Unics is the new Eurocup champ!
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, chosen MVP of the Eurocup Finals, 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. MORE
Eurocup Finals presented by Iziplay
The Iziplay sport brand never stops amazing – this time on the international front! Over the coming weekend, the Cogetech brand will be the presenting sponsor of the Eurocup Finals in Treviso, Italy, helping to crown a new champion of the competition after two days' worth of great basketball at Palaverde Arena. MORE
Euroleague Basketball has announced the names of the officials will work the games of the 2011 Eurocup Finals. The list of referees features a mix of experience and youth. The full list of referees includes Panagiotis Anastopoulos of Greece, Guerrino Cerebuch of Italy, Volodymyr Drabikovskyi of Ukraine, Sinisa Herceg of Croatia, Olegs Latisevs of Latvia, Jose Martin of Spain, Borys Ryzhyk of Ukraine and Milija Vojinovic of Serbia. MORE
Benetton led by Mike DAntoni and Riccardo Pittis (Photo: benettonbasket.it)
There is a rich history to Treviso Basketball, with the Benetten Bwin Basket’s roots reaching all the way back to 1954. However that history can essentially be split into pre- and post-1982. The club’s first three decades were largely forgettable. Though it did advance to the top league in Italy by 1961, that lasted only one season and financial problems doomed the club in seasons to come. MORE
Palaverde, Treviso
The famed Palaverde is one of Italy’s storied basketball venues, bringing together a rich history and all the comforts of a modern multi-purpose arena. Though its chief tenant, Benetton Basket Bwin, has been one of European basketball’s elite clubs over the past several decades, the Eurocup Finals represent the Palaverde’s first opportunity to crown a continental champion. The Palaverde was built in the early 1980s. MORE
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Benetton Bwin star: Devin Smith

Apr 05, 2011 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Devin Smith - Benetton Bwin (Photo Benetton Basket)The only player to reach the Eurocup Finals both last season and this one, 27-year-old forward Devin Smith has been a superstar in two jerseys in that time span, making the All-Eurocup First Team with each of his teams. First, he led Panellinios to the 2010 Eurocup Finals, where his 29-point performance against eventual champion Power Electronics Valencia was the best scoring effort of the weekend, but not good enough to win their semifinal. This season, with Benetton, Smith has dominated again: he is the competition’s most prolific three-point threat all season and the highest-scoring Eurocup player to still have a chance to lift the trophy. Smith's four consecutive performances of 20 points or more to finish the Last 16 included a stellar 35-point outburst on 7-for-10 three-point shooting to knock out last season's runner-up, Alba Berlin. In that pivotal round, he ranked first among all Eurocup players in performance index rating and three-pointers made, and second in scoring and steals. Smith’s road to Eurocup stardom started in his native United States, where he played for University of Virginia. In Europe, he spent two seasons in Spain and another in Italy before debuting in the Euroleague by helping Fenerbahce Ulker reach the Top 16 three seasons ago. His next stop was Panellinios, where he merely led one of Greece's oldest clubs to its highest European finish ever. In Treviso, Smith has added to a tradition of excellence by leading Benetton to the best record in the Eurocup this season. When he has scored in double figures, Benetton is undefeated, so as they play this weekend on their own floor, Palaverde, one player to keep both eyes on is Devin Smith.