Press April 2012

26 aprilZoran Planinic, BC Khimki

At the end of a long and grueling Eurocup season, BC Khimki Moscow Region accomplished its goal and celebrated its first Eurocup championship. No one was happier than the 2012 Eurocup Finals MVP Zoran Planinic, who dominated the title game, but had to sweat out the last few minutes after fouling out. A well-rounded veteran with eight years of Euroleague experience under his belt, Planinic enjoyed a dream Eurocup debut season, in which he was also named to the All-Eurocup First Team. Planinic scored 12 points in Khimki's come-from-behind semifinals win over Spartak St. Petersburg, which left the club just one win from its goal. Planinic then led Khimki in the final with 19 points on 9-of-11 two-point shooting and 4 assists. The Eurocup title also means a berth in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague, for which Khimki has already been preparing. Among the first things the club has done was to reached an agreement to extend Planinic’s contract for one more season. Now Planinic warns that Khimki will give Euroleague fans plenty of reasons to talk about them. "I don't think that Khimki will play the role of a team that is just happy to be there," Planinic told Eurocupbasketball.com. "I think we have a lot of experienced players and coaches who want to do something important in the Euroleague. We will be dangerous and do a lot of good stuff."

14 aprilEurocup Finals: Official press conference

The first official event of the Eurocup Finals took place on Friday at Khimki Arena in Moscow Region, Russia, as representatives of all four teams, the local organizers and sponsors, as well as TV partner Eurosport met with the media. The press conference launched a weekend of basketball fever in Khimki that will culminate on Sunday with the crowning of the 2011-12 Eurocup champion. Here are the comments of the press conference participants.

13 aprilThomas Kelati: The time has come

This is my last blog entry before the Eurocup Finals and I have to say that I am excited. Being here at the Eurocup Finals and seeing some of my old Valencia teammates brings me back to one of my greatest basketball memories — winning the Eurocup in 2010. I had so much fun that year with a great bunch of guys and I definitely would love to repeat those feelings again this year with Khimki. The sensation of winning it cannot be described. If you can't play in the Euroleague, this is the best thing and the best way to get there. And winning this title this year would be another great memory in my career, so I hope we get a chance to repeat that.

10 aprilValencia, Coach Perasovic agree to 2-year extension

Valencia Basket announced Tuesday that it has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with head coach Velimir Perasovic, which will keep him at the club through the end of June 2014. Perasovic, 47, took over at the club on January 27 of this year and has guided Valencia to spectacular results. The team has gone 5-1 in the Eurocup to reach this weekend’s Eurocup Finals. Meanwhile in the Spanish League, Valencia has gone 7-3 since his arrival to climb into a tie for fourth place.

6 april2011-12 Eurocup MVP: Patrick Beverley, Spartak St. Petersburg

Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce that Patrick Beverley of Spartak St. Petersburg has been selected as the Eurocup MVP for the 2011-12 season. Beverley, 23, has dominated throughout the season to lead his team to the best record and a spot in the Eurocup Finals.

5 april2011-12 All-Eurocup First Team

The road to the 2012 Eurocup Finals featured 152 games played until now and before a new champion of the competition is crowned, Euroleague Basketball has chosen 10 deserving stars to make up the All-Eurocup first and second teams for the 2011-12 season. Headlining the first team is Valencia Basket power forward Nik Caner-Medley, who was an All-Eurocup second team selection last season, too.

4 april2011-12 All-Eurocup Second Team

The road to the 2012 Eurocup Finals featured 152 games played and before a new champion of the competition is crowned, Euroleague Basketball has chosen 10 deserving stars to make up the All-Eurocup first and second teams for the 2011-12 season.

3 aprilValanciunas – is the best in fans’ version

Our web-site conducted a poll, offering its visitors to name MVP of the League regular season. By the results the first place took the center of Lietuvos Rytas Jonas Valanciunas (36 per cent — of respondents). Among three of the best players in fans’ version are the center of Khimki Kreshemir Loncar (22%) and CSKA forward Andrey Kirilenko (14%).

3 aprilBC Astana keeps Branko Cvetkovic for 2012/13

BC Astana kept another player for the next season. After Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland), who signed a one-year contract extension recently, the team announced signing of another one-season deal with Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket). Astana also kept its Head Coach Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket) for the next two years. Cvetkovic appeared 13 times in VTB United Legaue this season averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Astana registered 7 wins in 16 games. In domestic championship the team has impressive 20-0 record. Branko Cvetkovic joined Astana last summer from BC Donetsk. With Donetsk he was the regular season champion in Ukraine and later reached Playoff Finals. Cvetkovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Bosman Player of the Year -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 1st Team -11. In the past, Cvetkovic played for Scavolini, FMP Zeleznik, Zaragoza, Panionios and Girona. Cvetkovic played for the Serbian National Team in 2007 and 2008.

3 aprilMatteo Boniciolli gets 2-year contract extension from BC Astana, Kazakhstan

Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket) extended his stay in Kazakhstan for two more years. The Italian specialist penned contract extension with BC Astana which will keep him in the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Boniciolli took over the newly formed team last summer and won the Kazakhstan Cup with them. They currently have perfect 20-0 record in the league. Astana also competed in VTB United League this season. They registered 7 wins in 16 games. Matteo Boniciolli worked with Lottomatica Roma from December of 2009 until January of 2011. Before that, he coached La Fortezza Bolona one season and managed to win the EuroChallenge title with them. In was in 2008/09. In 2008, Boniciolli won the Italian Cup with Air Avelino and was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year -08. He reached SerieA Finals with Fortitudo in 2002 and Belgian Cup Finals with Oostende in 2004. In the past, Matteo Boniciolli worked with Teramo, Udine and Italian cadet NT. He was coach assistant of the senior NT from 1996 to 2001.