On Wednesday, Mistie Bass and Lyon squared off against Carrem Gay and Toulouse as they continued to fight for one of the playoff spots. Carrem helped her team to a strong start, but Lyon came storming back to take a lead in the second half and won 72-60. Mistie had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes while Carrem had 15 points in 32 minutes and Chay Shegog had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Sheana Mosch and Charleville prevailed in a tight game at Aix en Provence 61-60 to seal their place in the top division again for next season. Sheana had 11 points in 34 minutes. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade had their big rivalry game against Partizan Belgrade and could not recover after falling behind, losing 77-67. DeMarcus had 4 points in 23 minutes. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Real Madrid had their final Euroleague game of this stage as Marty Pocius continues to be sidelined by injury. They knew that a win would most likely seal the second spot for them and they took care of business by beating Anadolu Efes of Turkey 86-66. Sergio Llull had 16 points and 6 assists, Rudy Fernandez had 15 points, Jaycee Carroll had 14 points, Nikola Mirotic had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Marcus Slaughter had 10 points. In the loss, ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 11 points and ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 10 points. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Kathleen Scheer and the Hobart Chargers returned to action against the Sandringham Sabres and continued their good start to the season with a 93-79 win. Kathleen had game highs of 21 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. Lindsay Laur had 20 points and 8 rebounds and Izzy Chilcott had 18 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Oregon player Micaela Cocks, who was just a teammate of Jess Foley's during the national league season, had 24 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Jasmine Thomas and Chevakata started the Russian League quarterfinal. As the sixth place team after the regular season, they took on the third place team Nadezhda Orenburg and its roster loaded with high level WNBA experience. The lower seeds hosted the first game of the three games series and they took advantage of this as they jumped out to a big lead for a 91-80 win. Jasmine had one of her best games of the season with 21 points and 8 rebounds in 34 minutes and Glory Johnson had 21 points and 14 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Auburn player DeWanna Bonner had 31 points and 12 rebounds and ex-UConn player Renee Montgomery had 12 points. Here is the box score.
Daniel Ewing and Besiktas had one final Euroleague game for the season which had no impact on the qualification for the next round for either team but was still meaningful to both teams as it was another Istanbul rivalry game with Fenerbahce Ulker. Daniel had a strong second half that helped fuel the team to an 80-73 win. He finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes as the leader in both categories in the game. Damir Markota had 16 points and 7 rebounds and Ricky Minard had 13 points. In the loss, Brooklyn Nets second round pick Ilkan Karaman had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Many Euroleague games still had plenty at stake on Thursday as all games that mattered all tipped off simultaneously with the following scenarios in play as teams tried to seal one of the top four spots in their groups: [link]
The day started off with one of the meaningless games as Zalgiris Kaunas hosted Brose in Lithuania and won 90-81 to condemn the Germans to a winless showing in this stage. In the win, ex-JC player Marko Popovic had 12 points and 6 assists and ex-Seton Hall player Rimantas Kaukenas had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Stanford player Casey Jacobsen and ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 14 points each, ex-Vanderbilt player A.J. Ogilvy had 13 points, and ex-Clemson player Sharrod Ford had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Germany's Alba Berlin won 68-55 in Spain over Unicaja Malaga in the other meaningless game behind 13 points from ex-Ohio State player Jekel Foster and 12 points from ex-Vanderbilt player Derrick Byars. Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow clinched the top spot in their group with a 69-63 win at Panathinaikos to drop the Greek team to the final qualification spot. Ex-NBA player Viktor Khryapa had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun, a 2008 second round pick of the Seattle Supersonics before his rights were moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers on drat day, had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-Miami of Ohio player Michael Bramos had 18 points and ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 11 points. FC Barcelona had already clinched the top spot in their group, but prevented visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel from grabbing second place by beating them 74-71. In the win, 2008 Utah Jazz second round pick Ante Tomic had 13 points and 8 rebounds and ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Virginia player Devin Smith had 16 points and 7 rebounds, ex-UNC Greensboro player Ricky Hickman had 16 points, ex-DII player David Logan had 11 points, and ex-Duquesne player Shawn James had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champions Olympiakos of Greece used the prior result and their 79-70 win over Khimki Moscow to take second place and eliminate the Russian team from contention. In the win, New York Knicks second round pick Kostas Papanikolaou, whose rights were later traded to the Portland Trailblazers, had 21 points and 12 rebounds, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 15 points, and ex-Texas A&M player Acie Law had 10 points and 8 assists. In the loss, ex-Illinois player James Augustine had 19 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Spain's Caja Laboral took the final spot in their group and eliminated Italy's Montepaschi Siena in the process with a 76-64 win. Ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 27 points and 9 rebounds and ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win while ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 24 points and 6 assists in the loss.
After the final games of the Euroleague Top 16 stage, the top 8 teams face off in best of 5 quarterfinal series as detailed below with the winners of the first two matchups contesting one semifinal and the winners of the last two matchups in the other semifinal in the Final Four in London:
CSKA Moscow (Russia, 1st in Group E, Quin Synder) vs Caja Laboral Baskonia (Spain, 4th in Group F)
Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece, 2nd in Group F) vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Turkey, 3rd in Group G)
FC Barcelona (Spain, 1st in Group F) vs Panathinaikos Athens (Greece, 4th, in Group E)
Real Madrid (Spain, 2nd in Group E, Marty Pocius (likely injured for rest of season)) vs Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel, 3rd in Group F)