Kyle Weems scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead JSF Nanterre to an 84-79 win over Fraport Skyliners in the semifinals of the EuroChallenge held in Trabzon, Turkey to advance to the final on Sunday.
Weems hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key with 1:33 left to give Nanterre a 76-74 lead and then delivered another 3, his sixth of the game, with 53 seconds left from the baseline and was fouled on the play to put Nanterre on top 79-76.
His final 3-pointer and fourth of the fourth quarter lifted his French team to the win as they never trailed to the German side the rest of the way.
Weems, a 2007 graduate of Highland Park, has led JSF Nanterre in scoring during the EuroChallenge featuring some of the top clubs across Europe averaging 15.5 points in 15 games.
Weems’ 25-point effort came on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed six rebounds, had two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 36 minutes.
JSF Nanterre will face hometown team TS Medical Park (Turkey) on Sunday at 11 a.m. Central Time and can be seen on livebasketball.tv.
“Hopefully we can have another strong performance and win this championship game on Sunday,” Weems said.
Weems had a quick scoring burst in the first quarter hitting a 3-pointer followed by a jumper and free throw in a two-minute span to help JSF Nanterre built a 14-point lead.
He had six points at halftime on 2-of-5 shooting and then opened the third with another jumper and a 3-pointer to give JSF Nanterre a 50-40 lead.
His two-handed dunk on a backdoor cut pushed the lead to 55-46 as he scored seven points in the quarter in a three-minute span.
JSF Nanterre took a 64-61 lead into the fourth quarter.
Immediately after Fraport took their first lead at 69-67 with 4:22 left, Weems knocked down a 25-foot 3-pointer on the ensuing possession setting up his heroics down the stretch.