DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade returned to EuroCup play against Unics Kazan of Russia and used a big run right after halftime to propel them to an 81-73 win. DeMarcus had 2 points in 19 minutes before fouling out and Mike Scott had 11 points. In the loss, former Texas-Pan American player Mire Chatman had 18 points, ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 14 points, Vladimir Veremeenko, who was drafted in the second round in 2006 by the Washington Wizards before having his rights traded to the Chicago Bulls years later, had 11 points, and ex-Saint Louis player Ian Vougioukas had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Alana Beard and Wisla Krakow continued their jockeying for Euroleague Women seeding against Rivas Ecopolis of Spain and won 74-66. Alana had 16 points in 23 minutes and Tina Charles had 22 points and 14 rebounds. In the loss, WNBA player Ziomara Morrison had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and Perfumerias Avenida entered their EuroLeague Women game knowing that they would probably need to win out to qualify for the next stage. They had a tough task against the stars of Russia's UMMC Ekaterinburg, but the visitors basically had nothing to play for and their Spanish opposition handed them their first loss with a 65-57 win. Monique had 12 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes before fouling out and Le'Coe Willingham had 11 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, Diana Taurasi had 20 points and 7 rebounds, Maria Stepanova had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Sandrine Gruda had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Daniel Ewing and Besiktas tried to get going in this stage of Euroleague as they hosted Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel, but they struggled yet again and slumped to a 77-55 defeat. Daniel had 4 points in 20 minutes as he entered the starting lineup and Patrick Christopher had 12 points. In the win, Lior Eliyahu, who was drafted in the second round in 2006 by the Orlando Magic before a couple of trades moved his rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 14 points, ex-Maryland player Nik Caner-Medley had 12 points, and ex-DII player David Logan had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Marty Pocius is still not healthy enough to return for Real Madrid and he missed out on a thrilling game against Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow, which went into overtime before they prevailed 86-78. Jaycee Carroll had 31 points, Rudy Fernandez had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Nikola Mirotic and Sergio Llull added 10 points each. In the loss, ex-NBA player Nenad Krstic had 11 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun, who was drafted in the second round in 2008 by the Seattle Supersonics before a draft day trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, had 11 points, and ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Karima Christmas and Maccabi Ramat Hen played an Israeli Cup quarterfinal against Hapoel Rishon Lezion. They trailed for most of the game before finally taking the lead late and hanging on to a 75-72 win. Karima had 17 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes. Ivory Latta had 17 points and 7 assists, Jenna Smith had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Khadijah Rushdan had 13 points. In the loss, ex-Miami player Riquna Williams had 23 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Temple player Shey Peddy had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists, and ex-South Florida player Jessica Lawson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Shavlik Randolph and the Foshan Lions continued to fight to extend their season as they faced the Shanghai Sharks and forced overtime before winning 118-112. Shavlik continued his string of impressive performances with 38 points and 25 rebounds and Doron Perkins chipped in with 20 points and 11 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Indiana player D.J. White had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Gilbert Arenas had 21 points and 6 rebounds.
David McClure and Neptunas hosted Nymburk of the Czech Republic in VTB United League play and won 96-86. David had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes and Laurynas Mikalauskas had 11 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Baylor player Tweety Carter had 23 points and 6 assists and ex-DII player Radoslav Rancik had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Townsville Fire played the Canberra Capitals with their spot in the playoffs clinched while still looking to improve their position, but lost 76-68. Jess led her team with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes and Jessica Adair had 10 points. In the win, ex-Georgia Tech player Brigitte Ardossi had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Euroleague Women action on Wednesday included a Group A encounter between Tarsus and Imos Brno with the Turkish hosts besting their Czech visitors 81-72. In the win, ex-Oklahoma player Danielle Robinson had 25 points and 7 assists, ex-Florida player DeLisha Milton-Jones had 17 points and 9 rebounds, ex-Maryland player Shay Doron had 14 points, and ex-Rutgers player Michelle Campbell, also known as Melisa Can in Turkey, had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ex-Kansas State player Nicole Ohlde had 22 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
In Group B, Russia's Nadezhda Orenburg won 74-68 in Hungary over Sopron behind 21 points and 8 rebounds from ex-Miami player Shenise Johnson. In the loss, ex-Western Illinois player Zane Tamane had 16 points and 8 rebounds and ex-UConn player Renee Montgomery had 13 points. Slovakia's Good Angels Kosice record a somewhat surprising 66-63 win over Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce. Ex-Texas Tech player Plenette Pierson had 10 points in the win while Angel McCoughtry had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. The final game in the group saw Arras of France edge past CSM Targoviste 67-66. Ex-James Madison player Dawn Evans had 17 points and 7 assists in the win while ex-Drexel player Gabriela Marginean had 17 points in the loss.
In Group C, Poland's Polkowice won 71-60 in the Czech Republic over USK Prague as its WNBA duo fared far better. Belinda Snell had 28 points and 7 rebound and Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and 14 rebounds in the win. In the loss, Kia Vaughn had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-South Carolina player Ilona Burgrova had 10 points. France's Mondeville did just enough to see off Novi Zagreb of Croatia 79-74 with 11 points and 6 assists from ex-Cincinnati player K.B. Sharp. In the loss, ex-JC player Latoya Williams had 19 points and 11 rebounds and ex-Utah player Leilani Mitchell had 16 points.
The Group A game on Thursday was in Hungary, where France's Bourges escaped with a 65-59 win with 11 points and 6 rebounds from ex-WNBA player Emmeline Ndongue.
Thursday Euroleague action started in Lithuania as Zalgiris Kaunas beat visiting German team Alba Berlin 92-56. In the win, ex-JC player Marko Popovic had 22 points and ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 17 points while in the loss, ex-Niagara player Yassin Idbihi had 12 points and ex-Vanderbilt player Derrick Byars had 10 points. FC Barcelona handed Italy's Montepaschi Siena their first loss at this stage with an 85-66 win. In the win, 2008 Utah Jazz second round pick Ante Tomic had 20 points, ex-NBA player Nate Jawai had 11 points and former Texas high schooler Marcelo Huertas had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 19 points, ex-USC player Daniel Hackett had 14 points, and ex-JC player Benjamin Eze had 12 points. In Greece, defending champions Olympiakos of Greece defeated Turkey's Fenerbahce Ulker 82-71. In the win, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 15 points, Georgios Printezis, who was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the San Antonio Spurs before four trades moved his rights to the Portland Trailblazers, had 13 points, ex-Texas A&M player Acie Law had 12 points, and ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 10 points. In the loss, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 20 points and 6 rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Miami Heat before two draft day trades sent his rights to the Brooklyn Nets, had 20 points, and ex-NBA player David Andersen had 18 points.
The Friday Euroleague games were all excellent, starting in Spain, where Turkey's Anadolu Efes beat hosts Unicaja Malaga 78-73. In the win, ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 15 points and ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 11 points while in the loss, ex-Indiana player Earl Calloway had 15 points and 7 rebounds and ex-UConn player Marcus Williams had 15 points and 6 assists. Also in Spain, Russia's Khimki Moscow built a lead in the second half to defeat Caja Laboral Baskonia 83-71. In the win, ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis had 20 points, ex-Clemson player K.C. Rivers had 16 points, ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 13 points and 6 assists, and ex-NBA player Sergey Monya had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 13 points, Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Washington Wizards before a draft day trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 12 points, and ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 11 points. The final game was in Greece and Panathinaikos survived a scare from Germany's Brose to win 76-73. In the win, ex-Miami of Ohio player Michael Bramos had 16 points, ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-UNLV player Marcus Banks had 13 points. In the loss, ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 16 ponts, ex-Clemson player Sharrod Ford had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and ex-Arkansas player Sergerio Gipson had 11 points.
The only Eurocup game on Tuesday was the all-Spanish affair in Group J as visiting Bilbao escaped with a 61-60 win over Valencia. Ex-St. John's player Lamont Hamilton had 12 points in the win while in the loss, ex-Xavier player Justin Doellman had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals and Serhiy Lishchuk, who was drafted in the second round in 2004 by the Memphis Grizzlies before a pair of trades left his rights with the Los Angeles Lakers, had 14 points.
Wednesday games included Group I play, where Russia's Triumph Lyubertsy held off Turkey's Banvit in a 93-89 thriller. In the win, ex-Northern Arizona player Kyle Landry had 17 points and 13 rebounds, ex-Dayton player Devin Searcy had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Coppin State player Tywain McKee had 10 points, 10 assists, and 6 steals. In the loss, ex-Alabama player Chuck Davis had 21 points, ex-Michigan State player Kalin Lucas had 14 points, and Denver Nuggets second round pick Izzet Turkyilmaz had 12 points. In the other game in the group, Ukraine's Budivelnik escaped from Montenegro with a 77-75 win over Buducnost. In the win, ex-Missouri player Leo Lyons had 17 points and ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney had 12 points while ex-Mississippi State player Dee Bost had 10 points in the loss.
The other Group J game saw Latvia's VEF Riga roll past Nymburk of the Czech Republic 81-59. In the win, ex-Texas A&M player Antanas Kavaliauskas had 17 points and 9 rebounds, ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 15 points, and ex-Rhode Island player Will Daniels had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
In Group K, Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban beat Spain's Cajasol Sevilla 83-72. In the win, ex-Xavier player Derrick Brown had 20 points, ex-Nebraska player Aleks Maric had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and ex-Florida player Nick Calathes, who was drafted in the second round in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves before a draft day trade to the Dallas Mavericks, had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. In the loss, Washington Wizards second round pick Tomas Satoransky had 14 points and Latavious Williams, who was drafted by the Miami Heat as he went from high school to the D-League in the second round in 2010 before being immediately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 13 points and 7 rebounds. The other game in the group was also a Russian win as Spartak St. Petersburg pounded Stelmet Zielona Gora of Poland 81-54. In the win, ex-DII player Zach Wright had 17 points and 8 assists, ex-Texas A&M player Josh Carter had 13 points, and Minnesota Timberwolves 2006 second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Those results meant that the two Russian teams have already sealed their spots in the next round.
The other game in DeMarcus Nelson's group ended up as a home win after Germany's UIm used a huge fourth quarter surge to seal a 91-70 win over Turkey's Galatasaray. In the win, ex-Santa Clara player John Bryant had 20 points and 17 rebounds, ex-Villanova player Allan Ray had 18 points, and ex-Nebraska player Lance Jeter had 10 points and 7 assists. In the loss, ex-Florida International player Carlos Arroyo had 23 points, ex-Alabama player Erwin Dudley had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Cleveland Cavaliers 2011 second round pick Milan Macvan had 10 points. This result combined with the one in DeMarcus's game left all the teams tied with two games left to play.
All of the Eurochallenge games were on Tuesday this week, starting in Group I, where Latvia's Ventspils rolled past Romania's Gaz Metan Medias 96-64. Ex-George Mason player Folarin Campbell had 14 points in the win while ex-Nevada player Kyle Shiloh had 14 points in the loss. The other game saw Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka continue its strong performance with an 89-70 win over Joensuun Kataja of Finland. In the win, ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 28 points, ex-Ohio State player Jon Diebler, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Portland Trailblazers and had his rights traded this past summer, had 19 points, and ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-DII player Jonte Flowers had 17 points and 6 rebounds.
In Group J, France's Paris-Levallois dominated the second half to storm back from a halftime deficit for a 93-71 win. The former UNC duo was key for the team as usual as Jawad Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Sean May had 11 points and 8 rebounds with ex-USF player John Cox adding 15 points and 6 assists. In the loss, ex-Boston University player Rashad Bell and ex-Mercer player James Florence had 13 points each. The other game featured a couple of magnificent individual efforts, but the balanced attack of France's Gravelines held off visiting Hapoel Holon of Israel 86-80. In the win, ex-Marquette player Dwight Buycks had 15 points and ex-Miami of Ohio player Juby Johnson had 11 points. In the loss, ex-UConn player Jerome Dyson had 42 points, ex-Old Dominion player Frank Hassell had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and ex-Stanford player Lawrence Hill had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
In Group K, Ukraine's Khimik won 81-76 in Sweden over Norrkoping Dolphins. In the win, ex-Purdue player Willie Deane had 11 points and 7 assists while in the loss, ex-VMI player Kenny Gabriel had 17 points and ex-Norther Arizona player Joakim Kjellbom had 10 points and 6 rebounds. The other game went to Russia's Krasnye Krylia as they won in Turkey 78-70 over Tofas. In the win, ex-North Dakota State player Andre Smith had 32 points and ex-Washington player Tre Simmons had 15 points. In the loss, ex-DII player Austin Nichols had 16 points and ex-Texas A&M player and Los Angeles Lakers 2009 second round pick Chinemelu Elonu had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
In Group L, Minsk held edged past Germany's Bonn 74-70 in Belarus. In the loss, ex-DII player Benas Veikalas had 21 points, ex-UAB player Robert Vaden had 16 points and 6 assists, and ex-Marist player Jared Jordan had 14 points. In the other game in the group, Germany's Oldenburg took control in the second half in Belgium to blast Okapi Aalstar 103-80. In the win, ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 25 points, ex-Akron player Dru Joyce had 16 points and 7 assists, and ex-UNC Greensboro player Ronnie Burrell, ex-Portland player Robin Smeulders, and ex-Missouri player Rickey Paulding had 12 points each. In the loss, ex-Rider player Ryan Thompson had 23 points and 6 assists and ex-Vanderbilt player Brad Tinsley had 16 points.