2018 Italian Basketball Cup

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2018 Italian Basketball Cup
Tournament details
Arena Nelson Mandela Forum
Florence, Italy
Dates 15–18 February 2018[1]
Final positions
Champions Fiat Torino
Runners-up Germani Basket Brescia
Awards and statistics
MVP United States Vander Blue
2017
2019

The 2018 Italian Basketball Cup, known as the 2018 PosteMobile Final Eight for sponsorship reasons,[2] was the 50th edition of Italy's national cup tournament. The competition is managed by the Lega Basket for LBA clubs. The tournament was played from 15 to 18 February 2018 in Florence, at the end of the first half of the 2017–18 LBA season.[3]

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano were the defending champions.[4]

Fiat Torino went to win its first Cup ever by beating Germani Basket Brescia 69–67 in the Finals.[5] Vander Blue was named Finals MVP of the competition.[6]

Qualification[edit]

Qualified for the tournament were selected based on their position on the league table at the end of the first half of the 2017–18 LBA regular season.

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Sidigas Avellino 15 12 3 1248 1148 +100 Qualified as seeded teams
2 Germani Basket Brescia 15 11 4 1184 1087 +97
3 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 15 11 4 1153 1072 +81
4 Umana Reyer Venezia 15 11 4 1227 1185 +42
5 Fiat Torino 15 10 5 1219 1186 +33 Qualified as non-seeded teams
6 Red October Cantù 15 8 7 1290 1285 +5
7 Segafredo Virtus Bologna 15 8 7 1191 1154 +37
8 Vanoli Cremona 15 8 7 1226 1199 +27
Source: LBA

Bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals
15–16 February
Semifinals
17 February
Final
18 February
         
1 Sidigas Avellino 82
8 Vanoli Cremona 89
8 Vanoli Cremona 87
5 Fiat Torino 92
4 Umana Reyer Venezia 60
5 Fiat Torino 72
5 Fiat Torino 69
2 Germani Basket Brescia 67
3 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 87
6 Red October Cantù 105
6 Red October Cantù 82
2 Germani Basket Brescia 87
2 Germani Basket Brescia 97
7 Segafredo Virtus Bologna 83

Quarterfinals[edit]

Sidigas Avellino vs. Vanoli Cremona[edit]

15 February 2018 Quarterfinal A Sidigas Avellino 82–89 Vanoli Cremona Florence
18:00 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 22–18, 18–14, 13–19, 21–23
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Rich 30
Rebs: Fesenko 19
Asts: Leunen 5
PIR: Rich 34
Boxscore Pts: D. Diener 19
Rebs: Sims 9
Asts: T. Diener 8
PIR: Johnson-Odom 19
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Tolga Sahin, Gabriele Bettini, Dario Morelli


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 12 Italy Ariel Filloy 6 5 1
SG 24 Italy Lorenzo D'Ercole 12 4 0
SG 25 United States Jason Rich 30 4 3
PF 10 United States Maarty Leunen 2 6 5
C 44 Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko 19 19 1
Reserves:
F/C 0 Italy Andrea Zerini 0 1 0
G/F 1 United States Dez Wells 2 1 0
PG 6 Uruguay Bruno Fitipaldo 5 0 0
SF 11 Canada Thomas Scrubb 2 0 0
C 55 Senegal Hamady N'Diaye 4 2 0
G 57 Italy Salvatore Parlato DNP
Head coach:
Italy Stefano Sacripanti
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 10 Italy Michele Ruzzier 5 1 1
SG 20 United States Darius Johnson-Odom 18 5 2
SF 2 Italy Simone Fontecchio 5 7 0
PF 1 United States Kelvin Martin 11 6 1
C 14 United States Henry Sims 16 9 0
Reserves:
PF 6 Italy Giulio Gazzotti DNP
PG 7 Italy Travis Diener 0 3 8
F 8 Italy Giampaolo Ricci 12 4 0
G 11 Italy Marco Portannese DNP
SG 16 United States Drake Diener 19 4 1
F 23 United States Landon Milbourne 3 2 1
Head coach:
Italy Romeo Sacchetti

Umana Reyer Venezia vs. Fiat Torino[edit]

15 February 2018 Quarterfinal B Umana Reyer Venezia 60–72 Fiat Torino Florence
20:45 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 4–21, 25–23, 17–16, 14–12
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Watt 19
Rebs: Watt 11
Asts: four players 2
PIR: Watt 17
Boxscore Pts: Garrett 17
Rebs: Boungou Colo 8
Asts: five players 2
PIR: Boungou Colo 15
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Maurizio Biggi, Gianluca Sardella, Evangelista Caiazza


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 0 Georgia (country) MarQuez Haynes 9 2 2
SG 6 Greece Michael Bramos 8 4 2
SF 7 Italy Stefano Tonut 1 3 2
PF 2 Croatia Hrvoje Perić 8 8 0
C 50 United States Mitchell Watt 19 11 0
Reserves:
SG 3 United States Dominique Johnson 3 1 0
F 9 United States Austin Daye 6 8 1
PG 10 Italy Andrea De Nicolao 6 1 2
F/C 13 Italy Riccardo Bolpin DNP
F/C 14 Italy Tomas Ress 0 1 0
C 19 Italy Paul Biligha 0 1 0
G/F 30 Italy Bruno Cerella 0 0 0
Head coach:
Italy Walter De Raffaele
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 United States Diante Garrett 17 3 1
SG 21 Slovakia Andre Jones 8 3 1
SF 17 United States Deron Washington 11 7 2
PF 16 France Nobel Boungou Colo 9 8 2
C 32 Nigeria Trevor Mbakwe 8 5 1
Reserves:
PG 1 United States Vander Blue 4 0 2
G/F 6 Slovenia Sasha Vujačić 2 3 2
PG 8 Italy Giuseppe Poeta 4 2 2
F/C 22 Italy Valerio Mazzola 9 7 0
PG 23 Italy Mohamed Touré DNP
G 24 Italy Lorenzo Mittica DNP
G 25 Italy Guy Akoua DNP
Head coach:
Italy Paolo Galbiati

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano vs. Red October Cantù[edit]

16 February 2018 Quarterfinal C EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 87–105 Red October Cantù Florence
18:00 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 18–28, 20–29, 25–23, 24–25
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Goudelock 23
Rebs: three players 7
Asts: Theodore 6
PIR: Theodore 23
Boxscore Pts: Smith 23
Rebs: Christian Burns 12
Asts: Smith 8
PIR: Smith 34
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Saverio Lanzarini, Luca Weidmann, Alessandro Vicino


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 25 Republic of Macedonia Jordan Theodore 16 7 6
SG 0 United States Andrew Goudelock 23 1 2
SF 5 Serbia Vladimir Micov 7 7 2
PF 19 Lithuania Mindaugas Kuzminskas 10 3 0
C 22 Italy Marco Cusin 4 7 1
Reserves:
G 6 Italy Enrico Mario Tomba DNP
PF 7 Italy Davide Pascolo 6 3 0
PG 20 Italy Andrea Cinciarini 9 0 1
SF 23 Italy Awudu Abass 3 2 2
SG 45 Latvia Dairis Bertāns 6 1 0
PG 55 United States Curtis Jerrells 0 2 0
C 77 Lithuania Artūras Gudaitis 3 4 0
Head coach:
Italy Simone Pianigiani
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 United States Jaime Smith 23 0 8
SG 21 United States Jeremy Chappell 19 4 3
SF 5 Italy David Cournooh 12 4 3
PF 23 Italy Christian Burns 14 12 3
C 25 United States Charles Thomas 16 2 0
Reserves:
C 4 Italy Luca Pappalardo DNP
G 8 Italy Salvatore Parrillo 12 3 1
G 10 Italy Maurizio Tassone 0 0 0
C 15 Italy Andrea Crosariol DNP
F 19 Italy Giacomo Maspero 9 4 1
F 20 Italy Davide Raucci 0 0 0
Head coach:
Italy Marco Sodini

Germani Basket Brescia vs. Segafredo Virtus Bologna[edit]

16 February 2018 Quarterfinal D Germani Basket Brescia 97–83 Segafredo Virtus Bologna Florence
20:45 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 20–20, 22–19, 29–27
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Moore 22
Rebs: Vitali 7
Asts: Vitali 6
PIR: Moore 25
Boxscore Pts: Lawson 17
Rebs: Slaughter 7
Asts: Umeh 5
PIR: Lawson 18
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Carmelo Lo Guzzo, Lorenzo Baldini, Mark Bartoli


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 7 Italy Luca Vitali 20 7 6
SG 2 United States Lee Moore 22 3 2
SF 34 United States David Moss 6 2 3
PF 8 United States Marcus Landry 8 2 0
C 4 United States Dario Hunt 8 4 0
Reserves:
G 5 Italy Martino Mastellari DNP
C 10 Austria Benjamin Ortner 2 4 0
PG 26 Italy Andrea Traini 10 1 0
G 31 Italy Michele Vitali 17 2 2
F 41 Italy Brian Sacchetti 4 4 2
Head coach:
Italy Andrea Diana
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 20 Croatia Oliver Lafayette 14 0 2
SG 3 Nigeria Michael Umeh 11 2 5
SF 0 Italy Alessandro Gentile 11 3 3
PF 8 Italy Filippo Baldi Rossi 5 4 0
C 44 United States Marcus Slaughter 9 7 2
Reserves:
PG 6 Italy Alessandro Pajola 2 0 0
F 13 Albania Klaudio Ndoja 12 3 0
PG 22 Italy Stefano Gentile 2 3 4
C 23 Italy Matteo Berti DNP
C 25 United States Kenny Lawson 17 4 0
Head coach:
Italy Alessandro Ramagli

Semifinals[edit]

Vanoli Cremona vs. Fiat Torino[edit]

17 February 2018 Semifinal A Vanoli Cremona 87–920(OT) Fiat Torino Florence
18:00 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 22–12, 18–28, 21–15, 19–25Overtime: 7–12
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Fontecchio 16
Rebs: Sims 7
Asts: Johnson-Odom, Ruzzier 3
PIR: Diener 12
Boxscore Pts: Garrett 18
Rebs: Washington 13
Asts: Poeta 3
PIR: Washington 24
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Carmelo Paternico', Alessandro Martolini, Beniamino Manuel Attard


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 10 Italy Michele Ruzzier 4 2 3
SG 20 United States Darius Johnson-Odom 14 1 3
SF 2 Italy Simone Fontecchio 16 2 0
PF 1 United States Kelvin Martin 7 4 2
C 14 United States Henry Sims 9 7 0
Reserves:
PF 6 Italy Giulio Gazzotti DNP
PG 7 Italy Travis Diener 6 5 1
F 8 Italy Giampaolo Ricci 9 6 0
G 11 Italy Marco Portannese 0 2 1
SG 16 United States Drake Diener 11 2 2
F 23 United States Landon Milbourne 11 5 1
Head coach:
Italy Romeo Sacchetti
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 United States Diante Garrett 18 6 2
SG 21 Slovakia Andre Jones 3 3 0
SF 17 United States Deron Washington 13 13 1
PF 16 France Nobel Boungou Colo 7 8 1
C 32 Nigeria Trevor Mbakwe 3 3 0
Reserves:
PG 1 United States Vander Blue 17 1 1
G/F 6 Slovenia Sasha Vujačić 15 7 0
PG 8 Italy Giuseppe Poeta 9 0 3
F/C 22 Italy Valerio Mazzola 7 5 0
PG 23 Italy Mohamed Touré DNP
G 24 Italy Lorenzo Mittica DNP
G 25 Italy Guy Akoua DNP
Head coach:
Italy Paolo Galbiati

Red October Cantù vs. Germani Basket Brescia[edit]

17 February 2018 Semifinal B Red October Cantù 82–870(OT) Germani Basket Brescia Florence
20:45 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 18–20, 21–23, 17–20, 20–13Overtime: 6–11
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Thomas 20
Rebs: Burns 14
Asts: Smith, Chappell 4
PIR: Chappell 20
Boxscore Pts: Vitali 19
Rebs: Hunt 11
Asts: Vitali 4
PIR: Vitali 30
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Enrico Sabetta, Michele Rossi, Emanuele Aronne


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 United States Jaime Smith 19 0 4
SG 21 United States Jeremy Chappell 17 13 4
SF 5 Italy David Cournooh 4 3 0
PF 23 Italy Christian Burns 11 14 2
C 25 United States Charles Thomas 20 4 2
Reserves:
C 4 Italy Luca Pappalardo DNP
G 8 Italy Salvatore Parrillo 11 5 0
G 10 Italy Maurizio Tassone 0 0 0
C 15 Italy Andrea Crosariol DNP
F 19 Italy Giacomo Maspero 0 1 0
F 20 Italy Davide Raucci 0 0 1
Head coach:
Italy Marco Sodini
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 7 Italy Luca Vitali 19 9 4
SG 2 United States Lee Moore 15 9 3
SF 34 United States David Moss 5 1 2
PF 8 United States Marcus Landry 17 5 2
C 4 United States Dario Hunt 9 11 1
Reserves:
G 5 Italy Martino Mastellari DNP
C 10 Austria Benjamin Ortner 4 4 0
PG 26 Italy Andrea Traini 3 1 2
G 31 Italy Michele Vitali 10 5 1
F 41 Italy Brian Sacchetti 5 2 2
Head coach:
Italy Andrea Diana

Final[edit]

In the final game Sasha Vujačić’s layup in the dying seconds lifted Fiat Torino to a 69-67 victory over Germani Basket Brescia for the club’s first Italian Cup. After a series of threes in the closing seconds left the game tied, Brescia had the ball for what appeared to be the final possession, however Marcus Landry and Luca Vitali each missed from downtown, Deron Washington picked up the loose ball and started a fast break that Vujacic finished with the winning layup. Diante Garrett paced Fiat with 16 points, Nobel Boungou Colo and Vander Blue added 11 points apiece and Washington scored 10 for the winners. Landry paced Brescia with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Michele Vitali added 14 points in defeat.[7]

Fiat Torino vs. Germani Basket Brescia[edit]

18 February 2018 Final Fiat Torino 69–67 Germani Basket Brescia Florence
18:00 (CET) Scoring by quarter: 11–14, 17–17, 25–25, 16–11
Eurosport
RAI
Pts: Garrett 16
Rebs: Mazzola 11
Asts: Poeta 4
PIR: Mazzola 17
Boxscore Pts: Landry 22
Rebs: Landry 9
Asts: Vitali 10
PIR: Landry 20
Arena: Nelson Mandela Forum
Referees: Saverio Lanzarini, Carmelo Lo Guzzo, Lorenzo Baldini


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 United States Diante Garrett 16 4 2
SG 1 United States Vander Blue 11 2 1
SF 17 United States Deron Washington 10 7 3
PF 16 France Nobel Boungou Colo 11 2 0
C 32 Nigeria Trevor Mbakwe 1 5 1
Reserves:
G/F 6 Slovenia Sasha Vujačić 7 4 1
PG 8 Italy Giuseppe Poeta 7 2 4
SG 21 Slovakia Andre Jones 0 0 1
F/C 22 Italy Valerio Mazzola 6 11 0
PG 23 Italy Mohamed Touré DNP
G 24 Italy Lorenzo Mittica DNP
G 25 Italy Guy Akoua DNP
Head coach:
Italy Paolo Galbiati


Italian Cup MVP
United States Vander Blue
Game rules
Game played under FIBA rules.
2018 Italian Cup Winners

Fiat Torino
1st title
Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 7 Italy Luca Vitali 5 6 10
SG 2 United States Lee Moore 2 5 0
SF 34 United States David Moss 2 5 2
PF 8 United States Marcus Landry 22 9 1
C 4 United States Dario Hunt 6 6 0
Reserves:
G 5 Italy Martino Mastellari DNP
C 10 Austria Benjamin Ortner 4 0 1
SG 16 Italy Giovanni Veronesi DNP
C 20 Italy Abdel Fall DNP
PG 26 Italy Andrea Traini 0 2 1
G 31 Italy Michele Vitali 14 3 2
F 41 Italy Brian Sacchetti 12 2 2
Head coach:
Italy Andrea Diana

Sponsors[edit]

Source:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PosteMobile Final Eight 2018 - Programma
  2. ^ "Presentato l'accordo di sponsorizzazione tra LBA e PosteMobile" [The sponsorship agreement between LBA and PosteMobile has been presented]. Legabasket.it (in Italian). 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Final Eight 2018: ufficializzata Firenze come sede dell'evento 15-18 febbraio" [2018 Final Eight: Florence will host the tournament 15–18 February]. Sportando.com (in Italian). 25 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ "National cups roundup: February 19, 2017". euroleague.net. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Basket, Final Eight: Torino-Brescia 69-67. Storica prima dell'Auxilium" [Basketball, Final Eight: Torino-Brescia 69-67. Historical first time for Auxilium]. gazzetta.it (in Italian). 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Vander Blue è l'MVP delle Final Eight di Firenze" [Vander Blue named MVP of the Final Eight in Florence]. Sportando.com (in Italian). 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ "National cups roundup: February 18, 2018". euroleague.net. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ "La Fiorentina partner della PosteMobile Final Eight" [ACF Fiorentina official partner of PosteMobile Final Eight]. Sportando.com (in Italian). 5 February 2018.
  9. ^ PosteMobile Final Eight, Partners

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