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Euroleague Qualifying Round: Day 1

 

KK Cibona def. Cholet Basket 77-70

This game featured Talor Battle doing Talor Battle things. Anyone who has ever watched Penn State basketball in the past four years is nodding right now. For those who haven’t, in Battle’s first eight minutes of play, he scored 19 points for Cholet Basket. In his next nine, he scored zero. The other player of note for Cholet was Chandler Parsons from the University of Florida. Parsons  really struggled to adjust to European rules. He only scored two points for the game and those points came on free throws. Cibona’s Goran Suton from Michigan State University fame was very efficient with eight points and seven boards.

Lietuvas Rytas def. KK Buducnost 83 – 64

KK Cibona will be meeting Lietuvas Rytas in the next round. The difference in this match-up was the efficiency in the paint. Lietuvas was 22/41 in the paint and Buducnost was 16/40. All the credit goes to Jonas Valanciunas and Pedrag Samardzinski who are very efficient big men. Nikola Vucevic was also impressive for Buducnost. He exploited some flaws in Valanciunas’s game such as Valanciunas’s wild-play and inability to use his leverage/strength.

Alba Berlin def. VEF Riga 82-60

In Belgium, former Horizon League Player of the Year, DaShaun Wood led the Alba Berlin in a rout. There isn’t much to say about this game. Just watch out for Wood in the future. He’s the German League MVP and forms a formidable backcourt with Kyle Weaver from Washington State University.

Belgacom Spirou def. BC Donetsk 61-59

There was any doubt that Jiri Welsch would lead a comeback in the most exciting game of the day. Welsch had 13 to lead Belgacom into the semifinal game against Alba. I highly doubt Welsch’s ability to lead Belgacom past Alba though. Belgacom shot poorly from the free throw line today(40 percent). And their best playmaker, Demond Mallet, doubles as their worst shooter. I don’t think his 5 assists per game is going to make up for his awful shooting percentage (0/3 FG, 0/4 3P, 1/4 FT).

 

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