Great to see Shav still playing. That kid has some fire in the belly to stick with it for all these years. I hope he's making some decent coin. A nice percentage of our rotation players since the late 1990s have found a way to collect a professional ballplaying paycheck well past their Duke playing days.
It is good to see Shav recover from a couple of setbacks. There have been quite a few Duke players find a place to earn a living while playing basketball.
Here is today's update:
Marty Pocius and Real Madrid had a trip to Italy on tap in Euroleague action today as they faced Emporio Armani Milan and won 72-65. Marty played only a single minute as Rudy Fernandez scored 13 points as he prepares to leave. In the loss, Danilo Gallinari had 13 points and 6 rebounds and ex-Maryland player Drew Nicholas had 11 points. In Belgrade, Jon Scheyer was left off out of the 12 man squad for Maccabi Tel-Aviv's game with Partizan. They ended up losing 74-71 as their own player, the second round draft pick Milan Macvan, on loan at Partizan, scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the charge against the team that still pays a portion of his salary. Nikola Pekovic added 17 points in the win while Jordan Farmar had 11 points in his farewell game and Devin Smith added 12 points.
In other Euroleague action, Turkish giants Fenerbahce defeated Greek side Olympiakos 86-70. Ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells led all scorers with 17 points in the win while in the loss, ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines had 14 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Michigan State player Kalin Lucas had 13 points. In Russia, UNICS Kazan defeated Turkish team Galatasaray 72-61 with the American trio of ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday, ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant, and ex-Temple player Lynn Greer providing 17, 13, and 12 points respectively. Italian team Montepaschi Siena went to Slovenia and edged out Union Olimpija 63-57. Ex-New Orleans star Bo McCalebb had 16 points in the win and ex-Indiana State player David Moss added 13 points. In the loss, former North Dakota State player Ben Woodside had 11 points and the UNC duo of Danny Green and Deon Thompson each had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Barcelona left Spain to face Polish team Asseco Prokom and pounded their hosts 76-45 with brief Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek scoring 15 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. In Italy, Bennet Cantu held off a furious comeback from Caja Laboral of Spain to win 71-68 as Goran Dragic barely had enough time to unpack before hearing the news about the NBA.
There were two more Euroleague Women games on Thursday, starting in Russia, where Nadezhda defeated Italian team Beretta-Famila 70-63 after getting 14 points from Katie Douglas. In the other game, Italian side Taranto defeated French outfit Lattes Montpellier 71-65. Kia Vaughn had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the win and ex-Kansas State player Megan Mahoney added 11 points and 6 rebounds.
We will start the usual end of the week update with the usual ESPN3 listings for the week's Euroleague games. On Wednesday, you can catch Croatian side Zagreb hosting Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow at 11:15 am Eastern. On Thursday, Real Madrid hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv at 2:45 pm Eastern in a game that should put 3 Dukies in the same building for a game in Europe, which must be a first. It remains to be seen how much playing time any of the 3 will get at this point.
Our update will start in France on Friday as [b]DeMarcus Nelson[b] and Cholet traveled to Orleans and lost 77-70 after a late collapse. DeMarcus had 15 points in 32 minutes before fouling out. In the winning effort, former Illinois-Chicago player Cedric Banks had 20 points, ex-Oklahoma State player David Monds had 12 points, and ex-Colorado player Brian Greene had 10 points. Here is the boxscore:
Also on Friday, Daniel Ewing and Azovmash were back in VTB United League action against Russian side Spartak St. Petersburg. The Ukrainian team was missing a couple of key players and put up a good effort before falling 66-64. Daniel had 8 points in 27 minutes while ex-Arkansas player Patrick Beverley had 13 points in the win. Here is the boxscore:
David McClure and Kedainiai had a pair of games in the Lithuanian League starting Friday against David's former team Neptunas. It was another close one, but Kedainiai came up short 78-76 with David contributing 6 points and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. The team bounced back on Saturday to earn a 86-84 win over Pieno Zvaigzdes. David had team leading totals of 15 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. Here are the two boxscores:
On Saturday, Maccabi Tel Aviv was back in action in the Adriatic League with a trip to Belgrade to face the Serbian team often known in English by its translated name Red Star. Jon Scheyer got his chance in this game and buried a pair of 3s and snagged 5 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench in the 83-76 win. Keith Langford had 12 points and Devin Smith added 10 points. Here is the boxscore:
Kyle Singler got a chance for a farewell with the Alicante fans in his final game with his first professional team and they finished an incredible first third of the season with their 7th win after defeating Zaragoza 77-75. Remember that this is a team that only won 9 games last season in 3 times the number of games. Kyle had 9 points in 29 minutes as Lamont Barnes added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. In the loss, ex-Indiana player Bracey Wright had 15 points. In Madrid, Marty Pocius did not dress for the game, but Real Madrid defeated Valencia 81-64 with 17 points from Rudy Fernandez in his final game before he returns here and has Kyle replace him. In the loss, Tiago Splitter had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Here are the two boxscores:
Shavlik Randolph had 2 more games in China as his Dongguan Leopards started with a 118-109 win over Qingdao Eagles on Friday. Shavlik had 17 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes and Josh Akognon added 34 points in the win. In the loss, two Americans dominated proceedings as ex-CSU San Bernadino player Ivan Johnson had 39 points and 9 rebounds and former Tennessee-Martin player Lester Hudson had 30 points. On Sunday, the Leopards defeated the Shandong Lions 100-94 with 33 points and 19 rebounds from Shavlik in 36 minutes and another 30 points from Akognon. Ex-Michigan State player Alan Anderson had an incredible 46 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in the losing effort and ex-Ohio State player Othello Hunter had 17 points and 23 rebounds.
Our first destination for former Women's team players is also China as Chante Black and Shandong are now on a bit of a hot streak after a 95-82 win over Henan. Chante had 27 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes in the win.
On Friday, Jess Foley and Townsville Fire had a solid 69-60 win over Logan as Jess had 8 points and 9 rebounds in 36 minutes.
In Poland, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun continued to string wins together after defeating Artego Bydgoszcz (how do you pronounce that?) 92-74. Bridgette had 5 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes as her newest teammate Jazmin Sepulveda continued her strong start with 23 points and Leah Metcalf added 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Here is the boxscore:
In the Czech Republic, Frisco Sika rolled to another domestic victory on Saturday with Jasmine Thomas only needed for 20 minutes with 4 points and 4 rebounds in a 102-69 rout of Valosun Brno. Here is the boxscore:
In Turkey on Sunday, Sheana Mosch and Antakya lost a close one 70-67 to Botas. Sheana had 14 points in 30 minutes as her newest teammate from the WNBA, ex-Lady Vol Shannon Bobbitt had 16 points and 6 rebounds. In the win, Monica Wright had 21 points and 7 rebounds, Quianna Chaney had 18 points, and Courtney Paris had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
There were 3 more game in France on Saturday and we start in the second division, where Carrem Gay had a strong effort, but her Toulouse team fell 71-67 to Dunkerque. Carrem had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. In the top flight, Mistie Bass and Challes suffered their first setback in a 65-55 loss to Villeneuve. Mistie had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 22 minutes as she struggled with foul trouble while ex-West Virginia player Olayinka Sanni had 28 points and 13 rebounds and ex-Oregon player Catherine Kraayeveld had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Krystal Thomas and Lyon continue to move away from the bottom of the table with another win after edging past Nice 74-71. Krystal had 3 points and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes. Here are the boxscores:
On Monday, Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to domestic action against Hapoel Holon and came away with an 84-75 victory. Jon had a pair of rebounds in 6 minutes off the bench. Keith Langford led the charge in the win with 21 points, Richard Hendrix had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Devin Smith added 15 points. In the loss ex-LSU player Tasmin Mitchell and former Bowling Green and Ohio State player Ron Lewis had 18 points each and ex-Fordham player Bryant Dunston had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Here is the writeup from the team website:
Tuesday was filled with EuroCup action as Daniel Ewing and Azovmash headed to Slovenia to face Krka Novo Mesto. They held a lead into the 4th quarter as a late collapse let the hosts come back for a 74-70 win. In the loss, Daniel led his team with 17 points in 35 minutes, Radoslav Rancik added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Minard chipped in with 15 points. Here is the boxscore:
On Wednesday, Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards were back in action against Foshan, coming away with a 117-104 win. Shavlik had 24 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes before fouling out and Josh Akognon added 26 points. In the loss, ex-Providence player Marcus Douthit had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists and ex-Tennessee player Marcus Haislip had 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Half of the Euroleague games also came on Wednesday. In Russia, CSKA Moscow overcame Croatian team Zagreb 87-74. In the win, ex-Mississippi player Jamont Gordon had 18 points, Nenad Krstic had 14 points and 9 rebounds, and ex-DePaul player Sammy Mejia had 13 points. In the loss, ex-Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt had 19 points and Sean May added 13 points. Defending champions Panathinaikos went to Lithuania and blasted hosts Zalgiris Kaunas 94-59. Ex-Florida player Nick Calathes and former La Salle player Steven Smith had 17 points each in the win as former Arizona State player Mike Batiste added 13 points while Sonny Weems had 16 points and 12 rebounds and ex-DII player Marko Popovic had 14 points in the loss. Polish side Asseco Prokom got a win over troubled Slovenian outfit Union Olimpija 67-52. In the win, ex-UNLV player Jerel Blassingame had 12 points as recent draftee Donatas Motiejunas scored 11 points and grabbed an impressive 21 rebounds as ex-UNC player Deon Thompson had 11 points in the loss. In Turkey, Anadolu Efes defeated Italian outfit Emporio Armani Milan 84-70. Former JC and NAIA player Sinan Guler had 14 points in the win and Sasha Vujacic had 12 points. In the loss, ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston had 17 points and former St. John's player Omar Cook had 10 points and 6 assists. In Spain, Bilbao (still sponsored by Gescrap) lost a tight one to Italian team Bennet Cantu 67-64 in a battle of two league runners up from a year ago. Ex-Oregon player Maarten Leunen had 10 points in the win. Finally in France, hosts Nancy lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 73-53. Ex-Maryland player James Gist had 16 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Baylor player Curtis Jerrells added 14 points in the win while ex-VCU player Jamal Shuler had 17 points and Ex-Clemson player Akin Akingbala had 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Moving on to former Women's team players, Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon faced Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Monday and managed a 94-84 win. Karima led her team with 24 points in 28 minutes as Italee Lucas added 19 points, Kerri Gardin contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Ketia Swanier dished out 10 assists. In the loss, ex-Georgia player Sherill Baker had 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists and former Southern Miss player Tanesha Washington had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
On Tuesday, Chante Black and Shandong headed to Beijing to face Nicky Anosike and company and they lost 83-60 despite 20 points and 11 rebounds from Chante in 35 minutes.
The bulk of the week's Euroleague Women action took place Wednesday, starting in the Czech Republic, where Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika hosted French side Lattes Montepellier. Jasmine had 12 points and 8 rebounds in 33 minutes, but the team lost 78-58 with Kristen Mann scoring 10 points for the winning team.
Also in the same group on Wednesday, Polish outfit Wisla Can-Pack Krakow defeated Russian team Spartak Moscow behind their WNBA duo with Erin Phillips and Nicole Powell providing 25 and 23 points respectively. Candice Dupree and Becky Hammon had 14 points a piece in the loss as Seimone Augustus had an off night. In Croatia, Gospic beat visiting Italian team Taranto 91-75 with ex-Syracuse player Julie McBride scoring 16 points and dishing out 7 assists. In the loss, ex-Kansas State player Megan Mahoney had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Kia Vaughn had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Turkish giants Fenerbahce got an away win in Poland by defeating Polkowice 86-79. Angel McCoughtry had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the win and Penny Taylor added 17 points and 6 rebounds while ex-Virginia player Sharnee Zoll dished out 9 assists and ex-Liberty player Megan Frazee had 14 points in the loss. In Russia, Nadezhda defeated Hungarian team Sopron thanks to 18 points from Katie Douglas and 12 points and 11 rebounds from Rebekkah Brunson. In Lithuania, VICI Aistes managed a shock win over Spanish superpower Ros Casares despite 18 points from ex-WNBA player Ann Wauters, 14 points from current WNBA player Jana Vesela, and 10 points and 7 rebounds from Lauren Jackson. In France, hosts Bourges defeated a strong UMMC Ekaterinburg team from Russia by a score of 79-74. Several stars had off nights, but Sandrine Gruda still had 14 points and 7 rebounds and Candace Parker had 10 points.
Kyle is not dressed for Real Madrid for today's game against Maccabi. Neither Marty nor Jon in the starting lineups.
Our Thursday will start in the less exciting venue of Lithuania where David McClure and Kedainiai were in Baltic League action away to Pieno Zvaigzdes. It was a rough game for the team as they slumped to a 73-53 defeat that had been 34 point margin after 3 quarters. David had 2 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
Also on Thursday, Daniel Ewing and Azovmash fit in a domestic league game amidst a crowded schedule as they hosted Dnipro Azot and won 75-66. Daniel had 23 points in 29 minutes and Ricky Minard added 25 points and 8 rebounds.
The main attraction of the day was obviously the Euroleague showdown between Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv as the two teams battled for group supremacy in Spain. It was Real Madrid that came out on top as hot shooting propelled them to a 88-64 win. Two Duke players took the floor as Marty Pocius recovered from a minor injury in time to score 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Jon Scheyer made his Euroleague debut with a solid 9 minutes off the bench. The two players were guarding one another on several possessions as Marty knocked down a 3 over Jon and then failed to catch an attempted alley-oop over him. As was expected, Kyle Singler is not quite ready to suit up for his new team and will probably make his debut in the league on Sunday. In the win, Rudy Fernandez pretended he had already left the team (since the fans already said goodbye to him on Sunday which was supposed to be his last game) by going scoreless in 23 minutes and my emerging new favorite player, Jaycee Carroll from Utah State, had 17 second half points. In the loss, Keith Langford had 18 points and Richard Hendrix had 10 points.
There were several other games in the Euroleague on Thursday as German team Brose went to Spain and earned a solid away win against Unicaja. In the win, former Georgia Southern player Julius Jenkins had 23 points, former San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter had 14 points and 8 rebounds, ex-Texas player P.J. Tucker had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and ex-Stanford player Casey Jacobsen added 11 points. In the loss, ex-St. Mary's player Earl Rowland had 17 points and ex-Kentucky player Gerald Fitch had 15 points. Italian outfit Montepaschi Siena earned a tough away win in Istanbul as they defeated Galatasaray 67-63 despite a number of missing players. Ex-Virginia Tech player Jamon Gordon had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort. In Belgium, Spirou Charleroi got a nifty 84-79 victory against the visiting Serbian team Partizan. Former McNeese State player Demond Mallet had 22 points in the win and ex-Michigan State player Chris Hill added 15 points as 22 points from Acie Law was not enough. In Spain, Barcelona won a low-scoring 63-50 game over UNICS Kazan of Russia. Brief Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek had 11 points in the win and ex-Cincinnati player Pete Mickeal added 10 points while ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 12 points and ex-Temple player Lynn Greer had 10 points in the loss. In Greece, Olympiakos edged out Spain's Caja Laboral 84-82 with former UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines scoring 11 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.
The rest of the Euroleague Women games for the week also came on Thursday and we start in Turkey, where giants Galatasaray defeated Czech side USK Prague 75-67. Diana Taurasi had 26 points, Tina Charles had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Epiphany Prince had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win as DeLisha Milton-Jones had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. In Poland, Hungarian team Gyor defeated hosts Lotos Gdynia 87-71 after getting 18 points and 17 boards from Quanitra Hollingsworth. In the loss ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 17 points and ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 15 points. In Spain, Slovakian side Good Angels Kosice got a nice 68-62 away win over Rivas Ecopolis. Danielle McCray had 11 points and 6 rebounds in the win and Asjha Jones had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. In Italy, Beretta-Famila beat Spain's Ros Casares 67-64 behind Janel McCarville's 13 points and 15 rebounds and 7 points and 14 rebounds from Cheryl Ford as DeWanna Bonner's 19 points and 12 rebounds were not enough for the visitors.
Don't know about anyone else, but I love these posts. Otherwise it's just so hard to keep up with this stuff.
"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
Thanks Jderf. There is a continuing increase in the number of Duke players plying their trade away from these shores and there are a lot of places to go to find out how everyone is doing. Just for Daniel Ewing I check the Ukraine Superleague site, the Eurocup site, the VTB United League website, and sometimes a third-party boxscore site.
This week's ESPN3 Euroleague games are at 11:15 am Eastern on Wednesday and 2:45 pm Eastern on Thursday. Wednesday's game has the defending champions Panathinaikos hosting CSKA Moscow and Thursday's game features Barcelona hosting Montepaschi Siena.
Sunday, Kyle Singler made his Real Madrid debut in a tough game against local rivals Asefa Estudiantes. Kyle came off the bench and scored 5 points in 12 minutes. Marty Pocius did not feature in this one, but I am not sure whether it is a result of his injury from last week or not. Jaycee Carroll took Rudy Fernandez's starting spot and delivered 16 points. On the winning side, ex-Manhattan player Luis Flores had 11 points. Here is the boxscore:
On Friday, DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet faced off with the UNC-endorsed French team Paris-Levallois featuring Jawad Williams and David Noel. DeMarcus did everything he could with a team-leading 22 points in 35 minutes, but the team lost after a tough 4th quarter by a 94-87 score. William Gradit, a Frenchman who prepped in the state of North Carolina and attended some JC, had 10 points in the loss. In the win, ex-New Mexico player Eric Chatfield had 29 points, ex-Dayton player Trenton Meachem had 18 points, ex-St. John's player Lamont Hamilton had 17 points, and Jawad Williams had 11 points. Here is the boxscore:
David McClure and Kedainiai had a tough domestic league game on Saturday as they faced defending champions Zalgiris Kaunas. David struggled and only had 3 rebounds to his name in 14 minutes of action as the team lost 81-60. Here is the boxscore:
Maccabi Tel Aviv suffered their first Adriatic League defeated on the road Saturday at Sean May-less Zagreb by a score of 81-74. Jon Scheyer came off the bench late and knocked down a pair of threes in 11 minutes. In the loss, Devin Smith and Keith Langford had 12 points each and Richard Hendrix had 10 points while ex-Gonzaga player Mario Kasun had 12 points in the win. Here is the boxscore:
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash continue to plow through domestic games as they hosted Kiev on Saturday and won 96-78. Daniel had 21 points and 8 assists in 24 minutes and Ricky Minard had 22 points.
Shavlik Randolph and Dongguan Leopards had two more games over the weekend. On Friday they defeated the Shanghai Sharks 107-99. Shavlik had 32 points and 17 rebounds in 38 minutes before fouling out and Josh Akognon added 23 points. In the loss, ex-Cal player Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 24 points and ex-Rice player Mike Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds. On Sunday, the Leopards defeated the Zhejiang Lions 101-94. Shavlik had 13 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes while Akognon added 28 points on an out of this world 21 three-point attempts. Wilson Chandler had 27 points and 15 rebounds in the loss and former NBA player from Puerto Rico Peter John Ramos had 31 points and 10 rebounds.
Moving on to former Women's team players, we will also visit China as Chante Black and Shandong were in action on Saturday against Shanghai and they were a little too strong and came away with a 91-79 win. Chante had 19 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes in the loss while ex-UNC player Camille Little had 38 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
In Australia on Saturday, Jess Foley and Townsville Fire dropped a game against Dandedong Rangers 73-64. Jess had 10 points in 26 minutes in the loss while the Los Angeles Sparks' Jenna O'Hea had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the win.
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika rolled to another simple domestic league victory after defeating Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 97-53 on Saturday. Jasmine had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
On Sunday, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun continued a good string of games with a 89-79 win over a tough Lotos Gdynia team. Bridgette had 14 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes and Jazmine Sepulveda continued her strong introduction to the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Florida player Aneika Henry had 14 points and 9 rebounds and ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 10 points. Here is the boxscore:
Sheana Mosch and Antakya faced a tough test against Mersin on Sunday and took the game to overtime before falling 88-83. Sheana had 14 points in 34 minutes, Shannon Bobbitt had 17 points and 6 assists, and Laura Harper had 16 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, ex-Mississippi State player LaToya Thomas had 27 points and 7 rebounds, ex-UNC player Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and ex-Pitt player Shavonte Zellous had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
There were the usual 3 games in France on Saturday and in the second division, Carrem Gay and Toulouse continued their promotion push with a 60-49 win over Tregor. Carrem had game highs of 15 points and 9 rebounds in 35 minutes. In the flight, Mistie Bass and Challes came back for an away win at Tarbes by a final margin of 74-62. Mistie had game highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes. Krystal Thomas and Lyon saw their run end with a 72-61 setback to Villeneuve. Krystal came off the bench and had 2 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes while Catherine Kraayveld had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Here are the boxscores:
Jon has largely been stuck behind players who are either proven in the NBA or in Europe. When he has gotten chances to play, he has not always stood out and forced the coach to give him more playing time. He is still rocking the goggles and I would have to think that injury had to have at least a little long-term impact on his game. The team has apparently tried to loan him to another team in Israel but he wants to fight for more playing time with the team. They are actively trying to find another point guard now that Jordan Farmar is back here, which would hurt Jon's playing time again.
On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv was in action against Maccabi Rishon and they pulled out a late comeback to win 76-75. Jon came off the bench and grabbed a rebound in 8 minutes of action. Keith Langford led the team with 17 points, Shawn James had 12 points, and Devin Smith had 11 points. In the loss, former Florida State player Derwin Kitchen and ex-Kentucky player Joe Crawford had 17 points each, ex-Georgetown player Brandon Bowman had 16 points, and ex-Hofstra player Adrian Uter had 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Also on Monday, David McClure and Kedainiai were back in Baltic League action although they did not have to leave the country to face Baltai. The team fell 76-63 after a poor second half with David providing 3 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
On Tuesday, EuroCup action continued and Daniel Ewing and Azovmash traveled to France to face off with LeMans. The team had no shot of making it to the next round, but they put up a good fight before falling 75-67. Daniel had 12 points in 28 minutes, Ricky Minard had 17 points, and Radoslav Rancik had 10 points and 7 rebounds. In the win, ex-Tulane and Washington State player Taylor Rochestie had 18 points, ex-Pepperdine player Alex Acker and ex-Gonzaga player J.P. Batista had 15 points each. Here is the boxscore:
Here are a couple of articles from the Real Madrid website about Kyle's signing. As usual he is photogenic. I have no idea why people think that taking pictures during a medical is a good idea.
Moving on to former Women's team players, Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon were in action Monday against Habikaa. Karima helped her team with 11 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes but the team fell 73-57. Italee Lucas had 13 points while her former backcourt mate at UNC, Cetera DeGraffenreid had 17 points on the winning side. Former Illinois player Jenna Smith added 18 points and 7 rebounds and ex-Oklahoma player Nyeshia Stevenson had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
On Tuesday, Chante Black and Shandong faced another tough game against Jiangsu and they lost 85-76. Chante had 16 points and 16 rebounds in 39 minutes while ex-Northwestern player Amy Jaeschke had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Nice to see Kyle rocking the shaggy hair again. A look not really seen since his high school days.
Our update will start early this morning in China, where Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards faced the Jilin Tigers. It was an overtime thriller that saw two players log over 50 minutes, but in the end, the Tigers pulled it out 104-100. Shavlik had 28 points and 13 rebounds in 44 minutes while his teammate Josh Akognon added 29 points. In the win, ex-Kansas State and brief NBA player Cartier Martin had 31 points and 7 rebounds, ex-Georgetown player Jameel Watkins had 15 points and 6 rebounds, and former DII player Sam Daghles 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists in playing every minute of the game.
Kyle Singler made his Euroleague debut as Real Madrid hosted Serbian side Partizan and rolled to a 101-83 victory. Kyle got the start and had 8 points in 24 minutes. Jaycee Carroll had 22 points in the win while Acie Law had 11 points in the loss. Marty Pocius suffered an injury before the last game and may miss the next game or two.
In other Wednesday Euroleague action, CSKA Moscow defeated the defending champions Panathinaikos from Greece 91-75. Nenad Krstic had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win and ex-Mississippi State player Jamont Gordon had 12 points while ex-St. Louis player Ian Vougioukas had 17 points and ex-La Salle player Steven Smith added 11 points in the loss. In Turkey, Galatasaray defeated Slovenian side Union Olimpija despite 21 points and 7 rebounds from ex-UNC player Deon Thompson. Spain's Unicaja went to Croatia and grabbed an 82-67 away win over Zagreb as ex-Gonzaga player Josh Heytvelt had 12 points in the loss. In Italy, Emporio Armani Milan destroyed their visitors from Belgium, Spirou Charleroi, 88-53. Ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston had 15 points in the win and ex-Maryland player Drew Nicholas added 12 points and 6 assists while ex-Kentucky player Andre Riddick had 12 points in the loss. In Spain, Caja Laboral recorded a blowout victory over France's Nancy 90-55 as former Alaska-Fairbanks player Brad Oleson had 14 points in the win and ex-Kansas player Kenny Gregory had 15 points in the loss.
Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika had their last Euroleague Women game until 2012 as they headed to Italy to face Taranto. The hosts came out on top 82-63 as Jasmine had 16 points in 38 minutes in the losing effort as Ashley Robinson added 12 points and 11 rebounds while Kia Vaughn had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Other action in the group saw Slovakian side Good Angels Kosice defeat Croatian team Gospic 106-66. Danielle McCray had 19 points and 6 assists and Kayla Pedersen added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the win. In Russia, Spartak Moscow defeated Spain's Ros Casares 79-76 in a titanic matchup. Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Candice Dupree had 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Becky Hammon had 7s across the stat line of points rebounds and assists in the winning cause as Asjha Jones had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. Polish team Wisla Can-Pack Krakow went to France and earned a 77-64 away win over Lattes Montpellier behind 16 points from Erin Phillips and 10 points from Nicole Powell. Also in action was Czech side USK Prague, which blasted Lithuanian team VICI Aistes 98-60 after getting 12 points and 7 rebounds from DeLisha Milton-Jones and 12 points and 7 assists from Ticha Penicheiro. Another big clash in Russia saw UMMC Ekaterinburg defeat the Turkish team Galatasaray. A balanced effort which saw Candace Parker score 17 points and grab 7 rebounds, Cappie Pondexter score 15 points, Yelena Leuchanka score 13 points, and Sandrine Gruda score 10 points was enough to overcome 28 points from Diana Taurasi and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Tina Charles. In Spain, Ros Casares defeated their visitors from Poland, Lotos Gdynia, 84-70. Eshaya Murphy had 17 points and 7 rebounds, Sancho Lyttle had 15 points, and Jana Vesela had 10 points in the win while ex-Florida player Aneika Henry and ex-Wisconsin player Jolene Anderson had 14 points each in defeat. Back in Russia, Nadezhda defeated French outfit Tarbes 72-54 behind 18 points and 13 rebounds from Rebekkah Brunson and 12 points from Katie Douglas. In Turkey, Fenerbahce beat Italian team Beretta-Famila 79-65 with 21 points from Penny Taylor and 18 points and 8 rebounds from Angel McCoughtry cancelling out an 18 point, 18 rebound performance from Cheryl Ford. In Spain, Perfumerias Avenida defeated Hungarian site Sopron 78-59. Ex-Harvard and longtime WNBA player Allison Feaster had 11 points and DeWanna Bonner added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win while ex-Wyoming player Hanna Zavecz had 3 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.
... and the whole eye thing doesn't help either.
"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
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv hosted Anadolu Efes and came away with a strong 96-57 victory after a slow start. Jon played the last 4 minutes and knocked down a three-pointer. David Bluthenthal had 18 points and Richard Hendrix added 10 points in the winning effort while Sasha Vujacic had 12 points in the loss.
Other Euroleague action today started in Russia, where UNICS Kazan blasted Polish team Asseco Prokom 68-41. Ex-Eastern Illinois player Henry Domercant had 18 points and 8 rebounds, ex-BYU player Terrell Lyday had 12 points, and ex-Southern Miss player Kelly McCarty had 10 points in the win as ex-UNLV player Jerel Blassingame was the only player on the losing side to reach double figures after his 10 points. In Turkey, visitors Bilbao defeated hosts Fenerbahce 80-70. Former Northwestern State and West Virginia player D'Or Fischer had 16 point and 10 rebounds and ex-Duquesne player Aaron Jackson added 11 points and 6 assists in the win while ex-Maryland player James Gist had 11 points in the loss. In Greece, Olympiakos beat Italian team Bennet Cantu 88-61, getting 12 points from ex-UNC Greensboro player Kyle Hines. In Germany, Lithuanian team Zalgiris Kaunas earned an 82-68 win at Brose. Sonny Weems had 14 points and ex-DII player Marko Popovic had 13 points in the win while ex-Dayton player Brian Roberts had 13 points and ex-San Diego State player Marcus Slaughter had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. In Italy, Montepaschi Siena snuck a 77-74 win out against Barcelona in a game where Bootsy Thornton (yes, that one) made his season debut. Ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek had 22 points and ex-South Carolina player Chuck Eidson had 14 points in the loss.
The final Euroleague Women game of the calendar year was also on Thursday as French team Bourges got a 72-66 away win in Hungary over Gyor. Ex-Georgia player Kiesha Brown had 17 points in the win and Quanitra Hollingsworth had 19 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
The final two ESPN3 Euroleague games for this first group stage feature Spain's Unicaja hosting CSKA Moscow on Wednesday at 2:00pm Eastern and Partizan Belgrade hosting Emporio Armani Milan in a critical game on Thursday at 3:45 pm Eastern.
Our update will start with Friday VTB United League action in Russia, where Lokomotiv Kuban hosted Daniel Ewing and Azovmash. The Russian team came away with an 84-76 win. Daniel had 17 points in 35 minutes, Ricky Minard had 18 points, and Radoslav Rancik had 11 points. In the win, ex-Kansas State player Jeremiah Massey had 25 points, ex-JC player Ali Traore had 23 points and 9 rebounds, ex-South Carolina State player Roderick Blakney had 15 points, and ex-Xavier player Lionel Chalmers had 11 points and 6 assists. Here is the boxscore:
DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet played the Friday special again as they went to face Chorale Roanne. They had a good start to the game, but foul trouble for other players led to problems late and a 78-71 loss. DeMarcus led his team with 19 points and 6 rebounds in 35 minutes, Robert Hite had 12 points, and William Gradit had 11 points. In the win, ex-Wyoming player Uche Nsonwu had 26 points and 8 rebounds and ex-Seton Hall player Andre Barrett and ex-Wisconsin-Milwaukee player Dylan Page had 11 points each. Here is the boxscore:
David McClure and Kedainiai had a tough domestic game Saturday when they hosted Siauliai. Despite a strong push late, they fell short in the end 74-71. David had 10 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
In Spain Sunday, Kyle Singler earned another start as Real Madrid defeated Assignia Manresa 83-61. Marty Pocius was not able to dress as he continues to recover from an injury. Kyle had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes as he struggled with foul trouble. In the loss, ex-Gonzaga player Micah Downs had 19 points and ex-Michigan player Josh Asselin had 13 points. Here is the boxscore:
Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel-Aviv had a a pair of back to back games starting on Saturday in Adriatic League action when they hosted Helios Domzale of Slovenia and won 94-56. Jon got a large chunk of the garbage time and hit a pair of free throws in 14 minutes. Shawn James had 19 points and Keith Langford had 12 points. On Sunday, it was back to Israeli League action as they hosted Habikaa and won 89-79. Jon did not do anything of note in 3 minutes. Richard Hendrix had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Devin Smith had 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Keith Langford had 15 points. Here is the Saturday boxscore:
Shavlik Randolph and Dongguan Leopards had another pair of games, starting on Friday, where they faced the Liaoning Hunters on the road and won 117-95. Shavlik had game highs of 32 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes and Josh Akognon added 28 points and 6 assists. In the loss, Rodney Carney had 21 points and Josh Powell had 20 points and 10 rebounds. In a not fully confirmed result on Sunday, the team lost 128-104 to the Guangdong Tigers. Shavlik is reported to have had another 33 points and 10 rebounds with Josh Akognon adding 34 points. Aaron Brooks had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists and ex-Murray State player James Singleton had 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Moving on to former Women's team players and also heading to China, Chante Black and Shandong lost 90-80 to Guangdong. Chante had 17 points and 19 rebounds after playing all 40 minutes while Swin Cash had 10 points for the winning team.
Early Saturday in Turkey, Sheana Mosch and Antakya faced a stiff challenge at Galatasaray, where they fell 75-61. Sheana had 14 points in 30 minutes in the loss as Diana Taurasi had 14 points, Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Tina Charles barely had to play in the win. Here is the boxscore:
In Poland Saturday, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun continued a strong run with a 63-57 win over Odra Brzeg. Bridgette had 9 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes and Jazmin Sepulveda continued her strong start with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
In the Czech Republic on Saturday, Jasmine Thomas had a tough game as Frisco Siko Brno went to the capital to face USK Prague as they lost 77-62. Jasmine had 22 points in 33 minutes and Ashley Robinson made a rare domestic league appearance, but it was nowhere near enough as DeLisha Milton-Jones had 28 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Here is the boxscore:
Jess Foley had two games with Townsville Fire this weekend. On Friday they defeated Logan Thunder 69-61 with Jess scoring 14 points in 32 minutes. On Saturday, they edged out Sydney Flames 85-79 with Jess providing 17 points and 6 rebounds in 36 minutes.
There was plenty of action in France, starting Saturday in the second division as Carrem Gay and Toulouse put together a huge effort in their continued push for promotion with a resounding 95-62 win over Reims. Carrem had 12 points and 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. In the top flight, Krystal Thomas got the start for Lyon as they faced a tough test at Lattes Montpellier. Krystal had 6 rebounds in 19 minutes in a 74-45 loss. Mistie Bass and Challes also experienced defeat as they lost 65-61 to Bourges despite Mistie's 34 points (on 13 field goal attempts) in 37 minutes. Here are the boxscores:
Our update will start in Lithuania as David McClure and Kedainiai hosted Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy in Baltic League action in a tough test. The team closed the gap in the final period but fell 94-82. David had 15 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes. In the win, ex-USC player Davon Jefferson had 26 points and 11 rebounds and ex-Northern Arizona player Kyle Landry had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
Tuesday had the last round of Eurocup games for this stage and Daniel Ewing and Azovmash were just playing for pride when they hosted Lithuanian team Lietuvos Rytas. They fell 74-67 with Daniel going scoreless in a quiet 35 minutes as Radoslav Rancik had 24 points. In the win, ex-Boston College player Tyrese Rice had 16 points and 7 assists and former Baylor and Mississippi State player Lawrence Roberts added 15 points and 6 rebounds. DeMarcus Nelson's team Cholet will not be moving on either although his former team Donetsk did qualify.
Now that 16 of the 32 teams in the Eurocup are moving onto the next round, I will list out the remaining teams and their groups as these teams will play six more games in the new year in the same format as the Euroleague.
Gravelines (France, 3rd)
Nymburk (Czech Republic, 1st)
VEF Riga (Latvia, 1st)
Valencia (Spain, 5th)
Khimki (Russia, 2nd)
ASVEL (France, 4th)
Donetsk (Ukraine, 2nd)
Aris (Greece, 4th)
Banvit (Turkey, 3rd)
Spartak St. Petersburg (Russia, 7th)
Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia, 1st)
Buducnost (Montenegro, 1st)
Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania, 2nd)
Alba Berlin (Germany, 2nd)
Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia, 4th)
Benetton Treviso (Italy, 4th)
Two of the 4 Euroleague groups concluded on Wednesday as all games that have consequences for the outcome of the group must tip off at the same time. In group B, Lithuanian team Zalgiris Kaunas eliminated Croatian team Zagreb with an 87-76 win. Sonny Weems had 20 points in the win, ex-JC player Marko Popovic added 17 points, and brief Arizona player Robertas Javtokas had 10 points. In the loss, Sean May had 15 points and 6 rebounds. In Greece, defending champions Panathinaikos eliminated German team Brose to hand the final spot to the Lithuanian team with a 71-66 win. Ex-St. Louis player Ian Vougioukas had 12 points in the win while ex-Dayton player Brian Roberts had 11 points, and ex-Texas player P.J. Tucker had 10 points. Also in the group, CSKA Moscow won in Spain 91-83 over Unicaja as Nenad Krstic had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the win while ex-Kentucky player Gerald Fitch had 16 points and 6 rebounds and ex-UC Davis player Mark Payne had 12 points in the loss. In the other group, things were a bit more settled. Barcelona blasted Galatasaray 79-50 with 13 points from ex-Michigan State player Erazem Lorbek. Montepaschi Siena of Italy won 79-53 in Poland over Asseco Prokom with ex-Cincinnati player Adam Hrycaniuk scoring 16 points and grabbing 6 rebounds and ex-JC player Przemyslaw Zamojski adding 12 points in the losing effort. Russian team UNICS Kazan went to Slovenia and defeated Union Olimpija 76-63 as Deon Thompson had 10 points in the loss. The usual American quartet of Henry Domercant, Terrell Lyday, Kelly McCarty, and Lynn Greer were instrumental in the win with 16, 14, 13, and 12 points respectively.
These results left the two group standings as follows:
B: CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos Athens, Unicaja Malaga, Zalgiris Kaunas
D: FC Barcelona, Montepaschi Siena, UNICS Kazan, Galatasaray (Istanbul)
The draw will take place next Wednesday as the rest of the group games come Thursday. The final 16 will be split into 4 groups with one team from each group and one of each of the first, second, third, and fourth place teams from the first round. Real Madrid will be a first place team and Maccabi Tel Aviv will be a second place team.
There were also a number of games involving players from the women's team as many leagues had their last game before mid-season breaks. Updates will be less frequent during times when there are less games going on.
On Monday, Karima Christmas and Bnot Hasharon were in action at Hapoel Rishon Lezion and the game went into overtime before the visitors prevailed 92-88. Karima led her team again scoring 23 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in 30 minutes. Ketia Swanier had 22 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds, and Kerri Gardin had 18 points and 13 rebounds. In the loss, ex-Cal player Alexis Gray-Lawson had 24 points, ex-BYU player Ambrosia Anderson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, ex-Oklahoma State player Jori Davis had 19 points and 6 rebounds, and Abi Olajuwon had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Here is the boxscore:
Early Tuesday, Chante Black and Shandong had another tough game after falling at Yunnan 93-65. Chante had 8 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes as her counterpart ex-UC Santa Barbara player Lindsay Taylor had 28 points and 12 rebounds.
Also on Tuesday, Jasmine Thomas and Frisco Sika Brno were back in domestic league action against Slovanka and they won 86-64 with Jasmine scoring 8 points. The usual source for the boxscore, the league website, does not have anything yet, so I will link to the game story, which features a couple of action shots.
Moving to Wednesday, Bridgette Mitchell and Energa Torun continued a strong run with a 69-38 win over INEA AZS Poznan. Bridgette had 11 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Here is the boxscore:
There was also action in Turkey as Sheana Mosch and Antakya had another tough one in an 81-65 loss to Ceyhan. Sheana had 9 points in 29 minutes as Laura Harper had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Shannon Bobbitt added 14 points. In the win, Ashley Walker had 26 points and 6 rebounds and Natasha Lacy had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists. Here is the boxscore:
The top division in France had one more set of game. Mistie Bass and Challes got back to winning ways after defeating Nantes 77-61. Mistie had 20 points and 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Krystal Thomas and Lyon also won 77-69 over Tarbes, but that boxscore is not available yet. Here is the other one:
The boxscore from Krystal Thomas's game yesterday is up and she probably had her best game in France so far with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 22 minutes after earning another start. Ex-Georgia Tech player Alex Montgomery had 17 points in the loss. Here is the link:
The two Duke players in Euroleague action today were playing in meaningless games although both teams put up a fight and earned wins to close out the first stage. Jon Scheyer and Maccabi Tel Aviv were in Charleroi, Belgium to face already-eliminated Spirou and won by a 86-69 margin. Jon was quiet in his 3 minutes of play. Keith Langford led all scorers with 20 points, David Bluthenthal added 13 points, and Devin Smith had 10 points in the win. In the loss, ex-Oral Roberts player Caleb Green had 16 points, ex-Michigan State player Chris Hill scored 10 points, and ex-McNeese State player Demond Mallet, who is supposed to become Jon's newest backcourt teammate and playing time competition when he joins on a loan deal for the rest of the season, had 13 points.
At the top of the group, Real Madrid won in Turkey over Anadolu Efes 75-66. Marty Pocius was held out of the game again due to injury, but Kyle Singler got the start and scored 12 points in 27 minutes. Jaycee Carroll also had 12 points while former JC and NAIA player Sinan Guler had 13 points and Sasha Vujacic had 10 points in the loss.
The final game in that group was for the last qualifying spot in the next round and Italian team Emporio Armani Milan got the tough win in Belgrade over Partizan 72-66 to sneak away with the final place. Ex-Oregon player Malik Hairston had 18 points and ex-St. John's player Omar Cook added 17 points and 6 assists in the win. The other group still had 3 games with meaning as 5 teams started the day within a game of one another. An all-Spain affair in Bilbao between Gescrap and Caja Laboral in the huge Basque rivalry led to a 77-72 victory for the hosts and a spot in the next round for them. Former Alaska-Fairbanks player Brad Oleson had 10 points in the loss. Turkish team Fenerbahce captured Istanbul's third berth in the final 16 with a nice away win over Italy's Bennet Cantu 83-76 although the hosts also go through for the next round. Ex-Oregon player Maarten Leunen had 13 points in the loss. In France, Greece's Olympiakos defeated the only team with no chance at the start of the day, Nancy, 79-74. In the loss, ex-VCU player Jamal Shuler had 18 points and 9 rebounds and ex-Georgetown player Victor Samnick had 10 points.
After all of the results of the games today, the last two group standings for qualification to the next round look like this:
A: Fenerbahce Ulker (Istanbul), Olympiakos Piraeus, Bennet Cantu, Gescrap Bilbao
D: Real Madrid, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Anadolu Efes (Istanbul), Emporio Armani Milan
After the draw on Wednesday, Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv will each be in a new group of four teams for the next six games. Each group will have one team from each of the earlier groups and by finishing first, Real Madrid will get one of the second place team, one of the third place teams, and one fourth place team while Maccabi Tel Aviv will face a group winner, a third place team, and a fourth place team thanks to their second place finish.
Love these updates, awhom111.
Jon's struggle for PT in the Euroleague is interesting. It's obviously the first time in his adult life that he has every faced prolonged bench time. It will be interesting to see what he does at the end of the year - does he try to find another, perhaps less prestigious team, where he can earn some more PT? Based on the game reports awhom111 provides, it's obvious that there are a lot of former noteworthy US college players getting more minutes and producing. Jon does seem to have the fire in the belly to make a professional career for himself. Sans PT and production, it will be tough to get a look from the NBA, but I am sure he'd settle for meaningful minutes and a large paycheck in Europe. As I review the game write-ups, I must profess some respect for Omar Cook. He was the poster child for leaving college too quickly, but obviously has passion for the game...he was in the 2001 draft, tried to make the NBA for years with various tryouts, DLeague stints, and other minor US pro league stints. He found a home in Europe, has become a star over there these past 6 years, and even became a citizen of Montenegro to play for their national team which, I assume, helps keep him highly visible and relevant in European bball circles. There are a lot of ways to keep playing ball if you've got the drive.
Luke Winn of SI focuses his weekly Power Rankings Duke write-up on Kyle's play in Spain:
AWHOM111, I really enjoy your posts on Duke players abroad. You obviously put a lot of effort into this, and I'm sure many of us fans on DBR appreciate what you do. One point I find extremely interesting is the diversity of locations where basketball is being played -- all over the globe! Can you comment on the environments where these games are played? Big arenas, or small gyms. Large crowds, or a few unruly mobs. Are the games well-officiated? Somehow, I get the impression it's a lot like the old baseball minor leagues --that is, the basketball equivalent of low pay, long bus rides, poorly maintained stadiums, marginal equipment, etc. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks!
Lots of countries offer a couple of citizenship slots to American and other foreign players so that they can bulk up their own national team. It is good to see a player like Omar Cook make a very good basketball career for himself after perhaps making the wrong choice in the past. I especially admire the players who battle on for a basketball career for even lower pay at some of the smaller clubs as they continue to pursue their dreams.
Here is today's update with the next one planned for Monday:
Shavlik Randolph and the Dongguan Leopards got into a tough clash at home against the Fujian Sturgeons and the game went into overtime before they lost 122-118. Shavlik had 29 points and 14 rebounds in 46 minutes before fouling out while Josh Akognon added 24 points. In the win, former Florida player Anthony Roberson had 41 points and 8 rebounds and former South Florida player Will McDonald had 25 points and 9 rebounds as two players on the team played all 53 minutes.
Daniel Ewing and Azovmash were back in VTB United League action against Russian team Enisey. Daniel had 16 points in 26 minutes in a 95-74 win. Ricky Minard had 15 points and 6 rebounds and Radoslav Rancik added 14 points as ex-Maryland player Lonny Baxter had 8 points in the loss. Here is the boxscore:
DeMarcus Nelson and Cholet were back in French League action, but continued a tough start to the domestic season with an 88-71 loss to Dijon. DeMarcus had 10 points in 23 minutes, his newest American teammate ex-Cal player Patrick Christopher had 15 points, and French ex-Hawaii player Luc-Arthur Vebobe had 10 points and 10 rebounds. In the win, ex-JC and NAIA player Zach Moss had 24 points, ex-Fairleigh Dickinson player Andre Harris had 13 points, ex-Boston College player Sean Marshall had 12 points and 8 rebounds, and ex-Troy State player Bobby Dixon had 10 points. Here is the boxscore: