1997–98 FIBA EuroCup

The 1997–98 FIBA EuroCup was the thirty-second edition of FIBA's 2nd-tier level European-wide professional club basketball competition. it occurred between September 16, 1997, and April 14, 1998. The final was held at Pionir Hall, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In the final, Žalgiris defeated Stefanel Milano, in front of 5,000 spectators.

1997–98 FIBA EuroCup
LeagueFIBA EuroCup
SportBasketball
Final
ChampionsLithuania Žalgiris
  Runners-upItaly Stefanel Milano
Finals MVPLithuania Saulius Štombergas
FIBA EuroCup seasons

Competition systemEdit

  • 48 teams (national domestic cup champions, plus the best qualified teams from the most important European national domestic leagues), entered a preliminary group stage, divided into eight groups of six teams each, and played a round-robin. The final standings were based on individual wins and defeats. In the case of a tie between two or more teams, after the group stage, the following criteria was used to decide the final classification: 1) number of wins in one-to-one games between the teams; 2) basket average between the teams; 3) general basket average within the group.
  • The top four teams from each group qualified for a 1/16 Final Playoff (X-pairings, home and away games), where the winners advanced further to 1/8 Finals, 1/4 Finals, and 1/2 Final.
  • The Final was played at a predetermined venue.

Team allocationEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.: League position after eventual Playoffs
  • CW: Cup winners
  • WC: Wild card
Regular season
  Festina Joventut (4th)   Panathinaikos (5th)   Rabotnički (1st)   Oliveirense (2nd)
  Cáceres (10th)   Apollon Patras (7th)   MZT Aerodrom (CW)   Portugal Telecom (3rd)
  Stefanel Milano (5th)   Tofaş (4th)   Sloboda Dita (1st)   Maccabi Ironi Ra`anana (3rd)
  Polti Cantù (8th)   Fenerbahçe (5th)   FMP Železnik (CW)   Hapoel Eilat (4th)
  ASVEL (CW)   Avtodor Saratov (2nd)   Beobanka (3rd)   Žalgiris (1st)
  Le Mans (5th)   Samara (3rd)   Zagreb (3rd)   Žemaitijos Lokiai (2nd)
  Bayer 04 Leverkusen (3rd)   Budivelnyk (1st)   Zrinjevac (5th)   ASK Brocēni (1st)
  Tatami Rhöndorf (5th)   BIPA-Moda Odessa (2nd)   Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela (2nd)   Kalev (2nd)
  Spirou (1st)   Mazowzanka (1st)   Pivovarna Laško (4th)   Torpan Pojat (1st)
  Sunair Oostende (CW)   Śląsk Wrocław (CW)   ICEC Opava (1st)   Plannja (1st)
  Libertel Dolphins EBBC (1st)   Danone-Honvéd (1st)   USK Erpet Praha (2nd)   London Towers (1st)
  Süba Sankt Pölten (1st)   Marc-Körmend (CW)   Slovakofarma Pezinok (1st)   Keravnos (1st)

Preliminary group stageEdit

Key to colors
     Qualified to Round of 32
     Eliminated

Group AEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Festina Joventut 10 19 9 1 884 782 +102
2.   Tofaş 10 17 7 3 793 698 +95
3.   BIPA-Moda Odessa 10 17 7 3 731 644 +87
4.   Torpan Pojat 10 15 5 5 738 735 +3
5.   Žemaitijos Lokiai 10 12 2 8 734 854 -120
6.   Rabotnički 10 10 0 10 653 820 -167

Group BEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Le Mans 10 17 7 3 794 792 +2
2.   Śląsk Wrocław 10 16 6 4 760 751 +9
3.   Pivovarna Laško 10 16 6 4 800 783 +17
4.   Fenerbahçe 10 15 5 5 783 763 +20
5.   ASK Brocēni 10 15 5 5 879 832 +47
6.   ICEC Opava 10 11 1 9 745 840 -95

Group CEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Žalgiris 10 17 7 3 777 672 +105
2.   ASVEL 10 17 7 3 677 642 +35
3.   Mazowzanka 10 16 6 4 827 790 +37
4.   Zagreb 10 16 6 4 776 704 +72
5.   Kalev 10 14 4 6 690 737 -47
6.   MZT Aerodrom 10 10 0 10 634 836 -202

Group DEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Cáceres 10 16 6 4 836 767 +69
2.   Samara 10 16 6 4 801 774 +27
3.   FMP Železnik 10 16 6 4 793 719 +74
4.   Keravnos 10 15 5 5 681 743 -62
5.   Oliveirense 10 14 4 6 713 787 -74
6.   Plannja 10 13 3 7 819 853 -34

Group EEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Stefanel Milano 10 18 8 2 840 729 +111
2.   Beobanka 10 17 7 3 784 716 +68
3.   Hapoel Eilat 10 17 7 3 805 787 +18
4.   Tatami Rhöndorf 10 15 5 5 765 814 -49
5.   Danone-Honvéd 10 12 2 8 721 779 -58
6.   London Towers 10 11 1 9 692 782 -90

Group FEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Spirou 10 18 8 2 855 710 +145
2.   Apollon Patras 10 17 7 3 910 795 +115
3.   Zrinjevac 10 16 6 4 836 822 +14
4.   Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela 10 15 5 5 859 842 +17
5.   Libertel Dolphins EBBC 10 13 3 7 761 889 -128
6.   USK Erpet Praha 10 11 1 9 730 893 -163

Group GEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Polti Cantù 10 19 9 1 916 762 +154
2.   Sunair Oostende 10 17 7 3 860 820 +40
3.   Marc-Körmend 10 16 6 4 822 807 +15
4.   Bayer 04 Leverkusen 10 15 5 5 820 884 -64
5.   Portugal Telecom 10 13 3 7 863 873 -10
6.   Sloboda Dita 10 10 0 10 735 870 -135

Group HEdit

Team Pld Pts W L PF PA PD
1.   Panathinaikos 10 19 9 1 865 645 +220
2.   Avtodor Saratov 10 18 8 2 879 834 +45
3.   Maccabi Ironi Ra`anana 10 15 5 5 778 784 -6
4.   Slovakofarma Pezinok 10 14 4 6 756 856 -100
5.   Süba Sankt Pölten 10 12 2 8 707 802 -95
6.   Budivelnyk 10 12 2 8 695 759 -64

Round of 32Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fenerbahçe   150–162   Festina Joventut 78–75 72–87
Pivovarna Laško   157–170   Tofaş 79–85 78–85
BIPA-Moda Odessa   143–171   Śląsk Wrocław 74–84 69–87
Torpan Pojat   144–131   Le Mans 77–69 67–62
Keravnos   101–130   Žalgiris 61–57 40–73
FMP Železnik   136–145   ASVEL 71–66 65–79
Mazowzanka   150–164   Samara 78–94 72–70
Zagreb   151–146   Cáceres 98–63 53–83
Kovinotehna Savinjska Polzela   111–168   Stefanel Milano 56–98 55–70
Zrinjevac   114–119   Beobanka 59–59 55–60
Hapoel Eilat   180–173   Apollon Patras 101–84 79–89
Tatami Rhöndorf   177–159   Spirou 83–77 94–82
Slovakofarma Pezinok   154–166   Polti Cantù 95–87 59–79
Maccabi Ironi Ra`anana   155–156   Sunair Oostende 86–82 69–74
Marc-Körmend   159–184   Avtodor Saratov 83–85 76–99
Bayer 04 Leverkusen   135–169   Panathinaikos 64–86 71–83

Round of 16Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASVEL   164–152   Festina Joventut 82–74 82–78
Samara   127–125   Torpan Pojat 77–74 50–51
Tofaş   131–133   Žalgiris 66–62 65–71
Śląsk Wrocław   142–131   Zagreb 76–60 66–71
Sunair Oostende   140–162   Stefanel Milano 68–80 72–82
Avtodor Saratov   160–126   Tatami Rhöndorf 71–50 89–76
Beobanka   163–136   Polti Cantù 88–58 75–78
Hapoel Eilat   148–164   Panathinaikos 80–78 68–86

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
ASVEL   128–129   Stefanel Milano 58–67 70–62
Avtodor Saratov   181–175   Samara 92–65 89–110
Žalgiris   137–119   Beobanka 78–65 59–54
Panathinaikos   143–119   Śląsk Wrocław 82–58 61–61

SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Panathinaikos   138–144   Stefanel Milano 77–58 61–86
Žalgiris   159–151   Avtodor Saratov 96–74 63–77

FinalEdit

April 14, Hala Pionir, Belgrade

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Žalgiris   82–67   Stefanel Milano
1997–98 FIBA EuroCup Champions
 
Žalgiris
1st title

AwardsEdit

FIBA Saporta Cup Finals MVPEdit

ReferencesEdit

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