On this day four years ago, Galatasaray Istanbul made history as team captain Sinan Guler lifted the EuroCup, making his team the first from Turkey to win the EuroCup. Galatasaray defeated Strasbourg in Game 2 of the finals to take the two-game, total-points series.
Galatasaray finished first in its regular-season and Last 32 groups and used its home-court advantage in both the eighthfinals against Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir and the quarterfinals against FC Bayern Munich to advance after losing the opening legs of the two-game, total-points series. It then hosted Game 1 of the semifinals against Herbalife Gran Canaria, won 89-75 and was able to protect that lead in the second leg on the Canary Islands to reach the finals for the first time. Galatasaray entered the finals with a 10-1 home record. Strasbourg entered the EuroCup in the Last 32 stage after starting the campaign in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. After finishing second to Gran Canaria in the Last 32, Strasbourg scored road wins at EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Dolomiti Energia Trento in the first three elimination rounds to secure its spot in the finals. Strasbourg pulled away in the fourth quarter of Game 1 to win 66-62 behind 16 points and 6 assists from Louis Campbell.
Coach Ergin Ataman put Goksenin Koksal in the starting lineup for the first time in two months for his defense on Campbell. Three-pointers by Vlado Micov and Blake Schilb got the hosts rolling and Guler added another as the hosts leaped to a 15-2 lead. The hosts remained in control until Rodrigue Beaubois scored half the points in a 0-10 Strasbourg run midway through the second quarter that closed the gap to 37-34 and put Strasbourg back ahead on aggregate. Schilb helped Galatasaray regain control at halftime, 43-35. The hosts remained comfortably ahead through most of the second half. Mardy Collins led Strasbourg to within 2 on aggregate with less than 3 minutes to play. However, the Galatasaray defense held Strasbourg scoreless the rest of the way and free throws by Errick McCollum and Guler helped put the game, series and championship on ice.
Stephane Lasme was chosen as EuroCup Finals MVP after posting 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks to lead the winners. That came on top of his 7 points, 8 boards, 2 steals and 3 blocks in Game 1. McCollum, that season's MVP, also scored 16 in the deciding game, Guler shined with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals and Schilb finished with 11 points. Collins led Strasbourg with 16 points and 5 assists. Galatasaray outrebounded Strasbourg 40-32 and outshot the visitors from every distance (55.3% 2FG, 34.8% 3FG, 92.3% FT to 45.0% 2FG, 30.4% 3FG, 76.9%).
What happened next
Galatasaray used its ticket to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague the following season and won 11 games. It has spent the past three seasons back in the EuroCup and twice reached the Top 16, including this season. Strasbourg has not played in the EuroLeague or EuroCup since.