EuroCup: Uxue Bilbao – Lokomotiv Kuban Final


Lokomotive Kuban’s Nick Calathes drives the lane against Valencia’s Rodrigo San Miguel during their EuroCup semifinal contest Wednesday.

The finals of the 2012-13 EuroCup have now been set as Uxue Bilbao Baskets and Lokomotiv Kuban came out on top in their respective semifinal matchups and will now play April 13th for the title. Bilbao took both semifinal games with BC Budivelnik Kiev to qualify for the finals, and Kuban split their two-game series with Valencia, winning on overall points. The two will meet at the RTL Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium, for a one game title contest that will not only determine the EuroCup champion, but also which club will compete in the 2013-14 Euroleague.

Uxue Bilbao Baskets – BC Budivelnik Kiev, 75:53
Coming into Game 2 Bilbao had a 10-point advantage after their 83:93 road win in Game 1, with Game 2 being played at Bilbao Arena. Five players from the Uxue Bilbao squad finished in double figures during the contest.

This contest was never close as Bilbao got out to a 20:14 lead after the first 10 and opened their lead to 14-points at the half, 37:23.

Budivelnik picked up a point in the third frame by outscoring the hosts 18:19, but Bilbao made sure of their place in the finals with a 22:11 fourth quarter to expand their final margin to 22, 75:23.

Lamont Hamilton and Alex Mumbru led Bilbao with 13 points each. Fran Pilepic, Mamadou Samb, and Kostas Vasiliadis scored 10 point apiece in the win.

Leo Lyons was game-high for Budivelnik with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Artur Drozdov added 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Lokomotiv Kuban – Valencia Basket, 63:68
Lokomotiv Kuban held a 10-point advantage after their 87:97 victory in Game 1. Despite a 63:68 loss at home on Wednesday, Kuban still qualified for the EuroCup finals based on a 5-point advantage in overall points. Valencia had five players in double figures and were looking to pick up the extra five points they needed in the fourth quarter to move on to the finals, but Kuban ended up outscoring them 26:25 to preserve their margin.

Kuban got the early advantage with a 16:15 lead after the first, but Valencia took a small 26:28 advantage into the dressing rooms at the half.

The guests still had work to do to cover the 10-point margin Kuban held and picked up another four on them in the third from with a 11:15 score in the third to head into the final frame up 37:43.

Midway through the fourth they got the advantage to 10, 43:53, but Kuban was able to cut the margin and keep it under 10 as Nick Calathes put the club on his shoulders and carried them to the finals.

Stefan Markovic (5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal) and Bojan Dubljevic (11 rebounds, 2 assists) led the way for Valencia with 14 points each. Pau Ribas added 12 points and 4 assists. Serhiy Lishchuk (7 rebounds and 3 steals) and Thomas Kelati added 10 points each.

Calathes was game-high with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Kuban. Derrick Brown dropped in 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds.

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