On Friday, Marty Pocius and Real Madrid returned to competitive action against visiting Panathinaikos from Greece after their NBA exhibition tour. They got off to a hot start before cooling off considerably and needed a solid second half run to win 85-78. Marty had a quiet 5 minutes off the bench after his impressive showing in Toronto on Monday. Rudy Fernandez had 23 points, Nikola Mirotic had 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Sergio Llull had 15 points. In the loss, Los Angeles Clippers 2003 second round pick Sofoklis Schortsanitis, whose rights were just traded this summer after nine years to the Atlanta Hawks, had 23 points and Andy Panko, who went from DIII to the NBA, had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Townsville Fire earned their second win of the season after beating the Lauren Jackson-less Canberra Capitals 78-66. Jess had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Kayla Standish had 16 points and 6 rebounds and Micaela Cocks had 14 points. In the loss, ex-Stony Brook player Samantha Norwood had 10 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson's team Red Star Belgrade also received information about their upcoming European campaign after the Eurocup Group Stage draw on Tuesday. As third seeds, the Serbian runners up have trips to Spain to face seventh place Cajasol Sevilla, Italy to face third place Sassari, and France to face third place Orleans after being placed in Group H. Here are the other groups:
- A: Nymburk (Czech Republic, 1st), Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel, 6th), Budivelnyk (Ukraine, 4th), Rudupis (Lithuania, 3rd)
- B: Bilbao (Spain, 6th), Buducnost (Montenegro 1st), Spirou Charelroi (Belgium, 2nd), Lukoil Academic (Bulgaria, 1st)
- C: LeMans Sarthe (France, 2nd), Triumph Lyubersty (Russia, 4th), VEF Riga (Latvia, 1st), Artland Dragons (Germany, 3rd)
- D: Valencia (Spain, 4th), Banvit (Turkey, 4th), Azovmash (Ukraine, 2nd), Wurzburg (Germany, 4th)
- E: Galatasaray (Turkey, 3rd), Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia, 3rd), Donetsk (Ukraine, 1st), Trefl Sopot (Poland, 2nd)
- F: Unics Kazan (Russia, 5th), Panionios (Greece, 3rd), Oostende (Belgium, 1st), Zielona Gora (Poland, 3rd)
- G: Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia, 6th), Cibona (Croatia, 1st), Cholet (France, 1st), ULM (Germany, 2nd)
There was plenty of other Euroleague action during the week as Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow started things on Thursday as they hosted Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania. The home team took a little while to get going, but built a halftime lead before letting their opposition spend the entire second half coming back to take a late lead before the hosts rallied to win 75-73. Ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 14 points, ex-NBA player Nenad Krstic had 12 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-NBA player Viktor Khryapa had 12 points in the win. In the loss, Dallas Mavericks 2007 draft pick Renaldas Seibutis had 19 points and 6 rebounds and former Tennessee-Chattanooga player Mindaugas Katelynas had 12 points.
In Lithuania, Zalgiris Kaunas beat Cedevita of Croatia decisively 90-62. In the win, ex-JC player Marko Popovic had 15 points and ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 10 points while ex-NBA player Mickael Gelabale had 16 points and ex-Indiana player Bracey Wright had 15 points in the loss. A good game in Greece saw defending champions Olympiakos do enough in the second and fourth quarters to overcome strong first and third quarter efforts from Caja Laboral Baskonia of Spain to win 85-81. In the win, San Antonio Spurs 2007 second round pick Giorgos Printezis, whose rights now belong to the Portland Trail Blazers after four trades, had 17 points and ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 16 points and 6 assists. In the loss, ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 18 points, ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 11 points, and Washington Wizards 2010 second round pick Nemanja Bjelica, whose rights were subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 11 points.
In Turkey, Fenerbahce took charge in the second quarter as they beat Khimki Moscow 92-80. In the win, Phoenix Suns 2009 second round pick Emir Preldzic, whose rights now belong to the Washington Wizards, had 20 points, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 17 points, and ex-Xavier player Romain Sato had 12 points. In the loss, ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists, ex-Clemson player K.C. Rivers had 14 points, and ex-NBA player Sergey Monya had 10 points. In Italy, a great game saw Slovenia's Union Olimpija pull away late against Cantu for an 84-71 win. In the win, former Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Dylan Page had 17 points and ex-Washington State player Aron Baynes had 16 points and 12 rebounds as ex-Penn State player Jeff Brooks had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.
The final game of the day took place in Malaga, Spain, where Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv built a big lead only to let the hosts come back in the third quarter before taking the lead again and winning 85-81. In the win, former UNC Greensboro player Ricky Hickman had 16 points, Orlando Magic 2006 second round pick Lior Eliyahu, who recently had his rights traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 15 points, and ex-DII player David Logan had 14 points. In the loss, ex-Indiana player Earl Calloway had 25 points and ex-UConn player Marcus Williams had 10 points.
There was more action Friday, starting in Spain, where FC Barcelona had a hot start and coasted to a 72-60 over visiting Brose of Germany. In the win, Utah Jazz 2008 second round pick Ante Tomic had 12 points and 9 rebounds, ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 12 points, ex-Michigan State player and Indiana Pacers 2005 second round pick Erazem Lorbek, whose rights were then traded to the San Antonio Spurs, had 11 points, and ex-Princeton player C.J. Wallace had 10 points. Ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 20 points in the loss including all 9 of his team's first quarter points. In Istanbul, Besiktas beat Partizan Belgrade of Serbia 81-65 behind 25 points from ex-Cal player Patrick Christopher and 15 points from ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells.
In Italy, Alba Berlin earned a surprise 92-82 win over Montepaschi Siena after a strong second half. In the win, ex-Wright State player Dashaun Wood had 15 points, ex-Buffalo player Yassin Idbihi had 13 points, ex-UNC player Deon Thompson had 10 points, and 2004 Toronto Raptors second round pick Albert Miralles, whose rights are now held by the Milwaukee Bucks, had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Indiana State player David Moss had 17 points and ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 10 points. Also in Italy, Emporio Armani Milan held off a late charge from Anadolu Efes of Turkey to win 80-75. In the win, ex-Kansas player Keith Langford had 16 points and ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston had 10 points and 8 assists. In the loss, ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 19 point and 6 rebounds and ex-JC player Ermal Kuqo had 10 points.