2018-19 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season: Group C at a glance

Jul 11, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2018-19 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season: Group C at a glance

Three-time EuroCup champion Valencia Basket headlines Group C, which also features ASVEL Villeurbanne plus two more teams with recent success in the EuroCup: Dolomiti Energia Trento reached the semifinals in 2016 and Zenit St. Petersburg played in the quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons. Partizan NIS Belgrade, a former EuroLeague champion (1992) and Turk Telekom Ankara will attempt to continue their return to prominence.


Valencia Basket enters its 12th EuroCup campaign and, as always, it will be one of the teams to beat in the competition. Valencia has won a competition record three EuroCup titles and reached the finals in its last appearance in the 2016-17 season. No team will be more motivated than Valencia, which has all it takes – rich tradition, a strong fan base, experience and a great organization – to lift the trophy at the end of the season.


Zenit enters its eighth EuroCup season after a couple of years in which small details prevented the Russian powerhouse from being even more successful. Zenit had the home-court advantage in the 2016 eighthfinals but Nizhny Novgorod stood in its way to success. Last season, Zenit advanced to the quarterfinals, but Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia won by a very narrow margin. St. Petersburg is a city with great basketball tradition and the club has the experience, motivation and determination to get closer than ever to lifting the EuroCup trophy.


In just two EuroCup seasons, Trento has achieved more than some teams ever accomplish in the competition. Trento made its EuroCup debut in the 2015-16 season and went all the way to the semifinals before losing against Strasbourg by an aggregate score of 154-152. Last season, Trento overcame a 2-4 start with a five-game winning streak that sent the Italian powerhouse to the Top 16. Trento did not get further, but it is a rising power in the competitionand will be ready to beat any opponent, especially at Palatrento.


The club from the Turkish capital returns to the EuroCup after nine years away. Last season Turk Telekom put an end to a two-year exodus from the top level in its country with a dominant performance in the Turkish second division. If the start of the summer is any indication, Turk Telekom has big plans for the upcoming season. The signings of proven veterans and more than able and versatile scorers such as Reggie Redding, Sylven Landesberg and Kenny Gabriel, speak volumes of the ambition the club has. It will be Turk Telekom's fifth appearance in the competition and the expectations in Ankara might rise as the season goes along.


Serbian powerhouse Partizan NIS Belgrade continues looking to restore its glory. Earlier this decade Partizan was playing at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, but financial struggles have forced the team to take several steps back. With the youngest roster in the competition, Partizan won just one game in the EuroCup last season, but spirits were elevated by winning the 2018 Serbian Cup crown for the club’s first title of any kind in four years. Sporting one of the most talented young squads in Europe, Partizan and its army of its die-hard fans hope the return of better days is near.


ASVEL Villeurbanne returns to play its ninth season in the 7DAYS EuroCup, eager to build on last season that saw it get past the regular season in the competition for the second time this decade. The winningest French club of all-time, ASVEL had a successful season at home, reaching Leaders Cup semis and French League and French Cup quarterfinals, and in each instance was ousted by the eventual winner. With a new head coach and a roster that does not lack experience, ASVEL once again enters the EuroCup aiming high and determined to make an extended EuroCup run.