On Sunday, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona renewed their rivalry in a rematch of the finals of a year ago, which had featured two Duke connections, unlike this year after the injury to Marty Pocius. Real Madrid was hosting after their superb regular season performance earned them the top seed and they started well only to be overwhelmed in the second quarter, but a big fourth quarter comeback overturned the halftime deficit for a 76-72 Game 1 win. Sergio Rodriguez had 21 points, Sergio Llull had 19 points, and Rudy Fernandez had 14 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 15 points and former Texas high schooler Marcelo Huertas had 10 points. Here is the boxscore
On Monday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade tried to avoid the sweep against their heated rivals Partizan Belgrade in Game 3 and a strong fourth quarter was enough to extend the series as they won 81-74. DeMarcus had 10 points and 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Here is the boxscore
On Tuesday, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona had Game 2 of the finals with Marty Pocius still sidelined. The teams both started slowly with the home team building a halftime lead as they looked to take a big advantage in the series, but they fell apart down the stretch and lost 72-71 to leave the series tied as things head to Barcelona. Rudy Fernandez had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Nikola Mirotic had 10 points. In the win, Juan Carlos Navarro had 19 points and ex-Alaska player Brad Oleson had 14 points. Here is the boxscore
On Wednesday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade tried to extend their season in Game 4 of the finals as the home team in the arena they share with Partizan Belgrade. Unfortunately they could not recover from a poor start and ended up losing 68-52 to be denied the championship by their biggest rivals again. DeMarcus had 12 points in 32 minutes. In the win, Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has declared for the NBA Draft, had 17 points. Overall, DeMarcus Nelson had a good season with the team, using his versatility to help out the team as they earned a trip to next year's Euroleague, even though they fell short on their quest for major trophies this season. Here is the boxscore
Here are his stats from Eurocup play.
Here are his stats from Adriatic League play.
Here are his stats from Serbian League play.
On Friday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets returned to action with a tough test against the Nuggets and put in a good effort to recover from an huge early deficit but still lost 110-102. Nick had 21 points and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes before fouling out. Chris Hagan had 28 points and 7 rebounds and Marcel Jones had 27 points. In the win, ex-Kansas State player Akeem Wright had 33 points and 8 rebounds and ex-South Carolina player Antoine Tisby had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona played Game 3 of the finals with Marty Pocius still injured. Real Madrid led for most of the game, but needed to work hard to hold on to their advantage late before winning 84-72 to shift the series home court advantage back in their favor with the opportunity to win at the home of their big rivals. Nikola Mirotic had 18 points and Sergio Llull had 12 points. In the loss, Juan Carlos Vanarro had 20 points, ex-Maryland player Sarunas Jasikevicius had 13 points, and 2008 Utah Jazz second round pick Ante Tomic had 10 points. Here is the boxscore
The Hobart Chargers continued to play shorthanded as they hope to have Kathleen Scheer and a full strength lineup back soon as they fought hard but lost 71-64 to the Frankston Blues. Lindsay Laur had 21 points and 18 rebounds. In the win, ex-Washington player Nicole Romeo had 22 points, ex-Montana State player Rebecca Mercer had 17 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Florida Gulf Coast player Patrice Mckenzie had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Here is the boxscore
On Saturday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets returned to winning ways after beating the Hawks 80-66. Nick had 23 points and 16 rebounds in 34 minutes to lead his team. Marcel Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Hagan had 16 points. In the loss, ex-Stephen F. Austin player Dion Prewster had 18 points and 15 rebounds and ex-Texas Tech player Darko Cohadarevic had 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Jess Foley and the Norwood Flames returned from a short break and resumed their domination of the league with a 101-47 pasting of the Southern Tigers. Jess had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists, and 6 steals in 30 minutes. Here is the boxscore
On Sunday, Real Madrid without Marty Pocius and FC Barcelona played Game 4 with the home side trying to stay alive and head back on the road to Madrid for Game 5 and they did just that with a 73-62 win. In the win, Ante Tomic had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Marcelo Huertas had 11 points and 6 assists, 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 11 points, and 2006 Minnesota Timberwolves second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 10 points. Here is the boxscore