International Roundup: EuroLeauge Quarterfinals Set
2021-22 EuroLeague Regular Season Wraps Up, Quarterfinals Pairings Set
Spread out over the past week, nine games were contested, all of which had been rescheduled due to COVID, and the EuroLeague regular season has finally come to a close.
The quarterfinal round, a best-of-three series that tips off on March 8, will see UMMC Ekaterinburg (14-0) face Dynamo Kursk (8-6), the winner of which will play the winner of the Sopron Basket (8-6) versus ZVVZ USK Prague (10-4) pairing in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Perfumerias Avenida (11-3) squares off against Beretta Famila Schio (8-6) and Fenerbahce (11-3) will play BLMA (6-8).
|Group A||W-L||Group B||W-L|
|*Perfumerias Avenida||11-3||*Sopron Basket||8-6|
|*ZVVZ USK Prague||10-4||*Beretta Famila Schio||8-6|
|%TTT Riga||6-8||Spar Girona||7-7|
|%Umana Reyer||5-9||Basket Landes||7-7|
|#KSC Szekszard||0-13||VBW Arka Gdynia||2-12|
*Clinched EuroLeague quarterfinals berth.
%Qualified for the EuroCup quarterfinals.
MBA Moscow 98, BLMA 78
MBA Moscow picked up a 20-point victory, its fourth in its maiden EuroLeague season, after downing BLMA 98-78 in Moscow. The host club was paced by Mariia Krymova, who scored 18 points to lead five Russians in double figures. Suiting up just seven players, BLMA saw Great Britain’s Sydney Tamara-Nicole Wallace explode for 30 points and Haley Peters add 15 points in the loss.
Fenerbahce 82, Beretta Famila Schio 65
Fenerbahce earned an 82-65 victory over Beretta Famila Schio at home in Istanbul. In its ninth-straight EuroLeague victory, German Satou Sabally scored a game-high 24 points to lead Fener; Kayla McBride, fresh off of playing for the USA World Cup Qulifying Team, posted 12 points and dished out five assists; Elizabeth Williams scored nine points and hauled in a game-best 12 rebounds and Bria Hartley chipped in five points. Diamond DeShields was Schio’s top scorer and finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
ZVVZ Prague 84, TTT Riga 64
ZVVZ Prague downed TTT Riga 84-64 at home in Prague. The USA World Cup Qualifying Team duo of Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas combined for 51 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists in powering Prague to victory. Jones had 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field and Thomas contributed a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds and added six assists. Riga was led by Jasmine Thomas, who scored 22 points in the loss.
Umana Reyer 75, MBA Moscow 72
Umana Reyer traveled to Moscow and edged MBA Moscow 75-72 on Feb. 20, as the host team closed out its 2021-22 EuroLeague schedule. Spain’s Astou Ndour scored a team-high 19 points, Serbian Yvonne Anderson had 17 and Kayla Thornton finished with 15 points to lead Reyer. Krymova again finished as the Russian club’s leading scorer with 20 points.
Umana Reyer 74, BLMA 52
In its second makeup game of the week, Umana Reyer clinched a EuroCup quarterfinals berth with a 74-52 victory over BLMA. Italy’s Martina Bestagno had a team-high 21 points and Thornton added 16 in Reyer’s second victory this week, while France’s Mamignan Toure led BLMA with 13 points.
UMMC Ekaterinburg 104, MBA Moscow 65
UMMC Ekaterinburg blew away MBA Moscow, which was in the unenviable position of playing three makeup games this week, 104-65 at home in Siberia. In closing the season undefeated in EuroLeauge play, Ekat was led by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Jonquel Jones, who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 boards. Belgian Emma Meesseman also notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Allie Quigley scored 22 points.
TTT Riga 69, KSC Szekszard 68
TTT Riga broke a tie with 2:09 to play, giving it a 69-67 lead and neither squad managed to sink a field goal the remainder of the contest as Riga came away with a 69-68 victory over winless KSC Czekszard. Jasmine Thomas posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists to lead Riga in the win.
Basket Landes 78, Spar Girona 70
In need of a win in order to advance to the EuroLeague quarterfinals, Spar Girona came up short in a game scheduled for week 13 in a 78-70 loss to Basket Landes, and as a consolation will compete in the EuroCup quarterfinal round. Landes was paced in the win by 17 points from Swede Regan Magarity, while Rebekah Gardner scored 15 points to lead Girona.
Perfumerias Avenida 78, BLMA 65
Kahleah Copper poured in 32 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists in leading Perfumerias Avenida to a 78-65 win over BLMA. Karlie Samuelson added eight points and Bella Alarie contributed six points and seven rebounds for the Spanish club. Toure led BLMA’s scoring effort with 16 points.
EuroCup Playoffs Back on Track
Three games were contested in the EuroCup this week, all in the round of eight, which precedes the quarterfinals. Because it’s a two-game playoff format, the first game of the series can end in a tie, which happened in one of the contests. Already qualified for the quarterfinals ahead of the international break was Valencia BC, winners of this season’s SuperCup. With four teams entering the mix from the EuroLeague for the EuroCup quarterfinals, the remaining three teams from the round of eight will be known after the second games, held on March 2.
Tango Bourges 73, Olympiacos SFP 60
France’s Laetitia Guapo scored a team-high 20 points to help power Tango Bourges to a 73-60 win over Olympiacos SFP. Kristen Mann, who netted three points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out three assists in the win.
AZS UMCS Lublin 66, LDLC Asvel 66
Americans Natasha Mack and Kamiah Smalls scored 17 points apiece and Mack grabbed 16 rebounds for AZS UMCS Lublin at home in Poland as it tied LDLC Asvel 66-66. Cierra Burdick, the lone U.S. player for LDLC Asvel, had six points and 11 boards in the tie.
CBK Mersin 86, BC Prometey 67
Ariel Atkins, who was named to the FIBA All-Star Five at the recently concluded FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Washington, D.C., scored 27 points in a 67-86 BC Prometey loss to CBK Mersin in Bulgaria. Joyner Holmes added four points, seven rebounds and three assists. On the winning side, DeWanna Bonner had a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double, Jasmine Thomas scored 13 points, Quanitra Hollingsworth added eight points, Kristina Anigwe chipped in six and Tiffany Hayes added three points.
American Highlights Down Under
Monique Billings scored 23 points on 10-of-18 from the field and added 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Townsville Fire fell 76-71 to the Bendigo Spirit. In the Fire’s second game of the week, Billings had five points and two boards and Sug Sutton finished with six points as the Fire dropped an 84-58 game to the UC Capitals. The Capitals were paced to victory over the Fire by an 18-point, 11-rebound performance from Kelsey Griffin and Brittany Sykes posted 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the win.
The Adelaide Lightning was aided to an 85-72 win over the Southside Flyers by 16 points from Kiana Williams and 14 points and seven boards from Kylee Shook.
In the final game of round 11, the Melbourne Boomers received 21 points from Tiffany Mitchell and eight points, five rebounds and four assists from Lindsay Allen in an 85-76 victory over the Sydney Uni Flames.
One game from round 12 has been contested thus far, with the Adelaide Lightning earning an 84-77 win over the Bendigo Spirit behind a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards from Shook and eight points and seven assists from Williams.