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UConn Abroad Roundup: Williams pacing Crvena, El-Amin shows off skill

Marcus Williams beats Niels Giffey in a EuroLeague matchup, Jerome Dyson stays hot and Hilton Armstrong goes down with an ankle injury.

Marcus Williams has bounced around Europe since last playing in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009-10.
Marcus Williams has bounced around Europe since last playing in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009-10.
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EuroLeague

Marcus Williams had seven points and a game-high 10 assists to lead No. 7 Crvena Zvezda to a 86-69 Top 16 victory over Niels Giffey and No. 5 ALBA Berlin. Giffey, battling foul trouble, added three points and three rebounds for the German club. In typical fashion, many of Williams dimes were of the highlight variety, including a pair of nifty no-looks:

With the win, Crvena moves out of last place and ALBA falls into a tie for fifth. Both clubs qualified for the Top 16 with impressive EuroLeague regular seasons but have struggled thus far. The Top 16 divides qualifying clubs from the regular season into two Groups – E and F – for a 14-game, round-robin season. In order to advance to the next round of play, ALBA and Crvena must finish among the top four seeds in Group E. The two will meet again at the end of March, in a game that could decide postseason fate.

It was a big week for Williams across the board, as his 19-point, six-assist effort led No. 1 Crvena to a thrilling one-point victory over No. 2 Buducnost (Montenegro) in the Adriatic League. The game featured two former elite Big East point guards, with Williams facing off against Omar Cook of St. John's. See highlights below:

EuroCup

One tier down, in EuroCup play, it was Jerome Dyson's turn to beat up on Cook, as his 11 points and seven assists helped Sassari move into second in Group H with a win over Buducnost. Remember, clubs play in multiple leagues so there is much crossover, especially during the postseason.

In Italian Serie A play, Dyson's 17 points, five rebounds and five assists kept Sassari in fourth with just over 10 games remaining.

In Group M play, Hilton Armstrong and Besiktas (Turkey) moved to second with a victory over Neptunas (Lithuania). Through three quarters, Armstrong had eight points, five rebounds and three blocks before leaving the game with an ankle injury. He is expected to miss only a week. Here is the most impressive of the three blocks:

Both clubs return to action next week needing a win to advance to the next stage, the EuroCup Final Eight.

Finally, in German League play, Khalid El-Amin goes behind-the-back on the fast break for two of his 17 points.