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2018.04.13 11:24

"Fact box" of BHL Final Four

Before the Final Four of the 2017/18 season kicks off tomorrow, we are happy to publish some facts and statistics about all four participants. Both for fans and media, so it perhaps helps all to know a little bit more about background before people around the world start follow the matches, which will all be streamed live at baltichandball.net.

Facts on participants of BHL Final Four 2017/18

Serviti Põlva

Honours: 12-time Estonian champion (incl. last 3 seasons), 11-time Estonian cup-winner (incl. 2017).

Best results in BHL: Champion 2007/08 and 2009/10, runner-up 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2013/14.

BHL season 2017/18: Winner of Group B, defeated HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper in quarter-finals.

Top scorers in BHL 2017/18: Henri Sillaste 74 (joint 3rd overall), Carl-Eric Uibo 61.

Season so far in all competitions:

• Qualified to the 2nd qualifying round of EHF Cup, eliminated there by RK Nexe;

• Won the Estonian league regular season, qualified to semi-finals;

• Estonian cup-winner;

• Suffered only one defeat in BHL regular season, finished ahead of fellow Final Four participants SKA and ZTR in Group B;

• Qualified to BHL Final Four for record 9th consecutive season, has finished outside top three only once (last year) in these eight previous seasons;

Cocks Riihimäki

Honours: 9-time Finnish champion (incl. last 5 seasons); 9-time Finnish cup-winner (incl. 2017).

Best results in BHL: Champion 2015/16 and 2016/17, runner-up 2009/10, 2012/13 and 2014/15.

BHL season 2017/18: Winner of Group A, defeated Granitas-Karys Kaunas in quarter-finals.

Top scorers in BHL 2017/18: Nico Rönnberg 65 (8th overall), Teemu Tamminen 55.

Season so far in all competitions:

• Qualified to EHF Cup group stage, finished 4th in Group C with one win;

• Won the Finnish league regular season, qualified to semi-finals;

• Finnish cup-winner;

• Undefeated in BHL since April 2015 and have won 38 straight games;

• Qualified to BHL Final Four for 6th consecutive season, has finished in top three in all five previous times;

SKA Minsk

Honours: EHF Champions League winner 1986/87, 1988/89 and 1989/90, EHF Cup-winners' Cup winner 1982/83 and 1987/88, EHF Challenge Cup winner 2012/13, 10-time Belarus champion (last time in 2001/02), 6-time USSR champion, 6-time Belarus cup-winner (last in 2012), 3-time USSR cup-winner.

Best results in BHL: Champion 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15, runner-up 2004/05 and 2015/16.

BHL season 2017/18: Runner-up of Group B behind Serviti on goal difference, defeated Tenax Dobele in quarter-finals.

Top scorers in BHL 2017/18: Artur Rudz 80 (2nd overall), Mikita Vailupau 46.

Season so far in all competitions:

• Qualified to EHF Cup group stage, finished 3rd in Group A with two wins and one draw;

• Currently second in Belarus league, just one point behind HC Meshkov Brest;

• Just one defeat in BHL regular season (against ZTR);

• Qualified to BHL Final Four for 6th consecutive season, has finished in top three in all five previous times;

ZTR Zaporozhye

Honours: EHF Cup winner 1982/83, 14-time Ukrainian champion (last time in 2010/11), 3-time Ukrainian cup-winner (last in 2013).

Best results in BHL: Runner-up 2016/17.

BHL season 2017/18: Third place in Group B behind Serviti and SKA, defeated Dragunas Klaipeda in quarter-finals.

Top scorers in BHL 2017/18: Oleksii Ganchev 66 (6th overall), Andrii Akimenko 65.

Season so far in all competitions:

• Eliminated in EHF Cup 1st qualifying round, losing to HC Kriens-Luzern by two goals on aggregate;

• Currently second in Ukrainian league, on the same points as Champions League side HC Motor, but having played four games more;

• Ukrainian cup-finalist, defeated by HC Motor in the final;

• Qualified to BHL Final Four for 2nd consecutive season, paricipating in BHL only second time;

Head-to-head records (last six seasons):

Serviti v ZTR:

• 2017/18: 28-26; 24-22

• 2016/17: 23-31 (semi-final)

Serviti v Cocks:

• 2016/17: 26-31; 31-32

• 2015/16: 27-28; 28-29

• 2014/15: 23-29; 26-22; 25-29 (semi-final)

• 2013/14: 33-32; 25-29

• 2012/13: 24-23; 30-30; 25-28 (semi-final)

Serviti v SKA:

• 2017/18: 33-33; 29-29

• 2016/17: 23-26 (semi-final)

• 2015/16: 28-36 (semi-final)

• 2014/15: 30-28; 31-31

• 2013/14: 29-34; 39-22; 26-31 (final)

• 2012/13: 30-32; 25-34

Cocks v ZTR:

• 2016/17: 30-18 (final)

Cocks v SKA:

• 2016/17: 36-35 (semi-final)

• 2015/16: 36-32 (final)

• 2014/15: 26-32; 25-33; 22-41 (final)

• 2013/14: 27-33; 25-27; 26-31 (semi-final)

• 2012/13: 32-33; 27-37; 26-32 (final)

SKA v ZTR:

• 2017/18: 29-31; 31-27

• 2016/17: 28-34; 36-30

Top three of BHL in last 10 years

2007/08: Serviti Põlva (EST), HC Meshkov Brest (BLR), ASK/AB.LV Riga (LAT)

2008/09: HC Dinamo Minsk (BLR), HC Chocolate Boys (EST), HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)

2009/10: Serviti Põlva (EST), Cocks Riihimäki (FIN), LSPA Riga (LAT)

2010/11: HC Kehra (EST), Serviti Põlva (EST), VHC Šviesa Vilnius (LIT)

2011/12: HC Kehra (EST), Serviti Põlva (EST), Dragunas Klaipeda (LIT)

2012/13: SKA Minsk (BLR), Cocks Riihimäki (FIN), Serviti Põlva (EST)

2013/14: SKA Minsk (BLR), Serviti Põlva (EST), Cocks Riihimäki (FIN)

2014/15: SKA Minsk (BLR), Cocks Riihimäki (FIN), Serviti Põlva (EST)

2015/16: Cocks Riihimäki (FIN), SKA Minsk (BLR), Serviti Põlva (EST)

2016/17: Cocks Riihimäki (FIN), ZTR Zaporozhye (UKR), SKA Minsk (BLR)