Euro Update: Dec 29th

Tracking former Blue Devils playing their professional ball overseas

The NBA was not the only league playing on Christmas with games in countries that do not celebrate the holiday continued on with their schedules as usual. In Israel, Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv faced Bnei Hasharon and came away with a 113-73 win. Jon played 19 minutes off the bench and had 2 points and 3 assists. Shawn James had 22 points and 9 rebounds, Richard Hendrix had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Devin Smith added 17 points, Keith Langford had 16 points, and David Bluthenthal had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Baylor player Tweety Carter had 24 points, ex-Rhode Island player Delroy James had 18 points and 11 rebounds, ex-Creighton player Kenny Lawson had 15 points, and ex-UTEP player Jason Williams added 10 points.

In China on Sunday, Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards were in action at home against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. A late rally helped them win 97-90 with Shavlik providing 17 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes and Josh Akognon contributing 24 points.

Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continued to deal with their crowded schedule with a domestic league game Monday at Hoverla. The team had a solid start but had some trouble in the second half as they fell 71-61. Daniel had 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 36 minutes as Ricky Minard had 19 points, and Radoslav Rancik added 10 points. In the win, ex-Northern Iowa player Eric Coleman had 17 points, ex-East Tennessee State player Kevin Tiggs had 15 points, ex-Colorado State player Marcus Walker had 11 points, and ex-Florida A&M player Brian  Greene added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

In China on Saturday, Chante Black and Shandong were in action again as they tried to turn around their season hosting Shenyang. It was another tough loss as they fell 92-76 as Chante had 29 points and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes.

There were a couple more games Tuesday as Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv had an Adriatic League game In Serbia against Radnicki. Jon came off the bench to play the last 2 minutes of a 91-70 win with his only mark in the box score being a missed shot. David Bluthenthal and Devin Smith led the way for the visitors with 23 and 22 points respectively and Keith Langford added 17 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-IPFW player David Simon had 17 points and ex-Kent State player Mike Scott had 11 points. Here is the box score: [click here]

DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet were seeking to change their fortunes after the holiday as they traveled to Poitiers. The team got off to a solid start and held on for a 76-69 win as DeMarcus continued his strong return to France with 21 points in 32 minutes. In the loss, ex-Houston player Kenny Younger had 16 points and 7 rebounds, ex-North Carolina A&T player J.J. Miller had 10 points, and French former Cleveland State player Pape Badiane had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Here is the box score: [click here]

Earlier in the day, Chante Black and Shandong looked to earn a surprise win on their trip to Liaoning. They managed to do so 86-62 to record their 3rd win of the season with Chante providing 8 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.

On Wednesday, action continued in Ukraine with Daniel Ewing and Azovmash going on the road to face Halychyna. The game was close until the visitors pulled away in the second half to win 97-79. Daniel had 18 points and 10 assists in 29 minutes, while Ricky Minard had 17 points, Ratko Varda added 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Radoslav Rancik contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Kansas State player Lans Harris had 26 points and former Tennessee-Chattanooga player Keddric Mays had 11 points.

Earlier in the day, Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards hosted the Shanxi Brave Dragons and won 110-91. Shavlik had 14 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes as Josh Akognon added 35 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, the less famous Marcus Williams formerly at Arizona had 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists and ex-Southern Miss player Charles Gaines had 23 points and 10 rebounds.

There were two more games on Thursday as Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv continued their Adriatic League tour of Serbia against Hemofarm. The team got off to a slow start, but managed to put together a strong second half to win 85-69. Jon came off the bench to play the last 6 minutes and had an assist, a missed three-pointer, and a foul. Keith Langford led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Shawn James added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score: [click here]

In Spain, Marty Pocius and Kyle Singler finally got to take the floor at the same time in Real Madrid's visit to Badalona to face Joventut. Kyle got the start and had 4 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes after being plagued by foul trouble while Marty was finally healthy enough to come off the bench and score 10 points and grab 3 rebounds in 21 minutes. Real Madrid tried a late comeback but ended up falling short 78-75 as they hope to recover for their next game against an opponent from Catalonia with FC Barcelona due to visit next week. Here is the box score: [click here]

When Kyle Singler made the move to a team competing for the Euroleague, I am sure he was imagining a little bit of travel around different parts of the continent. After Wednesday's round of 16 draw, it looks like he and Marty Pocius will instead be looking at two trips to places in Spain they would have visited in their domestic league with a trip to Siena in Italy being the only foreign travel with trips to Malaga and Bilbao rounding our their group.

Jon Scheyer will get to see at least one new country for the year with trips to Barcelona, Cantu (Italy), and Kaunas (Lithuania) lined up. Here is the draw with the 4 new groups and their teams with their country and league finish last season in order of their finish in the first group stage:

Group E:
CSKA Moscow (Russia, 1st)
Olympiakos (Greece, 2nd)
Anadolu Efes (Turkey, 4th)
Galatasaray (Turkey, 2nd)

Group F:
Real Madrid (Spain, 3rd)
Montepaschi Siena (Italy, 1st)
Unicaja (Spain, 8th)
Gescrap (Bilbao) (Spain, 2nd)

Group G:
Fenerbahce (Turkey, 1st)
Panathinaikos (Greece, 1st)
UNICS Kazan (Russia, 3rd)
Emporio Armani Milan (Italy, 3rd)

Group H:
FC Barcelona (Spain, 1st)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel, 1st)
Bennet Cantu (Italy, 2nd)
Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania, 1st)

To complete the list of European competitions, here are the next rounds for the Eurocup Women, the second-tier competition for Women's Basketball, and the Eurochallenge, the third-tier competition for men.

The Eurocup Women will proceed in bracket form based on the results from the initial group stage. The round of 16 will feature two-legged affairs with the higher seed hosting the second game. Here are the pairings and what countries the teams are from:

1 Dynamo Kursk (Russia) vs 16 Horizont (Belarus)
8 Ankara (Turkey) vs 9 Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
5 Arras (France) vs 12 Landes (France)
4 Chevakata (Russia) vs 13 Young Cats (Belgium)
3 Elitzur Ramla (Israel) vs 14 Kayseri (Turkey)
6 Hainaut (France) vs 11 Dexia Namur (Belgium)
7 Besiktas (Turkey) vs 10 Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain)
2 Botas (Turkey) vs 15 Mondeville (France)

Like the other European men's competitions, the Eurochallenge will now proceed to a round of 16 with 4 groups of 4. Here are the teams, their countries, and their finish in their last domestic league season:

Group I:
EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany, 6th)
Leiden (Netherlands, 1st)
Chorale Roanne (France, 6th)
Ventspils (Latvia, 2nd)

Group J:
Elan Chalon (France, 5th)
Okapi Aalstar (Belgium, 2nd)
Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany, 13th)
Szolnoki Olaj (Hungary, 1st)

Group K:
Fuenlabrada (Spain, 7th)
Besiktas (Turkey, 6th)
Pardubice (Czech Republic, 3rd)
Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, 5th)

Group L:
Antwerp Giants (Belgium, 5th)
Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia, 10th)
Pinar Karsiyaka (Turkey, 5th)
Artland Dragons (Germany, 4th)

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