Press March 2014

26 marchRafa Martinez, Valencia Basket

Valencia Basket is on a mission that is nothing less than to win its third Eurocup title, which would be an all-time record. Valencia struggled in both the regular season and the Last 32, but left no doubt about its power in all the critical games it faced along the way. By the time the elimination series arrived and despite being without three key players, Valencia showed its best basketball against Khimki Moscow Region, breaking that team's Eurocup-record 15-game winning streak in Game 1 of the eighthfinals and surviving yet another make-or-break situation in Game 2.

24 marchWell-finished

In the last game of the VTB United League regular championship our team confidently defeated Neptunas in away game.

24 marchTriumph fails to stop Khimki

Khimki Moscow Region defeated Triumph Lyubertsy on the road, 81-59, in Week 18 of the regular season. Led by an efficient 20 points from Finnish guard Petteri Koponen, Khimki cruised by its Moscow Region rival in the second half to collect its 17th win of the season and preserve its perfect record. Triumph, already guaranteed to finish in 3rd place in Group B, simply struggled to shoot the ball, going 2-11 from long range and finish the regular season with an 11-7 record.

24 marchNo second chance for Neptunas vs. CSKA

CSKA (Russia) defeated Neptunas (Lithuania) on the road, 87-64, in Week 18 of the regular season. The Army Men began the game on an 8-0 run and just kept the momentum rolling to deny Neptunas, who took the defending champions to overtime in December, any chance at an upset. With the victory, Moscow finishes the regular season with a 16-2 record and takes 2nd place in Group B.

21 marchMadrid pulls away to seize first place from CSKA!

With a display of relentless offense that finally buried the best defense in the competition, Real Madrid defeated CSKA Moscow 93-79 on Thursday to clinch a playoffs spot and take over first place in Top 16 Group F. Both teams are tied with 9-2 records and 14-point wins against each other, but Madrid has beaten the rest of the group by 4 points more than CSKA — so far. Despite 8 ties and 17 lead changes in the first three quarters, Madrid didn't commit a turnover until the fourth had started and its total of 2 at the end of the game was a new Euroleague record. Rudy Fernandez scored a career-high 28 points to go with 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists to lead Madrid through comeback try after comeback try by CSKA.

21 marchMadrid breaks Euroleague record for fewest turnovers!

Real Madrid taught a lesson in how to beat the best of defenses — by taking care of the ball — and in so doing broke a Euroleague record on Thursday in the Game of the Week!

20 marchQuarterfinals Game 1 MVP: Justin Doellman, Valencia Basket

The time of truth has arrived to the Eurocup with the Quarterfinals. Only the best four teams will advance to semifinals next week and the high stakes were already visible during Game 1 of this phase. With four crucial battles across the continent, only onep layer could emerge as MVP of the week and it was none other than Valencia Basket's Justin Doellman, who amassed an index rating of 34, the most this week among winning players.

19 marchVadim Panin, Nizhny Novgorod

Despite being a Eurocup newcomer, Nizhny Novgorod has exceeded everyone's expectations by storming into the Eurocup quarterfinals. Nizhny has been rock-solid at home, losing just one game in the entire Eurocup season, and showed great character and determination in the eighthfinals. Down by 17 points in the series against Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul in Game 1 and despite having to play Game 2 in Moscow, 400 Km away from Nizhny Novgorod, the club managed to rally and grab a historical 95-71 win.

13 marchRibas hits a series-winner, Valencia eliminates Khimki

Valencia Basket suffered it largest loss in Eurocup this season, a 97-82 eighthfinals Game 2 decision on the road against Khimki Moscow Region, but it was enough for the Spanish side to progresses to the Eurocup Quarterfinals thanks to a jumper from Pau Ribas with 9.2 seconds to go, that gave it 156-157 series victory.

11 marchPetteri Koponen: Ready to fight!

Hello, Eurocup fans, this is Petteri Koponen of Khimki Moscow Region. After our 31 consecutive wins in two competitions, Valencia Basket beat us by 16 points in Game 1 of the Eurocup Eighthfinals. We know, of course, that Valencia is a good team and tried to prepare well for this game, but they totally took us out of our own rhythm in the beginning of the game. They were really aggressive and played with pure energy and got their confidence straight away. After that, it was hard to come back. We were down by 16 points at the end of the first quarter and I can say that we didn't find our rhythm in the first half. The second half was a little bit better for us.