2009-10FinalsRound 2
April 18, 2010 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Power Electronics Valencia Champ Eurocup!! - Finals 2010 Vitoria-Gasteiz - EC09

Power Electronic Valencia Champ!

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.

There were no surprises in the starting lineups, with Dragan Dojcin lining up to use his versatility against Matt Nielsen at power forward. Victor Claver needed just 20 seconds to fire up the Valencia fans with a wild tomahawk dunk in traffic. Kosta Perovic soon added a hook shot for a 0-4 Power Electronics lead. Alba picked up a 24-second violation and went scoreless through the opening three minutes. Derrick Byars stepped up with a three-pointer from the corner and Blagota Sekulic added a tip-in to give Alba its first lead, 4-5. Alba brought big men Adam Chubb and Jurica Golemac off the bench and had finally adjusted its defense, not allowing easy shots, but entered the foul bonus midway through the first quarter. Perovic took advantage with a big basket in the low post and free throws. Alba kept rotating its players to play with high intensity at both ends and Steffen Hamann struck from downtown to tie it at 8-8. Valencia tried to improve its offense with Kelati on the court and even when Hamann scored in penetration, De Colo bettered that with a three-pointer that put Valencia back ahead, 10-11, at the end of the first quarter.

Marinovic buried a big triple early in the second quarter as Valencia tried twin points with him and De Colo to speed up its offense. Claver collected a steal and raced downcourt for a fast break layup that saw Alba call timeout at 10-16. Alba had been scoreless for more than six minutes already as Kelati joined the three-point shootout to boost Valencia's lead to 10-19 with a 0-11 run. Sekulic tried to change things with a second-chance tip-in, but a red-hot Kelati matched him with a step-back jumper. Byars took over and got the Alba fans involved with an acrobatic layup-plus-foul, but free throws by Marinovic kept Valencia way ahead, 15-23. Jenkins downed a corner triple only to see an off-balance shot by Marinovic and a driving basket by Lishchuk force Alba to stop the game again at 18-27. A fast break layup off another midcourt steal by Kelati soon gave Valencia its first double-digit lead. Lishchuk kept intimidating the entire Alba frontcourt with physical defense and aggressiveness, setting Valencia's pace on defense. Nielsen hit free throws, but Jenkins bettered him with a bomb from downtown. Kelati sank a floating layup and De Colo beat the buzzer with a five-meter jumper that fixed the halftime score at 22-36.

De Colo stepped up with a put-back layup immediately after the break, as Alba tried to play more aggressive in defense. Immanuel McElroy, who was held scoreless in the first half, shined with an off-balance jumper and fed Byars for a three-pointer that gave Alba some hope at 27-38. Nielsen banked in a close shot and Perovic dunked to keep Valencia out of trouble. Alba kept trying to get its big men involved, but Valencia stayed rock-solid under the rims. Chubb found space for a backdoor layup, but he didn't find much help. Valencia stayed patient on offense through an outstanding De Colo and soon took Alba into the foul bonus. Perovic provided a highlight with a big dunk in traffic and soon added a hook shot to break the game open, 29-46. Hamann tried to ignite Alba's comeback with free throws. Alba, however, kept struggling to find answers against Valencia's fully-adjusted man-to-man defense. Nielsen took over and sent the Valencia fans to their feet with a monster block on Hamann and an up-and-under layup by Marinovic made it a 17-point game. A layup by Hamann got Alba within 33-48 at the end of the third quarter.

Alba kept struggling to score early in the fourth quarter, as Valencia kept full control of the game. Kelati stepped up with a layup and Lishchuk split free throws to make it an 18-point game with eight minutes left. Alba could not find answers on offense until Rashad Wright struck from downtown. Valencia had already started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Florent Pietrus found his first points on a reverse layup - and the free throw that came with it - as Alba kept missing open shots in crunch time. A three-point play by Nielsen allowed Valencia to seal the outcome, 35-57, with under six minutes left. Valencia stayed intense on defense, however, and a seven-meter bomb by Marinovic signaled to the Valencia fans to start to celebrate, 35-60. Everything was said and done, as Alba had a bitter end to its best Eurocup season ever. Meanwhile, Valencia had plenty of time to enjoy one of the sweetest win in club history, as Power Electronics prepared to lift the Eurocup trophy!

Matt Nielsen - Power Electronics Valencia - Finals 2010 Vitoria-Gasteiz - EC09
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Javier Gancedo, Eurocupbasketball.com, Vitoria, Spain
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; ROCHA, FERNANDO; BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Attendance: 6500 (Tentative)
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Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BYARS, DERRICK 32:30 9 1/2 2/5 1/1   3 3   1 3       2 8
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 17:28 9 2/4 1/1 2/2   2 2 2 1 1   1 3 1 8
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 18:01 3   1/4     1 1 1   2 1   3   -2
9 GOLEMAC, JURICA 21:59 4 0/1 1/4 1/2 1 4 5 3   2     2 6 9
10 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 18:28 4 2/6     3 2 5   1 3   1 4 1 -1
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 22:56 6 0/3 2/7   1   1   1 1       1  
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 21:44 2 1/5       1 1 4   2     2 3 2
14 CHUBB, ADAM 16:00 4 1/3   2/2   3 3 1 1 1     4 1 3
15 NALGA, CEMAL 5:32 1 0/2   1/2 1   1         1   1 -1
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 25:22 2 1/1 0/2     5 5 1         2 2 6
24 STAIGER, LUCCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 44 8/27 7/23 7/9 8 22 30 12 5 16 1 3 20 18 34
        29.6% 30.4% 77.8%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Power Electronics
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 PEROVIC, KOSTA 22:44 17 7/9   3/3 1 3 4           3 2 18
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 35:08 4 2/4 0/4   1 3 4   2     1 1   2
10 SIMEON, JOSE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 17:06 4 1/1   2/4   2 2     1 1   2 3 5
14 MARINOVIC, MARKO 18:46 12 2/2 2/4 2/2       1 1 3     3 2 8
16 GARCIA, IVAN 1:04     0/1     1 1                
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 17:37     0/4     1 1   1 2     2 3 -3
20 PIETRUS, FLORENT 13:54 3 1/3   1/1   2 2       1   4 1 1
22 DE COLO, NANDO 25:01 7 2/3 1/4   2 3 5 2 1 1     1 3 12
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KELATI, THOMAS 23:38 13 5/5 1/4   1 4 5 3 1 2         17
44 NIELSEN, MATT 25:02 7 2/4 0/2 3/3 1 5 6 2 1 1 1   2 6 16
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 67 22/31 4/23 11/13 7 24 31 8 7 10 3 1 18 20 77
        71% 17.4% 84.6%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"Good evening. First of all, I would like to extend my congratulations to Valencia's team, club, players and Coach Spahija, of course for finishing their excellent Eurocup season with a final victory and winning the whole thing. As for the game, I think it was clear for us that if we wanted to win this game, and take this cup, we had to have a near-perfect game. That means, this game from our side had to be played possession by possession. I felt that in the first half, especially in the second quarter, we let the game kind of leak out of our hands on small details. We didn't complete parts of our offense that we usually play well. At the same time, we broke down on defense and let our opponent get an edge that ended up being 15 points at half. This helped an otherwise complete team like Valencia to run second half with control. We as Alba, were not competitive enough in this final game."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Power Electronics
"First of all, I woud like to congratulate my team for a great job, not only tonight. This is the end of an unbelievable sesaon and unbelievable attitude from these players. I'd like to congratulate our club, our fans, our sponsor, all of them, and especially to congratulate our club owner, Mr. Juan Roig, who is the person to give us the opportunity and the chance to make it. One more time I have to say I was happy and lucky to come to this club and have one more opportunity to play another final, and in the end, win."

"We are winners tonight, and of course, that's always important. But I would like to say that we won against a big team. I knew Luka Pavicevic when he was a school player. I want to wish him and Alba's team the best in the future."

"I expeced my team to win. I said yesterday, that I knew what type of basketball Alba was going to play: 40 minutes of slow possessions and low rhythm. We also had to do the same. We are a much more athletic team, and we can answer any style of basketball. I didn't know by what result, but I was almost sure we would win."

Players

HAMANN, STEFFEN
Alba Berlin
"You could see today, that Valencia was stronger than us. We did not find at all our rhythm in offense. And when you score so few points, it is impossible to beat a strong opponent like Valencia. Their defense against our pick and roll was much better than the one of Bilbao yesterday. With that they took us out of the game."
GOLEMAC, JURICA
Alba Berlin
"It's a great achievement to reach the Final for a team like we are, but to lose like that puts us for this moment really in an emotional down. When you come to a Final, you want to win it, but we did not react good on their defense and could not do nothing. They took the game under their control in the first couple of minutes, then they had comfortable shots and when they were leading by 15 points, you feel no more pressure."
BYARS, DERRICK
Alba Berlin
"Valencia is a great team top to bottom, point guads, wing players, big men. We just went against the top team tonight. They executed really well an we just weren't on their game tonight. We just didn't rise to the ocassion like we should have. We really have not much to hang our head about. We would have liked to have shown better today, but second place in the entire Eurocup still is something to be proud of, especially when you lose against such a strong opponent. In my opinion were the best team we faced all year."
NIELSEN, MATT
Power Electronics
"It's a great feeling, obviously. I want to congratulate Alba for getting to the final. They did great, so credit to them. I just want to say what a great experience it has been to play with this team. Right from the beginning, it's been a tight-knit team, more than any I've been around in a long time. Teams don't get much closer than this one. It's been such an enjoyable experience. We deserved it and the fans deserved it for helping us all the way. I'm happy it's all gone this way."

"To be MVP is a nice honor, but I really just enjoy this team and consider it a team award. I think we showed yesterday and today that we are a good group with a lot of players doing different things. I think there are eight guys who could have taken the award."
PIETRUS, FLORENT
Power Electronics
"This is an incredible moment for all of us! We worked hard as a group and finished the road we started eight months ago. Truth to be told, we are very happy with the work we did night. No question about it, our defense was the key tonight. Offense wins games, but defense wins titles and we proved that tonight. Our fans were incredible! I hope to celebrate this win with them all in Valencia tomorrow. It will be a special moment for us."
KELATI, THOMAS
Power Electronics
"This is an emotional moment for me, because this is such a special group of guys. We also have great fans, always supporting us. It makes you feel proud and privileged to belong to this team. We have so many good guys that worked so hard to get here. We played really well in the first half and denied their comeback in the second half. We spoke about improving our defense yesterday and that is what we did tonight. We played great defense from start to finish and that allowed us to win the game. We did an unbelievable job. This was like a home court game for us. Everyone showed up and helped us all weekend long. This win is for them, right on this court."
PEROVIC, KOSTA
Power Electronics
"It feels great! I am confused, excited and a lot of good things are in my head right now. I don't even know hot to express this feeling. My teammates and my coach and all of our fans deserve this title. Thousands of fans came from Valencia to give us support, and that is just amazing. This win is definitely for them, of course. We played the best defensive game of the season at the right time. That shows our strong mentality, we played a perfect game in defense and won the Eurocup title! We deserved it!"