Virtus wins in Milan, takes management of Italian finals
Virtus Segafredo Bologna hopes of capturing the Italian League title acquired one other main enhance on Monday night time with a 72-83 highway win in Sport 2 of their best-of-seven remaining sequence towards AX Armani Trade Milan. Virtus now leads 2-0 within the sequence, and it’s scheduled to host the subsequent two video games of the sequence. Two groups traded runs and blows all through the sport, with 6-12 early Virtus lead being the most important margin within the first 37 minutes of the sport. Milan took 59-58 lead into the ultimate quarter, however a triple from Amar Alibegovic to open the fourth quarter put Virtus in entrance for good. Baskets have been few and much between as Milan was held and not using a discipline aim for 8 and a half minutes to open the fourth quarter. Virtus pulled away when Stefan Markovic and Alessandro Pajola hit back-to-back triples to make it 63-70 with 2:39 to go, then 60 seconds later a long-range dagger from Milos Teodosic made it 65-75, securing a victory for Virtus. Teodosic paced the winners with 21 factors, Giampaolo Ricci scored 15 and Marco Belinelli had 13 for Virtus. Shavon Shileds paced Milan with 16 factors, Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 and Kevin Punter had 12 in a dropping effort.
Barca scores 40 in semis opener blowout
FC Barcelona thrashed Iberostar Tenerife 112-69 to take the opener of their best-of-three Spanish League semifinal sequence. Barcelona held 43-36 halftime lead then exploded to attain a Spanish single-quarter playoff document 40 factors within the third quarter. Barcelona scored on its first 12 possessions within the third quarter, and made discipline targets in its first 15 journeys down the ground. The workforce was 9 of 12 on two-pointers and 7-for-8 behind the arc throughout these 10 minutes. Nikola Mirotic led Barcelona with 21 factors in 18 minutes, Leandro Bolmaro scored 14, whereas Alex Abrines and Kyle Kuric had 13 apiece in a victory.
Efes thrashes Fenerbahce, defends Turkish title
Solely every week faraway from making historical past and successful the Turkish Airways EuroLeague title, Anadolu Efes Istanbul swept Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul with a 66-93 win in Sport 3 of their best-of-five finals sequence to elevate the Turkish League crown. Fenerbahce had a greater begin to the sport and constructed a 25-19 lead behind Nando De Colo and Melih Mahmutoglu, and nonetheless led 31-25 within the second quarter. However Efes replied with a 0-15 run, sparked with three-pointers from Rodrigue Beaubois and Vasilije Micic, and opened a 32-44 halftime lead. Again-to-back threes from Chris Singleton and Beaubois helped break a 20-point margin early within the third, and extra threes from Micic and Beaubois had Efes up 36-62 halfway by way of the third quarter. Efes gained the center to quarters 22-51, paving the best way to an enormous victory to clinch consecutive Turkish League titles for the primary time in additional than 15 years. Beaubois paced Efes with 30 factors on 6-for-8 three-point taking pictures. Bugrahan Tuncer collected 13 factors, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, whereas EuroLeague MVP Micic had 11 factors and eight rebounds. Mahmutoglu netted 19 factors for Fenerbahce, and Alex Perez completed with 10 in defeat.
Zalgiris wins Lithuanian crown once more
Zalgiris Kaunas gained its eleventh consecutive Lithuanian League title with an 84-73 win over Rytas Vilnius to brush their best-of-five remaining sequence. Ivan Buva and Andrew Goudelock helped Rytas to a 25-32 second-quarter lead, however Thomas Walkup and Marius Grigonis mixed to attain 14 of 16 Zalgiris factors the remainder of the quarter and provides the hosts a 41-38 halftime lead. Groups traded blows within the third quarter earlier than Rokas Jokubaitis and Walkup fueled a 9-0 run late within the quarter to make it 64-53 going into the ultimate 10 minutes, and the guests by no means got here nearer than 7 factors the remainder of the best way. Walkup led in victory with 20 factors, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Grigonis had 15 factors and 6 assists, Joffrey Lauvergne scored 14 and Lukas Lekavicius had 12 in victory. Buva had 22 factors plus 9 rebounds for Rytas.
CSKA a win away from one other VTB crown
CSKA Moscow stormed to a 2-0 lead within the best-of-five VTB League finals sequence with a convincing 57-76 highway win over UNICS Kazan. With two highway wins within the first two video games, CSKA now wants another to defend its title, and it’ll have the primary likelihood on its house flooring on Thursday. CSKA took management within the first quarter when Johannes Voigtmann, Ivan Ukhov and Daniel Hackett every hit a three-pointer in a 2-17 run that opened a 13-22 lead. CSKA opened the second quarter with a 0-9 run, with Iffe Lundberg hitting one and Semen Antonov a pair of triples that made it 16-33. The margin reached 20 factors halfway by way of the second quarter, 22-42, and CSKA held 33-50 at halftime. After the break, CSKA stepped it up defensively some extra, even extending the margin and cruising to victory. Tornike Shengelia had 18 factors and seven rebounds, whereas Voigtmann collected 16 factors and 6 rebounds in a victory. Okaro White paced UNICS with 15 factors and eight rebounds.
Panathinaikos takes 2-1 Greek finals lead
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens thrashed Lavrio 103-74 to take a 2-1 lead within the best-of-five Greek League remaining sequence. The Greens began to drag away within the second quarter, then completed the half with an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back triples from T.J. Bray to open 44-30 halftime lead. Bray hit a three-pointer to open the third quarter, too, and Panathinaikos saved Lavrio at bay till the beginning of the fourth quarter when Ben Bentil scored 13 fast factors to steer the hosts’ 24-5 cost to race away to a victory. Bentil completed with 28 factors, and Bray netted 21 in a victory. The Greens can have an opportunity to win their fourth consecutive home league title when it visits Lavrio in Sport 4 on Thursday.