Basketball Champions League Play-Offs Draws completed, trophy unveiled
MIES, Switzerland (Basketball Champions League) - The draws of the first two phases of the Basketball Champions League Play-Offs were completed on Friday at FIBA's House of Basketball, in the presence of representatives from the 24 participating clubs.
The 24 clubs were drawn for the Play-Off Qualifiers (7-8 and 21-22 February) and the Round of 16 (28 February-1 March and 7-8 March). These clubs have been ranked according to their final position within their respective groups during the Regular Season.
16 clubs were concerned with the Play-Off Qualifiers whose games will be played over two rounds (Feb 7-8 and Feb 21-22) on head-to-head format.
The Play-Off Qualifiers are as follows:
The Round of 16 draw has then been completed and concerned the teams ranked 1 to 8. Games will also be played over two rounds (Feb 28/Mar 1 and Mar 7/8) on head-to-head format.
The Round of 16 pairings are as follows:
Amongst those in attendance were FIBA President Horacio Muratore, FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and ULEB President Tomas Van Den Spiegel. They were joined by a number of recognisable basketball alumni, including Italy’s Riccardo Pittis and Dino Radja from Croatia. Both were on stage to assist with the Draw.
Friday's Draw Ceremony also witnessed the unveiling of the newly-designed Basketball Champions League Trophy, for what is the inaugural edition of the competition. This new trophy is a revolutionary design in its own right. Designed by Radiant Studios and crafted by Thomas Lyte, an elegantly shaped basketball net forms the focus of the trophy. The abstract design, fused with delicate gold elements, creates the effect of a crown. This symbolises the champions that will eventually lift the magnificent piece. The trophy stands 65cms high and is made from sterling silver with 24ct gold plated highlights. A total of 8kgs of sterling silver was used in the making of the trophy.