Domestic Leagues Roundup: June 24, 2020

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Domestic Leagues Roundup: June 24, 2020

Still undefeated ALBA reaches German finals

ALBA Berlin will have a chance to win its ninth German championship after beating EWE Baskets Oldenburg 81-59 in Game 2 to sweep its semifinals series in the German League Final Tournament. Kenneth Ogbe scored a career-high 16 points to pace ALBA, which could have lost the game by 28 points and still played for the title after winning the first leg 92-63 for an aggregate score 173-122 in the two-game total-points series. Landry Nnoko tallied 15 points, Marcus Eriksson scored 12 points and Johannes Thiemann added a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds for ALBA, which has not won the league trophy since 2008, but could collect the double after taking the German Cup earlier this season. ALBA's opponent in the Finals, which begin on Friday, June 26, will be MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Oldenburg was led by Rickey Paulding with 12 points.

ALBA used a 6-0 spurt early on to move ahead 8-4. Paulding responded with 5 points and the game stayed close with Robin Amaize’s layup making it 14-15. ALBA led 17-15 after 10 minutes. Eriksson finally hit the first three-pointer of the game for either team for a 21-15 lead and 4 straight free throws by Thiemann increased the gap to 27-20. Oldenburg got a three from Braydon Hobbs and three-point plays from Filip Stanic and Paulding to pull within 32-31. Eriksson answered with a triple and ALBA led 41-34 at the break. ALBA came out of the locker room to finish off Oldenburg with an 18-2 run during which Ogbe had 5 points and Eriksson and Martin Hermannsson both hit from long range for a 59-36 advantage. ALBA led 65-45 after three quarters and Coach Aito allowed his young players the chance to play in the fourth quarter with Lorrenz Brenneke and Malte Delow scoring in an 8-1 spurt to move ahead 73-46 en route to a dominant victory.

Spain: Hannah leads Andorra past Real

Clevin Hannah went off for 23 points to spark MoraBanc Andorra to a 91-75 victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday night. Andorra outscored Real in each of the four quarters to improve to 2-2 in Group B of the Spanish League tournament, while dropping Real to the same record. Frantz Massenat tallied 11 points and 5 assists and David Walker added 10 points for the winners. Facundo Campazzo paced Real with 18 points and 6 assists, Anthony Randolph posted 12 points and Walter Tavares 10. Jeremy Senglin and Guillem Colom knocked down back-to-back three-pointers in a 10-0 first quarter run that gave Andorra a 19-10 lead and it never trailed again. Trey Thompkins sank a jumper to make it 19-12 after 10 minutes. A layup by Hannah boosted the margin to double figures, 25-15, midway through the second quarter and free throws by the same player made it 42-30 at the halftime break. Real's big men Randolph and Tavares drew Los Blancos within 60-54 late in the third quarter, but a three-point play by Hannah and a buzzer-beater by Walker made it 71-58 through three quarters. The lead peaked at 83-63 on a three-point play by Babatunde Olumuyiwa and Andorra held on the rest of the way.

Valencia Basket finished the game on a 16-6 tear to beat San Pablo Burgos 94-90 and climb atop Group B with a 3-1 record. Aaron Doornekamp scored all of his points on 3 three-pointers in the final 3 minutes to help Valencia pull put the win. Mike Tobey shined with 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners, Alberto Abalde added 14 points, Jordan Loyd 13 and Sam Van Rossom netted 12 points and 7 assists. Bruno Fitipaldo scored 17 and Vitor Benite 15 for Burgos in defeat. Fitipaldo scored twice as Burgos jumped out to a 2-9 lead and held a 20-27 edge after 10 minutes, which grew to 39-51 at halftime. The lead reached 14 in the third quarter before Valencia closed the gap to 58-67 entering the fourth. Joan Sastre heated up to close the gap midway through the fourth and Doornekamp stepped up late to put Valencia ahead late.