On Wednesday, DeMarcus Nelson and Red Star Belgrade returned to Eurocup action with a trip to Russia to face Unics Kazan, and their troubles continued as they lost 78-59. DeMarcus had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 36 minutes and Elton Brown had 13 points. In the win, former Texas Pan American player Mire Chatman had 20 points, ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 16 points, and ex-Saint Louis player Ian Vougioukas had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Monique Currie and Perfumerias Avenida had a tough test at Galatasaray in Euroleague Women play and fought hard but could not get going in a 68-56 loss. Monique struggles and had 2 points in 26 minutes. Marta Fernandez had 13 points and Le'Coe Willingham had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Star power was key in the win as Lindsay Whalen had 19 points and 8 rebounds, Sancho Lyttle had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals, Ann Wauters had 12 points, and Sylvia Fowles had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Alana Beard missed another game and her team missed her as they fell 89-63 to Spartak Moscow in Russia. Tina Charles had 22 points and 7 rebounds. The WNBA players were key in the win as Candice Dupree had 14 points, Sonja Petrovic had 12 points, and Seimone Augustus had 10 points. Here is the box score.
On Thursday, Jasmine Thomas and Chevakata carried a large lead into the second leg of their Eurocup Women quarterfinal tie against 3 seed Hainaut of France. The 6 seed did exactly what they needed to do, avoiding any collapse and easing to a 66-45 win for an overwhelming 145-96 aggregate win. Jasmine had 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 26 minutes. Glory Johnson had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Here is the box score.
On Friday, Shavlik Randolph and the Foshan Lions continued to push for the last playoff spot as the faced Fujian and fought hard in the fourth quarter to win 123-118. Shavlik finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes and Doron Perkins had 14 points. In the loss, ex-Georgia player Sundiata Gaines had 35 points and 8 rebounds and ex-South Florida player Will McDonald had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Here is a box score.
Daniel Ewing and Besiktas continued to try for a Euroleague win as they had a tough test in Italy at Montepaschi Siena. They started poorly but jumped out of the gates in the second half to take a lead before surrendering it again and losing 63-57. Daniel had 2 points in 24 points as Curtis Jerrells had 16 points and Damir Markota had 12 points and 8 rebounds. In the win, Viktor Sanikidze, who was drafted in the second round in 2004 by the Atlanta Hawks before a draft day trade to the San Antonio Spurs, had 14 points, ex-Cal State Fullerton player Bobby Brown had 13 points, and ex-Northeastern player Matthew Janning had 10 points. Here is the box score.
Marty Pocius missed another game as Real Madrid went to Greece to face Panathinaikos and overcame a sluggish start to win 58-54. Ex-Miami of Ohio player Michael Bramos had 11 points in the loss. Here is the box score.
Jess Foley and the Townsville Fire continued to solidify their hold on the last playoff spot after pounding the West Coast Waves 81-62. Jess had 10 points in 24 minutes. Jessica Adair had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Kayla Standish had 13 points, and Micaela Cocks had 10 points. Here is the box score.
The weekend is the Round of 32 for the women's French Cup. Sheana Mosch and Charleville drew a solid lower division opponent as they faced Illkirch Graffenstaden of the second tier and won 73-60. Sheana had 13 points in 32 minutes.
Mistie Bass and Lyon drew a decent third tier side in Saint Etienne, but they did not even need Mistie to crush them 105-46. Danielle Page had 40 points and 8 rebounds as she became the primary option on offense with Mistie on the bench.
Most of the week's Euroleague Women games were on Wednesday, including a Group A game that saw Turkey's Tarsus defeat Gyor of Hungary 81-70. In the win, ex-Rutgers player Michelle Campbell, also known as Melisa Can in Turkey, had 24 points and 12 rebounds, ex-Florida player DeLisha Milton-Jones had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and ex-Oklahoma player Danielle Robinson had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists. The other game in the group had Spain's Rivas Ecopolis beat Imos Brno of the Czech Republic 67-50 as ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
In Group B, Turkey's Fenerbahce got a tougher than expected test from France's Arras but held on to an 81-75 win. Angel McCoughtry had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win while ex-James Madison player Dawn Evans had 19 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. The other game in the group saw Hungary's Sopron win 65-57 in Romania over CSM Targoviste. In the win, ex-Middle Tennessee State player Amber Holt had 11 points and 8 rebounds and ex-Miami player Shenise Johnson had 10 points and 6 rebounds while ex-Drexel player Gabriela Marginean had 17 points in the loss.
In Group C, Poland's Polkowice won 76-55 in Croatia over Novi Zagreb. In the win, ex-Stanford player Nneka Ogwumike had 21 points and 9 rebounds and ex-WNBA player Belinda Snell had 19 points and 6 rebounds while in the loss, ex-JC player Latoya Williams had 12 points. Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg continued to pound their opponents with a 79-58 win over France's Mondeville as amid all of their WNBA experience they were faced with deciding on whether they should use Candace Parker or Sue Bird in their last non-European roster spot. In the win, Sandrine Gruda had 20 points, Ewelina Kobryn had 19 points and 7 rebounds, and Maria Stepanova had 10 points. In the loss, ex-UCLA player Noelle Quinn had 14 points and ex-Missouri player Amanda Lassiter had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
The final game of the week was a good one in Italy as Famila Schio hosted Good Angels Kosice of Slovakia with the visitors winning 78-67. In the win, ex-Texas Tech player Plenette Pierson had 21 points and 9 rebounds, ex-UTEP player Natasha Lacy had 11 points and 7 assists, and ex-TCU player Helena Sverrisdottir had 11 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Ohio State player Jantel Lavender had 25 points and 10 rebounds, ex-Kansas player Danielle McCray had 18 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-WNBA player Raffaela Masciadri had 10 points.
Eurocup Women had one of its quarterfinal second legs on Wednesday. 5 seed Nantes of France probably felt comfortable as they had a series lead before hosting 13 seed Ruzomberok of Slovakia, but they ended up collapsing completely to lose the game 79-57 and the series aggregate 130-113. In the win, ex-USC player Nadia Parker had 28 points.
All of the other quarterfinals finished on Thursday starting in Russia, where top seeded Dynamo Kursk had a deficit from the first leg to overturn against 9 seed Kayseri of Turkey. The hosts won by the exact same margin as they lost in the first game, creating a basketball rarity as the game was not tied but still went into overtime. The visitors did just enough in the extra period with a 6-4 margin still left them with a 77-64 loss in the game but gave them an aggregate 165-163 win. For the hosts, ex-Tennessee player Michelle Snow had 19 points and 15 rebounds and ex-USC player Shay Murphy had 11 points and 9 rebounds. In the loss, ex-UNC player LaToya Pringle, also known by the Turkish version of her married name, Lara Sanders, had 12 points and 14 rebounds, ex-WNBA player Evanthia Maltsi had 12 points, and Asjha Jones had 11 points and 8 rebounds. The other quarterfinal was less exciting as 10 seed Dynamo Moscow beat 2 seed Lattes Montpellier of France to add to their first leg win for a 159-135 aggregate victory. In the win, the Maryland duo was key again as Crystal Langhorne had 26 points and 8 rebounds and Kristi Toliver had 15 points while ex-WNBA player Edwiges Lawson-Wade had 11 points in the loss. These results lead to the following semifinal pairings:
(6) Vologda Chevakata (Russia) vs (10) Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
(9) Kayseri Kaski (Turkey) vs (13) Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
Thursday Euroleague games included the clash between German teams in Group E with hosts Alba Berlin coming away with the 82-63 win over Brose. In the win, ex-Buffalo player Yassin Idbihi had 11 points and ex-Wisconsin player Zach Morley and ex-Wright State player Dashaun Wood had 10 points each. In the loss, ex-NBA player Bostjan Nachbar had 15 points and and Stanford player Casey Jacobsen had 13 points. In Group F, an exciting game in Turkey went down to the wire with hosts Fenerbahce Ulker holding on to an 85-82 win over their Russian visitors Khimki Moscow. In the win, Bojan Bogdanovic, who was drafted in the second round in 2011 by the Miami Heat before a pair of draft day trades have shifted his rights to the Brooklyn Nets, had 26 points, ex-NBA player David Andersen had 18 points, and ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 16 points. In the loss, ex-NBA player Zoran Planinic had 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis had 12 points. A clash between Spanish teams saw FC Barcelona end Caja Laboral's long winning streak with a 90-79 win. In the win, ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 23 points and ex-NBA player Juan Carlos Navarro and 2008 Utah Jazz second round pick Ante Tomic had 11 points each. In the loss, ex-NBA player Maciej Lampe had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Washington Wizards before a draft day trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves, had 11 points. The final game was essentially an early must win for both teams as Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv got off to a slow start against Greece's Olympiakos, the defending champions, but game to life in the third quarter only to fade down the stretch in a 78-77 loss. In the win, ex-NBA player Vassilis Spanoulis had 24 points and Georgios Printezis, who was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the San Antonio Spurs before four trades have his rights with the Portland Trailblazers now, had 16 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Virginia player Devin Smith had 17 points, ex-DII player 15 points, and ex-Duquesne player Shawn James had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Friday Euroleague action started in Russia, where Quin Snyder and CSKA Moscow battled Unicaja Malaga of Spain and were stunned in a 94-81 loss. In the win, ex-UConn player Marcus Williams had 28 points while a couple of ex-NBA players did their best in the loss as Nenad Krstic had 23 points and 6 rebounds and Viktor Khryapa had 15 points and 6 assists. The next game was much more low scoring as Turkey's Anadolu Efes held off Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania 56-52. In the win, ex-NBA player Sasha Vujacic had 12 points, ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp had 11 points, and ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 10 points and 8 rebounds while ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 10 points in the loss.
There was one Eurocup game on Tuesday as Turkey's Galatasaray beat Germany's Ulm 82-66 in a Group L clash. In the win, ex-Mississippi State player Jamont Gordon had 18 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Florida International player Carlos Arroyo had 15 points and 8 assists, 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers second round pick Milan Macvan had 14 points, and Los Angeles Clippers second round pick Furkan Aldemir, whose rights were traded to the Houston Rockets on draft day, had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Ex-Santa Clara player John Bryant had 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Wednesday action included Group I play, as Montenegro's Buducnost escaped Ukraine with a 79-75 win over Budivelnik. In the loss, ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney had 20 points and ex-Missouri player Leo Lyons had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The other game in the group went to Turkey's Banvit as they held off Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia 86-79. In the win, ex-Alabama player Chuck Davis had 26 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Michigan State player Kalin Lucas had 15 points, and ex-Holy Cross player Keith Simmons had 12 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-LSU player Tasmin Mitchell had 22 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Coppin State player Tywain McKee had 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists, and ex-Northern Arizona player Kyle Landry had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
In Group J, Latvia's VEF Riga won in the Czech Republic against Nymburk 85-80 as ex-Texas A&M player Antanas Kavaliauskas had 15 points and ex-Pitt player Donatas Zavackas had 13 points. In the loss, ex-DII player Radoslav Rancik had 18 points and ex-NBA player Jiri Welsch had 10 points and 6 rebounds. The other game was between two Spanish teams as home team Bilbao beat Valencia 91-76. In the win, ex-NBA player Raul Lopez had 14 points and 7 assists and Milovan Rakovic, a 2007 Dallas Mavericks second round pick before a draft day trade sent him to the Orlando Magic, had 14 points and 7 rebounds while ex-Washington State player Thomas Kelati had 20 points in the loss.
In Group K, Russia's Spartak Saint Petersburg won 89-69 in Poland over Stelmet Zielona Gora. In the win, 2006 Minnesota Timberwolves second round pick Loukas Mavrokefalides had 19 points and 6 rebounds, ex-DII player Zach Wright had 13 points and 7 assists and ex-Texas A&M player Josh Carter had 10 points while ex-Florida player Walter Hodge had 13 points and 6 assists in the loss. A Russian team won the other game in the group too as Lokomotiv Kuban won 87-80 in Spain over Cajasol Sevilla. In the win, ex-Xavier player Derrick Brown had 28 points and ex-Nebraska player Aleks Maric had 26 points and 9 rebounds while in the loss, Latavious Williams, who was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the Miami Heat before a draft day trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder as he went from high school to the D-League, had 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Five of the Eurochallenge games were on Tuesday, including both Group I games with Romania's Gaz Metan Medias holding off Joensuun Kataja of Finland 84-82. Ex-Nevada player Kyle Shiloh had 17 points in the win as ex-Minnesota player Daniel Coleman had 23 points and 7 rebounds and ex-DII player Jonte Flowers had 16 points in the loss. The other game in the group was also close as Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka won 86-81 in Latvia over Ventspils. In the win, ex-Troy player Bobby Dixon had 32 points, ex-Ohio State player Jon Diebler, a 2011 second round pick of the Portland Trailblazers whose rights were traded to the Houston Rockets this summer, had 17 points, ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 13 points. In the loss, ex-George Mason player Folarin Campbell had 14 points and 6 assists and ex-App State player Donald Sims had 10 points. The lone group J game of the day was the battle between the two French teams with home team Gravelines surviving a late scare for an 82-77 win. In the win, ex-JC player Ludovic Vaty had 22 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Marquette player Dwight Buycks had 16 points and 7 assists, and ex-UNC player David Noel had 15 points and 6 rebounds as his team beat two of his brethren as Sean May had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Jawad Williams had 10 points in the loss. In Group K, Russia's Krasnye Krylia won 77-69 in Ukraine over Khimik. In the win, ex-Washington player Tre Simmons had 16 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Kansas player Aaron Miles had 15 points and 6 assists, and ex-UTEP player Omar Thomas had 12 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Purdue player Willie Deane had 13 points and 11 assists and ex-Oregon player Devoe Joseph had 10 points. Sweden's Norrkoping Dolphins won the other game in the group right at the end, 84-82 over Turkey's Tofas. In the win, ex-Pacific player Christian Maraker had 14 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Northern Arizona player Joakim Kjellbom had 13 points, and ex-UMKC player Oladapo Ayuba had 11 points and 6 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Texas A&M player and 2009 Los Angeles Lakers second round pick Chinemelu Elonu had 17 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Iona player Steven Burtt had 13 points, and ex-Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
The rest of the games were on Wednesday as Group J's final game saw Hungary's Szolnoki Olaj win 77-72 in Israel over Hapoel Holon with 10 points from ex-Mercer player James Florence. In the loss, ex-UConn player Jerome Dyson had 27 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Old Dominion player Frank Hassell had 14 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-Penn player Zack Rosen had 11 points. Group L featured a double overtime thriller as Belgium's Okapi Aalstar outlasted Minsk 91-87 in Belarus. In the win, ex-Gonzaga player Derek Raivio had 25 points, ex-Long Beach State player Larry Anderson had 16 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Michigan player Christopher Young had 13 points and 11 rebounds. The other game in the group was a clash between German teams as Oldenburg won 82-65 in Bonn. In the win, ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 14 points and ex-Missouri player Rickey Paulding and ex-UNC Greensboro player Ronnie Burrell had 12 points each while in the loss, ex-Missouri State player Kyle Weems had 14 points and ex-UAB player Robert Vaden had 11 points.