On Friday, David McClure and Kedainiai played his former team Neptunas and came back late before falling behind again and eventually losing 81-79. David had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes and Aurimas Adomaitis added 10 points. In the win, ex-Virginia player Laurynas Mikalauskas had 14 points and 6 rebounds and ex-JC player Evaldas Dainys had 11 points and 6 assists. Here is the box score.
On Saturday, Daniel Ewing did not play in Azovmash's important 81-60 win over Budivelnyk.
David McClure and Kedainiai bounced back with an impressive 86-84 win at Lietuvos Rytas. David led the way with 23 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Former Tennessee-Chattanooga player Mindaugas Katelynas had 12 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet had a rematch of the last league finals as they faced Nancy and unfortunately the results were the same as they lost 78-72. DeMarcus had 2 points in 25 minutes as William Gradit had 18 points. In the win, ex-VCU player Jamal Shuler had 16 points, ex-Clemson player Akin Akingbala had 15 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Providence player John Linehan had 13 points, and ex-Georgetown player Victor Samnick had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Carrem Gay and Toulouse dropped an important game to Calais 74-53 as faced another key competitor in the quest for promotion. Carrem had 5 points in 32 minutes. Here is the box score.
On Sunday, Kyle Singler, Marty Pocius, and Real Madrid faced Unicaja and came away with a 64-51 win. Kyle had 13 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes and Marty had 3 points in 17 minutes off the bench as Sergio Rodriguez had 11 points. Here is the box score.
In Israel, Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon are now done with their season after a 6th place finish was not enough for a playoff spot. Alana Beard and Elitzur Ramla started their series against 3rd seed Ramat Hasharon and a game of runs ended up with a 66-60 win for them. Alana had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 35 minutes. Le'coe Willingham had 23 points and 6 rebounds, Tanisha Wright had 17 points and 6 assists, and Laine Selwyn 14 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, WNBA experience led the way as Jia Perkins had 24 points and Amber Holt had 14 points. Here is the box score.
Euroleague action continued on Tuesday as Barcelona won 67-56 in Russia to eliminate UNICS Kazan. One season NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 21 points in the win while ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant had 9 points and ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 12 points in the loss. In Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv took the 2-1 series lead over Panathinaikos as they held on to an early lead for a 65-62 win. Devin Smith had 11 points and 9 rebounds in the win while ex-Arizona State player Mike Batiste had 13 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Saint Louis player Ian Vougioukas had 11 points in the loss.
On Wednesday, Bilbao avoided being swept as they took advantage of the home court in Spain to beat CSKA Moscow 94-81. Ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 13 points and 8 assists in the win as the two recent NBA players starred in the loss as Nenad Krstic had 22 points and Andrei Kirilenko had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Olympiakos took a 2-1 lead in the first game in Greece with a 75-55 win over Montepaschi Siena. In the win, ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 15 points and 9 rebounds and ex-Texas A&M player Acie Law had 10 points and 6 assists. In the loss, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 15 points and ex-NBA player David Andersen had 12 points.
On Thursday, Panathinaikos turned things around to force a 5th game back in Athens after beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 78-69. Ex-Florida player Nick Calathes had 15 points and ex-Maryland player Sarunas Jasikevicius had 13 points in the win while Devin Smith had 14 points and 7 rebounds and Keith Langford had 14 points in the loss.
On Friday, both Game 4s closed out the series to give us two more Final Four teams as CSKA Moscow held on for a 73-71 win at Bilbao. The NBA guys fueled the win again as Andrei Kirilenko had 23 points and 8 rebounds, Nenad Krstic had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Viktor Khryapa had 10 points. Aaron Jackson had 19 points and 8 assists and ex-West Virginia player D'Or Fischer had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Olympiakos won 76-69 in Piraeus over Montepaschi Siena to prevent the series from moving back to Italy. Kyle Hines had 19 points and 7 rebounds and ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 19 points. In the loss, David Andersen had 15 points and 11 rebounds, ex-NBA player Igor Rakocevic had 11 points, and Bo McCalebb had 10 points.
The second leg of the Eurocup quarterfinals were all on Tuesday. In Russia, Spartak St. Petersburg carried a 4 point lead into their game and widened the gap to go through comfortably after winning 86-71. In the loss, ex-Washington player Tre Simmons had 22 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Troy State player Lamayne Wilson had 15 points. The all-Russian affair saw Lokomotiv Kuban fight back late at home to cut into the 9 point deficit they faced after the first game but an 81-77 win was not enough to move on. The hosts got 22 points and 6 rebounds from ex-JC player Ali Traore, 19 points and 8 rebounds from ex-Kansas State player Jeremiah Massey, and 11 points from Vlado Ilievski, who prepped briefly in the United States. Ex-Washington State player Thomas Kelati had 16 points and ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 12 points for the visitors as they advance to face Lietuvos Rytas in the Final Four. The Lithuanian side advanced despite falling 80-78 in Ukraine to Donetsk as they carried their 11 points lead from the first game. The hosts got 26 points from ex-CSU Bakersfield player Ramel Curry and 10 points from ex-Arizona player Ivan Radenovic as the visitors got 14 points from ex-Boston College player Tyrese Rice and 12 points from former Laurinburg prepster Arturas Jomantas. The final spot went to Valencia, who decisively overturned their 4 point deficit from the game in Montenegro with an 85-63 win over Buducnost in Spain. Ex-Maryland player Nik Caner-Medley had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win and ex-Vanderbilt player A.J. Ogilvy added 11 points as ex-Fordham player Jermaine Anderson had 13 points in the loss.
The Euroleague Women finals took place in Istanbul over the course of the week starting with a harrowing 3 games in 3 days to pick the finalists. In Group A on Wednesday, the local team, Fenerbahce, beat Beretta-Famila 74-58. Star power and WNBA experience was critical as Penny Taylor had 24 points and 6 rebounds in the win as Cheryl Ford had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Janel McCarville had 10 points in the loss. The nightcap and second game in the group saw Spain's Rivas Ecopolis beats hosts Galatasaray 75-68. In the win, Asjha Jones had 19 points and 13 rebounds, ex-George Washington player Elisa Aguilar had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Essence Carson had 10 points. In the loss, Tina Charles had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Diana Taurasi had 21 points, and Epiphany Prince had 10 points and 8 assists. Earlier in the day in Group B, Russia's Spartak Moscow edged past Wisla Can-Pak Krakow of Poland 77-70. WNBA experience pushed both sides again as Becky Hammon had 16 points, Candice Dupree had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Seimone Augustus had 14 points in the win. In the loss, Ewelina Kobryn had 19 points, Erin Phillips had 13 points, and Nicole Powell had 12 points and 8 rebounds. The other game in the group was surprisingly low-scoring given the star power on both sides as Spain's Ros Casares beat Russia's UMMC Ekaterinburg 62-49. Lauren Jackson had 12 points and 6 rebounds and Ann Wauters had 10 points in the win. In the loss, Candace Parker had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Deanna Nolan had 14 points, and Sandrine Gruda had 12 points.
Thursday's games clarified the finals situation as Rivas Ecopolis beat Beretta-Famila 65-58 to eliminate the Italian team and give themselves a strong position to perhaps be one of two Spanish teams in the final. Asjha Jones had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Elisa Aguilar had 11 points in the win as Cheryl Ford had 11 points and 20 rebounds in the loss. The other game in the group saw the battle of the two Istanbul clubs go to Fenerbahce after a 75-67 win to eliminate the hosts and set up a big showdown on Friday for one of the spots in the final. Ex-Western Illinois and WNBA player Zane Tamane had 19 points and 9 rebounds and Angel McCoughtry added 16 points in the win. The 3 key players on the other team did a lot, but not enough for the win as Diana Taurasi had 20 points, Tina Charles had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Epiphany Prince had 17 points. In the other group, Ros Casares put itself in a strong position after beating Spartak Moscow 77-66. Lauren Jackson had 16 points, Ann Wauters had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Shay Murphy had 11 points in the win. In the loss, Becky Hammon had 16 points, Seimone Augustus had 10 points and 7 rebounds, and Candice Dupree had 10 points. Ros Casares assured Spain of some representation in the finals after the result of the second game as UMMC Ekaterinberg beat Wisla Can-Pak Krakow 67-59 to eliminate any chance of the Polish club changing the situation via tiebreaker after Friday's games. Deanna Nolan had 19 points and Candace Parker had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win as Nicole Powell had 23 points and 8 rebounds and Ewelina Kobryn had 16 points in the loss.
On Friday, the group stage finished up as Rivas Ecopolis did clinch the top spot in the group after beating Fenerbahce 74-70 to create an all-Spanish Final. Asjha Jones had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Essence Carson had 17 points in the win while Angel McCoughtry had 21 points and 9 rebounds and Zane Tamane had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. The last game of the day was only for pride as Galatasaray beat Beretta-Famila 80-71 in front of the home fans. Diana Taurasi had 17 points in the win and ex-WNBA player Laura Macchi had 11 points. Earlier in the day, Ros Casares put together a strong performance even after clinching a final spots and blew out Wisla Can-Pak Krakow 90-61. Shay Murphy had 18 points, Maya Moore had 12 points and 12 rebounds, Sancho Lyttle had 11 points, and Ann Wauters had 10 points in the win and Nicole Powell had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. The other game saw the two Russian teams battle as UMMC Ekaterinburg beat Spartak Moscow 86-80. In the win, Sandrine Gruda had 21 points and 9 rebounds, Sue Bird had 18 points, Candace Parker had 14 points, and Yelena Leuchanka had 11 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, Seimone Augustus had 19 points, Becky Hammon had 18 points, and Candice Dupree had 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The champion was decided in late action on Sunday as the battle between the two teams from Spain went to Ros Casares after they beat Rivas Ecopolis 65-52. Sancho Lyttle had 18 points and 6 rebounds and Ann Wauters had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the win as Asjha Jones had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Far earlier in the day, Beretta-Famila brought home 7th place after beating Wisla Can-Pak Krakow 65-62. In the win, Cheryl Ford had 13 points and 13 rebounds while Erin Phillips had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. The 5th place game saw the hosts Galatasaray edge past Spartak Moscow 73-71. Diana Taurasi had 25 points and 6 rebounds in the win as Seimone Augustus had 15 points, Becky Hammon had 13 points, and Candice Dupree had 10 points in the loss. 3rd place went to UMMC Ekaterinburg after they beat Fenerbahce 75-68. Sandrine Gruda had 18 points, Candace Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Deanna Nolan had 13 points in the win. In the loss, Angel McCoughtry had 20 points and 6 rebounds and Zane Tamane had 17 points and 7 rebounds.