Siena beat Pamesa in the
final of last edition of Saporta Cup (Photo: Superbasket)
New FIBA Cup - which teams from which countries - May 16, 2002
The participating team quota assignments for
the new FIBA Cup are the ones down:
- Western Conference will include 4 teams from Italy and France, 3 teams
from Belgium, 2 from Holland, England and Portugal, and 1 team from
Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg
- Northern Conference will admit 3 teams from Germany, Lithuania, Poland
and Russia, 2 from
Latvia and Ukraine and 1 from Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, Hungary, Slovakia and Sweden
- Southern Conference will have 3 teams from Croatia, Israel, Turkey and
Yugoslavia, 2 from Slovenia and Bulgaria, 1 from Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Romania, Cyprus and FYROM.
FIBA merged Saporta and Korac Cups - May 15, 2002
Durign the last meeting in Oostende in
Belgium, FIBA definitely confirmed merging both cups: Saporta Cup and
Korac Cup into one competition. The name of the new cup was not announced
There will be three conferences: Northern, Southern and Western. The total
number of team participating in the new competition will be 72. There will
be obviously some teams limits for each country in order to prevent the
new competition to be dominated exclusively by teams from top leagues. So
each country can have maximum number of 4 teams in the new format cup.
Each conefrence will have 4 groups, and each group will contain 6 teams.
There will be 10 games of regular season, and then Conference Final Four
for top ranked teams from each group.
The second stage will be called Pan-European. The first team ranked in the
twelve groups and the winners of play-offs between the eight teams ranked
at the second place in the regional groups with the best record will
participate to this phase. A total of sixteen teams in four groups and six
games to play.
Final, May 1, 2002
The last edition of the FIBA Saporta Cup
has been won by Italian team Montepaschi Siena, winner over Pamesa
Valencia 81-71 on the neurtral court of Lyon, France. The MVP of the game
has been MKD-ITA veteran guard Petar Naumoski, who scored 23 points. But
this one has also been a great personal success of GM Ferdinando Minucci,
who decided on summer to point on some good Eastern Europe players, and
this payed a lot, and of Turkish head coach Ergin Ataman, who managed to
win an international trophy at his first season in a dificult league as
Italian one is, showing great ability in motivating the players and in
building a winning team. See boxscore of the game:
Montepaschi-Pamesa 81-71 (14-17, 36-31;
MONTEPASCHI SIENA: Stefanov 17 (3/8, 3/4), Zukauskas 2 (1/2, 0/3), Gorenc
4 (1/6, 0/1), Chiacig 9 (1/5), Topic 14 (4/8, 2/4); Naumoski 23 (2/3,
5/8), Tolbert 8 (1/1, 2/3), Bulatovic 4 (1/3, 0/1). N.e.: Rossetti, Oztas.
All.: Ataman. PAMESA VALENCIA: Hopkins 20 (9/14), Alston 11 (5/15),
Rodilla 18 (5/10, 1/3), Paraiso 9 (2/4, 1/4), Luengo 6 (1/3 da 3); Elson 4
(2/4, 0/1), Schmidt 3 (1/3 da 3), Millera (0/1). N.e.: Albert. All.:
Next year, both Korac Cup and Saporta Cup will disappear, being replaced
by an unique European Clubs competition, with a format similar to
Semifinals, Game 2 - April 18, 2002
The teams, which got victories in the
first leg, won also this time. So Siena will play against Pamesa Valencia
in the final, which will take place at Lyon on April 30.
Anwil Wloclawek - Pamesa Valencia 53-58 (117-135)
(Santangelo 14, O'Bannon 12, Nordgaard 6, Koul 6, Grischuk 5, Savanovic 3,
Prawica 2, Silobad 2, Anzulovic 2, Andruska 1 - Alston 18, Paraiso 10,
Schmidt 7, Luengo 6, Hopkins 6, Rodilla 5, Elson 4, Millera 2, Clifford)
Hapoel Jerusalem - Siena 71-94 (140-192)
(Alexander 18, Tapiro 16, Kelecevic 12, Jones 12, Katz 7, Peleg 4, Ohanun
2, Gordon, Ichaki - Chiacig 24, Gorenc 22, Tolbert 12, Topic 11, Stefanov
9, Zukauskas 7, Bulatovic 7, Oztas 2, Rossetti, Naumoski)
Semifinals, Game 1 - April 11, 2002
Monetpaschi Siena crushed Hapoel Jerusalem
98-69 in the semifinals game 1. In other pair, Anwil was defeated by
Pamesa by 12 points.
Pamesa Valencia - Anwil Włocławek 77:65 (24:19, 16:8, 14:21, 23:17)
(Rodilla 17, Hopkins 15, Luengo Ciscar 14,
Paraiso Gonzales 11, Alston 11, Elson 8, Millera Mas 1, Schmidt - Nordgaard 15, Santangelo 15, Koul 12, O'Bannon 12, Prawica 7, Griszczuk 2,
Skele 2, Silobad 0, Savanovic)
Anwil Włocławek suffer a loss by 12 points in first game with Pamesa. This
defeat is quite big becouse till 35 min. resoult was 60:62, but than Anwil
lost Koul (5 offences). That was turning point in that game. Next game in
Włocławek - 17.04.
Montepaschi Siena - Hapoel Jerusalem 98-69 (23-17;47-29; 70-47)
(Stefanov 7, Zukauskas 16, Gorenc 13,
Naumoski 26, Oztas 3, Chiacig 22, Topic 11 - Alexander 20, Peleg 2,
Mizrahi 2, Jones 7, Tapiro 22, Katz 6, Kelecevic 10)
1/4 Finals, Game 2, March 27, 2002
Anwil, Jerusalem, Pamesa and Siena in the semifinals
Two big games, one in Wloclawek (POL), and another one in Vilnius (LTU)
guaranteed padvance for the team of Anwil and Hapoel. They will face
Pamesa and Siena in the semifinals.
Lietuvos Rytas (LTU) - Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR)
It didn't look possible, facing the mighty Rytas Vilenus, undefeated at
home till today, and with a 2 point deposit from the loss at Jerusalem to
boot, but nevertheless, Hapoel comes back to Israel with a great road
victory, 65-75, and will play Siena in the Semifinals.
After the game at Jerusalem had turned into a shooting contest, Coach
Harush pretty much understood he had three options left: Defense, Defense
and Defense. And that's exactly what his players provided, and plenty of
it. The Lithuanians were denied their treys for the entire first quarter,
and seemed completely off balance offensively for the entire game.
Jerusalem's offense was not brilliant either, as their main offensive
weapon, Kelecevic, was completely out of his zone and only made three
field goals the whole night. However, Jerusalem's clutch man, Meir Tapiro,
took the scoring task apon himself, seeming unable to miss. Jerusalem's X
factor was embodied by swingman Barak Peleg, whose defense and combative
attitude are already a known fact, but today has outdone himself and
posted a double double. Hapoel's defense brought the Lithuanians to
halftime trailing 26-35, and Tapiro's shots managed to hold off the storm
as Rytas, headed by Machitauskas, started making its threes in the second
half. Near the end of the game both teams run out of air, and started
missing alot and making many turnovers, however it was Jerusalem who
snapped out of it first, and ended the game with a solid 10 point victory.
This is the first time for Hapoel Jerusalem to reach the semifinals in the
Saporta cup, and the second time ever for an Israeli team to reach that
stage at Europe's secondary competition, Galil Elyon being the first one
('93, cup holders cup semifinal).
Rytas (12+14+21+18) - Siskauskas 22, Macijauskas 14, kaukenas 10, Javtokas
A. 7, Sestokas 6, Javtokas R. 4, Marciulionis 2, Vysniauskas 0, Jordan 0
Hapoel (20+15+18+22) - Tapiro 20 - 7/9 2pt, Alexander 17, Peleg 12 + 10
rbs, Jones 12, Kelecevic 7, Mizrahi 5, Gordon 2
Siena (ITA) - Unics Kazan (RUS)
Siena: Stefanov 11 (3/7, 1/3, 3 ass), Gorenc 13 (3/7, 2/3, 7 reb),
Zukauskas 7 (3/3, 0/2), Topic 5 (2/3, 0/3, 11 reb), Chiacig 16 (4/13, 17
reb, 5 rec), Naumoski 6 (2/3, 0/1, 3 ass), Tolbert 4 (2/2, 0/1), Oztas 6
(2/4 da tre, 3 rec). Ne: Rossetti e Bulatovic. Coach: Ataman.
Unics: Samoilenko 7 (2/3, 1/1, 8 reb), Koubrakov 6 (1/2, 0/3), Popovic 7
(2/2, 1/6), Muursepp 12 (3/7, 2/6, 5 per), McDonald 2 (1/1), Earl 14
(5/15, 0/2, 8 reb), Pashutin 2 (1/3), Ioudin, Vicentic 8 (4/8, 0/1). N.e.:
Zamanski. All.: Eremin.
Anwil Wloclawek beat Panionios Athens and qualified to the semifinals of
Saporta Cup. This is the biggest success in Anwilâ€™s history. Goran
Savanovic came back to Anwil after an injury just in third quarter and
threw 15 points ! Koul and Santangelo were playing perfectly. Coaches
pressed a big input of Polish fasn to the final success. They were the 6th
player in Polish team.
Anwil (POL) - Panionios (GRE) 75:59
Anwil will play in the semifinal against Pamesa Valencia.
Anwil: Kul 17, Santangelo 15, Savanovic 15, O'Bannon 10, Andruszka 3,
Griszczuk 0, Prawica 0, Skele
Panionios: Diamantopoulos 17, Markovic 16, Jones 13, Shirley 5, Agadakos
3, Sciarra 3, Sklavos 2, Batis 0, Gkagkaoudakis 0, Santos 0.
Pamesa Valencia(ESP) - Telekom Bonn (GER) 84-68
(Rodilla 14, Luengo 14, ParaÃso 3, Hopkins 17, Alston 20; Millera 3, Elson
11, Schmidt 2, Albert - Rencher 15, Burke 3, Beechum 16, Nadfeji 8,
Mardesich 10; Zecevic 10, Klepac 4, Suhr, Buchmiller 2)