On Monday, David McClure and Neptunas continued their fight for third place with Game 3 at Rudupis, where they hung onto an 85-83 win. David grabbed 3 rebounds in a quiet 14 minutes. In the loss, ex-JC player Arturas Valeika had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Tuesday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets avenged their last loss as they won 112-96 at the Wellington Saints with their first chance to have their complete roster playing together. Nick had 17 points and 24 rebounds in 35 minutes. Chris Hagan had 37 points and 7 assists, Marcel Jones had 24 points and 7 rebounds, and Jeremiah Trueman had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Northern Arizona player Casey Frank had 24 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Bradley player Andrew Warren had 23 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Utah player Bryant Markson had 14 points. Here is the box score.
Daniel Ewing and Besiktas had a tough test for their final regular season game as they visited their local Istanbul rivals Anadolu Efes and fell 90-74. Daniel had 5 points in 25 minutes and Damir Markota had 23 points and 9 rebounds. In the win, ex-JC player Ermal Kuqo, also known by his Turkish name Ermal Kurtoglu, had 16 points and 7 rebounds, ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp and ex-NBA player Semih Erden had 11 points each, and ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists. A few more regular season games rescheduled because of Turkish teams playing in pan-continental competition need to be played before Daniel and his team have their playoff schedules set. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade grabbed a key win by defeating their rivals Partizan Belgrade 76-69. DeMarcus had 14 points in 27 minutes. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, David McClure and Neptunas tried to close out the series for third place at home, but they fell in Game 4 90-81 to send the game to a deciding Game 5. Because the championship series was a sweep, the competition for third place will stretch out for several days beyond when the champions were crowned. David grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench and Rashaun Broadus had 17 points. In the win, Arturas Valeika had 21 points. Here is the box score.
On Friday, the Euroleague Final Four started with the first semifinal between Quin Snyder's CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos of Greece, a rematch of the championship game from a year ago. The result was the same although the underdog Greek team won by a much larger margin than the last game after surprising the Russian team 69-52. The result means that Russia was not able to sweep all of the pan-European basketball competitions this season after they had won the second and third tier men's competitions and the first and second tier women's competitions. In the win, ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 13 points and 10 rebounds and former Washington D.C. high-schooler Pero Antic had 13 points. In the loss, ex-Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 13 points and ex-NBA player Viktor Khryapa had 11 points. Here is the box score.
In the other semifinal, the much anticipated May match in London finally occurred as the historic Spanish rivals clashed. Real Madrid was still without Marty Pocius and they let FC Barcelona take several large leads before a final fourth quarter comeback propelled them to a 74-67 win. Sergio Llull had 13 points and Sergio Rodriguez had 12 points and 9 assists. In the loss, former Texas high-schooler Marcelo Huertas had 19 points and 6 rebounds and Utah Jazz 2008 second round pick Ante Tomic had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Here is the box score.
The Hobart Chargers continued to try to cope with the absence of Kathleen Scheer and could not manage against the Knox Raiders as they fell 73-53. Lindsay Laur had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the win, ex-Oregon player Gabrielle Richards had 19 points and 14 rebounds and ex-Houston player Emily Fryters had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Saturday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets beat the Taranaki Mountainairs 94-74. Nick had 14 points and 16 rebounds in 32 minutes. Marcel Jones had 28 points and 7 rebounds and Jeremiah Trueman had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Auburn player Kenny Gabriel had 20 points and 11 rebounds, ex-Coastal Carolina player Jack Leasure had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, and veteran Link Abrams had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Norwood Flames rolled to another win as they beat the Central Districts Lions 94-38. Jess had 17 points and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Ex-Troy player Amy Lewis, who was also with the team last year, made her debut with 14 points. In the loss, ex-UAB player Tamika Dukes had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Sunday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade continued their domestic streak with an 83-70 win over Konstantin. DeMarcus had 15 points in 30 minutes before fouling out. Here is the box score.
Gran Canaria continues to make a push playoff push while coping with the departure of Jon Scheyer and they dropped a close game at Unicaja Malaga 67-65 that would have put them in a good position. Ryan Toolson had 22 points. In the win, Andy Panko, the first player to make the NBA from DIII, had 20 points. Here is the box score.
Euroleague action started with Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow facing FC Barcelona for third place. While they built several leads, they had a hard time holding on and fell behind late before ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson knocked down a pair of free throws to win 74-73. Viktor Khryapa had 16 points, Sonny Weems had 14 points, and Jackson finished with 13 points. In the loss, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro shot his team back into the game with 17 points, Marko Todorovic, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, had 11 points, Ante Tomic had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Alejandro Abrines, who recently declared for the NBA Draft, had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Real Madrid went for the Euroleague title against Olympiakos without Marty Pocius and started off shooting well before continually letting their opponents back into the game and struggling to stop them in the second half as they lost 100-88 and the Greek team defended their title. Rudy Fernandez had 21 points, Sergio Rodriguez had 17 points, and Sergio Llull had 14 points. In the win, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 22 points, all in the second half, ex-Texas A&M player Acie Law had 20 points, Kyle Hines had 12 points, and Pero Antic had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
Another former Duke player who eventually continued his career at a different school finished his season this week. Jamal Boykin, who played for the GasTerra Flames, based in Groningen in the Netherlands, were swept in the league semifinals. Jamal had a pretty solid individual season as he led the team that finished in third place in both scoring and rebounding.