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Standings
1. Nancy (FRA) 6-0
2. Lugano (SUI) 4-2
3. IRB Reykjanesbaer (ISL) 2-4
4. Huima (FIN) 0-6
Elimination Groups:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P

Additional preliminary round (15.+22.09.99)

10. Lugano (SUI)- Seixal (POR) 83-71 (Polite 10, Washington 19, H.Mrazek 26, Valis 6, Stevic 16, Blake 2 - Carreira 7, Nascimento 17, Rodrigues 8, De Castro 7, Adams 17, Stouiga 15)
H. Mrazek made the last of his 7 three pointers at the very end and could have ensured a safe trip to the second round for Lugano. Stevic was very good scoring 14 points in the second half.
11. Huima (FIN) - Ulm (GER) 100-87 (Holmstadt 27, Ilmonen 24, Lehtoranta 14, Maattanen 14, Rantaniva 11 – Svitek 23, Bourgain 20, Castellanos 10)
12. Leopards London (ENG)- IRB Reykjanesbaer (ISL) 75-111 (Peppisch 20, Youngblood 18, Capers 12, Gianaolo 8, Robinson 6, Quashi 4, Attwell 3, Martin 2 - Perry 26, Hauksson 18, Örlygsson 13, Skúlason 12, Harðarson 10, Ólafsson 10, Einarsson 9, Roberts 6, Stefánsson 5, Ragnarsson 3)
IRB, which is Njardvík and Keflavík in one team in Korac Cup, played home against London Leopards.  It was an easy game for IRB who won 111-75 after leading at half time, 53-37.  IRB played physical defense and London´s players were not happy with how physical IRB played.  IRB shoot very well from outside and it was surprising how open shoot they got the whole game.  The leopards had no answers to IRB offense and IRB had 14 3-pointers.  All the players played well for IRB and it did not matter who was in the game because all of them are NT players.  Purnell Perry played very well for IRB and Hermann Hauksson showed that he has great shooting skills.  Guðjón Skúlason, Fannar Ólafsson, Teitur Örlygsson, Hjörtur Harðarson and Gunnar Einarsson all played excellent game both on defense and offense.  For the Leopards were Peter Peppisch and Robert Youngblood the only players who played descent.  The other players played bad and specially Kenya Capers who did not score a single point second half and was ejected from the game after hitting Fridrik Ragnarsson in the head with few minutes left.  After winning the game with 36 points, IRB should be save to play in next round.
Seixal – Lugano 76-72 (Adams 22, Carreira 15 – Mrazek 24, Washington 21). Adv: Lugano
Ratiopharm Ulm – Huima 86-84 (Bourgain 23, Shamsid-Deen 16 – Maattanen 20, Martin 18). Adv: Huima
London Leopards – IRB 80-78 (Youngblood 28, Capers 20 – Perry 25, Orlygsson 12). Adv: IRB

1 Round, 06/10/99
BC Lugano (SUI) - IRB Reykjanesbaer (ISL) 94-76 (Polite 13, Washington 23, Mrazek 20, Koller 5, Valis 7, Stevic 6, Blake 20 - Perry 34, Hauksson 5, Orlygsson 8, Skularson 3, Haröarsson 13, Olafsson, Gvalakson, Roberts 8, Stefansson 2, Regnarsson 3)
Because of a hall in non-accordance with FIBA's regulations, Vacallo played last night in Cucciago, near Cantù (Italia). Only 100 tifosi had done the trip, so it was regning there a glacial atmosphere.  Antibes lined up for the first time his American player Duane Woodward (19pts and a good performance) and his Americano-Portuguese Jonathan Fedor (2pts for 8 minutes). It is also when Antibes began to play zonal-defence that Vacallo took an important advantage. Thanks to Lisicky (who belongs to Benetton Treviso), who scored four consecutive points, Vacallo could keep an advantage of 8pts until the halftime. In second period, every time Antibes was trying to rejoin to the score, the Ticinese were reacting with their shooters (Lisicky, 21 pts at 4/8 at 3pts, Opacak and Sassella 8pts each one.)
Sluc Nancy (FRA) - Huima Aanekoski (FIN) 77-75

2 Round, 13/10/99
ÍRB (ISL) - Huima (FIN) 84-76 (Perry 23, Roberts 17 – Rantaniva 21, Maattanen 17)
It was not a very well played game by either team.  ÍRB missed a lot of shots but played good defense.  Huima led the first half by 4-8 points thanks too good performance by Tero Rantaniva and Sami Lethoranta.  Huima led at half time, 33-38.  It was another team who showed up for ÍRB in second and they scored 51 points and played good defense.  ÍRB played without their best pure shooter, Guðjón Skúlason, who got injured 2 days before the game and that did hurt the 3-point shooting.  The best players for ÍRB were Chianti Roberts who played very well on defense and rebounded well on both ends.  Hjörtur Harðarson also played well and Teitur Örlygsson had his moments.  For Huima were Tero Rantaniva, Jouni Maattanen and Toni Ilmonen the best players.  Juomi Maattanaen is an excellent shooter from 3-point range and had 5 3-pointers in the game.  Toni Ilmonen is a quick and tall point guard who can drive very well to the basket and the Icelandic guards had trouble stopping him and had to foul him.  (by Benedikt Gudmundsson)
Sluc Nancy (FRA) - BC Lugano (SUI) 65-63

3 Round, 20/10/99
IRB Reykjanesbaer (ISL) - Sluc Nancy (FRA) 84-76
Huima Aanekoski (FIN) - BC Lugano (SUI) 67-94

4 Round, 03/11/99
IRB (ISL) – Lugano (SUI) 72-78 (Hauksson, Örlygsson 3, Skularson 10, Olafsson 6, Sturlason 18, Margeirsson, Roberts 6, Stefansson 6, Einarsson 23 - Polite 16, Mrazek 16, Koller 13, Valis 7, Stevic 20, Blake 6, Darconza. (Lugano without Washington)
Just two alerts for Lugano against the Islanders of Reyjkanesbaer. A difficult beginning of the game (10-2) before rejoining little by little to the score, because of a particularly high rhythm, thanks to two playmakers together on the floor, Koller and Darconza, and to guard Harold Mrazek. In five minutes, from the 16' to the 21', Lugano inflicted a partial 14-0 to their opponents and the score changed from 19-20 to 19-34. Just after the half-time, the Islanders came back  with an avalanche of three-points shoots. One more time, Koller-Mrazek-Darconza speeded up the pace (35': 50-64). Lugano is now on the top of the group K 
Huima – Nancy 63-72
Huima: Ilmonen 20, Rantaniva 14, Martin 9, Holmstadt 8, Lehtoranta 6, Määttänen 5, Paanala 1.
Sluc Nancy: Lion 22, Payne 13, Lewis 13, Sy 8, Cerase 8, Lawrence 6, Riaveni 2.

5 Round, 10/11/99
Huima Aanekoski (FIN) - IRB Reykjanesbaer (ISL) 79-100 (Martin 22+8reb, Maattanen 21, Lehtoranta 10 – Hauksson 34+4reb+4ast, Hardarson 14+6reb, Roberts 10+9reb+7ast)
BC Lugano (SUI) - Sluc Nancy (FRA) 82-89 (Polite 16, Mrazek 34, Koller 2, Valis 7, Blake 8, Stevic 11, Darconza, Bernasconi 4 
(Lugano without Washington, injured) - Payne 10, Lawrence 10, Lewis 26, Lion 7, Cerase 9, Racin2, Sy 12, Durham 13)
Despite of 34 pts by Harold Mrazek, Lugano is defeated!BC Lugano, Swiss leader at this time of Swiss first division, did battle against Nancy, for a summit duel of th group K. If Lugano played without his American player Derell Washington, still injured, the Frenchies have recovered Pat Durham, absent for many weeks because of back's problems. The first place of the group was at stake so... the Luganese were angry of making amends of the first game against this team, which was the only one lost of BC Lugano (defeated 63-65 in France).
But Nancy wouldn't give in its leader's place: 1-6 after 2', Lugano began hazardously. The unavoidable Harold Mrazek brought his team back almost alone , scoring 20 pts in the first half. So Nancy understood the importance of blocking Lugano's guard and tightened its defense up. Consequence: H.Mrazek scored most of his points on free-throws in second-half. We can be a little bit disappointed by Rodney Blake's performance (8pts and expulsed after 32').

6 Round, 17/11/99
Sluc Nancy (FRA) - IRB Reykjanesbaer (ISL) 90-73 (Durham 39+7reb+5ast, Lewis 12+7reb, Sy 12+6reb – Roberts 17+8reb, Skulason 17)
BC Lugano (SUI) - Huima Aanekoski (FIN) 95-80 (Polite 19+9reb, Mrazek 20+5ast, Valis 16, Stevic 11, Blake 10, Koller 12, Bernasconi 2, Darconza 3, Bough, Klarenbeek. Lugano without Derell Washington (injured) - Holmstadt 20+11reb, Martin 12, Rantaniva 13, Lehtoranta 14, Maatanen 7, Leimanen 4, Valtonen 2, Ranta 2, Raisanen 6)
Lugano did not let any chance to Huima to win their first game!
Lugano, already qualifyied for the next round, has easily bitten the last team of the group K. They had already crushed them in Finland (67-94), and now, thanks to a fighting Harold Mrazek, who has done a great job in defense a delivered a huge number of assists, Lugano began the game in a good way (12-6 after 5'), then 26-14 after 12'. Huima came back at 8 pts after 16', but Norbert Valis' skill (4/5 at 2pts , 2/3 at 3pts), Michael Polite (8/13) and Mrazek (5/7 at 3pts) allowed Lugano to enlarge the gap. Lugano will play against Wloclawek in the next round. Note that international player Harold Mrazek has become the father of a cute little girl, last week.

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