Final: BC Khimki is the new Eurocup champion!
BC Khimki Moscow Region won the Eurocup for the first time in club history on Sunday by downing Valencia Basket 77-68 in a thrilling final at Basketball Center of Moscow Region. Zoran Planinic was named Eurocup Finals MVP after amassing 19 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes for Khimki, which also secured a return ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the 2012-13 season. Khimki grabbed an early lead and then rode the red-hot Zoran Planinic to a 37-30 halftime lead. The duo of Serhiy Lishchuk and Nik Caner-Medley combined for all but 1 points in Valencia’s 2-13 third-quarter run, which put the visitors ahead 43-45. The teams then battled back and forth and arrived to the closing minutes even at 66-66 after a Caner-Medely three-pointer with 2:13 left. But Vitaly Fridzon answered with a huge three and Chris Quinn tacked on 4 free throws, while Valencia turned it over twice, all of which allowed Khimki to grab the win. Kresimir Loncar added 14 points and Quinn 11 for the champs. Caner-Medley starred with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks for Valencia, while tying a Eurocup title game record for performance index rating with 38. Lishchuk tallied 16 points in defeat. Lietuvos Rytas led from start to finish in beating Spartak St. Petersburg 71-62 to finish the 2011-12 Eurocup season in third place. Ronnie Seibutis scored 21 and Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double as Rytas controlled the paint and outrebounded Spartak 38-25. The winners started hot from downtown and finished 8 of 15 from behind the arc, while Spartak never found its groove. A pair of Seibutis threes made it 15-5 midway through the opening quarter and Rytas cruised the rest of the way. The lead peaked at 19 in the second quarter, but Spartak rallied late to get within 4. However Steponas Babrauskas stepped up when needed and Rytas regained control en route to the victory. Seibutis went 4 for 6 from behind the arc and 9 for 10 from the line in addition to 4 assists for the winners. Aleksandar Rasic added 12 points, Valanciunas had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks and Mindaugas Katelynas netted 10 for the winners. Eurocup MVP Patrick Beverley paced Spartak with 18 points and Vladimir Dragicevic scored 17 in defeat.