with the title! BC Khimky Moscow - DKV Joventut Badalona63-88 (12-15, 18-28, 22-26, 11-19)
“It´s important because we are starting to become a good team again in
Spain and in Europe and a win here would really show that we have
returned to the top,” said Spanish coach
Aito Garcia about possibility of EuroCup's victory in Kyiv. This
evening Joventut came back atop of European Cup and they could again
celebrate their victory and cut down the nets. Spanish side trashed BC
It was first European title for team from Badalona since 1994 when they
won EuroLeague. Both teams played twice in 2nd group round of EuroCup.
Khimki prevailed 95-66 in Russia and then DKV came back and won on their
home court, 83-67. Today Joventut 2nd time this season beat Russian side
and made a dream of the entire city of Badalona. After first quarter
when they led 12-15, DKV ruled floor at Sports Palace in Kyiv, soaring
to a 30-43 halftime lead and never looking back.
Lubos Barton (200-F/G-80, college:
Valparaiso) came off the bench and was almost flawless behind the
arc finishing with 18 points (5/6 3-pointers).
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) boosted Joventut with 17 points and 6
rebounds. Naturalized Italian
'Marcelinho' Huertas (191-G-83, agency:
Edge Sports) also finished thea game with double figures scored 14
Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college:
Notre Dame) led Spanish playmaking with 6 assists. Joventut made an
incredible 56% of its threes (15 for 27). Khimki could not keep up from
the 2nd quarter, but had a good game out of
Melvin Booker (185-G-72, college:
Missouri), with game-high 20 points.
FIBA All-Star Game 2006 Europeans -
Rest of the World 97-89
Thanks to a late 15-4 run the Rest of the World took the win in the 3rd
FIBA All-Star Game. MVP
Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) scored 17 points and
helped his team reach the victory.
"I want to thank the fans and organizers for making this night
possible," said the World team's Jarod Stevenson, who scored eight
points. "The fans supported us even though they didn't really know us
and we appreciate that." Hatten, the leading scorer during the EuroCup,
scored 17 points in 18 minutes of play to lead the World in scoring. "It
was a nice break to play in this game after the season and we enjoyed
our time," Hatten said.
Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) scored 11 points
for the Europeans. "It is nice to be a part of this," said Pozzecco. "I
had the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new
friends"said the Italian. Cypriot star Giorgos Palalas of AEL played 10
minutes and scored 2 points. Amazing entertaiment
The fans at the "Spyros Kyprianou" stadium enjoyed a great entertainment
show. Singers Kalomoira, Maro Litra, Giorgos Lianos and Giorgos Christou
from Greece that are pretty popular in Cyprus performed for the crowd.
The overweight group Madators of the Chicago Bulls gave many laughs to
the fans while the dunking exhibitions by the Slamnation and the Crazy
Dunkers amazed the fans! Three-point competition
Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) won a thrilling
three-point competition after facing
Gianmarco Pozzecco (185-G-72) in the final.
The two players made it to the final round with 18 points and in the
final Pozzecco went first and scored 18. Stevenson had 17 with the two
point ball remaining. His final shot hit the net and gave him the title.
"I knew I was close and when I came to the final rack I knew I had a
chance to get 18 or more," Stevenson said. Stevenson kept his hand
extended as his final shot was released and then celebrated his
three-point shootout victory with teammates. "I knew when the final shot
left my hand it was good," Stevenson said and continued "My wife told me
that I would win it before we got here, so I am happy to make her
prediction come true." Successful organizing
At the end of the event Nar Zanolin of FIBA Europe told the president of
Michael Loizides : "If you want it next year,
it's yours" proving that AEL and Cyprus did a great job organizing the
All-Star Day. Periods: 24-31, 41-47,
75-76, 89-97 Europe: Einikis 10 (2), Loncar 12 (2), Aleksic 6,
Jomantas 5 (1), Palalas 2, Pozzecco 11 (1), Eliyahu 10, Mrsic 9 (3),
Burlacu 3, Kambala 21 Rest of the World: El-Amin 14 (2), Hatten 17 (1), Greer
13 (3), McCarty 9 (1), Torres 11 (1), Dickel, McGowan 8, King, Stevenson
8, Wolkowisky 6, Harris 5 (1), Ferron 6.
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