The semi-finals of the 7DAYS EuroCup have been decided as the Quarterfinals series’ came to a close on Wednesday. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Hapoel Jerusalem were already in the final four after sweeping their respective Series. On Wednesday, Round 3 of the Quarterfinals saw two Spanish teams enter the semi-final picture as Valencia and Unicaja Malaga emerged victorious.
Valencia Basket vs. Khimki Moscow Region, 92-76
The winningest club in 7DAYS EuroCup history is on course for a fourth title. Valencia Basket took out Khimki with a confident home display to win the series 2-1. Khimki made the early running and managed a 15-19 lead through the first quarter. Valencia soon clicked in offence and streamed 24 points to 15 in the second quarter, claiming a 39-34 halftime lead. The hosts had the momentum and all but killed the game with a 27-20 charge in the third act. Through thirty minutes the scoreboard read 66-54 and Valencia continued the heavy scoring in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Sam Von Rosson topped the winners with 17 points, while Bojan Dubljevic secured a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Pierre Oriola followed with 13 points and 9 assists, and Luke Sikma added 12 points, 5 boards, and 4 assists.
Alexey Shved was typically dangerous for Khimki and plundered a game-high 21 points. Earl Rowland was good for 14 points in the losing effort.
Bayern Munich vs. Unicaja Malaga, 69-74
Malaga faced a struggle to qualify for the final four of the 7DAY EuroCup with Bayern Munich enjoying home advantage. However, the Spanish team put together an excellent road display to finish off the Bavarian club for the season. Consistency was the name of the game for the visitors, who scored 17 points in both opening quarters. Bayern looked more erratic at the bucket and handed Malaga a 27-34 lead through the long break. The hosts spent the rest of the game paying for that indifferent first half, and even 25 points in the closing frame could not turn the result.
Nemanja Nedovic stood tall in victory, draining 21 points to pace Malaga. Dejan Musli followed Nedovic’s lead with 16 points and Kyle Fogg added 12 points.
Reggie Redding secured 15 points to lead Bayern, while Vladimir Lucic poured in 13 points.