winning streak in the Eurocup intact. Khimki is perfect in 11 games at home this season, has scored 89.4 points per game and won eight of those game by a double-digit margin. Now, all the team led by two-time Eurocup-winning head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis needs to do is not lose by more than 24 points. Khimki dominated Game 1 last Friday on the road at Gran Canaria Arena when Paul Davis scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter, Petteri Koponen scored 12 of his 18 points in the last 15 minutes, and Egor Vyaltsev also had 18 on 3-of-4 three-point shooting in the 66-91 victory. Khimki set a Eurocup Finals record in that game making 72.2% of its two-point shots. Gran Canaria will try to get its offense going and has reasons for optimism; it averaged 82.5 points per game on the road during this campaign. Coach Aito Garcia Reneses's men have won 10 road games this season and in those it shot 42.8% from behind the three-point line.