Crvena Zvezda wins fourth consecutive Serbian title!
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade is the Serbian League champion! Zvezda won its fourth consecutive Serbian League title - 19th overall, also counting league titles won with Yugoslavia, as well as with Serbia and Montenegro - by downing FMP Zeleznik 97-88 in Game 3 at home on Monday. Zvezda swept the best-of-five title series. Alen Omic led the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. James Feldeine added 17 points, Dejan Davidovac had 15, Filip Covic got 13 and 10 assists, Taylor Rochestie scored 12 points and Ognjen Dobric 11 for Zvezda. Radovan Djokovic led FMP with 22 points and Borisa Simanic added 14. Nemanja Nenadic shined early and a three-ponter by Simanic made it a double-digit game, 11-21, late in the first quarter. Covic rescued Zvezda with a couple of triples, getting help from Stefan Jankovic to bring their team within 21-26 after 10 minutes. Seven quick points by Feldeine brought Zvezda closer, 28-30, but Marko Jeremic and Simanic each hit one from beyond the arc for a 30-37 FMP lead. It didn't last long, as Omic, Branko Lazic and Davidovac fueled a 15-1 which Feldeine capped with a big triple for a 56-47 Zvezda lead at halftime. Davidovac took over after the break and a three-point play by Rochestie seemed to break the game open, 74-55, midway through the third quarter. FMP, however, got within 78-73 on a layup-plus-foul by Nenadic. Davidovac and Omic stepped up in crunch time and a three-pointer by Dobric sealed the outcome, 90-79, as FMP never recovered.
Datome leads Fenerbahce past Tofas
Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul took a 3-1 lead in the Turkish League finals by downing Tofas Bursa 77-95 on the road in Game 4 on Monday. Fenerbahce needs one more win to lift the Turkish League trophy and hosts Game 5 on Wednesday. Luigi Datome led the winners with 25 points on near-perfect shooting - 5-of-6 two-point shots, 5-of-5 from downtown. Ali Muhammed and Brad Wanamaker each had 15 while James Nunnally had 14 for Fenerbahce. Pierria Henry led Tofas with 21 points and 10 assists. Kenny Kadji added 18 points, Josh Owens 14 and Tony Crocker 10. Three-pointers by Nunnally and Kostas Sloukas gave Fenerbahce an early 8-12 lead. They got help from Muhammed and Nicolo Melli to boost Fenerbahce's margin to 17-22 after 10 minutes. Muhammed, Melih Mahmutoglou, Sloukas and Datome each struck from downtown to put the guests way ahead for good, 27-42. Crocker and Henry brought Tofas closer, 39-50, at halftime. Sammy Mejia and Kadji gave Tofas hope. 52-59, late in the third quarter. Muhammed and Datome helped Fenerbahce extend its lead to 60-71 after 30 minutes. Wanamaker took over with eight unanswered points early in the fourth quarter, as Fenerbahce boosted its margin to 60-79 and never looked back.
Shields leads Trento to second win
Dolomiti Energia Trento registered its second win in the Italian League finals by edging AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 77-74 at home in Game 4 on Monday. The best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2 and Milan hosts Game 5 on Wednesday. Shavon Shields paced the winners with 31 points on 11-of-13 two-point shots and 9-of-10 free throws, amassing a PIR of 39. Dustin Hogue added 14 while Dominique Sutton had 13 for Trento. Andrew Goudelock led Milan with 14 points. Vladimir Micov added 13 while Curtis Jerrells had 10 for Milan. A jumper by Marco Cusin gave Milan an 11-13 edge after 10 minutes. Goudelock struck twice from downtown in the second quarter, getting help from Kaleb Tarczewski and Dairis Bertans to boost the guests' lead to 29-34 at halftime. Shields had 24 points after the break, getting 13 of those in the third quarter to keep Trento in the game, 52-55, after 30 minutes. Milan went scoreless for almost seven minutes. Meanwhile, a layup by Hogue ignited a game-breaking 19-0 run in which Shields had 11 points. Trento got a 73-57 margin and never looked back, as a final three-point shot by Jerrells was too little, too late for the guests.
Lietuvos Rytas downs Zalgiris, ties finals
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius bounced back from its opening loss in the Lithuanian League Finals by downong archrivals Zalgiris Kaunas 82-73 at home in Game 2 on Monday. The best-of-seven series is now tied at 1-1, as Zalgiris is set to host Game 3 on Thursday. Loukas Mavrokefalidis led the winners with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Ben Madgen added 19 while Chris Kramer had 13 for Rytas. Brandon Davies led Zalgiris with 17 points. Edgaras Ulanovas added 15, Vasilije Micic had 13 and Aaron White 12 for the guests. Madgen had five points in a 7-0 run which he capped with a jumper for a 15-11 Rytas lead late in the first quarter. Zalgiris improved its defense and a dunk by Davies made the hosts call timeout, 19-19, early in the second quarter. Mavrokefalidis had seven unaswered points and got help from Madgen and Travis Peterson to keep Rytas ahead, 39-33, at halftime. Martynas Echodas and Kramer took over after the break, boosting Rytas's led to 47-38. Ulanovas and Micic rescued Zalgiris and back-to-back baskets by Davies made it a two-point game, 57-55 after 30 minutes. A big dunk by White tied it again, 61-61, with over six minutes left. Magden and Mavrokefalidis each struck from downtown for a 69-66 Rytas lead. Free throws by Madgen and a three-pointer by Mindaugas Lukauskis sealed the win, 76-69, in the last-to-last minute.
Holon beats Jerusalem in semis
Hapoel UNET Holon made it to the Israeli League finals by edging Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 80-76 in a single-game semifinal on Monday. Holon is now set to battle against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv for the title. Tu Holloway led the winners with 24 points. Jordan Hamilton added 21 while Tashawn Thomas and Guy Pnini each had 12 for Holon. Stratos Perperoglou led Jerusalem with 19 points while Jerome Dyson added 18. Holon had three players in double digits before halftime, as Hamilton had 18 points, Holloway added 13 and Pnini 10 to lead their team to a 46-41 edge at halftime. Perperoglou tried to change things for Jerusalem after the break but Holloway quickly made it a double-digit game, 53-43. Holon improved its margin to 66-55 behind an unstoppable Holloway but Jerusalem improved its defense, as Dyson and Perperoglou brought the guests as close as 69-68 with over four minutes left. A three-point play by Dyson completed Jerusalem's comeback, 70-71. Thomas scored twice but Lior Eliyahu and Dyson put the guests back in charge, 75-76. Pnini made free throws and a triple by Chanan Coleman made it a four-point game, 80-76, with a minute left, enough for Holon to seal the outcome.