Chalmers helps Italian team reach Champions League final four

April 4, 2019
Mario Chalmers basketball

Mario Chalmers

He’s been a winner his entire basketball career, so it makes sense that Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers would enjoy instant success in Europe.

After all, that’s why Virtus Bologna brought him to Italy.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Famer’s presence, poise and playmaker skills continue to make a difference on the court as he helped Bologna reach the Champions League final four for the first time.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, came off the bench to bag 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a 73-58 win over Nanterre of France in the quarterfinals.

This was only his sixth game with his new team, fourth in the Champions League.

The semifinals are May 3 with the third-place game and final scheduled for May 5. Site of the final four will be announced later this week.

Chalmers won championships at Bartlett High, the University of Kansas and with the Miami Heat. He’s the only Alaskan to win titles at basketball’s highest levels in high school, the NCAA and NBA.

The 32-year-old, 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 8.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals in his four appearances in the Champions League.