Eurocup Finals, Game 2: Valencia Basket is the new champ!
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.