Domestic Cups 2013-14

CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech Cup, "Basketbalový pohár České pošty" Final 8, February 6-8, 2014
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Quarterfinals: February 6, 2014
CEZ Basketball Nymburk, Opava, Ariete Prostejov and JIP Pardubice eased their way into the Czech Cup semifinals with big wins on Thursday. Nymburk raced past Lions Jindrichuv Hradec 69-102. Pavel Houska scored 18, Petr Benda 14 and Lukas Palyza 12 for the Czech champs, who took charge with a 12-29 first quarter and continued to pile it on the rest of the way. Opava took care of Sluneta Usti nad Labem 52-74 despite trailing by 2 midway through the second quarter. Radim Kramny led the way with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Prostejov dismantled Valasske Mezirici 107-37 after scoring the game’s first 19 points. Jan Kratochvil and Pavel Slezak scored 23 points apiece for the winners. Pardubice outlasted Decin 80-105, but essentially broke the game open with a 27-54 halftime lead. Martin Peterka led six Pardubice scorers in double figures with 23 points.

Semifinals: February 7, 2014
CEZ Basketball Nymburk used a big second half to mow down BK Opava as it clinched a spot in the Czech Cup final. Nymburk beat Opava 95-53 and will face Ariete Prostejov for the title. Tre Simmons scored 19 points, Pavel Houska added 17 and Rado Rancik 10 for Nymburk, which dominated the final 20 minutes 46-18. Simmons and Vlado Ilievski nailed three-pointers in an 8-0 first quarter run as Nymburk grabbed a 17-10 lead. Opava kept close till midway through the second quarter, but Simmons helped Nymburk soar to 49-35 at halftime. Rado Rancik made it a 20-point game in the third and Thomas Massamba took Nymburk past the 30-point barrier in the fourth quarter as the champs cruised to a one-sided victory. Ariete Prostejov routed BK JIP Pardubice 64-86. Prostejov scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter to take a 6-18 lead and started the second quarter on a 2-13 tear en route to a 25-54 halftime lead, from which Pardubice never recovered. Jaromir Bohacik and Vojtech Bratcenkov scored 17 points apiece to lead the winners.

Final: February 8, 2014
CEZ Nymburk champ Cezh Cup 2013 (photo CEZ Nymburk)CEZ Basketball Nymburk is once again the Czech Cup champion! Nymburk lifted its 10th - 8th consecutive - Czech Cup trophy by downing Ariete Prostejov 67-91 in Jindrichuv Hradec on Saturday. Vojtech Hruban led the winners with 25 points on 7-of-8 three-point shots. Rado Rancik added 23 and 10 rebounds, Vlado Ilievski had 14 points while Rasid Mahalbasic got 10 for Nymburk. Dusan Pandula led Prostejov with 17 points. Prostejov stayed in the game early, as a jumper by Jaromir Bohacik brought his team within 11-13 midway through the first quarter. It didn't last long, however, as Hruban and Ilievski struck from downtown in a 0-13 run which boosted Nymburk's margin to 11-26. Another triple by Hruban made it a 16-point game, 13-29, after 10 minutes. Pavel Houska and Hruban shined early in the second quarter to make Prostejov call timeout at 13-34. Radek Necas and Bohacik tried to change things for Prostejov but Mahalbasic, Rancik and Jiri Welsch stepped up and a triple by Tre Simmons boosted Nymburk's made it a 30-point game, 22-52. Nymburk kept a 25-55 lead at halftime and extended it to 34-67 midway through the third quarter. Pandula led a mamooth 25-2 run that brought Prostejob back to life, 59-69, with 6 minutes left. Ilievski and Rancik combined for all points in a 0-7 run that sealed the outcome, 59-76, allowing Nymburk to celebrate yet another domestic title!

GERMANY
German Cup, "BEKO BBL-POKAL", Top Four in Ulm, March 29-30, 2014
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Quarterfinals: February 5, 2014
Deon Thompson - FC Bayern MunichBayern Munich, Alba Berlin and Brose Baskets Bamberg moved to the German Cup Top Four after claiming quarterfinals victories. Bayern defeated Artland Dragons 76-61, after Deon Thompson fueled a 13-0 run at the end of the third quarter for Bayern to pull away to 56-44. The hosts cruised to victory after that, as Thompson and John Bryant had 18 points apiece, while Lucca Staiger and Malcolm Delaney each scored 10. Anthony King had 17 points for Artland. Meanwhile, Reggie Redding hit a three-pointer with 6 seconds to go for Alba Berlin to edge Telekom Baskets Bonn 88-87. Prior to that triple, Bonn made a 0-9 run with a pair of triples from Ryan Brooks, and one from Benas Veikalas with 19 seconds to go, but after Alba timeout, Redding hit a game winner to the excitement of Berlin fans. Redding finished with 18 points, Jan-Hendrik Jagla scored 15 in only 12 minutes of action, while Leon Radosevic had 11 points plus 8 rebounds in victory. Tony Gaffney had 28, and Brooks scored 21 in defeat. The lone road winner was Bamberg, beating EWE Baskets Oldenburg 83-90. The visitors built a double-digit lead in the first quarter, and never relinquished the advantage. Bamberg held 35-44 halftime lead, and was holding on for it throughout the third quarter before D’Or Fischer strung together 9 points at the start of the fourth, making it 59-72, and Bamberg never looked back. Fischer led six players in double figures with 19 points, and Maik Zirbes added 13 in victory, while Philipp Neumann scored 21 for the hosts.
Ratiopharm Ulm is the host of the Top Four, and has automatically qualified for the tournament.

Semifinals: March 29 2014
Ratiopharm Ulm, Brose Baskets , Alba Berlin and FC Bayern Munich

Final: March 30, 2014

GREECE
Greek Cup, in Heraklion, February 9, 2014

Final: February 9, 2014
Panathinaikos champ Greek Cup 2014 (photo Panathinaikos - V. Stolis)With a second-half show of force that won't be forgotten soon, Panathinaikos Athens took its 15th Greek Cup title on Sunday with a 90-53 victory in the final over Aris Thessaloniki. The final score doesn't hint at the fact that the two teams were tied, 40-40, at halftime, after which the Greens blasted Aris 50-13 in the last 20 minutes! The game started with several lead changes before Ramel Curry and Roko Ukic gave Panathinaikos a 20-18 advantage after 10 minutes. Aris came back and went ahead 29-33 in the second quarter, but Mike Batiste was on hand to forge a 40-40 tie for the Greens at the break. Out of the locker room, Curry hit a three-pointer and Antonis Fotsis a pair to send Panathinaikos on a 15-0 run that broke the game open for good. By the end of the third quarter it was 75-47, after which the Greens didn't let Aris up for air the rest of the way. Curry scored 17 points and was named MVP of the final. Jonas Maciulis follwed with 13, while Fotsis had 11 for the winners. Dimitris Diamantidis, with 7 points, was playing in his 10th cup final, a new Greek record.

ISRAEL
Israeli Cup, in Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv, February 3-6, 2014
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Final: February 6, 2014
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv - 2014 Israeli Cup champion (Maccabi.co.il)Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv won the Israeli Cup for the fifth year in a row, and the 41st time in club history, after downing Hapoel Eilat 80-73 at Nokia Arena on Thursday. David Blu paced Maccabi in the final with 22 points, and Yogev Ohayon had 15. Devin Smith posted a double-double of 10 points plus 10 rebounds, while Sylven Landesberg finished with 11 points in victory. Eilat was in club’s first ever Cup final, as Yancy Gates scored 15 points. Terence Roderick had 13, Kevin Palmer 12, and Afik Nissim netted 11 in defeat. Led by Blu and Landsberg, Maccabi bridged the first and second quarters with a 16-0 run to build a 30-16 lead and went into halftime up 43-30. After the break, Kevin Palmer, Terrence Roderick and Yuval Naimi kept Eilat in touch, cutting it to 54-45 late in the third, but Maccabi still entered the final quarter with a double-digit margin. Ohayon restored a 12-point lead early in the fourth, however Eilat kept fighting and came within 65-60 on a alley-oop dunk from Gates. Ohayon and Smith gave Maccabi breathing room, and after Nissim’s triple brought Eilat to within 73-67, giving it the last hope just inside the two-minute mark, Landsberg sealed the deal to start off the yellow fans' celebration.

Semifinals: February 3, 2014
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Hapoel Eilat will meet in Thursday’s Israeli Cup final after winning their semifinals on Monday at Nokia Arena. Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Rishon Lezion 99-83, while Eliat bested Hapoel Tel Aviv 82-73. Maccabi Tel Aviv led throughout. It held a 49-44 edge at halftime before breaking the game open in the third quarter. Tyrese Rice and Ricky Hickman took charge as Tel Aviv soared to an 18-point margin and never looked back. Rice paced the winners with 19 points, while Devin Smith and Hickman added 14 apiece. Shawn Dawson paced Rishon with 18 points. In the early game, Eilat reached the cup final for the first time in club history behind 19 points from Yancy Gates.

ITALY
Italian Cup, "Beko Final Eight" in Milan, February 7-9, 2014
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Quarterfinals: February 7, 2014
Drake Diener - Dinamo Banco Sardegna Sassari - EC13 (photo Cedevita) Montepaschi Siena and Enel Brindisi won the early games Friday at the Italian Cup quarterfinals in Milan and will face one another in Saturday’s first semifinal. Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari, which knocked off tourney host EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, and Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia advanced into the second semifinal. Montepaschi Siena defeated Acea Rome 76-67 as Erick Green scored 19 points and MarQuez Haynes 18 for the winners. Montepaschi led from start to finish, scoring the game’s first 7 points and building a double-digit lead in the first quarter. A Jeff Vigiano three made it 31-15 early in the second quarter and Siena held a 47-37 advantage at halftime. Jimmy Baron helped Rome rally back; his three made it 58-54 early in the fourth quarter. Montepaschi replied with the next 6 points and held strong after that, sealing the win with a pair of late Haynes triples. Othello Hunter added 10 points and 9 boards for the winners. Quinton Hosely led Rome with 22 points and Baron added 16. Enel Brindisi topped Umana Venezia 83-70 behind 27 points from Michael Snaer. Sassari edged Milan 80-82 thanks to 24 points from Drake Diener and 15 from Caleb Green. Gani Lawal posted 20 points and 8 rebounds for Milan, Keith Langford had 16 and 8 and Alessandro Gentile scored 13. Back-to-back threes from Langford and Gentile capped a 12-0 first quarter run as the hosts built a 24-11 lead. It grew to 29-13 and despite a Sassari rally, Milan remained in control, 38-30, at halftime. The floated between 8 and 12 points for much of the third quarter. Diener finished the quarter with a three and Sassari scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to take the lead, 66-69. Langford twice brought Milan within a single point, but the hosts never regained the lead. Milan had chances to tie it in the final seconds, but missed and Sassari escaped with the victory. Troy Bell helped rally Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in the fourth quarter for a 77-84 victory over Acqua Vitasnella Cantu. James White led Reggio Emilia with 25 points and 6 assists, Bell amassed 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Rimas Kaukenas scored 17. Pietro Aradori led Cantu with 16 points.

Semifinals: February 8, 2014
Montepaschi Siena and Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari made it the Beko Final Eight title game! Montepaschi downed Enel Brindisi 80-89 in the first semifinal in Milan on Saturday behind 16 points from MarQuez Haynes. Josh Carter had 15, Erick Green added 14 while Benjamin Ortner got 12 for Montepaschi. Jerome Dyson led Brindisi with 30 points. Montepaschi opened the game with a 0-7 run that Ortner capped with a close basket. Michael Snaer and Dyson rescued Brindisi and a layup by Ron Lewis tied it at 9-9. It didn't last long, however, as a dunk by Ortner ignited a 0-11 Montepaschi run in which Haynes and Carter buried respective triples for a 10-21 lead early in the second quarter. Jeff Viggiano and Matt Janning joined the three-point shootout and a put-back layup by Spencer Nelson kept Montepaschi way ahead, 20-31. Dyson shined with a three-point play and Folarin Campbell added free throws and an outstanding Dyson brought Brindisi as close as 33-35. David Chiotti tied the game, 35-35, but Haynes, Nelson, Green and Carter hit three-pointers in a 0-17 run that gave Montepaschi a 35-44 edge at halftime and eventually extended it to 35-52. Campbell, Lewis and Dyson brought Brindisi back to life, 55-64, after 30 minutes. A dunk by Tomas Ress kept Montepaschi way ahead, 62-73, midway through the fourth quarter. Dyson, however, had 7 points in a 10-0 run that brought Brindisi as close as 72-73. Three-pointers by Green and Haynes stopped Brindisi's comeback and a layup by Janning sealed the outcome, 74-85, in the next-to-last minute.
Sassari stormed into the final by downing Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 92-86 in the second semifinal also on Saturday. Travis Diener led the winners with 26 points. Drake Diener added 18, Caleb Green had 15 while Omar Thomas and Drew Gordon each got 11 for Sassari. James White led Reggio Emilia with 32 points while Rimantas Kaukenas added 19. White shined with a big dunk and a couple of baskets to keep Reggio Emilia within 12-11. Travis Diener struck from downtown and sank consecutive jumpers to boost Sassari's margin to 19-13. Gordon followed a layup with a dunk off a steal but an outstanding White kept Reggio Emilia within 26-19 after 10 minutes. A 0-9 run that Giovanni Pini capped with a layup allowed Reggio Emilia to get a 31-33 edge early in the second quarter. Drake Diener and Thomas stepped up for Sassari but consecutive three-pointers by Kaukenas tied it at 43-43. Thomas led a 10-0 run which allowed Sassari to get a 53-45 margin at halftime. Reggio Emilia improved its defense after the break but only managed to trade baskets, as free throws by Drake Diener and a layup by Thomas gave Sassari a 63-51 edge. Troy Bell and White brought Reggio Emilia a bit closer, 74-65, after 30 minutes. Sassari struggled to score throughout the fourth quarter and back-to-back triples by Kaukenas brought Reggio Emilia back to life, 81-75, with 3 minutes left. The Diener cousins struck from downtown but White kept Reggio Emilia within 89-86 already in the final minute. A three-pointer by Caleb Green sealed the outcome down the stretch.

Final: February 9, 2014
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari champ Beko Final Eight 2014 - Italian CupDinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari made history by lifting the club's first trophy ever, the Italy Cup, with a 73-80 victory over defending champion Montepaschi Siena at Mediolanum Forum in Milan on Sunday. Travis Diener was named MVP after posting 17 points and 4 assists. Caleb Green paced the winners with 18 points, while Diener's cousin, Drake, chipped in 14 and Marques Green posted 9 plus 7 assists. Erick Green led all the scorers with 22 points for Siena. Ben Ortner bagged 17 with 8 boards and Joshua Carter had 16 more points for the losers. Green's 8 points in a row and a three-point-play by Drew Gordon broken a balanced start to give Sassari a six-point lead before a huge dunk by Siena's Othello Hunter made it 14-18 after one quarter. Gordon capped an 8-0 run for Sassari's first double-digit margin, 14-24. Hunter's layup and free throw made it 20-24 before a final 7-0 Sassari run ended with Drake Diener beating the buzzer for a 28-45 lead at halftime. Green's three-point shot was worth a 28-48 margin to start the third quarter, but Siena did not give up. Joshua Carter's free throws and Marquez Haynes's turn-around jumper capped a 19-2 run that got Siena within 47-50. The Dieners and Gordon, who got free throws after grabbing offensive rebounds, re-established a 53-64 advantage for Sassari early in the final quarter. Hunter, from downtown, got Siena within 65-72 with less than 2 minutes left, but Travis Diener's mid-range jumper and free throws sealed the historic win of Sassari.

POLAND
Poland Cup, "Intermarche Basket Cup", Final Four in Hala Orbita, Wroclaw, February 8-9, 2014
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Quarterfinals: February 4-5, 2014
It will be PGE Turow Zgorzelec vs. Stabill Jezioro and the hosts Slask Wroclaw vs. Anwil Wloclawek in the semifinals of the Polish Cup. On Wednesday, Turow held off Rosa Radom 83-80 on the home floor. Lukasz Wisniewski scored 7 points in a 10-0 fourth quarter run that put the hosts up 78-70, and the same player twice hit a pair of free throws in the last 26 seconds to help Turow hold on. Wisniewski and Damian King each had 19 points, and King pulled down 9 rebounds, while J.P. Prince had 18 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds in victory. Korie Lucious netted 18, and Robert Witka amassed 15 points plus 12 rebounds for Rosa Radom. Meanwhile, Anwil rallied from a double-digit deficit to edge Energa Czarni Slupsk 65-63. The visitors had 11-point lead in the second quarter, but Anwil rallied in the third. Slupsk still had 58-63 lead with little under 3 minutes remaining, but the hosts finished the game on a 7-0 run to win. Deividas Dulkys netted 15, Danilo Mijatović had 14 points plus 7 rebounds and Seid Hajric 13 points plus 7 rebounds for the hosts. Roderick Trice collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Marcin Dutkiewicz scored 12 for the visitors. Polish Cup quarterfinals tipped off with a big upset on Tuesday, as Stabill Jezioro used its home court to down Stelmet Zielona Gora 83-77. The hosts led for majority of the game, building a 27-13 lead after only 9 minutes. Late in the second the hosts extended their lead, holding 49-29 at halftime. Zielona Gora started rallying late in the third, and with baskets from Christian Eyenga came within 73-72 with less than 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter. However, Marcin Nowakowski, Kevin Goffney and Andrew Fitzgerald helped Stabill pull away. Goffney paced the winners with 20 points, and Fitzgerald finished with 19 points plus 7 rebounds. Lukasz Koszarek led the visitors with 22 points and 6 assists, while Mantas Cesnauskis netted 14 in defeat. The host team Slaw Wroclaw was automatically qualified for the Final Four.

Semifinals: February 8, 2014
PGE Turow Zgorzelec and Slask Wroclaw advanced to the Intermarche Basket Cup title game with respective semifinals wins on Saturday. Turow made it to the final by downing Stabill Jezioro Tarnobrzeg 51-89 in the first semifinal. Filip Dylewicz and Tony Taylor led the winners with 15 points apiece. Damian Kulig added 14 and 12 rebounds, J.P. Prince had 11 points and Ivan Zigeranovic got 10 for Turow. Kevin Goffney led Tarnobrzeg with 14 points. Turow had a strong start and free throws by Prince gave his team a 2-7 lead. Andrew Fitzgerald and Chaisson Allen tried to change things for Tarnobrzeg but Zigeranovic and Dylewicz ignited a 0-10 run which Kulig capped with free throws to boost Turow's lead to 9-24. Three-pointers by Dylewicz and Kulig broke the game open, 15-32, at the end of the first quarter. Kulig kept pacing Turow and a three-pointer by Piotr Stelmach boosted his team's lead to 20-46 near halftime. Turow kept a 29-54 margin at the break, extending it to 43-70 early in the fourth quarter and cruised to an unquestionable win. Slask defeated Anwil Wloclawek 69-82 in the second semifinal. Danny Gibson led the winners with 21 points. Dominique Johnson added 12 while Michal Gabinski had 10 for Slask. Deividas Dulkys had 19 points for Anwil while Dusan Katnic has 12. Gabinski buried back-to-back three-pointers in an opening 2-13 run that Pawel Kikowski capped with a basket. Seid Hajric and Katnic tried to change things for Anwil but Slask boosted its margin to 11-26 after 10 minutes. Far from being done, Slask kept excelling at both ends early in the second quarter and a triple by Johnson made it a 20-point game, 13-33. Gibson joined the three-point shootout to boost Slask's margin to 28-50 at halftime. Anwil held Slask scoreless for 7 minutes after the break and a three-pointer by Danilo Mijatovic gave his team hope at 37-50. Gibson and Kikowski kept Slask way ahead, 47-61, after 30 minutes. Nothing changed from that moment, as Slask cruised to a well-deserved win.

Final: February 9, 2014
WKS Slask Wroclaw sealed its comeback to prominence by hanging on for an 87-90 win at home against PGE Turow Zgorzelec in the Polish Cup final on Sunday. Danny Gibson's 5 points in a row for Wroclaw helped decide a game that it led by just 82-83 with 90 seconds left. Michal Gabinski led the winners with 21 points, while Paul Miller and Robert Skibniewski had 14 each, Gibson and Pavel Kikowski 11 each. J.P. Prince scored 20 and Filip Dylewicz 19 for Turow. Wroclaw took a 14-25 lead behind 10 points from Miller in the first quarter. Gabinski kept the hosts ahead 41-51 at halftime. Prince and Dylewicz got Turow close enough that Tony Taylor's free throws trimmed the difference to 65-67 after three quarters. In the fourth, Skibniewski and Gabinski kept Wroclaw a step ahead until Prince and Dylewicz scored the last 5 points in a 9-2 run for Turow to make it 82-83 with 1:41 to play. That's when Gibson took over with 5 points in less than a minute to make it 83-88 and put his team in the clear for its 13th national cup and first since 2005.

SERBIA
Serbian Cup, "Kup Radivoja Koraca", February 6-9, 2014
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Quarterfinals, Day 2: February 7, 2014
FMP Zeleznik moved to the semifinals of the Serbian Cup after 89-95 overtime win over depleted Partizan NIS Belgrade which was without eight of its regular players. FMP had its biggest lead 18-27 early in the second quarter and held 38-45 halftime advantage. However, Partizan rallied in the third quarter behind Boris Dallo, and Djoko Salic put it in front 58-57. Salic and Mihajilo Andric helped Partizan extend it to 74-68 midway through the fourth, but Nikola Cvorovic fueled a 0-7 run for FMP, and it had 78-80 in the final minute before Andric hit a shot with 7 seconds remaining in the regulation to send the game into overtime. In the extra session, Ognjen Dobric, Filip Covic and Cvorovic each hit a triple for FMP to open 83-93 lead and get a big win. Cvorovic hit 7 three-pointers for 27 points to pace the winners. Covic scored 16 points, Marko Guduric had 14 points plus 8 assists, and Dobric also finished with 14 points for FMP. Petar Arnitovic scored 20 points for Partizan, Djordje Gagic amassed 15 points plus 12 rebounds, and Andric also scored 15. In the semifinals, FMP will play Mega Vizura which downed Crnokosa 88-76. Mega grabbed the lead and control in the second quarter with 14-2 run for 39-26 lead, and it never looked back. Vasilije Micic led with 21 points and 6 rebounds, Nenad Miljenovic netted 14, while Nemanja Radovic collected 13 points plus 9 rebounds. Miroslav Radic scored 18 for Crnokosa.

Quarterfinals, Day 1: February 6, 2014
Sava Lesic - Igokea Kragujevac - (photo Radnicki)The reigning Serbian Cup holder Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and Radnicki Kragujevac are the first semifinalists of the Serbian Cup. Zvezda eased into the semifinals of the competition by downing Borac Cacak 81-62 in Hala Pionir on Thursday. Even without starting point guard DeMarcus Nelson in the lineup, Zvezda led from start to finish and its victory was never in question. Five different players scored in a 13-2 first quarter run that gave the hosts 23-11 after 10 minutes. At the start of the second, Marko Simonovic had a pair of assists and a triple during a 13-0 run that pushed the lead to 36-11, and Zvezda never looked back. Charles Jenkins netted 14 points to pace the winners, Simonovic scored 13, Tadija Dragicevic 10, while big man Boban Marjanovic pulled down 11 rebounds along with 6 points. Aco Mandic scored 15 for Borac, and Nikola Pesakovic added 14 in defeat. In the semis, Zvezda will face Radnicki Kragujevac which rallied from an early double-digit deficit to beat OKK Beograd 87-72. With 10 points from Andrija Bojic, OKK built 8-23 lead late in the first quarter, but Marko Marinovic and Stefan Bircevic led Radnicki’s comeback in the second. Bircevic gave it its first lead, 28-27, and Radnicki went into halftime up 37-34. OKK took another lead in the third with baskets from Bojic and Filip Sepa, but Radnicki replied with a 14-2 run. Fueled by Milos Dimic and Marinovic, Radnicki raced to 63-52 advantage and never looked back. Bircevic and Sava Lesic had 15 points apiece in victory, and Dimic netted 12. Bojic finished with 26 points plus 8 rebounds for OKK, while Sepa scored 12.
On Friday, it is Partizan NIS vs. FMP and Mega Vizura vs. Crnokosa.

Semifinals: February 8, 2014
DeMarcus Nelson - Crvena Zvezda Telekom - EC13 (photo Nizhny Novgorod) Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade and Mega Vizura made it to the Serbian Radivoj Korac Cup! Zvezda edged Radnicki Kragujevac 82-78 at Hala Pionir on Saturday. DeMarcus Nelson led the winners with 21 points. Rasko Katic added 16, Tadija Dragicevic had 12 while Charles Jenkins got 11 for Zvezda. Marko Marinovic led Radnicki with 21 points. Sava Lesic added 13, Nikola Kalinic had 12 while Stefan Jovic got 10 for Radnicki, that trailed 21-19 after 10 minutes. A basket by Katic made it a seven-point game, 32-25, midway through the second quarter. Nelson kept pacing Zvezda and an unstoppable Katic made it a double-digit game, 44-33. A free throw by Lesic and a jumper by Jenkins fixed the halftime score at 46-34. Radnicki improved its defense after the break, as Lesic and Marinovic struck from downtown in a 0-13 run that gave their team a 46-47 edge. Lesic kept scoring fluently and a three-pointer by Marinovic boosted Radnicki's lead to 58-64 after 30 minutes. Radnicki still led 67-71 with over 4 minutes left but Katic had 6 points in an 11-2 run that gave Zvezda a 78-73 lead already in the final minute. Marinovic hit a three-pointer but Lesic missed the go-ahead shot from downtown in Radnicki's next offense. Free throws by Nelson and Branko Lazic sealed the outcome in the final 20 seconds.
Mega Vizura rallied to beat FMP Zeleznik 85-93 in the second semifinal behind 27 points from Vasilije Micic. Ratko Varda and Nemanja Radovic each added 14, Nikola Jokic had 13 while Nenad Miljenovic got 11 for Mega Vizura. Marko Guduric led FMP with 19 points. Slobodan Dundjerski added 17 while Nikola Cvorovic had 13 for FMP. Varda had 7 quick points to give Mega Vizura an early 3-9 lead. Cvorovic and Guduric struck from downtown to get FMP closer, 11-13, but Jokic and Micic stepped up to boost Mega Vizura's lead to 20-28 at the end of the first quarter. Another basket by Micic made it a double-digit game, 20-30. FMP improved its defense and used an 8-1 run that Cvorovic capped with a basket to return to the game, 28-31. Mega Vizura stayed ahead for the best part of the second quarter but Djordje Kaplanovic, free throws by Dundjerski and a three-pointer by Andrej Dzakovic allowed FMP to get a 51-46 edge at halftime. Kaplanovic gave FMP its biggest margin, 56-47, right after the break. It didn't last long, however, as Varda and Micic fueled a 0-14 run that put Mega Vizura ahead for good, 56-61. Mega Vizura boosted its margin to 61-74 at the end of the third quarter, extending it to 61-79 right after that and kept full control of the game from that moment until the final buzzer.

Final: February 9, 2014
Crvezna Zvezda Telekom Champ Serbian league 2014 (photo kkcrvenazvezda.rs)Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade retained the Radivoj Korac Cup with a thrilling 81-80 final victory Sunday over Mega Vizura thanks to Demarcus Nelson's free throw in the closing seconds. It's the first time Zvezda has held onto a national cup, whether in Serbia or Yugoslavia, for consecutive years. After a first half that swung wildly back and forth, Zvezda seemed on its way to victory until Ratko Varda tied the game 80-80 for Vizura on a three-pointer in the last half-minute. Nelson was able to make 1 of his 2 free throws after that, however, to seal the win. Rasko Katic led the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Charles Jenkins added 20 points and 5 assists, while Nelson scored 15 and Jaka Blazic 12. For Vizura, Varda and Vasilije Micic led the way with 18 points each. The scoreboard went back and forth early until Nikola Jokic's basket rocketed Vizura on a 2-15 run to finish the first quarter ahead 15-31. Zvezda wasted no time in responding behind Katic and Marko Simonovic to get back in the game in the second quarter. Katic completed the comeback at 40-40 before Varda and Jenkins traded baskets to leave a 42-42 tie at the half. Jenkins hit 2 three-pointers to push Zvezda in front 52-45 early in the third quarter, but Vizura stayed close and got within 61-60 on Marko Lukovic's basket to end of it. Nelson boosted Zvezda's lead to 72-65 with 6 minutes left, but Vizura never went away and finally tied again, 80-80, on Varda's three-pointer in the final minute. But Nelson got to the free throw line and made the first of his pair, enough to ensure the cup trophy would stay in Zvezda's hands!

SLOVENIA
Slovenian Cup, "POKAL SPAR" in Maribor, February 5-8, 2014
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Quarterfinals, Day 1: February 5, 2014
Deividas Gailius - Union OLimpija (photo Paris Levallois)Union Olimpija Ljubljana made the first step to the Slovenian Cup title defense by thrashing Sencur GGD 96-71 in Maribor on Wednesday. Olimpija led from start to finish, and used a 9-0 run at the end of the second quarter to build 52-36 halftime lead. Lead reached 72-48 in the third quarter, and cruised to victory. Deividas Gailius scored 14 points to pace the winners, while Sasu Salin, Dino Muric and Alen Omic had 13 apiece. Matic Korosec scored 15 off the bench for Sencur, and Dragan Pusic added 14 in defeat. In the semifinals, Olimpija will face last year’s finalist Helios Domzale which rallied to beat LTH Castings 70-80. LTH had a 13-point lead twice in the second quarter, but Helios cut it to 37-34 with a 2-12 run to end the second quarter, then opened the third with a 2-10 spurt, and never relinquished the lead. Djordje Majstorovic scored 25 points in victory, while Igor Maric and Blaz Mahkovic had 11 apiece. Tomo Cajic led in defeat with 19 points plus 6 rebounds. On Thursday in the remaining quarterfinal matchups, it is Krka vs. Rogaska, Hopsi vs. Grosuplje.

Quarterfinals, Day 2: February 6, 2014
Krka Novo Mesto and Hopsi Polzela moved on to the semifinals of the Slovenian Cup on Thursday. Led by 17 points and 5 rebounds from Sani Becirovic, Krka pulled away in the fourth quarter after halftime to beat Rogaska 76-61. Becirovic hit a pair of triples, and with help from Jasmin Hukic and Jaka Klobucar, Krka put together a 15-4 spurt to take 71-57 lead with under 4 minutes remaining. Klobucar, Hukic and Chris Booker each scored 13 in victory, while Jozo Brkic had 14 points and 8 rebounds for Rogaska. In the last quarterfinals, Hopsi held off Grosuplje 86-81 as Danijel Vujasinovic made a basket-plus-foul and a triple on back-to-back possessions, breaking a 70-70 tie midway through the fourth quarter as Hopsi took the lead for good. Vujasinovic netted 25 points in victory, Hugh Robertson had 15 points plus 7 rebounds, and Goran Jagodnik added 14 in victory. Kalon Williams collected 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Grosuplje, while Kannon Burrage added 15 points in defeat.

Semifinals: February 7, 2014
For the sixth time in the Slovenian Cup history it will be Union Olimpija Ljubljana vs. Krka Novo Mesto in the finals, and all the previous clashes went Olimpija’s way. Reigning holder Olimpija will be chasing its seventh consecutive title, and 20thoverall, after edging Helios Domzale 59-57, while Krka beat Hopsi Polzela 97-79 and will try to win its first ever Slovenian Cup. Olimpija rallied in the fourth quarter, using an 11-0 run during which Sasu Salin and Nebojsa Joksimovic hit triples for 55-49. With Helios trying to fight back, Alen Omic and Salin sealed it in the final 75 seconds. Omic led Olimpija with 17 points plus 11 rebounds, and Dino Muric added 10 points plus 8 rebounds in victory. Djordje Majstorovic scored 12, and Matic Rebec 10 for Helios. In the second semifinal match, Krka cruised to victory, using big second quarter in which it scored 31 points to grab 49-31 halftime lead, and it never looked back. Erjon Kastrati scored 16 points to lead the winners, Jasmin Hukic and Zvonko Buljan scored 14 apiece, and Edo Muric had 10 for Krka. Danijel Vujasinovic had 16 points and 8 assists for Hopsi. Samo Udrih scored 15, while Aleksis Wangmene and Hugh Robertson each 14 points in defeat.

Final: February 8, 2014
Krka Novo Mesto champ Slovenian Cup 2014 (photo kzs.si)Krka Novo Mesto is the Slovenian Spar Cup champion! Krka won its first-ever Slovenian Cup title by dethroning Union Olimpija Ljubljana 70-83 in Maribor on Saturday. Edo Muric led the winners with 21 points on 3-of-3 three-point shots. Sani Becirovic added 20 while Jaka Klobucar had 15 for Krka. Alex Stephenson led Olimpija with 14 points. Sasu Salin had 10 for Olimpija, that had won the Slovenian Cup in each of the last six seasons and missed the chance to lift the trophy for the 20th time since 1992. A three-pointer by Deividas Gailius gave Olimpija an early 6-2 lead. It didn't last long, as Edo Muric followed a jumper with a three-pointer for a 8-10 Krka edge. Becirovic, Edo Muric and a jumper by Klobucar allowed Krka to keep a 21-24 edge at halftime. Gailius and Dino Muric tried to keep Olimpija in the game but Krka stayed unstoppable and a layup by Zvonko Buljan made it a double-digit game, 31-41. Becirovic and Klobucar boosted Krka's margin to 35-48 at halftime. Joksimovic struck from downtown soon after the break but an outstanding Becirovic had the opening 5 points in a 0-12 run that broke the game open, 38-63. Krka kept a 49-72 margin after 30 minutes and Olimpija only rallied once the outcome was clear.

SPAIN
Spanish Cup, "Copa del Rey" in Malaga, February 6-9, 2014
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Quarterfinals, Day 1: February 6, 2014
Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid - EB13_53013 Real Madrid and CAI Zaragoza stormed into the Cope del Rey semifinals with convincing victories Thursday at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain. Madrid blasted Herbalife Gran Canaria 83-60 in the early game and Zaragoza knocked off Unicaja Malaga 74-79. Nikola Mirotic and Rudy Fernandez paced Los Blancos with 17 points apiece, Felipe Reyes added 13, Ioannis Bourousis gathered 11 rebounds and Sergio Rodriguez dished 8 assists. Samuel Tavares tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and Tomas Bellas added 10 points and 4 assists in defeat. Mirotic scored 11 points as Los Blancos raced out to a 19-9 lead through 10 minutes. The lead reached 17 on a Jaycee Carroll three early in the second quarter and Felipe Reyes took it past the 20-point barrier at the end of the half, 41-20. Madrid pumped the lead to 58-32 late in the third. Granca closed to 61-45 on a Nacho Martin score early in the fourth quarter, but would not get any closer. Damjan Rudez was perfect on four three-point attempts en route to 16 points to lead Zaragoza over Malaga. Giorgi Shermadini added 15 points, Viktor Sanikidze 12 and Joseph Jones scored 10 for the winning team. Mindaugas Kuzminskas did not miss a shot and finished with 18 points in 16 minutes for Unicaja, Nik Caner-Medley amassed 17 points and 8 rebounds and Zoran Dragic scored 15 in defeat. Shermadini dominated the paint and Rudez sank a triple as Zaragoza jumped out to a 5-13 start. A pair of Kuzminskas baskets brought Unicaja within 1 early in the second quarter before Jayson Granger completed the comeback at 21-20. A red-hot Kuzminskas and Caner-Medley keyed a 13-2 run to make it 34-24. The lead reached 12 before Shermadini cut it to 38-31 at halftime. Zaragoza took charge late in the third quarter with a 2-16 storm for a 51-58 edge early in the fourth. Unicaja battled back to within 64-66 on Dragic's free throw, but a Rudez three and Pedro Llompart free throws made it 65-74 with 1:01 to play and Zaragoza held on for the win.

Quarterfinals, Day 2: February 7, 2014
Rafa Martinez - Valencia Basket - EC13 (photo Valencia Basket)_52961FC Barcelona and Valencia Basket claimed the final two tickets to the Copa del Rey semifinals with victories on Friday in Malaga, Spain. They will face each other on Saturday. The other semifinal pits Real Madrid against CAI Zaragoza. Barcelona blasted Iberistar Tenerife 102-60, setting a competition record for the largest margin of victory. Rafa Martinez sank a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift Valencia Basket to a 74-73 victory over Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. Barca took charge with a 10-0 first quarter run and never looked back. It led 51-34 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way. Marcelinho Huertas led eight Barca scorers with at least 9 points. He finished with 13 points and 5 assists, Alex Abrines added 12 points and Juan Carlos Navarro, Kostas Papanikolaou and Erazem Lorbek netted 11 each. Barca made 53.8% of its threes and outrebounded Tenerife 46-29. In the early game, Martinez and Oliver Lafayette scored 13 points apiece to lead Valencia and Bojan Dubljevic and Justin Doellman scored 12 each. Lafayette added 6 assists and Doellman had 11 rebounds. Andres Nocioni paced Vitoria with 18 points and Tibor Pleiss finished with 16. Pleiss was strong from the start before Walter Hodge’s first basket put Laboral up 9-16. A four-point play from Nocioni boosted the Vitoria lead to double figures before Pau Ribas carried Valencia within 17-26 after 10 minutes. Valencia closed within 5 twice in the second quarter, but each time Laboral had an answer and eventually took a 13-point lead before Dublevic narrowed the gap to 35-45 at the break. The script didn’t change much in the third quarter with Valencia again coming within 5 and Vitoria again pulling back to double figures. A Martinez triple brought Valencia to 55-62 at the end of the third quarter. Valencia scored the first 7 points of the fourth quarter to tie the game, but didn’t take the lead until Doellman made it 71-69 inside of two minutes. Lamont Hamilton’s daring drive put Laboral ahead once again, 71-73, with 41.3 seconds to go. After Lafayette tied it with 27.7 seconds remaining, Valencia stopped Nocioni in the final seconds and pushed the ball upcourt to Martinez, who was foul in the last second and won the game from the line.

Semifinals: February 8, 2014
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona reached the Copa del Rey title game! Madrid thrashed CAI Zaragoza 98-66, as Rudy Fernandez led the winners with 16 points. Nikola Mirotic added 15, Sergio Rodriguez had 13 and 11 assists, Jaycee Carroll and Sergio Llull each scored 12 points while Felipe Reyes had 11 for Madrid. Giorgi Shermadini led Zaragoza with 19 points on 7-of-8 two-point shots and a game-high 8 rebounds. Damjan Rudez added 11 points for Zaragoza. Shermadini shined early to give Zaragoza a 3-6 lead. Fernandez and Llull stepped up for Madrid and a three-pointer by Mirotic gave his team a 16-10 lead. Viktor Sanikidze and Shermadini brought Zaragoza within 16-15 but Carroll and Reyes made free throws and a buzzer-beating layup by Fernandez fixed the score at 22-15 after 10 minutes. Joe Jones scored early in the second quarter but Marcus Slaughter and Reyes fueled an 11-0 run that Fernandez capped with a three-pointer that broke the game open, 33-17. Carroll struck from downtown and a dunk by Reyes soon made it a 19-point game, 40-21. Rodriguez stepped up with 6 quick points and free throws by Mirotic boosted Madrid's margin to 48-24. Shermadini and Jon Stefansson brought CAI a bit closer, 54-37, at halftime. Llull, Mirotic and Fernandez combined for all points in a 12-3 run that sealed the outcome, 66-40, soon after the break. Nothing changed from that moment, as Madrid kept a 77-50 margin after 30 minutes and had plenty of time to celebrate yet another win.
FC Barcelona used a strong start to down Valencia Basket 89-81 behind 20 points from Juan Carlos Navarro. Ante Tomic had 16 while Bostjan Nachbar added 14 for Barcelona. Romain Sato led Valencia with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Sam Van Rossom added 15 points while Justin Doellman had 12 for Valencia. Navarro got Barcelona going with back-to-back-to-back triples for a 9-0 score. Tomic shined with a layup-plus-foul and consecutive baskets by Kostas Papanikolaou gave Barcelona its first double-digit lead, 16-4. Van Rossom struck from downtown but Papanikolaou, Tomic and consecutive three-pointers by Nachbar boosted Barcelona's lead to 29-9. A dunk by Joey Dorsey fixed the score at 31-9 after 10 minutes. Lubos Barton and Rafa Martinez joined the three-point shootout early in the second quarter. Brad Oleson and Nachbar answered from downtown to keep Barcelona way ahead, 41-18. Valencia found its regular go-to guy in Justin Doellman, who got help from Juanjo Triguero to bring their team back to life, 44-33. Free throws by Marcelinho Huertas and Nachbar gave Barcelona a 15-point lead, 48-33, at halftime. Nothing really changed after the break, as Barcelona boosted its margin to 64-48 after 30 minutes and kept a double-digit margin almost until the final buzzer. Sato followed a big triple with a wild four-point play to bring Valencia within 82-75 with 1:16 but it was too little, too late for Valencia.

Final: February 9, 2014
Real Madrid Champ Copa del Rey 2014 (Photo ACB)Sergio Llull's swished jumper with one-tenth of a second left gave Real Madrid its 24th Copa del Rey victory in Spain with a thrilling 76-77 victory over its archrival, FC Barcelona, on Sunday. A game full of ties and score changes had its last, dramatic ones in the closing seconds as Brad Oleson gave Barcelona the lead with a three-point play and 8 seconds left, only to see Llull reclaim it on Madrid's last shot. Barcelona still got a tip-in try on the game's last inbounds play, but it missed, returning Madrid to the throne it last won in 2012. Rudy Fernandez led Madrid with 19 points. Nikola Mirotic had 17 and 11 rebounds, while Llull and Felipe Reyes scored 9 each. Barcelona got 15 points from Marcelinho Huertas, 14 and 9 rebounds from Ante Tomic and 11 from Oleson, including 6 in the last 70 seconds. Madrid ultimately won with better free throw shooting, 22 for 25 as compared to 15 of 27 for Barcelona. Madrid posted the first early lead, 4-8, on triples by Fernandez and Mirotic, but Barcelona stayed close neough for Oleson to give his team a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes. The second quarter featured eight lead changes and seven ties before three-pointers by Alex Abrines and Juan Carlos Navarro let Barcelona take its biggest lead, 42-37, at halftime. After the break, a three-point play by Llull and a triple by Fernandez quickly tied it 44-44, resuming the back-and-forth on the scoreboard. Madrid seemed fully in control finally when Mirotic blcoked Tomic at one end and drilled a corner triple to make it 64-71 with 2:27 to play. But after Bostjan Nachbar detonated a reverse dunk, Oleson's triple entering the final minute made it 71-75. Huertas scored a second-chance runner at 73-75 with 23 seconds left, giving Barcelona a chance to tie. After a timeout, Madrid committed a turnover that seemed fatal when Oleson drove, was fouled and made an acrobatic layup. His free throw put Barcelona ahead 76-75, but Sergio Rodriguez ran length of court, attracted three defenders and dished to Llull, who made confidently drained the game-winner.

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Turkish Cup, "SporToto Turkiye Kupasi" in Ankara, February 5-9, 2014
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Quarterfinals, Day 1: February 5, 2014
Linas Kleiza - Fenerbahce UlkerFenerbahce Ulker Istanbul and Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir are the first pair of semifinalist of the Turkish Cup that is being played in Ankara this week. Fenerbahce started its Cup defense by leading from start to finish, but needed to hold off Trabzonspor Medical Park 72-66. Led by Linas Kleiza and Bo McCalebb, Fenerbahce build 50-29 halftime lead, but Trabzonspor rallied in the third, and came within 59-57 early in the fourth. But Fenerbahce pulled away again with baskets from Kleiza and Bojan Bogdanovic, and moved into semifinals. Kleiza scored 21 points, McCalebb had 17, while Emir Preldzic collected 7 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in victory. Kirk Penney netted 21 for Trabzon. In the semis, Fenerbahce will play Pinar Karsiyaka which needed overtime to beat the host Turk Telekom 87-80. Kerem Tunceri and Kemal Nalga led Telekom early, building 24-36 lead in the second quarter, and Tunceri's triples gave the hosts another 12-point lead at the beginning of the third quarter. However, Bobby Dixon and Baris Hersek fueled an 18-2 run to put Karsiyaka in front 48-44. The teams stayed close the rest of the way in the regulation, and Nalga hit two free throws to send the game into overtime, 70-70. At the start of the extra session, Turk Telekom went in front, but Jon Diebler tied it at 78-78 with a triple, and Karsiyaka went in front for good with a basket from Esteban Batista. A three-pointer from Dixon with 40 seconds remaining, sealed it. Dixon netted 28 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds, Batista had 21 points plus 10 rebounds, while Diebler and Hersek scored 15 apiece in victory. Tunceri finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Quarterfinals, Day 2: February 6, 2014
Galatasaray Liv Hospital and Anadolu Efes Istanbul will face each other in the Turkish Cup semifinals, after getting past their quarterfinals opponents on Thursday in Ankara. The two teams joined Pinar Karsiyaka and Fenerbahce Ulker, which both won on Wednesday, and will meet in the other semifinals clash. Galatasaray moved into the semis with a 68-56 victory over Tofas. Ender Arslan led it with 12 points and 5 assists, Carlos Arroyo and Zoran Erceg added 10 points apiece and Furkan Aldemir totaled 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Chinemelu Elonu paced Tofas with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tofas jumped out to a 4-12 lead on a Serhat Cetin three-pointer, but Pops Mensah-Bonsu carried Galatasaray back within 1 at the end of the first quarter, a Henry Domercant triple put Galatasaray ahead and Erceg free throws capped a 12-0 run. Galatasaray held onto a slim lead until halftime, 33-30, before Arroyo and Arslan stretched the lead to 9 in the third quarter. Marcus Denmon rallied Tofas to 51-49 through three quarters. Sinan Guler scored twice in a 9-0 fourth-quarter run that gave Galatasaray its first double-digit lead and Coach Ergin Ataman’s charges never looked back. In the final quarterfinals match, Anadolu Efes led from start to finish, breezing past Besiktas Integral Forex 59-76. Kostas Vasileiadis paced the winners with 15 points, while Dusko Savanovic and Zoran Planinic scored 13 apiece, and Milko Bjelica added 12. Ryan Broekhoff scored 15 for Besiktas, and Mehmet Yagmur had 10 in defeat. Triples from Vasileiadis and Savanovic helped Efes open 1-12 lead at the start of the game, and built on it early in the second with back-to-back threes from Planinic and one from Birkan Batuk for 14-29. Despite baskets from Yagmur and Colton Iverson on the other end, lead kept growing. Planinic and Batuk each hit another triple, and the margin grew to 21-42, before teams went into halftime with 27-45 on the scoreboard. Doron Perkins and Broekhoff tried to get Besiktas going after the break, but Savanovic and Gonlum made sure advantage remains intact, and Bjelica hit a pair of triples for 45-64 after three quarters, and Efes cruised to victory.

Semifinals: February 7, 2014
Esteban Batista - Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir - EC13 There will be a new Turkish Cup winner this season after Pinar Karsiyaka knocked out Fenerbahce Ulker 82-73 in the semifinal on Friday in Ankara. Karsiyaka will face Anadolu Efes in the title game after the latter rallied to beat Galatasaray Liv Hospital 64-69 in the second semifinal. Jawad Williams nailed 4 three-pointers en route to 16 points, Esteban Batista and Baris Hersek added 15 each, Jon Diebler scored 13 and Bobby Dixon tallied 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Emir Preldzic led Fener with 15 points, Bojan Bogdanovic and Linas Kleiza scored 13 apiece and Nemanja Bjelica added 12 in defeat. Batista’s first 4 points put Karsiyaka up 12-6 early and Hersek scored the first basket of the second quarter to make it a double-digit advantage. Bogdanovic ended a five-minute scoring drought for Fener, but Williams came off the bench with 7 points in pushing Karsiyaka ahead 35-20. Bogdanovic heated up to bring Fener within 8 before Diebler free throws closed the gap to 40-30 at halftime. Can Altintig scored 6 points to keep Karsiyaka in control, 55-36, and Williams boosted the advantage to 21 before back-to-back threes from Melih Mahmutoglu left Fener with some hope, 59-44. A pair of Kleiza threes and Bogdanovic free throws closed the gap to 10, but it proved to be too little, too late. Jamon Lucas led Efes with 16 points and Kerem Gonlum added 13 as their team rallied for a key win. Dusko Savanovic and Kostas Vasileiadis added 10 points each. Carlos Arroyo scored 20 of his 30 points in the first half for Galatasaray. Zoran Erceg netted 15 points and Malik Hairston 11 in defeat. Arroyo was active from the start with 6 points as Galatasaray jumped to an 8-5 lead. Savanovic kept Efes close, 13-11 through one quarter, and Birkan Batuk tied it with the first basket of the second. Arroyo scored the next 5 points to put Galatasaray in front again. Three Arroyo free throws made it a double-digit margin, 29-19, and the score settled at 32-23 at the break. Efes rallied in the third quarter and tied the game at 46-46 on Gonlum free throws. The game was still tied at 58-58 with three minutes remaining. Baskets by Zoran Planinic and Gonlum gave Efes a two-possession lead. Arroyo free throws made it a 2-point game, but Vasileiadis sank 5 of 6 free throws in the final 31 seconds to help Efes ice the game.

Final: February 9, 2014
Banvit champ turkish Cup 2014 (photo tbf.org.tr)Eurocup challenger Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir made history on Sunday by defeating Anadolu Efes Istanbul 66-65 on a last-second free throw by Bobby Dixon to walk off with the Turkish Cup title! It was the first trophy this century for Izmir, who last celebrated at midcourt when it won the Turkish League and President's Cup in the 1986-87 season. This time, Dixon's shot proved the difference in a game that was even throughout. His and Esteban Batista's outside-inside scoring gave Izmir a 20-16 lead after one quarter that stretched to 26-16 on Jon Diebler's three-pointer early in the second. Birkan Batuk beat the first-half buzzer with a basket that completed an Efes comeback for a 35-35 tie. Lead changes and more ties filled the second half, with Efes staking a high lead of 52-57 with 7:40 left in the final quarter before Dixon's 5 points in a row tied it 60-60 and a three-point play by Batiste gave Izmir a 65-62 edge with 37 seconds left. With 18 seconds left, 3 free throws by Zoran Planinic forged another tie, but he was then called for fouling Dixon with a second left. Dixon made the first free throw and missed the second to ensure the victory. Dixon led the winners with 19 points while Batista had 14 and Diebler 9. Planinic led Efes with 17 points. Kerem Gonlum had 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Kostas Vasileiadis also scored 12 and Milko Bjelica 10.