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EUROCHALLENGE 2013-2014

Play-Off bracket


EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1 TU/Rock 5-1 
 2 Krasnie Krilya 4-2 
 3 Antwerp 3-3 
 4 Gaz Metan 0-6 
Group J
 1 Grissin Bon RE 4-2 
 2 Szolnok 4-2 
 3 Krka 3-3 
 4 Cholet 1-5 
Group K
 1 Royal Hali 6-0 
 2 Triumph 4-2 
 3 Ventspils 1-5 
 4 Dijon 1-5 
Group L
 1 Ural Ekaterinb. 5-1 
 2 Tsmoki-Minsk 4-2 
 3 KTP 2-4 
 4 Bakken 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Season 2013-2014
All Games
List of Players
EuroChallenge Stage One Standings
Group A
 1 Antwerp 4-2 
 2 Dijon 4-2 
 3 Den Bosch 3-3 
 4 Tarvas 1-5 
Group B
 1 Royal Hali 4-2 
 2 Krasnie Krilya 4-2 
 3 Oradea 3-3 
 4 Atomeromu 1-5 
Group C
 1 TU/Rock 4-2 
 2 Ventspils 4-2 
 3 Sodertalje 3-3 
 4 Zepter Vienna 1-5 
Group D
 1 Triumph 5-1 
 2 Gaz Metan 4-2 
 3 BC Kyiv 2-4 
 4 Kormend 1-5 
Group E
 1 Grissin Bon RE 4-2 
 2 KTP 3-3 
 3 Aalstar 3-3 
 4 Groningen 2-4 
Group F
 1 Ural Ekaterinb. 5-1 
 2 Krka 4-2 
 3 Tofas 3-3 
 4 Jaszberenyi 0-6 
Group G
 1 Cholet 5-1 
 2 Bakken 3-3 
 3 Kataja 2-4 
 4 Leiden 2-4 
Group H
 1 Tsmoki-Minsk 4-2 
 2 Szolnok 4-2 
 3 Targu Mures 3-3 
 4 Rilski 1-5 
Points Per Game
 Morris CURRY
  KTP
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Curry, KTP20.1 
 2. Higgins, Triumph17.9 
 3. Benson, Tsmoki-M.17.3 
 4. McGhee, Ural E.17.2 
 5. Harris, Ural E.16.8 
 6. White, Grissin15.8 
 7. Kaukenas, Grissi.15.3 
 8. Shiloh, Gaz Metan14.5 
 9. De Zeeuw, Antwerp14.2 
 10. Landry, Triumph14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxime DE ZEEUW
  Antwerp
  (204-PF-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. De Zeeuw, Antwerp8.0 
 2. McGhee, Ural E.7.9 
 3. Stevic, Royal Hali7.6 
 4. Benson, Tsmoki-M.7.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.7.0 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock7.0 
 7. Brunner, Grissin6.9 
 8. Penn, Bakken6.8 
 9. Hunter, Tsmoki-M.6.6 
 10. Timma, Ventspils6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (181-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.7.1 
 2. Curry, KTP6.7 
 3. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.7 
 4. Cinciarini, Grissi.6.3 
 5. Ermis, Royal Hali6.0 
 6. Kemp, Ventspils5.0 
 7. Turner, Antwerp4.6 
 8. Williams, Ventspils4.4 
 9. Mirkovic, Tsmoki-M.4.3 
 10. Cox, Cholet4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Dijon
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Riley, Dijon2.1 
 2. Kemp, Ventspils2.0 
 3. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.9 
 4. Shiloh, Gaz Metan1.8 
 5. Harper, Tsmoki-M.1.8 
 6. Ermis, Royal Hali1.7 
 7. Curry, KTP1.7 
 8. Jomby, Cholet1.6 
 9. Turner, Antwerp1.6 
 10. Cinciarini, Griss.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Tsmoki-M.
  (210-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Benson, Tsmoki-M.1.6 
 2. Owens, KTP1.3 
 3. Cervi, Grissin1.1 
 4. Nichols, Krasnie1.1 
 5. Keller, Szolnok1.1 
 6. Flis, Ural Ekateri.1.0 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Silins, Grissin0.9 
 9. Hunter, Tsmoki-M.0.8 
 10. Toome, TU/Rock0.8 

Andrea Cinciarini won MVP Award of Final Four (Photo: fibaeurope.com)

Grissin Bon Reggio Emila wins the EuroChallenge title (Photo: fibaeurope.com)

Grissin Bon Reggio Emila 2013-14
Massimiliano Menetti Massimiliano Menetti Menetti
James White
White
Rimantas Kaukenas
Kaukenas
Ojars Silins
Silins
Riccardo Cervi
Cervi
Andrea Cinciarini
Cinciarini
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
4  White James 201 (6'7'') G 84 USA
13  Kaukenas Rimantas 192 (6'4'') SG 77 Lithuania
15  Silins Ojars 200 (6'7'') PF 93 Latvia
14  Cervi Riccardo 214 (7'0'') C 91 Italy
20  Cinciarini Andrea 193 (6'4'') PG 86 Italy
10  Bell Troy 186 (6'1'') PG 80 USA
6  Gigli Angelo 209 (6'10'') F/C 83 Italy
5  Filloy Ariel 189 (6'3'') PG 87 Argentina Italy
11  Frassineti Matteo 195 (6'5'') G/F 87 Italy
16  Pini Giovanni 200 (6'7'') F/C 92 Italy
9  Antonutti Michele 202 (6'8'') G/F 86 Italy
12  Mussini Federico 182 (6'0'') PG 96 Italy
Head Coach: Massimiliano Menetti
Coach Assistant: Devis Cagnardi
Coach Assistant: Flavio Fioretti


Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Awards 2014 - Apr 30, 2014

Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge 1st Team 2014
Andrea Cinciarini
Cinciarini
Morris Curry
Curry
Justin Holiday
Holiday
Kyle Landry
Landry
Keith Benson
Benson

Finals MVP: Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) of Grissin Bon RE
Player of the Year: Morris Curry (181-G-87) of KTP
Guard of the Year: Morris Curry (181-G-87) of KTP
Forward of the Year: Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79) of Ural Ekaterinb.
Center of the Year: Keith Benson (210-C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk
European Player of the Year: Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) of Antwerp
Import of the Year: Morris Curry (181-G-87) of KTP
Defensive Player of the Year: Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) of Antwerp
Coach of the Year: Massimiliano Menetti of Grissin Bon RE

1st Team
PG: Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) of Grissin Bon RE
G: Morris Curry (181-G-87) of KTP
SG: Justin Holiday (198-SG-89) of Szolnok
C/F: Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph
C: Keith Benson (210-C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk

2nd Team
PG: Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85) of Gaz Metan
PG: Aaron Miles (186-PG-83) of Krasnie Krilya
F/C: Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79) of Ural Ekaterinb.
PF: Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) of Antwerp
C: Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) of Triumph

3rd Team
PG: Willie Kemp (188-PG-87) of Ventspils
G: James White (201-G-84) of Grissin Bon RE
G: Lance Harris (195-G-84) of Ural Ekaterinb.
F: Slavisa Bogavac (200-F-80) of Gaz Metan
C/F: Greg Brunner (203-C/F-83) of Grissin Bon RE

Honorable Mention
Baris Ermis (194-PG-85) of Royal Hali
Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Tsmoki-Minsk
Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77) of Grissin Bon RE
Demetris Nichols (198-F-84) of Krasnie Krilya
Edo Muric (202-F-91) of Krka
Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) of TU/Rock
Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of Royal Hali
Peter Lorant (206-PF-85) of Szolnok
Ryan Ayers (201-SF-86) of KTP
Frank Turner (176-PG-88) of Antwerp
Demonte Harper (193-G-89) of Tsmoki-Minsk
Cory Higgins (195-G-89) of Triumph

All-Europeans Team
PG: Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) of Grissin Bon RE
SG: Anton Ponkrashov (200-SG-86) of Lokomotiv
PF: Maxime De Zeeuw (204-PF-87) of Antwerp
F/C: Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86) of Royal Hali
C: Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) of Triumph

All-Imports Team
PG: Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85) of Gaz Metan
G: Morris Curry (181-G-87) of KTP
SG: Justin Holiday (198-SG-89) of Szolnok
C/F: Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph
C: Keith Benson (210-C-88) of Tsmoki-Minsk



Eurochallenge Final Four: Reggio Emilia is the new champion - Apr 27, 2014

First historical European final and first historical success! The Grissin Bon Reggio Emila is the new Eurochallenge champion and back again in Italy the trophy after the victory of the Virtus Bologna in 2009. After having eliminated Krasnie Samara and Gaziantep the team of coach Massimiliano Menetti wins the decisive game with the result of 79-65 controlling the match for almost 35 minutes after the balance in the first minute. Decisive the partial in the second quarter, when the hosts have obtained 20 points of advantage (44-24), gap that the team has managed until the end despite a little of fair to win in the last 5 minutes. Without the new arrival Della Valle, and with Brunner used only 9 minutes in all the Final four, Reggio suffered at rebound but had important percentage by 2 with 20/33 (61%). For Triumph, that anyway reaching the final got a place in the next season of the Eurocup, this is the third defeat after the two semifinals lost in 2009 and 2012. Decisive for the Russian the imprecision by 3 (3/13) and not enogh the performances of Cory Higgins (195-G-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Colorado) (21) and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) (20), too alone today in this final. MVP of the finals, under the eyes of a PalaDozza full of Reggio Emilia supporters, is the playmaker Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) that closed the final with 7 points and 7 assist after a semifinal game with 13+12+6!

Starting Five
Reggio Emilia: James White (201-G-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Cincinnati), Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall), Cervi, Silins, Cinciarini
Triumph: Cory Higgins, Milovan Rakovic, Vikhrov, Valiev, Chappell

The first ball of the 2014 Eurochallenge final is for James White that scores by 2! The answer across is by Cory Higgins and Milovan Rakovic but the ex Knicks is perfect with 2/2 from the free throw line. Rimantas Kaukenas sends to score Cervi that completes the 2+1 but the start of Cory Higgins is really good with the steal and 2 points despite the good defense of the Italian center that blocks also Milovan Rakovic. Rimantas Kaukenas finds the triple after the 4-0 Triumph but Cory Higgins and Milovan Rakovic are perfect both already with 6 personal points. Cinciarini loses the ball but Gigli ends with the dunk 1vs0 after the steal on Cory Higgins. The playmaker of the Italian national team finds his first points in penetration and Rimantas Kaukenas brings the score on 18-14 with two free throws. Triumph wastes two offensive rebounds and Menetti, after the second foul of Gigli, put on the court Brunner that scores immediately in his debut in the finals thanks to the steal of Silins. Milovan Rakovic and James White reach 8 points with the free throws and the first quarter ends with the result of 23-16 after the wrong last shots for the Russians.
Reggio Emilia opens the second 10-minutes with an amazing alley-oop Cinciarini-Brunner but the American center, with Switzerland passport, commits his second foul at rebound. Milovan Rakovic and Cory Higgins become the first players in double digit but across Silins and Brunner (after the offensive rebound) answer by 2 before the two consecutive 3 points-shots of Troy Bell (186-PG-80, college: Boston Coll.) and Filloy for the 35-22 at 15. With Milovan Rakovic out for his second foul is Cory Higgins to take for hand his team but Troy Bell scores 7 consecutive points (thanks also to a technical foul, his third, for Chappell) and Reggio built a 20-points advantage (44-24). Menetti calls timeout after the 4-0 Triumph, James White scores by 2, Cory Higgins answers with 4 consecutive points (but 2/4 in the free throws) and Reggio Emilia closes the first half with the alley-oop Cinciarini-Cervi and the miss shot by 3 of Silins on the buzzer. Partial score 48-32 for the hosts, 10 points each for James White and Troy Bell and 26 total points for the couple Cory Higgins-Milovan Rakovic (14-12).
Bad start for the Grissin Bon in the third quarter with the offensive foul of Silins but James White steals and Cervi closes with the dunk (assist number 4 of Cinciarini). Milovan Rakovic scores 6 consecutive points, Rimantas Kaukenas makes 4 points with the shot at the end of the 24 seconds and James White, from the corner, finds the triple for the 57-38 at 23. Finally Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) enters in the game with his first basket but Cinciarini answers with 5 consecutive points causing also the third foul of the American forward and leading his team on +21! Triumph tries the pressing defense but, despite a couple of steals, its Troy Bell to score again before the free throws of Kyle Landry (fourth foul of Silins). The team of Moscow loses for two times the possession, James White scores a not-easy shot and only at 29 Triumph finds the first winning triple after seven errors. Troy Bell miss the last shot of the quarter that ends on 66-49 for the Grissin Bon.
Cory Higgins opens the last quarter of this Eurochallenge year with the triple but James White answers immediately and, after the team-steal, is Filloy to score by 3 with Kulagin stops for a flagrant foul on Rimantas Kaukenas. After a series of errors for both the teams are Milovan Rakovic, Kyle Landry and Vikhrov to unlock the score (73-61 at 37) with a 6-0 partial. Rimantas Kaukenas and Troy Bell close the partial from the free throw line and, despite the last attempts of Cory Higgins, the game ends with the victory of Reggio Emilia for 79-65!

Reggio Emilia: James White 17pts, Troy Bell 15pts, Rimantas Kaukenas 15pts, Cinciarini 7pts&7ass, Cervi 7pts&5reb&2blk, Filloy 8pts
Triumph: Milovan Rakovic 20pts, Cory Higgins 21pts&5reb, Kyle Landry 8pts, Vikhrov 8pts, Valiev 7reb&3ass



Eurochallenge Final Four, third place: Szolnok 75 Gaziantep 87 (ot) - Apr 27, 2014

The bronze medal of the 2014 season of Eurochallenge is assigned to the Royal Hali Gaziantep thanks to the victory in the third place final against the Olaj Szolnok, 87-75. Really balanced match with different partials for both the teams decided also in the overtime where Gaziantep its been perfect by 3 (5/6) after not really good percentage during the rest of the game. For Szolnok and his great fans another defeat like two years ago, not enough the great game of Bader with 17 points and 8 rebounds. MVP of the game Dejan Borovnjak (207-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket), top scorer for Gaziantep with 16 points (8/10) like his teammate Domen Lorbek but decisive the performance in the overtime for Ogut (11 points and 3/3 by 3). Key of the victory for the Turkish team the points arrived from the bench, 48-21 the difference between the two teams.

Starting Five
Szolnok: Vojvoda, Plicevic, Bader, Holiday, Milosevic
Gaziantep: Akipnar, Stevic, Ermis, Sanli, Lorbek

The first points in the consolation final are of Plicevic (triple), Lorbek, Bader (after the offensive rebound) and Sanli for the 5-4 after 3 minutes. Stevic and Lorbek answer to Milosevic but Szolnok is ahead 13-11 with the 3 points-shot of Vojvoda and the 2+1 for Bader. Milosevic commits soon his second foul and, despite two consecutive turnovers, Olaj keeps the +2 thanks to the energy of Lorant under the basket. In the last 2 minutes there is a 5-0 partial for Gaziantep (Bremer and Borovnjak) but Lorant again scores on the buzzer for the 17-18.
In the second quarter Borovnjak keeps to score but, thanks Simon and Bader, Szolnok is there taking advantage of a technical foul called to the Gaziantep bench. Holiday finally finds his first points from the court (steal and assist by Simon) and Zdovc is forced to call timeout to stop the positive streak of the Hungarians (26-22 at 14). Milosevic back on the court with 2 easy points but the referees whistle a flagrant foul of Bader that produces only one point (turnover of Ermis). The same center, with two consecutive dunks after the offensive rebound, takes Szolnok on +10 before the 2 points of Borovnjak that reaches the double digit. With the 2+1 Vojvoda increase the gap but Stevic is perfect from the free throw line, Lorbek finds the triple and Gaziantep closes the quarter with a 7-0 partial (36-32) thanks to the buzzerbeater of Stevic. Top scorer of the first-half is Bader with 12 points and 4 rebounds while for the Royal Hali there are 10 points of Borovnjak and 7 for Lorbek.
Like in the first seconds of the game Szolnok opens the second-half with the triple (Vojvoda), Ermis answers by 3 to Milosevic but the Serbian player scores again for the 43-35 (23). After the third foul of Bader Gaziantep reduces the distance with Borovnjak, Lorbek and Goktas returning on -1 with the free throw of Stevic. Holiday miss another shot, Lorbek completes the 2+1 plays and Bremer finds two consecutive 3 points-shots for the 47-54 with 2 minutes remaining in the quarter (open partial of 4-19). After the timeout Lorant scores, Lorbek makes 2/2 after the fourth foul of Sanli (four also for Goktas) and Gaziantep closes the quarter from the free throw line with Bremer (49-58).
Milosevic opens the last quarter with 2 points, Borovnjak commits his fourth foul leaving the court for precaution but Szolnok loses an important possession with the 24-seconds violation. Simon answers to Sanli, Lorbek scores again (and becomes top scorer of the match) and is Sanli again to dunk for the +11 before the basket of Milosevic. Lorbek miss two shots but, thanks the good work at rebound, Gaziantep keeps the advantage despite the 2+1 of Vojvoda. Borovnjak backs on the court with 2 points and the Turkish are 58-66 with only 2 minutes until the end. Holiday scores his most difficult shot and Szolnok is still in the game thanks to the triple of Lorant after the offensive rebound of Bader. In the last 60 seconds Bremer finds the shot from the corner, Simon answers immediately by 3 and after the error of Lorbek is Lorant again to score for the 68-68 with just 4.86 seconds remaining. Zdovc calls timeout, Gaziantep loses the last ball and Lorant miss the buzzerbeater from the half-court that means overtime!
In the extra-time Gaziantep starts really good with 6 points in one minute (Bremer and Goktas) but Bader answers with 2 points missing the additional free throw. Ogut scores the third consecutive triple for Gaziantep (that loses Borovnjak for fouls limit) and Stevic is decisive with the winning tap-in. After the basket of Bader Ogut is on fire with the steal and other two consecutive 3 points-shots that allow to Gaziantep to wins the game with the result of 87-75.

Szolnok: Bader 17pts&8reb, Lorant 12pts, Milosevic 15pts, Vojvoda 14pts, Simon 9pts&5ass, Holiday-Trotter 5reb
Gaziantep: Lorbek 16pts, Borovnjak 16pts&6reb, Bremer 15pts&6reb&4ass, Stevic 8pts&8reb, Sanli 9pts, Ogut 11pts, Ermis 4ass



Eurochallenge Final Four, semifinals: Grissin Bon 66 Gaziantep 55 - Apr 25, 2014

The Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia is the second finalist of this Final Four thanks to the victory against the Royal Hali Gaziantep for 66-55. In a PalaDozza full of Italian fans (really great atmosphere) the team of coach Menetti (despite the DNP of Brunner) take a good advantage thanks the great partial of start third quarter controlling the game until the end. Despite the 42-32 at rebound for the Turkish team are decisive, in negative, the 15 turnovers (7 only for Borovnjak, also 14 points) and the bad percentage by 3 (4/20 against the 43% of Reggio) in this defeat after 8 consecutive wins in Eurochallenge (second stage and quarterfinals). MVP of the game Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) that closes almost in triple-double scoring 13 points, capturing 12 defensive rebounds and serving 6 assist!

Starting Five
Reggio Emilia: White, Kaukenas, Cervi, Silins, Cinciarini
Gaziantep: Stevic, Ermis, Sanli, Koivisto, Lorbek

White opens the game with two points and, after the steal of Cinciarini and the alley-oop missed by Cervi, Sanli scores the first points for the Turkish team despite the first block of the young Italian center. The playmaker of the Italian national team scores by 2 and, thanks another block and a good defense of Cervi, Reggio is already 7-2 with the triple of Silins. Borovnjak answers but the Latvian players finds another 3 points-shots before the baskets of Stevic and White (13-6 at 5). After the timeout Cinciarini and Cervi (with the dunk) lead RE on +11 but Goktas scores by 3 from the corner for the 17-9. Borovnjak completes the 2+1 plays and, with 5 consecutive points, takes Gaziantep on -5 with Pini that commits his second personal foul. In the last minute two missed shots and a turnover close the score on 19-16.
The first points of the second quarter are for Borovnjak and Cinciarini with Bell and Stevic that score from the free throw line for the 22-20. After the turnover of captain Antonutti across Lorbek scores for the tie forcing the timeout of coach Menetti. Kaukenas returns on the court with 3 consecutive points and Reggio Emilia is again ahead 27-24 at 16 despite the second foul of Cervi and the basket of Ermis. Cinciarini reaches the double digit, White miss two shots and, after the block of Silins, is Ogut to finds the -3. Gigli makes 2 points just entered on the court, Ogut scores 1vs0 after the steal and Cinciarini finds the buzzerbeater for the 33-28!
Cinciarini is the only player in double digit in the game: 12 points, 3 assist and above all already 8 rebounds! For the Grissin Bon there are also 4 assist of Kaukenas, 3 steals of White and 3 blocks for Cervi. Top scorer for the Royal Hali is Borovnjak (9 points in the first 11 minutes but also 5 turnovers in his game).
Great start in the second-half for the Italian team with the points of Cervi (after the offensive rebound) and the triple of White (after the steal) before the answer of Koivisto always by 3. Reggio steals another ball that Cervi transforms in dunk (thanks to the assist of Cinciarini), Silins scores his third three-points shot and Kaukenas closes in penetration for the max advantage (45-31, 24) with Zdovc forced to stop the game calling timeout. After the minute of suspension Cervi commits his fourth foul and Gaziantep writes a 5-0 thanks also an amazing triple of Bremer (first points after 5 errors). Gigli closes the partial from the free throw line but, thanks also 3 consecutive offensive rebounds, Gaziantep is again on -8 (dunk for Stevic) before to suffer the new triple of Silins and the dunk, 1vs0, of White. Dorbek answers, Gaziantep loses the ball and White miss the last shot of the quarter (54-43). Already in double-double Cinciarini (12+10+5) against the 12+7 of Borovnjak (arrived at 7 turnovers).
The Serbian player opens the last quarter with 2 points, Bell captures an important offensive rebound (foul of Lorbek + 2/2)and, after a 24-second violation for the Royal Hali, Cinciarini (free throws) and Silins (tap-in) take on +14 their team (60-46, 35). After the timeout Lorbek miss the triple, Kaukenas finds 4 points, Koivisto answers but the Turkish team wastes four consecutive possessions before the fifth foul of Cervi that leaves the match and sends Stevic on the free throw line (2/2). Gaziantep returns on -9 thanks to the all-court pressing but Silins is decisive with an offensive rebound allows to Reggio to play other 24 seconds. In the last minute Kaukenas finds a great basket, Cinciarini comes out for fouls but the match is already over and the hosts reach the final winning the game 66-55.

Reggio Emilia: Cinciarini 13pts&12reb&6ass, Silins 14pts, White 12pts&5reb&3stl, Kaukenas 12pts&6ass, Cervi 3blk
Gaziantep: Borovnjak 14pts&7reb, Stevic 10pts&10reb, Koivisto 6pts, Ogut 6pts, Lorbek 5reb



Eurochallenge Final Four, semifinals: Szolnok 59 Triumph 61 - Apr 25, 2014

In the first semifinal, revenge of the bronze-match of Debrecen two years ago, the victory is for the team from Russia that exceeds Szolnok for 61-59 in a really balanced challenge. At Paladozza, under the eyes of many Hungarian fans, Olaj loses the opportunity to reach the final game despite the +5 accumulated in the last minutes and the dominion under the basket (44-26 at rebound). For the Triumph important last quarter of Higgins that scores all the decisive shots for the comeback as well as the decisive basket for the +1 with 22 seconds remaining. Anyway the MVP is probably Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) that closes with 18 points playing really good in all the 40 minutes.

Starting Five
Szolnok: Simon, Vojvoda, Bader, Holiday, Lorant
Triumph: Higgins, Virhrov, Valiev, Chappell, Rakovic

The first points of the 2014 Eurochallenge finals are for Lorant after 2 offensive rebounds an amazing block of Holiday on Rakovic. Triumph answers with 3 points of Chappell and the free throw of Vikhrov thanks to the steal and the intentional foul suffered. Holiday and Vojvoda score by 3 for the 9-5 forcing the timeout of coach Karasev after 3 offensive rebounds captured by the Hungarian team in few seconds. Both the teams are not perfect at shoot, Triumph writes a 8-2 partial and, thanks also to the block of Valiev and a steal, the first quarter ends with the score on 14-13 with the winning 3 points-shot of Trotter in the last possession for Szolnok.
The team of coach Aleksic opens the second 10-minutes with another offensive rebounds (converted in 2 points by Milosevic) but the first bad news is there with the third foul of Keller in just 6 minutes on the court. Voronon scores 1vs0 the 16-15 (13), Szolnok loses a couple of balls but Trotter scores in penetration 2 points for the new +3. The team of Moscow finds the tie with the 2+1 of Rakovic, the opponents answer by the free throw line also thanks to the fouth offensive rebound of Lorant (6 in total). Landry is perfect with 4/4, Chappell and Higgins score again and thanks also a good defense Triumph is ahead 27-23 with only one minute remaining. Landry becomes the top scorer of the game with 9 points, Holiday answers by 3 (7 points for him) and Vojvoda blocks the last shot of Higgins for the 28-31 of first-half end. Great performance of Kulagin with only 3 points but adding 3 rebounds, 3 assist and already 4 steals! Total control at rebound for Olaj, 24-10!
The second-half starts with several errors from both the parts before the 3 points of Trotter and the basket of Milosevic (5-0) followed by the 2 points of Landry, first player in double digit. Holiday scores again by 3 and after the timeout its always the ex 76ers to write the 38-33 with the points after the offensive rebound (12 points). Lorant and Simon score, Keller commits immediately his fourth personal foul but is always Landry to answer keeping closer the Triumph with 4 consecutive points (42-41 at 28). In the last possession, after the basket of Higgins, Szolnok scores the buzzerbeater by 3 but with the time already over then the final score of the quarter remains 43-43.
Landry opens the last partial with the triple, Vojvoda answers immediately by 2 and Holiday scores after the assist of Lorant for the 48-48 (33). Rakovic makes a difficult shot, Milosevic commits his fourth foul (in attack) and Triumph enters in the last 5 minutes of the game with 4 points of advantage thanks to the basket of Kulagin. Szolnok reduces the distance from the free throw line but loses an important possession and, despite the block of Landry, is ahead again with less than 3 minutes remaining (56-52). Higgins shortens after the suspension but Rakovic loses the ball, Holiday is perfect from the free throw line but the Russians are there thanks the points of Chappell and Voronon, respectively after the offensive rebound and the steal. In the last minute, after the error of Szolnok, Higgins scores again for the +1 with 22 seconds to play and, after the timeout, the turnover of Vojvoda sends Triumph in final despite the 1/2 of Voronon at the free throws. The Hungarian loses also the last ball for thedrawand the game ends with the results of 59-61!

Szolnok: Holiday 16pts&3stl, Milosevic 11pts&11reb, Vojvoda 10pts&5reb, Trotter 9pts&5reb&4stl, Lorant 9pts&6reb
Triumph: Landry 18pts, Higgins 12pts, Rakovic 11pts, Chappell 7pts&5reb, Rakovic 5reb, Kulagin 8reb&3ass&4stl

by Igor
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