Arch-rivals FC Barcelona Lassa and Real Madrid are the finalists of the Spanish Cup. Barcelona held off Iberostar Tenerife 92-86 in the first semifinal on Saturday in Madrid. Two triples from Kyle Kuric early in the second quarter gave Barcelona 25-16 lead, before Adam Hanga, Kevin Seraphin and Kevin Pangos pushed the margin into double digits. Barcelona held 41-29 at halftime, then scored on 7 consecutive third-quarter possessions to keep the margin, before two more triples from Pangos helped Barcelona make a 12-2 run late in the third, open 72-50 lead. Tenerife rallied late in the fourth and got within 85-78 on a layup by Sebas Saiz with 54 seconds left, but Kuric answered with a jumper to help Barcelona prevail. Pau Ribas had 14 points to lead Barcelona’s six double-digit scorers, as Pangos and Kuric added 12 apiece. Tim Abromaitis netted 24 points for Tenerife. In the second semi, Madrid cruised past Divina Joventut 93-81. Three-pointers from Facundo Campazzo, Anthony Randolph and Sergio Llull helped Madrid open 26-16 late in the first quarter, and threes from Jaycee Carroll and Jeffrey Taylor kept the margin in double figures in the second before a three-point play from Felipe Reyes extended it to 41-25. Madrid held 48-38 at halftime, and after the second triple from Albert Ventura that got Joventut within 54-48, Gabriel Deck and Llull hit back-to-back threes in a 12-0 run that opened a 20-point margin, 71-51 late in the third, and Madrid never looked back. Gustavo Ayon had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory, and Campazzo also scored 16 points. Conor Morgan led Joventut with 20 points.
Partizan NIS Belgrade will attempt to defend its title after topping FMP Zeleznik 71-83 and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade pulled away late to beat Mega Bemax 92-70 to set up a Sunday’s Serbian Cup final between arch-rivals in Nis. It was a back-and-forth battle between Partizan and FMP until Vanja Marinkovic knocked down back-to-back triples to cap a 0-8 run and give Partizan its first double-digit lead of the night, 49-59. FMP closed within 59-63, but Jock Landale and Novica Velickovic sparked a 2-10 run that restored a double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter before Partizan closed out the game. Landale collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, Marinkovic netted 17 points while Alex Renfroe finished with 13 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the victory. Stefan Pot led FMP with 15 points. Zvezda was down 60-63 against Mega early in the fourth quarter, but Billy Baron caught fire, hitting four triples in as many attempts, and Joe Ragland added another one as Zvezda opened 81-68 lead with 3:44 to go, securing victory. Baron finished with 20 points on 6-for-8 from long range, and Stratos Perperoglou played a big role in the victory with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Edin Atic had 20 points and 7 rebounds for Mega.
Cedevita Zagreb knocked down 17 three-pointers in route to securing its sixth consecutive Croatian Cup trophy, topping Cibona Zagreb 74-89 in the final that took place in Split on Saturday. Cedevita shot 17-for-29 from long range, with Filip Kruslin hit 7-of-11 three-pointers to finish with game-high 21 points. Toni Katic and Karlo Zganec scored 13 apiece in the victory. Kruslin hit a triple to become first of five different Cedevita players with one triple in the first quarter, for Cedevita to take a 17-28 lead. Cibona scored the first 11 points of the second quarter, but Edo Muric hit from long range, before Zganece and Justin Cobbs made sure Cedevita takes 40-43 edge into the break. At the start of the third, Jakov Mustapic hit one before Kruslin hit three consecutive triples in a 0-14 run that opened 40-57. Cibona got back into single digits in the fourth quarter, but Katic hit twice from downtown and Elgin Cook and Kruslin each once to seal the outcome. Damir Markota paced Cibona with 16 points plus 8 rebounds.
Buducnost Voli Podgorica lifted its sixth consecutive Montenegrin Cup trophy after beating Sutjeska 85-71 in its Moraca on Saturday night. This is 12th domestic Cup title in 13 seasons for Buducnost, which started pulling away in the second quarter with back-to-back-to-back triples from Edwin Jackson that made it 36-28. It was all a part of an 18-1 run, capped by a three-pointer from Sead Sehovic that gave Buducnost 43-29 halftime lead. Margin grew to 18 points early in the third, and Sutjeska did not manage to threaten after the break as Buducnost kept the lead in double-digits at all times, cruising to lift another trophy in front of its fans. Jackson and Sead Sehovic finished as Buducnost top scorers with 16 points apiece. Suad Sehovic added 13, while the Cup MVP, Norris Cole, had 10 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds. Nikola Pavlicevic led Sutjeska with 29 points in defeat.
It will be an all-EuroLeague showdown between city rivals in the Turkish Cup on Sunday, after Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul won their respective semifinal clashes in Ankara on Saturday. Efes successfully continued the defense of its Turkish Cup title, downing the city rival Besiktas Istanbul 78-70. Efes never trailed in the game, and behind Vasilije Micic and Adrien Moerman who combined to score 22 first-quarter points, Efes led 24-12 after 10 minutes. Besiktas stayed close until Moerman hit a pair of triples and Krunoslav Simon hit one in an 11-0 run that extended it to 49-32 early in the third quarter. Three triples from Rodrigue Beaubois pushed the lead to 65-39 in the third quarter, before Besiktas cut the margin in the final quarter. Moerman starred as the only double-digit scorer with 29 points, on 7-for-7 two-point shooting and 5-for-9 from long range, while Micic had 9 point and 9 assists. Erkan Veyseloglu scored 16 for Besiktas. In the second semi, Fenerbahce edged the host Turk Telekom Ankara 73-65 in a dramatic encounter. Three triples from Melih Mahmutoglu helped Fenerbahce to a 20-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Sylven Landesberg and T.J. Campbell got a 2-11 run going to put Turk Telekom back in front. Fenerbahce held 36-33 halftime lead, and Marko Guduric and Kostas Sloukas helped extend it to 47-37 midway through the third quarter. However, Turk Telekom rallied again behind Landesberg and Metin Turen, tying it at 58-58 early in the fourth. Even tough Nikola Kalinic hit a triple that put his team up for good, Fenerbahce only sealed the deal with a triple from Sloukas that made it 71-65 just 16 seconds before the final buzzer. Sloukas led Fenerbahce with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, while Mahmutoglu netted 16 points. Landesberg led Turk Telekom with 18 points.
Zalgiris Kaunas and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius are the finalists of the Lithuanian Cup for the second consecutive season after big semifinal wins on Saturday in Vilnius. The reigning Cup holder Zalgiris crushed Lietkabelis Panevezys 89-58 in the first semifinal. Marius Grigonis fueled a 7-0 run that helped Zalgiris take a 25-18 lead after the first quarter, and Leo Westermann hit two triples in a 15-2 run to open the second quarter and make it 49-30. Zalgiris never looked back, cruising to a big victory as Grigonis netted 19 points, while Paulius Jankunas and Arturas Milaknis had 13 apiece. Mindaugas Kupsas scored 12 in the losing effort. In the second semifinal, Rytas beat Neptunas Klaipeda 86-72 after pulling away very early. A 12-2 first-quarter run gave Rytas lead for good, before back-to-back triples from Mindaugas Girdziunas and Chris Kramer helped the hosts to a 33-23 lead after 10 minutes. Rytas followed it up with an 18-1 second-quarter spurt, with Eimantas Bendzius and D.J. Seeley in main roles, extending the advantage to 53-27. The lead was as big as 69-38 in the third quarter, as Rytas eased to win. Kramer paced Rytas with 20 points, Bendzius scored 15 and Seeley had 14 in a victory. Lorenzo Williams led Lietkabelis with 13 points.
ARKA Gdynia has reached the Polish Cup final for the first time in 10 years after edging Dabrowa Gornicza 78-81 in Saturday’s semifinals in Warszawa. Arka went up 64-68 midway through the fourth quarter on a three-pointer by Garbacz. Another three by Jakub Garbacz, and two more by Devidas Dulkys kept the team in front 71-77 going to the last minute, and Arka prevailed. James Florence led in victory with 18 points and 8 assists. Garbacz had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Dulkys collected 14 points plus 11 rebounds. The other finalist is BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski which held off Polpharma Starogard Gdanski 66-76 as Mike Scott had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz netted 15 points for Stal.
French Leaders Cup
Strasbourg held off Limoges CSP 72-63 to book a place in the final where it will face JL Bourg-en-Bresse. Strasbourg built 44-28 halftime lead, but Limoges rallied within 60-58 with 6 and a half minutes to go. But Mike Green and Jeremy Nzeulie made sure Strasbourg does not relinquish the lead. Nzeulie had 15 points, and Green had 9 points and 9 assists in the victory, while Dwight Hardy netted 14 for Limoges. JL Bourg downed Levallois Metropolitans 86-79, with Zach Peacock amassing 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Vanoli Cremona will play Happy Casa Brindisi in the final of the Italian Cup. In Saturday’s semifinals, Cremona topped Virtus Bologna 102-91 as Travis Diener netted 26 points on 6-for-9 three-point shooting. Mangok Mathiang added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Brindisi held off Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 86-87, with John Brown scoring 20 points, and Jeremy Chappell collecting 18 points plus 9 rebounds.