Jess has also decided not to retire from playing in the professional national-level league as she has signed with a team closer to her school for next season.
Real Madrid got their offense going in Game 2 of the semifinals against Zaragoza, even after continuing to play without Marty Pocius, and put themselves one step closer to the finals with a 93-65 win. Jaycee Carroll had 18 points, Sergio Rodriguez had 11 points and 8 assists, Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Rudy Fernandez had 10 points. Ex-UCLA player Michael Roll had 10 points in the loss. Here is the box score.
On Sunday, Gran Canaria put up another good fight in Game 2 against FC Barcelona before falling 77-73 as they were missing more players after the departure of Jon Scheyer. Ryan Toolson had 20 points, Brad Newley had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Spencer Nelson had 10 points and 6 rebounds. In the win, ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro had 22 points. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade would either have their season ended or earn a spot in the finals as they faced Mega Vizura in Game 3 of the semifinals. They had a full strength lineup at the start of the game and needed that as they needed to come back in the second half to win 77-68. DeMarcus contributed on all levels again as he had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in 37 minutes. Here is the box score.
On Monday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets got back to winning ways with a 79-72 win over the Taranaki Mountain Airs. Nick had 12 points and 21 rebounds in 36 minutes. Chris Hagan had 25 points and 8 assists and Marcel Jones had 15 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Coastal Carolina player Jack Leasure had 20 points, veteran Link Abrams had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Auburn player Kenny Gabriel had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
On Tuesday, Real Madrid punched their spot in the finals after winning 77-63 in Game 3 to complete the sweep even though Zaragoza troubled them more than in the first two games, and they got some help from their replacement for Marty Pocius. Nikola Mirotic had 18 points, Jaycee Carroll and Tremmell Darden had 13 points each, and Sergio Llull had 10 points. In the loss, Michael Roll had 12 points and ex-Texas A&M player Joseph Jones had 11 points. Here is the box score.
On Wednesday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade started the finals with their hated rivals Partizan Belgrade and had severe trouble as they went on to lose 82-54. DeMarcus had 10 points in 31 minutes. In the win, Davis Bertans, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Indiana Pacers before a draft day trade to the San Antonio Spurs, had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Gran Canaria's great season was ended abruptly in Game 3 against FC Barcelona as the team continued to play shorthanded after the departure of Jon Scheyer and fell 84-62. Eulis Baez had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Brad Newley had 12 points, and Ryan Toolson had 10 points. In the win, ex-Alaska player Brad Oleson had 17 points, former Texas high schooler Marcelo Huertas had 10 points and 6 assists, and Juan Carlos Navarro and 2006 Minnesota Timberwolves second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 10 points each. Here is the box score.
Here were Jon's statistics for the season.
On Friday, Nick Horvath and the Manawatu Jets lost 110-81 to the Southland Sharks. Nick had 15 points and 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Chris Hagan had 21 points and 6 assists and Marcel Jones had 12 points and 8 rebounds. In the win, ex-Georgetown player Kevin Braswell had 31 points and 6 assists, ex-JC player Leon Henry had 27 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Saint Louis player Brian Conklin had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the box score.
DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade tried to bounce back in Game 2 against Partizan Belgrade. The Serbian League uses a 1-1-1-1-1 format for their championship series, but in the case of these two teams, there are no added travel expenses from this arrangement since both teams share Pionir. The designated home team for this match built a halftime lead as they looked to even the series, but were disappointing in the second half as they fell 71-69 and put themselves in danger of being swept. DeMarcus contributed in a number of ways as usual as he had 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists in 34 minutes. In the win, Davis Bertans had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who recently declared for the upcoming NBA Draft, had 11 points. Here is the box score.
Another former Duke player's season ended today as Quin Snyder finished his first year coaching overseas at CSKA Moscow. They won the VTB United League after a 3-1 win in an incident-marred finals series to add to the Russian League title that they had won, although they were once again denied the Euroleague title.