2013–14 EuroChallenge

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2013–14 EuroChallenge
League EuroChallenge
Sport Basketball
Duration October 24, 2013 – April 27, 2014
Number of teams 32
Top scorer United States Sharaud Curry – 20.1
(Team TEHO Sport Kotka)
Final Four
Champions Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
  Runners-up Russia Triumph Lyubertsy
Final Four MVP Italy Andrea Cinciarini
EuroChallenge seasons

The 2013–14 EuroChallenge was the 11th edition of Europe's third-tier level transnational competition for men's professional basketball clubs. The winner and the runner-up of this competition earned a place at the group stage of the 2014–15 Eurocup season.

The Final Four was held in PalaDozza in Bologna, Italy. The host of the tournament, Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia won the Final by beating Triumph Lyubertsy 79–65. Italian player Andrea Cinciarini received the Final Four MVP award.

Competition format changes[edit]

This year's EuroChallenge saw a number of innovations, including the division of the participating clubs into two main Conferences for the Regular Season - Conference 1 and Conference 2 - based on a broad geographical criteria. This year no qualification round was held. The 32 teams were divided into eight round-robin groups of four teams each for the regular season. The two best-placed teams qualified to the next phase of the competition.[1]

Teams[edit]

Key to colors
Champion
Runner-up
Third place
Fourth place
Eliminated in quarterfinals
Eliminated in Top 16
Eliminated in regular season
Country (League) Teams Teams (rankings in 2012–13 national championships)
 Hungary (NBI/A) 4 Szolnoki Olaj KK (2) Atomerőmű SE (3) Jászberényi KSE (5) BC Körmend (6)
 Netherlands (DBL) 3 ZZ Leiden (1) SPM Shoeters (3) GasTerra Flames (4)
 Russia (PBL + VTB) 3 Krasnye Krylya Samara (6) Triumph Lyubertsy (7) BC Ural Yekaterinburg (1) BSL
 Romania (Divizia A) 3 BC Mureș (2) CSM Oradea (3) Gaz Metan Mediaș (4)
 Belgium (BLB) 2 Okapi Aalstar (4) Antwerp Giants (5)
 Estonia (KML) 2 Tartu Ülikool/Rock (2) Rakvere Tarvas (3)
 France (LNB) 2 JDA Dijon (8) Cholet Basket (10)
 Finland (Korisliiga) 2 Team TEHO Sport Kotka (2) Joensuun Kataja (3)
 Turkey (TBL) 2 Tofaş Bursa (8) Royal Halı Gaziantep (9)
 Austria (ÖBB) 1 Zepter Vienna (1)
 Belarus (Premier) 1 Tsmoki Minsk (1)
 Bulgaria (NBL) 1 Rilski Sportist (3)
 Denmark (DBL) 1 Bakken Bears (1)
 Italy (Lega A) 1 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (7)
 Latvia (LBL) 1 BK Ventspils (2)
 Slovenia (ABA) 1 KK Krka (9)
 Sweden (SBL) 1 Södertälje BBK (1)
 Ukraine (UBL) 1 BC Kyiv (14)

Draw[edit]

The draws for the 2013–14 FIBA EuroChallenge were held on Friday, July 5 in Munich, Germany. Teams were seeded into four pots of four teams in accordance with the FIBA Club ranking, based on their performance in European competitions during a three-year period.

The 32 clubs registered for this year's competition were divided into two conferences (1 and 2), based on broad geographical criteria.[2]

Conference 1
Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3 Seed 4

Latvia BK Ventspils
Belgium Antwerp Giants
Belgium Okapi Aalstar
France Cholet Basket

Finland Joensuun Kataja
Estonia Tartu Ülikool/Rock
France JDA Dijon
Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia

Netherlands ZZ Leiden
Sweden Södertälje BBK
Netherlands SPM Shoeters
Netherlands GasTerra Flames

Estonia Rakvere Tarvas
Austria Zepter Vienna
Denmark Bakken Bears
Finland Team TEHO Sport Kotka

Conference 2
Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3 Seed 4

Slovenia KK Krka
Russia Krasnye Krylya Samara
Hungary Szolnoki Olaj KK
Russia Triumph Lyubertsy

Belarus Tsmoki Minsk
Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
Turkey Tofaş Bursa
Hungary Atomerőmű SE

Hungary BC Körmend
Russia BC Ural Yekaterinburg
Bulgaria Rilski Sportist
Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep

Ukraine BC Kyiv
Hungary Jászberényi KSE
Romania BC Mureș
Romania CSM Oradea

Regular season[edit]

The regular season began on November 5.

If teams are level on record at the end of the Regular Season, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record.
  2. Head-to-head point differential.
  3. Point differential during the Regular Season.
  4. Points scored during the regular season.
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each Regular Season match.
Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advance to Last 16
     Eliminated

Group A[edit]

Group B[edit]

Group C[edit]

Group D[edit]

Group E[edit]

Group F[edit]

Group G[edit]

Group H[edit]

Last 16[edit]

Key to colors
     Homecourt advantage for quarterfinals
     Advance to quarterfinals
     Eliminated

Group I[edit]

Group J[edit]

Group K[edit]

Group L[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The quarter-finals were played in a best-of-three series. The dates of the matches were 11, 13 and 18 March. Team 1 played the first and the third game at home court.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Tartu Ülikool/Rock Estonia 1–2 Hungary Szolnoki Olaj KK 87–83 73–80 60–78
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Italy 2–0 Russia Krasnye Krylia Samara 75–63 73–71
Royal Halı Gaziantep Turkey 2–0 Belarus Tsmoki Minsk 59–58 68–67
BC Ural Yekaterinburg Russia 0–2 Russia Triumph Lyubertsy 72–80 67–110

Final Four[edit]

The Final Four was played between the four winners of the quarterfinals at PalaDozza in Bologna, Italy. It was the second time the EuroChallenge Final Four was held in Bologna.

Semifinals
25 April 2014
Final
27 April 2014
 Russia Triumph Lyubertsy   61  
 Hungary Szolnoki Olaj KK   59  
 
     Russia Triumph Lyubertsy  65
   Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia  79
Third place
 Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep   55  Hungary Szolnoki Olaj KK  75
 Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia   66    Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep  87

Semifinals[edit]

25 April 2014
18:00 (CET)
Szolnoki Olaj KK Hungary 59–61 Russia Triumph Lyubertsy
Scoring by quarter: 14–13, 14–18, 15–12, 16–18
Pts: Holiday 16
Rebs: Milošević 11
Asts: Simon, Vojvoda 2
Pts: Landry 18
Rebs: Kulagin 8
Asts: Kulagin 3
PalaDozza, Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 4,624
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (BIH), Nebojsa Kovacevic (GER), Ciprian Stoica (ROU)
25 April 2014
20:30 (CET)
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Italy 66–55 Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep
Scoring by quarter: 19–16, 14–12, 21–15, 12–12
Pts: Siliņš 14
Rebs: Cinciarini 12
Asts: Cinciarini, Kaukėnas 6
Pts: Borovnjak 14
Rebs: Stević 10
Asts: three players 2
PalaDozza, Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 4,624
Referees: Jose Martin (ESP), Paulo Marques (POR), Sebastien Clivaz (SUI)

Third place game[edit]

27 April 2014
16:30 (CET)
Szolnoki Olaj KK Hungary 75–87 OT Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep
Scoring by quarter: 17–18, 19–14, 13–26, 19–10, OT: 7–19
Pts: Báder 17
Rebs: Báder 8
Asts: Simon 5
Pts: Lorbek, Borovnjak 16
Rebs: Stević 8
Asts: Ermiş, Bremer 4
PalaDozza, Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 4,879
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (BIH), Paulo Marques (POR), Anastasios Manos (GRE)

Final[edit]

27 April 2014
19:00 (CET)
Triumph Lyubertsy Russia 65–79 Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Scoring by quarter: 16-23, 16-25, 17-18, 16-13
Pts: Cory Higgins 21
Rebs: Evgeny Valiev 7
Asts: Evgeny Valiev 3
Pts: James White 17
Rebs: Riccardo Cervi 5
Asts: Andrea Cinciarini 7
PalaDozza, Bologna, Italy
Attendance: 4,879
Referees: Jose Martin (ESP), Nebojsa Kovacevic (GER), Ciprian Stoica (ROU)
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Triumph Lyubertsy jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Triumph Lyubertsy
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Reggio Emilia jersey
Team colours
Team colours
Reggio Emilia
Starters:
PG 7 United States Cory Higgins
SG 13 Russia Artem Vikhrov
SF 21 United States Jeremy Chappell
PF 11 Russia Evgeny Valiev
C 50 Serbia Milovan Raković
Reserves:
PF 4 Russia Ivan Lazarev
SG 5 Russia Viktor Zaryazhko
SG 8 Russia Artem Kuzyakin
PF 11 Russia Pavel Spiridonov
SG 12 Russia Evgeny Voronov
G 32 Russia Dmitry Kulagin
C 33 Canada Kyle Landry
Head coach:
Russia Vasiliy Karasev
Champions
Italy
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
1st title
Starters:
PG 5 Lithuania Ariel Faloy
PF 6 Italy Angelo Gigli
PF 4 United States James White
PF 15 Latvia Ojārs Siliņš
C 14 Italy Riccardo Cervi
Reserves:
PF 7 Italy Giovanni Pini
F 8 Switzerland Greg Brunner
G/F 9 Italy Michele Antonutti
G 10 United States Troy Bell
G G Italy Matteo Frassineti
Head coach:
Italy Massimiliano Menetti

Individual statistics[edit]

Points[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Total PPG
1 United States Sharaud Curry Finland Team TEHO Sport Kotka 10 201 20.1
2 United States Cory Higgins Russia Triumph Lyubertsy 15 248 17.9
3 United States Keith Benson Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk 12 208 17.3
4 United States Aaron McGhee Russia Ural Yekaterinburg 13 223 17.2
5 United States Lance Harris Russia Ural Yekaterinburg 13 218 16.8

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Total RPG
1 Belgium Maxime De Zeeuw Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants 11 88 8.0
2 United States Aaron McGhee Russia Ural Yekaterinburg 13 103 7.9
3 Serbia Oliver Stević Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep 15 114 7.6
4 United States Keith Benson Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk 12 87 7.3
5 Estonia Janar Talts Estonia Tartu Ülikool/Rock 15 105 7.0

Assists[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Total APG
1 Russia Anton Glazunov Russia Ural Yekaterinburg 13 92 7.1
2 United States Sharaud Curry Finland Team TEHO Sport Kotka 10 67 6.7
3 United States Aaron Miles Russia Krasnye Krylia 13 87 6.7
4 Italy Andrea Cinciarini Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 12 76 6.3
5 Turkey Barış Ermiş Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep 9 54 6.0

Awards[edit]

Weekly MVP[edit]

Regular season

Week Player Team PIR
1 Belgium Maxime de Zeeuw Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants 31
Switzerland Greg Brunner Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
2 Nigeria Chinemelu Elonu Turkey Tofaş Bursa 35
3 United States Courdon Higgins Russia Triumph Lyubertsy 36
4 Serbia Rastko Dramićanin Hungary Fortress Jászberényi 32
5 United States Keith Benson Belarus BC Tsmoki-Minsk 36
6 United States Aaron McGhee Russia BC Ural Yekaterinburg 31
7 United States Sean Barnette Bulgaria BC Rilski Sportist 38

Last 16

Week Player Team PIR
1 United States Aaron Miles Russia Krasnye Krylia 29
2 United States Aaron McGhee (2) Russia BC Ural Yekaterinburg 30
Russia Dmitry Flis Russia BC Ural Yekaterinburg
Turkey Barış Ermiş Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep
3 Italy Andrea Cinciarini Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 33
4 Lithuania Vilmantas Dilys Estonia Tartu Ülikool/Rock 30
United States Willie Kemp Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
5 United States Sharaud Curry Finland Team TEHO Sport Kotka 26
6 United States James White Italy Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 31

Quarterfinals

Week Player Team PIR
1 United States Lance Harris Russia BC Ural Yekaterinburg 28
United States Justin Holiday Hungary Szolnoki Olaj KK
2 Serbia Dejan Borovnjak Turkey Royal Halı Gaziantep 31

Final Four MVP[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EuroChallenge". Fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  2. ^ "EuroChallenge Draw Seedings Released". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 2014-04-10.