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National Cups: Real Madrid ends 19 years of futility; Beşiktaş, Chalon take first-ever titles; Montepaschi Siena continues dominance

Congratulations go out from BallinEurope today to a quartet of national Cup holders in Real Madrid, Beşiktaş Milangaz, Chalon-sur-Saone and Montepaschi Siena. The former three victories are set to be particularly noted in club annals: Real ended a 19-year drought while Beşiktaş and Chalon both bagged their first-ever championships in their respective national cup tournaments after each were runners-up in 2011. Below run game wraps and highlight clips.

In Spain, Madrid won their first Spanish Cup since Arvydas Sabonis was on the team with a convincing 92-74 victory over FC Barcelona on the Blaugrana home court. Twenty-three was the magic number for Los Blancos, as Madrid took its 23rd such title behind 23 points from tournament MVP Sergio Llull. An extrapolation from the Liga Endesa’s official site goes something like the following.

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D-Will goes for 15 points, 9 assists in Beşiktaş’ 78-70 Eurocup QR win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut

Kemp huge for Besiktas

Deron Williams made his debut (in games that count) for Beşiktaş JK last night and helped his new team to a 78-70 game one victory over Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the Eurocup Qualifying Round. Williams was one of four Beşiktaş players with a monster game for the Turkish side, contributing a game line of 15 points and nine assists. Marcelus Kemp put in a game-high 24 points for the winners, while double-doubles were posted by Zoran Erceg (with 15 points, 10 rebounds) and Erwin Dudley (13 and 10).

Some baddish news for D-Will watchers came from Jonathon Givony of Draft Express, however, assessed via tweet after that game that it was “Not a terribly impressive debut from a very out of shape looking Deron Williams in EuroCup qualifiers.”

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Euroleague transfer analysis: Group D

The last of the four groups in the 2008-2009 edition of the Euroleague features some high-quality teams, including defending champion CSKA Moscow and Spain’s biggest name in Real Madrid.

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