Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon went on the road to face Maccabi Ramat Gan/Hen, but a late comeback fell short as they fell 76-69. Karima had a tougher time than usual and finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Kerri Gardin had 13 points and 8 rebounds, Shimrit Gigi and Ketia Swanier had 12 points each, and the newest American on the team, ex-UConn player Kalana Greene, who replaces Italee Lucas, had 11 points and 7 rebounds. The win was driven by players with WNBA experience as ex-UCLA player Darxia Morris had 21 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Oklahoma player Danielle Robinson had 15 points and 8 assists, ex-Nebraska player Kelsey Griffin had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and ex-UNLV player Sequoia Holmes had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Here is the box score
We have one more player to add as Alana Beard has joined Israel's premier club Elitzur Ramla for the stretch drive of their league campaign as she continues her return to full health. She was one of a number of midseason additions on a club with tons of current and past WNBA experience and plenty of other ex-NCAA players. They include ex-Penn State player Tanisha Wright, ex-Auburn player Le'coe Willingham, ex-Purdue player Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, ex-Pitt player Laine Selwyn, ex-Maryland player Shay Doron, ex-Miami of Ohio player Amanda Jackson, ex-Villanova player Katia Levitsky, ex-Boston University player Michal Epstein, and ex-Rhode Island player Neda Djuric. She made her debut in the team's 79-66 win over Elitzur Holon with 13 points in 25 minutes. Michal Epstein had 17 points, Le'Coe Willingham had 16 points, and Tanisha Wright had 13 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Pitt player Marcedes Walker had 15 points and 10 rebounds, ex-Nevada player Tahnee Robinson had 15 points, and ex-Richmond player Brittani Shells had 12 points and 6 assists. Here is the box score
Marty Pocius, Kyle Singler, and Real Madrid went to Bilbao on Wednesday to face Gescrap for the 3rd straight game in their second Euroleague encounter. A poor start doomed the visitors in a game where victory plus the result of the other game in the group would have sealed them a quarterfinal sport as the game ended up at 93-69. Marty got the start but only had 1 point in 13 minutes while Kyle had 8 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench. In the win, ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 15 points and 10 assists and ex-West Virginia player D'Or Fischer had 11 points and 9 rebounds.
David McClure and Kedainiai had a Baltic League game as they hosted Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia but came up short 86-62. David did all he could with 20 points and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes and Vytautas Sulskis added 13 points and 6 rebounds. In the win, ex-Coppin State player Tywain McKee had 12 points. Here is the box score
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash had the second leg of their cup matchup at Ferro-ZNTU and a poor start led to a rout by a final score of 102-80 to widen the narrow gap after the first leg. Daniel struggled with 5 points in 29 minutes before fouling out as his newest American teammate, ex-Cal guard Jerome Randle had 13 points. In the win, ex-UTEP player Randy Culpepper had 40 points and 6 assists, ex-Baylor player R.T. Guinn had 19 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Illinois player Mike Davis had 18 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-Robert Morris player Jeremy Chappell had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists.
With no Euroleague Women games this week, many leagues had a round of midweek games. In Turkey, Sheana Mosch did not play, but Monique Currie did as Antakya beat Istanbul University 76-67. Monique had 17 points and 6 rebounds as Shannon Bobbitt had 18 points and Laura Harper had 15 points and 12 rebounds. In the loss, a couple of WNBA veterans did all they could as ex-Florida State player Roneeka Hodges had 22 points and ex-Alabama player Dominque Canty had 12 points and 7 assists. Here is the box score:
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika Brno had one last game in the first segment of the league as they hosted Kara Trutnov and won 90-76. The rest of the teams in the league have already started the next segment of league play where the 12 teams are split into a top and bottom half and teams play 10 more games against the other teams in their half. Jasmine had 15 points in 36 minutes.
In Poland, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun defeated Poznan 90-81. Bridgette had 12 points in 17 minutes as Jazmine Sepulveda had 28 points and 7 rebounds, Julie Page had 17 points, and Leah Metcalf had 12 points. Here is the boxscore:
On Thursday, Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv needed a good result against Italy's Bennet Cantu to avoid dropping out of the competition and to try to seize the critical tiebreaker that might be needed after the next two games. The team managed to do just that, pulling away in the second half after an even start to win 75-60. Jon did not play as David Bluthenthal led the team with 14 points and Keith Langford added 12 points.
There was also a partial slate of games in Europe.
In other Euroleague games Wednesday, Greece's Olympiakos withstood a late charge to beat Anadolu Efes of Turkey 67-65 on the road despite ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette's 22 points in a losing effort. In Italy, Montepaschi Siena beat Unicaja of Spain 84-69. In the win, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 18 points, ex-Indiana State player David Moss had 11 points, and two former NBA players, Igor Rakocevic and David Andersen had 11 and 10 points respectively. In the loss, ex-Kentucky player Gerald Fitch had 15 points. In Italy, Emporio Armani Milan narrowly defeated Russia's UNICS Kazan 63-58. In the win, ex-NBA player Antonis Fotsis had 16 points and 6 rebounds and ex-St. Bonaventure player Ernest Bremer had 13 points. In the loss, ex-JC and NBA player Nathan Jawai and ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant had 11 points each and ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 10 points.
There were three more games on Thursday as CSKA Moscow missed a chance to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals after losing in Turkey to Galatasaray 68-64. Ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp had 22 points in the win while ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun had 11 points and Andrei Kirilenko had 10 points in the loss. In Lithuania, Barcelona overcame a slow start to defeat hosts Zalgiris 67-58. In the win, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 18 points, ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek had 16 points, and ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 15 points. The last game of the day saw Greece's Panathinaikos defeat Fenerbahce of Turkey 72-62. Ex-Arizona State player Mike Batiste had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the win while ex-NBA player Roko Ukic had 13 points and ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells had 11 points in the loss.
All of the Eurocup games happened Tuesday. In Group I, Latvia's VEF Riga got a 69-62 win in France over Gravelines. In the loss, ex-Miami of Ohio player Juby Johnson had 12 points and ex-UNLV player Juan-Khalif Edwards had 11 points and 6 assists. The other game in the group saw Spain's Valencia edge past Czech side Nymburk 73-72 at home. Ex-Maryland player Nik Caner-Medley had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the win while ex-St. John's player Eugene Lawrence had 13 points in the loss.
In Group J, France's ASVEL Basket blew out Aris of Greece by a final of 79-52. In the win, ex-UConn player Hilton Armstrong had 18 points and 8 rebounds and ex-Utah player Kim Tillie had 12 points. In Ukraine, Donetsk defeated Russia's Khimki 85-67. In the win, ex-CSU Bakersfield player Ramel Curry had 18 points, ex-Arizona player Ivan Radenovic had 13 points, and ex-Kansas player Darnell Jackson had 10 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, two ex-NBA players chipped in as Zoran Planinic had 16 points and 6 assists and Sergey Monya had 12 points.
In Group K, Russia's Spartak St. Petersburg prevailed 71-57 over Slovenia's Krka Novo Mesto. In the other game, Montenegro's Buducnost beat Banvit of Turkey 83-73. Ex-Fordham player Jermaine Anderson had 16 points in the win while in the loss, ex-Alabama player Chuck Davis had 18 points, ex-DePaul player Lance Williams had 12 points, and ex-Holy Cross player Keith Simmons had 10 points.
In Group L, Lithuania's Lietuvos Rytas earned a 79-62 win in Germany over Alba Berlin. Ex-Boston College player Tyrese Rice and former Tennessee player Mindaugas Katelynas had 10 points each in the win. In the loss, ex-Wright State player Dashaun Wood and ex-Oregon player Bryce Taylor had 13 points apiece and ex-Washington State player Kyle Weaver had 11 points. In Italy, hosts Benetton beat Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban 87-76. In the win, ex-UMass player Jeffrey Viggiano had 17 points and ex-Charlotte player Jobey Thomas had 13 points. In the loss, ex-JC player Ali Traore had 26 points and 9 rebounds, ex-Kansas State player Jeremiah Massey had 14 points, and ex-South Carolina State player Roderick Blakney had 12 points.
There was only one Eurochallenge game on Tuesday as the rest of the round is set for two weeks from now. In Belgium, hosts Okapi Aalstar had a narrow 86-84 win over Szolnoki Olaj of Hungary. Ex-Colorado player Christopher Copeland had 33 points in the win and ex-Michigan player Christopher Young added 18 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Alabama A&M player Obie Trotter had 18 points and ex-Ball State player Julien Mills had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
The second leg of the Eurocup Women quarterfinals took place, starting Wednesday in Russia, where top-seeded Kursk edged past 9 seed Ruzomberok of Slovakia 74-69 to advance by a rather narrow 155-149 margin. In the win, a couple of WNBA veterans led the way as Michelle Snow had 23 points and 8 rebounds and Temeka Johnson had 17 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Minnesota player Kadidja Andersson had 17 points and ex-UAB player Carmen Guzman had 14 points.
The other 3 games came on Thursday. In Turkey, 2 seed Botas sealed their spot in the next round after beating 10 seed Gran Canaria of Spain to advance 129-119 on the aggregate. Ex-LSU player Quianna Chaney and ex-Virginia player Monica Wright had 12 points each in the win while ex-College of Charleston player Lisa Lee had 17 points and ex-VCU player D'Andra Moss had 11 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. In Russia, 4 seed Chevakata defeated to 5 seed Arras of France 71-56 to win 151-127 overall. A rare event happened in France where the game between 6 seed Hainaut and 14 seed Kayseri of Turkey ended in a tie at 59 because the visitors already had an advantage in the first game leaving the series 127-118 in favor of them. For the home team, ex-Louisiana Tech player Amisha Carter had 19 points and 6 rebounds and ex-VCU player Radoslava Bachvarova. The visitors were led by their WNBA experience as LaToya Pringle had 15 points and 19 rebounds, Nakia Sanford had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Anna De Forge had 12 points.
The conclusion of the quarterfinal round sets one semifinal with two Russian teams and one semifinal with two Turkish teams as the higher seed will again host game 2 of the two-legged matchups: 1 Dynamo Kursk (Russia) vs 4 Chevakata (Russia) 2 Botas (Turkey) vs 14 Kayseri (Turkey)