Spanish Cup semifinals
In an all-EuroLeague clash in Spanish Cup semifinals, Real Madrid pulled out 99-103 overtime win over the host Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz on Saturday. Sergio Llull finished with 23 points, and Doncic had 23 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anthony Randolph had 20 points, and Gustavo Ayon 13 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds for Madrid. Rodrigue Beaubois netted 27 on 5-for-8 three-point shooting for Baskonia. Adam Hanga had 19 points, Shane Lakrin scored 17 and dished 9 assists, while Johannes Voigtmann collected 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in defeat. Baskonia had lead early, but Doncic and Randolph scored all points in Madrid’s 4-17 second quarter spurt, helping Madrid to 35-44 halftime lead. Madrid remained with advantage in the third, but Baskonia turned it around in the fourth quarter, with Beaubois hitting three three-pointers, and Hanga and Larkin each adding one, as Baskonia opened 87-79 lead. But Randolph hit a three, Llull added a pair of baskets, then nailed a second-chance three-pointer to tie the game at 89-89 in the final minute of regulation, which proved to send the game into overtime. In the extra session, Ayon scored 8 points, and Andres Nocioni added a three to give Madrid 96-100 lead, and Los Blancos closed the game out to move into the finals.
For Cup title on Sunday Madrid will play against Valencia Basket which came from behind to beat FC Barcelona Lassa 67-76. Barcelona dominated the second quarter, and with Aleksandar Vezenkov sinking three triples and Ante Tomic scoring 11 points, it had 38-29 halftime lead. However, Valencia stormed out of the gate in the third quarter. Pierre Oriola had a three-point play and a triple, before Rafa Martinez hit three consecutive triples during a 3-19 run that gave Valencia 41-48 lead. Threes from Bojan Dubljevic and Oriola extended it to 48-59 late in the third. Petteri Koponen beat the third quarter buzzer with a three-pointer, and his another three in the fourth followed by a Xavier Munford triple helped get Barcelona within 63-68. But Sam Van Rossom and Bojan Dubljevic combined to score next 6 points, re-open an 11-point margin, and pave Valencia’s path to the finals. Fernando San Emeterio netted 16 points, Dubljevic scored 13, while Oriola had 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench in victory. Tomic amassed 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Koponen netted 16 points in defeat.
Italian Cup semifinals
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan rallied to beat Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 84-87 and reach Italian Cup finals. Rakim Sanders led the way with 22 points and 5 steals, while Davide Pascolo scored 9 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for Milan. Pietro Aradori wa Reggio Emilia’s top scorer with 14 points. Reggio Emilia had 8 different scorers in the first quarter, and finished it with a 14-4 run, capped with an Aradori triple that made it 26-18. Reggio Emilia extended it to 38-28 in the second, but Sanders scored 11 points in the second stanza to help Milan get back and tie the game at 45-45 at halftime. Teams traded leads in the third, and Aradori’s basket got Reggio Emilia in front at the end of the third quarter, 64-59. Davide Pascolo kept Milan in touch in the fourth, before Zoran Dragic, Andrea Cinciarini and Milan Macvan hit back-to-back threes to make it 81-87, and Milan held on for victory. In Sunday’s final, Milan will play Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari which downed Germani Basket Brescia 77-70. Trevor Lacey had 15 points plus 8 rebounds, and Rok Stipcevic scored 13 points in victory.
German Cup semifinals
FC Bayern Munich held off holder ALBA Berlin 78-70 at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena to reach German Cup finals on Saturday, where it was joined by Brose Bamberg which downed MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg 78-85. In the first semifinal clash, Bayern took control and lead for good in the second quarter, and Reggie Redding opened 46-38 lead at the start of the third. Redding assisted Max Kleber for a three-pointer that got Bayern to 60-48 with 2 minutes to go in the third, before Alex king hit from the outside, and Devin Booker had a dunk for the biggest lead of the night, 65-51 at the start of the fourth. However, ALBA rallied behind the support of the home crowd, and Dragan Milosavljevic leading the way. ALBA got within 3 points on three different occasions, including 73-70 in the final 2 minutes after a Niels Giffey basket. ALBA had three possessions to get closer, but Bayern did not allow another point, as Redding and Nick Johnson sealed the deal. Johnson had 19 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 rebounds to lead Bayern. Redding netted 17 points with 7 rebounds, and Kleber scored 11 in victory. Milosavljevic finished with 17 points for ALBA. Bamberg led for the start, building a 10-point lead right away. Ludwigsburg slowly melted the deficit, got within 35-36 at halftime, before edging in front 46-44 midway through the third. But Daniel Theis led Bamberg’s charge, as it pulled away to 56-71 lead when Nikos Zisis nailed a triple with 7 minutes to go in the game, cruising rest of the way. Theis and Fabien Causeur had 19 points apiece in victory, and Nicolo Melli collected 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to help Bamberg reach the final. Drew Crawford led Ludwigsburg with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Greek Cup finals
Panathinaikos Athens is the Greek Cup champion for the sixth straight season, after beating Aris Thessaloniki 68-59 in the final on Saturday. Panathinaikos lifted its 18th Cup title in Aris’s Nikos Galis Arena, having led for majority of the night. James Feldeine paced Panathinaikos to Cup victory with 18 points. Nick Calathes scored 15, while Chris Singleton and Mike James scored 9 apiece. Will Cummings scored 20 for Aris, and Michael Jenkins added 12 in defeat. In a close first half, Panathinaikos pulled away early with a 14-2 run, capped by a Singleton triple. Panathinaikos held 18-8 late in the first quarter, but Aris rallied behind a pair of triples from Michalis Tsairelis, and baskets from Cummings, taking 24-25 lead. But James and Feldeine made sure the Greens take 29-27 into halftime, before Alessandro Gentile and Kenny Gabriel helped open 40-29 margin midway through the third. A three-pointer and a three-point play from Feldeine had Panathinaikos up 50-37 after 30 minutes, which opened a 17-point margin early in the fourth, but Aris hit four consecutive triples through Jenkins, Jamon Gordon and Cummings, cutting it to 54-49. Aris got within 58-54, but K.C. Rivers hit a second-chance three, before Calathes and Singleton sealed the deal, securing first trophy of 2017 for Panathinaikos.
Lithuanian Cup semifinals
Zalgiris Kaunas has reached the final of the Lithuanian Cup where it will play against Lietkabelis Panevezys at the Zalgirio Arena on Sunday afternoon. Zalgiris topped Vytautas in the semifinals 76-55. Brock Motum’s three-pointer sparked a 14-0 second quarter run, capped with an Arturas Milaknis’ triple that made it 38-23 midway through the second quarter. Zalgiris has 46-32 halftime, but continued to increase the margin quickly in the third quarter, and led 68-41 after 30 minutes, easing to victory. In a balanced effort, Lukas Lekavicius led the victors with 10 points, while Edgaras Ulanovas scored 9 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Vytenis Lipkevicius had 14 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. In the earlier semifinals, Lietkabelis edged Juventus 75-70 behind five double-digit scorers. Lorenzo Williams had 15 points, Ben Madgen collected 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Ksistof Lavrinovic and Zygimantas Skucas scored 13 apiece. Vaidas Cepukaitis collected 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Gytis Sirutavicius scored 19 in defeat.
Turkish Cup semifinals
Anadolu Efes Istanbul is back in the Turkish Cup finals after a one-year break, after holding off Pinar Karsiyaka 79-74 in the semifinals on Saturday. Efes never trailed in the second half, after holding a slim 39-38 lead at the break. Tyler Honeycutt, Jayson Granger, Bryant Dunston and Derrick Brown helped open 54-47 in the third, but Karsiyaka was not going away behind J’covan Brown and Josh Owens. DeShaun Thomas hit a three for Efes in the closing seconds of the third quarter, making it 61-56, and Granger’s three early in the fourth opened 66-56. However, Karsiyaka replied with a 4-13 run, capped by Covan Brown’s basket that cut it to 70-69. But Thomas hit another triple, Derrick Brown scored on a fast break, and Efes closed it out. Dunston amassed 14 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Thomas Herutel also scored 14, Thomas had 12, while Derrick Brown collected 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in victory. DaJuan Summers an J’Covan Brown scored 17 apiece, and Owens had 13 poitns and 10 boards in defeat. In Sunday’s final Efes will play against Banvit Bandirma which rallied to beat Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul 71-68 in the first semifinal. Galatasaray used a 0-10 run in the third quarter to take the lead, and it held 47-51 after 30 minutes. But Jordan Theodore scored 15 points in the fourth quarter for Banvit, including 4 of 4 free throws in the final 90 seconds to give Banvit 71-68 advantage. Galatasaray had last 12 seconds for the final possession, during which Sinan Guler and Jon Diebler attempted three-pointers, but did not hit the target. Theodore finished with 20 points, and Gediminas Orelik had 17 points in victory. Vladimir Micov had 13 points to lead five Galatasaray scores in double figures, as Alex Tyus, Goksenin Koksal and Diebler each scored 12, while Guler had 11 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in defeat.
Serbian Cup semifinal
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade will be contending for the Serbian Cup trophy after beating FMP Zeleznik 76-60 on Saturday, reaching the Cup finals where it will face its arch-rival Partizan Belgrade on Sunday. Marko Guduric was unstoppable in the first half for Zvezda, shooting 9 of 12 from the field, scoring 21 points. Zvezda opened a double-digit margin already in the first quarter, and behind Guduric held 48-32 lead at halftime. In the second half, Zvezda cruised, keeping FMP at bay led by Charles Jenkins and Marko Simonovic. Guduric finished with 21 points, Jenkins had 11, and Simonovic chipped in with 10 for Zvezda. Marko Ljubicic scored 18, while Isaiah Austin had 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. In the finals, Zvezda will play Partizan, which beat Mega Leks 65-77 in second semifinal on Saturday behind 19 points from former EuroLeague Rising Star Trophy winner Novica Velickovic, and 11 points and 8 assists from Branislav Ratkovica.