2013-14FinalsGame 2
May 07, 2014 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 BASKET HALL KAZAN
Valencia Basket Champ Eurocup 2014 - Finals Kazan 2014 - EC13_57339

Dominant Doellman leads Valencia to third Eurocup crown

Valencia Basket Club has won its competition-record third Eurocup title after beating Unics Kazan 73-85 in Game 2 of their two-game finals series. Valencia swept the series with a 140-165 aggregate score to win the trophy it previously raised in 2003 and 2010, and also earn a Turkish Airlines Euroleague berth for the 2014-15 season. Valencia never trailed at any point of either finals game, and it dominated Game 2 behind another brilliant performance from Eurocup Finals MVP Justin Doellman, who finished the return leg with 26 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Valencia played it to perfection on defense, limiting Unics to a Eurocup finals record 4 points in the first quarter. Sam Van Rossom and Doellman made it 4-16 after 10 minutes before 4 consecutive three-pointers – a pair from each Pablo Aguilar and Rafa Martinez – extended the difference to 10-29 in the second quarter, which translated into 32-point series advantage. Unics rallied before halftime, cutting it to 25-39 at the break, but Valencia remained in control and broke the 20-point barrier midway through the third quarter, before extending it to 45-67 (112-147 on aggregate). The visitors cruised after that, as Unics never came closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Martinez netted 14 points for his second Eurocup title, and Van Rossom scored 11. Romain Sato collected 9 points and 7 rebounds, becoming the 13th player to have won both the Euroleague and Eurocup titles. For Unics, Andrew Goudelock scored 22 points, while Ian Vougioukas had 11. Chuck Eidson collected 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Great start puts Valencia in charge

Pau Ribas needed just 5 seconds to get Valencia going with a layup. Vougioukas and Van Rossom traded baskets, as Valencia kept full control of the series with intense man-to-man defense. Unics was held scoreless for more than three minutes and a five-meter jumper by Romain Sato gave Valencia a 2-6 edge. Unics could not get Nikos Zisis and Goudelock involved and its whole offense collapsed. Dimitriy Sokolov split free throws but he didn't find much help around. A three-pointer by Van Rossom caused Unics to call timeout at 3-9 – with a 19-point deficit in the series. Doellman made free throws, as Unics could not beat Valencia's defense – 0 of 6 three-point shots and 4 turnovers in seven minutes. A layup by Bojan Dubljevic made it a double-digit game, 3-13. Goudelock split foul shots, but Doellman singlehandedly gave Valencia a 4-16 margin after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Unics improves, but Valencia keeps rolling

Serhiy Lishchuk split free throws early in the second quarter, in which Unics tried a more dynamic frontcourt with Ian Vougioukas and Vladimir Veremeenko together on court. Zisis stepped up with a three-point play that Pablo Aguilar erased with a bomb from downtown, good for a 7-20 Valencia lead. Aguilar insisted with another three-point shot that broke the series open, 7-23 (74-103 aggregate). Veremeenko made free throws, which Martinez bettered with a triple off a screen. Tywain Mckee hit foul shots before another three-pointer by a red-hot Martinez pushed Valencia's lead to 10-29. Goudelock made 3 of 4 free throws and a wild, off-balance triple by Martinez silenced the crowd at 14-32. Goudelock insisted from the foul line and a jump hook by Sokolov kept Unics within 18-32. Doellman scored down low, but Luke Harangody and Goudelock brought Unics closer, 23-34. Doellman struck from downtown and erased Goudelock's free throws with a backdoor layup for a 25-39 Valencia lead - 92-119 in the series - at halftime.

Third quarter: Doellman's exhibition sinks Unics

Veremeenko and Doellman exchanged baskets immediately after the break. Doellman kept pushing Valencia and kept showing MVP credentials with a step-back jumper, good for a 27-43 Valencia lead. Nikita Kurbanov ignited the crowd with a one-handed slam, which Sato bettered with a three-pointer. Goudelock followed a layup with a three-pointer but Doellman banked in a close shot and Sato caused Unics to stop the game at 34-50. Goudelock and Oliver Lafayette exchanged close jumpers, but free throws and a three-pointer by an unstoppable Doellman boosted the guests' lead to 36-58, enough to seal the outcome of the series. Goudelock followed a triple with free throws, but the ever-present Doellman scored in penetration. Martinez, Doellman, Lishchuk and Kurbanov made free throws, as Unics could not get closer. Martinez buried his fourth three-pointer and Eidson also hit one from beyond the arc. Veremeenko dunked to make it 50-69. McKee and Eidson got Unics within 57-71.

Fourth quarter: Valencia takes the trophy

Unics entered the quarter with a momentum, but Valencia grabbed 3 offensive boards on its first trip down the floor. And after Vougioukas made a basket to get Unics within 12, Aguilar hit a jumper and Van Rossom a triple to extend the difference to 59-76 on the night and 126-156 in the series. Zisis and Vougioukas gave the hosts another glimmer of hope, but Vladimir Lucic hit a mid-range jumper, before Van Rossom buried a shot from long range, and Dubljevic from close range for a quick 0-7 run, and a 65-85 lead, which also meant a 33-point series margin with just over four minutes to go. It turned out to be the last basket for Valencia of the night, but its lead was safe. Unics finished the game with 8 consecutive points, including put-backs from Sokolov and Veremeenko, but it was Valencia celebrating at the end.

Justin Doellman - Valencia Basket - Finals EC Valencia 2014 - EC13
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Javier Gancedo, Kazan
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McKEE, TYWAIN 12:48 5 1/2 0/2 3/4   1 1 2         2 3 5
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 32:02 5 2/5 0/2 1/1 1   1 2   1     3 4 3
7 HARANGODY, LUKE 15:37 3 0/2 1/4   1 6 7   1     1 2 1 4
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL 7:24     0/1           1            
12 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR 18:31 6 2/3   2/4 4   4 1   3     4 3 4
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 22:04 11 3/5   5/6 2 1 3 1   2 1   2 4 13
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 15:47 7 3/4   1/2 1   1 1     2   1 2 10
22 ANTIPOV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 28:17 22 3/7 2/5 10/12   1 1     3   1 3 8 15
31 EIDSON, CHUCK 34:38 8 0/3 2/5 2/2 1 7 8 4 1 2     2 3 14
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 12:52 6 1/1 0/1 4/4 5 3 8 2         3 2 14
45 SHELEKETO, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 73 15/32 5/20 28/35 15 20 35 13 3 11 3 2 22 30 83
        46.9% 25% 80%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Valencia Basket Club
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TRIGUERO, JUAN JOSE 10:48   0/1     1 1 2 1       1 2   -1
5 RIBAS, PAU 21:30 2 1/3 0/1   2   2 4 2       4 2 5
7 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 24:30 26 7/11 2/3 6/9 1 4 5 1 4   1   2 7 34
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 22:42 11 1/4 3/4 0/1 2   2 1 1 1   1 3 1 6
10 SATO, ROMAIN 21:30 9 2/3 1/3 2/2 1 6 7     1     1 2 13
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 10:04 5     5/6 1 1 2 1       1 5 4 5
13 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 19:50 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 2 3 5 1         2 1 7
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 19:08 4 2/7 0/1   1 2 3     1 1   4   -3
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 15:20 14 0/3 4/5 2/2       1   1     2 3 11
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 17:18 2 1/1 0/3         6   3     2 2 2
24 ABIA, LARRY 1:50                         1   -1
34 AGUILAR, PABLO 15:30 8 1/1 2/3     1 1 1         2   7
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 85 16/36 12/24 17/22 13 18 31 17 7 7 2 3 30 22 87
        44.4% 50% 77.3%

Head Coaches

"They played two great games, they deserve this trophy. I am just sorry that we were not able to play like we played the whole season. Tonight the frustration, what we were not able to do on the court, was the most important thing that led us to a bad night, without clear goals what to do on offense and on defense. We should not forget we had an amazing run in the Eurocup this season, and we lost the final. For sure, we are very sad and very frustrated, but we still have to keep in our mind what we did the whole season. We all would have liked to play better tonight, but there is also a credit for what Valencia did. Maybe we did not have the right person to guard Doellman. In the first two games we played against them, Kaimakoglou guarded him very well. We played a final without our starting four-man, and I believe everyone could see how important he was in our system."
Valencia Basket Club
"This team really deserved this. We played really well. All year long, a lot of people enjoyed the way we played. And titles are important, but for me, even if we hadn't won, these guys are champions.

"The key of the game was the first quarter, in which the team showed it wanted to win the game. All hopes Unics could have were broken after the first quarter. The team had a lot of confidence with the lead it had - plus 13 points extra from Game 1. A lot of tough shots went in, we felt comfortable. The team deserved this title; we arrived to this finals, the most important games, in our best moment of the season, when titles are decided. In this moment, my team is playing its best basketball.

"Unics is a great team which had a great season but we arrived in a better moment to the most important games. I think Unics dominated the Eurocup throughout the season. We grew as a team during the season and have a full team now. When we first played against Unics, we were without four players.

"For me, the Eurocup title is much more important than playing the Euroleague next season. It is a title that you have to respect… We won a very important European title, [which is] very hard to get."


"Valencia definitely deserves this title. They played great basketball all year, in the Eurocup and in the Spanish League. They were just in a better position than us in these two games. Overall we are 2-2 this season against them, but they won the two important games, the last ones. We are now on to the Russian Cup and the VTB League. Kosta Kaimakoglou brings experience, and brings certain confidence to the team that we did not have. He would have been useful for us tonight, but it is a team game. We should have been able to overcome his absence; unfortunately we were not able to."
"We have to congratulate them. They were better than us. They showed this during both games. We hoped we would show a better face at home, but we were not able to. They dominated, this time with their offense. We never stopped them and they basically deserved to win this cup. Kaimakoglou not being there was a big factor, but we never used that as an excuse. He is one of our most experienced and important players, but history is made by the players that play. Valencia deserves this title."
Valencia Basket Club
"I have to thank my coach and teammates for putting me in the right position to do well, but the most important thing is that we won a championship tonight and we will celebrate together. Andrew Goudelock is a great player, but Sam Van Rossom and Oliver Lafayette played great defense against him and our teammates as well, we helped each other out and tried to slow him down. We were not nervous; we were very comfortable and came here with the mentality to win. We tried to impose our rhythm on defense, played very well tonight and that's the most important thing. We were able to get a championship."
Valencia Basket Club
"This feels very good. Our goal from the first week of the season was to win the Eurocup. We worked hard all the way, and we won. No words to add: we won. Kazan is a great team, with great players, but we were the best team tonight. This is the best experience of my career. I've been waiting for one of these European championships. Now I am ready to go celebrate with my teammates."
Valencia Basket Club
"I am so happy; I finally won the Eurocup title! I lost a final against Unics with Cajasol and now we managed to beat the same team. I took a big weight off my back. We were the best team in this finals, no question about it. We won both games and are, I believe, fair champions."
Valencia Basket Club
"Unbelievable. I am so happy, so happy, for me, for my family, for everybody in Valencia. It's a big title, a big title for us."
Valencia Basket Club
"It's a good feeling. We played well tonight. I'm just happy for my team and for the Valencia organization. Before the games, I told the guys, this is it, the last game, and we played like that. Great job."

"We knew it was a final. We were excited. And we just came out and played well. I'm just happy for the fans back home in Valencia, the ones who couldn't make it here. This is for them. They've been great this year for us. I am happy for them."
Valencia Basket Club
"In the end, the work and we did has let us win this title our way. I have been here with Valencia a lot of years and always felt a lot of support, a lot of help. I'm very happy.

"This is my second Eurocup title in my third final. I am very happy. We worked really hard all season and deserved to win the title. We had a lot of injuries and a lot of bad luck but this title is a great reward for the work we did. We arrived to the finals at a great time. We proved it against a very good opponent like Unics, both at home and on the road. We knew that if we played with great intensity and played our game, we had chances to win the game, which is what we wanted."
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