Spain: Madrid dominates in quarterfinals
Real Madrid wasted little time in dispatching its cross-town rival, Estudiantes, to with their quarterfinal showdown in the Spanish Cup by 94-63 on Friday. Jefferey Taylor and Rudy Fernandez split the first 12 points of a 21-7 second quarter that blasted Madrid to a 50-34 halftime lead. Madrid compiled a difference of 44-21 in the middle quarters to win going away. Gustavo Ayon and Gabriel Deck paced the winners with 16 points each, while Jaycee Carroll had 11 and Anthony Randolph 10. Walter Tavares had 14 rebounds and 2 blocks in less than 20 minutes for Madrid. In Friday's first quarterfinal, Divina Joventut started scoring early and never stopped on the way to an 89-98 win over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Nico Laprovittola exploded for Joventut with 36 points on near-perfect shooting and dished 7 assists on his way to a 50 performance index rating, a Copa del Rey record. Matt Janning scored 18 points and Luca Vildoza 16 for Baskonia.
France: Limoges pushes through to semis
Limoges CSP pushed into the Leaders Cup semifinals in France by downing Nanterre in blowout fashion, 75-98, on Friday. Holding a 35-44 edge at halftime, Limoges opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run in which Axel Bouteille had 5 points to take over the game for good at 35-53. Bouteille hit 5 triples on the way to 28 points for the winners, while Dwight Hardy pumped in 21, Jerry Boutsiele 16 and Isaiah Miles 15 for Limoges. Bourg-en-Bresse sprung the upset of the Leaders Cup quarterfinals by stopping LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 86-88. Garrett Sim's three-pointer entering the final minute broke an 82-82 tie and his team hung on to win behind 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals from power forward Zachery Peacock. ASVEL got 15 points from Theo Maledon, 14 from David Lighty and 12 from Alexis Ajinca in defeat. In the other quarterfinals, Levallois defeated Pau-Orthez 87-94 and Strasbourg topped Dijon 65-74.
Serbia: Zvezda rallies late to win
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade marched into the Serbian Cup semifinals on Friday by downing Dynamic VIP 75-70. Zvezda fell behind 30-39 at halftime and went down even further, 48-58, after three quarters, but locked down its defense thereafter to secure the victory. Billy Baron led the fourth-quarter charge for Zvezda and finished with a team-high 21 points. Dejan Davidovac, Borisa Simanic and Ognjen Dobric added 13 points to the cause. Zvezda will face Mega Bemax, a 73-69 winner over Borac, in the semifinals.
Montenegro: Buducnost makes another final
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica will aim for its sixth straight Montenegrin Cup title on Saturday after coming from behind to stop Mornar Bar 82-92 in their semifinal. Buducnost trailed by 15 points after the opening quarter, but recovered from missing its first 12 three-point tries to trim that difference to 42-43 by halftime. After a 1-15 third-quarter run, Buducnost was on its way to the victory. Backcourt superiority spelled the difference as Petar Popovic drilled 21 points and Norris Cole followed with 20 and 6 assists. Sutjeska, a 78-82 winner over Lovcen in the other semifinal, will be Buducnost's opponent for the trophy. Buducnost has won 11 of the 12 editions of the national cup. Sutjeska was the only other winner, in 2014.
Poland: Gdynia to semis
Arka Gdynia found its way into the Polish Cup semifinals by stopping Anwil Wloclawek 80-84 in their quarterfinal clash on Friday. Marcus Ginyard was the big gun for the winners with 26 points on 6-for-9 two-point shooting to go with 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Italy: Sassari, Brindisi advance
On the second night of the Italian Cup quarterfinals, Sassari edged Venezia 88-89 behind 24 points from Dyshawn Pierre and Brindisi out-gunned Avellino 95-98 as Adrian Banks poured in 26 points.