Spain: Barcelona takes Cup after thriller vs. Madrid
FC Barcelona Lassa outlasted Real Madrid after overtime to win Spain's Copa del Rey 93-94. Thomas Heurtel captured MVP honors for the second year in a row after shining for the winners with 22 points and 6 assists. Victor Claver added 15 points and 7 rebounds and Ante Tomic posted 14 and 7 for Barcelona. The game was tied at halftime, 35-35, but Madrid dominated the third quarter to lead by as many as 17. Barcelona roared back with 17 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter, Madrid regrouped and forced overtime on a Sergio Lull jumper, 77-77. Barcelona seemed to have the game in hand when Chris Singleton free throws made it 87-92 with 21 seconds remaining, but an Anthony Randolph triple and Jaycee Carroll three-point play gave Los Blancos the lead with 4 seconds left. However, Barcelona had one last chance and Randolph was whistled for goaltending on Tomic's shot, which gave Barcelona the win. Facu Campazzo paced Madrid with 19 points and Randolph netted 16 in the loss.
Turkey: Fenerbahce beats Efes in final
Fenerbahc Beko Istanbul celebrated winning the Turkish Cup for the first time in three years on Sunday in Ankara. Gigi Datome starred with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Kostas Sloukas produced 19 points and 9 assists to lead Fenerbahce past crosstown rival Anadolu Efes Istanbul 80-70. Efes led for much of the first half, held a slim lead late in the third and was tied with Fenerbahce at 61-61 early in the fourth. Datome and Sloukas combined for 9 points, 2 assists and 1 steal in a 12-2 run that broke the game open at 73-63 and Efes never got closer than 7 the rest of the way. Team captain Melih Mahmutoglu scored 10 points for the winners. Adrien Moerman posted 18 points and 8 rebounds, Vasilije Micic scored 16 and Bryant Dunston 15 in the loss.
Panathinaikos captures 19th its Greek Cup
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens collected its record 19th Greek Cup on Sunday by beating PAOK Thessaloniki 73-79 in the final. Nick Calathes was named MVP after pacing the victors with 19 points and 9 assists. Keith Langford poured in 17 points, James Gist had 14 and DeShaun Thomas 12 for the Greens, who jumped out to a 23-4 start. PAOK regrouped and came all the way back to lead early in the fourth, 61-59 and then 70-67, but Panathinaikos scored the next 8 points and held on. Will Hatcher led PAOK with a game-high 23 points.
Serbia: Landale lifts Partizan to second straight Cup
Jock Landale free throws with less than 1 second on the clock lifted Partizan NIS Belgrade to its second straight Serbian Radivoj Korac Cup title. Partizan edged Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 76-74 and captured the cup for a record seventh time. It was a wild final minute that featured lead changes on consecutive three-pointers by Zvezda's Billy Baron and Partizan's Alex Renfroe. Ongjen Dobric missed a pair of free throws with 7 seconds remaining, but came out of the scrum with the offensive rebound and put-back to tie it at 74-74 with 1.2 seconds to play. Partizan went for a desperation alley-oop from Badja Sy to Landale to try to avoid overtime; Baron fouled Landale on the play and the center won the game from the line. Landale finished with 18 points, as did Renfroe, who also compiled 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Baron led Zvezda with 18 points, Joe Ragland went for 17 points and 9 assists and Dejan Davidovac also scored 17 in defeat.
Rytas recaptures Lithuanian Cup
7DAYS EuroCup quarterfinalist Rytas Vilnius erased a 9-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 67-70 and recapture Lithuania's King Mindaugas Cup for the first time in three years. Rok Stipcevic hit a pair of three-pointers and Chris Kramer's steal led to D.J. Seeley's go-ahead layup in a 0-13 run that made it 62-66 inside the final minute. Zalgiris stayed close, but a jumper by Stipcevic and free throws by Kramer sealed the win. Kramer finished with 15 points, Art Parakhouski tallied 14 points and 11 rebounds and Stipcevic scored 13 for the winners. Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris with 15 points and Leo Westermann and Aaron White added 11 points each.
Germany: Bamberg edges ALBA on Zisis game-winner
Nikos Zisis sank the game-winner in the dying seconds to lift Brose Bamberg to an 83-82 victory over ALBA Berlin in the German Cup final in Bamberg. After trailing by 11 early in the fourth quarter, ALBA rallied to tie it at 78-78 on Rokas Giedraitis's put-back with a minute and a half to go. The lead changed hands twice before Giedraitis's slam made it 80-82 with 28 seconds remaining. Tyrese Rice tried to win it for Bamberg, but missed from downtown, however, Augustine Rubit collected the offensive rebound and the ball found its way to Zisis, who nailed the cup-winner from downtown. Luke Sikma missed a desperation shot for ALBA at the buzzer. Rice finished with 20 points, Zisis had 19 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting plus 8 assists and Elias Harris added 15 points for the winners. Giedraitis netted 23 to lead ALBA, Johannes Thiemann scored 17 and Landry Nnoko posted 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Poland: Stal wins its first title
Arged BMSlam Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski won the first title in club history by surging past Arka Gdynia 77-74 in the Polish Cup final. Mateusz Kostrzewski scored 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Mike Scott added 20 for the winners. The game was close throughout and Arka led by 4 heading into the fourth quarter. The Stal defense limited Arka to 15 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and pull out the victory. Bartlomiej Woloszyn scored 17 and Deividas Dulkys had 14 for Arka in defeat.
Cremona claims its first Italian Cup
Vanoli Cremona lifted the Italian Cup for the first time after beating Happy Casa Brindisi 83-74 in the final. Wesley Saunders posted 18 points and 9 rebounds and Drew Crawford also scored 18 to lead the winners. Michele Ruzzier added 12 points off the bench. Cremona used a 9-0 second-quarter run to surge ahead from a 25-25 tie and led 45-37 at halftime. The lead stood in double figures for most of the second half and Brindisi never got closer than 6. John Brown posted 21 points and 8 rebounds and Tony Gaffney scored 19 in defeat.
France: Strasbourg outlasts Bourg-en-Bresse in final
SIG Strasbourg outlasted Bourg-en-Bresse to win 98-97 and bring home the French Leaders Cup for the second time. Jarell Eddie scored 26 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting and Mike Green drew 10 fouls and also scored 26 on 15-of-18 free-throw shooting to lead the winners. Jeremy Nzeulie added 21 points. The lead was as high as 9 in the fourth quarter before Bourg-en-Bresse rallied to within 88-86 with 2:17 remaining. However, Eddie scored the next 5 points and the next time Bourg-en-Bresse drew within a single possession, Quinton Serron all but iced the game from the line. Zach Peacock paced Bourg-en-Bresse with 28 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting and Zack Wright added 18.
Primorska successfully defends Slovenian Cup
Sixt Primorska successfully defended the Slovenian Cup by defeating Hopsi Polzela 91-72 in the final in Koper. Marjan Cakarun was named MVP and dominating to the tune of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Marko Jagodic-Kuridza amassed 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and Zan Mark Sisko also scored 14 for the winners. Primorska led 42-40 at the break before Cakarun scored 8 in leading a 12-0 third-quarter run that broke the game open and Polzela never threatened again. Tjaz Rotar paced Polzela with 17 points in defeat.