Overseas League Updates March 23rd

EuroCup Semifinals Game 1

Both semifinals concluded on Thursday with the hosts starting behind. Top seed Reyer had fought off deficits in all of the other rounds, but even a 69-60 win this time left them short against Azura Stevens and 13 seed Galatasaray 134-118. 7 seed Villeneuve-d’Ascq felt good about their position at home and were within touching distance of the lead after three quarters, but Sandrine Gruda and 19 seed Lyon went on to win outright and push the final margin out to 155-149.

(1) Reyer Venezia [69]: Shepard 15/9r Delaere 13 Fassina 12 Kuier 10 Santucci 6/8r Pan 3
(13) Galatasaray [60]: Stevens 20/7r McCowan 17/18r Prince 12 Nacickaite 3 Jurjane 2
Galatasaray advances 134-118

(7) Villeneuve-d’Ascq [69]: Burke 14/7r Hirsch 10 Smalls 8 Ben Abdelkader 2
(19) Lyon [71]: Gruda 23/7r Johannes 17 Williams 7 Dietrick 7 Allemand 6 Quevedo 2
Lyon advances 155-149

Israeli League Upper Group Round 5

The playoffs were going to be set after the games on Thursday. The best game of the day saw Maccabi Ramat Gan’s import trio of Jaime Nared, Brittany Brown, and Jillian Alleyne lead them to an 82-81 win over Kaila Charles and Hapoel Rishon Lezion for a spot in the semifinals. With a clear opportunity, it was a terrible time for Maccabi Haifa to be down a key player and Adut Bulgak and Tal Lev tried to keep them in it, but Maccabi Ashdod won 89-79. Ramat Hasharon then took advantage of Elitzur Ramla being locked into their seed to win 66-61 and grab the last playoff spot.

Hapoel Rishon Lezion [81]: Charles 30/13r/7a Simon 15/6r Dahan Sujic 12 Zipel 11/7a Hooper 5/7r
Maccabi Ramat Gan [82]: Nared 29/8r Brown 23/9r/8a Alleyne 21/19r Abboud 3

Maccabi Haifa [79]: Bulgak 24/7r Lev 21 Revahe 10 Okonkwo 5/8r
Maccabi Ashdod [89]: Walker-Kimbrough 23/6a/6s Cambage 18 Cohen 14/11r Edelman 11/7r Sahar 11/6r Dayan 8

Ramat Hasharon [66]: Jenkins 15/9r/7a Kesten-Rez 15 Saar 14 Collier 11/11r Jones 7
Elitzur Ramla [61]: Kayuf 18/6r Babkina 16/8a Fleischer 11/10r Clark 7/8r Danan 6/8r Austin 3

1. Maccabi Ashdod 18-5
2. Elitzur Ramla 15-8
3. Maccabi Ramat Gan 15-8
4. Ramat Hasharon 14-9
5. Maccabi Haifa 13-10
6. Hapoel Rishon Lezion 13-10

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