National cups roundup: February 18, 2018

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National cups roundup: February 18, 2018

Barcelona edges Madrid in Spanish Cup final

FC Barcelona Lassa held off a late Real Madrid charge for a 90-92 victory in the Spanish Copa del Rey final on Sunday at Gran Canaria Arena. Pau Ribas scored 21 points to lead Barcelona, which lifted the Cup for the first time since 2013. Ante Tomic posted 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Adam Hanga and Rakim Sanders netted 12 points apiece for the victors. Barcelona outrebounded Madrid 23-39. Jaycee Carroll paced Los Blancos with 18 points, Trey Thompkins got 17 on 5-of-5 three-point shooting and Luka Doncic, Facu Campazzo and Rudy Fernandez added 14 points apiece. Thompkins nailed a three to cap a 7-0 first-quarter run that put Madrid up 21-13, but Ribas rallied Barcelona back, Thomas Heurtel put his team up 26-28 and a Pierre Oriola triple made it 34-40 at the break. Ribas and Hanga drilled back-to-back triples to start a 0-11 run early in the third quarter as the difference shot up to 40-58 on a Ribas layup. Down 13 with three and a half minutes left, Madrid rallied to get within 2 after a pair of Thompkins threes and had a chance to win it on a Fabien Causeur three at the buzzer, but he missed, Madrid could not put the offensive rebound back and Barcelona was able to celebrate.

Fiat Turin takes its first cup in Italy on Vujacic’s game-winner

Sasha Vujacic’s layup in the dying seconds lifted Fiat Turin to a 69-67 victory over Germani Basket Brescia for the club’s first Italian Cup. After a series of threes in the closing seconds left the game tied, Brescia had the ball for what appeared to be the final possession, however Marcus Landry and Luca Vitali each missed from downtown, Deron Washington picked up the loose ball and started a fast break that Vujacic finished with the winning layup. Diante Garrett paced Fiat with 16 points, Nobel Boungou-Colo and Vander Blue added 11 points apiece and Washington scored 10 for the winners. Landry paced Brescia with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Michele Vitali added 14 points in defeat.

Ulanovas leads Zalgiris to second straight Lithuanian Cup

Zalgiris Kaunas dominated the second half to beat Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 81-62 on Sunday in Klaipeda to win the Lithuanian Cup for the second year in a row. The reigning Lithuanian champs outscored their archrival 44-23 over the final 19 minutes to cruise to a one-sided victory. Edgaras Ulanovas was named MVP for the second season in a row after leading Zalgiris with 21 points on just 2 missed shots plus 8 rebounds. Aaron White added 14 points, Kevin Pangos posted 11 points and 7 assists and Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 10. Chris Kramer netted 16 points for Rytas. Zalgiris dominated inside to the tune of 48 points in the paint, compared to 28 for Rytas.

Turkey: Efes brings home the trophy

Anadolu Efes Istanbul brought home the Turkish Cup for the first time since 2015 by upending Tofas Bursa 78-61 in the final in Istanbul. Errick McCollum scored 23 points to lead Efes, Krunoslav Simon tallied 19 points and 7 assists, Bryant Dunston posted 13 points and 10 rebounds and Brock Motum added 10 points for Efes. Tony Crocker paced the Tofas attack with 11 points. Efes outshot Tofas from every range, with Tofas especially struggling from downtown (1 for 18; 5.5%). Tofas scored the first 2 points of the game through Raymar Morgan free throws, but Efes responded with a Motum triple that triggered a 9-0 run and Efes never trailed again. The lead reached 16 in the second quarter, sat at 40-32 at halftime and peaked at 22 in the fourth as Efes marched to victory.

Bayern lifts its first German Cup since 1968

Jared Cunningham scored 6 points in a late 11-0 fourth-quarter run as FC Bayern Munich came from behind to beat ALBA Berlin 80-75 for the team’s first German Cup in exactly 50 years. Cunningham finished with 28 points to pace the winners, who lost to ALBA in the final last season. Reggie Redding added 13 points and Vladimir Lucic scored 12 for Bayern. Luka Sikma led ALBA with 14 points, Bogdan Radosavljevic scored 12 and Peyton Siva added 11 in defeat. ALBA led for the majority of the game; six ALBA players scored in a 0-14 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to make it 54-64. However the final minutes belonged to Bayern.

Partizan recaptures Serbian Cup glory

Partizan NIS Belgrade captured its first Serbian Cup since 2012 by defeating archrival Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 75-81 in Cair. Nigel Williams-Goss starred with 23 points and 7 assists to lead Partizan, Novica Velickovic added 13 points and 7 rebounds, Djordje Gagic scored 12 and Vanja Marinkovic 10. Milko Bjelica and Nemanja Dangubic paced Zvezda with 14 points apiece and Dylan Ennis netted 10 in defeat. Four different Partizan players struck from downtown in a 3-18 surge to close the first quartet that made it 9-25. The margin reached 20 twice in the second quarter and was 31-49 at halftime. Zvezda fought back in the third quarter to within 47-52, but Williams-Goss scored half the points in a 0-10 run that put Partizan back in control. Stefan Jankovic helped Zvezda rally again in the fourth and Mathias Lessort made it 66-69 with three minutes to go, but Partizan hung on.