2017 EuroCup Finals

The 2017 EuroCup Finals were the concluding games of the 2016–17 EuroCup season, the 15th season of Europe's secondary club basketball tournament organised by Euroleague Basketball, the ninth season since it was renamed from the ULEB Cup to the EuroCup, and the first season under the title sponsorship name of 7DAYS. The first leg was played at the Fuente de San Luis in Valencia, Spain, the second leg was played at the Martín Carpena in Málaga, Spain, on 31 March 2017 and the third leg was played at the Fuente de San Luis in Valencia, Spain, between Spanish sides Unicaja and Valencia Basket.

2017 EuroCup Finals
Event2016–17 EuroCup Basketball
First leg
Date28 March 2017 (2017-03-28)
VenueFuente de San Luis, Valencia
MVPAlberto Díaz (Unicaja)[1]
Attendance7,583
Second leg
Date31 March 2017 (2017-03-31)
VenueMartín Carpena, Málaga
Attendance10,367
Third leg
Date5 April 2017 (2017-04-05)
VenueFuente de San Luis, Valencia
Attendance7,813
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It was the first ever Finals appearance ever of Unicaja, after 15 seasons in EuroLeague and it was the third ever final appearance in any European competition after two consecutive finals in Korać Cup. For Valencia Basket, it was its fifth Finals appearance, after winning three of the previous four. Also, it was the seventh ever final appearance, including two losses in finals of the Saporta Cup. It was also the second EuroCup Finals that both finalists were from the same country.

Unicaja won the Finals 1–2, and qualified for the 2017–18 EuroLeague.

VenuesEdit

The Fuente de San Luis was the first leg venue and, if necessary, the third leg venue as Valencia Basket venue. The arena was originally built in 1983. Valencia Basket started to play its games in the arena in 1987. The arena was also used as the home arena of the women's basketball team, Ros Casares Valencia, and the futsal team Valencia FS. In April 2010, La Fonteta hosted the 2009–10 EuroLeague Women Final Four, where Ros Casares Valencia was defeated in the final by Spartak Moscow Region. In 2016, Valencia Basket financed the renovation of the arena with €500,000, and also installed a new €150,000 center-hung scoreboard.

The Martín Carpena was the second leg venue as Unicaja venue. Martín Carpena arena opened in 1999. The arena originally had a seating capacity of 9,743 spectators, and an area of around 22,000 square meters. In 2007, a project was proposed to expand the capacity of the venue to 17,000 spectators, due to the high demand for seats and tickets by fans of Unicaja. Ultimately, the expansion project was approved, but to a new capacity of 13,000 spectators, rather than the originally planned 17,000. The expansion project was then scheduled to be completed in separate phases. The first expansion phase, which was completed in 2010, increased the seating capacity from 9,743 to 11,300.[2]

Valencia
2017 EuroCup Finals (Europe)
Málaga
Fuente de San Luis Martín Carpena
Capacity: 8,500 Capacity: 11,300

Road to the FinalsEdit

Note: In the table, the score of the finalist is given first (H = home; A = away).

  Valencia Basket Round   Unicaja
1st place (7–1) (Group D) Regular season 4th place (4–4) (Group C)
1st place (6–0) (Group H) Top 16 2nd place (3–3) (Group H)
Opponent Series 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg Playoffs Opponent Series 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
  Khimki 2–1 88–82 (H) 74–98 (A) 92–76 (H) Quarterfinals   Bayern Munich 2–1 82–91 (A) 82–67 (H) 74–69 (A)
  Hapoel Jerusalem 2–1 83–68 (H) 66–79 (A) 90–75 (H) Semifinals   Lokomotiv Kuban 2–0 73–57 (A) 74–63 (H)

First legEdit

Bojan Dubljević became the all-time leading scorer in EuroCup history in the second quarter when he passed the mark of 1,189 which was set by teammate Rafa Martínez.[3]

28 March 2017 Valencia Basket   68–62
(Series: 1–0)
  Unicaja Valencia
20:30 Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 15–15, 15–13, 18–14
Pts: Dubljević 14
Rebs: Dubljević 8
Asts: Van Rossom 6
PIR: Dubljević 23
Boxscore Pts: Brooks 11
Rebs: Omić 12
Asts: Smith 4
PIR: Omić 18
Arena: Fuente de San Luis
Attendance: 7,583
Referees: Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Oļegs Latiševs (LAT), Spiros Gkontas (GRE)


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 9   Sam van Rossom 5 3 6
SG 17   Rafa Martínez 4 0 1
SF 10   Romain Sato 7 2 0
PF 43   Luke Sikma 5 5 2
C 14   Bojan Dubljević 14 8 1
Reserves:
PF 0   Will Thomas 8 6 0
PG 16   Guillem Vives 3 0 1
C 18   Pierre Oriola 5 3 0
SF 19   Fernando San Emeterio 4 4 3
SF 30   Joan Sastre 13 2 3
PG 42   Luis Ferrando DNP
SF 52   Emil Savić DNP
Head coach:
  Pedro Martínez
 
 
 
 
Valencia Basket
 
 
 
 
Unicaja
0
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 9   Alberto Díaz 3 0 2
SG 16   Nemanja Nedović 5 1 2
SF 21   Adam Waczyński 3 1 0
PF 23   Jeff Brooks 11 4 2
C 92   Alen Omić 8 12 0
Reserves:
C 2   Viny Okouo 5 4 0
PG 8   Kyle Fogg 8 0 2
SF 11   Dani Díez 7 3 1
SG 15   Jamar Smith 3 4 4
PG 20   Oliver Lafayette 4 0 2
SF 43   Carlos Suárez 5 2 1
Head coach:
  Joan Plaza

Second legEdit

31 March 2017 Unicaja   79–71
(Series: 1–1)
  Valencia Basket Málaga
21:00 Scoring by quarter: 21–16, 22–18, 21–17, 15–20
Pts: Smith 20
Rebs: Omić 10
Asts: Díaz 5
PIR: Smith 24
Boxscore Pts: Vives 14
Rebs: Dubljević 5
Asts: Van Rossom 5
PIR: Van Rossom 15
Arena: Martín Carpena
Attendance: 10,367
Referees: Damir Javor (SLO), Ilija Belošević (SRB), Anne Panther (GER)


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 9   Alberto Díaz 7 4 5
SG 16   Nemanja Nedović 5 2 4
SF 21   Adam Waczyński 6 3 1
PF 23   Jeff Brooks 9 4 0
C 92   Alen Omić 12 10 0
Reserves:
C 2   Viny Okouo 4 2 0
PG 8   Kyle Fogg 6 3 2
SF 11   Dani Díez 4 1 0
SG 15   Jamar Smith 20 4 4
PG 20   Oliver Lafayette DNP
SF 43   Carlos Suárez 6 3 3
Head coach:
  Joan Plaza
 
 
 
 
Unicaja
0
 
 
 
 
Valencia Basket
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 9   Sam van Rossom 11 2 5
SG 19   Fernando San Emeterio 9 2 0
SF 30   Joan Sastre 3 1 3
PF 43   Luke Sikma 2 3 2
C 14   Bojan Dubljević 11 5 1
Reserves:
PF 0   Will Thomas 2 3 0
PG 8   Antoine Diot DNP
SF 10   Romain Sato 9 1 1
PG 16   Guillem Vives 14 2 2
SG 17   Rafa Martínez 8 2 4
C 18   Pierre Oriola 2 0 0
PG 42   Luis Ferrando DNP
Head coach:
  Pedro Martínez

Third legEdit

Alen Omić was disqualified in the third quarter for entering the court to prevent an altercation. In the last quarter, Unicaja was trailing by 13 when it came back with an 18–0 run to win the title.

Unicaja was the first newcomer to win the EuroCup title since Hapoel Jerusalem in 2003–04.[4] Joan Plaza became the third coach to have won multiple EuroCup titles.[4]

5 April 2017 Valencia Basket   58–63
(Series: 1–2)
  Unicaja Valencia
20:30 Scoring by quarter: 22–18, 11–12, 21–13, 4–20
Pts: Dubljević 16
Rebs: Dubljević 6
Asts: Vives 5
PIR: Dubljević 19
Boxscore Pts: Díaz 12
Rebs: Waczyński 6
Asts: Nedović 4
PIR: Díaz, Suárez 12
Arena: Fuente de San Luis
Attendance: 7,813
Referees: Sreten Radović (CRO), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR), Mario Majkić (SLO)


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 16   Guillem Vives 0 4 5
SG 17   Rafa Martínez 3 2 1
SF 19   Fernando San Emeterio 7 3 0
PF 0   Will Thomas 6 1 0
C 18   Pierre Oriola 4 3 0
Reserves:
SG 8   Antoine Diot DNP
PG 9   Sam van Rossom 6 4 4
SF 10   Romain Sato 5 5 0
C 14   Bojan Dubljević 16 6 1
SF 30   Joan Sastre 8 1 2
PG 42   Luis Ferrando DNP
PF 43   Luke Sikma 3 7 2
Head coach:
  Pedro Martínez
 
 
 
 
Valencia Basket
 
 
 
 
Unicaja
0


2016–17 EuroCup champions
 
Unicaja
(1st title)
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 9   Alberto Díaz 12 0 2
SG 16   Nemanja Nedović 6 2 4
SF 21   Adam Waczyński 3 6 0
PF 23   Jeff Brooks 9 5 1
C 92   Alen Omić 8 3 0
Reserves:
C 2   Viny Okouo 0 0 0
PG 8   Kyle Fogg 2 1 1
SF 11   Dani Díez 9 3 0
SG 15   Jamar Smith 10 1 3
PG 20   Oliver Lafayette 0 0 0
SF 43   Carlos Suárez 4 5 0
C 44   Dejan Musli DNP
Head coach:
  Joan Plaza

Finals MVPEdit

Pos Player Team Ref
G
  Alberto Díaz   Unicaja
[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Alberto Diaz chosen MVP of EuroCup Finals". Eurocupbasketball.com. 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Palacio de Deportes, datos de interés" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  3. ^ "EuroCup scoring crown belongs to Dubljevic - for now". EuroCup. 28 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "UNICAJA MALAGA: FACTS OF THE CHAMPION!". Eurocupbasketball.com. 6 April 2017.

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