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Eliminations
Group A
Montevideo
1.Vasco da G. 3-0
2.Bigua 2-1
3.Gimnasia CR 1-2
4.Llanquihue 0-3
Group B
Asuncion
1.Libertad S. 2-1
2.Dep.San Jose 2-1
3.Cordon 2-1
4.Real SC 0-3
Group C
Sao Paulo
Group D
Quito
1.Cocodrilos 2-1
2.Mavort 2-1
3.Franca 2-1
4.Piratas 0-3


Libertad won Liga Sudamericana 2002

   Libertad the Champions – May 3, 2002
Argentinean team Libertad de Sunchales are the 2002 Champions, after beating two consecutive times Vasco Da Gama in the two games played in their home court, for the final 3-1. See here the boxscores of the last two games of Final Series:
Game 3 - Libertad 100 - Vasco 99 (30-23, 53-44, 76-59)
Referees: Jorge Tovar, David Pappo.
LIBERTAD 100 (53): Sucatzky 18, Cerutti 25, Perez 20, Benitez 10, Gonzalez 21 (FI). Grooms 0, Navarrete 2 y Acosta 4. DT: Daniel Rodriguez. VASCO DA GAMA 99 (44): Helinho 11, Jamison 23, Rogerio 26, Mingao 5 y
Sandro 26 (FI). Manteiguinha 6, Chui 2. DT: Helio Rubens.
Game 4 - Libertad 95 - Vasco 85 (25-25, 47-44, 68-67)
Referees: Jorge Tovar, David Pappo (Venezuela).
LIBERTAD 95 (47): Sucatzky 14, Cerutti 24, Perez 15, Benitez 11, Gonzalez 15 (FI). Grooms 4, Acosta 12. DT: Daniel Rodriguez. VASCO DA GAMA 85 (44): Helinho 12, Jamison 12, Rogerio 20, Mingao 4 , Sandro 25 (FI). Manteiguinha 0, Chui 12. DT: Helio Rubens.


   Vasco beat Libertad in Game 1 of Finals – April 26, 2002
In Game 1 of Final Series, Vasco da Gama beat Libertad de Sunchales 78-77, at the end of a very close game. But in Game 2, Libertad de Sunchales took its revenge, winning 83-81, and now aggregate is 1-1 and the next two games will be played in Argentina.
VASCO DA GAMA 81 (39): Helinho 4, Jamison 8, Rogerio 25, Mingao 23 y Sandro 8 (FI). Manteinguinha 13. DT: Helio Rubens. LIBERTAD 83 (36): Sucatzky 21, Cerutti 8, Perez 0, Benitez 12 y Gonzalez 19 (FI). Grooms 2, Acosta 17 y Navarrete 4. DT: Daniel Rodriguez.


   Semifinals, Game 3 - April 15, 2002
Libertad defeated Estudiantes (O) 106-100 in game three of the south American League played last night at Olavarria an advanced to the finals where will face Vasco da Gama of Brazil.
Serie: 2-1.


   Semifinals, Game 2 - April 13, 2002
The Game 1 winner Libertad de Sunchales has been defeated in Game 2 of semifinals by Estudiantes de Olavarria 100-88, and now will be needed a third Game to name the contender of Vasco da Gama in Final Series.

Estudiantes – Libertad 100-88
(Ginobili 15, Ruiz Moreno 8, Diaz 17, Logrippo 9, Osella 12 (FI). Mc Cray 19, Quinteros 20. DT: Sergio Hernandez - Sucatzky 16, Cerutti 16, Perez 19, Benitez 7, Gonzalez
21 (FI). Acosta 0, Michel 9. DT: Daniel Rodriguez)
Vasco da Gama beat Cocodrillos 104-90 in Game 2 of Semifinals, advancing to the Final Game of South American League. In the other Semifinal Series, Libertad de Sunchales is ahead 1-0 over Estudiantes de Olavarria

   Semifinals – April 10, 2002
The two winners of Game 1 of Semifinals series are Vasco da Gama (BRA) and Libertad (ARG)
Vasco da Gama defeated 116-109 Cocodrilos de Caracas in overtime, while Libertad de Sunchales beat
Estudiantes de Olavarria por 97-80. See the boxscore of this last game:
Libertad: Sucatzky 15, Benitez 12, Gonzalez 15, Cerutti 26, Perez 5 (FI), Grooms 10, Navarrete 0, Michel 8, Acosta 6, Boffelli 0. DT: Daniel Rodriguez. Estudiantes (O): Logrippo 24, Diaz 11, Sebastian Ginobili 7, Osella 6, Ruiz Moreno 10 (FI), Drazeta 3, Marin 2, Arce 0, Quinteros 17. DT: Sergio Hernandez.

   Libertad in the Semifinals - March 23, 2002
Libertad de Sunchales advanced to semifinals beating in Game 3 Biguà 99-84 for the definitive 2-1

Libertad - Bigua 99-84
(Grooms 12, Sucatzky 24, Benitez 14, Gonzalez 14 y Cerutti 19 (FI). Navarrete 4, Michel 3, Acosta 9. DT: Daniel Rodriguez - Pierri 18, Otatti 4, Lacasa 13, Rovira 15 y Washington 16 (FI). Garcin 6, De Pena 0, Niquichenko 12. DT: Francisco Bolana)
Now, Libertad will meet in Semifinals Estudiantes de Olavarria, winner over Mavort 109-88 (aggregate 2-0),


Estudiantes - Mavort 109-88
(S.Ginobili 15, P.Quinteros 40,. L.Ruiz Moreno 19, D.Logrippo 16, D.Osella 6; F.Arce 6, L.Drazeta 4, F.Marin 3, N.Lorenzo. Entrenador, Sergio Hernandez - R.Cardenas 8, T.Williams 28, V.Diaz 5, J.Obando 12, C.Williams 28; M.Nazareno 7, G.Gonzalez, C.Fernandez, Entrenador, Telemaco Poroso)

   Quarterfinals - March 21, 2002
Libertad de Sunchales beat in Game 2 of Quarterfinals Bigua de Montevideo por 110-86, tieing 1-1 the aggregat result. Tonight will be played the third and decisive game.
Libertad: Sucatzky 7, Benitez 5, Gonzalez 13, Cerutti 33, Perez 1 (FI); Grooms 15, Navarrete 2, Michel 14, Acosta 16, Boffelli 3, Zago 1. DT: Daniel Rodriguez.    Bigua: Pierri 12, Otatti 2, Lacasa 15, Rovira 10, Washington 16 (FI), Contreras 0, Garcin 19, De Pena 2, Niquichenko 10. DT: Francisco Bolana
Ribeirao Preto/COC beat Cocodrilos, 107-104, at the end of a close game, in another Quarterfinal Series.

   Quarterfinals - March 19, 2002
Vasco da Gama eliminated Deportivo San Jose de Paraguay 104-73 closing Series on 2-0.
Tonight, in Riberao Preto, Brazil, Cocodrilos (VEN) and hosts of Ribeirao Preto will meet again (the winner will play semifinals vs. Vasco da Gama), and Libertad de Sunchales will host Uruguayan team Bigua in two other Quarterfinal series


   Quarterfinals - March 13-16, 2002 
In Game 1 of Quarterfinals, Deportivo San Jose has been beaten at home by Vasco da Gama Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) 89-79

Dep.San Jose - Vasco da Gama 79-89
SAN JOSE: Javier Martinez 25, Bruno Zanotti 2, Shanne Jones 29, Jose Carrillo 2, Michael Robinson 6.
D.T.: Juan Pablo Feliu. Reserves: Humberto Rivero 11, Luis Fernando Dose 2, Giulio Laratro, Aldo Acosta, Guillermo Araujo 2, Gustavo Paniagua. VASCO DA GAMA: Helinho 12, Chui 12, Rogerio 17, Nene 13, Sandro 15. D.T.: Elio Rubens. Reserves: Jamison 6, Mingao 8 y Manteiguinha 6.

In first game of Quarterfinal Series, Libertad de Sunchales was beaten in Montevideo by Bigua 101-96
In another Series, Estudiantes de Olavarria traveled to Ecuador, to beat Mavort 89-69. In this last team, the announced USA player Sean Houston has been at the last time replaced by Curtis Williams, ex Estiduantes Bahia Blanca. The other import of Mavort is Todd Williams.


Libertad - Bigua 101-96
Bigua: Rovira 22, Washington 20, Pierri 17, Lacasa 14, Otatti 1 (FI), Garcin 16, Contreras 2, Suarez 4, De Pena 5. DT: Francisco Bolana. Libertad: Sucatzky 29, Cerutti 15, Perez 17, Benitez 8, Gonzalez 14 (FI), Michel 4, Acosta 5, Grooms 0, Navarrete 4. DT: Daniel Rodriguez.

Mavort - Estudiantes 69-89 
Mavort (69): J. Obando 27, V. Diaz 13, R. Cardenas 5, A. Sanchez 4, C.Williams 3 , T. Williams 11, N. Vernazza 6. COACH Telemaco Poroso. Estudiantes O (89): S. Ginobili 14, L. Ruiz Moreno 20, G. Diaz 8, D. Logrippo 12, D. Osella 12, P. Quinteros 19, J..Rivera 2, F. Marin 2. COACH, Sergio Hernandez. 

   Finals on the way - March 8, 2002 
At the end of the Qualifying Groups of VII edition of the League, the team advanced to quarterfinals are Vasco Da Gama (BRA) and Bigua (URU) [Groupo A], Libertad (ARG) and San Jose (PAR) [Group B], Estudiantes Olavarria (ARG) and COC Riberao Preto (BRA) [Group C], and from Group D Cocodrilos (VEN) and Mavort (ECU). Now, quarterfinals will be played at the best of 3 games, with the first placed team of each group keeping the advantage of the third game at home. The Pairings will be Vasco da Gama - San Jose, Libertad – Biguà, Estudiantes - Mavort, Cocodrilos - COC Riberao Preto 
The first series will be the one between Biguà and Libertad, to start on March 11, all the ther ones will start some days after


   Eliminations 
Group A - Montevideo (20/Feb - 22/Feb)
Feb.20, 2002: Vasco da Gama (BRA) - Gimnasia CR (ARG) 91-81
Vasco Da Gama (91): Helinho 23, Chui 11, Rogerio 26, Nene (x) 0, Sandro 18 (fi); Jamison (x) 6, Mingao 7 y Manteguinha 0. DT: Helio Rubens.
Gimnasia (81): Leonardo Diebold (x) 13, Alejandro Ferrari 11, Mauricio Pedemonte 30, Marcus Williams 7, Pablo Maglia 9 (fi); Eddie Robertson 8, Eloy Martin 3 y Esteban Bonzano 0. DT: Marcelo Richotti.

Feb.20, 2002: Bigua (URU) - Prov.Lalanguihue (CHI) 91-68
Feb.21, 2002: Prov.Lalanguihue (CHI) - Vasco da Gama (BRA) 59-109
Feb.21, 2002: Bigua (URU) - Gimnasia CR (ARG) 86-68
Bigua (86): Rovira 5, Suarez 7, Otatti 3, Washington 25, Pierri 17 (fi); Garcian 10, Lacasa 9 y Niquichenko 10. DT: Francisco Bolana. Gimnasia (68): Diebold (x) 6, Marcus Williams 9, Alejandro Ferrari 3, Mauricio Pedemonte 26, Pablo Maglia 3 (fi); Eddie Robertson (x) 10, Eloy Martin (x) 4, Esteban Bonzano 2 y Bruno Jovanovich (x) 5. DT: Marcelo Richotti.
Feb.22, 2002: Bigua (URU) - Vasco da Gama (BRA) 71-75

Feb.22, 2002: Prov.Lalanguihue (CHI) - Gimnasia CR (ARG) 80-95
Llanquihue (71): Carcamo (x) 0, Espinoza 17, Brown 2, Hilton 14, Briones 27 (fi); Franckle 0, Kairath 0, Paris 8 y Campos 3. DT: Ivan Gallardo.
Gimnasia (75): Eloy Martin 13, Marcus Williams 15, Mauricio Pedemonte 25, Esteban Bonzano 9, Bruno Jovanovich 6 (fi); Leonardo Diebold 4, Eddie Robertson 0, Pablo Maglia 1 y Alejandro Ferrari 2. DT: Marcelo Richotti.

Group B - Asuncion (02/Mar - 04/Mar)
Libertad Sunchales at the top of the standings after they easily defeated Real Santa Cruz, and San Jose lost to Cordon.
A great surprise came from the win of host team Deportivo San Jose over Libertad de Sunchales (ARG). With this result, San Jose is very near to gain qualification.At the last time Uruguayan team of Welcome de Montevideo decided not to participate, and Copaba and Uruguayan Federation agreed to replace Welcome with new champions of Cordon, which will go travel Paraguay with the same roster of National League. The teams which will start playing today in Group B are in consequence Deportivo San Jose (PAR), Libertad de Sunchales (Argentina), Real Santa Cruz (Bolivia) and Cordon de Montevideo (Uruguay)
02-Mar-02 Cordon 66 - 84 Libertad de Sunchales
02-Mar-02 San Jose 82 - 68 Real Santa Cruz
03-Mar-02 Cordon 107 - 73 Real Santa Cruz
03-Mar-02 San Jose 77 - 76 Libertad de Sunchales
SAN JOSE: Javier Martinez 19 puntos, Bruno Zanotti 5, Luis Fernando Dose 8, Shanne Jones 12, Chuckie Robinson 27. Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu. Reserves: Humberto Rivero 4, Giulio Laratro 2, Guillermo Araujo, Gustavo Paniagua, Aldo Acosta.   LIBERTAD: Facundo Sucatzky 8 puntos, Mariano Ceruti 15, Esteban Perez 9, Jorge Benitez 17, Roman Gonzalez 14.  Coach: Daniel Rodriguez.  Reserves: Freddy Navarrete 6, Ernesto Michel 4, Sebastian Acosta 3.
04-Mar-02 Libertad de Sunchales (ARG) 96 - 74 Real Santa Cruz (BOL)
04-Mar-02 San Jose (PAR) 87 - 94 Cordon (URU)

Group C - Sao Paulo (28/Feb - 02/Mar)
Once again the Argentineans are reigning. Significant is also the disappointment of Chilean Champions of Valdivia, swept by Brazilians and beaten a minor edition of Estudiantes. Feb.28, 2002: Dep.Valdivia (CHI) - Estudiantes O. (ARG) 92-100
Deportes Valdivia (92): Nelson Mendez 4, Francisco Zepeda 5, Paulo Henriquez 7, Reginald Poole 32, Antohy Bishop 10 (fi); Sandor Bravo 2, Leonel Mendez 14, Ramiro Vera 7 y Victor Zamora 11. DT: Marcos Guzman.
Estudiantes (100): Sebastian Ginobilli 11, Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno 8, Gabriel Diaz 16, Diego Osella 12, Diego Logrippo 8 (fi); Federico Marin 6, Paolo Quinteros 34 y Juliano Rivera 5. DT: Sergio Hernandez. Estudiantes de Olavaria (Argentina)
Feb.28, 2002: Ribeirao Preto (BRA) - Regatas Lima (PER) 89-72
March 1, 2002: Ribeirao Preto (BRA) - Dep.Valdivia (CHI) 114-71

March 1, 2002: Estudiantes O. (ARG) - Regatas Lima (PER) 100-81
March 2, 2002: Dep.Valdivia (CHI) - Regatas Lima (PER) 97-94 

March 2, 2002: Ribeirao Preto (BRA) - Estudiantes O. (ARG) 86-102

Group D - Quito (23/Feb - 25/Feb)
Very big surprise from Group D. The Ecuadorian team advanced to the next step of the League, and the same made Cocodrilos, while Franca has been eliminated. No surprise, insted, for the elimination of Piratas, which sent on the court a large group of junior and cadet players. To give an idea, while Mavort started game with Sean Houston, Jeff Escalante, Marco Sanchez, Jose Obando, and Todd Wiliams, Piratas had in starting five Jairo Mendoza, John Galindo, John Cardona, Steward Baldonado and Daniel Restrepo. No surprise the win of Ecuadorians by 32 points
Feb.23, 2002: Mavort (ECU) - Piratas (COL) 102-70
Feb.23, 2002: Franca (BRA) - Cocodrilos (VEN) 107-121
Feb.24, 2002: Franca (BRA) - Piratas (COL) 102-70
Feb.24, 2002: Mavort (ECU) - Cocodrilos (VEN) 110-106
Feb.25, 2002: Cocodrilos (VEN) - Piratas (COL) 138-70
Feb.25, 2002: Mavort (ECU) - Franca 108-112

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