Thank you very very much for all the updates! I feel connected to so many of these former Duke players.
Kyle went off scoring 23 points and also dishing out four assists as his team upset Balboa. Nice! Sorry on phone so linking isn't going so well. http://acbtv.acb.com/video/4151-lacb-20112012-liga_regular-1-6-remontada_in_extremis_del_lucentum_alicante
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More seasons starting means more players per update. We start in Spain where two Duke players finally got to see some regular season action. Marty Pocius and Real Madrid ended up with the biggest winning margin of the weekend after an 88-70 win over Fuenlabrada. Marty started again and scored 7 points in 24 minutes while Rudy Fernandez scored 12 points coming off the bench. The leader for Fuenlabrada was the leading scorer for the weekend as Kirk Penney, the New Zealander who attended Wisconsin, scored 26 points in defeat. Tied for the 2nd highest scoring performance of the weekend was one Kyle Singler, who led Alicante to a very impressive 81-77 win over a strong Bilbao team. Kyle scored 23 points in 35 minutes (his team should use their bench more or they will be tired by the end of the season) on only 10 field goal attempts as he went 10 for 11 from the free throw line. Former Duquesne player Aaron Jackson led Bilbao with 15 points. Here are the box scores with some Spanish abbreviations:
The regular season also started in Lithuania and David McClure and Kedainiai had games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday the team lost to Juventus 75-70 as David came off the bench to score 9 points, grab 10 rebounds, and add 4 steals in 26 minutes. His strong early season efforts earned him a start on Saturday, but the team still lost to Rudupis 88-80. David scored 12 points in 34 minutes, knocking down a pair of threes. Here are the boxscores, in English, but surrounded by Lithuanian text:
Among ex-Duke women's basketball players, Jess Foley was a part of the start of the Women's National basketball league down in Australia. On Friday, her Townsville Fire team defeated the Bendigo Spirit 74-67. Jess had 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 32 minutes as she hit 3 3-pointers.
The season continued in France as Mistie Bass and Challes were in action against Lyon, which is where Krystal Thomas will play when she is able to make the trip over to start the season. She would have liked to be a part of this game as it went into overtime before Challes prevailed 77-74. Mistie led all scorers with 22 points in 37 minutes, only needing 9 field goal attempts. Meanwhile in the second tier, Carrem Gay continued her good season although her Toulouse team suffered their first loss to SI Graffenstade 65-58. Carrem led all scorers with 18 points and added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Here are the boxscores as always:
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika got their season back to winning ways as they prepare for Euroleague action this week. Jasmine led her team with 21 points in 30 minutes as they beat Slovanka MB 85-77. Here is the heavily Czech boxscore:
Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun faced a tough game against Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (the joy of sponsored names like Armani Jeans Milano) but they came up short 86-77. Bridgette led her team again with 19 points in 29 minutes. Her teammate Leah Metcalf, formerly of UNC, scored 17 and dished out 6 assists. Ex-Stanford star and New York Liberty player Nicole Powell had 4 points.
There will be plenty of midweek action as well for the next update.
Kyle had a slightly tougher second league game as his Alicante team faced off against a Cajasol Banca Civica team that they had defeated in preseason. Kyle ended up with 12 points and fouled out having only played 22 minutes in the 86-61 loss. His American teammate Lamont Barnes, formerly of Temple, scored 13 to lead the team while on the opposing team the ex-Hawaii player, Carl English from Canada, scored 25 points in only 19 minutes to lead all scorers and ex-Michigan State player Paul Davis added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the boxscore from the league website:
Here is a story from the league website on Kyle with interview questions written in Spanish:
Daniel Ewing had the opportunity to take on his former team as Azovmash traveled to Poland to take on Asseco Prokom in the VTB United League, which mainly involves teams from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. The return did not end well as the Ukranian team fell 68-53. Daniel had 12 points in 29 minutes while ex-Morehead State player Ricky Minard led the team with 15. Former Alabama player Alonzo Gee led Asseco Prokom with 21 points and 7 rebounds, ex-UNLV player Jerel Blassingame had 7 points and 8 assists and recent draftee Donatas Motiejunas had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel-Aviv had the domestic Chance Cup to play before the regular season and the team won the first two games Monday and Tuesday to advance to tomorrow's final. After struggling in the Adriatic League, Jon had the chance to shine as the team played well and he made the most of his opportunity. They defeated Barak Netanya 117-66 in the opener as Jon got a 2010 NCAA tournament rematch with former Cal player Jerome Randle. Jon 13 points in 16 minutes as the rest of the Americans on team had solid efforts with Jordan Farmar scoring 14 points, David Bluthenthal adding 15, Devin Smith scoring 7, Richard Hendrix scoring 14 and grabbing 8 boards, and Shawn James scoring 16 and grabbing 13 boards. Randle had 12 points in the losing effort and former Miami player Brian Asbury scored 2. In the semi-final Jon hit 2 3-pointers to start the 2nd quarter in an 102-82 win over Hapoel Jerusalem. Jon ended up perfect from 2 point land, 3 point land, and the stripe to score 10 points in 22 minutes. Devin Smith led Maccabi Tel-Aviv with 17, Jordan Farmar had 13, and David Bluthenthal had 10. Ex-Maryland player D.J. Strawberry had 28 in the loss, ex-Oregon man Luke Jackson had 12, and former Mississippi State star Jarvis Varnardo had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Here are write-ups from the team website and boxscores from the league website in Hebrew written right-to-left (run them through Google Translate for some fun):
The Euroleague Women started today (yes, that's the actual name of the competition) and Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika opened up in Brno against powerhouse Spartak Moscow. Jasmine scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in 37 minutes and her American teammate Ashley Robinson of the Seattle Storm and formerly from Tennessee added 7 points and 7 rebounds, but it was not enough as they fell 87-70. For the victors, WNBA players Candice Dupree and Becky Hammon scored 9 and 8 points respectively as their head coach, the infamous Pokey Chatman, looked on. Here is the boxscore:
There may be a bonus update on Friday, so stay tuned.
Jon Scheyer has won his first trophy with Maccabi Tel-Aviv as they defeated Hapoel Holon 78-74 to win the Chance Cup on Thursday. Jon came of the bench again and delivered another 3 pointer. Richard Hendrix had a good game for the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. The top 3 scorers in the game were all Americans playing for Hapoel Holon as ex-Stanford player Dan Grunfeld scored 20 and ex-Bowling Green and Ohio State player Ron Lewis and ex-Fordham player Bryant Dunston added 15 apiece. Here is the writeup from the team website:
Marty Pocius and Real Madrid had a new look lineup at Bilbao on Thursday and the new Madrid coach may have done a little bit too much tinkering as the team got off to a rough start before coming back furiously to fall 86-82. Marty hit a 3 pointer and dished out 3 assists in 16 minutes off the bench. Rudy Fernandez had a bit of a breakout game with 17 for Real Madrid while ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 12 points for Bilbao and ex-West Virginia player D'or Fischer had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
DeMarcus Nelson continues to come off the bench for BC Donetsk, but his strong effort today in a big comeback win over Dnipro 69-65. DeMarcus led his team in all 3 major categories, with 16 points (6-8 from the line), 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Daniel Ewing and BC Azovmash had another VTB United League games as they hosted Lithuanian runners-up Lieutuvos Rytas. Daniel led the team with 15 points and 6 assists in 26 minutes in an 83-73 win. His American running mates Ricky Minard and ex-Penn State player Joe Crispin each added 10 points. Tyrese Rice had 12 points and 6 assists in the loss, former Baylor and Mississippi State player Lawrence Roberts scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and recent draftee Jonas Valanciunas had 7 points. Here is the boxscore from the league website:
David McClure and Kedainiai have a weekend of games in the Baltic League and they faced a tough task in hosting Latvian team Ventspils. David got the start off of some strong performances, but he only contributed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes in an 84-74 loss. Here is the boxscore from the league website:
For those who want to see some Euroleague action, the first ESPN3 game will be Monday at 2:45 ET when Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas hosts Russian giants CSKA Moscow. Players of potential interest include Ty Lawson, Sonny Weems, Andrei Kirilenko, Nenad Krstic, and Sasha Kaun.
As for ex-Duke Women's team players, Jess Foley and Townsville Fire had another game in the early hours of Friday our time and Jess led her team to a victory over the Australian Institute of Sport team 84-60 as she scored 17 points.
Kyle Singler and Alicante were at it again on Sunday as they took on their local rivals Valencia. On their opponent's home floor, they had a strong second half to pull of the upset a second time 70-67. Kyle led all scorers with 24 points on only 11 field goal attempts and played 39 minutes. Ex-Maryland player Nik Caner-Medley led Valencia with 18 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Vanderbilt player A.J. Ogilvy had 4 points, and ex-Arizona player Rihards Kuksiks had 6 points. Marty Pocius and Real Madrid were also in action and they found a way past Valladolid 84-72. Marty scored 3 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists in 19 minutes off the bench. Rudy Fernandez continues to get into gear with 28 points in the win. The Americans for Valladolid include ex-Rhode Island player Kahiem Seawright who scored 1 point and Jason Robinson, who played two years of JC, one for Buffalo, and one at the NAIA level, added 10 points. Here are the two boxscores:
There was more action over the weekend in Ukraine as Daniel Ewing and Azovmash had a pretty easy game against Kryvbasbasket on Saturday as they rolled to an 88-48 win. Daniel was only needed for 17 minutes and he scored 4 points. DeMarcus Nelson and Donetsk faced off against DniproAzot on Sunday and the game turned out to be absolute thriller. DeMarcus got the start and put in a good effort as his team needed a huge comeback. He hit a buzzer-beating 3 to send the game into overtime before fouling out in a double-overtime 122-112 win. He finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds in 29 minutes as he hit 10 out of 12 free throws.
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel-Aviv opened up their domestic league campaign against Galil Gamboa and got off too a great start to win 95-60. Jon got to play 21 minutes and scored 7 points. Ex-USC player David Bluthenthal scored 21 points after nailing 5 3s and Ex-West Virginia player Devin Smith added 17 points.
David McClure and Kedainiai finished off their Baltic League weekend against Latvians Liepajas Lauvas. David got the start in the 83-61 win and scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
On the women's front we finally have all 3 of our former players in France. Krystal Thomas was able to make her debut for Lyon but they fell to Bourges 54-47. Krystal had 4 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes after earning the start right away. Mistie Bass and Challes continue to roll as they defeated Mondeville 74-59. Mistie led all scorers with 24 points in 33 minutes. Carrem Gay and Toulouse continue to do well as they fight for promotion with an 83-78 win over Voiron. Carrem had had 8 points in 31 minutes and grabbed 8 more rebounds than anyone else on the court with 14. Here are all the boxscores:
Jess Foley and the Townsville Fire continued to start the season strong with a 72-60 win over the Canberra Capitals early Saturday. Jess had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in 38 minutes. Ex-Georgia Tech player Brigitte Ardossi had 9 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.
Jasmine Thomas Frisco Sika had a relatively simple game against Kradec Kralove before their next Euroleague game. Jasmine had 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists (which is less than she claimed on Twitter) in 22 minutes. Fellow American Ashley Robinson chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Here is the Czech boxscore:
Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun fell short against ROW Rybnik 70-59. Bridgette had a solid game with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes as her teammate ex-UNC player Leah Metcalf had 9 points and 9 assists and new American Jessica Dickson, who starred at South Florida, made her debut with 4 points. Ex-Mississippi State player Alexis Rack led the winners with 20 points and former Arizona State player Sybil Dosty added 12 points and 15 rebounds.
How tough is the competition Kyle is playing compared to what Jon is playing? I am trying to figure out how impressed to be by Kyle's seemingly stellar play. I imagine this is how a Croatian feels trying to figure out the difference between Longwood and Gonzaga.
That's a very nice article Billy Dat.
Kyle is playing extremely tough competition. The ACB in Spain is pretty much the strongest one-country league outside of the NBA. There are some higher level competitions like the Euroleague and maybe something like the VTB United League or the Adriatic League would be stronger, but Kyle's two good games have come against last year's runners-up and another playoff-caliber team, so he is playing very well in the big games. His team was only a couple losses away from being relegated last season and frankly, most of his teammates are not all that good. Jon's competition is generally weaker in the Israeli League, but is plenty strong when he plays in the Euroleague and Adriatic League. His main competition is getting time and the ball ahead of his teammates, who are almost all far more accomplished professionals than he is. Jon will get a pretty good shot in domestic games because he does not count as a foreigner and I am sure that he will be able to fight for more time if he plays well.
Actually a lot of foreign basketball fans keep an eye on NCAA action because that tends to be where they get their American players from. Greek fans, for instance, know what Matt Howard brought to the table for Butler and are interested in seeing him play for Olympiakos. Maccabi Tel-Aviv fans have always been looking forward to their team making an offer to Jon.
ESPN3 has picked up Thursday's Euroleague game between Olimpia Milano (now sponsored by Emporio Armani) and Jon Scheyer's Maccabi Tel Aviv (sponsored by Electra). It will be shown at 2:45 Eastern Time.
Some of the Milan players who may be of interest include Danilo Gallinari, ex-Maryland guard Drew Nicholas, ex-Oregon guard Malik Hairston, ex-St. John's guard Omar Cook, and former Princeton player Mason Rocca.
Here is the listing from the Euroleague website if you happen to be in another country where some of these games might be on television:
Here is the massive midweek update:
On Tuesday, Daniel Ewing and Azovmash were in action against Odessa and they put in another strong performance with a 90-76 win. Daniel had 23 points in 34 minutes while his backcourt running mate Ricky Minard had 17. Daniel's team was back in action on Thursday against Khimik and they fell 86-70. Daniel had a tough game as he fouled out after playing 25 minutes after contributing 10 points.
Jasmine Thomas and her Czech team Frisco Sika were in Euroleague Women action Wednesday as they faced French team Lattes Montpellier. Jasmine and the team really struggled in this one as she had only 2 points on 1 of 13 shooting, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in a 80-50 loss. Fellow American Ashley Robinson had 6 points and 11 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
There were a lot of other games Wednesday with several prominent WNBA players involved. The great named Slovak team Good Angels Kosice defeated Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis. Former Kansas and current Connecticut Sun player Danielle McCray scored had 20 points in the win and Stanford and Tulsa Shock player Kayla Pedersen added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Connecticut Huskies and Sun player Asjha Jones scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and Rutgers and New York Liberty player Essence Carson had 8 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. Spartak Moscow was shocked by Polish team Wisla Can-Pack Krakow 74-62. Candice Dupree of the Phoenix Mercury had 12 points and Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars had 10 points in the loss while New York Liberty's Nicole Powell had 10 points and the Indiana Fever's Erin Phillips had 15 points in the win as the 4 WNBA players went head-to head. Spain's Perfumerias Avenida defeated Italy's Beretta-Familia 86-66. Auburn and Phoenix Mercury's DeWanna Bonner had 16 points and Maryland and Washington Mystics player Marissa Coleman had 8 points in the win. Janel McCarville had 8 points and 7 rebounds and Cheryl Ford had 12 points in the loss. Turkish giants Fenerbahce defeated Polish outfit CCC Polkowice 86-66 behind stars Penny Taylor and Angel McCoughtry with 14 and 19 points respectively. Ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll had 17 points in the loss and ex-Liberty University player Megan Frazee added 11 points. Hungarian team UE Sopron came up short against Russian team Nadezha 78-76. Ex-Wyoming player Hannah Zavecz had 7 points and Georgetown and Minnesota Lynx player Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Spanish team Ros Casares defeated Lithuanian team VICI Aistes 83-55 behind 22 points from USC and Chicago Sky player Eshaya Murphy. Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg defeated French team Bourges 68-50 behind a host of current and former WNBA players. Sandrine Gruda and Deanna Nolan had 16 points apiece, Yelena Leuchanka 9, Cappie Pondexter 11, and Svetlana Abrosimova 5. Turkish greats Galatasaray came back to defeat Czech team USK Prague 78-70. DeLisha Milton-Jones of the Los Angeles Sparks had 19 points in a losing effort while Rutgers and Chicago Sky player Epiphanny Prince had 6 points, Diana Taurasi had 10 points, and Tina Charles had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. There were two more Euroleague Women games on Thursday. Hungarian team Gyor bested Polish side Lotos Gdynia 86-76 in overtime. VCU and New York Liberty player Quanitra Hollingsworth had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Connecticut Huskie and Sun player Renee Montgomery added 17 points in the win. Ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 25 points and 9 rebounds and former Florida player Aneika Henry had 19 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Italian team Taranto defeated Croatian team Gospic 78-63. Rutgers and New York Liberty player Kia Vaughn had 10 points in the win while ex-Syracuse player Julie McBride had 11 points and Coach P's former player at Michigan State Kalisha Keane had 6 points in defeat.
The two former Duke players had their teams in action on Thursday in Euroleague. Marty Pocius and Real Madrid beat up on Belgian champions Spirou 100-76. Marty had 8 points in 15 minutes off the bench and his teammates Rudy Fernandez and Jaycee Carroll added 19 and 14 points respectively. Ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet led all scorers with 27 points in the loss. Jon Scheyer was the only player not to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv in their 89-82 loss to Emporio Armani Milan as both their basketball and soccer teams lost on the same night. Jordan Farmar had 6 points in the loss while David Bluthenthal had 15 points. Ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston led all scorers with 25 points in the win as Diego Gallinari added 23 points.
Recapping earlier Euroleague action for NBA and other players of interest: On Monday, Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas hosted Russian champions CSKA Moscow and lost 87-74. Ty Lawson had 7 points and ex-Raptor and Arkansas player Sonny Weems had 16 points for Zalgiris Kaunas, which was led by ex-LSU and Tuskegee player DeJuan Collins's 18 points. Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points and 15 boards, fellow Russian Alexey Shved had 19 points, and Nenad Krstic had 11 points for CSKA Moscow. On Wednesday, Russian team UNICS Kazan hosted Italian champions Montepaschi Siena and came up short 79-71. Ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant led all scorers with 30 points in the loss. Ex-New Orleans star Bo McCalebb had 17 points in the win and ex-Georgetown and Detroit Pistons player DaJuan Summers added 4 points. Turkish champions Fenerbahce hosted Spanish team Caja Laboral but lost 69-66. Ex-Maryland player James Gist had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss, former Baylor player Curtis Jerrells had 8 points, and Thabo Sefolosha had 7 points. Kevin Seraphin had 10 points in the win and ex-VMI and Golden State Warrior Reggie Williams added 6 points. Italian runners-up Bennet Cantu defeated French champions SLUC Nancy 80-69. Ex-Ohio State player David Lighty had 5 points in the win ex-Oregon player Maarty Leunen had 2 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Nicholas Batum had 13 points after playing every minute in the loss. Polish champions Asseco Prokom hosted Turkish runners-up Galatasaray and lost 76-72 despite a furious 4th quarter comeback. Alonzo Gee had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss and recent draftee Donatas Motiejunas had 15 points. Ex-Syracuse player Preston Shumpert had 12 points in the win, ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp had 6 points, ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 7 points and 6 assists, Darius Songaila had 3 points and 4 rebounds, and Zaza Pachulia had minimal impact in limited action.
Here is the rest of the Thursday action, starting with Serbian champions Partizan's 84-73 win over Turkish team Anadolu Efes. Ex-Texas A&M and Golden State Warriors player Acie Law had 6 points in the win and Minnesota Timberwolf Nikola Pekovic led all scorers with 21 points. Former South Carolina player Tarence Kinsey had 18 points in the loss while his teammates Sasha Vujacic and Ersan Ilyasova had 14 and 10 points respectively. Spanish champions Barcelona won in Slovenia against domestic runners-up Union Olimpija 86-64. Former Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 15 points in the win, former South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 6 points and ex-Princeton player CJ Wallace added 4 points. UNC favorites Danny Green and Deon Thompson had 17 and 9 points respectively in the loss while former North Dakota State player Ben Woodside added 5 points. Greek champions Panathinaikos defeated Spain's Unicaja Malaga 98-77. Ex-Florida player Nick Calathes had 12 points in the win and former La Salle player Steven Smith added 13 points. Former St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 10 points in the loss. The final game saw German champions Brose defeat Croatian champions Zagreb 96-65 behind a strong effort from a number of Americans. Former Texas player P.J. Tucker scored 20 points, former San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Stanford star Casey Jacobsen had 16 points. Sean May had 10 points and 9 rebounds and ate 5 apple turnovers.
Any idea why Jon didn't play on Thursday? I watched the game on ESPN3 and he warmed up with the team and at the half the announcers appeared to be talking about him (kept cutting the camera to the announcers and then to him in the layup lines) but ESPN3 plays music over the broadcast at the half so I have no idea what they were saying.
ESPN3 has two more Euroleague games listed for this week, both on Thursday at 2:45 Eastern. Olympiakos hosts Fenerbahce in a matchup that would be tasty in any sport given the underlying national rivalry. Marty Pocius and Real Madrid host the same Milan team that defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv the week before. Marty should play, so if you tune in he should be coming off the bench.
There was a lot of action over the last 3 days and we will start in Lithuania on Saturday where David McClure and Kedainiai faced off against powerhouse Lietuvos Rytas and lost 100-67 without much effort from the winners. David had a very good game as he got the start and led the team with 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead all players in 25 minutes of action. Tyrese Rice had 3 points and 5 assists in the win. Here is the boxscore with some Lithuanian:
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel-Aviv returned to Adriatic League action Saturday against Bosnian team Siroki. It took the second quarter, but the team pulled away for an 84-60 win. Jon had 2 points in 18 minutes as Richard Hendrix led the team with 16 points. Ex-Virginia Tech player Coleman Collins had 4 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Here is the boxscore:
Kyle Singler and Alicante continued their strong start to the season after defeating Valladolid 91-64 in front of the home fans on Sunday. Kyle led all scorers again with 17 points in 32 minutes and fellow rookie Jeremy Hazell had 12 points in 12 minutes after nailing 4 3s. Ex-UNLV player Michael Umeh had 11 points to lead his team in the loss as fellow Americans Kahiem Seawright and Jason Robinson adding 8 and 7 points respectively. Marty Pocius and Real Madrid were also in action as they hosted Blu:sens Monbus out of Santiago de Compostela and came away with an 81-67 win. Marty had a solitary rebound in 15 minutes as Rudy Fernandez had 14 points and Jaycee Carroll added 10 points in the victory. There were plenty of college connections on the losing team as ex-Pitt player Levon Kendall had 13 points, ex-Oklahoma player Ebi Ere had 13 points, ex-Virginia Tech player Deron Washington had 7 points, and ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 11 points. Here are the two boxscores:
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash were facing the best teams in Eastern Europe again Sunday with a visit to Nymburk of the Czech Republic. They ended up with a 94-86 win as Daniel had 23 points in 34 minutes including a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line. Here is the boxscore:
Meanwhile in Ukraine, DeMarcus Nelson and Donetsk faced off against domestic opposition and struggled again, falling to Ferro-ZNTU 95-78. DeMarcus came off the bench to score 10 points in 25 minutes.
There was a pretty full slate of games for former Women's team players as we head first to Australia where Jess Foley and Townsville Fire continued their unbeaten start early Friday with a 74-63 win over Canberra Capitals. Jess had 16 points in 33 minutes.
There were three more games in France as Mistie Bass and Challes travelled to Aix-en-Provence for the featured Friday game. Mistie came of the bench for this one and led all scorers with 26 points in 25 minutes and added 6 rebounds in the 80-54 win. Krystal Thomas and Lyon came up with their first win of the season after defeating Hainaut 61-52. Krystal had a point and 4 boards in 14 minutes off the bench. Carrem Gay and Toulouse had another good game with a 60-44 win over Limoges. Carrem had 10 points and led all players with 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. Here are the boxscores:
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika got to take out some frustration on weaker domestic competition as they steamrolled Pliska Studanka Pardubice 105-63. Jasmine had 15 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Here is the Czech boxscore:
Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun continued a bit of a rough stretch with an 86-84 defeat to Lodz. Bridgette had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes as teammate Leah Metcalf led all scorers with 25 points in the loss. Two recent mid-major stars, Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green and Celeste Hoewisch of Wisconsin-Green Bay had 17 points apiece in the win.
Sheana Mosch and Antakya finally kicked off their Turkish season this week and faced big-name Besiktas, coming away with a 69-48 win. Sheana led all scorers with 18 points, former Maryland player Laura Harper had 12 points and 17 rebounds, and Connecticut Huskies and Sun player Jessica Moore added 6 points and 7 rebounds. Gonzaga and Chicago Sky player Courtney Vandersloot had 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in the loss, Ohio State and Los Angeles Sparks player Jantel Lavender had 6 points and 7 rebounds, and Xavier and Minnesota Lynx player Amber Harris added 4 rebounds.
Thanks again for the great work, awhom.
This is for you. Hope you enjoyed last night's game as much as I did.
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Here is the large midweek update on all things European Basketball:
DeMarcus Nelson and Donetsk caught up on some league play with game on Tuesday and Wednesday, coming away with 83-75 and 88-75 wins. In the first game, DeMarcus had 12 points in 24 minutes, while in the second he had 7 points and 7 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash were back in VTB United League action Wednesday again Belarussian side Minsk-2006 and won 95-77. Daniel was in a generous mood with 7 assists to go along with 9 points in 27 minutes of action. American teammates Ricky Minard and Joe Crispin added 11 and 10 points respectively. In the loss, ex-IPFW player Justin Hawkins had 17 points and 10 rebounds, former UNC player Justin Knox had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-NC State player Julius Hodge had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists. Here is the boxscore:
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv had a tough one in the domestic league Monday against Ironi Ashkelon, but pulled it out in the end by a final of 87-83. Jon got the start and 18 minutes, but he only ended up with 2 points. Richard Hendrix had another good game with 17 points and 9 rebounds while David Bluthenthal added 15. There were a whole host of Americans leading their team in the losing effort with ex-Michigan State player Raymar Morgan contributing 23 points, ex-Indiana player Marco Killingsworth and ex-Louisiana-Lafayette player Dwayne Mitchell scoring 17 apiece, and ex-George Mason player Tony Skinn scored 13 points. Maccabi Tel Aviv was in Euroleague action Thursday, but Keith Langford's arrival meant that one player would have to sit out and it looks like that player will be Jon for now. Without Jon, the team defeated Serbian team Partizan 70-66 with Jordan Farmar providing 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Acie Law had 12 points, Nikola Pekovic had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Maccabi Tel Aviv's own Milan Macvan, on loan to Partizan for the season, had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the team writeup for the league game:
Marty Pocius and Real Madrid faced a tough test at home against Emporio Armani Milan and won 85-78. Marty came off the bench to deliver 11 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes while ex-Utah State player Jaycee Carroll led the team with 21 points in only 19 minutes. Rudy Fernandez added 17 points in the win while Serge Ibaka had a quiet season debut. Ex-Maryland player Drew Nicholas scored 24 points in the loss, ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston added 18 points, and Danilo Gallinari had 12 points.
Here is a recap of some of the other Euroleague action this week:
On Tuesday, Spanish team Unicaja Malaga hosted Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas and came away with an 85-78 win. Ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the win and ex-Kentucky player Gerald Fitch added 9 points. Sonny Weems had 21 points and 8 rebounds in the loss while Ty Lawson had 7 points and 9 rebounds without a single assist. There was more action Wednesday as Russian champions CSKA Moscow defeated Germany champions Brose at home 94-74. Andrei Kirilenko had a quieter second game with 12 points and 6 assists, Nenad Krstic had 19 points on 9 of 9 shooting from the floor, ex-Kansas player Sasha Kaun had 9 points, and ex-Mississippi State player Jamont Gordon had 9 points in the win. Ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 15 points in the loss and former Texas player P.J. Tucker added 10 points. In Spain, 4th place Caja Laboral defeated Italian runners-up Bennet Cantu 81-69. Kevin Seraphin had 10 points in the win as neither team had many high-profile names in this country. The 4th place Turkish team Anadolu Efes was shocked at home by Belgian champions Spirou 80-79. Ersan Ilyasova led all scorers with 21 points, Sasha Vujacic had 12
points, and ex-South Carolina player Tarence Kinsey had 14 points in the losing effort. Former Oral Roberts player Caleb Green led the winners with 18 points and ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet added 14 points. Greek champions Panathinaikos went on the road to defeat Croatian champions Zagreb. Ex-Florida player Nick Calathes and ex-La Salle player Steven Smith each scored 12 points as Sean May had 23 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
In other Euroleague action Thursday Barcelona defeated Polish champions Asseco Prokom 88-61. Ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal and ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 10 points each in the win. Former Houston player Oliver Lafayette and Alonzo Gee were the only two Prokom players in double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively. French champions Nancy defeated Spanish runners-up Bilbao 87-73 thanks to 26 points and 7 rebounds from Nicholas Batum. Ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 11 points in the loss. Turkish team Galatasaray lost to Russian team UNICS Kazan 68-64 at home. Former Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant had 16 points in the win and ex-Temple player Lynn Greer added 12 points. In the loss, former UCLA player Josh Shipp had 12 points and Darius Songaila had 10 points. Olympiakos defeated Fenerbahce 81-74 in a cross-border rivalry. Ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 10 points in the win while Thabo Sefolosha had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss and ex-Maryland player James Gist added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Italian team Montepaschi Siena used a strong start to overwhelm Slovenian team Union Olimpija. Ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 17 points in the win with a perfect 8 for 8 performance from the floor and ex-Indiana State player David Moss added 10 points. In the loss, former UNC pair Deon Thompson and Danny Green struggled with 4 points and 6 points respectively as Danny danced his way to an 0 for 9 shooting night from the floor.
Most of the Euroleague Women action happened on Wednesday. Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika came up short against Italian team Taranto 66-59. Jasmine had 14 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes in defeat. Her American teammate Ashley Robinson had 15 points and 7 rebounds while Rutgers and New York Liberty player Kia Vaughn had 16 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
Other action on the night included Turkish team Galatasaray's 84-68 defeat of Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg, which featured a number of WNBA players. Diana Taurasi had 27 points in the win as Tina Charles had 24 points and 14 rebounds. Sandrine Gruda had 17 points, Cappie Pondexter had 11 points, Deanna Nolan had 7 points, and Candace Parker continued to work her way back from injury with 5 points in the loss. Czech outfit ZVVZ USK Prague defeated Lithuanian side VICI Aistes 80-70 getting 13 points from Los Angeles Spark DeLisha Milton-Jones. French team Bourges beat Hungarian team Gyor 87-68 getting 13 points from former Georgia player Kiesha Brown, spoiling a 22 point effort from Renee Montgomery. Spain's Perfumerias Avenida went to Hungary and defeated UE Sopron behind 32 points and 10 rebounds from DeWanna Bonner and 7 points from Marissa Coleman as ex-Wyoming player Hanna Zavecz had 13 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. French team Tarbes put in a good effort before falling to Russian team Nadezhda 65-60. Katie Douglas had 17 points in the win and Rebekkah Brunson added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Croatian team Gospic lost to Slovakian team Good Angels Kosice 91-76 at home. Former Syracuse player Julie McBride had 22 points in the loss and Coach P's former player at Michigan State Kalisha Keane had 11 points. Danielle McCray had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win and Kayla Pedersen added 7 points and 6 rebounds. Polish team Wisla Can-Pack Krakow overcame French team Lattes Montpellier 66-58 at home after getting 17 points and 8 rebounds from Nicole Powell and 8 points from Erin Phillips. Spanish side Rivas Ecopolis defeated Spartak Moscow of Russia in another WNBA player-fest. Ashja Jones had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win and Essence Carson added 7 points. In the loss, Seimone Augustus had 25 points, Becky Hammon had 15 points, and Candice Dupree had 14 points.
Euroleague Women action continued with 2 games Thursday. Spanish side Ros Casares traveled to Poland an defeated Lotos Gdynia 90-72, getting 18 points and 9 rebounds from Sancho Lyttle and 9 points from Eshaya Murphy. Turkish team Fenerbahce headed to Italy, where they defeated Beretta-Famila 70-65 behind their WNBA stars as they got 23 points from Penny Taylor and 14 from Angel McCoughtry.
For fans of former ESPN hoop scribe, Chris Sheridan, he launched a new blog after splitting with the worldwide leader a few months ago and he's doing some Euroleague coverage. I liked the following call out from a recent piece:
"Teletovicís 22.5 PPG is second in the Euroleague and his 21.5 is tops in Spainís ACB. (Another familiar face on that Spanish list: Dukeís Kyle Singler, sitting pretty at number four with 19 per game for Lucentum Alicante.)"
That's a good blog, especially for some coverage on some of the foreign players there who may make the leap to the NBA sometime soon.
We have a pretty full update for the weekend.
In Ukraine, both former Duke players were in action on Friday with two wins. Daniel Ewing continued to dish out the assists as he had 5 points and 8 dimes in 32 minutes in an 88-81 win. DeMarcus Nelson came off the bench to deliver 8 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes in a 96-74 win.
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv had another Adriatic League game Saturday when they hosted Serbian team Partizan. Jon got some time off the bench but did not do much in 6 minutes of action in the 78-67 win. Jordan Farmar had 14 points and 7 assists to lead the charge in the win and ex-Virginia player Devin Smith added 12 points. Acie Law continued his struggles with only 7 points and 3 assists. Here is the boxscore:;
Both of the players in Spain played on Sunday. Kyle Singler and Alicante fought their way to another win as they topped Monbus Blusens 73-69. Kyle struggled a bit with 6 points in 33 minutes. In the loss, ex-Oklahoma player Ebi Ere had 7 points, ex-UMass player Stephane Lasme had 9 points, ex-Pitt player Levon Kendall had 5 points, and ex-Virginia Tech player Deron Washington went scoreless. Marty Pocius and Real Madrid defeated Gran Canaria 68-60. Marty had 2 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Rudy Fernandez was the leader in the win with 13 points, while Jaycee Carroll had 9 points against his former team. In the loss, ex-Miami of Ohio player Michael Bramos led all scorers with 15 points, former BC and UT-Arlington player Marquez Haynes had 11 points, and ex-Florida player Taurean Green had 3 points. Here are the two boxscores:
Here is the Euroleague ESPN3 viewing alert:
On tap this week are two more games. On Wednesday Zagreb hosts CSKA Moscow and on Thursday Emporio Armani Milan hosts Anadolu Efes. Both games are at 3:45 Eastern. As a reminder to anyone who watches sports from around the world, most countries ended Daylight Saving Time this morning so the time difference is shorter for a week.
Early Friday in Australia, Jess Foley and Townsville Fire continued their winning ways with an 86-74 win over Logan. Jess had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 38 minutes.
Also Friday, Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika rolled out to a 105-64 win over VS Prague. Jasmine had 8 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes in the blowout. Here is the boxscore with some Czech:
On Saturday, Sheana Mosch and Antakya took on Samsun and came up short 70-63. Sheana saw only 8 minutes of actions without anything of note. Former Maryland player Laura Harper had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss as the team faced off against the Miller twins and Jayne Appel. Coco Miller led all scorers with 22 points and former Tulsa player Jillian Robbins added 19 points and 9 rebounds. Here is the boxscore mostly in Turkish:
Also Saturday, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun were in action against Gorzow and they lost a close one 63-61. Bridgette had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes before fouling out. Ex-Georgia Tech player Chioma Nnamaka had 9 points, ex-Auburn player Alli Smalley had 9 points, ex-Virginia player Lyndra Weaver had 10 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-Arizona player Tatum Brown had 11 points. Here is the Polish boxscore:
There were 3 games in France again. Mistie Bass had 12 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes in a 60-40 win over Charleville. Krystal Thomas had 4 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in a 75-64 loss to Aix-en-Provence. Carrem Gay had another huge performance in Toulouse's promotion push with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes in a 66-57 win over Armentieres. Here are the boxscores:
I will be doing shorter more frequent updates this week for Euroleague action.
On Monday, there was plenty of action in Israel. Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv were stuck in a close game against Barak Netanya and came back for an 85-83 win. Jon came off the bench to play 6 minutes as David Bluthenthal had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. In the loss, former DII player Christian Burns had game-highs of 25 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Cal player Jerome Randle had 17 points and 8 assists, and ex-Miami player Brian Asbury added 18 points. Here is the write-up from the team:
The NBA is not the only league with labor strife as Karima Christmas's season was delayed two weeks because the Israeli players were on strike over the increased allowance for foreign players. The season started anyway despite the strike continuing and some games were cancelled bcause they could not find a 5th player for each team to go along with the Americans. Karima's team Bnot Hasharon got to play and they beat Elitzur Netanya, 82-64, but they did not keep individual statistics. That is a continuing drama for us to track.
On Tuesday, Daniel Ewing and Azovmash faced off against defending champions Budivelnyk. The team came back late to make it close, but came up short 80-77. Daniel had 18 points and 6 assists in 37 minutes in the loss while ex-Miami sharpshooter Jack McClinton had 27 points in the win.
The first direct matchup between former Duke players will happen Thursday when Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv host Marty Pocius and Real Madrid. Jon may not be playing in the game, but they should get to have a bit of a reunion.
Here is a brief update on one-time Dukies who will not be regularly covered here:
Jamal Boykin is currently playing for Omonia in Cyprus.
Taylor King will play for London (Ontario) in the new league starting in Canada.
Eric Boateng is apparently playing in Greece.