Singler and Pocius help Real Madrid to Copa del Rey title
Real Madrid took home its first Copa del Rey title in 19 years Sunday with a convincing 91-74 win over rival Barcelona, aided by a pair of former Blue Devils.
2010 Final Four MVP Kyle Singler, who decided to stay in Spain for the season even after the NBA lockout ended, scored four points in about 15 minutes of playing time. Martynas Pocius added six points and three rebounds in the championship game.
Singler, the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, is averaging 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in the Liga ACB this season. He started the year with Lucentum Alicante before the team sold his rights to Real Madrid Nov. 30.
Pocius is in his third year of professional basketball after graduating from Duke in 2009. He played two years for Zalgiris Kaunas, a team in his native Lithuania, before signing a two-year contract with Real Madrid prior to this season. He has averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 rebounds this season.
Tournament MVP Sergio Llull and former Utah State player Jaycee Carroll led Real Madrid with 23 and 22 points, respectively, in the championship game.
Real Madrid returns to Liga ACB play Saturday. With 14 weeks left in the regular season, the squad sits just one game behind FCB Regal, which sports a 17-3 overall record.