2014–15 EuroChallenge

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EuroChallenge
Season 2014–15
Champions France JSF Nanterre (1st title)
Runners-up Turkey Trabzonspor Medical Park
Third place Romania Energia Târgu Jiu
Fourth place Germany Fraport Skyliners
Teams 32
Dates 4 November 2014 – 26 April 2015
Awards
Final Four MVP United States Jamal Shuler
Statistical leaders
Points United States Ryan Pearson
19.8
Rebounds Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko
10.1
Assists United States Courtney Fortson
9.8

The 2014–15 EuroChallenge was the 12th and last 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 next year's Eurocup season.

The regular season was composed by 32 teams and it started on 4 November 2014. The season ended on 26 April 2015, when JSF Nanterre beat Trabzonspor Medical Park 63–64 in the Final in Trabzon, Turkey.

It was the last season of the EuroChallenge, starting from the 2015–16 season, the competition was replaced by the FIBA Europe Cup.

Competition format[edit]

As in the previous season, the 32 participants were divided into two conferences. 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.

Teams[edit]

No qualification rounds were played, all teams entered the regular season. FIBA Europe announced the participants on 1 July 2014.[1] One day later, Szolnoki Olaj and VEF Rīga were moved to 2014–15 Eurocup as a replacement of two withdrawals. Trabzonspor Medical Park and Enisey Krasnoyarsk replaced them in the EuroChallenge.[2]

Key to colors
Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place Quarterfinalist Top 16 Regular season
Country (League) Teams Teams (ranking in 2013–14)
 Belgium (BLB) 3 Okapi Aalstar (2) Belfius Mons-Hainaut (3) Port of Antwerp Giants (4)
 Romania (Divizia A) 3 CSM Oradea (2) U Mobitelco Cluj (4) Energia Târgu Jiu (8)
 Turkey (TBL) 3 Uşak Sportif (7) Tofaş (8) Trabzonspor Medical Park (9)
 Finland (Korisliiga) 2 Joensuun Kataja (2) KTP Basket (4)
 France (LNB Pro A) 2 Le Mans Sarthe (5) JSF Nanterre (9)
 Hungary (NBI/A) 2 Atomerőmű (2) EGIS Körmend (8)
 Germany (BBL) 2 ratiopharm Ulm (7) Skyliners Frankfurt (11)
 Italy (Serie A) 2 Enel Brindisi (6) Angelico Biella (4) DNA Gold
 Russia (VTB) 2 Yenisey Krasnoyarsk (9) Avtodor Saratov (1) BSL
 Sweden (Basketligan) 2 Södertälje Kings (1) Borås Basket (3)
 Austria (ÖBL) 1 Magnofit Güssing Knights (1)
 Belarus (Premier) 1 Tsmoki Minsk (1)
 Bulgaria (NBL) 1 Lukoil Academic (2)
 Denmark (DBL) 1 Bakken Bears (1)
 Estonia (KML) 1 Tartu Ülikool/Rock (2)
 Kazakhstan (KBL) 1 Astana (1)
 Lithuania (LKL) 1 Šiauliai (6)
 Netherlands (DBL) 1 SPM Shoeters (2)
 Portugal (LPB) 1 Benfica (1)

Draw[edit]

The draw for the regular season was held on 6 July in Munich, Germany.

The 32 clubs registered for this year's competition were divided into two conferences (1 and 2), based on broad geographical criteria.[3]

Conference 1
Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3 Seed 4

Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants
Belgium Okapi Aalstar
Finland Joensuun Kataja
Sweden Södertälje Kings

Finland KTP-Basket
Denmark Bakken Bears
Belgium Belfius Mons-Hainaut
Netherlands SPM Shoeters

France JSF Nanterre
France Le Mans Sarthe
Germany ratiopharm Ulm
Germany Fraport Skyliners

Italy Enel Brindisi
Italy Angelico Biella
Sweden Borås Basket
Portugal Benfica

Conference 2
Seed 1 Seed 2 Seed 3 Seed 4

Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk
Estonia Tartu Ülikool/Rock
Turkey Tofaş
Hungary Atomerőmű

Russia Enisey Krasnoyarsk
Romania CSM Oradea
Hungary Körmend
Romania U Mobitelco Cluj

Russia Avtodor Saratov
Turkey Uşak Sportif
Turkey Trabzonspor Medical Park
Romania Energia Târgu Jiu

Austria UBC Güssing Knights
Bulgaria Lukoil Academic
Lithuania Šiauliai
Kazakhstan Astana

Regular season[edit]

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

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 Playoffs format. Teams who were group winners in the Top 16 had home court advantage. Play began on 10 March 2015 and ended on 17 March 2015.[4]

Seed 1 Agg. Seed 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
Energia Târgu Jiu Romania 2–1 France Le Mans Sarthe 84–60 68–79 79–64
JSF Nanterre France 2–0 Italy Enel Brindisi 80–68 77–72 N/A
Fraport Skyliners Germany 2–1 Russia Enisey Krasnoyarsk 77–74 68–78 85–80
Trabzonspor Medical Park Turkey 2–0 Russia Avtodor Saratov 94–88 100–73 N/A

Final four[edit]

The 2015 Final Four will be played on 24 April and 26 April 2015[5] at Hayri Gür Arena, Trabzon, Turkey.[6]


Semifinals
24 April 2015
Final
26 April 2015
 Romania Energia Târgu Jiu   63  
 Turkey Trabzonspor MP   83  
 
      Turkey Trabzonspor MP   63
    France JSF Nanterre   64
Third place
 France JSF Nanterre   84   Romania Energia Târgu Jiu   83
 Germany Fraport Skyliners   79     Germany Fraport Skyliners   80

Final[edit]

26 April 2015
19:00
Trabzonspor Medical Park Turkey 63–64 France JSF Nanterre
Scoring by quarter: 17–19, 11–18, 19–16, 16–11
Pts: Hardy 16
Rebs: Velickovic 7
Asts: Hardy 6
Pts: Campbell 15
Rebs: Jaiteh 7
Asts: 3 players 3
Hayri Gür Arena, Trabzon
Attendance: 7,500
Referees: Neil Wilkinson (ENG), Manuel Mazzoni (ITA), Milan Nedovic (SLO)

Awards[edit]

Final Four MVP[edit]

Top Statistical Performer[edit]

Each round a Weekly MVP is chosen, determined by the Performance Index Rating (PIR) system.

Regular season[edit]

Week Player Team PIR
1
United States Sean Marshall Turkey Trabzonspor
33
2
United States J'Covan Brown Kazakhstan Astana
36
3
United States LaMonte Ulmer Finland KTP
34
4
Sweden Christian Maråker Sweden Borås
39
5
United States Travis Peterson Russia Avtodor Saratov
35
6
Netherlands Stefan Wessels Netherlands SPM Shoeters
43

Last 16[edit]

Week Player Team PIR
1
United States Kyle Weems France JSF Nanterre
39
2
Kazakhstan Jerry Johnson Kazakhstan Astana
37
3
United States Travis Taylor Austria Güssing Knights
32
4
Azerbaijan Nik Caner-Medley Kazakhstan Astana
28
5
United States Courtney Fortson Russia Avtodor Saratov
42
6
United States DeAndre Kane Belgium Antwerp Giants
37
United States Quantez Robertson Germany Fraport Skyliners

Quarterfinals[edit]

Johannes Voigtmann was the Round 3 MVP
Week Player Team PIR
1
Montenegro Nemanja Milosevic Romania Energia Târgu Jiu
33
2
Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko Russia Avtodor Saratov
22
United States Mykal Riley France JSF Nanterre
United States Terrico White Russia Enisey Krasnoyarsk
3
Germany Johannes Voigtmann Germany Fraport Skyliners
33

Individual statistics[edit]

To be included in the top rankings in individual statistics, a player had to have a minimum of 9 games played.

Points[edit]

Pos. Player Team GP PPG
1
United States Ryan Pearson Belgium Antwerp Giants
12
19.8
2
United States Dwight Hardy Turkey Trabzonspor
16
18.1
3
United States J'Covan Brown Kazakhstan Astana
10
17.5

Rebounds[edit]

Pos. Player Team GP RPG
1
Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko Russia Avtodor
11
10.1
2
United States Travis Taylor Austria Güssing Knights
12
10.1
3
Serbia Nemanja Milosevic Romania Energia
17
8.5

Assists[edit]

Pos. Player Team GP APG
1
United States Courtney Fortson Russia Avtodor
13
9.8
2
United States D.J. Cooper Russia Enisey
15
7.9
3
Kazakhstan Jerry Johnson Kazakhstan Astana
10
7.0

Season highs[edit]

Statistic Player Team
Points
42
United States Robert Arnold Finland Kataja
Rebounds
20
Sweden Christian Maråker Sweden Borås
Assists
16
Finland Teemu Rannikko Finland Kataja
Steals
7
United States Terrico White Russia Enisey
Blocks
6
France Dounia Issa France Le Mans Sarthe
Three-point field goals
8
United States Benjamin Raymond Italy Bonprix Biella
Netherlands Kees Akerboom, Jr. Netherlands SPM Shoeters

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EuroChallenge 2014-15 field confirmed". FIBA Europe. 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Krasnoyarsk, Trabzonspor join list". FIBA Europe. 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "EuroChallenge Draw Seedings Announced". FIBA Europe. 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  4. ^ Schedule
  5. ^ Schedule
  6. ^ Trabzon to host EuroChallenge Final Four; FIBA Europe, 26 March 2015
  7. ^ Jamal Shuler named Final Four MVP