Chalmers helps Italian team reach Champions League quarters

March 15, 2019
Mario Chalmers basketball

Mario Chalmers

Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers has been a winner at ever level of basketball, so it makes sense that he would enjoy instant success in Europe.

The two-time NBA champion recently signed with Italy’s Segafredo Virtus Bologna and this week helped the team reach the Champions League quarterfinals.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, came off the bench to collect 9-3-2 totals with a steal in an 81-58 win over Le Mans of France in the deciding game of the series.

This was only his second game with Bologna for the Alaska Sports Hall of Famer.

The dynamic point guard gives Bologna a proven winner and playmaker from his nine seasons in the NBA and three seasons at the University of Kansas.

He is the only Alaskan to win championships at basketball’s highest level in high school, college and the pro ranks.

Now he’s shooting for a title overseas.

Bologna will face Nanterre of France in quarterfinals, a home-and-home series March 27 and April 3.

Chalmers last played in the NBA last season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

After this season concludes in Europe, he will return to the States with hopes of playing in the BIG3, a pro summer league founded in 2017.

The league announced this week that Chalmers will be part of the 2019 draft pool.