Semifinals Analysis: Nizhny Novgorod vs. Valencia Basket

Mar 28, 2014 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Semifinals Analysis: Nizhny Novgorod vs. Valencia Basket
Nizhny Novgorod
RECORD
RS, 8-2, 1st
Last 32, 5-1, 1st
Eighthfinals 1-1
Quarterfinals 1-1
Semifinals 0-1


SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 @ Valencia, April 1: Valencia Basket 84-75 Nizhny Novgorod Read Report
Game 2 @ Nizhny Novgorod, April 9, 17:40 CET: Nizhny Novgorod vs. Valencia Basket

It is a clash of the two-time champion Valencia Basket and a Eurocup newcomer Nizhny Novgorod for a place in the finals. Valencia is in a familiar teritory, having won the competition in 2003 and 2010, and has reached at least the semfinals for the third consecutive year. As the lone club to win a quarterfinals series without home-court advantage, Valencia has made its La Fonteta a very difficult court to visit, combining to beat its last two opponents - Khimki Moscow Region in the eighthfinals and Alba Berlin in the quarterfinals - by 48 points. Nizhny on the other hand enters the semifinals with 6 road wins, but also a 9-1 record at home. Both teams feature offenses that are deep, and can be very dominant, especially from long range, as 7 players on each team have hit at least one triple in the quarterfinals series. No team hit more from downtown than Valencia this season, but the Russian side comes in after shooting eighthfinals-best 51.2% for three-pointers, while it also led all quarterfinals teams with 61.2% accuracy for two-points. Nizhny scores 80.5 points per game this season, while Valencia is competitions’ third best with 84.6 ppg, led by Justin Doellman who in the quarterfinals scored 21.0 ppg with accumulated index rating of 52, just one behind Nizhny’s Dijon Thompson who led all players in the quarterfinals thanks to his double-double average of 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Valencia Basket
RECORD
RS, 6-4, 3rd
Last 32, 3-3, 2nd
Eighthfinals 1-1
Quarterfinals 1-1
Semifinals 1-0

Semen Antonov - Nizhny Novgorod - EC13 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)_53664
Semen Antonov
TEAM PHOTO GALLERY
One of many players with a long tenure at the club, it is an all-round presence of Semen Antonov that is one of the keys for Nizhny Novgorod's success. A glue guy for a team of coach Zoran Lukic, it is Antonov that leads the team in accumulated points and minutes played. While pulling down 6.0 rebounds and dishing 2.5 assists, he also opens up the paint with 45.3% three-point accuracy, helping Nizhny's potent offense rolling.
Zoran Lukic
Zoran Lukic
Nizhny Novgorod
Head Coach
Velimir Perasovic - Valencia Basket
Velimir Perasovic
Valencia Basket
Head Coach
Romain Sato - Valencia Basket - EC13 (photo Miguel Ángel Polo - Valencia Basket)
Romain Sato
TEAM PHOTO GALLERY
One of only two players who has started all 20 games for Valencia, swingman Romain Sato leads the team in minutes played. With size, athelticism and experience, the former Euroleague champ is a mismatch on offense, providing Valencia with 9.8 points per game, while being a reliable defender on the other end of the floor. Team's leading rebounder in both eighthfinals and quarterfinals, Sato is a player coach Perasovic trusts to get the job done.
Nizhny Novgorod
Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Blocks Fouls Rkg
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
Totals 4225:00 1684 428/792 182/448 282/352 181 544 725 371 115 281 51 42 480 443 1886
Average 201:11 80.19 54% 40.6% 80.1% 8.61 25.9 34.52 17.66 5.47 13.38 2.42 2 22.85 21.09 89.8
Totals 4200:00 1775 389/738 233/537 298/353 220 457 677 381 179 270 43 50 394 419 2052
Average 200:00 84.52 52.7% 43.4% 84.4% 10.47 21.76 32.23 18.14 8.52 12.85 2.04 2.38 18.76 19.95 97.71
Valencia Basket
STATS BY POSITION
POINT GUARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
14.8
1.5
5.1
0.9
Taylor Rochestie
Sam Van Rossom
9.3
1.9
3.7
0.7
6.4
1.6
3.6
0.6
Dimitriy Khvostov
Oliver Lafayette
9.3
1.6
4.1
1.4
SHOOTING GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
10.0
5.0
2.8
0.9
Vadim Panin
Rafa Martinez
9.4
2.1
2.6
0.7
11.3
5.8
2.5
0.4
Semen Antonov
Romain Sato
9.5
5.2
1.0
1.0
2.8
1.7
0.8
0.8
Evgeny Baburin
Pau Ribas
8.6
2.0
3.2
1.1
1.9
1.7
0.6
0.2
Vladimir Ivlev
Vladimir Lucic
4.2
2.2
0.8
0.8
POWER FORWARDS AND CENTERS
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
NAME
   
NAME
Pts.
Rebs.
Ass.
Ste.
13.9
8.5
2.1
1.5
Dijon Thompson
Justin Doellman
14.8
4.6
2.0
1.8
13.8
4.1
1.1
0.4
Primoz Brezec
Bojan Dubljevic
14.2
5.9
0.5
0.6
7.3
2.1
0.5
0.2
Pavel Korobkov
Pablo Aguilar
6.3
2.3
0.6
0.9
5.5
1.8
0.5
0.1
Petr Gubanov
Juan Jose Triguero
4.2
3.4
0.9
0.5