International Alumni Update: Nov 4

Martynas Pocius

Tracking former Blue Devils playing their professional ball overseas

On Tuesday, Krystal Thomas and the Jiangsu Phoenix were back in action against the Guangdong Dolphins and they won 83-66.  Krystal played all 40 minutes and had 14 points and 19 rebounds. On Wednesday, David McClure missed out as Neptunas sought their first VTB United League win as they hosted Minsk from Belarus.  They nearly gave away a late lead as they were forced into overtime before winning 110-106.  Evaldas Dainys had 13 points and 6 assists.  Here is the box score.

Jasmine Thomas and Chevakata had their toughest Eurocup test away at Lattes Montpellier on a day full of French teams hosting Russian ones.  Unlike their fellow teams, Jasmine's group had a lead late after a third quarter run, but the hosts forced the game into overtime and a major foul disparity helped them in the extra period in an 87-76 win to cap off a day of French domination.  Jasmine had 11 points and 6 assists after playing 44 minutes and Glory Johnson had 20 points and 8 rebounds.  Ex-WNBA player Edwige Lawson-Wade had 32 points and 6 assists in the win.  Here is the box score.

On Thursday, Marty Pocius and Real Madrid were back in Euroleague action as all four Spanish teams were hosting games at the same time.  They used a hot start to take a lead against Cantu of Italy and coasted to an 80-66 win.  Marty had 2 points in 18 minutes as Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez had 14 points each and Jaycee Carroll and Sergio Llull had 11 points each.  In the loss, ex-Penn State player Jeff Brooks had 13 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Oregon player Maarty Leunen, who was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round in 2008, had 13 points.  Here is the box score.

On Friday, Shelden Williams were in Euroleague action in Italy at Montepaschi Siena.  Shelden's scoring powered an early run for the team in what became a wild-high scoring game.  The team kept it close late before falling 93-90 after some missed opportunities.  Shelden ended up with 28 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes before fouling out trying to extend the game.  Blake Schilb had 17 points.  In the win, ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 34 points, ex-Indiana State player David Moss had 12 points, and ex-NBA player Mario Kasun had 10 points.  Here is the box score.

Euroleague Women action started on Tuesday with one game in Spain between Perfumerias Avenida and visiting Polkowice of Poland.  The game was close and low-scoring throughout before the visitors pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 68-59.  In a battle between former Stanford stars, Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points in the win while Nicole Powell had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.  Ex-NAIA player Valeriya Musina also added 11 points and 6 rebounds to the winning effort while ex-Florida State player Roneeka Hodges had 13 points in the loss.

There was more action on Wednesday as a low-scoring game in Poland had to be resolved in overtime and Gyor of Hungary beat Wisla Krakow 67-62 behind 12 points from ex-UNC player Chay Shegog and 11 points and 6 rebounds from ex-Virginia Tech player Ieva Kublina.  In Russia, Spartak Moscow beat Bourges of France 84-62 with contributions from its stars after getting 22 points and 7 rebounds from Candice Dupree and 15 points from Becky Hammon.  In Turkey, Galatasaray edged past USK Prague from the Czech Republic 58-56 as they missed having Sylvia Fowles.  WNBA experience was still critical on both sides as Sancho Lyttle had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ann Wauters had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win while Kia Vaughn had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.  In Slovakia, Good Angels Kosice beat Sopron of Hungary 89-78 after a decisive third quarter.  WNBA experience was critical in a battle between two former Miami teammates as Shenise Johnson had 29 points and 11 rebounds in the loss while Riquana Williams had 18 points and got help with 13 points each from Plenette Pierson and Allie Quigley.  UMMC Ekaterinburg had a surprisingly tough game hosting Novi Zagreb of Croatia in Russia, only winning 83-77 despite having a near full-strength lineup.  Diana Taurasi had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists and Sandrine Gruda had 17 points in the win while ex-Richmond player Mirna Mazic had 15 points in the loss.  In Turkey, Fenerbahce blasted Targoviste of Romania 73-48 with solid contributions from its WNBA players as Cappie Pondexter had 16 points and Angel McCoughtry had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists while ex-Drexel player Gabriela Marginean had 16 points in the loss.  The final game of the day saw Rivas Ecopolis of Spain blast Tarsus of Turkey 79-48 as ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the win while ex-Rutgers player Michelle Campbell (also known as Melisa Can in Turkey) had 18 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

There was one more game on Thursday as Italy's Famila Schio beat Nadezhda Orenburg of Russia 72-64 in a matchup littered with players with WNBA experience.  In the win, Laura Macchi had 16 points, Danielle McCray had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Jantel Lavender had 11 points.  In the loss, DeWanna Bonner had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Renee Montgomery had 15 points.

There was plenty of other Eurocup action on Wednesday.  Serbia's Partizan Galenika prevailed 81-75 in overtime in the Czech Republic against VS Prague as ex-Florida player Marshae Dotson had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.  In Denmark, Romania's Satu Mare beat SISU 57-46 despite a 14 point, 22 rebound effort from ex-Hofstra player Marie Malone and 10 points and 6 assist from ex-Dayton player Kiki Lund.  Turkey's Antakya rolled past Kibirkstis Vilnius in Lithuania 93-66.  Ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-Tennessee player Shekinna Stricklen had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the win while ex-Charlotte player Tertrina Daniels had 10 points in the loss.  There were three other French teams defeating Russian ones besides the game involving Jasmine Thomas.  Tarbes destroyed Spartak Noginsk 71-42 and got 10 points and 10 rebounds from ex-Georgia player Angelica Robinson.  Nantes edged past Dynamo-GUVD 63-58 as ex-Tennessee player Sidney Spencer had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.  Landes won it late 79-73 over Dynamo Moscow with 12 points from ex-UAB player Carmen Guzman and 11 points and 7 rebounds from ex-Florida player Jennifer Humphrey.  The other theme of the day was Belgian teams hosting Turkish ones as Ankara won 80-69 at Lotto Young Cats.  In the win, ex-Pitt player Marcedes Walker had 17 points and ex-DII player Makbule Amachree had 15 points and 8 rebounds while ex-Drexel player Jasmina Rosseel had 11 points in the loss.  Mersin won 70-66 at Befius Namur behind its star trio as ex-UConn player Barbara Turner (also known as Bahar Ozturk in Turkey) had 25 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Pitt player Shavonte Zellous had 19 points fresh off of a WNBA championship, and ex-Marshall player Chantelle Handy had 16 points.  In the loss, ex-NAIA player Djenebou Sissoko had 13 points and 14 rebounds and ex-Green Bay player Julie Wojta had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Action continued on Thursday as Israel's Elitzur Ramla pounded Ruzomberok of Slovakia as ex-Maryland player Shay Doron had 22 points, ex-UCLA player Noelle Quinn had 18 points and 7 rebounds, ex-UTEP player Izabela Piekarska had 12 points and ex-UTEP player Natasha Lacy had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists.  In Turkey, Kayseri blasted Belgium's Telge 81-51 behind 22 points from ex-WNBA player Evanthia Maltsi and 17 points and 8 rebounds from ex-UNC player LaToya Pringle.  Also in Turkey, Botas held off Bulgaria's Dunav 84-80 with 17 points and 9 rebounds from ex-Oklahoma player Courtney Paris, 16 points from ex-Georgia player Christi Thomas, and 13 points from ex-LSU player Quianna Chaney.  In the loss, ex-Cal Poly SLO player Kristina Santiago had 24 points and 10 rebounds and ex-Oregon player Amanda Johnson had 18 points and 8 rebounds.  Hainaut of France narrowly beat Belarussian side Olimpia 65-60 and got 11 points and 8 rebounds from ex-Florida International player Vera Perostiyska.  The final game saw Wasserburg of Germany win 88-77 in Belgium over Sint Katelijne-Waver with ex-Central Florida player Emma Cannon providing 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Euroleague action started on Thursday as Fenerbahce Ulker of Turkey beat Panathinaikos of Greece 73-64.  In the win, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 13 points and Brooklyn Nets 2012 second round pick Ilkan Karaman had 12 points and 7 rebounds while ex-NBA player Roko Ukic had 11 points in the loss.  Zalgiris Kaunas needed a late comeback to ensure a 92-87 win over Emporio Armani Milan in Lithuania as ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 17 points and ex-Penn player Ibrahim Jaaber had 11 points.  In the loss, ex-Kansas player Keith Langford had 24 points, ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston had 21 points, and ex-NBA player Antonis Fotsis had 11 points.  In Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv got their offense in gear to blast Asseco Prokom of Poland 93-62.  Ex-UNC Greensboro player Ricky Hickman had 14 points and 6 assists, ex-DII player David Logan had 13 points, and ex-Maryland player Nik Caner-Medley had 10 points in the win while ex-UNLV player Jerel Blassingame had 14 points and ex-Cincinnati player Adam Hrycaniuk had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.  In one of the many games in Spain, FC Barcelona held off a late charge from Partizan Belgrade of Serbia for an 85-82 win.  Former Texas high-schooler Marcelo Huertas had 24 points and 9 assists, ex-NBA player Nate Jawai had 16 points, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 15 points in the win while Indiana Pacers 2011 second round pick Davis Bertans, whose rights were immediately dealt to the San Antonio Spurs, had 17 points in the loss.  Unicaja Malaga held off early season surprise Alba Berlin 67-62 despite 17 points and 8 rebounds from ex-UNC player Deon Thompson as ex-Indiana player Earl Calloway provided 14 points.  The only Spanish team to lose was Caja Laboral Baskonia as they collapsed in the second half to hand the game to Anadolu Efes of Turkey 76-64 after leading 48-30 at the half.  Ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 18 points and 6 rebounds in the win while ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 11 points and ex-Alaska player Brad Oleson had 10 points in the loss.

The rest of the games were on Friday, starting in Russia, where Khimki Moscow beat Union Olimpija of Slovenia 75-65.  Ex-Clemson player K.C. Rivers had 16 points and brief NBA player Sergey Monya had 10 points in the win while ex-Washington State player Aron Baynes had 27 points and 10 rebounds and former Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Dylan Page had 10 points in the loss.  In Turkey, CSKA Moscow blasted Besiktas 85-58 behind 18 points and 6 rebounds from ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems and 18 points from ex-NBA player Nenad Krstic.  In Greece, Olympiakos outlasted Cedevita of Croatia 79-77 with their Greek players making big contributions.  Ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 21 points and 7 assists and duo whose rights were traded from the New York Knicks to the Portland Trailblazers this past summer, Kostas Papanikolaou and Georgios Printezis, had 14 points and 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively while ex-NBA player Mickael Gelabale had 11 points in the loss.  In Germany, Brose used a late comeback to beat Lietuvos Rytas 84-78 for their first win.  Ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 22 points and 6 rebounds in the win as Dallas Mavericks 2007 second round pick Renaldas Seibutis had 24 points in the loss.

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