On Monday, Daniel Ewing and Azovmash booked their spot in the finals after completing a 4-0 sweep of Budivelnyk after winning 98-86 in the series finale. Daniel had 15 points in 22 minutes. Matt Walsh had 26 points, Jerome Randle had 21 points and 7 assists, and Othello Hunter had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Miami player Jack McClinton had 20 points and ex-Manhattan player Luis Flores had 18 points and 6 rebounds.
Shavlik Randolph and the Quebradillas Pirates continued their season with a game against the Guaynabo Mets and prevailed in a high-scoring 110-104 affair. Shavlik had 19 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. Joel Jones had 24 points and 8 rebounds, David Huertas had 21 points, Darius Washington had 16 points and 6 assists, and Peter John Ramos had 12 points. In the loss, ex-DII player Carlos Escalera had 28 points, ex-Oklahoma State player and NBA veteran Joey Graham had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and ex-South Florida player Will McDonald had 22 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Shavlik Randolph and the Quebradillas Pirates fell for the first time in this phase of the competition after losing 86-79 to the Arecibo Captains. Shavlik had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Darius Washington had 22 points and 6 rebounds, David Huertas had 16 points, and Peter John Ramos had 13 points and 9 rebounds. In the win, ex-USC player Larry Ayuso had 24 points, ex-Arizona State and longtime NBA player Ike Diogu had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and ex-George Washington player Danilo Pinnock had 17 points. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Shavlik Randolph and the Quebradillas Pirates played again, falling by an identical 86-79 scoreline to the Bayamon Cowboys. Shavlik had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Peter John Ramos had 21 points and 7 rebounds, Darius Washington had 14 points, and David Huertas had 11 points. In the win, ex-Utah State player Gary Wilkinson had 19 points and 9 rebounds, ex-JC player Christian Dalmau had 18 points and 7 assists, and ex-Long Beach State player Carmelo Lee and ex-Central Connecticut State player Javier Mojica had 13 points each. Here is the box score.
On Saturday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets were back in action and won handily 111-68 over the Southland Sharks. Nick had 16 points and 19 rebounds in 31 minutes. Josh Pace had 27 points, Chris Hagan had 25 points and 8 assists, and Zane Meehl had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Georgetown player Kevin Braswell had 16 points, ex-Winthrop player Craig Bradshaw had 14 points, and ex-Fresno State player Larry Abney had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet secured their playoff spot after winning a wild game 101-97 over Elan Chalon. DeMarcus had 21 points and 5 assists in 31 minutes. Patrick Christopher had 24 points and 7 rebounds and Robert Dozier had 14 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Loyola (Illinois) player Blake Schilb had 25 points, Joffrey Lauvergne, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, had 16 points, and ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney and ex-North Carolina State player Ilian Evtimov had 13 points each in the loss. Here is the box score.
Shavlik Randolph was a late scratch for the Quebradillas Pirates' 84-83 overtime win over the Mayaguez Indians.
Jess Foley and the Norwood Flames were back in action after a break and beat the Sturt Sabres 74-64. Jess led all scorers with 31 points in 32 minutes. Ex-Northwestern State player Jess McPhail had 17 points in the loss.
Carrem Gay and Toulouse had a critical semifinal game as they faced Calais with the winner clinching a spot in the top league for next season. The game was close until Toulouse broke out in the 4th quarter for a 65-56 win. Carrem led the way for her team with 15 points and 16 rebounds in 32 minutes.
On Sunday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets clinched a spot in the league's Final Four with a 110-84 win over the Nelson Giants. Nick had 18 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Josh Pace had 26 points, Jeremiah Trueman had 18 points, Chris Hagan had 16 points and 8 assists, and Zane Meehl had 14 points. In the loss, ex-Butler player Pete Campbell had 18 points. Here is the box score.
Carrem Gay and Toulouse had already clinched promotion, but they still had the final to win the league against Perpignan. They built a strong lead early before letting their opponents comeback in the 4th quarter, but managed to send the game into overtime, where they lose 75-71. Carrem had 16 points and 7 rebounds in her final game of the season.
The Euroleague Semifinals on Friday were both great games as defending champions Panathinaikos of Greece faced one of the strongest teams throughout this year's competition in Russia's CSKA Moscow. The returning champions got off to a great start with a 29-15 lead after 10 minutes only to go cold for the next quarter and carry only a 2 point lead into the 2nd half. After a nearly even 3rd quarter, the Russian challengers started their final comeback in the 4th quarter and held their opponents off for the 66-64 win. Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points and 9 rebounds in the win as ex-Maryland player Sarunas Jasikevicius had 19 points and ex-Arizona State player Mike Batiste had 11 points in the loss. Later in the day, another team who had been strong throughout the season, Spain's FC Barcelona, looked to advance as they faced underdog Olympiakos of Greece. Olympiakos started the game well as they were looking to do better than their hated rivals in an effort to steal both European and domestic glory from them in a short stretch of time after already having a better season in soccer. FC Barcelona was looking to win at least one big European trophy for the entire sports club, but they were unable to chip into the lead until late, leaving them too little time to come back as they lost 68-64. Several one-season NBA players played roles in the game as Vassilis Spanoulis had 21 points and 6 assists in the win while Juan Carlos Navarro had 18 points and Boniface Ndong had 10 points in the loss.
The third place game took place early Sunday and FC Barcelona beat Panathinaikos 74-69. Ex-Princeton player C.J. Wallace had 12 points in the win while ex-Nebraska player Aleks Maric had 13 points and 11 rebounds and ex-DII player David Logan had 11 points in the loss. The final saw both CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos get off to a slow start before the Russian team built a big halftime lead. Their Greek opposition waited for the 4th quarter which they entered down 13 to spring into action and started a huge run to give themselves a chance to win it late. On the final possession, Vassilis Spanoulis got the ball and drove the ball to the basket before finding Georgios Printezis on the baseline for a floater with less than a second left to complete a 62-61 win. Spanoulis finished with 15 points while Andrei Kirilenko had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nenad Krstic had 11 points in the loss.