Kyle Singler, Marty Pocius, and Real Madrid started their Finals series with a trip to hated rivals FC Barcelona. Kyle keyed a strong start for the visitors as they held the lead for 3 quarters before letting the hosts comeback with a monumental 4th quarter effort with a 27-14 margin to win 81-80. Kyle had 11 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes while dealing with foul trouble late and Marty had 1 foul in 1 minute off the bench. Jaycee Carroll had 18 points. In the win, ex-Memphis Grizzlies player Juan Carlos Navarro had 21 points, ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek had 18 points, and ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 17 points. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Kyle, Marty, and Real Madrid had Game 2 in Barcelona. They got off to a solid start before the hosts took the lead in the 3rd quarter, but the visitors turned the tables this time and made the 4th quarter comeback to win 75-69 and even the series up before moving on to Madrid. Kyle had 8 points in 19 minutes and Marty had 2 points in 11 minutes. Sergio Rodriguez had 14 points and Jaycee Carroll had 10 points. In the loss, Erazem Lorbek had 22 points, Juan Carlos Navarro had 11 points, and Pete Mickeal and former Texas high-schooler Marcelo Huertas had 10 points each. Here is the box score.
On Monday, Kyle, Marty, and Real Madrid got to play in front of the home fans for Game 3 and started taking control in the 2nd quarter on the way to an 85-59 win to put themselves one game away from the title. Kyle had 4 points in 13 minutes as he battled early foul trouble and Marty had 1 point and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Jaycee Carroll had 17 points. Ex-Princeton player C.J. Wallace was the only player in double figures on the losing side as he had 13 points. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Kyle, Marty, and Real Madrid had the chance to clinch the championship on their home court. Kyle had a good scoring start to give his team an early lead, but the visitors fought back and held the lead for the rest of the game on the way to an 81-75 win to set up Game 5 in Barcelona for the title. Kyle had 11 points and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes and Marty had a quiet 4 minutes coming off the bench for Kyle in the first half. Barcelona had 5 key contributes in the win as Erazem Lorbek had 24 points, C.J. Wallace had 16 points and 6 rebounds, Marcelo Huertas had 15 points, Pete Mickeal had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Juan Carlos Navarro had 12 points. Here is the box score.
On Saturday, Kyle, Marty, and Real Madrid had one game for the title as they returned to Barcelona to try to complete a year of turning the tide in Spanish sports. Kyle also knew that this was likely to be his last game ever for Real Madrid while Marty was hoping to end his club season on a winning note as he prepared to join the Lithuanian Basketball team for Olympic qualifiers. Coach Pablo Laso did what he had been doing all season and made a number of lineup changes to leave the two Duke guys on the bench at the start. The home team led throughout most of the game and a late comeback fell short as the final score was 73-69. Kyle had 12 points in 27 minutes and Marty was quiet in 3 first-half minutes. Jaycee Carroll had 16 points. In the win, Pete Mickeal had 17 points and 9 rebounds and Erazem Lorbek had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Norwood Flames faced the Central Districts Lions and got back to winning ways with a 66-51 victory. Jess led her team with 27 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes and Amy Lewis contributed 15 points.