On Thursday, David McClure and Neptunas returned to domestic league action against Rudupis and needed a fourth quarter rally to pull out an 85-81 win. David grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Valdas Vasylius had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists and Laurynas Mikalauskas had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Hofstra player Arminas Urbutis had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Marty Pocius dressed but did not play as Real Madrid were in Turkey at Anadolu Efes and could not complete the comeback after trailing most of the night to lose 74-72. Rudy Fernandez had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, Jaycee Carroll had 11 points, and Sergio Rodriguez had 10 points. In the win, ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 16 points and ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Jasmine Thomas and Chevakata had the second leg of their Eurocup Women semifinal against fellow Russian team Dynamo Moscow. As the higher seed at number six, they hosted the game trying to overturn the 9 point deficit from the first game at the ten seed, and looked to be in position to do that before their opponents used a big fourth quarter to win the game 68-62 and the aggregate 150-135. Jasmine had 8 points in 30 minutes and Glory Johnson had 24 points and 15 rebounds. Ex-Maryland player Kristi Toliver had 28 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Shavlik Randolph and Foshan returned from their Chinese New Year's break with nothing to play for except possibly to try and get Shavlik the league scoring title and they lost to the Beijing Ducks 112-106. Shavlik had 36 points and 8 rebounds in 36 minutes to increase his average and Doron Perkins had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists. In the win, ex-Kentucky player Randolph Morris had 34 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Shelden Williams and Chalon were in France's Leaders Cup this weekend at Disneyland Paris. Like the cups in many other European countries, the top eight teams at the half way point of the season were competing. Chalon were in sixth place after the first fifteen games, so they could have drawn any of the top four teams. The team that they ended up with was certainly intriguing as Shelden was able to renew his rivalry against the two players from UNC who were playing for second place Paris-Levallois. The team fell behind early before spending the rest of the game fighting back and taking a late lead before letting their opposition go on a quick run that cost them in a 79-75 loss. Shelden had 20 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Blake Schilb had 17 points and 9 rebounds and Marcus Denmon had 14 points. In the win, Sean May had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Jawad Williams had 14 points. Here is the box score.
Daniel Ewing and Besiktas had another chance to record their first win of this stage of Euroleague as they did not even have to leave their city in playing at their Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce Ulker. Things looked promising for most of the night as they took a lead, but they gave it all up in the fourth quarter to fall 78-72. Daniel had 11 points in 28 minutes. Damir Markota had 15 points and Curtis Jerrells had 14 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, Bojan Bogdanovic, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Miami Heat before a pair of draft day trades left his rights with the Brooklyn Nets, had 25 points, ex-NBA player David Andersen had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Townsville Fire continued to play out the regular season with their playoff placement already secure as they beat the Logan Thunder 63-38. Jess had 6 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes and Jessica Adair had 14 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, ex-WNBA player Kristen Veal had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
The other Eurocup Women semifinal also concluded on Thursday. Nine seed Kayseri of Turkey carried home a lead against thirteen seed Ruzomberok of Slovakia, but trailed early in this game before winning the game 73-65 and the aggregate 152-125. In the win, ex-UConn player Asjha Jones had 18 points and 7 rebounds, ex-WNBA player Evanthia Maltsi had 18 points, and ex-UNC player LaToya Pringle, also known by the Turkish version of her married name, Lara Sanders, had 10 points.
Euroleague action started on Thursday in Russia, where Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow hosted Panathinaikos of Greece and won 86-69. In the win, ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 19 points, ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun, who was drafted in the second round in 2008 by the Seattle Supersonics before his rights were sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft day, had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 11 points. In the loss, ex-Maryland player James Gist had 12 points and 10 rebounds and ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 12 points and 8 rebounds. A close game in Germany required a late comeback by Unicaja Malaga to recapture the lead and beat Alba Berlin 67-65. In the win, 2005 Orlando Magic 11th overall pick Fran Vazquez had 11 points and ex-UConn player Marcus Williams and ex-Indiana player Earl Calloway had 10 points each while ex-UNC player Deon Thompson had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. Spain's FC Barcelona withstood a late charge by Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel to hang on to an 82-77 win. In the win, Utah Jazz 2008 second round pick 18 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Maryland player Sarunas Jasikevicius and ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 14 points each. In the loss, ex-UNC Greensboro player Ricky Hickman had 19 points, ex-Duquesne player Shawn James had 16 points, and ex-Virginia player Devin Smith had 11 points. A thrilling game in Germany went into overtime before visiting Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania won it 88-87 after they were fouled trying a game-winning three pointer and knocked down all three free throws. Ex-JC player Marko Popovic had 21 points, including the final 3, and ex-Seton Hall player Rimantas Kaukenas added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the win while in the loss, ex-Clemson player Sharrod Ford had 20 points and ex-Stanford player Casey Jacobsen had 11 points.
On Friday, the games started in Russia as Greece's Olympiakos used a late comeback to seal an 87-82 win at Khimki Moscow. In the win, ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 19 points and 6 rebounds, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 19 points and 7 assists, New York Knicks second round pick Kostas Papanikolaou, who was later traded to the Portland Trailblazers, had 14 points, and ex-US high schooler Pero Antic had 11 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis had 20 points and 9 rebounds and ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists. In the final game of the week, Montepaschi Siena of Italy beat Caja Laboral Baskonia of Spain 85-74. In the win, ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 18 points, ex-USC player Daniel Hackett and ex-Northeastern player Matthew Janning had 16 points each, and ex-JC player Benjamin Eze had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 17 points, Washington Wizards 2010 second round pick Nemanja Bjelica, who was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day, had 15 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 10 points.
Eurocup games started on Tuesday with Group J, as Spain's Valencia spent the whole game in Latvia at VEF Riga coming back as they forced overtime before prevailing 103-96. In the win, ex-Xavier player Justin Doellman had 23 points and 8 rebounds while in the loss, ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 29 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Pitt player Donatas Zavackas had 11 points and 7 rebounds. The other game in the group saw another Spanish team win as Bilbao beat Nymburk 83-69 in the Czech Republic. In the win, Milovan Rakovic, who was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the Dallas Mavericks before a draft day trade to the Orlando Magic, had 18 points in the win while ex-DII player Radoslav Rancik had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. In Group K, Poland's Stelmet Zielona Gora prevented a Spanish sweep by escaping Cajasol Sevilla with an 85-81 comeback win in a game between two eliminated teams. Ex-Florida player Walter Hodge had 31 points in the win while ex-Boston University player John Holland had 15 points and ex-Miami player Brian Asbury had 12 points in the loss.
The rest of the games were in Wednesday, with Russia's Triumph Lyubertsy beating Montenegro's Buducnost 76-66 in Group I action as ex-Coppin State player Tywain McKee had 16 points and 8 assists. Also in this group was Turkey's Banvit, which defeated Budivelnyk of Ukraine 94-85. In the win, ex-Alabama player Chuck Davis had 24 points and 9 rebounds, ex-Michigan State player Kalin Lucas had 14 points, and ex-De Paul player Sammy Mejia had 13 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Missouri player Leo Lyons had 20 points and 11 rebounds and ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney had 10 points. In Group K, Lokomotiv Kuban asserted its dominance in an all-Russian matchup against Spartak St. Petersburg in a 77-72 win with 18 points from ex-Xavier player Derrick Brown and 16 points from ex-Nebraska player Aleks Maric. In the loss, ex-Texas A&M player Josh Carter had 20 points, 2006 Minnesota Timberwolves second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 12 points, and ex-Marquette player Darius Johnson-Odom had 10 points. The other group L game saw Russia's Unics Kazan beat Turkey's Galatasaray 64-57 to move on and eliminate their opponents. In the win, 2006 Washington Wizards second round pick Vladimir Veremeenko, whose rights were later traded to the Chicago Bulls, had 15 points and 9 rebounds, ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and former Texas-Pan American player Mire Chatman had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists as ex-North Carolina State player Engin Atsur had 12 points in the loss.
Most of the Eurochallenge games for the round took place on Tuesday. In Group I, Romania's Gaz Metan Medias beat Pinar Karsiyaka of Turkey 77-69. In the loss, ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 28 points and 14 rebounds and ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 11 points and 6 assists. The other game in the group was won by Ventspils of Latvia as they beat Joensuun Kataja of Finland 75-61. Ex-App State player Donald Sims had 21 points in the win while in the loss, ex-New Orleans player Johnell Smith had 12 points and 6 assists and ex-DII player Jonte Flowers had 11 points.
In Group J, Gravelines of France used a late comeback to beat Szolnoki Olaj of Hungary 82-78. In the win, ex-Miami of Ohio player Juby Johnson had 11 points and ex-Marquette player Dwight Buycks had 10 points while in the loss ex-San Diego player Brandon Gay had 15 points. Another French team also won in this group as Paris-Levallois beat Hapoel Holon of Israel 101-84. As always, the team relied on its ex-UNC player as Jawad Williams had 16 points and Sean May had 13 points as ex-USF player John Cox added 12 points. In the loss, ex-Old Dominion player Frank Hassell had 31 points and 9 rebounds, ex-UConn player Jerome Dyson had 18 points and 6 assists, ex-Stanford player Lawrence Hill had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Portland State player Dominic Waters had 12 points and 10 assists.
In Group K, Khimik of Ukraine held off Tofas of Turkey 69-62. In the win, ex-Oregon player Devoe Joseph had 18 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Purdue player Willie Deane had 10 points. In the loss, ex-DII player Austin Nichols had 14 points and ex-Texas A&M player and 2009 Los Angeles Lakers second round pick Chinemelu Elonu had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Russia's Krasnye Krylia continued to roll through the group as they won 93-68 in Sweden over Norrkoping Dolphins. In the win, ex-North Dakota State player Andre Smith had 21 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Washington player Tre Simmons and ex-UTEP player Omar Thomas had 17 points each. In the loss, ex-Pacific player Christian Maraker had 13 points, ex-UMKC player Oladapo Ayuba had 12 points, and ex-VMI player Keith Gabriel had 10 points.
The final Group L games was on Wednesday as Germany's Oldenburg continued its domination of the group by winning 72-66 in Belarus over Minsk. In the loss, ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 17 points, ex-Missouri player Rickey Paulding had 12 points, and ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 11 points.