On This Day, 2011: UNICS takes the crown

Apr 17, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
On This Day, 2011: UNICS takes the crown

On this day nine years ago, UNICS Kazan won its first - and to date only - EuroCup title when it defeated Cajasol Seville 92-77 in the championship game in Treviso, Italy. UNICS finished that magical season with a record of 13-3 in capturing the crown.

Prior to the game

The 2011 EuroCup Finals were played in a Final Four format with two semifinals, a third-place game and a championship game. In the semis the day before, UNICS ousted Cedevita Zagreb 87-66. The Croatian team was in its debut season as was Cajasol, so the final tournament presented two debutantes. In the second semifinal, Cajasol bested the host of the tournament, Benetton Treviso, 63-75. Both finalists, UNICS and Cajasol, would be playing their first final in the competition.

About the game

Cajasol scored the game's first points, but once UNICS jumped ahead 6-4, the Russian team never looked back and would lead by as many as 20 points (40-20 midway through the second quarter). Maciej Lampe led the UNICS attack with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Kelly McCarty and Marko Popovic came after with 18 points apiece. Popovic also dished a EuroCup championship game 11 assists and was named Finals MVP. For Cajasol, Louis Bullock and Txemi Urtasun had 15 points apiece. The team coached by Evgeny Pashutin had a PIR of 104 at the end of the game, while Joan Plaza's men got stuck at 72, which tells the story of the game in a nutshell.

What happened next

UNICS would go on to make its EuroLeague debut the following season after six seasons in the second competition. In its debut season, UNICS reached the playoffs against all odds, but was swept 0-3 by FC Barcelona, which advanced to the Final Four in London. Cajasol made appearances in the EuroCup again in 2012-13 and 2014-15 before financial problems caused the club to change ownership.