Benfica repeated as the LPB champions. They knocked down Academica in the fourth game of the title series tonight to celebrate the second straight title. LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Baylor) fired 28 points to pace the Reds. Academica strongly started the game. The Coimbra team cleared off to a 24:12 lead after ten minutes. But the defending champions were able to turn the tables in the second term. Benfica went on a 25:11 run in the second quarter to secure a 37:35 halftime lead. Benfica started to get away in the third term. The visitors opened a 9-point lead at the final intermission. Benfica exploded with 31 points in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Frederick Gentry (201-F-77, college: McNeese St.) nailed 19 points, while Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) answered with 20 points for Academica. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) netted 14 points in the losing case.
Benfica rally past Academica for SuperCup title - Nov 4, 2012
Benfica - Academica 68:53
Sport Lisboa Benfica clinched the first trophy of the new season. They held off Academica to celebrate SuperCup title. Ricky Franklin (185-PG-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up with 20 points and 7 assists to pace the winners. Benfica held their opponents to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Academica stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the gap at just two-point mark 30:32 at the interval. However the Reds took over in the third quarter. Benfica went on a 21:11 run in the third period and secured a 12-point buffer before the fourth frame. Academica struggled to narrow the deficit in the final stanza and surrendered at the end. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) had 17 points, while Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) added 14 points for Benfica. Fernando Sousa (192-F/G-81) answered with 18 points for Academica. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) chipped in 13 points in the loss.
Benfica celebrate Hugo dos Santos Cup title - Jan 27, 2013
Benfica - Academica 85:74
Benfica claimed Hugo dos Santos Cup title. They held off Academica in the Final tonight for the trophy. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. He was named the MVP after the game. Benfica enjoyed a comfortable 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second term. Benfica accounted for a 48:34 halftime advantage. Academica stopped the bleeding in the third term. They straighten their defensive performance and cut the deficit to 13-point mark heading into the fourth period. Academica got even closer in the fourth frame but Benfica stayed on alert and did not allow their opponents within striking distance. Diogo Carreira (180-PG-78) finished with 19 points, while Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) added 12 points for the winners. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) answered with 17 points for Academica. Arnette Hallman (199-F-88) topscored with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Vitoria SC are Portuguese Cup winners. They overcame Benfica in the title game on Sunday. Jose Silva (194-G/F-89) stepped up with 25 points to pace the winners. Ivan Almeida (198-G-89, college: Stonehill) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to get MVP award. Vitoria SC stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The Guimaraes team went on a 30:18 run in the first ten minutes. Benfica stopped the bleeding in the second quarter. The Reds cut the deficit to 7 points at the interval 40:47. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Benfica stayed within striking distance trailing by just seven points at the final intermission 63:70. But Vitoria SC did not give them a chance to strike in the fourth frame. The Guimaraes team exploded with 30 points in the final period and ran away with the victory. Paulo Cunha (200-F-80) finished with 20 points, while Dain Swetalla (206-C-86, college: Augustana, IL) added 17 points for the winners. Joao Gomes (201-SG-85) answered with 21 points for Portugal. LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Baylor) had 14 points in the loss.
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