On Tuesday, David McClure and Neptunas opened up their semifinal series against perennial powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas and fell 99-83. David had 2 points in 17 minutes and Rashaun Broadus had 10 points. In the loss, ex-JC player Marko Popovic had 11 points and 7 assists. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, Daniel Ewing and Besiktas continued rolling through domestic opponents after winning 92-77 at Erdemir. Daniel had 3 points in 16 minutes. Patrick Christopher and Ricky Minard had 10 points each. In the loss, ex-Boston College player Sean Marshall had 17 points and 9 rebounds and ex-Louisiana Tech player Gerrod Henderson had 13 points and 6 assists. Here is the box score.
Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray started the Turkish League Finals with Game 1 at heated rivals Fenerbahce, the much anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the regular season. The visitors jumped out to an early lead and held on to a 64-59 win. Lindsey played all 40 minutes and scored 6 points. Sancho Lyttle had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Ann Wauters had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Only one star managed to get going in the losing effort as Angel McCoughtry had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and Perfumerias Avenida started the Spanish League Finals in the expected matchup against the only team to finish above them in the regular season standings, Rivas Ecopolis. The lower seeded visitors built an early lead and kept pushing as they won 69-53. Monique drove her team on with 27 points and 7 rebounds in 39 minutes and Le'Coe Willingham had 10 points. In the loss, ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 11 points. Here is the box score.
Early Thursday while it was still Wednesday in the United States, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets faced the Rangers and held on to an 87-86 win. Nick had 11 points and 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. Garrius Holloman had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Hagan had 14 points and 8 assists. In the loss, ex-DII player Carl Buck had 31 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgade had their Adriatic League semifinal against fellow Serbian team Radnicki. They built up a good late lead before nearly giving it all up before coming back to seal a 79-78 win to advance to the final and guarantee themselves a spot in next year's Euroleague Regular Season. DeMarcus had 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in 25 minutes. In the loss, ex-Ole Miss player Terico White had 12 points and 7 rebounds. With their game complete, they waited for the result of the other game to see who they would face next and that game saw the regular season leaders fall to Red Star's Belgrade rivals, setting up a contentious final. Here is the box score.
David McClure and Neptunas tried to keep their championship hopes alive in Game 2 against Zalgiris Kaunas, but were eliminated with a 90-73 loss and left to fight for 3rd place. David had 5 points in 14 minutes. Rashaun Broadus had 17 points and Valdas Vasylius had 10 points. In the win, ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 14 points. Here is the box score.
Jasmine Thomas and Chevakata started their series for 5th place against the only top-seeded team to fall in the quarterfinals, Dynamo Moscow and fell 81-57 at home in Game 1. Jasmine had 9 points and 5 assists in 35 minutes and Glory Johnson had 13 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, ex-Maryland player Crystal Langhorne had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Lindsey Harding and Galatasaray looked to build a commanding lead in the series to give themselves two chances to clinch at home as they faced Fenerbahce in Game 2. While the team had a decent start, the home grabbed control in the third quarter with their shuffled lineup and won 55-52 to tie the series. Lindsey led all scorers with 17 points after playing all but 24 seconds of the game and Sylvia Fowles had 14 points. Angel McCoughtry had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the win and ex-DII player Agnieszka Bibrzycka had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and Perfumerias Avenida tried to win the title in front of their home fans in Game 2 against Rivas Ecopolis. The team got off to a slow start, but started kicking things into gear in the second half. They were down one point late in the game when Monique grabbed a key rebound late and started the break that lead to a missed layup and a few missed putbacks before Le'Coe Willingham was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws with no time left on the clock to give the team a 67-66 win in improbably fashion in Salamanca. Monique had 11 points, all in the second half, and 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. Willingham finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds. This concludes Monique's European season, which was quite a successful one as she was a key contributor both in Romania and Spain. The team likely would not have been able to win the title without her contributions as she took her game to another level in the playoffs. Here is the box score.
The first Euroleague Game 5 was on Thursday as two teams squared off for the chance to face Marty Pocius and Real Madrid in one semifinal in the Euroleague Final Four. FC Barcelona looked to use their homecourt advantage in Spain over Greece's Panathinaikos and did just enough to scrap for a 63-54 win to set up one big rivalry game in London. In the win, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 15 points and former Texas high schooler Marcelo Huertas had 10 points. In the loss, ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The other Euroleague Game 5 on Friday was for the last Final Four spot to set up a game against Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow. Greece's Olympiakos let their visitors from Turkey, Anadolu Efes, jump out to a large first half lead, making it seem possible that the defending champions would be eliminated by three straight losses, but they used their homecourt advantage in the second half to win 82-72. In the win, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 19 points and Georgios Printezis, who was a second round pick of the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 before five trades moved his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 15 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-UCLA player Jordan Farmar had 11 points.
The third tier European competition, the EuroChallenge, finally got around to playing their Final Four with two semifinals on Friday, hosted by Pinar Karsiyaka, one of the participating teams, in Turkey. The first game saw Russia's Krasnye Krylia sneak past Gravelines of France 81-78. In the win, ex-UTEP player Omar Thomas had 28 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Washington player Tre Simmons had 16 points, and ex-Troy player Lamayn Wilson had 15 points. In the loss, ex-Marquette player Dwight Buycks had 21 points, ex-Alabama player Kennedy Winston had 18 points, and ex-JC player Ludovic Vaty had 14 points. The hosts used their homecourt advantage in the second game to overcome Germany's Oldenburg 66-62. In the win, ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 18 points and 6 assists, ex-Ohio State player Jon Diebler, who was a Portland Trailblazers 2011 second round pick before his rights were traded to the Houston Rockets, had 11 points, and ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 19 points and 8 rebounds and ex-Missouri player Rickey Paulding had 17 points.