On Monday, Daniel Ewing and Besiktas tried to keep their season going in Game 2 of the quarterfinals against Banvit. They built a solid lead in front of the home fans, but collapsed again late in the game to hand a second straight win to their opponents and will not repeat as champions in Turkey after the 81-74 loss. Daniel had 2 points in 23 minutes and Patrick Christopher had 10 points. In the win, ex-Alabama player Chuck Davis had 23 points and 7 rebounds, ex-De Paul player Sammy Mejia had 13 points, and ex-Michigan State player Kalin Lucas had 11 points and 6 assists. While Besiktas ended up having a pretty disappointing season, Daniel did help them quite a bit as he was one of the best free agents guards available when he signed. He battled a bad injury, but filled a key role for a team that had some trouble with its guard depth. Here is the box score.
Here were Daniel's statistics in Turkey:
Here were Daniel's Euroleague statistics:
Shelden Williams and Chalon had a quick turnaround for the semifinals in France. They were given homecourt advantage after 8th place Nanterre shocked the 1st place team in a quarterfinal sweep. The team that barely managed to sneak into the playoffs showed why they were so dangerous as they completed a comeback 84-81 win over the defending champions. Shelden had 20 points in 27 minutes as he continued his strong postseason form. Blake Schilb had 19 points, Marcus Denmon had 12 points, and Kevin Houston had 10 points. In the win, ex-Ohio State player David Lighty had 25 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Illinois player Trent Meacham had 11 points and 7 assists. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade continued their late season push with an 88-75 win over Metalac. DeMarcus had 11 points and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. In the loss, one-time NBA player Slavko Vranjes had 15 points. Here is the box score.
Shelden Williams and Chalon attempted to keep their season going in Game 2 against Nanterre and avoid being the second upset victim in a row. The game turned out to be a wild one as it went into overtime before Chalon lost 103-91. Shelden finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. Ilian Evtimov had 18 points, Marcus Denmon had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Blake Schilb had 12 points. In the win, David Lighty had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Trent Meacham had 24 points, and ex-Ole Miss player Chris Warren had 16 points. Shelden had an adjustment period in his first season in France, but soon settled in and played extremely well down the stretch for his team. Here is the box score.
Here were Shelden's statistics in France:
Here were Shelden's Euroleague statistics:
On Thursday, Gran Canaria had to deal with even more absences besides the departure of Jon Scheyer as they started their playoff campaign. As the 7th place team in the regular season, they headed to Basque Country to play Game 1 of the quarterfinals at 2nd place Caja Laboral Baskonia. They held a lead for most of the game before hitting difficulties in the fourth quarter, only to take a late lead before the hosts hit a buzzer-beating three pointer to win 57-56. Spencer Nelson led all scorers with 16 points. In the win, ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Real Madrid started their own playoff series with 8th place Monbus Blusens as they continue to play without Marty Pocius. After an even start, they took control in the second quarter on their way to a 90-75 win. Rudy Fernandez had 17 points, Sergio Rodriguez had 15 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 11 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Pitt player Levon Kendall had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Saturday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets returned from an extra week off with another win as they beat the Waikato Pistons 89-75. Nick had 15 points and 17 rebounds in 23 minutes before fouling out. Chris Hagan had 26 points and 9 assists and Marcel Jones had 23 points and 12 rebounds. In the loss, ex-UC Irvine player Zack Atkinson had 21 points and 16 rebounds and former Bethune-Cookman player Garrius Holloman, who was with the Jets briefly earlier in the season, had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade finished this stage of the season in Serbia firmly in second place after beating Vojvodina 74-61. DeMarcus had 17 points in 31 minutes. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Norwood Flames rolled to another big win as they beat the Sturt Sabres 97-63. Jess had 24 points and 15 rebounds in 30 minutes and Amy Lewis had 24 points as well. Here is the box score.
The Hobart Chargers were finally able to win decisively without Kathleen Scheer as they pounded Albury Wodonga 86-47. Lindsay Laur had 27 points and 9 rebounds and Izzy Chilcott had 17 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Florida player Lonnika Thompson had 12 points. Here is the box score.
On Sunday, a player strike was averted in Spain and the playoffs continued. Real Madrid, still without Marty Pocius earned its spot in the semifinals after beating Monbus Blusens 74-58 in Game 2. Jaycee Carroll had 25 points and Sergio Llull had 16 points. In the loss, ex-Purdue player Robbie Hummel, the second round pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Gran Canaria was still shorthanded, missing other key players from the regular season including the departure of Jon Scheyer, but they managed to tie up the series with Caja Laboral Baskonia with an 83-76 overtime win in Game 2. Ryan Toolson had 17 points, Brad Newley had 13 points and 6 rebounds, Spencer Nelson had 11 points and 6 rebounds, and Eulis Baez had 10 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-NBA player Andres Nocioni had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 before his rights were sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day, had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Tibor Pleiss, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the New Jersey Nets before two draft day trades moved his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder, had 10 points. Here is the box score.
The Hobart Chargers had a tough turnaround with a game against the Frankston Blues as they were still short-handed without Kathleen Scheer and they lost 105-79. Lindsay Laur had 24 points and Izzy Chilcott had 20 points. In the win, ex-Washington player Nicole Romeo had 30 points and ex-Montana State player Rebecca Mercer had 21 points. Here is the box score.