Daniel Ewing and Besiktas tried to continue their run towards the playoffs and ended up in a thriller against Ankara Kolejliler and prevailed 110-105 in double overtime. Daniel had 4 points in 10 minutes and Ricky Minard had 11 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Wisconsin player Kirk Penney had 29 points and ex-North Dakota State player Ben Woodside had 20 points and 16 assists. Here is thebox score.
Shelden Williams and Elan Chalon continued to jockey for playoff position as their regular season was winding down, but could not beat Le Havre as they lost 83-78. Shelden had 16 points and 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. Blake Schilb had 25 points and 9 assists and Marcus Denmon had 21 points and 7 assists. In the loss, ex-Michigan player Graham Brown had 23 points and 11 rebounds and ex-Auburn player Bryant Smith had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade were trying to win the Adriatic League as they had to face their biggest rivals Partizan Belgrade for the championship. The team started well and carried a lead into halftime, but ran into trouble in the second half as things got wilder and ended up losing 71-63. DeMarcus had 14 points in 26 minutes. In the win, Davis Bertans, a 2011 second round pick of the Indiana Pacers before they traded his rights to the San Antonio Spurs, had 15 points. Here is the box score.
On Sunday, Jon Scheyer and Gran Canaria fell 97-89 to Joventut Badalona in Jon's final game as a player for Gran Canaria before he heads to Duke. The now face a big fight to hold on to a playoff spot without one of their starters. Jon had 7 points in 23 minutes. Ryan Toolson had 28 points, Eulis Baez had 21 points and 8 rebounds, and Spencer Nelson had 11 points. In the win, ex-Villanova player Corey Fisher had 13 points. Here is the box score.
Here is his farewell note to the fans: LINK
Marty Pocius is still out, but Real Madrid got a preview of the Euroleague Final Four as they squared off against their big rivals FC Barcelona and came away with a 78-65 win. Rudy Fernandez had 11 points and Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, Utah Jazz 2008 second round pick Ante Tomic and ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek, who was drafted in the second round in 2005 by the Indiana Pacers before his rights were traded to the San Antonio Spurs, had 10 points and 7 rebounds each and ex-NBA player Nate Jawai had 10 points. Here is the box score.
On Monday, Jasmine Thomas and Chevakata tried to extend their season for another day, but instead gave away a big lead to lose 75-73 to Dynamo Moscow in Game 2 to settle for 6th place in Russia. Jasmine had 10 points in 34 minutes and Glory Johnson had 24 points and 8 rebounds. Overall it was a solid season for Jasmine and her team, even if she might have expected to be able to put up bigger individual numbers. In the win, ex-Maryland player Kristi Toliver had 23 points and 6 steals. Here is the box score.
Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray had Game 3 of the finals against Fenerbahce in front of the home fans. It was another close game that went down to the wire before they fell 71-70 to give away the homecourt advantage they had earned in Game 1, forcing them to win the next two games to win the title. Lindsey had 12 points and 6 assists in 38 minutes. Sancho Lyttle had 19 points and 7 rebounds and Ann Wauters had 16 points. Cappie Pondexter finally came alive in the series in this win, as she was shuffled back into the lineup and ended up hitting the game winning basket after finishing with 19 points. Here is the box score.
In an update of another player who started his career at Duke but finished it at another school, Eric Boateng has completed his season in Germany with Braunschweig. Eric settled into a progressively bigger role with the team as the season progressed and led his team in rebounding. The team needed to rally late to make sure that it steered clear of being relegated from the league, including winning a key game while the star of the team, Dennis Schroder, had left to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit. Here is his profile for the season.
The EuroChallenge finished up on Sunday starting with the game for third place between Germany's Oldenburg and France's Gravelines with the Germans prevailing 84-76. In the win, ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 22 points, ex-UNC Greensboro player Ronnie Burrell had 14 points, ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 12 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Portland player Robin Smeulders had 11 points. In the loss, ex-JC player Ludovic Vaty had 22 points and 10 rebounds, ex-Marquette player Dwight Buycks had 13 points, and ex-Alabama player Kennedy Winston had 10 points. The hosts Pinar Karsiyaka tried to bring the trophy to Turkey, but were foiled by a great second half effort by Russia's Krasnye Krylia to win 77-76. This puts some pressure on Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow to see if Russia can win all five pan-European basketball competitions. In the win, ex-Washington player Tre Simmons and ex-DII player DeJuan Collins had 18 points and ex-North Dakota State player Andre Smith had 14 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 23 points and 6 assists, ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 12 points, and ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 10 points.