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Group A
Santiago, Chile
1.U.Catolica 3-0
2.Boca Jun. 2-1
3.Cocodrilos 1-2
4.R.Sta.Cruz 0-3
Group B
R. Preto, Brasil
1. Libertad S. 0-0
2. Olimpia 0-0
3. D.San Jose 0-0
4. COC R.Pr. 0-0
Group C
Cordoba, Argentina
1. Atenas C. 3-0
2. Minas 2-1
3. Trouville 1-2
4. P.Llanquih. 0-3
Group D
Pto. De la Cruz,
1. Uberlandia 3-0
2. Marinos 2-1
3. Los Paisas  1-2
4. La Salle   0-3


Atenas won Liga Sudamericana 2004

Rogerio Klafke (Photo: FIBA) forced a final game in Liga Sudamericana 2004.

  Atenas de Cordoba crowned Liga Sudamericana 2004 champions: - Apr 21, 2004 - by Luis Angel Modestti
Atenas de Cordoba won their third Liga Sudamericana Championship by the final of 79-76 in Brazil thanks to a heroic effort by Hector Campana (185-G-64) and the rest of the team who never gave up.

The Argentinean team also won championships in the 1997 and 1998 editions. Their third championship was won in Homero Santos Palace in Uberlandia with final quarter scores of 19-19, 46-40, 68-60 and 79-76.

Atenas won the final series 3-2(83-82, 85-86, 97-90, 104-113 and 79-76).

Atenas had a 46-40 lead in halftime.

The fourth quarter was full of mistakes by both teams, but Uberlandia took advantage of the offensive struggle by Atenas and closed the score with 4 minutes left in the final period. At that point, Atenas only scored two points.

A two pointer by Valtinho from Uberlandia got them a one point lead, with one minute left in the game (76-75).

Hector Campana (185-G-64) returned to the game in heroic fashion, hitting a two pointer for Atenas who regained the lead.

Tony Harris turned the ball over and Hector Campana (185-G-64) got the ball, was fouled and sank the two free throws to seal the deal for the champions.


Uberlandia (76): Valtinho 12, Harris 20, Rogerio 6, Brasilia 10 y Estevam 8 (FI); Janjao 7, Wanderson 10, Helinho 3, Cambraia 0 y¡ Juliano 0. DT: Helio Rubens.

 Atenas (79): Sucatzky 15, Pittman 14 (x), Campana 18, Alexander 16 y Osella 8 (FI); Funes 6, Reinick 2, Moya 0 y Figueroa 0. DT: Mario Milanesio.

  Fifth and Final Game in Uberlandia: - Apr 18, 2004 - by Luis Angel Modestti
Game three was won by Atenas by the final of 97-90 thanks to 33 points by Josh Pittman (197-F-76, college: NC-Asheville). They were one game away from winning the title at their home court but they lost game four by the final of 113-104 led by Rogerio Klafke (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances) (200-F-71, agency: Interperformances) who scored 26 points in the game and forced the fifth game of Liga Sudamericana 2004.
Game five will be next Tuesday at Uberlandia, the winner will be the new champion of this prestigious tournament who determines the best team in South America.

  Liga Sudamericana Finals: - Apr 11, 2004 - by Luis Angel Modestti

Tony Harris leads Uberlandia in the finals.
Atenas de Cordoba and Unit Uberlandia are in the 2004 Liga Sudamericana finals who is already tied at one game a piece in a best of five game series.
Games three and four will be played Tuesday and Wednesday in Atenas because Uberlandia has home field advantage (goal average).
The first two games of the finals were decided by one point each. Atenas won the first one by the final of 83-82 and Uberlandia won the second game 86-85.
This is one of the most balanced series in the history of this tournament, both teams are very similar on both ends of the floor offensively and defensively.
Atenas is leaded by Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72, agent: Prunes Carlos) and Uberlandia by veteran Tony Harris (191-G-70, college: New Orleans) who was not a factor in game one of the series.
How did both teams got here?
Uberlandia defeated two time champion Libertad Sunchales in three games and Atenas defeated Boca Juniors in the same number of games.
Past champions:
1996: Olimpia (Argentina)

1997: Atenas de Cordoba (Argentina)

1998: Atenas de Cordoba (Argentina)

1999: Vasco Da Gama (Brasil)

2000: Vasco Da Gama (Brasil)

2001: Estudiantes Olivarria (Argentina)

2002: Libertad Sunchales (Argentina)

2003: was not played

  Atenas (ARG) eliminated Marinos (VEN) 93-79 - Mar 11, 2004 - by Francisco Vega

was the
weapon of

Atenas de Cordoba (ARG) recovered from a bad first half to defeat Marinos de Oriente (VEN) 93-79 in Game 3 of Liga Sudamericana's Quarter Finals, in a game played at "Carlos Cerruti" Gymnasium of Cordoba. The victory allowed the locals to qualify for the Semi-Finals, where they'll face their compatriots, Boca Juniors.
Marinos dominated the first two halfs based on a collective strategy, trying to handle the ball carefully and doing a better selection of the shots. The eastern coast team, however, was not always in front on the scoreaboard, which showed the irregular performance of its offensive, specially when it came to three-long shots.
The third quarter was a fight between the two teams, but Atenas prevalied. The last quarter was definitory for the locals, who gained an advantage that Marinos wasn't able to come back from. Once again, Oriente was not accurate from the distance and gave away too many offensive opportunities.
Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72, agent: Prunes Carlos) was the main player of Atenas in this match, considered as the most harming for Venezuela's players.


only 9

  Atenas crushed Marinos 91-67 and tied series 1-1 - Mar 10, 2004 - by Francisco Vega
Atenas de Cordoba (Argentina) bounced back from a humilliating defeat in Game 1 against Marinos de Oriente (Venezuela) and defeated them 91-67 at "Carlos Cerruti" Gymnasium of Cordoba, Argentina, on Game 2 of the Liga Sudamericana's Quarter Finals.
The locals had such a difference that they only used Diego Osella (207-F/C-69) for 9 minutes of the match, taking care of him so he can be used tonight on Game 3. The visitors only scored 23% of their long distance shots, a huge difference from the first match, when they were more accurate (67%).
The winner of this series will play against the winner of the series Riberao Preto (Brasil) vs Boca Juniors (Argentina), which is also tied 1-1.

will have
a tough

  Marinos departed to Argentina - Mar 8, 2004 - by Francisco Vega
Marinos de Oriente traveled to Argentina this Sunday to play two games against Atenas de Cordoba and win at least one, so they can advance to the semifinals of the VII edition of Liga Sudamericana.
The eastern coast team took a flight from twin city Barcelona, placed alongside Puerto La Cruz in Anzoategui State. The flight arrived to Caracas and then they made the connection with the international flight towards Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Head coach Jorge Arrieta prepared tough training sessions during the last week and the following are the 11 players who made the trip to Argentina:
Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC)
Tomas Aguilera (197-F-77)
Kervin Bracho (200-F/C-78)
Elvis Montero (188-G-78)
Daniel Dominguez (182-G-70)
Jose Manuel Briceno (202-C-79)
Axier Sucre (200-F-79)
Lorenzo Williams (186-G)
David Cedeno (188-G-83)
Jermaine Walker (200-F-77, agent: Fox Larry, college: Miami, FL)
Johnny Phillips (204-F/C-79, agent: Gramatikov Goran, college: Texas Tech)


Walker is
the main

  Marinos working hard for Game 2 against Atenas - Mar 5, 2004 - by Francisco Vega
Marinos de Oriente (Venezuela), despites suffering a set-back in their training plans because of Torneo Apertura's official suspension, continues to work hard towards Game 2 against Atenas de Cordoba (Argentina) in the quarter finals of Liga Sudamericana 2004.
The game is scheduled to be played in Cordoba, Argentina, on March 9th. The greatest offensive references are Jermaine Walker (200-F-77, agent: Fox Larry, college: Miami, FL) and Elvis Montero (188-G-78), who were a big part of Oriente's important victory in Game 1, 106-89 at "Luis Ramos" Gymnasium of Puerto La Cruz last week.  

  Marinos crushed Atenas (ARG) 106-81 in Game 1 - Mar 2, 2004 - by Francisco Vega
Marinos de Oriente (Venezuela) had no problems to defeat Atenas de Cordoba (Argentina) 106-81 in Game 1 of Liga Sudamericana's Quarter Finals. The game was played at "Luis Ramos" Gymnasium of Puerto La Cruz. The victory allows the venezuelans to travel to Argentina with an important advantage.
Despites loosing the first quarter 25-24, Marinos reacted mainly because of the offensive labor headed by Jermaine Walker (200-F-77, agent: Fox Larry, college: Miami, FL) and Elvis Montero (188-G-78). Their work permitted Marinos to finish the second quarter ahead 57-46. From then on, it was impossible for the visitors to come back and the locals continued to extended the gap between them.
The top scorers for Marinos were Jermaine Walker (200-F-77, agent: Fox Larry, college: Miami, FL) with 27 points, Elvis Montero (188-G-78) with 23 points and the duo of Tomas Aguilera (197-F-77) and Daniel Dominguez (182-G-70) with 15 points each.
For Atenas, Josh Pittman (197-F-76, college: NC-Asheville) scored 18 points, Quincy Alexander (202-F-73, college: Lamar) scored 15 points alongside Diego Osella (207-F/C-69). Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72, agent: Prunes Carlos) contributed with 12 points and Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86, agent: Ortega Arturo) ended up with 11 points. 

Tony Harris

  Uberlandia crushed Marinos and won Group D - Feb 16, 2004 - by Francisco Vega
Uberlandia (BRA) had no problems to defeat the hosts of Group D, Marinos de Oriente (VEN), and with the victory ended undefeated on first place of the Group while Marinos got second place and also advanced to the next round. The final score was 104-82 at "Luis Ramos" Gymnasium of Puerto La Cruz.
Since the very beginning of the match things were favorable to the brazilians, who didn't hesitate to show their powerful offensive moves while Marinos tried to cope with their attacks. At the end of the first quarter, Uberlandia was already ahead 30-16.
The top scorers for the brazilians were: Estevan with 14 points, Tony Harris (191-G-70, college: New Orleans) with 12 points and 'Brasilia' Clemente (200-C-72) with 11 points. For Marinos, James Maye (197-F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 20 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: Mc Clennan CC) added 12 points and Tomas Aguilera (197-F-77) finished up with 10 more.
In the other match, Paisas de Medellin (COL) defeated La Salle (ECU), to finish on the third place of the group. Both teams were eliminated and played to complete the calendar

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