The 2013-14 Eurocup season is in the books, and Valencia Basket Club has become the first three-time champion in the history of the competition. Valencia never trailed at any point of either finals game, sweeping the two-game, home-and-away Eurocup Finals series, and with an aggregate score 140-165, won the trophy it previously raised in 2003 and 2010. As the 2014 Eurocup champion, Valencia also earned a pass into the Turkish Airlines Euroleague next season. This was the first time since the inaugural 2002-03 ULEB Cup season that the competition's winner was decided in a two-game series.

Valencia Basket Club never trailed in beating Unics Kazan 73-85 in Game 2 of their two-game finals series, and winning the series with an aggregate score 140-165. Valencia dominated behind another brilliant performance from Eurocup Finals MVP Justin Doellman, who finished the return leg with 26 points, 5 assists and tied a Eurocup Finals record with 4 steals. Valencia played it to perfection on defense early on, limiting Unics to a Eurocup finals record 4 points in the first quarter. After leading 4-16 in the opening 10 minutes, a pair of three-pointers from each Pablo Aguilar and Rafa Martinez on four consecutive trips down the floor extended the difference to 10-29 in the second quarter, which translated into 32-point series advantage. Unics never came closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Martinez netted 14 points, Van Rossom scored 11, and Romain Sato collected 9 points and 7 rebounds for Valencia in victory. Eurocup MVP Andrew Goudelock scored 22 points for Unics, Ian Vougioukas had 11, while Chuck Eidson collected 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Unics Kazan
Valencia Basket Club
Justin Doellman - Valencia Basket - Finals EC Valencia 2014 - EC13
EC Finals Game 1: Valencia B. 80-67 Unics Kazan
The Eurocup title is up for grabs after Game 1 of the finals in which Valencia Basket Club downed Unics Kazan 80-67. Valencia led from start to finish, and took the upper hand in the two-game Eurocup Finals series behind Justin Doellman’s 28 points, but it was Unics which finished the game strong, with a 2-18 run to end the game.
Andrea Trinchieri - Unics Kazan - EC13 (Photo:
Interview: Andrea Trinchieri, Unics Kazan
After leading Unics Kazan to the best record in the Eurocup, 20-2, behind the best defense in competition history, head coach Andrea Trinchieri talks about the final that starts Wednesday in Valencia, Spain, saying he wants his players to enjoy themselves.
Velimir Perasovic - Valencia Basket (photo Camera4)
Interview: Velimir Perasovic, Valencia Basket Club
One the eve of the Eurocup Finals, meet Velimir Perasovic, the man who won three Euroleague titles as a player aims to make Valencia Basket Club the first three-time Eurocup champion as a coach: "There is no room for many mistakes."
Nikos Zisis - Unics Kazan - EC13 (photo Kalev Cramo)
Blog: Nikos Zisis, Unics Kazan
At the start of the week of Game 1 of the Eurocup Finals, Unics Kazan's guard and blogger Nikos Zisis talks about how he and his teammates are getting ready to take on Valencia Basket Club to try to win the title!

Road to the Finals: Unics Kazan

Apr 15, 2014 by Print
Unics Kazan

The team with the best record in the competition, Unics Kazan, has its sights set on returning to the top of the Eurocup podium when it faces off Valencia Basket in the home-and-away finals series May 1 and May 7. Unics got this far in the campaign by winning 20 out of 22 games by an average margin of 18.4 points. Unics had close calls in the season's first couple of weeks, opening its Eurocup campaign with a 67-75 road win against Maccabi Haifa Bazan, then needing a buzzer-beating triple from Andrew Gaudelock to pull-out an improbable victory against Banvit Bandirma in regular season Round 2. Unics dominated after that, however, compiling a perfect 10-0 record in the regular season by riding the Eurocup' best defense, which allowed a mere 62.5 points per game. Unics continued its winning ways in the Last 32, too, with its only slip-up coming on the road against Telenet Ostend in Round 3. But the team finished that stage with three consecutive wins, the last coming away from home against fellow finalist Valencia. Unics then stormed through the eighthfinals against CEZ Basketball Nymburk with 167-117 aggregate victory. Unics also went on to sweep its quarterfinals series, downing Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler 68-81 in the first leg, before dismantling its opponent 88-52 one week later. The true test came in the semifinals. After falling 63-52 in Game 1 versus Crvena Zvezda Telekom in front of more than 20,000 fans in Belgrade, Unics went home and punched a ticket for the finals with an 84-67 return-leg victory behind veteran guard Nikos Zisis. Now, Unics looks to its balanced offense and ferocious defense to carry the club to a repeat of its 2011 Eurocup title.

Andrew Goudelock - Unics Kazan (photo

Unics Kazan facts:

Andrew Goudelock's buzzer-beating triple in regular season Round 2 was good for a 72-71 win over Banvit Bandirma. Unics home wins against Kalev Cramo Tallin (94-44) and VEF Riga (98-51) were the widest margins of victory in the Eurocup this season.

Unics was the only team with a perfect 10-0 regular season record.

With two wins to start the Last 32, the team opened the Eurocup campaign 12 consecutive victories.

Unics beat Valencia twice in the Last 32, including 73-76 on the road, which helped it advantage of playing Game 2 on its home court in every series through to the finals.

Goudelock scored 36 points in a 58-91 eighthfinals Game 1 win at Nymburk. No player scored more in a single Eurocup game this season.

Unics swept both its eighthfinals and quarterfinals series by a combined margin of 99 points.

Nikos Zisis scored all of his Eurocup career-high 26 points in the second half of semifinals Game 2, as Unics overcame an 11-point loss from Game 1.

Unics allows opponents just 64.4 points per game, making it the only Eurocup team this season to give up fewer than 70 points on average.

No player accumulated more points this Eurocup season than Andrew Goudelock (420 in 22 games).

Unics held its opponents to the lowest index rating (59.9), three-point shooting percentage (30.8%) and true shooting percentage (44.0%) in the competition.