On Monday, Marty Pocius, Kyle Singler, and Real Madrid traveled to Caja Laboral, where a crowd of over 15,000 witnessed an incredibly close game that the hosts pulled out 67-66. Marty got the start and had 6 points in 16 minutes while Kyle had 11 points in 25 minutes. In the win, recent NBA player Andres Nocioni had 12 points and 8 rebounds and three-season NBA bench-warmer Maciej Lampe had 10 points. Here is the box score.
On Tuesday, David McClure and Kedainiai faced a trip to Siauliai and a poor start meant that a late comeback still fell short as they lost 92-80. David had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 27 minutes and Aurimas Adomaitis had 11 points. In the win, ex-George Mason player Cameron Long had 18 points and 7 assists and ex-JC player Arvydas Siksnius had 11 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet had their French Cup Quarterfinal game as they avoided playing another top-flight team and got to face Boulazac of the second-tier Pro B league (for reference, Cherokee Parks is playing for a team in the fourth tier of French Basketball). The game was close throughout before a late comeback gave the high-ranked team the 72-67 win. DeMarcus had 19 points in 33 minute and Luc-Arthur Vebobe had 10 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-St. Mary's player Frederic Adjiwanou had 16 points and ex-Notre Dame player Ryan Ayers had 12 points. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets returned to action against the Auckland Pirates, but lost 96-83. Nick had 16 points and 20 rebounds in 34 minutes as Josh Pace had 15 points and 16 rebounds and Zane Meehl had 15 points. In the win, ex-McNeese State player Ronald Dorsey had 21 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Georgia Tech player Ismail Muhammad had 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Jasmine Thomas returned to the lineup for Frisco Brno in time for their 70-57 Game 3 win to eliminate Kara Trutnov and book a spot in the finals. Jasmine had a quiet 4 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Here is the box score.
Alana Beard and Elitzur Ramla earned their trip to the finals after edging past Ramat Hasharon 60-59 at home in Game 4. Alana had 6 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes as Tanisha Wright led the way again with 21 points and Amber Harris added 11 points and 14 rebounds. In the loss, Jia Perkins had 24 points and 8 rebounds and Amber Holt had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun got off to a solid start against powerhouse Wisla Can-Pak Krakow in Game 1 of their semi-final series before the recent European final 8 team used a strong second quarter to roll 74-49. Bridgette had 7 points in 20 minutes as Jazmine Sepulveda had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Leah Metcalf had 11 points. In the win, WNBA experience led the way as Ewelina Kobryn had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
The season is over for Krystal Thomas and it is bad news for her team as a 78-69 at home to Lattes Montpellier condemned Lyon back down to the second division for next season. Krystal did everything she could with 22 points and 13 rebounds while playing all but 23 seconds of the game. In the win, ex-WNBA player Edwiges Lawson-Wade had 16 points and 6 rebounds and ex-NC State player Kaayla Chones had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Mistie Bass and Challes have settled in the third spot in the upcoming semi-finals after falling 71-63 to Bourges. Mistie had 19 points in 32 minutes and Danielle Page had 10 points and 9 rebounds. In the win, ex-Georgia player Kiesha Brown had 20 points. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun had a quick turnaround for Game 2 and Wisla Can-Pak Krakow broke the game open again in the second quarter to win 82-54. Bridgette had 2 points in 11 minutes as Jazmine Sepulveda had 15 points and Julie Page had 13 points and 6 rebounds. In the win, Erin Phillips had 13 points and ex-South Carolina and brief WNBA player Petra Ujhelyi had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Daniel Ewing did not play in Azovmash's final regular season game as they defeated Dnipro 97-94. The team was already firmly entrenched in the 3rd spot for playoff seeding as the quarterfinals start next week.
Shavlik Randolph has returned to the Puerto Rico to play with the Piratas de Quebradillas or the Quebradillas Pirates if you prefer. Since Puerto Rico is its own sports entity, updates on him will appear in these international updates. More information on his teammates will accompany the write-up of his first game.