2014–15 EuroChallenge

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EuroChallenge
Competition details
Season 2014–15
Teams 32
Dates 4 November 2014 – 26 April 2015
Final positions
Champions France JSF Nanterre (1st title)
Runners-up Turkey Trabzonspor Medical Park
Third place Romania Energia Târgu Jiu
Fourth place Germany Fraport Skyliners
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] The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round. (TH: Title holder)

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc.: League position after eventual playoffs
Regular season
Belgium Okapi Aalstar (2nd) Turkey Uşak Sportif (7th) Germany ratiopharm Ulm (7th) Kazakhstan Astana (1st)
Belgium Belfius Mons-Hainaut (3rd) Turkey Tofaş (8th) Germany Fraport Skyliners (11th) Lithuania Šiauliai (6th)
Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants (4th) Turkey Trabzonspor Medical Park (9th) Russia Enisey (6th) Denmark Bakken Bears (1st)
Romania Oradea (2nd) France Le Mans (5th) Russia Avtodor Saratov [a] (1st) Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk (1st)
Romania U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca (3rd) France JSF Nanterre (9th) Italy Enel Brindisi (6th) Estonia Tartu University Rock (2nd)
Romania Energia Târgu Jiu (8th) Hungary Atomerőmű SE (2nd) Italy Bonprix Biella [b] (4th) Portugal Benfica (1st)
Finland Kataja (2nd) Hungary Egis Körmend (8th) Sweden Södertälje Kings (1st) Bulgaria Lukoil Academic (2nd)
Finland KTP (4th) Austria magnofit Güssing Knights (1st) Sweden Borås (3rd) Netherlands SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (2nd)
  1. ^ Avtodor Saratov qualified as the winner of the Russian Basketball Super League, the second division of Russian basketball.
  2. ^ Bonprix Biella finished in 4th place in the DNA Gold, the second division in Italian basketball.

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]

The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the last 16, while the third-placed teams and fourth-placed teams are eliminated.

If teams in the same group finished tied on points at the end of the regular season, tiebreakers were 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.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification BRI SPM ULM SÖD
1 Italy Enel Brindisi 6 5 1 496 400 +96 11 Advance to last 16 76–62 88–70 90–69
2 Netherlands SPM Shoeters Den Bosch 6 3 3 498 499 −1 9[a] 71–69 87–76 88–72
3 Germany ratiopharm Ulm 6 3 3 477 467 +10 9[a] 76–77 91–82 88–62
4 Sweden Södertälje Kings 6 1 5 441 546 −105 7 52–96 115–108 71–76
Source: EuroChallenge
Notes:

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification TAR ENE KÖR LUK
1 Estonia Tartu University Rock 6 4 2 428 420 +8 10 Advance to last 16 66–59 81–83 71–59
2 Romania Energia Târgu Jiu 6 3 3 428 435 −7 9[a] 74–56 73–72 72–67
3 Hungary Egis Körmend 6 3 3 447 460 −13 9[a] 72–79 77–76 63–76
4 Bulgaria Lukoil Academic 6 2 4 447 435 +12 8 73–75 97–74 75–80
Source: EuroChallenge
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Energia Târgu Jiu win on point difference (–7 vs –13) vs Egis Körmend

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification OKA FRA BOR BAK
1 Belgium Okapi Aalstar 6 5 1 557 507 +50 11 Advance to last 16 94–59 119–118 103–100
2 Germany Fraport Skyliners 6 4 2 464 421 +43 10 80–58 70–72 74–64
3 Sweden Borås 6 3 3 505 516 −11 9 83–92 61–94 90–70
4 Denmark Bakken Bears 6 0 6 457 539 −82 6 83–92 61–94 79–86

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification AVT AST TOF ORA
1 Russia Avtodor Saratov 6 5 1 530 438 +92 11 Advance to last 16 83–75 80–75 92–73
2 Kazakhstan Astana 6 5 1 492 461 +31 11 75–73 73–65 80–64
3 Turkey Tofaş 6 2 4 469 504 −35 8 66–101 102–104 84–75
4 Romania Oradea 6 0 6 429 517 −88 6 74–101 74–83 69–77

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification NAN BEL SLB KAT
1 France JSF Nanterre 6 5 1 529 478 +51 11 Advance to last 16 88–68 80–68 102–92
2 Belgium Belfius Mons-Hainaut 6 5 1 489 451 +38 11 94–86 92–63 71–62
3 Portugal Benfica 6 2 4 486 519 −33 8 86–96 107–82
4 Finland Kataja 6 0 6 479 535 −56 6 70–77 83–85 90–93

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification TS GÜS UMO ASE
1 Turkey Trabzonspor Medical Park 6 6 0 514 450 +64 12 Advance to last 16 80–72 91–72 103–81
2 Austria magnofit Güssing Knights 6 4 2 477 456 +21 10 67–77 84–77 93–84
3 Romania U-Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca 6 1 5 442 478 −36 7 80–81 68–81 64–73
4 Hungary Atomerőmű SE 6 1 5 454 503 −49 7 78–82 70–80 68–81

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MSB ANT BIE KTP
1 France Le Mans 6 5 1 478 414 +64 11 Advance to last 16 72–66 88–74 71–52
2 Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants 6 3 3 542 514 +28 9 78–87 92–82 98–83
3 Italy Bonprix Biella 6 3 3 511 525 −14 9 82–64 97–96 81–77
4 Finland KTP 6 1 5 475 553 −78 7 62–96 93–112 108–95

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification ENI UŞA ŠIA TSM
1 Russia Enisey 6 4 2 515 467 +48 10 Advance to last 16 95–79 86–68 87–82
2 Turkey Uşak Sportif 6 3 3 445 458 −13 9 69–84 79–69 78–59
3 Lithuania Šiauliai 6 3 3 493 515 −22 9 93–92 75–78 83–80
4 Belarus Tsmoki-Minsk 6 2 4 473 486 −13 8 76–71 85–73 91–94

Last 16[edit]

The sixteen teams were divided in four groups of four. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the quarterfinals, while the third-placed teams and fourth-placed teams are eliminated.

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification ENE BRI AST OKA
1 Romania Energia Târgu Jiu 6 4 2 501 498 +3 10 Advance to quarterfinals 67–78 90–89 93–60
2 Italy Enel Brindisi 6 3 3 485 445 +40 9 76–78 74–65 101–66
3 Kazakhstan Astana 6 3 3 512 509 +3 9 113–89 83–75 77–73
4 Belgium Okapi Aalstar 6 2 4 475 521 −46 8 82–84 86–81 108–85

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification NAN MSB GÜS USA
1 France JSF Nanterre 6 4 2 487 434 +53 10 Advance to quarterfinals 85–68 89–86 100–67
2 France Le Mans 6 4 2 464 429 +35 10 72–60 93–60 84–63
3 Austria magnofit Güssing Knights 6 2 4 458 471 −13 8 62–82 82–65 91–63
4 Turkey Uşak Sportif 6 2 4 430 505 −75 8 79–71 79–82 79–77

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification FRA AVT TAR SPM
1 Germany Fraport Skyliners 6 5 1 512 471 +41 11 Advance to quarterfinals 68–71 92–73 75–70
2 Russia Avtodor Saratov 6 4 2 567 546 +21 10 103–112 105–106 89–85
3 Estonia Tartu University Rock 6 2 4 457 501 −44 8 62–71 68–91 71–64
4 Netherlands SPM Shoeters Den Bosch 6 1 5 496 514 −18 7 92–94 107–108 78–77

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification TS ENI ANT BEL
1 Turkey Trabzonspor Medical Park 6 5 1 502 456 +46 11 Advance to quarterfinals 90–85 89–79 76–68
2 Russia Enisey 6 3 3 516 495 +21 9 96–82 85–86 83–88
3 Belgium Port of Antwerp Giants 6 3 3 481 509 −28 9 72–90 78–93 82–75
4 Belgium Belfius Mons-Hainaut 6 1 5 435 474 −39 7 56–75 71–74 77–84

Quarterfinals[edit]

The quarterfinals were played in a best-of-three playoff format. Teams that finished first in their top 16 group played the first and third leg at home. Matchdays were on 10 March, 12 March and 17 March 2015.

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
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 0
Fraport Skyliners Germany 2–1 Russia Enisey 77–74 68–78 85–80
Trabzonspor Medical Park Turkey 2–0 Russia Avtodor Saratov 94–88 100–73 0

Final Four[edit]

The 2015 Final Four was played on 24 April and 26 April 2015[4] at Hayri Gür Arena, Trabzon, Turkey.[5]

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

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. ^ Trabzon to host EuroChallenge Final Four; FIBA Europe, 26 March 2015
  6. ^ Jamal Shuler named Final Four MVP