Real takes Spain's Copa del Rey for 28th time
After losing in the final two years in a row, Real Madrid celebrated with the Copa del Rey once more. Los Blancos routed Unicaja Malaga 68-95 at Martin Carpena Arena to claim the cup for a record 28th time. Jaycee Carrol paved the way with 20 points and his backcourt mate Facundo Campazzo, who was named tournament MVP, compiled 13 points and 13 assists to lead the winners. Walter Tavares added 12 points and Trey Thompkins 10. Real made 17 three-pointers at 56.6% accuracy, while Unicaja made just 4 at 20%. Darío Brizuela paced the Unicaja attack with 22 points.
Fenerbahce successfully defends Turkish Cup
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul successfully defended the Turkish Cup with a 71-74 triumph over Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul on Sunday in the Turkish capital. Kostas Sloukas made 6 free throws in the final 21 seconds to help Fenerbhace hold on in agame that was back and forth throughout. He finished with 15 points as did Nando De Colo and Luigi Datome for the winners. Nikola Kalinic added 12 points and Jan Vesely 10. It marked the seventh time Fenerbahce lifted the cup, while Darussafaka, which has never won the title, lost in the final for the third time. Johnathan Hamilton posted 20 points and 10 rebounds for Darussafaka in defeat and Bonzie Colson and Dogus Ozdemiroglu added 13 each.
The score was tied at halftime, 30-30, before Fenerbahce opened the second half on a 0-7 tear and a red-hot De Colo stretched the lead to 34-42. That would be the biggest lead of the game. Jarrod Jones scored 5 in a 9-0 Darussafaka response to capture the lead and Hamilton's put-back made it 48-47 through three quarters. Three-pointers by Datome and Ali Muhammed sandwiched around a free throw after a technical gave Fenerbahce a 61-64 advantage. After Darussafaka tied it, Vesely put Fenerbahce ahead with a jump hook with just over a minute to go. A double-unsportsmanlike foul on Vesely and Hamilton sent the former to the bench, but cost Darussafaka possession. Sloukas free throws made it 66-70 with 21 second remaining and the veteran guard would add 4 more free throws in the closing seconds to secure a Fenerbahce triumph.
Lithuania: Zalgiris recaptures King Mindaugas Cup
Zalgiris Kaunas recaptured Lithuania's King Mindaugas Cup with an 80-60 victory over archrival Rytas Vilnius in the final at Svyturio Arena in Klaipeda. Edgaras Ulanovas scored 5 points in an 11-2 run to start the third quarter that turned a 39-36 halftime lead into a double-digit margin and Zalgiris cruised the rest of the way. Ulanovas finished with 13 points and was named MVP. Zach LeDay also scored 13 for the winners, Jock Landale added 11, Lukas Lekavicius 10 and Thomas Walkup delivered 8 assists. Pako Cruz led the Rytas attack with 14 points and Eimantas Bendzius added 13.
Reyer wins Italian Cup for first time
Umana Reyer Venice put it hands on the Italian Cup for the first time in club history after a 73-67 victory over Happy Casa Brindisi in the final in Pesaro. Mitchell Watt tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Reyer, which started the game on a 15-2 tear and led the rest of the way. Brindisi fought back and closed the gap a number of times, but Reyer was always up to the challenge. Austin Daye scored 9 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help put the game on ice. Stefano Tonut also scored 13 and Mika Bramos added 12 for the victors. Adrian Banks paced Brindisi with 27 points in defeat.
German Cup is ALBA's for the 10th time
ALBA Berlin won the German Cup for a record 10th time – and its first since 2016 – after pulling away in the second half to beat EWE Baskets Oldenburg ……..at Mercedes-Benz Arena in the German capital. Martin Hermannsson led five ALBA scorers in double figures with 20 points, Rokas Giedraitis added 13 points, Peyton Siva and Marcus Eriksson netted 12 points apiece and Landry Nnoko 11. Luke Sikma had a hand in everything with 5 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Brayden Hobbs scored 17 for Oldenburg and Rasid Mahalbasic posted 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Oldenburg led for most of the first half and was up 40-43 at halftime, but ALBA took charge of the game with a 10-0 run early in the third quarter during which Giedraitis scored twice to make it 53-46. ALBA dominated the third quarter 25-8 and never looked back. The lead grew into the 20s in the fourth quarter as the celebrations started on the ALBA bench and around the arena.
Serbia: Partizan rallies to keep Radivoj Korac Cup
Partizan NIS Belgrade rallied first to force overtime and then to beat Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 84-85 in the final of the Radivoj Korac Cup in Nis to win it for the third year in a row. Marcus Paige, who led the late charge to force overtime, paced Partizan with 21 points. Ognjen Jaramaz added 19 points and Rade Zagorac scored 11 for the winners. Lorenzo Brown paced Zvezda with 17 points, Dejan Davidovac had 16, Kevin Punter 12 and Vladimir Stimac and James Gist scored 11 each. Stimac also hauled in 10 rebounds.
Though Partizan led for most of regulation, five players scored for Zvezda in an 11-2 fourth-quarter run to jump ahead and a triple by Davidovac made it 76-70 with 35 seconds remaining. However, Paige scored 8 points in the final 17 seconds of regulation, including 2 free throws with 1.6 seconds to go that sent the game into overtime. Then Jaramaz scored all 7 of Partizan points in overtime for an 80-85 advantage. After free throws by Davidovac made it a 1-point game, Partizan made two defensive stands in the final 20 seconds to hold on.
France: JDA Dijon outlasts ASVEL for Leaders Cup
JDA Dijon held off LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 69-77 to win the French Leaders Cup at Disneyland Paris. Rasheed Sulaimon was named MVP after leading the winners with 20 points. David Holston added 16 points and Alexandre Chassang tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Jordan Taylor was ASVEL's best player on the day with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. A three-pointer by Amine Noua gave ASVEL a 55-53 lead early in the fourth quarter and ASVEL held a 64-62 edge with 3 minutes remaining, but Sulaimon tied it, Holston sank the go-ahead three and Dijon held on the rest of the way.
Koper Primorska wins Slovenian Cup for third year running
Koper Primorska won the Slovenian Cup for the third straight season by defeating Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana 93-84 in the final. Nejc Baric scored 22 points and dished 7 assists to lead six Primorska scorers in double figures. Alen Hodzis added 15 points and Aleksandar Lazic produced a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jaka Blazic scored 33 points and Filip Kruslin added 15 in defeat. After Blazic made it 83-81 midway through the fourth quarter, Primorska held Cedevita scoreless for nearly 3 minutes while reeling off 8 straight points to restore a double-digit lead and held on the rest of the way.
Poland: Anwil lifts cup
Anwil Wloclawek won the Polish Cup for the fourth time – and first since 2007 – by defeating Polski Cukier Torun 103-96, Shawn Jones missed just 1 shot in compiling 27 points to lead Anwil. Rickey Ledo added 20 points, Chase Simon scored 19 and Chris Dowe tallied 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Polski erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit to take an 86-88 lead on a Chris Wright basket midway through the fourth quarter, but Anwil scored the next 7 points and held on late for the win. Keith Hornsby scored 21 for Polski in defeat.