On Wednesday, DeMarcus Nelson, fresh off being named to the all-League First Team, and Red Star Belgrade began the playoffs in Serbia by beating Mega Vizura 78-61 in Game 1 of the semifinals as they built a lead in the second half. DeMarcus was charged with providing more offense with brief NBA player Igor Rakocevic injured and did just that with his usual defensive contribution as he finished with 16 points and 9 assists in 34 minutes. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, the semifinals started in Spain as Real Madrid, without Marty Pocius, took on Zaragoza in Game 1 and held on to an 84-76 win. Nikola Mirotic had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rudy Fernandez had 14 points. In the loss, ex-Texas A&M player Joseph Jones had 12 points and UCLA player Michael Roll had 10 points. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets were back in action, but fell 89-77 to the Nelson Giants after a poor second half. Nick had 18 points and 16 rebounds in 35 minutes. Marcel Jones had 12 points and 7 rebounds and Jeremiah Trueman had 12 points. In the win, ex-Providence player Erron Maxey had 21 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Syracuse player Josh Pace had 12 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade tried to book their spot in the finals in Game 2 at Mega Vizura, but could not prevail in a close game and fell 73-71. DeMarcus had 14 points in 36 minutes. In the win, ex-Utah player Luka Drca had 15 points. Here is the box score.
Gran Canaria started their semifinals series with FC Barcelona well below full strength in addition to having to deal with Jon Scheyer's departure. They started the game off with hot shooting to hang onto a lead into halftime, but quickly fell behind in the second half only to try a late comeback before losing 69-63. Spencer Nelson had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Brad Newley had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Eulis Baez had 12 points and 11 rebounds. In the win, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 14 points and ex-Princeton player C.J. Wallace had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
The Hobart Chargers were even more shorthanded than usual as they were missing more than Kathleen Scheer, but they still managed an 83-58 win over the Launceston Tornadoes. Lindsay Laur had 25 points and 12 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Iowa State player Lauren Mansfield had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Here is the box score.