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In 2003 the event changes its name from FIBA Champions Cup to FIBA Europe League

See Also Eurocup 2003-2004

Unics Kazan won FIBA European League Cup 2004
Unics Kazan won FIBA European League Cup 2004

Unics Kazan 2003-2004
Martin Muursepp -206-F-74(EST)
Saulius Stombergas (202-F-73) (LTU)
Valentin Kubrakov (195-G-72)
Chris Anstey (213-C-75) (AUS)
Aleksei Zozuline (198-G/F-83)
Aleksander Miloserdov (196-G-80)
Nikolai Khryapa (207-F-79) (UKR)
Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73) (LTU)
Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77)

Qualification Round 2004
Final Standings
Group A
1.Unics Ka. 11-1
2.Azovmash   7-5
3.TTelekom 6-6
4.Telindus 6-6
5.Siroki 6-6
6.Le Havre 4-8
7.Alita 2-10
Group B
1.Anwil  9-3
2.Hemofarm 8-4
3.AEL 7-5
4.Khimki 6-6
5.Peristeri 5-7
6.Paris BR 4-8
7.M.Hainaut 3-9
Group C
1.Ural Gr. 11-3
2.Hap.T-A 10-4
3.Bamberg 10-4
4.Aris 9-5
5.Polonia 7-7
6.BC Kiev 5-9
7.Skonto 3-11
8.Honka 1-13
Stats Leaders
1.Woodward (AEL) 21.4
2.Hill (Skonto) 20.2
3.Johnson (Nymb.) 19.5
4.Kommatos (Aris) 18.9
5.Biedrins (Skonto) 19.2
1.Ensminger (Bam) 12.6
2.Beghin (Telindus) 8.4
3.Biedrins (Skonto) 8.2 4.Lavrinovic (Ural) 8.1
5.Garcia (Nancy) 7.9
1.Smith (Strauss) 6.8
2.Childress (Nancy) 5.4
3.Whitfield (Nymb.) 5.4
4.Samoilenko (UNC) 5.1
5.Ginevicius (Alita) 4.6
  Eurobasket All-FIBA Europe League 2004 Season Awards
Eurobasket All-League Player of the Year: Duane Woodward (AEL)
Eurobasket All-League Guard of the Year: Duane Woodward (AEL)
Eurobasket All-League Forward of the Year: Saulius Stombergas (Unics)
Eurobasket All-League Center of the Year: Andris Biedrins (Skonto)
Eurobasket All-League Euro Player of the Year: Saulius Stombergas (Unics)
Eurobasket All-League Import Player of the Year: Duane Woodward (AEL)
Eurobasket All-League Defender of the Year: Krystof Lavrinovic (Ural) 
Eurobasket All-League Coach of the Year: Dragan Raca (AEL)

Eurobasket All-League 1st Team
1 Stevin Smith (Strauss Iscar)
2 Duane Woodward (AEL)
3 Saulius Stombergas (Unics)
4 Michael Wright (Hapoel)
5 Andris Biedrins (Skonto)

Eurobasket All-League 2nd Team
1 Mohammed Abdul Rauf (Ural)
2 Roderick Blakney (Maroussi)
3 Ashante Johnson (Nymburk)
4 Andre Hutson (Maroussi)
5 Chris Ensminger (Bamberg)

Eurobasket League All-European Players Team
1 Armands Skele (Anwil)
2 Sergei Chikalkin (Ural)
3 Saulius Stombergas (Unics)
4 Virginijus Praskevicius (Hapoel)
5 Andris Biedrins (Skonto)

Eurobasket League All-Imports Team
 1 Stevin Smith (Strauss Iscar)
2 Duane Woodward (AEL)
3 Ashante Johnson (Nymburk)
4 Michael Wright (Hapoel)
5 Chris Ensminger (Bamberg)

Eurobasket League All-Defensive Team
 1 Stevin Smith (Strauss Iscar)
2 Denis Mujagic (Nymburk)
3 Krystof Lavrinovic (Ural) 
4 Chris Ensminger (Bamberg)
5 Andris Biedrins (Skonto)

  UNICS 87-63 Maroussi.. UNICS win 1st European Trophy

UNICS KAZAN (RUS) 87-63 TIM-Maroussi Athens (GRE)
Kazan (RUS),
Spectators: 7000
Referees: Miguel Betancor (ESP), Luigi Lamonica (ITA)
Quarter stats: (30-16, 16-18, 16-12, 25-17)
Game MVP: Martin Muursepp (206-F-74, Est, UNICS Kazan)
Pld:   29 mins
3pt:  4/4  (100%)
2pt   5/6  (83%)
FT    0/0  (0%)
Rbs:  2
PF:    5 (Fouled out)
To:    3
St:     2

Previous FEL Form:
UNICS Kazan:   W 16    2L
TIM-Maroussi:   W 15    5L

FEL Final Team stats:
Points:   87-63
Rebounds: 37-24
Assists:  23-11
Steals:   9-8
Turnovers 22-23
Fouls:    29-23
2P FG:    61.1-35.0
3P FG:    52.4-38.5
FT:       52.6-76.9


UNICS Kazan:
Martin Muursepp 22 (17 1st-half points, 5/6, 2 point, 4/4, 3pt), Saulius Stombergas 15, Valentin Koubrakov 12, Chris Anstey 11, Alexei Zozouline 10, Alexander Miloserdov 6, Mykola Khryapa 5, Eurelijus Zukauskas 4, Petr Samoilenko 2)
Scorers:   Martin Muursepp 22, Saulius Stombergas 15, Valentin Koubrakov
Rebounds:  Chris Anstey 7, Mykola Khryapa 7, Valentin Koubrakov 5
Assists:   Petr Samoilenko 9, Saulius Stombergas 5, Valentin Koubrakov 3
Steals:    Mykola Khryapa 3, Martin Muursepp 2
Turnovers: Petr Samoilenko 7, Chris Anstey 4
Roderick Blakney 16, Lazaros Agadakos 10, Andre Hutson 9 (2/10, 2 point), Prodromos Nikolaidis 9, Oliver Popovic 7, Ivan Grgat 6, Georgios Karagkoutis 3, Vasileios Spanoulis 3 (1/6, 2 point)
Scorers:   Roderick Blakney 16, Lazaros Agadakos 10
Rebounds:  Lazaros Agadakos 6, Prodromos Nikolaidis 5, Andre Hutson 4
Assists:   Vasillis Spanoulis 5, Aleksandar Smiljanic 4
Steals:    Roderick Blakney 2, Prodromos Nikolaidis 2, Oliver Popovic 2
Turnovers: Ivan Grgat 5, Andre Hutson 5, Vasileios Spanoulis 5

UNICS beat Maroussi in thriller..
“Today was our day and our game,” (UNICS Kazan Coach, Stanislav Eremine) game quote from
In a thrilling game, Unics won their first ever European Trophy with a powerful yet graceful display against Greek side Maroussi.
UNICS came at Maroussi early on, and netted 6/8 early 3pt attempts. Those kinds of powerful 1st quarter displays  is what has given them the edge against a lot of teams this season. Maroussi proved to be another victim of UNICS devestating gameplan.
Maroussi kept up pace with UNICS, and refused to get steamrolled by Muursepp and Stombergas.
However, UNICS stepped up a gear and ended the 1st period with a 12:0 run and a 14-point lead, UNICS leading 30-16.
Maroussi tried to establish their inside game in the second period through center Ivan Grgat. He scored 2 opening baskets, but UNICS’ interior defense was making it difficult for them to go inside.
Müürsepp had a dunk and then hit consecutive 3-pointers and his energy kept UNICS firing on all cylinders.
There was, however, some hope for Maroussi. George Karagoutis made a quick lay-up at the buzzer and they trailed 46-34 at half-time.
The 2nd half proved to be really no different from the first. Kazan maintained a double-digit lead throughout and Maroussi never threatened to stage a comeback rally. Maroussi fought hard, but just couldn't catch a title hungry UNICS side.
Martin Muursepp fouled out in the 4th, but by then the result was on the cards, and Maroussi just had to accept that UNICS played better on the day. In a good game by both sides, UNICS proved they are the best team in the FEL this season, and throughly earned their victory.
Game Stats by Gary Pidwill and Piotr Ciszek.

Dror Hajaj
- 8 extra

  Start of emotions - Game for 3rd place - Apr 24, 2004 - by Piotr Ciszek
Ural (RUS) - Hapoel (ISR)  104 - 112
Game for 3rd place was very exciting to the last seconds. Players although didn't play in the final present great game. Russian team had 9 points more than Israeli in first quarter, but later neither Ural nor Hapoel could gain advantage for longer time. Ruslan Avleev (197-F-76) had a great game with 29 points (12/13 free throws), 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Zakhar Pachoutine (195-G-74) was very helpful with 10 assists and 16 points. Michael Wright (202-F-80, college: Arizona) (21 points, 4 rebounds) played great 4th quarter with 10 points. But he was fouled out 2 minutes before the end of this period. When Lior Lubin (189-G-77) (18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) made 2 free throws 35 seconds befor end of 4th quarter Israeli thought that they won the game but Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) (19 points, 3 assists) led up Ural to extra period after 2 point shot. Hapoel won last part of this exhibition. A Big star of this game was Dror Hajaj (178-G-78) (178-G-78) who shoot 8 of his 26 points in extra period, he had also 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

  Maroussi defeat Hapoel 92-74 in FEL Final Four semi-final - Apr 23, 2004 - by Gary Pidwill
Maroussi Athens 92 Hapoel Tel Aviv 74
TIM-Maroussi beat Hapoel Tel-Aviv in a thrilling encounter, and now will face Russian giants, Unics Kazan in the FIBA Europe League final on Saturday.
The Greek side had on a transitional 5-minute spell in the 3rd, in which theyclawed back a deficit of 9-points, and gained an 11-point advantage and just pushed Tel Aviv out of the game.
Maroussi had a slow start in the first half, but that spell in the 3rd left Hapoel with no where to go.
Hapoel looked the better of the two sides, until Maroussi hit form at the right time.
Hapoel seemed to lose the confidence, and Maroussi took advantage, and taking the lead in the 3rd, and they never looked back.
Maroussi's Vasilis Spanoulis (192-G-82), was in great form with 21 pts and 5 assists. Ivan Grgat gave Maroussi the inside muscle, and he got 15 pts for the cause.
Hapoel's talented center, Yaniv Green grabbed 14 rebounds and 18 points for an impressive double double. Jasmin Hukic claimed 15 pts, but was disappointing from the arc, with 1/8 from downtown.
Hapoel will now play Ural Great for 3rd place, but it's Unics and Maroussi to decide the Final on Saturday.


  FINAL FOUR: Derby of Russia - Apr 22, 2004 - by Piotr Ciszek
UNICS (RUS) - Ural Great (RUS) 93-68
Unics beat Perm and took revange with Ural for last lose in Russian Cup. Home side made certain victory in first quarter which they won 32-16. Saulius Stombergas (202-F-73, agency: Interperformances) had half of this points. Ural started game without they 2 best scorers (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69, college: LSU) and Ksystof Lavrinovic (210-C-79)) but they entrance into the game did not change anything. Kazan won the first half 48-33. In the second half they kept the advantage up . Strombergas led up their team to win with 29 points, 6/8 3-pointers, Martin Muursepp (206-F-74) also played good game with 16 points and 7 rebounds. In the losing team Lavrinovic played the best part. He had 16 points (7/12 shooting) and 4 rebounds. Stanislav Eremine was very happy after the game he said that he was not that pleased with the quality of the game, but he was pleased with the performance

Michael Wright - All-Stars Game MVP
The Rest of the World won the All Star Game in Kiev but game was exciting to the end. First half was won by World Stars by 5 points. Michael Wright (202-F-80, college: Arizona) took the responsibility for his team and he had 14 points, Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agent: Capicchioni Luciano) also had 14 points. It was some showtime in this part of the game. Eric Campbell had a monstrous 2-hand alley-oop dunk and Ashante Johnson (204-F-76, college: Kansas) had dunk in traffic at the end of first half. Europe Stars played better in third quarter and after Saulius Stombergas (202-F-73, agent: Capicchioni Luciano) dunk they lead 61-60 before final 10 minutes. The Rest of the World did't lose higher this period through Wright's points. Last quarter was even until last 90 seconds. Strombergas shoted 3-pointer and was 80-83 for Americans, but Johnson also hit 3-pointer and Europe Stars couldn't gain on opponents. Michael Wright (202-F-80, college: Arizona) from Hapoel Tel Aviv finished game with 23 points and 10 rebouds and got MVP award.

Roster Europe:
Armands Skele (192-F-83) (LAT) - Anwil Wloclawek
Sergey Chikalkin (RUS) - Ural Great
Laurent Sciarra (FRA) - Paris Basket Racing
Dimitri Domani (RUS) - Dynamo Moscow
Andriy Lebedyev (MDA) - BC Kyiv
Virginijus Praskevicius (LTU) - Hapoel Tel Aviv
Saulius Stombergas (LTU) - Unics Kazan
Oleksandr Lokhmanchuk (UKR) - BC Kyiv (replace Milan Gurovic - NIS Vojvodina and Nikos Ekonomou - Dynamo Moscow due to unable to travel)
Eurelijus Zukauskas (LTU) - Unics Kazan
Andris Biedrins (LAT) - Skonto Riga
Yaniv Green (ISR) - Hapoel Tel Aviv


Stanislav Eremin (Unics Kazan)
Dragan Raca (EKA AEL Lemesos)
Andrei Podkovyrov (Azovmash)

Roster Rest of the World:

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69) (USA) - Ural Great Perm
Duane Woodward (USA) - EKA AEL Lemesos
Lorinza Harrington (USA) - Azovmash Mariupol
Roderick Blakney(USA) - TIM-Maroussi
Tephen Hamilton (USA) - Azovmash Mariupol (replace Chris Anstey - Unics Kazan due to injury)
Ashante Johnson (USA) - ECM Nymburk
Dametri Hill (USA) - Skonto Riga
Michael Wright (USA) - Hapoel Samsung Tel Aviv
Eric Campbell (USA) - Strauss Iscar
Steven Goodrich (USA) - BC Kyiv
Larry Stewart (USA) - GS Peristeri
Sharone Wright (USA) - Anwil Wloclawek

Zwi Sherf (Dynamo Moscow)
Panagiotis Yiannakis (TIM-Maroussi)
Aco Petrovic (KK Hemofarm Vrsac)

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