It is not often that three players reach a European competition semifinal together with different teams. John Shurna, Andrew Albicy and Oliver Stevic just did that, and now they've helped Gran Canaria reach the 7DAYS EuroCup Final.
Shurna, Albicy and Stevic first made it to the EuroCup Semifinals with MoraBanc Andorra in 2019. ALBA Berlin stood in Andorra's way to the final, sweeping the best-of-three playoff series. It took a 102-97 home win in the German capital and finished the job in Andorra, 81-87, despite 20 points and 6 assists from Albicy.
All three players ended up together playing for Gran Canaria and returning to the EuroCup Semifinals in the 2020-21 season. Gran Canaria did not have the home-court advantage in its playoffs series against AS Monaco, which took Game 1 at home, 82-77, and grabbed a win at Gran Canaria Arena, 74-76, to make it to the Finals and eventually win the title, downing UNICS Kazan.
This time, Gran Canaria had the home-court advantage and these three players knew it was a great opportunity to erase bad memories. Shurna led the team in the eighthfinals and the quarterfinals. He finished the semifinal game with 5 points, 2 rebounds and a PIR of 4.