National cups roundup: February 15, 2020

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National cups roundup: February 15, 2020

Spanish Cup: Real, Unicaja dominate semifinals

In an all-EuroLeague clash in the semifinals of the Spanish Cup, Real Madrid led from start to finish in thrashing Valencia Basket 91-68, and will play in the finals and for its 28th Cup title against the tournament hosts Unicaja Malaga. Real scored first 9 points of the game, then used triples from Fabien Causeur, Anthony Randolph and Facundo Campazzo to hold 18-11 after 10 minutes. Jeffrey Taylor and Randolph scored all points in a 10-2 run to open the second quarter and stretch the lead to 28-13. Valencia answered with a 0-7 run, capped by a triple from Bojan Dubljevic, but Real managed to restore its lead to 34-20 at halftime. Two teams scored on 12 of the first 13 possessions in the third quarter, with a pair of triples from Randolph and a fastbreak basket from Jaycee Carroll opening 52-31 margin after only 4 minutes of third-quarter play. Joan Sastre and Guillem Vives hit triples for Valencia which did not find ways to stop Real's offense. Real scored 33 points in the third quarter, breaking the game wide open. The lead was as big as 78-48 in the fourth quarter as Real reached its seventh consecutive Cup final. Randolph finished with 16 points, Campazzo collected 15 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds, while Carroll scored 12 in a big win. Alberto Abalde paced Valencia with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Mike Tobey scored 11 in a losing effort.

In the second semifinal Unicaja eased past MoraBanc Andorra 92-59 to reach its first final since 2009. Unicaja had four different scorers in a 10-2 run to open 17-10 margin and take the lead for good in the first quarter. Jaime Fernandez scored 9 points, including a triple and a three-point play, in an 11-0 run to open the second quarter, extending Unicaja's lead to 36-16. David Walker and Clevin Hannah hit triples for Andorra, but Unicaja eased to 48-30 halftime lead. Hannah had a triple and three-point play to cut the deficit to 52-40, but Adam Waczynski hit two three-pointers in an ensuing 9-0 run made it 62-40, and Unicaja never looked back. Fernandez finished with 19 points, Melvin Ejim had 15, and Josh Adams scored 14 in a victory. Hannah had 16 points for Andorra, and Frantz Massenat added 10 in a loss.

Italian Cup: Reyer holds off Milan for historic win

7DAYS EuroCup side Umana Reyer Venice made history by holding off AX Armani Exchange Milan 63-67 in the semifinals of the Italian Cup on Saturday. Victory sent Reyer to its first-ever Italian Cup final where it will play Happy Casa Brindisi. Mitchell Watt collected 16 points plus 10 rebounds in a victory. Austin Daye scored 13 points, Andrea De Nicolao had 12 and Michael Bramos netted 10 for Reyer. Sergio Rodriguez finished as Milan's top scorer with 15 points, and Luis Scola had 14 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort. Scola and Nemanja Nedovic scored all points in Milan's 11-0 run to open 19-7 first-quarter lead, but Ariel Filloy and Bramos hit a triple a piece in the late stages of the first quarter to cut into the deficit. Milan remained in front, but Reyer had a strong finish to the first half, using a three-point play from Daye to get within 31-29 at halftime. Teams traded baskets, and leads, in the third quarter until Daye scored 5 points, including a three-pointer, in a 0-8 run that gave Reyer 40-49 lead, before a triple from De Nicolao made it 44-54 at the end of the third. Milan kept Reyer scoreless for more than 5 minutes to open the fourth quarter and got within 50-54. Daye and Watt kept Reyer in front, but Vladimir Micov got Milan within 56-58. However, Bramos hit a triple, and after Rodriguez cut it to 61-64, Watt's basket with 21 seconds to go made it a 5-point game, and sent Reyer into Sunday's final. In the other semifinal, Brindisi topped Pompea Fortitudo Bologna 78-53 behind 18 points from John Brown.

Serbian Cup: Partizan holds on, Baron's triples lift Zvezda

Billy Baron hit two three-pointers in the final 39 seconds, including a game-winner with just 1 second on the clock to lift Zvezda to an 80-79 win over Mega Bemax and into the final of the Serbian Cup where it will play against Partizan NIS Belgrade. Zvezda took control with a 15-0 run in the second quarter, a span during which Kevin Punter scored 9 points, to go up 27-34. Zvezda kept the margin and held 33-40 at halftime, only for Mega to open the third quarter with a 14-2 run behind Edin Atic. Mega remained with a lead for the remainder of the game and held 79-74 entering the final minute. But Baron got a friendly roll on his first triple, then took the ball with 18 seconds to go, dribbled the shot-clock down, and nailed a step-back dagger with a second on the clock, to give Zvezda victory. Punter netted 22 points, and Baron finished with 18 on 4-for-7 three-point shooting. Vladimir Stimac collected 10 points and 7 rebounds in a victory. Kendrick Perry shined for Mega with 20 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and Marko Simonovic amassed 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in a losing effort.

Partizan beat FMP Zeleznik 85-77 to set up the derby in the final play in Nis. Partizan trailed 40-45 at halftime, but opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run, holding FMP scoreless for almost 6 minutes. A triple from Rade Zagorac gave Partizan 51-45, and it never relinquished the lead. Will Mosely's dunk opened 67-57 early in the fourth quarter, and after Ognjen Kuzmic kept FMP with hope, Stefan Bircevic finished a fast break with a dunk that made it 73-62 with 4 minutes to go before Partizan closed out the game. Rashawn Thomas had 13 points and 6 rebounds for Partizan, while Corey Walden and Ognjen Jaramaz each scored 11. Zagorac collected 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Kuzmic was FMP's leader with 13 points plus 6 rebounds, and Filip Covic had 12 points and 8 assists.

Slovenian Cup: Muric wins it for Cedevita Olimpija

Edo Muric hit an improbable buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of overtime to lift Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana over Krka Novo Mesto 93-92 in the semifinals of the Slovenian Cup on Saturday. There was just 0.6 seconds on the clock whne Muric took an inbound pass and sunk a turnaround triple with hands in his face. Cedevita Olimpija trailed 64-75 with under 8 minutes to go in regulation and needed heroics to reach extra session with Filip Kruslin sinking two three-pointers in the final 60 seconds of the fourth quarter to tie things at 83-83. Muric finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Codi Miller-McIntyre collected 15 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds in a victory. Jaka Blazic had 14, and Kruslin scored 12 points in a victory. Jure Balazic paced Krka with 23 points, and Ivan Ramljak scored 18. Cedevita Olimpija will play Primorska Koper which held off Helios 80-72 behind 23 points plus 14 rebounds from Aleksandar Lazic.

French Leaders Cup: ASVEL cruises in the semis

ASVEL Villeurbanne is back in the finals of the Leaders Cup for just the second time in 10 years after blowing past Boulogne Levallois 88-59 in the first semifinal on Saturday. Ismael Bako paced ASVEL with 15 points and 6 rebounds. David Lighty netted 12 points, Charles Kahudi scored 11, while Tonye Jekyri and Livio Jean-Charles had 10 points apiece in ASVEL's balanced effort. Vitalis Chikoko had 14 points in a loss. Bako scored ASVEL's first 7 points before Kahudi added a pair of triples in a 17-2 run that opened ASVEL's double-digit lead after only 5 minutes. ASVEL never relinquished control of the game after that early run, then used 5 points from Lighty during an 11-2 spurt late in the second quarter to open 52-32 margin. Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic's team kept pushing in the second half and led by as much as 61-37 late in the third quarter en route to a victory. ASVEL will face JDA Dijon which stunned AS Monaco 81-83 on a buzzer beating alley-oop dunk by Rasheed Sulaimon. Dijon led 69-77 with 1:50 to go after a triple from Sulaimon, but Jaleel O'Brien and Norris Cole scored quick baskets, then in the final 20 seconds Anthony Clemmons and Cole got Monaco within 79-80. Game appeared to be going into overtime when Cole scored a layup with 0.6 seconds left, tying the game at 81-81, only for Sulaimon to take an inbound pass and dunk it just before time expired to win it for Dijon. Sulaimon finished with 24 points in a victory, while Cole scored 19 points for Monaco.

Lithuanian Cup: Zalgiris and Rytas to meet in final

Zalgiris Kaunas and Rytas Vilnius are the finalists of the Lithuanian Cup after two archrivals registered victories in the semifinals at the Arena Svyturys in Klaipeda. Zalgiris rallied from an early deficit to beat Lietkabelis Panevezys 82-72. Zalgiris opened the game with a 13-2 run behind Thomas Walkup and Zach LeDay, but Lietkabelis erased the deficit then scored the first 9 points of the second quarter to go up 19-26. A three-pointer from Rihards Kuksiks extended it to 22-31 midway through the second but Ulanovas scored 7 points in a 9-0 run to tie the game. Teams were knotted at 38-38 at the break and traded punches for 6 minutes of the third quarter before K.C. Rivers hit a triple during an 11-2 run to open 59-50. Zalgiris extended the margin to 65-52 at the end of the third, and Arturas Milaknis hit from long range to open 70-52 early in the fourth, and Zalgiris cruised the rest of the way. Ulanovas finished with 17 points, and Rivers netted 16 in a victory. LeDay scored 12 and Walkup 11 for Zalgiris which will try to win its eighth Cup title in Sunday's final. Paulius Valinskas scored 14 in a losing effort. Rytas will defend its title after cruising past home side Neptunas Klaipeda 96-71. Rytas used five different scorers in a 10-0 run bridging first and second quarters to open 24-10 lead, and it kept the advantage in double figures for the majority of the first half. Neptunas did get within 47-41 early in the third quarter after a three-pointer from Tadas Sedekerskis, but Terrell Holloway and Arnas Butkevicius hit back-to-back threes before Rytas put together a 14-0 run capped by a triple from Eimantas Bendzius to open 67-44 lead and never look back. Holloway led six Rytas' double-digit scorers with 19 points, while Deividas Sirvydis scored 13. Marek Blazevic amassed 10 points plus 10 rebounds in 14 minutes. Deividas Gailius scored 13 points in a losing effort.

Polish Cup: Anwil and Torun to play for trophy

Anwil Wloclawek and Polski Cukier Torun will play in Sunday's final of the Polish Cup. In the first semifinal on Saturday, Anwil rallied from an earl deficit to cruise past Hydrotruck Radom 89-108 with Chase Simon leading the way with 26 points in 22 minutes, and Ricky Ledo collecting 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a big win. In the second game, Torun rallied late to beat Zielona Gora 69-72. Torun trailed 67-54 with just over 6 minutes to go, but Torun rallied behind Kyle Weaver and Damian Kulig before Bartosz Diduszko hit a game-winning triple with 7 seconds to go. Weaver led the winner with 17 points, while Kulig had 13 points and 10 rebounds.