The NBA was not the only league playing on Christmas with games in countries that do not celebrate the holiday continued on with their schedules as usual. In Israel, Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv faced Bnei Hasharon and came away with a 113-73 win. Jon played 19 minutes off the bench and had 2 points and 3 assists. Shawn James had 22 points and 9 rebounds, Richard Hendrix had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Devin Smith added 17 points, Keith Langford had 16 points, and David Bluthenthal had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Baylor player Tweety Carter had 24 points, ex-Rhode Island player Delroy James had 18 points and 11 rebounds, ex-Creighton player Kenny Lawson had 15 points, and ex-UTEP player Jason Williams added 10 points.
In China on Sunday, Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards were in action at home against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. A late rally helped them win 97-90 with Shavlik providing 17 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes and Josh Akognon contributing 24 points.
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continued to deal with their crowded schedule with a domestic league game Monday at Hoverla. The team had a solid start but had some trouble in the second half as they fell 71-61. Daniel had 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in 36 minutes as Ricky Minard had 19 points, and Radoslav Rancik added 10 points. In the win, ex-Northern Iowa player Eric Coleman had 17 points, ex-East Tennessee State player Kevin Tiggs had 15 points, ex-Colorado State player Marcus Walker had 11 points, and ex-Florida A&M player Briane Greene added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
In China on Saturday, Chante Black and Shandong were in action again as they tried to turn around their season hosting Shenyang. It was another tough loss as they fell 92-76 as Chante had 29 points and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes.