Domestic roundup: June 18

Jun 18, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Domestic roundup: June 18

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade completed a magical season with a 3-0 sweep of rival Partizan NIS Belgrade to win the Serbian League championship. Zvezda won a Game 3 defensive battle 58-54 Thursday for its first national championship since 1998. Zvezda finished the season with three crowns: The Serbian League and Cup and the Adriatic League championship. Luka Mitrovic and Branko Lazic scored 13 points apiece and Maik Zirbes posted 9 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. Little separated the sides early as the first quarter featured six ties before ending with Zvezda ahead 18-17. It was tied again at 22-22 before Partizan shut down the Zvezda attack and built a 28-37 halftime advantage. The hosts turned the tables on Partizan in the third quarter by holding the visitors scoreless for a seven-minute stretch that went into the fourth quarter and saw Zvezda sore 13 unanswered points for a 48-44 lead. The defenses set the tone in the final stanza and Dragan Milosavljevic closed the gap to 2 in the final minute, but Zvezda did not break and Zirbes sealed the win from the line. Nikola Milutinov paced Partizan with 17 points and Milan Macvan added 8 points and 10 boards in defeat.

A huge fourth-quarter from David Logan lifted Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari over Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 80-77 for the hosts' first win in the Italian League finals. Logan scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter for Sassari, which trailed by 13 early in the fourth quarter. He made 7 of 12 three-pointers. Jerome Dyson added 16 points and 8 rebounds and Edgar Sosa and Rakim Sanders scored 13 apiece for the winners. Reggio Emilia threatened early with Rimantas Kaukenas leading a 0-9 run for a 5-11 lead, but Sassari bounced back to take the lead on a Shane Lawal basket-and-foul. Sosa gave the hosts a 26-22 lead after 10 minutes. A Logan triple stretched the lead to 9 early in the second quarter and Sosa soon made it 36-25. Vitalis Chikoko scored the last two baskets of the half to bring the visitors back within 43-37 at the break. Reggio Emilia came out for the second half and took charge by scoring 16 unanswered points. Amedeo Della Valle drilled 3 three-pointers during the run. The hosts were held to just 4 third-quarter points and Della Valle’s free throw made it 47-56 through three quarters. Sassari made a late run as Logan connected on 5 three-pointers to eventually tie it at 66-66 with 2:20 remaining. Then a Sosa steal and layup put Sassari up 70-68 with 1:30 to go. Dyson hit a tough jumper for a 6-point lead with 49 seconds left. Della Valle drew Reggio Emilia within 1 with free throws with 2.9 seconds on the clock, but Brian Sacchetti countered with free throws and Della Valle missed a desperation three at the buzzer. Della Valle paced Reggio Emilia with 18 points, Kauknas scored 16, Achille Polonara added 14 points and 8 rebounds and Andrea Cinciarini had 9 points and 11 assists in defeat.

Defending French League champion Limoges CSP took a 2-1 lead in the French League finals after beating Strasbourg 71-59 in Game 3. Jamar Smith scored 17 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting, Nobel Boungou-Colo tallied 16 points and 5 assists and Leo Westerman added 11 points for Limoges, which took control with a 15-2 run that bridged the first and second quarters. Strasbourg started strong and led 5-12 midway through the first quarter, but Westermann drilled a three-pointer and Mickeal Gelabale added a three-point play to cap an 8-0 run that put the hosts up 16-14 after 10 minutes. The momentum remained with Limoges, which led 25-16 after a Smith three-pointer. Ali Traore rallied Strasbourg to within 4, but Smith’s third three of the game made it 36-27 at the break. The hosts’ defense stifled Strasbourg at the start of the second half, built a 48-30 cushion and the outcome was never again in doubt. Traore and Jeremy Leloup scored 15 points each to lead the Strasbourg attack and Antoine Diot added 11 in defeat.