Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray had a decisive 74-50 win over Istanbul University in Game 2 of the Turkish League Semifinals. Lindsey had 12 points in 29 minutes and Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-USC player Ebony Hoffman had 11 points. Here is the box score.
David McClure and Neptunas started the Lithuanian League playoffs. As the fourth-place team, they had a tricky draw against fifth place Pieno Zvaigzdes and built up a lead early in the second half to win 85-71. David had a quiet 12 minutes off the bench. Valdas Vasylius had 15 points and 6 rebounds and Rashaun Broadus had 15 points and 7 steals. In the loss, ex-Wisconsin player Trevon Hughes had 19 points and ex-Cincinnati player Yancy Gates had 15 points. Here is the box score.
Marty Pocius and Real Madrid booked a ticket to London for the Euroleague Final Four after completing a sweep of Maccabi Tel Aviv with a 69-57 win in Game 3 in Israel as Marty continues to recover from his injury. Jaycee Carroll had 16 points, Sergio Llull had 13 points, and Sergio Rodriguez had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Duquesne player Shawn James had 18 points and 6 rebounds and ex-UNC Greensboro player Ricky Hickman and ex-DII player David Logan had 11 points each. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Shay Selby and Strakonice finished their season against Pardubice. Given that the result had no impact on the final standings, the lineups were shuffled a bit to get the bench players plenty of playing time and they lost the lead that the starters handed them and fell 73-62. Shay had 9 points in her 12 minutes. Overall, Shay had a solid first professional season. If her team could have had for the entire season, they probably would have avoided finishing in the bottom third of the league and could have at least had the experience of competing in the playoffs. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and Perfumerias Avenida looked to earn a spot in the finals as they visited Girona in Game 2 of the semifinals. They had a comfortable lead throughout before surrendering it all in the fourth quarter only to have Monique hit the game-winning basket late to win them the series. Monique finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Marta Fernandez had 22 points and Le'Coe Willingham had 20 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Florid State player Jacinta Monroe had 18 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson returned from injury as Red Star Belgrade faced Metalac in their first game under a new coach. While they led throughout the first half, they struggled in the second half and lost 82-77. DeMarcus had 12 points in 19 minutes as he battled foul trouble. Here is the box score.
Euroleague Playoffs continued on Tuesday as the series between FC Barcelona and Panathinaikos shifted from Spain to Greece for Game 3. The hosts were looking to take an important series lead despite being heavy underdogs after the last round and built a lead before giving it back in the third quarter only to do just enough in the final period to win 65-63. In the win, ex-Miami of Ohio player Michael Bramos had 14 points and ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 11 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 17 points, ex-Maryland player Sarunas Jasikevicius had 13 points, and Utah Jazz 2008 second round pick Ante Tomic had 12 points and 9 rebounds.
The two Euroleague Playoffs games on Wednesday saw two home teams trying to avoid elimination as two visitors looked to book their tickets to London. In Turkey, Anadolu Efes fought off Olympiakos 83-72 to force a Game 4 against the Greek team. In the win, ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 17 points, ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. In the loss, ex-Texas A&M player Acie Law had 19 points, Georgios Printezis, a 2007 San Antonio Spurs second round pick before five trades moved his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 11 points, and ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 10 points. The home team was also able to force a Game 4 in the other series as Caja Laboral Baskonia blasted Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow 93-72 to keep the series going in Spain. In the win, Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Washington Wizards and traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day, had 13 points and 7 rebounds and ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 10 points. In the loss, ex-NBA player Nenad Krstic had 12 points, ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 11 points, and ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 10 points.