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
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Benetton led by Mike DAntoni and Riccardo Pittis (Photo: benettonbasket.it)
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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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Eurocup Finals MVP, Marko Popovic of Unics

Apr 17, 2011 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Marko Popovic - UnicsUnics won its first Eurocup title and also earned a first appearance in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague thanks to the leadership on court by veteran guard Marko Popovic, who was elected MVP of the Eurocup Finals. Popovic set a new record for assists in the title game with 11, to which he added 18 points with good numbers - 2 of 3 two-pointers, 3 of 6 triples and 5 of 6 free throws. Popovic also pulled 2 boards and had 2 steals as well as drawing 6 fouls for a performance index rating of 29. A veteran player who has witnessed many battles, Popovic just won his first continental trophy in Treviso with Unics, even though he had his fair share of successes with several of the teams he has played with, including an Adriatic League with Zadar in 2003 or also Croatian, Turkish and Lithuanian national titles. Now he can claim a new accolade to his collection: MVP of the Eurocup Finals 2011.

Unics guard Marko Popovic, Eurocup Finals MVP

"It's great. It's been now three years since I played my last Euroleague game, and I have really enjoyed being part of this team. The Eurocup once again proved to be a high-level competition, and it's a joy to be a part of this basketball family. First of all, I am proud of myself and my teammates for what we did. This is a huge thing for us and for our club. We don't want to stop here. We know how good we are. That's what we proved in the last two games. We ran out of energy at the end, but we are champions, and that's a great feeling. I became a father not too long ago. That was the best feeling of my life, but this is probably the second best."