National cups roundup: February 19, 2017

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National cups roundup: February 19, 2017

German Cup final

Brose Bamberg won the German Cup for the fifth time after holding off FC Bayern Munich 71-74 in the final on Sunday at Mercedez-Benz Arena in the German capital. Fabien Causeur scored 18 points and Daniel Theis posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the winners, who captured their first cup title since 2012. Bayern led by as many as 5 in the opening quarter, but Bamberg Janis Strenieks buried back-to-back threes and Causeur added another in a 0-10 run that bridged the opening two quarters and gave Bamberg a 21-28 advantage. The margin touched double figures on a Causeur-to- Theis alley-oop and stood at 36-45 at halftime. Bayern rallied to within 46-49 in the third quarter on a Danilo Barthel three-pointer, but Bamberg scored the next 6 points to lead 48-55 at the end of the quarter. An 8-2 Bayern run to open the fourth quarter made it a 1-point game, however a Nikos Zisis triple sparked a 0-7 Bamberg run. Bayern continued to battle and Reggie Redding closed the gap to 69-70 with 24 seconds remaining. Nick Johnson had a shot to give Bayern the lead, but Nicolo Melli blocked it and after Darius Miller sank free throws, Taylor missed from downtown and Bamberg was able to start celebrating. Johnson finished with 13 points for Bayern, Redding scored 11 and Barthel 10.

Italian Cup final

EA7 Emporio Armani Milano successfully defended the Italian Cup with an 84-74 come-from-behind win over Banco di Sardegna Sassari in the final on Sunday. Ricky Hickman made 5 of 7 shots from downtown en route to 25 points, Rakim Sanders scored 15 points and Milan Macvan added 11 for the winners. Sassari took charge from the start with a 2-13 run and led 11-19 after 10 minutes. A Josh Carter triple made it 15-25 midway through the second quarter, but Sanders heated up as Milan fought back and Hickman’s triple to end the half drew Milan within 34-36. A three by Sanders to open the second half gave Milan its first lead. Hickman netted another three and Davide Pascolo converted a three-point play to boost the margin to 46-40. Andrea Cinciarini further extended the margin to 9 before strong play by Gani Lawal sparked a Sassari comeback. A David Bell jumper made it 56-54 through three quarters. It was still a 2-point game four minutes into the fourth quarter when Hickman and Macvan combined for all Milan’s points in an 11-2 march to take a 75-64 advantage with 3:38 remaining. Sassari raced back with 8 straight points, but was held to a single basket over the final two minutes as Milan closed out the game from the line. Trevor Lacey paced Sassari with 15 points, Lawal scored 13 and Rok Stipcevic 11.

Lithuanian Cup final

Zalgiris Kaunas recaptured the Lithuanian Cup with a dominant second half to defeat Lietkabelis Panevezys 84-63 at Zalgirio Arena. Kevin Pangos and Brock Motum scored 14 points apiece and Pangos also delivered 7 assists to pace the winners. Leo Westermann added 12 points and Edgaras Ulanovas and team captain Paulius Jankunas netted 10 each. Zalgiris used a 7-0 spurt to build an 18-10 lead after 10 minutes, but Lietkabelis quickly closed the gap through Gintaras Leonavicius and despite another Zalgiris run to make it 32-24, Simas Galdikas scored twice in a 0-9 run that put the visitors ahead. Ulanovas lifted Zalgiris back in front 34-33 at halftime. After Donatas Tarolis tied it as 36-36 early in the third quarter, Motum shined with 7 points in a 13-0 charge as Zalgiris took charge. Lietkabelis fought to within 56-50 on Zygimantas Janavicius's three-point play, but the difference was back up to 62-50 by the end of the quarter and reached the 20s in the fourth as Zalgiris marched to victory. Galdikas and Ben Madgen scored 11 each for Lietkabelis in defeat.

Serbian Cup final

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade won the Serbian Radivoj Korac Cup for the sixth time – and fourth in the last five years – by pulling away from archrival Partizan Belgrade for a 74-64 victory at Cair Sports Center in Nis, Serbia. Marko Guduric starred with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners, Marko Simonovic also scored 18 on 3 of 3 shooting from downtown, Deon Thompson posted 15 points and 6 rebounds, Luka Mitrovic added 12 points and Stefan Jovic dished 7 assists. Partizan led 46-47 with a minute to go in the third quarter, but Guduric took over with 9 points in a 16-2 Zvezda run that all but put the game on ice. Partizan made one last push to get within 7 on a Jamon Gordon triple with five minutes remaining, however Thompson scored the next 5 points to seal the outcome. Adin Vrabac led Partizan with 12 points and Stefan Bircevic added 11.

Spanish Cup final

Real Madrid win the Spanish Copa Del Rey for the fourth season in a row and 27th time overall on Sunday by holding off Valencia Basket 97-95 in the final in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Sergio Llull carried Madrid down the stretch and finished with 22 points for the winners, while Anthony Randolph posted 20 points and 7 rebounds, Gustavo Ayon scored 18 and Jaycee Carroll 14. Four different players scored in an 8-0 first-quarter run that gave Madrid a 22-16 lead after 10 minutes. A Llull triple made it 40-30 midway through the second quarter, but Fernando San Emeterio heated up to carry Valencia to within 47-45 at halftime. A San Emeterio triple early in the third quarter made it a 1-point game and later Will Thomas and Bojan Dubljevic each tied the score, however Carroll and Llull gave Madrid a 74-71 edge entering the fourth quarter. Valencia remained close throughout the fourth quarter and Luke Sikma made it 87-85 with three minutes to go. Llull scored Madrid’s next 8 points to escape the pressure. And even though Dubljevic split free throws to get within 3 with 20 seconds left, Llull iced the game from the line. Dubljevic paced Valencia with 28 points, San Emeterio scored 17 and Joan Sastre 12.

Turkish Cup final

Banvit Bandirma captured its first ever title by defeating Anadolu Efes Istanbul 66-75 to win the Turkish Cup on Sunday in Ankara. Jordan Theodore shined with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Gediminas Orelink netted 17 points on 3-of-6 three-point shooting to pace the winners. Damian Kulig added 12 points, Gasper Vidmar posted 11 points and 11 rebounds and Jeremy Chappell had 11 and 9 for Banvit, which outrebounded Efes 34-43. Derrick Brown stood out for Efes with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Bryant Dunston and Tyler Honeycutt each scored 12 points. Chappell had 4 points in a 2-11 Banvit run that gave his team a 14-23 lead after 10 minutes. The gap reached 13 in the second quarter before Brown helped Efes get within 32-38 at halftime. The difference was down to 2 midway through the third, but Banvit extended it to 8 at the end of the quarter and to 44-55 on an Orelink triple to open the fourth. Efes battled on and after Brown buried a three with less than two minutes left, the scoreboard showed 63-66. Chappell answered from downtown and Kulig added a bucket to help Banvit hold on.