DKV Joventut Badalona won the ULEB Cup yesterday with a win over the Spanish competitors of Akasvayu Girona. In front of disapointing (official) 5060 spectators in Torino, the squad of legendary coach Aito finished the game of in an excellent second half to win it 79-54.
I can’t tell you that much about the game as I did not see it, except the highlights on the official website of the UlebCup. When checking out the news releases, you see that Rudy Fernandez got the MVP trophy for his performances in Madrid but he gave it to Frenchman Jerome Moiso who Rudy estimated to be the true MVP of the competition because of his defensive presence.
Ok, Rudy has already collected MVP trophies in the past, and even earns them in 2-year stretches (2004 MVP of Copa del Rey, 2006 MVP FIBA EuroCup, 2008 MVP Copa del Rey and ULEB Cup) but giving the trophy to probably the most host hated player in his homecountry of France is a nice move by the Spanish guard.
What is more of a disappointment for the ULEB is the number of spectators. I don’t know about their future plans for this competition but this Final 8 tournament looks a bit like a bust in terms of spectator interest. It may be a big success concerning Media presence but it is normal that when you have 8 teams playing that there are more Media present than when there are only 2 teams. I preferred the One-Game Final like it was before in Charleroi by far.
Still coming back to the winners, with this success, the "Penya" is assured to play the Euroleague next season as the winner automatically qualifies for the top competition. What this means for the Portland Trailblazer fans is that Rudy Fernandez will most likely not to come over to Oregon this summer but stay with his hometown club and try to imitate the former glories around Jordi Villcampa who won the Euroleague in 1994.