National cups roundup: February 12, 2020

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National cups roundup: February 12, 2020

Lithuanian Cup: Zalgiris romps into semis

Zalgiris Kaunas stepped strong into the final four of the Karalius Mindaugas Cup on Wednesday by brushing aside Siauliai with a 105-66 victory. A 28-17 first quarter set the pace for a difference on the scorebard that just kept getting bigger as the game went on. All 12 Zalgiris players had a part in the scoring and were led by Rokas Jokubaitis with 17 points. Big men Zach LeDay and Jock Landale added 15 each for the winners. Zalgiris will now face Lietkabelis in the semis on Saturday, while Rytas Vilnius faces Neptunas.

Greek Cup: Promitheas reaches first final!

Promitheas Patras has made the Greek Cup final for the first time in club history by downing Peristeri 67-61 in their semifinal in Heraklion, Crete on Wednesday. Loukas Mavrokefalidis paced the winners with 26 points on stellar shooting: 6-for-8 on two-pointers, 4-for-7 on threes and 4-for-5 on free throws. He also pulled down 7 rebounds. Dimitris Katsivelis followed him with 13 points and Dimitris Agravanis added 11 while Langston Hall had 9 points and 8 assists for the winners. Promitheas broke open a close, 52-47 game after three quarters by scoring the first 9 points of the fourth to stake a 61-47 lead with 5 minutes left to play, which proved too much for Peristeri to make up. Promitheas will play the winner of Wednesday's second semifinal, between AEK Athens and second-division Diagoras Dryopideon, in the final on Sunday.

Turkish Cup: Fenerbahce aces quarterfinal

Defending champion Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul went through to the Turkish Cup semifinals again in fine fashion on Wednesday, defeating Teksut Bandirma 100-70 at home in the Ulker Sports and Event Hall. Team captain Melih Mahmatoglu was the big gun for Fenerbahce, with 18 points, but he had plenty of company. Kostas Sloukas and James Nunnally added 16 points each, Jan Vesely 15 and Ali Muhammed 12. Fenerbahce fell behind 13-20 in the first quarter before staging a remarkable turnaround with a 21-4 run that pointed the way to a blowout victory. The winners will face Turk Telekom in the semis on Friday in Ankara for the chance to reach Sunday's final against the victory between Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul and Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul.