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Dusan Alimpijevic, freshly named EuroCup coach of the year, will lead his Bursaspor to the final at Segafredo Arena. The Turkish team was one of the last teams to qualify for the playoffs, seventh in Group B with an 8-10 record, nevertheless getting there with momentum by winning four of the last five regular season games. By reaching the playoffs, the team had already achieved the best result in the club’s history in only its second EuroCup appearance. An explosive crescendo all on the road, from the round of 16 at Stark Arena over favored Partizan, through the quarterfinals at Stozice over Ljubljana, by which it had brought the team’s consecutive winning streak to nine with that 83-85 late reversal by Jacob Pullen. Yet another feat that earned the team the nickname “Pitbull” coined for the occasion by John Holland.

Then precisely the tenth, the last blitz of Andorra, starring center Kevarrius Hayes, MVP of the semifinals. In double-doubles (11 points + 16 rebounds) his last game earned him several firsts: the 12 defensive rebounds as a new EuroCup record for a semifinal or final, while the 16 total caroms were the second in the history of the semifinals. Among other things he was flawless, with 5 of 5 on twos and 1 of 1 on the clock, scoring that 27 rating to date the highest for winning teams in a semifinal. At Segafredo Arena will find space for 3 players named in the “All-EuroCup first team”: for Virtus Teodosic and Jaiteh, for Bursa Needham. Finally, in the last outing, Saturday’s success (85-82) over Gaziantep earned the Turks confirmation of their eighth place in BSL.