Our Euroleague recap starts in Slovenia, where Union Olimpija defeated Polish team Asseco Prokom 70-62 behind 23 points from Danny Green. Alonzo Gee had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss as the NBA players faced off while ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette added 12 points. In Italy, Montepaschi Siena blew out Turkish giants Galatasaray 103-77. Ex-Seton Hall Lithuanian player Rimantas Kaukenas led all scorers with 24 points and ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 19 points in the win. Ex-Syracuse player Preston Shumpert and ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp had 10 points apiece in the loss and Darius Songaila added 8 points. In Croatia, Sean May-less Zagreb were battered by CSKA Moscow 89-47. Infamous Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt grabbed 7 boards without scoring in the loss and a balance effort for the victors included 15 points for Nenad Krstic, 14 points for Andrei Kirilenko, and 10 points for former DePaul player Sammy Mejia. In Spain, Caja Laboral edged out Greek team Olympiakos 81-79 getting 15 points from Kevin Seraphin as ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 14 points in the loss.
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika made their Euroleague breakthrough with a win over Polish team Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. Jasmine had 11 points in 32 minutes in the 70-65 win as WNBA players Erin Phillips and Nicole Powell had 22 and 10 points respectively in the loss.
There was plenty of other Euroleague Women action Wednesday as Spartak Moscow defeated Croatian team Gospic behind 12 points apiece from Candace Dupree and Seimone Augustus and 8 points from Becky Hammon. Coach P’s former player Kalisha Keane had 5 points in the loss. In France, Spainish team Rivas Ecopolis beat hosts Lattes Montpellier 77-68 after getting 21 points and 11 rebounds from Asjha Jones and 10 points from Essence Carson to outdo ex-UC Santa Barbara player Kristen Mann’s 17 points. Polish team Polkowice defeated Italian outfit Beretta-Famila 68-65 behind former Virginia player Sharnee Zoll’s 21 points and 10 assists. Janel McCarville had 10 points in the loss and Cheryl Ford added 7 points and 9 rebounds. Spanish team Perfumerias Avenida had their full strength on display in a 78-70 win over French team Tarbes as Erika DeSouza came back to add 18 points and 10 rebounds to DeWanna Bonner’s 24 points. Turkish team Fenerbahce did not even need much from its WNBAers with a 91-60 win over Hungarian team Sopron. Penny Taylor had 18 points and Angel McCoughty contributed 17 points and 8 rebounds in the win as ex-Wyoming player Hanna Zavecz had 16 points in defeat. Russian team UMMC Ekaterinaburg drew on its full star power to blast Lithuanian team VICI Aistes 85-49. Candace Parker score 15 points after getting the start in her continued return from injury, Sandrine Gruda chipped in with 13 points, Cappie Pondexter added 10 points, and even Svetlana Abrosimova showed up with 11 points.
Also starting was the 2nd tier women’s competition, the Eurocup. I will provide less detailed recaps including only the prominent players. Ex-LSU and current San Antonio Silver Stars player Quianna Chaney had 18 points, former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris had 12 points and ex-Virginia star Monica Wright had 8 points in an 90-52 blowout win for Turkish team Botas over Portuguese team Lombos. Turkish team Besiktas defeated Belgian team Lotto Young Cats (nice name) 69-58 behind 21 points from Jantel Lavender and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Courtney Vandersloot. Also from Turkey, Optimum TED defeated French team Dexia Namur with 23 points from Matee Ajavon and 18 points and 10 rebounds from DeMya Walker. French team Hainaut defeated Lithuanians Lemminkainen 86-65. Spain’s Gran Canaria defeated Austrian team Flying Foxes (again with the names) 54-47. Ex-Wyoming player Aubrey Vandiver had 9 points in the win while the Big Ten connection of Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Kachine Alexander’s 18 points and 18 rebounds combined, was not enough. Russian team Dynamo Kursk defeated Belarussian team Olimpia 83-53 with Michelle Snow contributing 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Before moving on to the Euroleague action we will focus on the domestic scene in Ukraine where both ex-Duke players were in action. DeMarcus Nelson and Donetsk won a 109-51 blowout with DeMarcus leading all scores with 17 points in 22 minutes. Daniel Ewing and Azovmash had a tougher time, coming back from a serious deficit to win 90-86. Daniel had 17 points in 33 minutes while his American teammate Joe Crispin out of Penn State had game highs of 25 points and 6 assists.
Euroleague action Thursday included the first time that two Dukies were in the same building although Jon Scheyer did not dress for the game. His team managed the win over Marty Pocius and Real Madrid 88-82. Jordan Farmar broke out with 27 points and Americans David Bluthenthal and Devin Smith added 16 and 15 points respectively. Marty had 4 points in 14 minutes off the bench while American Jaycee Carroll led the team with 18 points, Rudy Fernandez had 13 points, and Serge Ibaka had 9 points and 8 rebounds.
In other action on the day, Spain's Unicaja pulled out a close win over German team Brose 79-78. Ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 10 points in the win, Ex-Dayton player Brian Roberts and ex-San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter had 16 points apiece, and ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 14 points. Turkish team Anadolu Efes prevailed in a low-scoring affair in Milan over Emporio Armani 62-54. Ex-South Carolina player Tarence Kinsey had 13 points and 8 rebounds, Sasha Vujacic had 12 points, and Ersan Ilyasova had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. Acie Law had his first solid effort in leading Partizan to a win over Belgian team Spirou with 26 points and 7 assists in the 91-81 win. Nikola Pekovic added 21 points as ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet had 19 points in the loss and ex-Michigan State player Chris Hill added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Italian team Bennet Cantu defeated Spain's Bilbao 78-69. Ex-Oregon Maarte Leunen had 14 points in the win while ex-West Virginia player D'Or Fischer had 10 points in the loss. Turkish team Fenerbahce beat French champions Nancy 90-86 behind 19 points from Thabo Sefolosha and 13 points from ex-Maryland player James Gist. Nicholas Batum had 22 points in the loss while ex-Providence player John Linehan set a Euroleague record with 15 assists. Barcelona traveled to Russia and smashed Unics Kazan 93-65. Ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 16 points in the win while ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 14 points and ex-Southern Miss player Kelly McCarty had 10 points in the loss.
In more Euroleague Women action, as Turkish giants Galatasaray beat Hungarian outfit Gyor 102-84 behind its WNBA stars. Diana Taurasi had 24 points, Tina Charles had 17 points, and Epiphany Prince had 13 points. Spain's Ros Casares was shocked at home by Czech team USK Prague despite Lauren Jackson getting into the action. DeLisha Milton-Jones had 12 points in the win and Sancho Lyttle had 19 points in the loss. Slovakians Good Angels Kosice beat Italians Taranto 61-56 as Danielle McCray's 22 points beat out Kia Vaughn's 13. Polish team Lotos Gdynia beat French team Bourges 71-67 in a game light on star power.
There were a handful of other Eurocup games for the women as French team Arras defeated Belgian team Sint-Kantlijne-Waver 78-47 with WNBA player Leilani Mitchell scoring 7 points. Ex-DePaul player Lenae Williams had 14 points in a 70-39 win for French club Nantes over Portugal's Vagos. Swiss team Sdent Helios defeated French team Landes 76-74 after getting 19 points from Shyra Ely. Russian team Chevakata defeated Danish side SISU 72-34 and Dynamo Moscow defeated Belarussian outfit Horizont 81-69. Israeli team Elitzur Ramla ended striking for long enought to Russian side Spartak Noginsk 89-51. Ex-Maryland player Shay Doron led all scorers with 20 points while Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 11 points, ex-Miami of Ohio player Amanda Jackson had 10 points, and Tanisha Wright had 9 points. Also in Israel, Maccabi Bnot lost out to Turkish team Kayseri 71-49 despite 15 points from Ashley Shields and 12 points from Plenette Pierson as EDoneeka Hodges had 13 points and Latoya Sanders 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ex-Florida State player Alicia Gladden had 9 points in Serbian side Partizan's 103-89 win over Slovakian side Ruzomberok. Ex-Michigan State player Brittney Thomas had 15 points for Swedish team Telge as they defeated Russian team Dynamo-GUVD.
First, the ESPN3 Euroleague alert for the week: The only two teams with Duke players will be featured again on Thursday with Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv facing Anadolu Efes at 11pm Easter and Marty Pocius and Real Madrid facing Partizan at 12:45 Eastern.
Now on to our regular weekend updates starting in Spain. Kyle Singler and Alicante won another game with a 58-55 triumph over Gran Canaria. Kyle struggled a bit with 4 points and 4 rebounds in 30 minutes while for the losing team, ex-Boston College and Texas Arlington player Marquez Haynes had 14 points. Marty Pocius came off the bench to deliver a spark for Real Madrid in their 78-65 win over Cajasol Banca Civica. Marty led all scorers with 15 points in 15 minutes as Rudy Fernandez added 12 points in the win and ex-Hawaii player Carl English had 14 points in the loss. Here are the two boxscores:
David McClure had two games this weekend with Kedainiai as they got their first win Friday 76-61 over Naglis then fell 73-65 to Sakalai on Saturday. David had 15 points and 4 rebounds in 32 minutes in the win then had 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in 30 minutes in the loss. Here are the two boxscores:
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash had a tough game Saturday against powerhouse CSKA Moscow in the VTB United League and came well short 72-45. Daniel had 9 points and 5 assists in 38 minutes as the winning team was led by Nenad Krstic's 18 points. Here is the boxscore:
DeMarcus Nelson had a tough domestic league game Saturday against Khimik and they came away with a close 77-74 win. DeMarcus fouled out after contributing 8 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv had a domestic league game Sunday against Maccabi Ashdod. They won 103-74 as Jon came off the bench, but had a quiet 12 minutes off the bench. Here is the team's write-up:
On to former women's players, we have a new one to attempt to track as Chante Black appears to be playing in China for Shandong. Based on what limited information I can gather, she had 16 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes in her debut Saturday in a 71-63 loss to Jiangsu.
Early Friday in Australia, Jess Foley and and Townsville Fire continuted their strong start to the season with a 98-74 win over West Coast Waves. Jess had game highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
In Turkey, Sheana Mosch and Antakya lost 64-50 to Tarsus on Sunday. Sheana had 11 points in the win while her American teammates were overshadowed by their opponents as Jeanette Pohlen had 14 points, Andrea Riley had 11 points and 4 rebounds, Tangela Smith had 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Chasity Melvin had 7 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Here is the boxscore:
In Poland, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun ended a tough stretch with an 114-69 blowout after Bridgette exploded for 27 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Her teammate Leah Metcalf added 16 points and 6 assists in the win. Here is the boxscore:
In the Czech Republic, Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika had an 80-66 win over VSE Prague with Jasmine contributing 13 points in 32 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
In France, Carrem Gay and Toulouse continue to play their way to the top of the second division with a 48-45 win over Laveyron. Carrem had a tougher time than usual with 3 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes. Mistie Bass and Challes continue a great start to the season with 70-63 win over Arras. Mistie had 22 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes as her WNBA-playing opponent Leilani Mitchell had 18 points in the loss. Krystal Thomas and Lyon fell 56-46 to Charleville with Krystal having 5 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Here are the 3 boxscores:
I am continuing with the more frequent update approach in another busy week. One Duke player who was not involved in action Monday was Karima Christmas, who is awaiting more information on the latest in the player's strike in Israel with ownership threatening to cancel the season.
Meanwhile in China, Chante Black played again Tuesday and her Shandong team fell 82-72 to Guangdong. Chante had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists before fouling out after 32 minutes of action. Swin Cash had 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side.
On Monday, DeMarcus Nelson and Donetsk continued domestic league action in preparation for European games next week as well as a Saturday showdown with Daniel Ewing and Azovmash with an 85-78 win over Odessa. DeMarcus had foul trouble again and managed 3 points and 3 steals in 15 minutes before his dismissal.
On Tuesday, David McClure and Kedainiai returned to Baltic League action with a trip to Estonia to face Kalev/Cramo. The game was a blowout and the Lithuanian team fell 91-65, but David led his team with 14 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. They will have another game tomorrow. Here is the boxscore from today:
It may only be the third-tier European competition, but this year's EuroChallenge has a few big names involved, so I will do a summary of the 14 games on Tuesday. German 6th place team EWE out of Oldenburg traveled to Slovakia and defeated champions Bemaco Spu Nitra 77-72. In the loss ex-Miami and Kansas State player Denis Clemente had 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals, ex-UAB player and brief NBA player Robert Vaden had 19 points, and ex-UConn legend Ater Majok had 11
points. Ex-Cal State Fullerton star Bobby Brown had 22 points and 9 rebounds in the win and ex-Penn player Adam Chubb had 23 points and 8 rebounds. In the same group, Spain's 7th place team Fuenlabrada defeated Swedish runners-up Norrkoping Dolphins 89-75. Ex-Wisconsin player Kirk Penney had 15 points in the win and NBA flop Saer Sene had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ex-Fresno State player Sylvester Seay led all scorers with 19 points and added 6 steals in the losing effort while ex-Kent State player Andrew Mitchell added 15 points.
Over in group B, Georgian champions Armia defeated 7th place German team Gottingen. Appropriately, ex-Georgia player Sundiata Gaines led all scorers with 24 points in the win, ex-George Mason player Will Thomas had 18 points and 13 rebounds, DII star Jeremy Richardson had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-Miami player Guillermo Diaz had 10 points and 8 assists. Ex-St. John's player Paris Horne had 22 points and 6 rebounds in the loss, ex-Duquesne player Damian Saunders had 13
points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Cornell player Louis Dale had 10 points. In group C, Czech 3rd place team Pardubice defeated French 6 place team Chorale Roanne 82-77. Ex-Western Carolina player Corey Muirhead had 21 points in the win, ex-Austin Peay player Maurice Hampton had 25 points, and ex-Illinois player Marcus Arnold had 12 points and 11 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Wyoming player Uche Nsonwu had 15 points, ex-Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Dylan Page had 11 points, and ex-Seton Hall player Andre Barrett had 22 points. Also in the group, Czech runners-up Prosejov went to Ukraine and defeated 3rd place Goverla 77-75. Ex-Illinois and Southern Indiana player Jamar Smith had 15 points in the win and ex-Samford player Travis Peterson had 12 points. Ex-Colorado State player Marcus Walker had 17 points in the loss, ex-Florida A&M player Brian Greene had 15 points, and ex-Tulsa player Dante Swanson had 15 points.
In Group D, Hungarian 3rd place team Atomeromu defeated Russian 5th place team Nizhny Novgorod 83-72. Ex-Sam Houston State player Donald Cole had 19 points and 8 rebounds in the win, ex-Rice player Lorenzo Williams had 16 points and 7 rebounds, and ex-Portland player Donald Wilson had 13 points. 12th place Ukrainian team Khimik defeated Latvian runners up Ventspils 81-67. Ex-UNC player Reyshawn Terry had games highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds and ex-Oklahoma player Aaron McGhee added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-New Mexico State player Jahmar Young had 10 points and rookie Steven Gray out of Gonzaga had 12 points. In Group E, Russian 6th place team Enisey defeated Belgian 5th place team Antwerp Giants 76-72. Ex-Maryland player Lonny Baxter had 8 points in the win, while ex-UCLA player Michael Roll led all scorers with 27 points, DII star Timothy Black had 11 points, and ex-Canisius player Darnell Wilson had 12
points. French 5th place team and ACC hotbed Elan Chalon went to Romania and defeated champions Cluj-Napoca 85-81. Ex-Virginia Tech player Malcolm Delaney led all scorers with 33 points, ex-Georgia Tech player Alade Aminu had 13 points, ex-NC State player Ilian Evtimov had 2 points, and non-ACCer Blake Schilb had 17 points and 5 assists. Ex-New Orleans player Kyndall Dykes had 23 points in the losing effort.
In Group F, Russian 10th place team Triumph Lyubertsy edged out Belgian runners up Okapi Aalstar (no typo) 83-78. Ex-Coppin State player Tywain McKee had 16 points in the win as the Belgians were led by a number of Americans. Ex-Colorado player Christopher Copeland had 17 points, ex-Washington player Justin Holiday and ex-UTEP player Stefon Jackson had 12 points and 8 rebounds each, ex-Michigan player Christopher Young had 11 points, and ex-Maine player Nate Fox had 10
points. The champions of Belarus, Minsk-2006 defeated Germany's 13th place Telekom Baskets 79-71. Ex-UNC Greensboro player Courtney Eldridge had 12 points and 5 assists and ex-UNC player Justin Knox had 2 points and 4 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-Marist player Jared Jordan had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists and ex-UMass player Anthony Gaffney had 12 points and 8 rebounds. In Group G, an all-Turkish battle was won by 5th place Pinar Karsiyaka over 10th
place Turk Telekom 82-74. Ex-Texas Pan American player Mire Chatman had 14 points in the win while ex-Memphis player Darius Washington Jr. had 21 points in the loss and Mehmet Okur added 12 points. Finally in Group H, Hungarian champions Szolnoki Olaj defeated French 9th place team Pau Orthez 85-70. Ex-Ball State player Julien Mills had 17 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Alabama A&M player Obie Trotter had 14 points and 6 assists in the win. Ex-Arkansas player Teddy Gipson had
21 points in the loss as ex-Arizona guard Mustafa Shakur went scoreless. German 4th place team Artland Dragons defeated Cypriot 4th place team Keravnos 93-81. Ex-Miami player Anthony King had game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win, ex-William & Mary player Adam Hess had 18 points, ex-Canisius player Darren Fenn had 16 points and 6 rebounds, DII star Anthony Hilliard had 15 points, and ex-Chicago State player David Holston had 14 points.
Domestic action continued in Ukraine on Wednesday as Daniel Ewing and Azovmash played a game before Saturday's Dukie vs Dukie battle. Daniel had 12 points and 11 assists in 31 minutes in a 94-80 win as his American teammate Ricky Minard had 24 points.
Baltic League action also continued on Wednesday as David McClure and Kedainiai continued their tour of Estonia with a 91-70 loss to the University of Tartu. David did everything he could to prevent the loss with 19 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
Euroleague action Wednesday starts in Slovenia, where Union Olimpija lost 79-70 to visiting Turkish team Galatasaray. The UNC duo of Deon Thompson and Danny Green had 11 and 6 points respectively in the loss while ex-UCLA player Josh Shipp had 17 points, ex-Syracuse player Preston Shumpert had 11 points, and Darius Songaila added 10 points in the win. In Italy, Bennet Cantu snuck out a 64-63 win over Greek giants Olympiakos. Ex-Oregon player Maarten Leunen had 12 points and
6 rebounds in an extremely quiet night for Americans with little involvement from David Lighty, Kyle Hines, Kalin Lucas, and the injured Matt Howard. A see-saw affair in Spain saw visiting Turkish team Fenerbahce defeat Bilbao 73-70. Ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells had 15 points and ex-Maryland player James Gist had 10 points in the win while Thabo Sefolosha did not make a large impact. Also in Spain, Unicaja defeated Croatian team Zagreb 99-85 with 12 points from ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland. Sean May had 10 points in the loss as he is limited by a continuing injury and ex-Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Polish team Asseco Prokom lost it late to Russian team UNICS Kazan 72-68. Ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant had 23 points and ex-Southern Miss player Kelly McCarty added 13 points in the win. In the loss, recent draftee Donatas Motiejunas had 19 points and 9 rebounds, ex-Hawaii player Michael Kuebler had 15 points, and ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 14 points.
EuroChallenge finished up Wednesday with 2 more games. The more high profile one saw Turkish sixth place team Besiktas travel to face Dutch champions Leiden and come away with an 86-58 win. Deron Williams, who was the one bringing the hype had game highs of 20 points and 7 assists in the win, ex-Nevada player Marcellus Kemp had 16 points, and Semih Erden added 7 points and 10 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Michigan player JeVohn Shepherd had 15 points and ex-UAB player Gabriel Kennedy had 10 points. The other game saw Cypriot champions ETHA travel to 7th place Turkish team Olin Edirne and win 82-70. Former NC Central player Shawn Ray had 12 points in the win while ex-Georgetown player Chris Wright had 19 points in the loss.
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika were back in Euroleague action Wednesday and faced a tough trip to Spain to face Rivas Ecopolis and ended up with a 112-70 defeat. Jasmine had 18 points in the loss while the winners were led by their WNBA players as Asjha Jones had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Essence Carson had 16 points and 9 rebounds.
All of the rest of the Euroleague Women action came on Wednesday. Spartak Moscow won in Slovakia by a 67-55 margin over Good Angels Kosice as their WNBA trio beat their oppostion's WNBA duo. Seimone Augustus had 19 points, Candice Dupree had 12 points, and Becky Hammon had 11 points. In the loss, Danielle McCray had 20 points and 6 rebounds and Kayla Pedersen had 10 points and 7 rebounds. French team Lattes Montpellier won 96-82 at Croatian team Gospic despite 22 points and 7 rebounds from Coach P's former player Kalisha Keane and 11 points and 7 assists from former Syracuse player Julie McBride. Ex-UC Santa Barbara and WNBA player Kristen Mann had 21 points in the win. Polish team Wisla Can-Pak Krakow defeated Italian team Taranto as 10 points and 9 rebounds from Nicole Powell and 13 points from Erin Phillips was enough to cancel out Kia Vaughn's 20 point and 17 rebound performance. Turkish powerhouses Fenerbahce got a 78-56 win in France over Tarbes thanks to 16 points from Angel McCoughtry and 14 points from Penny Taylor. Spanish team Perfumerias Avenida came away with a tough 69-64 win in Russia over Nadezhda as Erika DeSouza's 24 points and 10 rebounds and DeWanna Bonner's 17 points and 8 rebounds outdid 25 points and 8 rebounds from Rebekkah Brunson and 13 points from Katie Douglas. Hungarian side Sopron defeated Polish outfit Polkowice 75-58 with 10 points from former Wyoming player Hanna Zavecz as ex-Liberty player Megan Frazee scored 10 points and ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll dished out 7 assists in defeat. Russian giants UMMC Ekaterinburg took advantage of a USK Prague team without its best American and left with a 74-59 win. Sandrine Gruda had 15 points, Candace Parker had 13 points and 8 rebounds as she continues on the comeback trail and Cappie Pondexter had 11 points in the win. Lithuanian team VICI Aistes defeated Hungarian team Gyor in a game
with minimal American involvement. Spain's Ros Casares continued to round into form with a 77-50 win over Bourges in France. Eshaya Murphy had 17 points, Sancho Lyttle had 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Lauren Jackson got a little more playing time in the win as ex-Georgia player Kiesha Brown had 14 points in the loss. Turkish giants Galatasaray overcame a tough challenge from Polish team Lotos Gdynia to win 77-71. Diana Taurasi had 21 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds,
Tina Charles had 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Epiphany Prince had 12 points in the win as ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 15 points and 17 rebounds and ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 20 points in the loss.
Running through the second-tier EuroCup Women action from Wednesday, Israeli players continue to break their striking for continental competitions as Maccabi Bnot traveled to Russia and lost 81-72 to Dynamo Kursk with Michelle Snow scoring 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in the win. Those foreign players that the Israeli players are striking against, Plenette Pierson and Ashley Shields contributed 29 points and 12 rebounds and 24 points respectively. In Slovakia, Ruzomberok defeated Swiss side Sdent Helios 8-45 with 13 points and 9 assists from former UAB player Carmen Guzman as Shyra Ely had 17 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Russian team Dynamo Moscow edged out Portuguese side Lombos with ex-Wyoming player Hilary Carlson scoring 12 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the loss. Belgian outfit Dexia Namur went to France and defeated Nantes 79-74 as ex-Arizona player Ifunanya Ibekwe's 32 points and 9 rebounds let her out-duel ex-DePaul player Lenae Williams and her 28 points. Also in France, Hainaut defeated Austrian team Flying Foxes 75-68. Ex-Georgia player Ashley Houts had 18 points and 6 steals while former Louisiana Tech player Amisha Carter had 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 steals in the win. Ex-Purdue player Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 15 points and ex-Iowa player Kachine Alexander had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. French team Arras defeated Danish team SISU 70-54 despite 17 points and 11 rebounds from NAIA star Stephanie Madden.
I actually got to watch the 4th quarter of today's Euroleague game featuring Marty Pocius and Real Madrid visiting Belgrade to face Partizan. Marty got some good minutes and I saw him hit a 3 and a fast break layup, but his team fell 80-79 in the end. He had 7 points in 15 minutes as ex-Utah State player Jaycee Carroll led all scorers with 21 points and Rudy Fernandez added 13 points. Acie Law hit the game winning free throws on his way to 14 points and Nikola Pekovic added 20 points. Jon Scheyer was left inactive again for a Euroleague game in Maccabi Tel Aviv's trip to Istanbul to face Anadolu Efes, where his team came away with a 79-72 win. The SoCal connection continued to shine in the win with 18 points and 6 assists for Jordan Farmar and 15 points for David Bluthenthal. In the loss, Sasha Vujacic had 21 points, Ersan Ilyasova had 9 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Texas player Dogus Balbay got a little more playing time.
There were five other Euroleague games on Thursday with the big one in Greece as CSKA Moscow prevailed over Panathinaikos 78-76 in overtime. Nenad Krstic had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win and ex-Florida player Nick Calathes had 11 points and 6 assists in the loss. Barcelona came away with a decisive 92-75 win over Montepaschi Siena. Ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 22 points and 6 rebounds in the win as ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 20 points in the loss and ex-Seton Hall player Rimantas Kaukenas added 10 points. French champions Nancy defeated Spanish team Caja Laboral 90-85. Ex-Clemson player Akin Akingbala led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 7 board and Nicholas Batum added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the win while Kevin Seraphin had 12 points in the loss. Emporio Armani Milan traveled to Belgium to beat Spirou Charleroi 87-71. Danilo Gallinari had 17 points and ex-Maryland player Drew Nicholas had 12 points in the win. In the loss, ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet led all scorers with 21 points and ex-Oral Roberts player Caleb Green added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Zalgiris Kaunas pulled out a home win against German team Brose 81-70. Sonny Weems had 22 points and 6 rebounds in the win and Ty Lawson added 8 points. Ex-San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss and ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 10 points.
I will do a quick roundup of Thursday's Eurocup Women action. Turkish team Ankara snuck a win in Portugal over Vagos 71-70 as DeMya Walker had 14 points and Matee Ajavon had 12 points in the win. Back in Turkey, Besiktas managed a 70-68 overtime win over Swedish team Telge with 19 points and 10 rebounds from Courtney Vandersloot and 15 points and 12 rebounds for Jantel Lavender. French team Landes defeated Serbian team Partizan Galenika 78-64 with 17 points and 9 rebounds from ex-Kentucky player Jennifer Humphrey. Ex-Wyoming player Aubrey Vandiver had 2 points in Spanish team Gran Canaria's 86-69 win over Lithuanian team Lemminkainen. Belgian team Lotto Young Cats traveled to Russia to knock off Dynamo-GUVD 75-69 in a game with minimal American influence. Turkish team Kayseri defeated Belarussian outfit Olimpia 77-66. Dohneeka Hodges had 14 points and 6 assist in the win and Latoya Sanders added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Russian team Chevakata defeated Belgian team Sint-Katelijne-Waver 89-55 in another game with little American involvement. Turkish team Botas defeated Belarussian team Horizont 70-57 with 27 points and 6 rebounds from Monica Wright and 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals from Courtney Paris. French team Mondeville won a low-scoring affair 52-51 in Russia against Spartak Noginsk with 10 points and 8 rebounds from ex-Cincinnati player K.B. Sharp.
Here is the ESPN3 Euroleague schedule for the week: Wednesday at 11:15am Eastern, CSKA Moscow will host Spanish team Unicaja Malaga. Thusday at 2:45pm Eastern, German champions will host defending Euroleague winners Panathinaikos.
Our weekend update starts Saturday in Ukraine, where we had our first direct battle between two Duke players with Donetsk even giving DeMarcus Nelson a start in this special matchup with Daniel Ewing and Azovmash. It was Daniel's team that prevailed in the end 73-67 as he had 11 points and 8 assists in 38 minutes, while DeMarcus had 6 points and 8 rebounds in 22 minutes.
In Montenegro on Saturday, Jon Scheyer earned a spot on the bench after he did not dress for the last Euroleague game as Maccabi Tel Aviv faced Buducnost. The game was one of closest in Adriatic League play for Maccabi Tel Aviv and Jon did not end up playing in the 81-69 win. The American trio of Shawn James, Jordan Farmar, and Devin Smith led the way in the victory with 15, 14, and 13 points respectively. In the loss, recent draftee Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
Sunday action in Spain featured both Duke players. In Malaga, Real Madrid defeated Unicaja 96-80 as Marty Pocius had a quiet game playing 9 minutes and picking up 3 fouls as the refs in Spain have not gotten the memo that Marty doesn't foul. Jaycee Carroll continues his hot streak with 18 points off the bench and Rudy Fernandez added 18 points in the win as ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 17 points in the loss. Kyle Singler and Lucentum Alicante put up another good fight against a Euroleague team, but fell 65-55 in their visit to Caja Laboral. Kyle led his team with 15 points in 32 minutes as former Alaska-Fairbanks player Brad Oleson had 11 points in the win. Here are the two boxscores:
Moving to former Women's team players, Jess Foley and Townsville Fire suffered their first loss of the season to Sydney Flames on Saturday. Jess had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes in the 84-77 loss. Here is the boxscore:
In Poland, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun fell short on Saturday against Widzew Lodz 76-71. Bridgette had 8 points in 16 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
In the Czech Republic, Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika squeaked out a win on Saturday at Kara Trutnov 63-60. Jasmine had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
In Turkey on Sunday, Sheana Mosch and Antakya faced a tough trip to Istanbul to face Fenerbahce and lost 94-63. Sheana had 13 points in 33 minutes to lead her team as her American teammate Jesica Moore also had 13 points. The two stars for Fenerbahce, Angel McCoughtry and Penny Taylor had 26 and 16 points respectively. Here is the boxscore:
There were three games featuring Duke players in France on Saturday with Carrem Gay and Toulouse suffering another setback in the second division race, losing 66-54 in Calais. Carrem had 9 points and 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. Mistie Bass and Challes continued to roll with an 84-72 win over Nice. Mistie had game highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds in 33 minutes. In Lyon, Krystal Thomas's team fell in a close battle with Arras 64-60. Krystal had 2 points and 7 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Here are the 3 boxscores:
Now that another European competition has thrown in even more midweek games, I will cut down on the number of games covered to ones involving Duke players and the two Euroleague competitions so these "mini" updates do not get out of control.
The first news of the day is that DeMarcus Nelson has been let go by his team in Ukraine and he has already found a new home back with his last team, Cholet in France. He should be available to play this weekend, but he was unable to suit up for today's second-tier European competition Eurocup game when his team hosted Khimki from Russia. Without him, the team lost 75-63 with former Miami player Robert Hite scoring 10 points in the loss and Timofey Mozgov delivering 21 points in the win. Here is that boxscore:
Also in Eurocup action, Daniel Ewing and Azovmash hosted French team Le Mans and won a close one 79-76. Daniel had game highs of 21 points and 7 assists in 33 minutes while his American running mates Ricky Minard and Joe Crispin added 13 and 11 points respectively and former NBA player Oleksiy Pecherov had 20 points and 8 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Bradley player Marcellus Sommerville had 16 points, ex-Washington State player Taylor Rochestie had 15 points, ex-Gonzaga player JP Batista had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and ex-Pepperdine player Alex Acker had 12 points and 6 assists. Here is that boxscore:
Chante Black's results in China continue to be a bit hard to come by. She appears to have missed Saturday's 83-82 win over Bayi, but she had 26 points and 15 rebounds in 36 minutes in a 107-79 defeat to Shenyang.
While labor troubles have only intensified in the NBA, in Israel the local players finally reached an agreement and the season started on Monday. Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon were defeated by Ramat Hasharon 65-58. Karima had 14 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes, ex-UNC player Italee Lucas had 17 points and 6 rebounds, UConn and Phoenix Mercury player Ketia Swanier had 11 points, and Virginia Tech and Washington Mystics player Kerri Gardin had 8 points and 13 rebounds. In the win, ex-Middle Tennessee star Alysha Clark had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Connecticut Sun and ex-UNC player Jessica Breland had 11 points, Georgia and San Antonio Silver Stars player Porsha Phillips had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and ex-Miami player Maurita Reid had 18 points.
Wednesday Euroleague Women action starts in the Czech Republic where Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika was hosting Croatian team Gospic. Jasmine was without her American running mate and she had 7 points in 32 minutes in an 80-61 loss. On the other side, another one of Coach P's former players, Kalisha Keane, recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and former Syracuse player Julie McBride added 11 points.
In other action on the day, Spain's Ros Casares won with a huge 4th quarter comeback in a relatively low-scoring 60-52 game over Russia's UMMC Ekaterinburg considering the amount of star power on display. Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win, while only Yelena Leuchanka was in double figures in the loss. In France, Lattes Montpellier defeated Slovakian team Good Angels Kosice 83-65 in a game that had little output from the American players involved. Spanish
power Rivas Ecopolis traveled to Poland and got a 65-50 win. Essence Carson had 16 points and Asjha Jones had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win, while Nicole Powell had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss and Erin Phillips added 10 points. Turkish team Fenerbahce defeated Russian outfit Nadezhda 84-72 as 19 points and 6 assists from Penny Taylor and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Angel McCoughtry was enough despite 22 points and 8 rebounds from Katie Douglas and 18 points and 8 rebounds from Rebekkah Brunson. Polish side Polkowice defeated French outfit Tarbes 78-52 behind 6 points and 9 assists from ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll and 11 points from ex-Liberty player Megan Frazee. Turkish giants Galatarsaray pulled out a 66-65 away win in France over Bourges as Tina Charles had 25 points and 18 rebounds, Diana Taurasi had 17 points, and Epiphany Prince had 11 points.
Euroleague action for Wednesday included 5 games with CSKA Moscow pulling off a 77-66 win over Spanish team Unicaja. Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 steals in the win as Nenad Krstic added 12 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 13 points and ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 12 points. Overtime was needed in Turkey as Fenerbahce overcame Italian team Bennet Cantu 85-83. Thabo Sefolosha had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win while ex-Oregon player Maarten Leunen had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the loss and ex-Ohio State player David Lighty had his first solid Euroleague effort with 9 points. An all-Spanish affair saw the newly-sponsored and re-branded Bilbao team Gescrap (the key in the name is to focus on the "scrap" part that shows that it is a sanitation company and not to break up the word along the most obvious sylablles) defeat Caja Laboral 89-84 as ex-West Virginia player D'Or Fischer had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the win and Kevin Seraphin had 9 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Croatian team Zagreb stole a narrow 80-78 win over Lithuanian team Zalgiris Kaunas as ex-Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win and Sean May had 10 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out as Sonny Weems and Ty Lawson had unusually quiet games. Greek team Olympiakos defeated French champions Nancy 91-78 with a quiet night from Nicholas Batum leaving ex-Providence player John Linehan and es-VCU player Jamal Shuler with the responsibility of trying to pull out a win as they contributed 17 and 15 points respectively.
Euroleague action continued Thursday as Marty Pocius and Real Madrid hosted Turkish team Anadolu Efes. Marty came off the bench and knocked down a pair of free throws in 11 minutes of action in the 104-84 win. Jaycee Carroll and Rudy Fernandez led the way again in the victory with 19 and 14 points respectively. In the loss, Ersan Ilyasova had 14 points and ex-JC player Ermal Kuqo had 15 points. Jon Scheyer was left out of the 12 man squad for Maccabi Tel Aviv as they
hosted Spirou Charleroi from Belgium. Without him, the team won 69-59 getting 12 points from David Bluthenthal while ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet had 18 points and ex-Michigan State player Chris Hill had 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
In the other games, Russian team UNICS Kazan defeated Slovenian team Union Olimpija 81-51. Ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 22 points and 77 assists and ex-Wisconsin player Mike Wilkinson added 20 points in the win while in the ex-UNC player watch, Danny Green and Deon Thompson combined for 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Italian team Montepaschi Siena defeated Polish team Asseco Prokom 84-73. Ex-Seton Hall player Rimantas Kaukenas had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and
6 assists, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 14 points, and ex-Indiana State player David Moss had 11 points in the win. In the loss, ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 16 points and 7 assists, one-time JC player Przemyslaw Zamojski had 11 points, and recent draftee Donatas Motiejunas had 26 points and 9 rebounds. In Turkey, Barcelona came away with a 70-66 win over Galatarsaray as ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal had 10 points in the win and Galatasaray's NBA crew had a quiet night. German champions Brose defeated defending Euroleague winners Panathinaikos 79-76 with ex-Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins scoring 13 points and ex-Stanford player Casey Jacobsen adding 10 points in the win. In the
loss, ex-Florida player Nick Calathes and ex-Dayton player Romain Sato had 11 points apiece. Finally in Milan, Partizan came over from Serbia and got off to a terrible start before a 30-9 4th quarter advantage gave them a 69-65 shock win over Emporio Armani. Nikola Pekovic had 15 points and 6 rebounds in the win as Danilo Gallinari had 14 points and ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.
There were 4 Euroleague Women games to round out the week starting in Poland, where ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 16 points and 11 rebounds in Lotos Gdynia's 97-80 win over Lithuanian team VICI Aistes. Czech team USK Prague went to Hungary and defeated Gyor 75-71. Ticha Penicheiro had 6 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in the win while Quanitra Hollinsworth had 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. In Italy, Beretta-Famila defeated Hungarian side Sopron with Cheryl Ford
providing 10 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out and ex-Wyoming player Hanna Zavecz had 2 points and 5 rebounds in the loss. Also in Italy, Spartak Moscow visited Taranto and won 70-50 as 16 points and 11 rebounds from Kia Vaughn was nowhere near enough to offset the 22 points from Seimone Augustus, 18 points from Candice Dupree, and 15 points and 7 assists from Becky Hammon.
First I will start with the ESPN3 Euroleague games this week. If football on Thanksgiving is not your thing, you could try Euroleague with 2 games on that day. At 3:45 pm Eastern the defending champions Panathinaikos will face Spanish team Unicaja. At 4:00 pm Eastern Emporio Armani Milan will host Maccabi Tel Aviv, although Jon Scheyer is again not likely to dress for the game.
We start in Spain with Sunday action as Real Madrid defeated Lagun Aro GBC 82-74. Marty Pocius had 8 points in 16 minutes off the bench while Rudy Fernandez led the team with 13 points. In the loss, ex-D3 and brief NBA player Andy Panko had 19 points and 6 rebounds, ex-Rhode Island player Jimmy Baron who once gave Duke a scare had 15 points, and ex-Hofstra and Hartford player Kenny Adeleke had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Also in Spain, Kyle Singler and Alicante had another tough matchup with a Euroleague level team in Unicaja. They ended up losing 97-77 with Kyle providing 12 points in 23 minutes and his teammate Lamont Barnes chipping in with 10 points. Ex-Kentucky player Gerald Fitch had 14 points in the win. Here are the two boxscores:
David McClure and Kedainiai had a pair of games starting in Lithuanian League action on Friday as they hosted Baltai but fell 79-77 in overtime. David had 10 points and a game-high 9 rebounds in 36 minutes in the loss. On Sunday they hosted fellow Lithuanian team Siauliai in Baltic League action where they lost 85-65. David had 7 points in 25 minutes in the second game. Here are the two boxscores:
DeMarcus Nelson made his return to Cholet and had a strong game back in France. The team defeated Le Havre 90-77 with DeMarcus coming off the bench and scoring 15 points in 18 minutes. As we will get to know his teammates soon, ex-Syracuse player Demetris Nichols had 14 points and ex-Southern Illinois player Randal Falker had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Texas player Brian Boddicker had 30 points, ex-Arizona player Nic Wise had 20 points, ex-USF (the original one not the one in Florida) player and Kobe Bryant's cousin John Cox had 10 points, and Ian Mahinmi had 5 points. Here is the boxscore:
Jon Scheyer had a tough weekend as Maccabi Tel Aviv had a Saturday game in the Adriatic League against Slovenian team Union Olimpija and won 67-66. Jon came off the bench for 2 minutes where he picked up 2 fouls. David Bluthenthal had 13 points in the win and Keith Langford added 11 points while in the loss Deon Thompson had 15 points and Danny Green had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jon dressed but did not play in Sunday's first domestic loss for the team. Here is the Adriatic League boxscore:
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continued a strong run in Ukraine with a 93-85 win over DniproAzot. Daniel had 26 points in 35 minutes as Oleksiy Pecherov had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Joe Crispin added 18 points.
Moving on to former Women's team players, Chante Black appears to have had another game in China as she had 6 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes in an 89-77 loss to Liaoning.
In the Czech Republic, Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika blasted another domestic opponent with a 116-71 win over Aldast Strakonice. Jasmine had 11 points in 31 minutes and the boxscore is here:
In Poland, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun managed a 56-47 win over Madizol Lider Pruszkow. Bridgette had 6 points in 18 minutes as she struggled with more foul trouble while the two Americans for the opposition, Amber Holt and Sydney Colson contributed 9 and 11 points respectively. Here is the boxscore:
In Turkey, Sheana Mosch and Antakya had a good 85-73 win over Ankara with Sheana leading her team with 19 points in 27 minutes. Her American teammates Jesica Moore, Crystal Smith, and Laura Harper had 16, 15, and 14 points respectively. In the loss, Matee Ajavon had 21 points Erin Thorn had 13 points, and DeMya Walker had 11 points. Here is the boxscore:
In Australia, Jess Foley and Townsville Fire were dealt two tough losses. Friday they fell 82-78 to Dandenong with Jess scoring 13 points in 33 minutes. On Saturday they lost 84-68 to Bendigo with Jess having 5 points and 6 rebounds in 33 minutes.
In France we had 3 games as Carrem Gay and Toulouse returned to their winning ways Saturday with a 74-66 win over La Roche. Carrem had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes. In the top flight, Mistie Bass and Challes continued to roll as she had 20 points in a 55-48 win over Landes. Krystal Thomas and Lyon got a much needed 67-56 win over Mondeville as she contributed 2 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. Here are the boxscores:
I was not planning on posting any information on the lower-tier European competitions in these midweek updates, but something big happened in Tuesday's Eurochallenge game between Turkish 6th place team Besiktas and German 7th place team Gottingen. Deron Williams scored 50 points in 36 minutes on only 23 field goal attempts in his team's 105-94 win. Remember that these are 40 minute games and I can think of a couple of college teams, including one in a power conference that I may have a graduate degree from that routinely struggle to reach 50 points in 40 minutes. The other two Americans also combined for 38 points.
More updates will come tomorrow including the new destination for an ex-Duke player.
"With seven national titles and 20 Final Fours in the 64-team NCAA Tournament era, Duke and UNC have had more playoff success than any other CONFERENCE." - Al Featherston
I would like to think that I put that in there to see if anyone was reading, but it was just a mistake on my part.
I have been known to slip a few interesting comments into long posts to see if I get a reaction though.
We have one more Duke player to follow now as Shavlik Randolph appears to have popped up in China with Dongguan Leopards, where his American teammate will be former Washington State and Cal State Fullerton player Josh Akognon. Their season started on Sunday with a 111-101 lost to the infamous Bayi Rockets Shavlik had 22 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes before fouling out as Akognon had 24 points while ex-NBA player Wang Zhizhi had 17 points and 9 rebounds. On Tuesday they lost again as they fell to Zhejiang Golden Bulls 101-73. Shavlik had 12 points in 28 minutes and Akognon had 14 points while in the win, ex-UConn player Josh Boone had 24 points and 13 rebounds and J.R. Smith had 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Eurocup action took place on Tuesday with Daniel Ewing and Azovmash traveling to Lithuania to face Lietuvos Rytas. The 1st quarter went well for the team from Ukraine, but the hosts blasted them over the last 3 quarters on their way to an 83-55 win. Daniel had 10 points in 27 minutes and his teammate Ricky Minard had 12 points, while the winners relied heavily on their local players with former Tennessee-Chattanooga player Mindaugas Katelynas providing 15 points and 8 rebounds and recent draftee Jonas Valanciunas added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
DeMarcus Nelson was not in action, probably due to fact that he played qualifiers with his last team and both Cholet and Donetsk lost without his services.
Baltic League action on Wednesday saw David McClure and Kedainiai travel to face fellow Lithuanian team Juventus, where they came away with 78-70 win. David had 8 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Here is the boxscore:
There were 4 Euroleague games on Tuesday starting in Russia, where CSKA Moscow defeated Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas 95-82 without Andrei Kirilenko. Nenad Krstic had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the win while Sonny Weems had 22 points in the loss and brief DII player Marko Popovic added 10 points. In Greece, Olympiakos defeated Spanish team Bilbao (still sponsored by Gescrap) 88-81. Ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win while ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 13 points in the loss. Over in Turkey, Anadolu Efes defeated Serbian side Partizan 78-50 as Sasha Vujacic had a strong game with 21 points in the win and Acie Law had 10 points in the loss. The final game of the day saw Russia's UNICS Kazan travel to Italy and defeat Montepaschi Siena 79-73. Ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant had 24 points in the win and ex-Temple player Lynn Greer added 12 points while in the loss, ex-New Orleans player Bo McCalebb had 22 points and ex-Seton Hall player Rimantas Kaukenas had 13 points.
Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon were in action in Israel on Monday as they defeated Elizur Holon 80-74. Karima led her team with 20 points and 11 rebounds as her American teammates chipped in with Kerri Gardin contributing 18 points and 9 rebounds, Ketia Swanier providing 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Italee Lucas scoring 10 points. In the loss, ex-Nevada player Tahnee Robinson scored 21 points, ex-Alabama player Tierney Jenkins had 18 points and 17 rebounds, and ex-Richmond
player Brittani Shells had 13 points. Here is the boxscore:
Chante Black and Shandong continued to search for their first win during Tuesday's trip to Heilongjiang, but they lost again after falling 86083 in overtime. Chante had 16 points and 14 rebounds after playing all 45 minutes.
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika faced a short trip to Slovakia to face Good Angels Kosice in Wednesday action and they gave a good effort before falling away late to lose 71-54. Jasmine had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in the loss while her teammate Ashley Robinson had 10 points and Danielle McCray had 19 points and 6 rebounds in the winning effort.
Also in action in Euroleague Women on Wednesday, Spartak Moscow hosted French outfit Lattes Montpellier and managed to sneak away with a 72-70 win with 19 points each from Seimone Augustus and Candice Dupree as Kristen Mann had 11 points in the loss. Polish team Wisla Can-Pak Krakow traveled to Croatia to defeat Gospic 73-65. Nicole Powell had 22 points and Erin Phillips added 15 points in the win as ex-Syracuse player Julie McBride had 16 points and 7 assists in the loss and Coach P's former player Kalisha Keane had 10 points. In Russia, Nadezhda edged out Polish side Polkowice 74-71 as Rebekkah Brunson and Katie Douglas had 19 and 16 points respectively while ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll had 15 points in the loss. Italian team Beretta-Famila went to France and defeated Tarbes 75-66 after getting 18 points and 15 rebounds from Cheryl Ford and 13 points and 7 rebounds from Janel McCarville. Turkish giants Fenerbahce won a titanic clash in Spain
with Perfumerias Avenida 77-69. Angel McCoughtry had 28 points and 6 rebounds and Penny Taylor added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the win while DeWanna Bonner had 24 points and 7 rebounds in the loss and Erika DeSouza added 15 points and 9 rebounds. A similar matchup saw Ros Casares travel to Istanbul to face Galatasaray where they ended up blasting the hosts 76-46 even without the services of Lauren Jackson. Sancho Lyttle had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the win while Diana
Taurasi was held to 14 points and Tina Charles and Epiphany Prince were largely held in check. In Russia, UMMC Ekaterinburg defeated Hungarian team Gyor 97-60 with Quanitra Hollingsworth scoring 16 points in the loss. Candace Parker continues to get stronger with 19 points and 6 rebounds, Cappie Pondexter had 13 points and 6 assists, and Sandrine Gruda and Svetlana Abrosimova had 10 points apiece in the win. Czech team USK Prague defeated Polish side Lotos Gdynia despite 26 points from ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson. French team Bourges escaped from Lithuania with a narrow 69-67 win over VICI Aistes as ex-Georgia player Kiesha Brown had 14 points in the win.
Daniel Ewing appears to have been rested today in Azovmash's 84-65 win over Cherkasy. Maybe they gave him Thanksgiving off?
Jon Scheyer was left out of the squad for Maccabi Tel Aviv's Euroleague game today as they hosted Emporio Armani Milan and won 85-76. Jordan Farmar had 21 points in the win while Danilo Gallinari had 24 points in the loss and ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston and ex-St. John's player Omar Cook added 12 points each. Meanwhile in Madrid, Marty Pocius came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points in 23 minutes as Real Madrid defeated Belgian champions Spirou Charleroi 93-89. Marty's lone American teammate Jaycee Carroll had 16 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 9 rebounds in a reserve role. In the loss, ex-Michigan State player Chris Hill had 18 points, ex-Oral Roberts player Caleb Green had 17 points, ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet had 15 points, and ex-Florida player Justin Hamilton had 13 points.
There were six other games today and we start in most appropriately in Turkey, where Galatasaray defeated Polish team Asseco Prokom 78-76. Zaza Pachulia had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win, ex-Syracuse player Preston Shumpert had 13 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 12 points, and Darius Songaila had 10 points. In the loss, recent draftee Donatas Motiejunas had 22 points and 10 rebounds, ex-Houston player Oliver Lafayette had 18 points, and former JC player Przemyslaw Zamojski had 15 points. In France, Nancy defeated Italian team Bennet Cantu 74-73 despite Nicholas Batum's reluctance to attempt any shots. Ex-VCU player Jamal Shuler had 12 points in the win and ex-Georgetown player Victor Samnick added 11 points while ex-Oregon player Maarten Leunen had 18 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. In Spain, Goran Dragic made his season debut in Caja Laboral's 90-85 win over Turkish team Fenerbahce. Former Alaska-Fairbanks player Brad Oleson had 13 points in the win while ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells and Thabo Sefolosha had 13 points each in the loss. Also in Spain, Unicaja fell to reigning champions Panathinaikos 77-76. Ex-La Salle player Steven Smith and ex-Xavier player Romain Sato had 13 points and 6 rebounds apiece in the win as ex-Niagara player Tremmell Darden had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. Finally in Barcelona, the hosts defeated Union Olimpija from Slovenia 72-46 with the UNC duo of Danny Green and Deon Thompson combined for 18 points in the loss. In Croatia, Zagreb defeated German champions Brose 86-74 in T.J. Ford's debut as ex-Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt had 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ex-Stanford player Casey Jacobsen had 19 points in the win and ex-San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
There was one more Euroleague Women game as Rivas Ecopolis defeated Italian side Taranto 74-70 in Spain. Essence Carson had 15 points in the win while her teammate on this side of the Atlantic Kia Vaughn had 8 points in the loss.
I am going to try out a little different formatting for this update due to a suggestion by another user.
First of all, the two Euroleague games on ESPN3 this week will both be on Thursday. At 2:45 Eastern, Italian team Bennet Cantu will host Spanish team Caja Laboral. At 3:45 Eastern, Marty Pocius and Real Madrid host Italian team Emporio Armani Milan, a game in which he should get a pretty good chance to show what he can do.
We will start this update in Ukraine where Daniel Ewing and Azovmash fell in a close game to Khimik on Saturday by a score of 65-64. Daniel had 17 points in 35 minutes.
In Israel, Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv were in Adriatic League action again Saturday against Cedevita from Croatia. Jon dressed but did not play again in the 96-89 win. We will see if Jon gets any bump in playing time when Jordan Farmar returns stateside. In the game, Farmar had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Richard Hendrix and Devin Smith added 15 and 14 points respectively. In the loss, former College of Charleston player Dontaye Draper had 28 points and 6 assists. Here is the boxscore:
DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet had a finals rematch with Nancy on Saturday and came up short as they did last spring 96-88. DeMarcus's strong start in his return to team earned him a start and he led the team with 19 points in 26 minutes and ex-Miami player Robert Hite added 10 points. In the win, Nicholas Batum had 27 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Clemson player Akin Akingbala had 17 points, and ex-VCU player Jamal Shuler had 15 points. Here is the boxscore:
One team that will miss losing an NBA player is Alicante as they will certainly be a different team once Kyle Singler departs. The team has won 6 of its first 9 games this season after only winning 9 of 30 last season as they narrowly avoided relegation, but are currently in one of the playoff places. Today they defeated Lagun Aro 71-68 with Kyle leading alll scorers with 22 points in 37 minutes. In the loss, ex-DIII star Andy Panko had 18 points and ex-Rhode Island player Jimmy Baron had 10 points. Here is the boxscore:
Also in Spain, on Saturday, Real Madrid decided to shuffle the starting lineup a little bit and Marty Pocius earned the start against Zaragoza, scoring 10 points in 21 minutes in an 84-67 win. Jaycee Carroll also got the start and scored 20 points in the win while Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 9 rebounds as he looks set to leave soon to prepare for the NBA season. In the loss, ex-Indiana star Bracey Wright led all scorers with 23 points. Here is the boxscore:
We now move to former Women's team players and start in China, where Chante Black and Shandong fought hard for their first win as they faced Zhejiang on Saturday only to fall in another overtime thriller 91-88. Chante had 11 points and 14 rebounds in 42 minutes in the loss while ex-Liberty and WNBA player Katie (Feenstra) Mattera had 25 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
In Turkey on Saturday, Sheana Mosch's scoring helped Antakya to a 78-73 win over Istanbul University. Sheana had 17 points in 36 minutes as her American teammate Jesica Moore added 19 points and 15 rebounds and Crystal Smith had 11 points. Among American and ex-NCAA players in the loss, Roneeka Hodges had 21 points, Tamera Young had 18 points, and ex-Pepperdine player Miranda Ayim had 12 points. Here is the boxscore:
In Poland, Energa Torun earned a very nice 89-84 win over Polkowice even though Bridgette Mitchell had a quiet game with 2 points in 2 minutes. Leah Metcalf had 15 points and 7 assists in the win and the newest American player formerly of South Florida, Jazmine Sepulveda, had 21 points and 9 rebounds. Ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll had 12 assists in the loss and ex-Liberty player Megan Frazee had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
Over in the Czech Republic, Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika rolled to a 96-42 win with the coach deciding to take the simple path with substitutions giving 9 players exactly 20 minutes each. Jasmine had 8 points and 6 rebounds in her 20 minutes.
Jess Foley had two games over the weekend with Townsville Fire. On Friday, they continued a tough stretch with a 68-67 loss to the Australian Institute of Sport. Jess had 9 points in 29 minutes in that game. On Sunday, the losing streak ended with a 71-56 win over West Coast Waves. Jess had 14 points in 28 minutes in the win. Here are the two boxscores:
Our trip to France will start in the second tier as Carrem Gay and Toulouse had a difficult 84-75 loss to Perpignan. Carrem had 3 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes as she suffered with foul trouble. Here is the boxscore:
On Saturday, Mistie Bass and Challes won again as the prevailed 69-65 over a tough Lattes Montpellier side. Mistie had 14 points in 37 minutes in the win. Here is the boxscore:
On Sunday, Krystal Thomas and Lyon continued a solid stretch with a 55-51 win over Landes. Krystal came of the bench to score 5 points in 12 minutes. Here is that boxscore:
Our update starts first with games from the last weekend in China, where statistics were not available until recently. On Friday, Shavlik Randolph and Dongguan Leopards faced off against Jiangsu Dragons and lost 103-96. Shavlik had 21 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes while his teammate Josh Akognon had 25 points in the loss. In the win, ex-Temple and former NBA player Mardy Collins had 28 points and 6 rebounds and Dan Gadzuric had 15 points and 13 rebounds. On
Sunday, the team lost to Beijing Ducks 101-100 in overtime. Shavlik had 22 points and 20 rebounds in 38 minutes and Akognon added 25 points. Stephon Marbury had 24 points in the win and ex-Kentucky player Randolph Morris had 26 points and 21 rebounds.
Jon Scheyer saw a few minutes of action coming off the bench Monday in Maccabi Tel Aviv's 84-79 overtime win over Maccabi Haifa. Without Jordan Farmar, the American trio of Richard Hendrix, Shawn James, and David Bluthenthal contributed to the win. Hendrix had 19 points and 8 rebounds, James had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Bluthenthal had 13 points and 12 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Detroit player Jermaine Jackson had 20 points, ex-Virginia player Sylvain Landesberg had 17
points and 7 rebounds, and ex-South Carolina player Carlos Powell had 13 points. Here is the writeup from the team website:
Most Eurocup games happened on Tuesday as Cholet could not have DeMarcus Nelson in the lineup in their 69-53 defeat in Latvia to VEF Riga. Daniel Ewing and Azovmash fell in a tight 71-66 game at home against Slovenian champions Krka Novo Mesto. Daniel had 11 points in 33 minutes as his American teammate Ricky Minard had 31 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. In the win, the younger Dragic brother Zoran had 14 points and 8 rebounds and ex-South Florida player Jimmy Baxter scored 13 points. Here is the boxscore:
Moving to former women's team players, Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon fell at home 72-59 to Maccabi Ramat Gan/Hen on Monday. Karima led her team again with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes while former UNC player Italee Lucas added 14 points and 7 rebounds. The winning side leaned heavily on its WNBA players as Kelsey Griffin had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Darxia Morris had 16 points, Sequoia Holmes had 11 points and 9 rebounds, and Danielle Robinson had 11
points and 6 assists. Here is the boxscore:
On Tuesday, Chante Black and Shandong finally won their first game in China with a 72-70 triumph over Bayi. Chante had 15 points and 8 rebounds in 38 minutes.
Shavlik Randolph and Dongguan Leopards had a solid win early Wednesday as they defeated Tianjin Golden Lions 97-79. Shavlik had 29 points and 7 rebounds in 35 minutes as Josh Akognon added 16 points while former Florida player Donnell Harvey had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
There were 5 Euroleague games on Wednesday starting with a 67-65 win in Lithuania for Zalgiris Kaunas over Spanish side Unicaja. Sonny Weems had game highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ty Lawson had 10 points as his time overseas approaches an end while ex-Kentucky player Gerald Fitch had 15 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes traveled to Belgium and got a 66-62 win over Spirou Charleroi as Sasha Vujacic had 10 points in the win while ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet had 21 points in the loss. CSKA Moscow got a buzzer-beating 3 pointer to win in Germany over Brose 81-78. Nenad Krstic had 20 points in the win while ex-San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter had 21 points in the loss and ex-Texas player P.J. Tucker added 11 points and 6 rebounds. In Spain, Bilbao defeated French outfit Nancy 97-75 as they felt the impact of the departure of Nicholas Batum. Ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson had 11 points in the win as ex-VCU player Jamal Shuler had 19 points in the loss. Greece's Panathinaikos defeated Croatian team Zagreb in Athens 94-76. A balanced attack in the win included 18 points and 9 rebounds from ex-Arizona State player Mike Batiste, 13 points from DII star David Logan, 13 points from former Florida player Nick Calathes, 12 points from ex-Xavier player Romain Sato, and 10 points from ex-St. Louis player Ian Vougioukas. In the loss, Sean May had 12 points and 10 rebounds after playing all 40 minutes and T.J. Ford added 12 points.
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika Brno had a tough test on Wednesday in Euroleague Women with trip to Russia to face Spartak Moscow. Jasmine had 12 points in 32 minutes in a 97-62 loss as Candice Dupree had 25 points and 7 rebounds in the win and Seimone Augustus added 10 points.
Most of the rest of the week's Euroleague Women action also came on Wednesday as Polish team Wisla Can-Pack Krakow won in Slovakia 72-69 over Good Angels Kosice. Nicole Powell had 25 points and Erin Phillips added 18 points as Danielle McCray had 14 points in the loss. In Croatia, Gospic pulled out an unexpected win over Spanish powers Rivas Ecopolis. Ex-Syracuse player Julie McBride had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists as Asjha Jones had 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. In Lithuania, Turkish giants Galatasaray defeated hosts VICI Aistes 84-66 thanks to 16 points from Epiphany Prince and 14 points from Tina Charles. In Russia, UMMC Ekaterinberg rolled to a 79-56 win over Polish team Lotos Gdynia with Sandrine Gruda scoring 15 points and grabbing 8 rebounds and Candace Parker and Cappie Pondexter contributing 11 points apiece. Ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the loss and ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 12 points. In the Czech Republic, USK Prague edged out French team Bourges 73-69 behind 14 points from DeLisha Milton-Jones. Polish side Polkowice pulled out a surprise away result in Spain, where they defeated Perfumerias Avenida 85-78. Ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll had 12 points and 10 assists in the win as 22 points and 8 rebounds from Erika DeSouza and 16 points and 7 rebounds from DeWanna Bonner were not enough. The one Spanish side to manage a win was Ros Casares, which defeated Hungarian outfit Gyor 80-43. Sancho Lyttle had 12 points in the win and Lauren Jackon had 11 points while Quanitra Hollingsworth 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.