Semifinals, Game 2
After both series openers went down to the wire, now its turn for 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals Game 2s to provide for some more drama. The two hosts, UNICS Kazan and MoraBanc Andorra, have both been perfect on home floor this season, and they will both try to extend the streak and force Game 3 in their respective series. UNICS will attempt to overcome a challenge from Valencia Basket and send the series back to Pabellon Fuente De San Luis, while MoraBanc hosts ALBA Berlin in its first ever EuroCup semifinal home game, and hopes the series will go back to the German capital next week.
UNICS Kazan vs. Valencia Basket (0-1)
Something will have to give on Friday night in Kazan. Valencia arrives on a 13-game winning streak, tied for club’s longest in EuroCup history, and it will try to extend that winning run to book its place in the EuroCup Finals. However, UNICS will have some other ideas, sporting a 12-game home winning streak of its own, including a perfect 10-0 this season. UNICS is yet to allow more than 70 points on home floor this calendar year, but Valencia is yet to lose a EuroCup game this calendar year, as well. In the series opener on Tuesday, Valencia rallied from an 8-point deficit to down UNICS 69-64, with Will Thomas stepping up late to lift Valencia to victory. Mike Tobey had 14 points and 3 blocks, and Fernando San Emeterio also scored 14 points in victory, while Matt Thomas added 13 for Valencia. Errick McCollum paced UNICS with 16 points.
MoraBanc Andorra vs. ALBA Berlin (0-1)
MoraBanc and ALBA might have more offensive fireworks on display when they meet for Game 2 in Andorra. The hosts are perfect 9-0 on home floor this season, where they average an impressive 93.7 points, second best this season and the most among playoff teams. MoraBanc has won those nine home games by an average margin of 10.7 points and scored at least 86 points in each. However, if there is a team this season able to match those numbers its ALBA, which averages 88.6 points per game this season, the most among the teams that got past the regular season, and the team is on pace to break EuroCup’s all-time single-season record dishing 23.05 assists per game. ALBA needs one win to match its best achievement in the EuroCup and return to the finals where it played, and lost against Valencia, in 2010. ALBA held off MoraBanc 102-97 in Game 1 on Tuesday behind Luke Sikma who collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Peyton Siva had 18 points and 9 assists to continue good form after his return from a knee injured that forced him to miss the entire Top 16. David Jelinek paced six MoraBanc’s scorers in double figures with 16 points, while Andrew Albicy had 14 points and 12 assists.