Spanish Cup: Andorra, Unicaja set up semis date
Nacho Llovet scored a go-ahead basket with 27 seconds to go, and MoraBanc Andorra edged Iberostar Tenerife 85-87 in the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup. Andorra will next play against the tournament host Unicaja Malaga which held off Casademont Zaragoza 90-86. Andorra led for the majority of the game, and used 10 second-quarter points from Moussa Diagne to open 42-49 lead, and extended the margin to as many as 10 points, 44-54 at the start of the third quarter. However, Tenerife slowly melted the deficit and finally took 78-77 lead on a basket from Marcelinho Huertas with 3:30 to go in the game, setting up a thrilling finish. Frantz Massenat's triple restored Andorra's lead, but a three-point play from Giorgi Shermadini and another basket from Huertas restored Tenerife's lead, 85-84 with 35 seconds to go. But Llovet worked the baseline for a reverse layup, and Andorra made a defensive stand on the other end to prevail and move to the semifinals. Dejan Todorovic led Andorra with 20 points, Diagne had 14, and Massenat netted 11 with 6 assists. Huertas had 20 points plus 12 assists for Tenerife, and Shermadini scored 19 in a losing effort.
Unicaja used a big third quarter to rally past Zaragoza, which led 41-48 at halftime after a strong second-quarter finish behind D.J. Seeley, Fran Vazquez and Dylann Ennis. Zaragoza extended it to 45-54 in the third when Alberto Diaz triple sparked a 10-0 run, before Dario Brizuela and Carlos Suarez hit back-to-back threes to start a 10-2 run which ended the quarter and gave Unicaja 69-63 advantage. A three from Diaz stretched the margin to 83-74 half way through the fourth, and after Robin Benzing and Seeley hit threes to spark a 0-8 run, Diaz knocked down another one from downtown and Unicaja held on. Diaz finished with 15 points on 4-for-8 three-pointers. Deon Thompson scored 14 and Ruben Guerrero collected 12 points plus 9 rebounds. Seeley finished with 29 points in a losing effort.
Turkish Cup: Fenerbahce and Darussafaka to play for the title
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul reached the final of the Turkish Cup in Ankara and will have a chance to defend its title in Sunday's final against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul. In Friday semifinals, Fenerbahce earned a hard-fought 81-83 win over the host side Turk Telekom, which spent the majority of the night with a lead, but never larger than 43-34 in the late stages of the second quarter. But Fenerbahce answered with a 2-11 run behind Nando De Colo, Kostas Sloukas and Jan Vesely, then kept it close in the third behind De Colo and Nikola Kalinic. Teams entered the final quarter tied at 69-69 and baskets were few and far between. Fenerbahce did not allow a single field goal for more than 7 minutes, and Sloukas scored 5 points in a 0-7 run, including a three-point play to give Fenerbahce 71-76. T.J. Campbell ended Turk Telekom's drought and helped tied the game again, but Jan Vesely scored an acrobatic second-chance basket-plus-foul with 62 seconds remaining to make it 76-79 and Fenerbahce knew how to keep the lead until the final buzzer. De Colo finished with 19 points, and Kalinic collected 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Fenerbahce. Vesely had 15 points plus 8 rebounds, and Sloukas scored 11 points in a victory. Campbell netted 19, and Nick Johnson 18 points in a losing effort.
Darussafaka downed a fellow 7DAYS EuroCup side Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul 85-71 on Friday. Darussafaka will play either Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul or the tournament host Turk Telekom in Sunday's final. Goksenin Koksal hit two triples, and with help from Tai Webster had Galatasaray in front 11-20 late in the first quarter. However, Darussafaka answered with an 11-0 run fueled by Dogus Ozdemiroglu to go in front. Kartal Ozmizrak, Bonzie Colson and Ozdemiroglu each hit a three for Darussafaka, but Webster kept Galatasaray close before back-to-back triples from Aaron Harrison and Ayberk Olmaz gave Galatasaray a 37-38 halftime lead. Teams traded leads early in the third, but Jarrod Jones and Ozmizrak each hit two three-pointers in the quarter, helping Darussafaka take 56-50 lead into the final 10 minutes. More threes, this time one from Berk Demir and two more from Ozmizrak opened 69-58 margin. Galatasaray was not going away, with Zach Auguste keep the deficit in single digits, but another triple from Demir restored 78-67 with 3:30 to go, and Darussafaka closed the game out. Ozmizrak finished with 25 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting and 7 assists. Ozdemiroglu had 13 points, Colson added 11, while Johnathan Hamilton collected 8 points and 11 rebounds in a victory. Harrison and Koksal scored 15 apiece, while Webster collected 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in a losing effort.
French Leaders Cup: ASVEL hits 17 threes, Outtara shines for Monaco
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne had a resounding start to the French Leaders Cup, hitting 17 three-pointers en route to a 91-72 win over Strasbourg on Friday. Strasbourg had the better start of the game, but Rihards Lomazs hit one three-pointer and Antoine Diot knocked down a pair to get ASVEL going in the first quarter. ASVEL was hot from long range, hitting 10 triples before halftime. Back-to-back shots from Diot and Livio Jean-Charles sparked an 11-2 run to open the second quarter and 28-21 lead. Back-to-back threes from Jordan Taylor and David Lighty stretched the margin to double figures, and another triple from Lomazs made it 46-32 at halftime. Strasbourg cut it to single digits after the break, but ASVEL scored the final 14 points of the third quarter, run during which Theo Maledon had 9 points, including a three-pointer to open 70-47 lead. ASVEL cruised the rest of the way, finishing with 17-for-32 from long range. Maledon had 20 points and 7 assists, Diot netted 15 points, while Adreian Payne collected 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. In the semis, ASVEL will play Boulogne-Levallois, which defeated Cholet 82-74 behind 19 points from David Michineau.
In an all-EuroCup clash, AS Monaco registered 82-70 win over Nanterre 92 to book its place in the semifinals where it will face JDA Dijon which dismissed Bourg-en-Bresse 104-79. Yakuba Outtara scored 7 points in a 9-0 run that put Monaco up 20-15 in the first quarter, before Landing Sane and Norris Cole scored all points in a 7-0 run to open the second and put Monaco in control, 32-20. Damien Bouquet kept Nanterre in touch, and Oliver hit a triple but Monaco took 46-36 into halftime, and not much changed after the break, with Cole and Jaleel O'Brien extending the margin before a triple from Outtara opened 58-42. Monaco slowed things down and stepped it up defensively, never allowing Nanterre closer than 9 points. Outtara had 22 points on 6-for-10 three-point shooting along with 7 rebounds, while Dee Bost, O'Brien and Sane scored 10 apiece for Monaco. Dallas Moore led Nanterre with 16 points, and Bouquet collected 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Montenegrin Cup: Buducnost lifts the crown
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica has won the Montenegrin Cup for the 13th time after holding off the host side Mornar Bar 83-92 in the finals on Friday. Buducnost built a double-digit lead in the first quarter, held 41-32 at halftime after a last-second triple from Petar Popovic, before extending the margin to 51-36 early in the third quarter. However, Mornar answered with a 23-4 spurt to jump in front, only for Suad Sehovic, Popovic and Scott Bamforth to each hit a three in the final minute of the third and give Buducnost 62-65. Teams kept trading punches, with Derek Needham leading Mornar, but Danilo Nikolic hit ones, and Bamforth twice from long range for Buducnost to help open 79-88 with 2 minutes to go, securing the victory. Justin Cobbs led Buducnost with 21 points, while Suad Sehovic and Popovic each scored 14 in a victory.
Serbian Cup: Partizan fights to reach semifinals
Partizan NIS Belgrade left it late to pull away from Borac Cacak and register 87-79 victory in the quarterfinals of the Serbian Cup. Partizan took control early, led 46-33 at halftime, and Rade Zagorac opened the second half with a three-point play to extend the margin to 16 points. But Borac started a rally with a 0-8 run and fought back within 59-57 early in the fourth quarter. Borac kept hitting from long range through Ivan Gavrilovic and Uros Carapic, but Partizan never relinquished the lead thanks to 5 points from Zagorac and a triple from Marcus Paige who opened 73-66 midway through the fourth and Partizan held on. Zagorac finished with 16 points and Nikola Jankovic collected 14 points plus 8 rebounds in the victory. Corey Walden had 13 points, and Ognjen Jaramaz added 10 for Partizan which next plays FMP Zeleznik, which Dynamic Belgrade 98-73 in the other Friday's quarterfinal.
Italian Cup: Fortitudo gets past Brescia
Pompea Fortitudo Bologna used a strong finish to rally past Germani Brescia Leonessa 73-76 and into Italian Cup semifinals. Brescia led 64-59 in the fourth quarter, but Fortitudo put together a 2-11 run to turn things around and hold on in the finish. Henry Sims had 17 points and 8 rebounds in a victory, and Pietro Aradori scored 16. DeAndre Lansdown had 15, and Luca Vitali 14 points for Brescia. In the other Friday quarterfinal, Adrian Banks scored 37 points leading Happy Casa Brindisi to an 86-91 win over Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Banks made 6 of 12 threes and 6 of 8 two-pointers, and also led the team with 8 rebounds. Kelvin martin added 14 points in a victory, while Dyshawn Pierre collected 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Curtis Jerrells scored 20 points for Sassari.
Polish Cup: Torun ousts Arka
Polski Cukier Torun and Stelmet Zielona Gora reached the Polish Cup semifinals on Friday. Zielona Gora held off Trefl Sopot 82-75 with Ludde Hakanson netting 16 points and Marcel Ponitka adding 15 in a victory, while Carlos Medlock scored 22 in defeat. Turon rallied in the second half to defeat Asseco Arka Gdynia 80-71. Arka led 34-42 early in the third quarter, but Turon went on a charge to turn things around and build a 66-53 lead early in the fourth quarter. Chris Wright had 19 points for Turon and Alade Aminu collected 14 points plus 11 rebounds in less than 18 minutes on the floor. Josh Bostic had 22 points and 7 rebounds for Arka.