Efes advances to Turkish Cup semifinals
Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Besiktas Istanbul joined Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Turk Telekom Ankara in the Turkish Cup semifinals with wins on Thursday in the Turkish capital. Efes defeated Gaziantep 73-59 in Thursday's early game. Adrien Moerman tallied 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead Efes, which will face the winner of Thursday's second quarterfinal between Tofas Bursa and Besiktas Istanbul in the semifinals on Saturday. Gaziantep led by as many as 5 points in the second quarter, but Efes finished the first half on a 7-0 run and led by double figures by the middle of the third quarter. Gaziantep never got closer than 10 in the fourth quarter. Vasilije Micic added 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Shaquielle McKissic paced with 11 points. Later, Besiktas bested Tofas Bursa 83-89 behind 30 points from Jason Rich. Tofas battled back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to take a 72-71 lead 4 minutes into the fourth quarter, but Rich came to the rescue and led Besiktas to the victory. Sammy Mejia led Tofas with 18 points.
Spain: Barcelona eliminates Valencia in quarters
FC Barcelona Lassa and Iberostar Tenerife were the big winners on the first day of Spain's Copa del Rey. Barcelona used a big fourth quarter to eliminate Valencia Basket 86-79 at the WiZink Center in Madrid. Thomas Heurtel scored 17 points and Pau Ribas 15 to lead Barcelona. Louis Labeyrie's three-pointer gave Valencia a 65-69 lead with 6 minutes remaining, however, Barcelona soon reeled off 13 unanswered points to lead 84-73 with a minute and a half to go. Adam Hanga knocked down a pair of three-pointers in that run to lock down the win. Bojan Dubljevic led Valencia with 13 points. Tenerife eliminated Unicaja Malaga 88-78 in the early game. Colten Iverson led the way with 19 points and Ferran Bassas added 16 for the winners. Tenerife took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and was in control, 79-63, midway through the fourth quarter. Unicaja rallied late to close the gap, but never threatened the outcome. Dragan Milosavljevic led Unicaja with 16 points.
Croatian Cup final will be Cedevita vs. Cibona
The Kresimir Cosic Cup final will feature Cedevita Zagreb against Cibona Zagreb for the second year in a row after both teams won semifinal games on Thursday in Split. Cedevita led from tip to buzzer in trouncing Gorica 93-63. Elgin Cook paced the winning effort with 20 points, Jakov Mustapic added 14 points and Tini Katic 10. Cedevita shot 48.0% (12 for 25) on three-pointers and forced Gorica into 25 turnovers in two keys to the win. In the early game, Cibona held off a late Zadar rally for an 83-81 victory. After trailing by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, Zadar rallied to within 1 with a minute to go and had the ball, but after a turnover and a Marin Rozic layup that put Cibona up 81-78, Cibona held on from the free throw line to clinch the win. Josip Bilinovac paced Cibona with 22 points and Marko Ljubicic added 15. Mario Little posted 29 for Zadar in defeat.
Partizan claims semifinals spot in Serbian Cup
Partizan NIS Belgrade and FMP became the first two semifinalists in Serbia's Radivoj Korac Cup on Thursday. Partizan roared past Novi Pazar 102-72 to reach the semifinals for the fifth season in a row. Djordje Gagic was nearly perfect in tallying 27 points and 12 rebounds in 18 minutes to lead the way. Marko Pecarski added 14 points for Partizan. Earlier, MVP routed Sveti Djordje 112-58. Stefan Djordjevic scored 20 points in 19 minutes to lead FMP, for which all 11 players who played scored at least 6 points. The game was knotted 23-23 after 10 minutes before FMP pulled way and outscored its opponent by 20 points in each of the next two quarters in cruising to victory. The second set of quarterfinal games will be played on Friday.
Italy: Bologna, Cremona punch semifinals tickets
Virtus Bologna stunned AX Armani Olimpia Exchange 84-86 and Vanoli Cremona defeated Openjobmetis Varese 82-73 in the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Thursday. The game was not as close as the final score would indicate with Bologna leading by multiple possessions throughout the fourth quarter and Milan only getting within 2 on a Curtis Jerrells triple on the buzzer. Tony Taylor scored 23 points and Pietro Aradori 16 for Bologna, which took a big step towards adding to its record eight Italian Cup triumphs. James Nunnally paced Milan with 19 points while leading scorer Mike James shot just 1 for 11 on three-pointers and finished with 13 points. For Cremona, Drew Crawford scored 22 points and Wesley Saunders added 20.
Polish Cup: Polpharma, Stal win openers
Polpharma Starogard Gdanski and Arged BMSlam Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski won their respective quarterfinal games on Thursday. Polpharma outlasted Legia Warsaw 67-74. Polpharma led by as many as 22 points twice in the first half and seemed on its way to a rout. Warsaw slowly fought back and came within 65-67 with 1:11 remaining, but a Daniel Golebiowski triple gave Polpharma control and it held on the rest of the way. Justin Bibbins finished as Polpharma's top scorer with 20 points and captain Kacper Mlynarski posted 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mo Soluade paced Warsaw with 20 in defeat. Stal defeated Stelmet Enea BC Zielona Gora 64-71 behind a huge fourth quarter. Zielona Gora led by 4 going into the final quarter, but Mike Scott and Ivan Maras hit back-to-back threes to key a late 0-9 Stal run to claim the victory. Mateusz Kostrzewski paced the winners with 14 points.