Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv were dealt a shock loss in the domestic league after a late comeback fell short against Maccabi Ashdod for a 78-73 loss. Jon grabbed a pair of rebounds in 6 minutes of action as no American players scored in double figures in the loss. In the win, ex-Xavier player Josh Duncan had 30 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Florida player Alex Tyus had 10 points. Here is the boxscore
On Tuesday, David McClure and Kedainiai played the second leg of their cup series at Siauliai to snag one of the final 4 spots. The aggregate score was tied after regulation even though the game itself was not so the game went to overtime and the visitors prevailed by 2 points overall largely due to David's efforts. He had 29 points and 12 rebounds after playing 43 of the 45 minutes as the final score was actually 92-86 to Siauliai but 167-165 in favor of Kedainiai overall. Vytautas Sulskis also added 16 points while in the loss, ex-BYU player Rashaun Broadus had 27 points and 12 rebounds and ex-TCU player Edvinas Ruzgas had 20 points.
Wednesday was full of action, starting in China, where Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards got back to winning ways with a 120-98 win over the Jilin Tigers. Shavlik had 23 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes and Josh Akognon had 32 points. In the loss, ex-DII player Sam Daghles had 21 points and ex-Georgetown player Jameel Watkins had 17 points and 9 rebounds.
Kyle Singler, Marty Pocius, and Real Madrid hosted Gescrap Bilbao in an all-Spanish Euroleague affair. The hosts nearly gave up their entire lead after starting strong but they pulled away again late for an 89-63 win. Kyle had 10 points in 28 minutes and Marty had 4 points in 11 foul-plagued minutes. Sergio Rodriguez had 20 points and 7 assists and Jaycee Carroll added 11 points.
Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun continued a strong set of performances in the Polish Cup after a first-leg 81-61 win at Tecza Leszno. Bridgette had 5 points in 13 minutes as Julie Page had 20 points and 6 rebounds and Jazmine Sepulveda added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Here is the boxscore
It was the last Euroleague Women game for Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika Brno as they hosted Slovakia's Good Angels Kosice and tumbled to their 13th defeat in 14 games in the competition by a final of 79-57. Jasmine had 11 points in 27 minutes before fouling out. Ex-TCU player Helena Sverrisdotter had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
Thursday's Euroleague action included Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv's trip to Italy to face Bennet Cantu. It was a close game, but the hosts led nearly wire to wire and ended up with an 82-74 win. Jon saw very little playing time as Keith Langford had 16 points and Richard Hendrix had 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Every European competition had a full slate of games this week.
There were two other Euroleague games on Wednesday as Greece's Olympiakos used an incredible offensive explosion late for an 83-65 final margin over Turkey's Anadolu Efes. Brief NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 18 points in the win and ex-Memphis player Joey Dorsey added 10 points. In the loss, Sasha Vujacic had 12 points and ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette and ex-NBA player Esteban Batista had 11 points each. Earlier in Russia, UNICS Kazan built an early lead over visiting Emporio Armani Milan of Italy before coasting to a 59-44 win. Ex-Eastern Illionois player Henry Domercant had 16 points in the win and ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday added 10 points.
More games happened on Thursday as Russia's CSKA Moscow continued a string of impressive performances with an 85-70 defeat of Galatasaray of Turkey. In the win, Nenad Krstic had 20 points and 9 rebounds and ex-NBA player Viktor Khrypa had 11 points and 6 assists. In the loss, ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 15 points (he won the individual battle with Jamont Gordon but loss the team one) and ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp had 10 points. In Turkey, defending champions Panathinaikos pounded hosts Fenerbahce 77-56. In the win, ex-Arizona State player Mike Batiste had 15 points and ex-Xavier player Romain Sato had 12 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells had 12 points and ex-NBA player Roko Ukic had 11 points. Barcelona needed a late burst to best Lithuania's Zalgiris Kaunas 94-80 in Spain. In the win, ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek had 19 points, one-season NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 16 points and ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 11 points. In the loss, Sonny Weems had 17 points and brief Arizona player Robertas Javtokas had 13 points. Italy's Montepashchi Siena continued its trek in a group with teams from Spain with a win in Malaga over Unicaja by a 91-68 score. Ex-Indiana State player David Moss had 20 points and 7 rebounds, ex-NBA player David Andersen had 15 points, and the backcourt of ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb and notorious St. John's player Bootsy Thornton had 13 points each. In the loss, ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 13 points and ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 11 points.
The Eurocup had all of its game on Tuesday. In Group I, Latvia's VEF Riga beat visiting Gravelines of France 78-61 as ex-Texas A&M player Antanas Kavaliuaskas had 23 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Also in the group, Valencia of Spain went to the Czech Republic and knocked off Nymburk 80-71. Ex-Maryland player Nik Caner-Medley had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the win while ex-Washington player Tre Simmons had 20 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Texas player A.J. Abrams added 15 points in the loss.
In Group J, Greece's Aris topped French visitors ASVEL Basket 77-60. In the win, former Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Ronald Davis had 19 points and ex-Princeton player Dan Mavraides had 18 points. In the loss, ex-Utah player Kim Tillie had 17 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Drexel player Phillip Goss had 10 points, and ex-UCLA player Dijon Thompson had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The other game in the group saw Russia's Khimki defeat neighboring Ukraine's Donetsk 68-55. Ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 16 points and 6 rebounds in the win while ex-CSU Bakersfield player Ramel Curry had 11 points and ex-Arizona player Ivan Radenovic had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
In Group K, Russia's Spartak St. Petersburg earned an 81-68 win in Slovenia over Krka Novo Mesto as ex-Arkansas player Patrick Beverley had 13 points and 6 assists in the win. Meanwhile in Turkey, hosts Banvit beat Montenegro's Buducnost 68-61. In the win, ex-DePaul player Lance Williams had 21 points and ex-Alabama player Chuck Davis had 12 points while ex-Fordham player Jermaine Anderson had 10 points in the loss.
In Group L, Lithuania's Lietuvos Rytas defeated Germany's ALBA Berlin 86-75. Former Tennessee-Chattanooga player Mindaugas Katelynas had 13 points and 6 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-Ole Miss player Derrick Allen had 16 points, ex-Wright State player Dashaun Wood had 14 points, and ex-Washington State player Kyle Weaver had 10 points. The other game in group saw Italy's Benetton sneak out a close 71-70 win in Russia over Lokomotiv Kuban. In the win, ex-Charlotte player Jobey Thomas had 22 points and the winning basket, ex-DII player Benjamin Ortner had 12 points, and ex-George Mason and American player Vlad Moldoveanu had 12 points. In the loss, ex-JC player Ali Traore had 22 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Clemson player K.C. Rivers had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and ex-Kansas State player Jeremiah Massey had 13 points and 8 rebounds.
EuroChallenge games were split between Tuesday and Wednesday with the bulk of the games coming early. In Hungary, Szolnoki Olaj beat France's Elan Chalon 90-81. Ex-Alabama A&M player Obie Trotter had 18 points and 6 assists and ex-San Diego player Brandon Gay added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-Loyola (Illinois) player Blake Schilb had 20 points and 8 assists, ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 15 points and 6 rebounds, ex-NC State player Ilian Evtimov had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney had 10 points. In Latvia, Ventspils defeated visiting EWE Baskets Oldenburg 74-61. Ex-New Mexico State player Jahmar Young had 18 points and ex-Gonzaga player Steven Gray added 14 points in the win while ex-Cal State Fullerton had 21 points and ex-Penn player Adam Chubb added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
In Russia's Spain's Fuenlabrada edged their hosts Nizhny Novgorod 78-70 as ex-Mississippi State player Michal Ignerski had 11 points in the loss. In Germany, Artland Dragons beat Belgium's Antwerp Giants 81-71. Ex-Miami of Ohio player Nathan Peavy had 21 points, ex-Miami player Anthony King had 16 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-Chicago State player David Holston had 11 points and 6 assists in the win. In the loss, ex-UCLA player Michael Roll had 15 points, ex-DII player Timothy Black had 13 points, ex-Canisius player Darnell Wilson had 12 points and former Florida State and Georgetown player Julian Vaughn had 12 points and 6 rebounds. In France, Chorale Roanne blasted their Dutch visitors Leiden by a 91-56 margin. In the win, former Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Dylan Page had 18 points, ex-Georgia player Rashad Wright had 14 points, ex-Syracuse player Rick Jackson had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Wyoming player Uche Nsonwu had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Portland State player Seamus Boxley had 15 points and ex-Michigan player Jevohn Shepherd had 12 points. Russia's Triumph Lyubertsy got out of Turkey with a narrow 79-77 win over Pinar Karsiyaka. Ex-Northern Arizona player Kyle Landry had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win while ex-Texas Pan-American player Mire Chatman had 24 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
On Wednesday, Turkey's Besiktas earned a 76-69 win at Czech team Pardubice. In the win, Adam Morrison had 26 points, ex-Alabama player Erwin Dudley (also known as Ersin Dagli) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, ex-George Washington player Pops Mesah-Bonsu had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and ex-Temple player David Hawkins had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Illinois player Marcus Arnold had 27 points and 9 rebounds and ex-Austin Peay player Maurice Hampton had 12 points. The last game of the week saw Germany's Telekom Baskets Bonn beat Belgium's Okapi Aalstar 71-63 at home. In the win, ex-DII player Benas Veikalas had 15 points, ex-Marist player Jared Jordan had 12 points and 10 assists, and ex-UMass player Tony Gaffney had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Michigan player Christopher Young had 16 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Colorado player Christopher Copeland had 14 points, and ex-UNLV player Kevin Kruger had 12 points and 6 assists.
The final set of EuroLeague Women group stage games took place as the final qualifications were decided and teams jockeyed for position in the next round. In group A, Bourges of France blasted VICI Aistes of Lithuania 78-49. Ex-George Washington player Cathy Joens had 17 points in the win and ex-Virginia Tech player Ieva Kublina added 11 points as ex-Vermont player Courtnay Pilypaitis had 12 points in the loss. The big matchup of the group saw Ros Casares of Spain win 98-80 over Turkish giants Galatasaray. Star power drove both sides as Maya Moore had 26 points, Shay Murphy had 20 points, and Sancho Lyttle had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. In the loss, Diana Taurasi had 28 points, Tina Charles had 23 points and 6 rebounds, and Epiphany Prince had 21 points. UMMC Ekaterinburg used its own experience to roll to an 85-45 win in Hungary over Gyor. Candace Parker had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win, Sandrine Gruda had 16 points, Deanna Nolan had 14 points, and Yelena Leuchanka had 12 points and 7 rebounds. The final game in the group saw Czech side USK Prague blast Poland's Lotos Gdynia 102-66. Ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 21 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
In Group B, Beretta-Famila of Italy edged past Tarbes of France 68-66 to condemn the losing team to the only winless record of all teams in the competition. In the win, a pair of Italian ex-WNBA players led the way as Raffaella Masciadri had 22 points and Laura Macchi had 14 points while ex-Georgia Tech player Alex Montgomery had 16 points in the loss. The marquee matchup in the group saw Turkey's Fenerbahce beat Spain's Perfumerias Avenida to finish as the only unbeaten team in the group stage. In the win, Penny Taylor had 15 points, Angel McCoughtry had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-Western Illinois player Zane Tamane had 10 points while DeWanna Bonner had 20 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. The last game in the group saw Russia's Nadezhda win 71-58 in Poland over Polkowice. In the win, Katie Douglas had 19 points and ex-WNBA player Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya had 16 points. In the loss, ex-WNBA player Evanthia Maltsi and ex-Liberty player Megan Frazee had 13 points each.
There were three games in Group C besides the game in the Czech Republic as Taranto got a surprise 68-65 win over Spain's Rivas Ecopolis in Italy. Ex-Kansas State player Megan Mahoney had 10 points in the win and Kia Vaughn also had 10 points as she won the battle over Rutgers and New York Liberty teammate Essence Carson who had 15 points and 6 rebounds in the loss as Asjha Jones added 17 points. Russia's Spartak Moscow edged past hosts Lattes Montpellier in France 72-71. Seimone Augustus had 22 points in the win and Becky Hammon added 13 points while ex-WNBA player Edwiges Lawson-Wade 19 points and 7 assists and ex-NC State player Kaayla Chones had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. In Poland, Wisla Can-Pak Krakow got a narrow 74-71 win over Gospic of Croatia. Ewelina Kobryn had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Nicole Powell added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the win.
After the final rounds of games, the matchups were set for the next round in a slightly complicated process. Galatasaray hosts the final rounds so it automatically qualified as one of the last 8 teams. The other 14 teams that finished in the top 5 of their groups also move on to face each other in 3 game series. While all results were used to determine who qualified, the teams that made it are then ranked by their record against other qualified teams with scoring margin in those games being the tiebreaker. Galatasaray, who finished 2nd in Group A, were 5th in the overall ranking, but get pulled out and let through leaving the other matchups as follows:
- Fenerbahce (Turkey, 1st B) vs 15 Lattes Montepellier (France, 5th C)
- Ros Casares Valencia (Spain, 1st A) vs 14 Polkowice (Poland, 5th B)
- Wisla Can-Pan Krakow (Poland, 2nd C) vs 13 USK Prague (Czech Republic, 4th A)
- Rivas Ecopolis (Spain, 4th C) vs 12 Bourges (France, 5th A)
- Spartak Moscow (Russia, 1st C) vs 11 Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia, 3rd B)
- Perfumerias Avenida (Spain, 2nd B) vs 10 Beretta-Famila Schio (Italy, 4th B)
- UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia, 3rd A) vs 9 Good Angels Kosice (Slovakia, 3rd)
The first Eurocup Women quarterfinal started on Wednesday as top-seeded Dynamo Kursk of Russia used a late comeback to win the first leg in Slovakia over 9th seed Ruzomberok 81-80. The WNBA experience paid off for the winners as Temeka Johnson had 22 points and Michelle Snow had 16 points and 11 rebounds. In the loss, ex-UAB player Carmen Guzman had 22 points and 6 assists and ex-Minnesota player Kadidja Andersson had 10 points.
The other three quarterfinal tilts happened on Thursday. Out in the Canary Islands, the 2 seed Botas from Turkey defeated hosts and 10 seed Gran Canaria 67-64 behind 27 points from ex-LSU player Quianna Chaney and a monster 24 point, 22 rebound effort from Courtney Paris. In the loss, ex-VCU player D'andra Moss had 21 points and ex-College of Charleston player Lisa Lee had 10 points. In France, the 4 seed Chevakata of Russia overturned the 5 seed Arras 80-71 on the road. Jessica Davenport had 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win and ex-Drexel player Gabriela Marginean had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. The 14 seed Kayseri continued to beat higher seeds as they won 68-59 over 6 seed Hainaut of France at home. A lot of WNBA experience helped the team to victory as Nakia Sanford had 19 points and 16 rebounds, LaToya Pringle had 13 points and 19 rebounds, Doneeka Hodges had 13 points, ex-Nebraska player Anna De Forge had 10 points, and ex-UConn player Barbara Turner (also known as Bahar Ozturk) had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Louisiana Tech player Amisha Carter had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ashley Houts had 10 points.