Battle, ARG 10.9
2 Mielke, URU 9.2
3 Hill, ARG 8.3
4 Tintorelli, ARG 6.7
5 Fornou, BRA 6.1
Assists Per Game
Rubens, BRA 6.0
2 Tornaria, URU 5.0
3 Picarelli, ARG 4.0
4 DosPrazeres, BRA 3.2
5 Alba, ARG 2.9
Steals Per Game
Newsome, URU 2.6
2 Tornaria, URU 2.4
2 Conrado, BRA 2.4
Blocks Per Game
Battle, ARG 1.4
2 Mielke, URU 1.4
3 Newsome, URU 1.6
2 Moodie, CHI 58.8
3 Villares, ARG 53.6
Moodie, CHI 93.3
2 Martínez, URU 91.7
3 Ferreira, BRA 90.0
Libertad Liga Sudamericana Champion 2007 (Photo: Libertad)
Libertad won Liga Sudamericana 2007(Photo: Libertad)
LSB: Libertad wins the title on a great
evening by Battle - May. 10, 2007
Sunchales defeated Franca last nightby the score of 77 to 68 winning the Liga
Sudamericana's 2007 championship, the second of its history. The team coached by
Carlos Bualo found in
Battle (200-C-81, college:
main source to defeat the Brazilians on a night that Cleotis Brown also decided
to show his scoring strengths after being out of touch in the games in Brazil.
Both teams started the game by exchanging baskets on both ends. Franca avoided
to play down low where Battle would be a threat, but yet, forced its centers,
specially Murilo, to move up the key and, facing the basket, look for a one on
one match up against the big American center. In two occasions Murilo beat
Battle off the dribble before hitting Drudi on the baseline for an easy two. But
as the game evolved Libertad got going and was able to finish the first quarter
at the top (23-18).
In the second the Argentineans kept playing better and increased the lead to 9
(27-18) after Andreas Pelussi stripped the ball from Rogerio Klafke on a Franca
fastbreak. Helio Rubens put Matheus in the game and the young point guard gave
some much needed energy to his team on both ends. Playing hard defensively
Matheus was able to steal the ball twice, and later hit two shots from beyond
the arc to put Franca back in the game. On a fastbreak Derrick Lang hit a lay up
forcing Carlos Bualo to ask for a time out (31-34).
Back on court Cleotis Brown decided to take over the game. The American forward
dunked to put Libertad ahead one point (35-34), and later, after crossing over
Lang on the sideline, ran to the hoop and dunked over William Drudi, putting the
Tigres up by 3 (37-34). Matheus came right back hitting another trey to tie the
game (37-37) with 48 seconds left on the clock. Libertad would still make
another bucket (39-37), but in the first half dying seconds the ball found
Matheus once again.
Drudi, on a pick and roll play with Matheus, got himself underneath the basket
for an easy two. However, Battle recovered position, and forced the Brazilian
forward to release the ball on a lob pass to Lang on the opposite side. Franca's
guard assisted Matheus at the top of the key who, totally off balance, hit
another three pointer to put Franca ahead at the break (39-40). Things were
looking good for the Brazilians.
Diego Alba, open on the outside, started the third quarter with a 3 pointer, but
Rogerio Klafke, with back to back plays put the Brazilians ahead (44-47). Then,
out of the blue, Franca started to choke. Brown took it inside on one on one
situations and all of a sudden the local team was up by 4 (51-47). Murilo, with
3 fouls, and Estevam, 2 fouls, worried Coach Helio Rubens that called a time out
and told his players to play on the pick and roll over Battle.
Franca got ahead once again after Rogerio hit another trey and Helinho netted
two more (51-52) with 4m12s on the clock. A few plays later Franca saw Murilo
make his fourth foul on a drive by Brown. The Brazilian went to the bench and
Battle's game started to shine. He blocked Estevam on a post move inside and
connected his teammate on an outlet pass for an easy two. Libertad was up by 3
(57-54). Rogerio, the 36 year old veteran small forward, made it happen once
again for the Brazilians hitting a key three pointer at the end of the third
Brown started the fourth with another powering dunk (59-57) only to see Matheus
hit another shot from long distance (57-60). Libertad responded (61-60) but on
the next play, Lang, who seemed to be playing without confidence, was left open
on the sideline. He hesitaded but with plenty of room to take a shot, sank
another trey for the Brazilians (61-63). On an inbound pass Franca allowed a
steal by Libertad which ended up on a 3 point play by Benitez (64-63). Cleotis
Brown dunks (66-63), has the chance to add one from the charity stripe, but
misses the chance.
No reason to worry. Franca suddenly lost its concentration and with a Drudi
turnover on offense forces Helio Rubens to call another time out with 4m34s to
play. The game restarts and the 3 point lead by Libertad increases when Battle
cuts in the lane for a dunk (70-66) that puts the crowd into the game once and
for all. Murilo returns to the court but struggles defensively against a
stronger Battle who outrebounds all of Franca's big men.
Things get difficult when Helinho is stripped by his opponent and Brown runs
open for an easy lay up (72-68) with 1m16s remaining. Franca can't make any more
mistakes but the ball seems to run loose from their hands as Ruiz Moreno hits
the killer trey with 26 seconds left (75-68). Franca tries desperately with
Drudi who gets denied by Pelussi. Libertad's fans run into the court before the
buzzer but Franca has already accepted the defeat. Two mistakes at the end cost
Franca the title, but that's the beauty of basketball.
Libertad is the new champion of the Liga Sudamericana. Congratulations to Franca
who played an amazing series after being down two games. Congratulations to the
Tigres of Libertad Sunchales! Box Score: Libertad Sunchales: 77 (23+16+18+20) Starters: Diego Alba (11), Diego Cavaco (4), Cleotis Brown
(23), Andres Pelussi (9), and
Battle (14). Off the bench: Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno (5),
Martin Muller (6), Jorge Benitez (5), Marcos Saglietti (-), and Pablo Moya (-).
Coach: Carlos Bualo. Franca BC: 68 (18+22+17+11) Starters: Helinho Garcia (10), Derrick Lang (8), Rogerio Klafke
(19), Murilo Becker (10), and Estevam Ferreira (1); Off the bench:
Matheus (12), William Drudi (8), and Rafael ‘Mineiro' (-). Coach:
Libertad is the champion! - May. 10,
Franca Sao Paulo
77-68 in the fifth and definitive game of the Liga Sudamericana Final and won
the title for second time in it's history. It was a very close game resolved for
the experience of "gringo"
Pelussi (198-F-77) and
Alba (186-G-81), and thanks of another spectacular game of both foreigners
Brown (198-G/F-77, college:
Robert Battle (200-C-81, college:
perhaps the best foreign players of all south american.
Libertad (77): Diego Alba 11, Diego Cavaco 4, Cleotis Brown 23,
Pelussi 9 Robert Battle 14 (St); Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno 5, Jorge Benitez 5
Martin Muller 6. coach: Carlos Bualo.
Franca (68): Helinho 10, Lang 8,
Klafke (201-F-71, agency:
Interperformances) 19, Murillo 10 Estevam 1 (St); Matheus 12 Williamn 8.
coach: Helio Rubens.
LSB: Franca defeats Libertad and forces
game 5 - May. 4, 2007
in Franca, northeast side of the Sao Paulo state, Franca Basquete played an
exciting second half against Libertad Sunchales and forced game 5 of the Liga
Sudamericana finals. The Brazilians won by the score of 78 to 73 and counted on
a very sharp shooting night by guard
Garcia (186-G-75) who scored 22 points.
Libertad Sunchales started the game in a very strong fashion spreading the ball
around the court before sending it in the paint for Battle to dunk over the
Brazilian big men. Battle finished the game as the top scorer with 34 points and
was Libertad's main threat throughout the night. At the end of the first the
Argentinians already led by 11 (22-11) and there wasn't much Franca could do in
the second since Battle kept working hard in the post (33-40).
In the second half things changed. Franca was able to toughen up on defense and
the post game on offense got better with William Drudi's play. Helinho sank two
bombs from outside with Lang hitting a third one. The 6.229 fans were in the
game as Franca pushed on a 9-3 run to finish the quarter just three points
The last quarter of the game was Helinho's quarter. With the addition of Lang in
the backcourt, and Drudi's good work in the pick and roll, Franca was able to
take the lead with three minutes to go. Battle missed key free throws while
Franca sank crucial shots at the end to secure its second win in the finals.
Franca 78, Libertad 73. Game 5 will be played next week in Argentina and
anything can happen at this point. Box Score: Franca Basquetebol: 78 (11+22+17+28) Starters: Helinho (22), Lang (10), Rogerio Klafke (8), Murilo
(10), and Estevam (8). Off the bench: Matheus (7), William
Drudi (11) and Rafael Mineiro (2). Coach: Helio Rubens. Libertad Sunchales: 73 (22+18+13+20) Starters: Diego Alba (8), Diego Cavaco (4), Cleotis Brown (4),
Andres Pelussi (10), Robert Battle (34). Off the bench:
Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno (7), Martin Muller (3), and Jorge Benitez (3). Coach: Carlos Bualo.
Sources: Libertad Sunchales, Francabasquetebol
LSB: Franca beats Libertad with the
help of its fans - May. 3, 2007
there is one asset that stands atop in Franca Basquete's balance sheet is its
passionate fans and their ability to keep the team stronger. On a very
competitive match last night, Franca defeated Libertad Sunchales by 2 points
(60-58) forcing Game 4.
'William' Drudi (204-C-81) came off the bench to score a team high 13 points
while Derrick Lang was one of the most important players scoring 11 points and
keeping guard Cleotis Brown to 8 points, his worst performance in the finals.
The game was very even until halftime with both teams exchanging baskets on both
ends of the court. Libertad seemed to win the battle in the paint with Robert
Battle dominating Estevam inside. Murilo also didn't play a good game and was
held to just 4 points. Lang's crossovers to the basket and Helinhos penetrations
ended up being Franca's main source of power. The score at the half was Franca
28, Libertad 29.
In the third quarter Franca switched its defense to a zone scheme toughening
'William' Drudi stepped up, took advantage of playing against a ‘Battleless'
frontcourt (the American had 3 fouls), and became Franca's force in the post.
Rogerio Klafke also came up strong hitting crucial shots and helping Franca stay
ahead at the end of third by 6 points (48-42).
In the fourth Libertad relied on Battle, Alba, and Benitez to cut Franca's lead
and get back into the game. With 31 seconds to go on the clock the Argentinians
were behind by just two points and had the chance to win with Diego Alba from
beyond the arc. The shot didn't go in and Franca fans could chant on. Franca 60,
Libertad Sunchales 58. Game 4 will be played tonight at 8 PM and will be aired
nationally on cable TV (ESPN Brasil). Tune your satellite dish…na. Box Score:
Franca Basquetebol: 60 (13+15+20+12) Starters: Helinho (11), Lang (11), Rogerio Klafke (7),
Murilo (4), and Estevam (7). Off the bench: Matheus (7), Caue
(-), Zezinho (-),
'William' Drudi (13) e Rafael Mineiro (-).
Coach: Helio Rubens.
Libertad Sunchales: 58 (13+16+13+16) Starters: Diego Alba (7), Diego Cavaco (6), Cleotis Brown
(8), Andres Pelussi (12), Robert Battle (13). Off the bench:
Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno (5), Martin Muller (2), Jorge Benitez (3), and Marcos
Saglietti (2). Coach: Carlos Bualo.
Sources: Libertad Sunchales web, Francabasquetebol web
LSB: Libertad beats Franca in the 2nd
game of the Finals - Apr. 27, 2007
Derrick Lang's injury, Franca was able to improve its performance from last
Tuesday evening. However, the Brazilians couldn't avoid anoter loss in the
Finals to Libertad Sunchales (69-54). The Brazilian squad replaced the American
guard with Matheus and played a stronger game defensively. However, Libertad was
still able to put on a 23 point performance on the first quarter, which gave the
hosts a 9 point lead after 10 minutes.
Diego Cavaco and Robert Batlle were the key names of Carlos Bualo last evening.
While Cavaco hit his shots, Battle posted up against Franca's frontcourt and
dominated the game in the paint. Franca evened the game in the second quarter,
but in the third it scored only 7 points, which enabled Libertad to start the
last quarter of play 22 points ahead (60-38).
With 3,500 fans chanting from the top of their lungs it was hard for Coach Helio
Rubens to make something out of the situation. Franca did play better in the
last 10 minutes but the 22 point differential was too long of a road to be
traveled in such a small period of time.
'Murilo' da Rosa (207-C-83) was the top scorer for the Brazilians with 13
Libertad won by the score of 69 to 54 and will only have to win one of its games
in Franca. The Brazilians have a difficult assignment against Assis in the
Paulista League Finals this weekend and the result of this game will impact the
team's performance in the Liga Sudamericana. Box Score: Libertad Sunchales: 69 (23+19+18+9) Starters: Diego Alba (5), Diego Cavaco (15), Cleotis Brown
(12), Andres Pelussi (9), Robert Battle (17). Off the bench:
Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno (4), Martin Muller (2), Jorge Benitez (5), Marcos Saglietti
(-), and Pablo Moya (-). Coach: Carlos Bualo. Franca Basquetebol: 54 (14+17+7+16) Starters: Helinho (6), Matheus (9), Rogerio Klafke (11), Murilo
(13), and Estevam (12). Off the bench: Caue (-), Zezinho (-),
William Drudi (-) e Rafael Mineiro (3). Coach: Helio Rubens.
Sources: Libertad Sunchales / Clarin / El Pais
LSB: Libertad crushes Franca in the
opening game of the Finals - Apr. 26, 2007
in Sunchales, Argentina,
Brown (198-G/F-77, college:
was unstoppable scoring 24 points in a 90-69 victory of Libertad over Franca.
The Argentinians were superior througout the first three quarters with the
Brazilian squad matching it up late in the fourth, when Libertad used most of
its bench player.
Andres Pelussi scored 15 points, and Jorge Benitez came off the bench to add 13.
Murilo was the top scorer for Coach Helio Rubens with 23 while Rogerio Klafke
hit his clutch shots from outside to finish with 15. Both teams will rematch on
Thursday in Sunchales before the series move to Franca in Brazil. Box Score: Libertad Sunchales: 90 (26+27+20+19) Starters: Diego Alba (9), Diego Cavaco (10),
Brown (24), Andres Pelussi (15), Robert Battle (6). Off the bench:
Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno (4), Martin Muller (7), Jorge Benitez (13), Marcos
Saglietti (-), Pablo Moya (2), and Nicolas Pairone (-). Coach: Carlos Bualo. Franca Basquetebol: 69 (16+19+12+22) Starters: Helinho (2), Derrick Lang (5), Rogerio Klafke (15),
Murilo (23), and Estevam (10). Off the bench: Caue (4), Matheus
(5), Zezinho (2), William Drudi (3) e Rafael Mineiro (-). Coach: Helio Rubens.
LSB: Franca is in the final - Apr. 6,
Ben-Hur for the second time in a row and got its ticket to the final playoffs
last night at Pedrocao. The Brazilians topped the Argentinians by 15 points
(78-63) and will now face Libertad Sunchales in the finals.
Mateus had 19 points,
'William' Drudi (204-C-81) recorded 15 points and 15 boards, and Rogerio
Klafke added 15 points and 9 rebounds. “To be able to reach the finals of an
international competition is just sensational, specially when you have a crowd
like this (Franca) backing you up”, said Coach Rubens
Libertad wins the second game - Apr. 4,
Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia in the second game of one of the 'Liga
Sudamericana 07' Semifinals. Libertad ended with 11/23 in 3 points shoots and
with an outstanding
Brown (198-G/F-77, college:
Tonight will be played the last game deciding who will advance to the final.
Alba (186-G-81) 12, Diego Cavaco 5, Cleotis Brown 20,
Battle (200-C-81, college:
Andres Pelussi 10 (FI), Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno 0, Martin Muller 2, Jorge Benitez
14, Pablo Moya 2, Marcos Saglietti 6, Nicolas Pairone 0. Coach: Carlos Bualo.
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia (67): Gabriel Cocha 7, Pablo Moldu 0,
Charles Jones 6,
Masieri (201-F-76) 9, Ruperto Herrera 4 (FI),
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college:
16, Nicolas De los Santos 6, Ignacio Alessio 8 (x), Matias Subiabre 3, Eloy
Martin 5, Santiago Haag 3. Coach: Fernando Duro.
*Damon Thornton, of Gimnasia even was in the court. It seems that the
foreigner player had a familiar problem and will return to USA.
South American League: Ben Hur win Game
1 - Mar. 27, 2007
defended its Rafaela's court by beating Franca from Brazil 82-68 in gameone of
the South American League semi finals, Eduardo Villares scored 20 points and
Damian Tintorelli, recovering from an injury added 19, and Elias Saad added 22
coming off the bench. Matheus was Franca's leading scorer with 20.Game two and
eventual three will be played in San Pablo next week. Gimnasia (comodoro
Rivadavia) will host Libertad Wednesday Night for game 1 of the other semifinal
in a rematch of last season local league finals.
Results for the South American League
- Mar. 21, 2007
(Brazil), Libertad Sunchales (Argentina) and Gimnasia Esgrima CR
(Argentina) advanced to the semifinal for the South American League, while Ben
Hur (Argentina) and Osorno (Chle) will decided today the other spot. The last
night results were:
Franca 95 Olimpia (Uruguay) 70 - Franca won 2-0
Libertad 106 Malvin 81 - Libertad won 2-0
Gimnasia Esgrima CR 90 Rio Claro 8'0 - Gimnasia won 2-0
Ben Hur 91 Osorno 63 - The serie is tied 1-1.
Franca beat Olimpia 81-70 - Mar. 15,
a 11-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter took the lead over Olimpia and
for the rest of game maintained a 10/12 points lead to win 81-70 in the first
leg of the best-of-three South American League quarter final.
20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Franca.
The second game will be player March 20 at Franca. By quarters Franca 20-19,
OLIMPIA - Nathan Mielke 6, Mauro Tornaria 14, Andres San Miguel 2, Diego Losada
12, Sebastian Leguizamon 0, Alejandro Perez 13, Pablo Rak 10, Omar GAleano 2,
Reque Newsome 11. HC Miguel Volcan
FRANCA - Mateus 13, Estevam 4, Lang 11, Helinho 11, Zezinho 0, Rogerio 12, Drudi
Murilo 20 HC Helio Rubens
LSB: Osorno take the lead - Mar. 15,
Provincial Osorno defeated Ben Hur(ARG) 91-85 in game 1 of their
quarterfinals series against the reigning champion of LSB. The figure of tuesday
night was the the combo guard Erik Carrasco, who scored 19
point coming off the bench. Also, the forward Cristian Perez
and the center Tiago da Lima were key players in last quarter's
run from the host team, with four 3 point fg and 5 offensive rebounds
respectively. For the visitors, the american forward William McFarland was the
offensive leader with 30 points. Provincial Osorno 91 - Ben Hur 85 Oso: Chris Jeffries 23 points Erik Carrasco 19 pts. /
Ben: William McFarland 30 points. Lucas Picarelli 12 pts.
Libertad Sunchales beat Malvin
83-79 - Mar. 14, 2007 Cleotis
Brown (198-G/F-77, college:
netted a two point shot and a free throw, with 11 seconds to play, and Libertad
de Sunchales beat Malvin 83-79 to take a 1-0 lead for the best-of-three South
American League quarter final serie. Libertad de Sunchales had a 11 point lead
(75-64) with 5.45 to play. But Malvin scored a 15-5 run and was losing for just
one point (80-79) with 55 seconds to play. The second game will be player in
Sunchales, March 20th.
MALVIN - Pablo Viera 9, MArcelo Perez 8, Bruno Fittipaldo 1, Joaquin Izuibejeres
34, Alfonso Gonzalez 0, Emilio Taboada 11, Enrique Elhordoy 1, Kim Adams 2,
Pablo Morales 15, fernando Martonez 35, Sekanis Francis 2. HC Pablo lopez
LIBERTAD - Diego Alba 6, Nicolas Pairone 0, Leopoldo Ruiz MOreno 8, Jorge
Benitez 9, Martin Muller 10, Andres Pelussi 4, MArcos Saglieti 0, Cleotis Brown
17, Diego Cavaco 5, Pablo moya 0, Robert Battle 24 HC Carlos Bualo.
LSB: Gimnasia defeats Rio Claro in
Brazil - Mar. 14, 2007
didn't give up easily to the current Argentinean National Champions, however,
after 40 minutes of regular time and 5 of overtime, Gimnasia came up at the top.
The Argentineans won the game by the score or 77 to 72, and opened the quarter
final playoff series with an important away win. Both teams will square off
again on March 20th, but this time in Comodoro RIvadavia, Patagonia.
New dates for Malvin-Libertad and
Olimpia-Franca - Mar. 8, 2007
(uruguay) and Libertad Sunchales (Argentina) will play their first game for the
South American quarter finals Wednesday 15 in Montevideo, while Olimpia
(Uruguay) and Franca (Brazil) are scheduled to play on Thursday 16, also in the
Uruguayan capital city, it was officially announced. The second games will ba
played in Sunchales and Franca March 20th.
Dates for the quarter finals were
announced - Mar. 6, 2007
American quarter finals will begin March 13th with three games: Rio
Claro-Gimnasia y Esgrima, Malvin-Libertad and Osorno- Ben Hur. The first game
Olimpia-Franca will be played March 15.
The second games will be played March 20th and if a third game is needed it will
take place March 21th, it was announced officially in Montevideo.
The local autorities said the are looking for a postponement for 24 hours for
the first game Malvin-Libertad.
Ben hur defeats Rio Claro - Mar. 5,
2007 Ben Hur Rafaela
finished first in the Group B of Liga Sudamericana 2007 after beating in the
last round 89-54 to Rio Claro Brazil.
Storani (200-F/C-70) scored 19 points and
Villares (186-G-79) william mcfarlan and terrence hill added 12 each. Marcio
scored 16 for brazilian team.
LSB: Ben-Hur beats Rio Claro, but the
Brazilians are in the next round - Mar. 5, 2007
Last night in Rafela, Argentina, Ben-Hur dominated the game against Rio Claro,
and took the lead early in the game. Playing at Coliseo del Sur, Ben Hur
defeated Rio Claro by the score of 89 to 54, and finished the group stage in
The Brazilians played a very low scoring second half enabling the Argentineans
to widen the gap on the scoreboard. Storani was the top scorer for the
Argentineans while Marcio finished the game with 16 points for the Brazilians.
The Argentineans will now face Provincial Osorno of Chile in the quarter finals
while Coach Guerra, and his squad will square off against Gimnasia y Esgrima
from Comodoro Rivadavia, Patagonia. Box Score
Ben-Hur 89 (22+18+24+25)
Picarelli 7, Villares 12, Hill 12, Mc Farlan 12 e Tintorelli 11, Machuca, Saad
6, Calvelli 10 e Storani 19 Coach: Julio Lamas. Bandeirantes/Rio Claro 54 (16+17+11+10)
Vinicius 0, Cesar 5, Soro 0, Rodrigo 9, Demetrius 6, Bruno 0, Daniel 0, Atilio
0, Bruno Fiorotto 2, Felipe 14, Marcio 16, Fernando 2 Coach: Jose Guerra.
LSB: Franca defeats Malvin, and will
face Olimpia in the quarters - Mar. 5, 2007
Malvin showed a solid system, and proved to be Franca's most difficult challenge
in the group stage of 2007 LSB. Both teams exchanged positions in the lead,
until Malvin missed key free throws at the end while Franca was able to hit
crucial shots, and come up with the win by the score of 73 to 64.
Malvin ended the first quarter ahead (11-14), and focused its plays on American
post players Francis, and Adams. Franca did the same, and concentrated most of
its plays on Murilo's, and Estevam's hands. Murilo worked well on the post to
put Franca 3 points ahead (7-4), but Francis, and Adams scored the next two
baskets moving Malvin up (7-8). At the end of the quarter Martinez drove to
basket, missed the shot, but collected a loose rebound by Adams, and put Malvin
Franca trailed Malvin for almost 4 minutes before taking the lead again on a
nice three pointer by Helinho (24-21) which forced Coach Lopez to call a time
out, and give his athletes a little speech. Lopez was emphatic syaing that
Malvin couldn't try to run the ball as fast as Franca otherwise they would be
beat. “This is Brazilian basketball, we play an European style”, yelled Lopez to
his players, hoping that they would slow the pace of the game, and not let
Franca run its system.
Back in court Morales hit a three pointer (24-24), but Rogerio, and Murilo made
sure Franca stayed ahead scoring back to back baskets (28-26). In the final two
minutes Franca went on a 7-2 run powered by a 3 point play by Estevam. The
Brazilian forward asked for the ball on the low post, spinned quickly over
Adams, and went for the dunk even with two Uruguayans covering the paint. He
leveled the ball over his opponents, and got the basket.
Fransergio twisted his knee severely on a drive to the basket, and that seemed
to put the ‘Francanos' a little off. Malvin went on a 5-0 run to finish the
quarter on great plays. First Martinez found Adams on a lob pass to a nice
alley-oop while Taboada went one on one to score the final basket, and send the
game to halftime with Franca leading by just two points (35-33).
The third quarter was very low in scoring, and Franca gave up the lead at mid
quarter. Back to back baskets by Izuibejeres, Taboada, and Martinez put the
Uruguayans ahead by 1 (42-43), and forced Helio Rubens to call a time out.
Franca's coach asked his players to play more aggresively on defense during the
final four minutes, and back on court Rogerio, and Mateus scored 6 consecutive
points regaining the lead (50-43).
Murilo got into foul trouble (his fourth) when he fouled Taboada (52-46), and
Franca had to play without one of its main assets throughout the last quarter.
Morales took advantage of the situation, and on a key three pointer put Malvin
within 4 points (54-50). Taboada drained another bomb from long distance to put
the Uruguayans back into the game (54-53), but from that point on both teams
However, with Drudi, and Estevam hitting back to back shots pulling Franca 6
points ahead (60-54), Coach Lopez called for another time out. Adams missed two
free throws when the game resumed, and Drudi hit an amazing three pointer at the
buzzer putting the crowd into the game (63-56). From that point on Malvin lost
its momentum, and Franca was able to hit its shots putting the game away.
Taboada, and Adams missed key free throws, and Franca won the game by 9 points
At the end of the game Helinho praised the Uruguayan squad, “They work the ball
over at least 18 seconds on every play, and the game becomes difficult. It's
very hard to find a team that plays this way in Brazil”, said Franca's main
point guard. Helinho, 21 points, and Estevam, 13, were the top players for Coach
Rubens, while Taboada, 22, and Martinez, 17, led the Uruguayans. Franca will now
face Olimpia, another Uruguayan squad, in the quarter finals, while Malvin
squares off against Libertad Sunchales of Argentina. Box Score:
Unimed/Franca 73 (11+24+15+24) Starters: Helinho 21, Lang 5, Rogerio 9, Murilo 9, Estevam 13;
Off the bench: Drudi 9, Mateus 7, and Fransergio. Coach: Helio Rubens Malvin 64 (14+19+10+21) Starters: Martinez 17, Viera 2, Taboada 22, Francis 4, and
Adams 9. Off the bench: Izuibejeres 4, Morales 6, Gonzalez, and
Perez. Coach: Pablo Lopez
Franca defeated Malvin - Mar. 5, 2007
Brazil) defeated Malvin (Uruguay) 74-64 to won first place for South American
League Group C. Helio with 21 points was the best scorer for the Brazilian team
while Emilio Taboada netted 22 for the Uruguayans. For the quarter final games
Franca will play Olimpia (Uruguay) and Malvin with Liberatd Sunchales
Ben hur and Rio claro are in
Quarter-finals - Mar. 4, 2007
rafaela and rio claro won their games of the second round in the Group B and
advanced to the quarter-finals of the Liga sudamericana. ben hur overcame felix
perez cardozo 93:43 and rio claro beat deportivo nonis
115:44. Two easy victories. Ben Hur Rafaela
(28-44-71): Lucas Picarelli 3, Eduardo Villares 8, Terrence Hill 8,
McFarlan (201-F-76, college:
Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency:
Group) 19 (fi);
Elias Saad (187-G-83) 11,
Calvelli (195-G-82) 7, Felipe Ederra 5, Walter Storani 0,
Jonathan Machuca (184-G-89) 8,
Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89) 9 y Leandro Cecchi 2. coach: Julio Lamas. Felix Perez
Cardozo Asuncion (13-23-29): Diego Gonzalez 2, Sergio Aceval 7, Aldo Acosta
9, Daniel Talavera 4, Juliano Rivera 10 (fi); Anderson Villamayor 4, Emanuel
Garcia 2, Renzo Orve 0, Sergio Lopez 0, Diego Lopez 0 y Rodrigo Lopez 5. coach:
Juan Pablo Feliu. Bandeiras / Rio
Claro (37-69-90): Bruno 3, Fernando 12, Luiz Felipe 31, Marcio 13, Atilio 9
(fi); Soro 24, Rodrigo 11, Vinicius 4, Cesar 3, Demetrius 3, Daniel 0 y Fiorotto
2. coach: Guerrinha.
Santa Cruz (13-27-37): Livio Becerra 3, Luis Cabral 12, Miguel Gonzalez 0,
Miguel Justiniano 10, Carlos Teran 16 (fi); Joaquin Sandoval 3 y German Zelada
0. coach: Pedro Martinez.
LSB: Rio Claro qualifies to the next
round after easy win - Mar. 4, 2007
crushed Deportivo Nonis by the score of 115 to 44, and qualified to the next
round of Liga Sudamericana. It will play its first real challenging game tonight
against home team Ben-Hur de Rafaela. Last night the Argentinians didn't find
any problems to post a 50 point win over Felix Cardozo (93 to 43).
LSB: Franca gets its bid in the
quarterfinal playoff round - Mar. 4, 2007
its homework, and defeated Gatos de Monaguas last night in Franca by the score
of 95 to 73. After a very tough first quarter where Gatos played an Argentinian
style of basketball, moving the ball around tirelessly until finding the open
shot, Franca cruised in the second. Gatos players forgot what made their game
tough in the first period, and switched it to a series of ineffective
individualistic performances that bust the door of victory open for Franca.
The first ten minutes were low in scoring period with both teams shooting poorly
from the field. At the 5.30s mark the score was tied at 4 points, and Franca
changed it when Murilo, on a nice spin move at the bottom of the key, finally it
going (6-4). The Venezuelans came right back at it selecting the best shots
before making any wild attempts. Morris was the go to guy throughout the quarter
scoring 8 points, and along with Romel Beck, enabled Gatos to stay within reach
after 10 minutes (16-14).
In the second quarter something really hit the Venezuelans that started
commiting mistakes after mistakes. Morris was called with a technical on Helinho
few minutes in the quarter. The Brazilian guard made his free throws, and when
Brazil inbounded the ball Murilo was found for a thundering dunk that got the
crowd going. Franca went on 14-4 run (30-18) before Coach Morillo called for a
timeout. Nothing changed, and the Brazilians took off on another run (16-5) with
Rogerio Klafke hitting shots from all over the field, and giving Franca a 22
point lead at the half (49-27).
Things got a little more competitive in the third, but nothing that could bother
Franca's performance. Franca went on a 5-0 run to start, but the Venezuelans
were able to score points back, making effective offensive plays. That was
enough for Helio Rubens to call a timeout. On the way back Coach Morillo put
their players pressing full court, which enabled a 6-0 run by Gatos (63-38).
Mateus commited a few turnovers on carrying the ball down the court, so Helio
Rubens formed a three man backcourt adding Helinho, and Lang to the line-up.
Franca got the control of the game back to its hands, and finished off the
quarter with a great alley-oop from Helinho to Lang (73-46).
In the last quarter Franca had a difficult time with Gatos' pressing defense,
and saw the visitors win the quarter by a 4 point margin (23-27). With some of
its younger players in court (Mineiro, and Zezinho), Gatos was able to force
more turnovers. Zezinho, a Franca U19 point guard, and former member of the U19
NT, seemed to be a little nervous with the task at hand, and for several times
couldn't reach midcourt before getting stripped by one his opponents. However,
there wasn't much time for any wild comeback by the Venezuelans, and at the end
Zezinho got some shots, and scored his points.
Franca won the game by 94 to 73 with an excellent performance by Helinho,
Rogerio, who played only in the first half, Murilo, Lang, and
'William' Drudi (204-C-81), who came off the bench to score a double double
with 16 points, and 10 rebounds. Romel Beck was the top scorer of the game with
19 points, and Morris came in second with 12. Coach Rubens' squad has qualified
to the next round, and tonight it will play against Club Malvin in search of
Group A's first position. Box Score
Unimed/Franca 96 (16+33+24+23) Starters: Helinho 16, Lang 15, Rogerio 15, Murilo 7, Estevam
11; Off the bench: Drudi 16, Mateus 8, Fransergio 1, Mineiro 4,
Zezinho 3, and Tulio. Coach: Helio Rubens Gatos de Monaguas 73 (14+13+19+27) Starters: Zerpa 1, Morris 12, Beck 19, Marin 2, and Trim 5.
Off the bench: Kvietek 3, Yovera 8, Garcia 8, Diaz 2, Bassana
11, and Cabare 2. Coach: Julio Morillo
Malvin defeated San Jose 89-62 - Mar.
the second straigth game for the South American League Group C beating San Jose
Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) scored 21 points and
Izuibejeres (184-G-82) add 15 for the winner, while
Martinessi (202-F-81, college:
Malvin beat Gatos 83-78 for Group
C - Mar. 3, 2007 Emilio
Taboada (190-F-82) scored 28 points leading Malvin, the Uruguayan champions,
to beat Gatos from Venezuela 83-78 in the opening game for Group C of the South
American League, played in Franca. By quarters: Malvin 18-19, 36-32, 66-52. The
best scorer for Gatos was
Beck (202-G/F-82, college:
Liga Sudamericana group B - Mar. 3,
Parker, Nicolas Shattard and Wesley Fullen could not play in Deportivo nonis and
ben hur took advantage of this situation for beating very easily 125:58 to
Bolivian team. Coach Julio Lamas decided gave minutes to the young players. Ben Hur Rafaela
(34-58-82): Felipe Ederra 2, Eduardo Villares 15,
Terrence Hill (196-G-82, college:
18, William McFarlan 8,
Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency:
Group) 20 (fi);
Jonathan Machuca (184-G-89) 17,
Cecchi (201-G/F-88) 13, Eduardo Calvelli 9, Walter Storani 6, Fabian Elias
Saad 9, Sebastian Uranga 8, Lucas Picarelli 0. coach: Julio Lamas. Nonis Santa
Cruz (14-29-45): Livio Becerra 2, Luis Cabral 11, Miguel Gonzalez 2,
Angel Justiniano (194-F-80) (x) 14,
Teran (204-C-76) 25, (fi); Joaquin Sandoval 2, Carlos Cabral 0 y German
Zelada 2. coach: Pedro Martinez
In the other game,
Bandeiras / Rio
Claro from Brazil beat Felix Perez from Paraguay 85.65 Bandeiras / Rio
Claro (15-48-63): Demetrius 2, Rodrigo 11, Luiz Felipe 5, Marcio 14, Daniel
10 (fi); Vinicius 2, Cesar 13, Soro 9, Fernando 4, Atilio 0, Bruno 8 y Fiorotto
7. coach: Guerrinha. Felix Perez
Cardozo Asuncion (16-26-48): Diego Gonzalez 2, Sergio Aceval 15, Anderson
Villamayor 14, Aldo Acosta 8, Juliano Rivera 17 (fi); Sergio Lopez 9, Diego
Lopez 0 y Rodrigo Lopez 0. coach: Juan Pablo Feliu
LSB: Rio Claro defeats Perez Cardoso
without a problem - Mar. 3, 2007
started off its LSB campaign on the good side after defeating Paraguayan side
Perez Cardoso by 85 to 65. Tonight Rio Claro will face Deportivo Nonis from
Bolivia, and the game shouldn't be a problem to Coach
Guerra 's squad.
Last night the Bolivians lost to Ben-hur by 67 points (125-58), and couldn't
count on their foreign players due to documentation, and paperwork issues. It
hasn't been defined yet if Larry Parker, Nicholas Shattard, and Wesley Sullen
will play on tonight's game against Rio Claro. However if one takes into
consideration what happened last night in Franca, things might not change that
LSB: Franca crushes American powered
Deportivo San Jose - Mar. 2, 2007
additions of former NBA Marc Strickland, and American journey men Calvin Morris,
and Mark Williams, San Jose wasn't able to face Franca's stronger game, and
sound offensive systems. Franca beat San Jose by 44 points (93-49), and took the
lead of Group B standings.
While the Brazilian players passed the ball looking for the open man with in the
best position to shoot, the Paraguayan squad relied on the one to one game by
the Americans. However, the three foreigners were off target all night.
Franca started the game with its customary strong defense, and ellaborate
offense with continuous passes. The Paraguayans, lost the ball at midcourt
bedore Estevam dunked on an alley-oop by Lang (7-2). After that Franca cruised
going on 11-2 run before former Atlanta Hawks forward Strickland hit a lay-up.
Franca was ahead by 24 after 10 minutes (30-6).
The Brazilians lost a bit of its concentration, and let the opponents even the
game out, however it was still easy for Helinho and company to control the game.
The highlight of the second quarter came on another alley-oop pass by Mateus
that Murilo finished off with a bank shot. At the half Franca led by 24 (50-26).
Third quarter came along, and so did any hopes of the Paraguayan squad to react.
Morris, Strickland, and Williams were totally off, and Murilo took advantage to
open up the quarter with a basket, and one shot from the charity stripe (53-26).
Franca went on 20-4 run, and increased its lead to 42 on a trey by Helinho. At
the buzzer Fransergio scored Franca's 79th point, and
In the last quarter of the game the youngsters came in, and showed what they
got. Mineiro showed some really nice moves inside the pain driving to the
basket, and hitting bank shots over the American forwards. He finished the game
with 5 points.
On the other side of the court Strickland seemed not to have played in a while.
On a post move over Drudi, the American guard went for a spin move, and besides
travelling, charged the Brazilian forward who fell on Cauê's ankle twisting it
The game looked like a scrimmage until the buzzer beat, and gave Franca it's
first win in the Liga after almost ten years of absence in the continental
tournament (the team played its last Liga in 98). Final score: Franca 93, San
Jose 49. Murilo had a double double with 19 points, and 10 rebounds, and was the
man of the game.
“Our team didn't let them (Americans) play. Everybody gave its best, and ran
around the court the whole game”, said
'Murilo' da Rosa (207-C-83) at the end of the game. The Brazilian center
seemed motivated, and hopes to qualify to the next round. “We hope to play for
the first place on Sunday”, analyzed the NT center.
Franca will now play Gatos de Monagua tomorrow at 6.00 PM while San Jose tries
to keep its chances against current Uruguayan champions Malvin. Box Score Franca: 93 (30+20+29+14) Top Scorers: Murilo 19, Lang 18, Helinho 15 e Rogerio Klajke 11 Coach: Helio Rubens Deportivo San Jose: 49 (6+20+11+12) Top Scorers: Strickland 12 e Mellori 11 Coach: Horacio Segui
LSB (video): A little reminiscence for
all Latin American basketball lovers - Mar. 2, 2007
A few days
'Oscar' Schmidt (206-F-58), Brazilian basketball legend, turned 59 years
old, and many Brazilian websites, including Globo.com, published great content
referring to Schmidt's career. Well, reading through the pages of Rodrigo Alves'
Rebote ( www.rebote.org ), and its new project 'Cestas de Ontem' (a project that
values the history of basketball), I came across a video on Oscar's EC Sirio
(Brazilian powerhouse back in the days) career.
The video works as a 'clip' of a 1979 game between EC Sirio, and Bosnia, for the
World Club Championship of that year. Ibirapuera was crowded, and at the buzzer,
EC Sirio players, and fans rushed to mid court in one of the greatest basketball
celebrations in Brazil. What a Carnival... Back then I was only 4 years old, but
I remember that evening's traffic around the Ibirapuera Arena. People chanted,
and the sounds echoed through the streets of Paraiso. From Manuel da Nobrega to
Abilio Soares there were people in love for our game walking into one of the
most memorable evenings of Latin American basketball.
I feel that this video can put us into a new mode. That of valuing the Liga
Sudamericana as a way of getting South American Club Basketball to the top
international level. Libertad Sunchales, Franca, Olimpia, Benhur, Osorno, RIo
Claro, Malvin, and so many other clubs in the continent might one day experience
what Oscar, Marcel, Marquinhos Abdalla, and company experienced that night at
Ibirapuera. I wish I could go back as a grown-up with my camera, so to capture
every moment of that special date.
I love this game!!!
Clotis Brown voted as MVP - Mar. 1,
Brown (198-G/F-77, college:
playing for Libertad Sunchales, was the MVP for Group D of the Sourth American
League according to a poll by the journalistas attending the games. Other awards
Mielke (210-F-81, college:
as the best rebounder (11.6 rpg), Valter Silva as the best asistant (5 apg), and
Indianapolis (IN)) as the best scorer (23.3 ppg).
Libertad won the group with a 3.-0 record, Olimpia was second with 2-1,
Uberlandia 1-2 and Concepcion 0-3. Olimpia also advanced to quarter
finals - Mar. 1, 2007
(Uruguay) advanced to the second stage of the South American League after
beating Uberlandia (Brazil) 90-71.
Mielke (210-F-81, college:
with 20 points was the main scorer for the Uruguayan team, while
Lima (188-G-81) scored 20. Olimpia won the three quarters 22-18, 50-32,
73-53. The winner of the grooup was Libertad de Sunchales with a 3-0 record
after beating Universidad Concepcion (Chile) 121-85. Pablo Rak, from Olimpia,
and Valtinho were expelled with one minute still to be played in the third
quarter when the local team was wining 67-48.
OLIMPIA 90 - Rivero 2, Mielke 20, Vazquez 2, Tornaria 16, San Miguel 3, Losada
11, Pineiro 0, Leguizamon 0, Perez 13, Rak 8, Galeano 8, Newsome 8
Lima 16, Douglas 0, Wagner 6, Patrick 3, Valtinho 10, Alfredo 6, Cambraia
14, Charls 3, Blackwell 13.
- - -
LIBERTAD 121 - Alba 7, Pairone 17, Benitez 12, Muller 8, Pelussi 8, Saglieti 15,
Brown 18, Cavaco 21, Moya 9, Battle 6
CONCEPCION 85 - MArechal 2, Saez 13, Arteaga 9, Mendez 2 Ayala 0, Villagran 0,
Campos 12, Hernandez 0, Valencia 2, Moodie 12, Kante 24, Truscott 9.
LSB: Olimpia defeats Uberlandia, and
ends the Brazilian's season - Feb. 28, 2007
defeated Uberlandia tonight in Montevideo by the score of 90 to 71. After a
balanced first quarter the Uruguayans scored 28 points, against the Brazilians
14 in the second quarter. Olimpia held the advantage until the end, and
qualified to the next round as the second team in the group (Libertad Sunchales
finished as first after a easy game against U. de Concepcion). Box Score Olimpia: 91 (22+28+23+17) Unitri/Uberlandia: 71 (18+14+21+19)
Source: Urubasket and Blog do Rogerio (Correio de Uberlandia)
Libertad Sunchales advanced to the next
round - Feb. 28, 2007
Sunchales, with 17 points by
Leopoldo Carlos Ruiz Moreno (191-G-72, agency:
Group) and 15 rebounds grabbed by
Battle (200-C-81, college:
advanced to the quarter finals games of the South American League after beating
Olimpia (Uruguay) 73-68, as leader of the Group D. Olimpia and Uberlandia will
play tonight for the second available spot.
Silva (187-G-77) scored a three-point shot as the finish of the game was
announced and Uberlandia beat Univesridad Concepcion (Chile) 90-88. With eight
second to play Blackwell scored a three point shot and Uberlandia was ahead
87-86, but with four second to play
Indianapolis (IN)) scored for Concepcion (88-87), and then Valtinho finished
UBERLANDIA 90 - Helio 17, Duglas 0, Wagner 4, Patrick 0, Valtinho 21, Alfredo 2,
Cambraia 5, Charles 13, Blackwell 28.
CONCEPCION 88 - MArechal 2, Saez 24, Campos 5, Valencia 7, Moodie 24, Kante 20,
- - -
LIBERTAD 73 - Alba 5, Ruiz Moreno 17,, Benitez 7, Muller 5, Pelussi 10,
Saglietti 5, Cavaco 0, Moya 4, Battle 13.
OLIMPIA 68 - Rivero 0, Mielke 18, Vazquez 5, Tornaria 2, Losada 7, Alejandro
Perez 4, Rak 8, Galeano 22, Newsome 2
LSB: Uberlandia beats Universidad de
Concepcion by 2 points - Feb. 28, 2007
Unitri/Uberlandia 90-88 Universidad de Concepcion
The Brazilians had a hard time to defeat the Chilean squad last night in
Montevideo. The Chileans led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, and
for a while it looked like Uberlandia would be out of the competition as early
as the second round of group stage.
Cedric Moodie, Djibril Kante, and Patrick Saez were the names of the game for
the Chileans that took over the game early in the second quarter. Uberlandia
jumped back before the half to cutting the Chilean's lead to 11 points (48-37).
In the second half Coach Enio Vecchi's players got things together and played
with more effort. The “Mineiros” entered the last quarter trailing by 6 points
(61-67), and slowly closed the gap. The game was decided in the final seconds.
With just four seconds left Cedric Moodie put the Chileans ahead (88-87), but
'Valtinho' Silva (187-G-77, agency:
Interperformances), on a winning three-point shot, kept the Brazilians alive
in the competition. Uberlandia has the difficult mission of qualifying over
Olimpia tonight at their “cancha”. Libertad Sunchales has already reached the
post season, but tonight's game between Uruguayans and Brazilians will be the
one to watch. Box Score
Uberlandia: 90 (20+17+24+29) U. Concepcion: 88 (21+27+19+21)
LSB 2007 - Group A: Gimnasia (ARG)
takes down Cocodrilos (VEN) 85-73 - Feb. 28, 2007
de Caracas (Venezuela) played a much better match than the previous night, but
still lost another Liga Suramericana game, this time against the title holders
of Argentina, Gimnasia y Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia, 85-73 at Libos Colisseum of
Gimnasia had previously defeated Alas Peruanas (Peru) 78-48, while Cocodrilos
were the victims of Provincial Osorno (Chile) 77-73 in a very unexpected result.
This time, they were able to come back from a 24-20 deficit in the first quarter
and a 42-35 finish at the first half to get back ahead in the scoreboard during
the third, but they could not do anything against the good long distance
shooting by the argentinian team.
Gabriel Cocha was the top scorer with 24 points, Leandro Masieri added 15 and
Pablo Moldu finished up with 14 for the winners, while Kevin Freeman was again
the best scorer of Cocodrilos with 23 points, followed by Tim Jones with 13
points, Victor David Diaz and Henry Paez with 12 each.
Cocodrilos will complete their schedule this Wednesday night against Alas
Gimnasia and Osorno, Group A
leaders - Feb. 27, 2007
Osorno from Chile defeated 77-73 Cocodrilos de Caracas in a very close match.
This was the third time in 74 all-time games, a Chilean basketball team defeats
a Venezuelan team. The first quarter finished in a tie, 20-20, but it stood
close when the second quarter finished, 35-34 in favor of Cocodrilos. In the
third, Cocodrilos forgot how to play, to let Provincial score a quarter of 28-11
to put a lead of 62-46. This advantage taken by Osorno, sentenced the match, and
the only thing Cocodrilos could do, was achieve a short difference of 4 points.
In the other match of the Peruvian night, the local team, Alas Peruanas had to
play with the argentinian Champion, Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro Rivadavia.
The Southern team went to the court with Cocha, Moldu, Jones, Scales and
Herrera, while the Alas team started with Juan Carlos Monje, Gates, Cullins,
Julio Monje and Aubry. The first quarter finished tied in 17, but a burst of the
argentinian team, by the end of the second, Gimnasia was winnning by 13. In the
third, Alas Peruanas could not do much more, and another burst of Gimnasia with
Masieri's 3 points and with the great defense of Eloy Martin, Gimnasia started
the last part of the game with 20 points difference, 43-63. The last quarter,
was only a commitment, because, the coach of Gimnasia, Fernando Duro, stood in
the court the youngster Nicolas de los Santos and Santiago Haag. The new
foreign, Justin Howard, had a great game, and that made the argentinian coach
happy. Finally, the last quarter score was 5-15, to end the match with a 30
point difference, 48-78.
Alas Peruanas (48): Juan Carlos Monje 11, Prentiss Gates 7, Kotkenya Cullins 8,
Julio Monje 6, Jeff Aubry 8 (FI) Aldo De Ferrari 4, Ignacio De Ferrari 4.
Gimnasia CR (78): Gabriel Cocha 7, Pablo Moldu 10, Charles Jones 7, Jervaughn
Scales 10 y Ruperto Herrera 1 (FI) Nicolas De los santos 6, Leandro Masieri 18,
Justin Howard 12, Eloy Martin 5 y Santiago Haag 2
Partials: 17-17, 29-42, 43-63
Gentility: Cesar Bersais - FM Del Mar - Comodoro.
Olimpia and Libertad Sunchales won in
the first round for group D - Feb. 27, 2007 Mauro
Tornaria (187-G-82) and
Rak (188-G-82) scored 30 points each one and Olimpia (Uruguay) beat 104-91
Universidad Concepcion (Chile), while Libertad Sunchales (Argentina) defeated
Uberlandia 91-79, with 29 points by
Brown (198-G/F-77, college:
during the first round of the Group D for the South American League, played in
Montevideo. Concepcion took a five points lead with 2.40 to be played in the
third quarter, but then Olimpia scored a 15-2 run, with nine points by Tornaria
and Olimpia took the lead for the rest of the game.
Indianapolis (IN)) scored 34 points for Concepcion.
Mielke (210-F-81, college:
Olimpia, grabbed 16 rebounds. Liberttad Sunchales scored 32-16 during the third
quarter to take the lead after trailing for the first two quarters. Cleotis
Brown netted 29 points for Libertad and grabbed 24 rebounds. Valtinho scored 17
OLIMPIA 104 - Daniel Rivero 2,
Mielke 18, Sebastian Vazquez 4,
Tornaria 30, Andres San Miguel 2, Diego Losada 0, Alejandro Perez 0,
Rak 30, Omar Galeano 6, Reque Newsome 12. CONCEPCION Patrick Saez 17,
Evandro Arteaga 8, Nelson Mendez 0, Pablo Ayala 0, Jose Campos 0, Alexis
Djbril Kante 6, Louis Truscott 20.
By quarters Olimpia 30-21, 42-39, 70-65
LIBERTAD 91 - Diego Alba 4, Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno 9, Jorge Benitez 7, Martin
Muller 2, Andres Pelussi 11,
Brown 29, Diego Cavaco 12, Pablo Moya 4, Robert Battle 7, Marcos Saglietti 6
UBERLANDIA 79 - Helio 13, Douglas 0, Wagner 4, Patrick 8, Valtinho 17, Alfredo
5, Cambraia 3, Charles 14 Guilerme 0.
By quarters: Libertad 18-25, 37-48, 69-64.
LSB: Libertad Sunchales defeats
Uberlandia - Feb. 27, 2007
Uberlandia played a great first half leading the game by as many as 13 points,
however, with a great second half performance, and an excellent evening by
Cleotis Brown, the Argentinian squad was able to come up with its first win in
the most important continental club basketball tournament in the Americas.
'Valtinho' Silva (187-G-77, agency:
Interperformances), Blackwell, and Alfredo went off during the first two
quarters. Uberlândia finished the first period 7 points ahead (18-25). The
Brazilians played pressing defense, and relied on a great shooting evening from
long range to keep the lead in the second quarter and increase it to as much as
13 points with just two minutes left in the clock. At the half the score was
Libertad 37, Uberlandia 48.
However, with a Libertad 11-2 run in the beginning of the third quarter,
Uberlandia's consistency fell apart. The team lost its momentum, and with it its
concentration. Cleotis Brown became the go to guy, hitting shots from
everywhere, making things difficult for the Brazilian defense. The lights went
dead for a little while, but on the way back the Argentineans kept the rhythim
finishing the quarter with 32 points, against Uberlandia's 16 (69-64).
Libertad managed to keep the lead in the final quarter, and ended up winning the
game by 12 points. Alexander Blackwell shot well around the perimeter, but there
wasn't that much time left for any sort of late reaction. Valtinho was the top
scorer for Coach Vecchi while Brown was the MVP scoring 31 points in the
In the second match of the evening Olimpia (URU) beat Universidad de Concepcion
(CHI) by the score of 104 to 91. Uberlandia will face Concepcion tonight on the
opening game of the evening while Argentineans, and Uruguayans will battle at
Libertad: 91 (18+19+32+22) Starters: Diego Alba 4, Leopoldo Ruiz Moreno 9, Cleotis Brown
31, Andres Pelussi 11, Robert Battle 7. Off the bench: Diego
Cavaco 10, Martin Muller 2, Jorge Benitez 7, Marcos Saglietti 6 y Pablo Moya 4. Coach: Carlos Bualo. Unitri/Uberlandia: 79 (25+23+16+15) Starters: Valtinho 17, Alfredo 5, Charles 14, Alexander
Blackwell 15, Patrick Whearty 8. Off the bench: Elio 13, Wagner
4 y Cambraia 3. Coach: Enio Vecchi.
LSB 2007 - Group A: Osorno (CHI)
surprised Cocodrilos (VEN) 77-73 - Feb. 27, 2007
For only the
third time in 74 all-time games, a Chilean basketball team was able to defeat a
Venezuelan team and it happened in Gameday 1 of LSB 2007's Group A, as
Provincial Osorno (Chile), champions of Dimayor, defeat Cocodrilos de Caracas
(Venezuela), the seventh team in LPB 2006, by 77-73, in Lima, Peru.
The first quarter ended with a 20-20 time and Cocodrilos ran off with a 15-14
streak in the second to go to the half time rest ahead, 35-34, but everything
changed drastically, as Cocodrilos forgot the ball or defending at all, to let
Osorno go ahead 28-11 to gain a huge 62-46 lead that they almost outbeat in the
last 10 minutes. Chris
Jeffries (199-F-80) netted 29 points,
Carrasco (181-G-83) added 20 and
Bishop (201-F-73) supported them with 12. For Cocodrilos,
Freeman (201-F-78) scored 17 points and both
David Diaz (195-F-68) and
Jones (193-G/F-73) followed him with 13 points. Cocodrilos now needs to
defeat Gimnasia (Argentina) and Alas Peruanas (Peru) and expect a defeat of
LSB: Tiagao join Provincial
Osorno - Feb. 20, 2007
Provincial Osorno reach an agreement with the brazilian center
Tiagao de Lima as their third import player for the upcoming Liga
Sudamericana. Thiago played with the brazilian NT in the Southamerican
championship in 2003.
A few days ago, the leaders of the club announced that Marquise Gainous
would be the third import, but the american player decided to sign a contract in
With the arrived of Tiagao, Osorno is ready to play in group A, against Alas
Peruanas (PER), Gimnasia de Comodoro (ARG) and Cocodrilos (VEN).
LSB: friendly games - Feb. 17, 2007
Provincial Osorno and Universidad de Concepcion played
two friendly games as a training for the upcoming Liga Sudamericana 2007. Osorno
played both games with only one import player.
On thursday night, the visitors won 83-109 with a great performance by the
Djibril Kante and the guard
Moodie, with 30 and 22 points respectively. For the host,
Carrasco scored 30 coming off the bench.
On friday night, Osorno recovered and won 99-96.
Coro send the game to overtime with a last second 3 point fg and
Carrasco decided the game with another 3 point fg. The scoring leaders were
Bishop with 32 and 24 respectively. For the visitors,
Moodie scored 23 and
LSB: roster changes for
Concepcion - Feb. 16, 2007
Universidad de Concepcion made two roster changes for the South American league.
The national center
Patricio Briones decided to left the team due to personal reasons. He was
replaced by the forward
Strickland decided to stay in the States for a free agents NBA camp in Las
Vegas. After this, the leaders of Universidad de Concepcion signed with the
Truscott, who played for Deportes Ancud the last season of Dimayor.
LSB: Jeffries is back in Osorno - Feb.
renovation of the forward
Jeffries was the big news for Provincial Osorno in his way to participate in
Liga Sudamericana 2007. They also sign the center
Marquise Gainous as their third import player for the tournament. They will
join, Tony Bishop,Erik Carrasco and
Marcelo Hernandez as the key players for the chilean champion in this
Bishop sign for Osorno - Feb. 5, 2007
Provincial Osorno signed the american forward
Bishop (201-F-73) as their first import player for upcoming Liga
Sudamericana 2007. Bishop played the 2006 season for Boston College, averaging
19.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Dimayor's champion will announce the
complete roster for the tournament this friday.
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