Euro Update: Jan 5

Tracking former Blue Devils playing their professional ball overseas

A period of heavy midweek domestic action started with only one game on Tuesday as Chante Black and Shandong hosted Zhejiang. It was another tough game as they fell 87-77. Chante had 11 points and 9 rebounds after playing the whole game as she lost her individual matchup with former Liberty and WNBA player Katie Feenstra, who had 22 points and 25 rebounds.

On Wednesday, the men were back in action in China as Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards hosted the Jiangsu Dragons and rolled to a 108-84 win. Shavlik had 29 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes and Josh Akognon added 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continue to play games in Ukraine before returning to VTB United League play as they went on the road to face Kryvbasbasket and slumped to an 85-57 defeat. Daniel had 11 points and 5 assists in 28 minutes and Oleksiy Pecherov added 11 points. In the win, ex-Texas A&M player Bryan David had 18 points and 13 rebounds, ex-Mercer player James Florence had 16 points and 7 assists, and former Eastern Washington player Alvin Snow added 10 points.

Kyle Singler stayed in Europe for the season to play games like Wednesday's major rivalry game with FC Barcelona in front of nearly 13,000 fans in Madrid. Marty Pocius earned the start ahead of Kyle as Real Madrid jumped out in front in the 2nd quarter only to see their rivals from Catalonia fight back in the 3rd quarter to set up a nervy final period that had the hosts do enough to win 78-74. Marty had 10 points in 22 minutes as Kyle had a quiet 11 minutes while Jaycee Carroll gunned his way to 16 points to tie for the team lead. In the loss, ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 14 points and Marcelo Huertas, who spent a year of high school in the United States, had 13 points and 7 assists. The result creates a five team logjam at the top of the standings between Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Unicaja Malaga, Caja Laboral Baskonia, and Kyle's old team, Alicante, which already has two more wins than last season with twenty games to play.

Here is the boxscore: [Click Here]
Here is a highlight video of Marty's baskets: [Click Here]

Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika returned from their break with another easy league game at Hradec Kralove, where they rolled 87-48. Jasmine had 12 points in 30 minutes. Here is the box score: [Click Here]

On Thursday, Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to Adriatic League play as they hosted Slovenian side Zlatorog. Jon got a good early look in and did well as the team jumped out to a lead and finished with an 87-51 win. Jon had 10 points and 3 steals in 23 minutes as David Bluthenthal led all scorers with 16 points and Shawn James added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Here is the box score: [Click Here]

We have one more former Women's team player to track as Monique Currie joins Sheana Mosch at Antakya. She made her debut alongside Sheana today in their 76-71 win over underacheiving Besiktas in Istanbul. Monique had a great start with a team high 17 points in 22 minutes and Sheana had 13 points in 27 minutes. Shannon Bobbitt had 12 points and 7 assists and Mactabene Amachree added 10 points. Here is the box score: [Click Here]

In Israel, Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon had a tough matchup Elizur Ramla and came up short 79-65. Karima led her team again with 23 points and 9 rebounds in 34 minutes as Ketia Swanier had 11 points and 9 assists and Kerri Gardin had 10 points and 9 rebounds. In the win, ex-Penn State and current WNBA player Tanisha Wright had 23 points, ex-Maryland player Shay Doron had 15 points, ex-Pitt player Laine Selwyn had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Miami (Ohio) player Amanda Jackson had 12 points.

Note: Those of you who check will notice a bit of the article on Duke in the NBA about players playing elsewhere. Some of the statistics there are incorrect/incomplete. Shavlik Randolph's numbers are the only ones that are accurate. Daniel Ewing's appear to only include his games in the VTB United League and not Ukraine Superleague and Eurocup games. I have no real idea how the numbers for David McClure were calculated. DeMarcus Nelson's numbers are right for France but ignore his games in Ukraine. Marty Pocius's stats are for Euroleague games only and do not include his numbers in Spain's domestic league. Jon Scheyer's stats seem to only be for Adriatic League play and do not include Euroleague or Israeli league games. Kyle's numbers for Alicante are correct, but then with Real Madrid it switches to Euroleague games only and does not include his games in Spain with them. Basically, most of the numbers of games played are too low and the totals are going to be a little bit off.

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