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1971–72 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup

The 1971–72 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup was the sixth edition of FIBA's 2nd-tier level European-wide professional club basketball competition, contested between national domestic cup champions, running from 4 November 1971, to 21 March 1972. It was contested by 21 teams, five less than in the previous edition, and it marked a reform in the competition's format; a 6-team group stage was introduced, replacing the quarterfinals.[1]

1971–72 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
LeagueFIBA European Cup Winners' Cup
SportBasketball
Finals
ChampionsItaly Simmenthal Milano
  Runners-upSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Crvena zvezda
FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup seasons

Defending champion, Simmenthal Milano, defeated Crvena zvezda in the final, which returned to a single game format, to win its second trophy, becoming the first team to successfully defend its title.[2] It was the third title in a row for an Italian League team. This season's FIBA European Champions Cup final, also featured Italian and Yugoslav League teams, with the same outcome.

Contents

ParticipantsEdit

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Spartak ZJŠ Brno   224–150   Arantia Larochette 111–65 113–85
Fides Napoli   164–120   Mainz 82–49 82–71
Juventud Schweppes   4–0*   Partizani Tirana 2–0 2–0
Sutton & Crystal Palace   171–118   Gladsaxe 83–68 88–50
Maccabi Haifa   158–200   Denain Voltaire 82–109 76–91
Racing Bell Mechelen   190–144   Coimbra 113–71 77–73
Ghouta   0–4*   Levski-Spartak 0–2 0–2
AEK   139–111   Beşiktaş 72–45 67–66
Handelsministerium   4–0*   Fiat Stars 2–0 2–0
Crvena zvezda   196–139   Helsingin Kisa-Toverit 95–62 101–77

*Partizani Tirana (for political reasons), Ghouta and Blue Stars Amsterdam all withdrew before the first leg, and their rivals received a forfeit (2-0) in both games.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Spartak ZJŠ Brno   151–168   Fides Napoli 69–76 82–92
Juventud Schweppes   217–107   Sutton & Crystal Palace 120–62 97–45
Denain Voltaire   146–158   Racing Bell Mechelen 74–68 72–90
Levski-Spartak   170–184   AEK 103–69 67–115
Handelsministerium   158–205   Crvena zvezda 90–97 68–108
Automatically qualified to the quarter finals group stage

QuarterfinalsEdit

The quarter finals were played with a round-robin system, in which every Two Game series (TGS) constituted as one game for the record.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to semifinals

Group AEdit

1st leg 2nd leg Agg
  Fides Napoli -   Racing Bell Mechelen 97-82 77-90 177-172
  Juventud Schweppes -   Fides Napoli 83-69 66-92 149-161
  Racing Bell Mechelen -   Juventud Schweppes 96-77 57-77 153-154
Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Fides Napoli 2 4 2 0 335 321 +14
2.   Juventud Schweppes 2 3 1 1 303 314 -11
3.   Racing Bell Mechelen 2 2 0 2 325 328 -3

Group BEdit

1st leg 2nd leg Agg
  AEK -   Simmenthal Milano 57-84 76-117 133-201
  Crvena zvezda -   AEK 100-63 76-100 176-163
  Simmenthal Milano -   Crvena zvezda 86-62 58-84 144-146
Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Crvena zvezda 2 4 2 0 322 307 +15
2.   Simmenthal Milano 2 3 1 1 345 279 +66
3.   AEK 2 2 0 2 296 377 -81

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fides Napoli   152–161   Simmenthal Milano 69–85 83–76
Juventud Schweppes   153–160   Crvena zvezda 83–70 70–90

FinalEdit

March 21, Alexandreio Melathron, Thessaloniki

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Simmenthal Milano   74–70   Crvena zvezda


1971–72 FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup Champions
 
Simmenthal Milano
2nd title

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