Spanish Cup: Valencia, Real stay alive
Valencia Basket and Real Madrid qualified to the Spanish Copa del Rey semifinals. Valencia topped FC Barcelona 78-82 in Malaga on Thursday. Mike Tobey led the winners with 16 points. Bojan Dubljevic added 13 while Aaron Doornekamp had 12. Nikola Mirotic led Barcelona with 25 points. Victor Claver added 15 while Malcolm Delaney and Cory Higgins each had 10. Delaney and Claver each struck from downtown in an 8-0 opening run. Fernando San Emeterio ignited Valencia's rally and a three-pointer by Quino Colom gave his team a 18-19 lead after 10 minutes. Tobey took over early in the second quarter and Alberto Abalde joined the three-point shootout for a 19-32 Valencia lead, after a 0-20 run. Brandon Davies and Ante Tomic rescued Barcelona and Delaney buried a three-pointer that tied the game, 38-38. Doornekamp answered from beyond the arc to put Valencia back in charge, 38-41, at halftime. Mirotic gave Barcelona a 52-50 edge after the break but Colom and Dubljevic fueled a 0-14 run that restored a 50-64 Valencia lead after 30 minutes. Delaney and Mirotic tried to ignite Barcelona's comeback but Tobey singlehandedly kept Valencia ahead, 63-74, with over 4 minutes left. Barcelona rallied and Hanga hit a triple for a 77-79 score with 10 seconds left. Doornekamp and Abalde sealed the outcome from the foul line.
Real defeated RETABET Bilbao Basket 93-83 on the road also on Thursday. Sergio Llull led the winners with 19 points. Gabriel Deck added 16, Facu Campazzo had 13 while Fabien Causeur got 10 for Real. Jonathan Rousselle led Bilbao with 16 points. Deck took over early and Edy Tavares followed a three-point play with an alley-oop slam to give Real a 23-21 edge after 10 minutes. Bilbao did not panic, as Rafa Martinez hit a jumper for a 39-41 edge late in the first half. Campazzo and Causeur stepped up for Real but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Axel Bouteille kept Bilbao within 50-47 at halftime. Campazzo and Tavares fueled a 14-0 run that Deck capped with a jumper to break the game open, 71-55, late in the third quarter. Bilbao managed to get within 78-72 but Llull rescued Real with 9 quick points to sealed the outcome, 87-74, with less than 4 minutes left.
Italian Cup: Milan, Virtus make it to semis
AX Armani Exchange Milan and Segafredo Virtus Bologna advanced to the Italian Cup semifinals. Milan downed Vanoli Basket Cremona 86-62 on Thursday. Kaleb Tarczewski led the winners with 14 points. Vladimir Micov and Amedeo Della Valle each had 13 while Nemanja Nedovic had 10 for Milan. Jordan Mathews led Cremona with 16 points. Sergio Rodriguez, Luis Scola, Micov and Andrea Cinciarini each struck from downtown to spark a 20-2 run that gave Milan full control of the game. Milan kept a 28-12 lead after 10 minutes but Cremona found a go-to guy in Ethan Happ, who brought his team within single digits, 37-30. Milan did not panic, however, as Nedovic and Cinciarini restored a 44-31 margin at halftime. A three-poiner by Mathews got Cremona within 56-49 late in the third quarter. Nedovic stepped up to keep Milan ahead, 60-51, ater 30 minutes. Della Valle and Micov took over early in the fourth quarter, as Milan boosted its margin to 71-53 and never looked back.
In an overtime thriller between 7DAYS EuroCup Italian squads, Virtus topped Umana Reyer Venice 81-82. Stefano Tonut led the winners with 16 points. Austin Daye added 15, including the game-winning shot, Jeremy Chappell had 14 and Andrea De Nicolao 11 for Reyer. Stefan Markovic led Virtus with 18 points. Kyle Weems and Milos Teodosic each added 15, Giampaolo Ricci 12 and Julian Gamble 10. De Nicolao and Tonut fueled an 0-11 opening run, and Reyer soon boosted its margin to 8-21. Weems and Gamble allowed Virtus to rally and get within 32-34 near halftime but a three-pointer by Tonut restored a 32-37 Reyer lead at the break. Weems dunked to complete Virtus's comeback, 44-42, but Daye allowed Reyer to regain a 47-50 margin after 30 minutes. It all went down to the final 2 minutes of regulation, as Mike Bramos hit a three-pointer for a 65-68 score. Teodosic hit 3-of-5 free throws and De Nicolao missed two attempts with 3 seconds left, sending the game to overtime, 68-68. Bramos and Chappell made Reyer regain the lead, 76-80, in the next-to-last minute. Markovic struck from downtown and Hunter put Virtus ahead, 81-80, with 27 seconds left. Daye hit the go-ahead jumper with 3 seconds remaining, allowing Reyer to stay alive in the competition.
Serbian Cup: Zvezda gets 40-point win
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade made it to the Serbian Radivoj Korac Cup semifinals by thrashing Radnicki 107-67 in Nis on Thursday. Kevin Punter led the winners with 23 points in just 21 minutes. Vladimir Stimac added 16, Dejan Davidovac had 13 while Billy Baron and James Gist each had 11 for Zvezda. Zarko Valjarevic had 16 points for Radnicki, which led 25-28 after 10 minutes. A 7-0 run that Gist capped with a three-point play gave Zvezda the lead for good, 32-28, early in the second quarter. Davidovac took over late in the second quarter to give Zvezda an 18-point lead, 60-42, at halftime. Nothing changed since that moment, as Zvezda boosted its margin to 84-55 after 30 minutes behind an unstoppable Stimac and cruised to a well-deserved win. Zvezda will face Mega Bemax in the semifinals. Mega defeated Sloboda 82-73 behind 32 points and 13 rebounds from Marko Simonovic. A 18-0 run that bridged the final two quarters allowed Mega to seal the win.
Slovenian Cup: Olimpija keeps pushing
Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana did not find much trouble to reach the Slovenian Cup semifinals by downing GGD Sencur 93-83 in the Slovenian capital on Thursday. Ivan Marinkovic led the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mikael Hopkins added 17, Jaka Blazic 12 and Edo Muric 10. Dino Muric led Sencur with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Ceevita took off after the break, getting a 68-52 lead late in the third quarter and keeping a safe margin from that moment until the final buzzer. Also on Thursday, Krka Novo Mesto downed Hopsi Polzela 66-75 with 14 points from Marko Josilo. Both teams will face each other in one of the semifinals on Saturday. Koper Primorska takes on Helios Suns in the other semifinal.
Montenegrin Cup: Buducnost reaches the final
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to edge Lovcen 1947 Bemax 68-71 in the first semifinal on Thursday. Justin Cobbs led the winners with 14 points. Scott Bamforth added 12, Danilo Nikolic and Petar Popovic each had 11 while Suad Sehovic had 10 for Buducnost. Sehovic, Hassan Martin and Sean Kilpatrick allowed Buducnost to get a 18-18 tie after 10 minuts. Lovcen improved its defense, allowing just 11 points in the next 10 minutes to get a double-digit margin, 39-29, at halftime. Lovcen kept rolling after the break, keeping a 55-45 lead at the end of the third quarter. Bamforth took over in the fourth quarter, getting plenty of help from Cobbs, Nikolic and Popovic to get the win in come-from-behind fashion. Martin put Buducnost ahead, 66-68, and Bamforth gave his team a 68-71 margin with 10 seconds left. Masan Vrbica missed from downtown at the buzzer. Buducnost is set to face Mornar Bar in the championship game. Mornar thrashed Sutjeska 90-53 in the second semifinal behind 19 points from Milko Bjelica.
Polish Cup: Radom, Anwil march on
HydroTruck Radom made it to the Polish Cup semifinals by thrashing Legia Warzsawa 58-85 in the first quarterfinal in Warsaw on Thursday. Rod Camphor led the winners with 18 points. Carl Lindbom added 15 while Marcin Piechowicz had 12 in an easy win for Radom, that led 28-48 at halftime and kept a safe margin until the final buzzer. Jakub Niziol led Legia with 14 points. Also on Thursday, Anwil Wloclawek reached the semifinals by topping Start Lublin 81-87 with 19 points each from Ronalds Freimanis and Michal Sokolowski. Mateusz Dziemba led Lublin with 19 points. An 1-14 run early in the fourth quarter made the difference in this game.
Jerusalem wins Israeli State Cup
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem won its 6th Israeli State Cup title by downing Ironi Nahariya 89-90 in the championship game at Menora Mivtachim Arena on Thursday. J'Coven Brown led the winners with 26 points while James Feldeine added 23 for Jerusalem. Dominic Waters led Nahariya with 26 points. Jerusalem led 76-83 with under 3 minutes left but Nahariya managed to get within 86-88 already in the final minute. Jerrel McNeal missed a critical shot from downtown, which allowed Feldine to seal the outcome from the foul line, as Nahariya did not get a final chance to win it in the final seconds.