The week's big numbers: Umana Reyer Venezia triumph in Europe for the first time
MUNICH (FIBA Europe Cup) - The new FIBA Europe Cup champions have been crowned, with Umana Reyer Venezia claiming the laurels in front of their fans in Venice on Wednesday evening.
For the last time this season, we take a look at the most interesting events of the game day, through the lens of numbers and look to get you up to speed on what took place in the decisive leg of the Final.
The FIBA Europe Cup title was a historic first for Umana Reyer Venezia, who finally conquered their first European trophy, 37 years after their only previous Final appearance ended on a sour note. Having won both legs of the tie against Sidigas Scandone Avellino with an aggregate score of 158-148, team captain Tomas Ress and long-timer Hrvoje Peric lifted the trophy together in front of a packed Palasport Giuseppe Taliercio.
Walter De Raffaele must be proud of his team for how well they took care of the ball. After committing just six turnovers in the first game in Avellino, Reyer Venezia limited the number to just three on their home floor for a grand total of 9 turned-over possessions in the 80-minute-long duel against Avellino.
Reyer Venezia committed just three turnovers in the second leg
Losing possession of the ball was not a major issue for their opponents either, with just 17 turnovers in the two legs combined for Scandone. In comparative terms, however, Reyer Venezia still benefited from a greater number of possessions.
Kyrylo Fesenko fought with wolf-like determination under the boards, corralling 15 rebounds in the second leg of the Final, which was the third-best mark in the Play-Offs. He finished the FIBA Europe Cup Play-Offs as the top rebounder in terms of total numbers with 62 boards, with Jeffrey Crockett of Bakken Bears in second place with 54 rebounds. Fesenko's teammate Maarten Leunen was third with 43 rebounds.
Having won the Italian championship title with Reyer Venezia last season, Ariel Filloy did not shine in his return to Venice. On the contrary, despite getting a warm welcome from the fans, he went just 2-of-13 from the field and missed all 7 of his three-point attempts, leaving the court with 5 points and 7 rebounds.
Hrvoje Peric, the longest tenured player at Reyer Venezia having joined the team in 2013, accompanied team captain Tomas Ress in the presentation of the FIBA Europe Cup trophy.
The 32-year-old Dubrovnik-born Croatian was quite a factor in the game, sharing a team-high of 16 points with MarQuez Haynes despite playing just 18 minutes in the second leg. He also had a game-high +/- of 12 in the boxscore.
Having played 29 minutes in the second leg of the Final, MarQuez Haynes was the top minute-getter on Umana Reyer Venezia. Austin Daye spent 26 minutes on the court and Michael Bramos was the only other player to eclipse the 20-minute mark.
Throughout the Play-Offs only twice did Walter De Raffaele play any player more than 30 minutes per game: Andrea De Nicolao logged 30 minutes in the second leg of the Round of 16 against Egis Kormend, while Bramos played 31 in the first leg of the Quarter-Final against Nizhny Novgorod.
After going 2-of-7 on free throws and leaving plenty of points at the stripe in the first game, Avellino scoring ace Jason Rich did a much more efficient job in the second meeting. Having converted 11-of-12 free-throw attempts, he also went 10-of-20 from the field and had a game-high 32 points, the fifth-best mark in the FIBA Europe Cup this season.
The arena for the decisive leg of the Final was packed to the brim, with tickets to the Palasport Giuseppe Taliercio sold out with four days to go until the actual game. Fans from both camps combined for a great atmosphere, which was only improved by the tit-for-tat battle on the court.
There were a total of over 64,500 votes cast in the FIBA Europe Cup 2017-18 Fan Vote across the seven categories that were offered. Fans had the chance to decide to voice their opinion about the MVP of the competition, the best guard, forward and center, as well as the best defensive player, the best prospect and the coach of the year. The results will be announced shortly.