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Saporta Cup 2000 - Men Basketball


Play-Off bracket
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Stats Leaders

Points 

1.Doyle (Okapi) 24,9
2.Ansley (Darus.) 24,7
3.Nailon (Adecco) 24,1
4.Tvrdic (Split) 24,0
5.Lewis (LondonT) 23,1

3-Points 

1.Beechum (Bonn) 3,9
2.Jordan (Honka) 3,7
3.Stojkovic (Radnicki) 3,5
4.Stojkov (ChernoM) 3,3
5.Halimic (Bosna) 3,1

Rebounds 

1.Beard (Pamesa) 14.7
2.Engellant (Okapi) 12.5
3.Rich (Honka) 11.6
4.Radja (Zadar) 10,9
5.Rusconi (Adecco) 10,6

Assists 

1.Bennett (Tau) 8,2
2.Sciara (Paris) SG 7,1
3.Bruke (Norkoping) 5,8
4.Sanders (Kunin) 5,4
5.Dos Santos (Porto) 5,3





Groups: A B C D E F G H
Finals 2000

The final: 11/4/00 in Lausanne:
AEK Athens - Kinder Bologna 83-76

SEMIFINALS FINALS
Game 1, 21/03/2000
KK Zadar (CRO) - AEK Athens (GRE) 75-70 (
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) - Kinder Bologna (ITA) 70-60 (
Game 2, 28/03/2000
AEK Athens (GRE) - KK Zadar (CRO) 82-67 (
Kinder Bologna (ITA) - Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) 83-71

1/4 FINALS
Game 1, 29/02/2000
AEK Athens (GRE) - Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) 84-73 (46-44) (Koronios 14, Tsakalidis 13+5reb, kakiouzis 12+11reb, Bowie 11, Didoudis 10+8reb, Chatzis 10, Hansell 7, Muursepp 7, O’Sullivan – Chatzivrettas 29, Dinkins 16+5ast, Ellis 9+10reb, Johnson 8, Nahar 4, Papadopoulos 4, Hupmann 3+5reb, Sauer, Markopoulos). Attn: 6,000
Kinder Bologna (ITA) - Pamesa Valencia (ESP) 85-61 (36-34) (Rigaudeau 30+5reb, Frosini 12+9reb, Ekonomou 11+5reb, Stombergas 11+5reb, Sconochini 10, Abbio 6, D.Andersen 4, M.Andersen 1 – Beard 19+9reb, Rodilla 14, Maluenda 9, Hopkins 7+6reb, Markovic 5, Alvarez 3, Albert 2, Luengo 2, Alonso). Attn: 6,490
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) - Porto Banco Mello (POR) 93:73 (44:35) (E. Elliott 32, A. Giedraitis 17, G. Aidietis 2, R. Siskauskas 21, A. Okunsky 2, A. Macijauskas 13, A. Kazlauskas 4 e A. Slezas 2.
FC PORTO 73 – N. Perdigão, J. Rocha 15, P. Pinto 25, J. Miller 17, G. Grant 7, J. Pedrera 5, P. Lourenço 3 e Raul Santos 1)
Zepter Slask Wroclaw (POL) - KK Zadar (CRO) 56-63 (29:33) (Gregov 3 (1x3), Stelmahers 3, Zielinski 11 (3), W0jcik 10 (1), McNaull 11; O'Bannon 8, Kosciuk 3, Wilczek 0, Szybilski 7 - Komazec 16 (4), Perincic, Krunic 7 (2), T. Ruzic 11, Radja 11; Stewart 7, J. Ruzic 11 (3)). Attn: 5,000.

Game 2, 07/03/2000
Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) - AEK Athens (GRE) 73-70 (41-34) (Johnson 30+10reb, Chatzivretas 14, Dinkins 13, Papadopoulos 8+7reb, Markopoulos 4, Hupmann 2+8reb, Ellis 2+5reb, Saouer, Diamantidis – Koronios 24, Tsakalidis 13, Bowie 11, Kakiouzis 6, Muursepp 6, Dikoudis 4+6reb, Chatzis 4, O’Sullivan 2, Kikilias, Hansell). Attn: 2,500
Pamesa Valencia (ESP) - Kinder Bologna (ITA) 78-59 (37-25) (Rodilla 21, Maluenda 14+5ast, Beard 12+10reb, Alvarez 11, Hopkins 11+10reb, Albert 5, Markovic 2, Luengo 2, Alonso – Danilovic 21+7reb, Ekonomou 11, Abbio 10+6ast, Binelli 8+9reb, Stombergas 5, D.Andersen 2, Rigaudeau 2, Sconochini, M.Andersen). Attn: 8,000
Porto Banco Mello (POR) - Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) 87-77 (45-33) (Perdigao, Miller 17; Grant, Pinto 13; Pedrera, Rocha 9; Santos 5; Miranda 4; Lourenco - Giedraitis 32 (10/13 FG, 10/13 FT); Ðiðkauskas 18 + 6 rebs; Okunsky 12 + 8 rebs; Elliott 8; Kazlauskas 5 + 6 rebs; Aidietis 2; Slezas, Javtokas)KK Zadar (CRO) - Zepter Slask Wroclaw (POL) 69-64 (39-32) (Komazec 16+5reb, Radja 15+11reb+9ast, T.Ruzic 12, Krunic 10, Ervegovic 8, Perincic 7, J.Ruzic 1, Stewart – Wojcik 20, Szybilski 11+5reb, Zielinski 11, Mc Naull 8+6reb, O’Bannon 6, Stelmahers 6, Gregov 2, Kosciuk). Attn: 3,000

1/8 FINALS
Game 1, 08/02/2000 
Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) - AEK Athens (GRE) 67-71 (Bennett 8, Esteller 8, Espil 20, Oberto 3, Mills 11, Foirest 6, Garbajosa -, Morales 9 y Rodríguez 2 - Koronios 7, Tsakalidis 9, Muursepp 10, Bowie 16 and Kakiouzis 11, Hansell 2, O'Sullivan 3, Chatzis 4, Ntikoudis 9)
Chalon (FRA) - Pamesa Valencia (ESP) 83-75 (Gatlin 26+5ast, Ostrowski 16+10reb, Owens 16, Nebot 8, Hay 6, Robinson 6, Bayina 5+5reb, Melicie – Hopkins 20+6reb, Beard 20+6reb, Maluenda 17, Alvarez 11, Rodilla 6, Luengo 1, Albert, Alonso, Burgos). Attn: 2,362
Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR) - Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) 79-91 (Williams 24+7reb, Cohen-Mintz 14, Waldman 12, Katz 11, Lexer 11, Turgeman 3+9ast, Tamir 3, E.Katz 2, Arapovic – Elliott 32, Siskauskas 16, Okunsky 13+6reb, Giedraitis 10+5reb+6ast, Kazlauskas 9, Macijauskas 8, Aidietis 3, Javtokas, Slezas). Attn: 2,400
KK Zadar (CRO) - Racing Paris (FRA) 76-57 (Radja 25+15reb, Komazec 19, J.Ruzic 17, Krunic 13, T.Ruzic 2, Perincic, Stewart – King 14+5reb, Harris 12+7reb, Howard 11+5reb, Sciarra 10, Asceric 5, Julian 5, Zig, Rippert). Attn: 3,000
KK Split (CRO) - Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) 63-71 (Tvrdic 24, Badzim 9+9reb, Subotic 9, Vujcic 8+7reb, Henjak 6, Zemljic 3, Zizic 2, Poljak 2, Tomeljak – Dinkins 20, Chatzivertas 16, Johnson 15, Saouer 11+8reb, Hupmann 4+10reb, Papadopoulos 3, Diamantidis 2, Nahar 0). Attn: 1,000
Frankfurt Skyliners (GER) - Kinder Bologna (ITA) 62-57 (Kelecevic 16, Collier 12+6reb, Nurnberger 11+6ast, Roller 9, Lutcke 5, Vianini 4, Frisch 3, Guarasci 2, Grey – Stombergas 19, Rigaudeau 16, Ekonomou 12+9reb, Frosini 4, Sconochini 4, Ansaloni 2, Abbio, D.Andersen, M.Andersen). Attn: 1,200
Porto Banco Mello (POR) - Darussafaka Istanbul (TUR) 81-78 (34-56) (Pedrera 27, Pedrigao 17+6reb, Miller 16+10reb, Gomez 15, Grant 4+5reb, Santos 2, Rocha, Moreira – Ansley 28+7reb, Green 14, Nossov 10+10reb, M.Kahyaoglu 8+5ast, O.Kahyoglu 6, Kanan 4, Ertas, Kosedag). Attn: 1,600
Zepter Slask Wroclaw (POL) - Adecco Milano (ITA) 75-57 (37-26) (O'Bannon 7 (3/4 2p), Gregov 10 (3/5 2p, 1/2 3p), Stelmahers 8 (4/8 2p), Kosuk 5 ( 1/1 3p) Zielinski 10 (4/6 2p 0/1 3p), Wojcik 17 (6/10 2p, 5/7 FT, 11 RBS), Zibilsky 6 (3/4 2p, 0/1 3p), McNaull 10 (4/7, 12 rebs) - Portaluppi 100 (2/3, 2/7), Ramos 6 (1/4, 1/5), Mapelli 1 (0/1, 0/3), MIchelori 6 (3/5), Richardson 19 (7/13, 1/1), Gizzi 6 (2/7), Jeremic 9 (4/7)). Attn: 4,500

Game 2, 15/02/2000 
AEK Athens (GRE) - Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) 85-65 (Koronios 16, Hansell 9, Muursepp 13, Bowie 12, Chatzis 8, Kakiouzis 12, Tsakalidis 9, O' Sullivan 2, Dikoudis 6 - Bennet 6, Foirest 4, Esteller 10, Espil 13, Morales 4, Mills 10, Rodriguez 4, Oberto 14)
Pamesa Valencia (ESP) - Chalon (FRA) (44-19) (Maluenda 17+6reb, Beard 12+8reb, Luengo 12+5reb, Alvarez 10+5reb, Hopkins 8+8reb, Burgos 4, Rodilla 4, Albert 2+7reb, Alonso 2 – Ostrowski 10+8reb, Nebot 6, Giffa 5, Owens 5, Gatlin 3, Dubiez 2, Robinson 2, Melicic 2, Beyina 1). Attn: 7,000
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) - Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR) 66-70 (36-37) (Giedraitis 18, Siskauskas 16+5ast, Okunsky 11+15reb, Elliott 9+10ast, Aidietis 7+11reb, Macijauskas 5, Kazlauskas – Hamilton 22+6reb, Williams 21+6reb, Turgeman 17+9ast, Arapovic 8+11reb, A.Katz 2, E.Katz, Waldman, Lexer, Cohen-Mintz). Attn: 2,300
Racing Paris (FRA) - KK Zadar (CRO) 72-67 (King 18, Howard 17, Julian 13+5reb, Harris 9, Asceric 8+8reb, Sciarra 5+7ast, Parker 2 – Radja 22+13reb, J.Ruzic 22, Komazec 9+6ast, Stewart 7+8reb, Perincic 5, T.Ruzic 2, Krunic). Attn: 4,300
Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) - KK Split (CRO) 79-66 (Ellis 13, Saouer 3, Markopoulos, Johnson 16, Dinkins 19, Hatzivretas 16, Hupmann 4, Nahar 2, Diamantidis 4, Papadopoulos 2 - Subotic 4, Tomeljak 2, Vujcic 10, Zizic 6, Tvrdic 22, Lovric, Poljak 14, Henjak 2, Badzim 6)
Kinder Bologna (ITA) - Frankfurt Skyliners (GER) 83-53 (Danilovic 15 (4 steals), Ansaloni 2, Abbio 2, Barlera, Stombergas 21 (5 rebs), Sconochini 2, Frosini 9 (5 rebs), M. Andersen 1, Rigaudeau 15 (3 as), D. Andersen 16 (5 rebs) - Kelecevic 20 (6 rebs), Nurnberger 4, Collier 14, Grey, Frisch 1, Roller 7, Guarasci 7 (7 rebs), Lutcke, Woodall)
Darussafaka Istanbul (TUR) - Porto Banco Mello (POR) 49-54 (Nuno Perdigão (8), Paulo Pinto (5), João Rocha, Greg Grant (24) e Jared Miller (14), José Pedrera (3), Paulo Cunha, Miguel Miranda, Pedro Lourenço e Raul Santos - Mehmet Kahyaoglu (4), Sean Green (8), Orhan Guler (13), Michael Ansley (12) e Vitali Nosov (9), Omer Kahyaoglu, Recep Ertas, Guray Kanan, Murat Kosedag (3) e Gokhan Sunter)
Adecco Milano (ITA) - Zepter Slask Wroclaw (POL) 64-62 (29-30) (Portaluppi 20, Richardson 14, Baldi 10, Michelori 8+5reb, Antunes 5, Gizzi 4, Mapelli 3, Sagias). Attn: 1,280


1/16 FINALS

Game 1, 11/01/2000 
Savinjski Hopsi (SLO) - AEK Athens (GRE) 51-86 (Kahrimanovic 18, Nikitovic 13+8reb – Chatzis 16, Nikoudis 15+10reb). Attn: 1,000
Achilleas Kaimakliou (CYP) - Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR) 67-93 (33-39) (Williams 20 (13 reb), Katz 20, Cohen-Mintz 17, Turgeman 11, Lexer 10, Waldman 7, Arapovic 4, E. Katz 4, Tamir 2 - Horvat 23, Butler 21 (10 reb), Florent 6, P.Kyriakou 6, Stefanovic 6, Karampatakis 4, S.Kyriakou 1). Played bu didn't score: Georgiou.
Cherno More - Sodi Varna (BUL) - KK Zadar (CRO) 63-73 (Farmer, Natov 9, Hughes 6, Drumev 9, Stoykov 25 (Boiadjiyski, Stoyanov 2, Valchev 5, Shishkov 7) - Komazec 18, Radja 17, Krunic 19, Perincic 5, T.Ruzic 10 (J.Ruzic, Stewart 3, Ercegovic 1). Attn: 3,200
Cherno more lost at home to croation Zadar by 63:73 (38:40) in the first 1/16 final game of Saporta Cup. The guests led all game through and never were on jeopardy losing the game. Their only weak period came at the end of the first half. Trailing by 14 points with 2 minutes to go bulgarians managed to cut their deficit to just 2 at the halftime. But after that it was all Zadar. The stars Komazec and Radja did their job and wre much helped by Krunic, who became Zadar's topscorer with 19 points. Cherno more made errors 9especially both americans Farmer and Hughes) and only Stoykov effprts were not enough to save the day. We proved that we are the better team, said Zadar head coach Ivica Buric.We conrolled the game and deserved to win. I can't explain why did we play so terrible, so Cherno more coach Simeon Varchev. Zadar is not better than us but used well our errors. I don't have big expectations for the return leg but it's a fact that we play better in away games.
Charleroi (BEL) - Pamesa Valencia (ESP) 74-81 (Cleymans 20+6ast, Varner 16+4reb – Hopkins 33+10reb, Beard 17+9reb). Attn: 3,000
Bosna Sarajevo (BIH) - Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) 65-71 (Halimic 27 pts (7/17 3 pointers) , Leric 14 , Bukva 13 - Okunsky 15 pts , Macijauskas and Elliott in 13's , Giedraitis and Slezas in 11's.)
In the in the beginning of the game very unlucky played "Lietuvos Rytas" leaders - E.Elliott (0/4 first field goals) and A.Giedraitis (3 fouls in 1 half) , but bosnian team was not able to stop "Lietuvos Rytas" tallest players - A.Okunsky , G.Aidietis and A.Kazlauskas easily collected rebounds under the basket. Very successfully game started A.Slezas - he scored 7 of his 11 points in the first few minutes of the game. Successfully from the bench game started A.Macijauskas and "Lietuvos Rytas" was having advantage in the most part of the first half."Bosna" leaders Halimic and Mirkovic played not very good in the first half.Halimic in the first half scored only 6 points and Mirkovic was'nt very dangerous but after drives few times made fine assists. In the first half for "Bosna" played only 6 players. In the second half Halimic was irrepressible , but "Lietuvos Rytas" leaders Elliott and Giedraitis started to play successfully and "Bosna" players got tired and "Lietuvos Rytas" increased the advantage till 9 points - 58:67 but after few mistakes "Bosna" reduced difference till 4 points - 65:69 , the last points in the game scored A.Slezas by free throws. (Mindaugas Veromejus)
Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) - Maccabi Raanana (ISR) 68-62 (45-35) (Espil 16, Esteller 13 (8 reb), Oberto 12 (8 reb), Mills 10, Bennet 9, Garbajosa 6, Foirest 2. Played but didn't score: Rodriguez - Salters 15, Steinahuer 11, Pachutine 11, McArthy 9,  Sela 7, Radovic 5, Berg 2, Kantor 2)
Each team had 20 turnovers!
Chalon (FRA) - Hoop-Pekaes Pruszkow (POL) 76-57 (Gatlin 19+4ast, Ostrowski 15, Owens 13+6ast – Bagatskis 16+6reb, Stern 11+5reb, Walker 10+10reb). Attn: 1,700
Ricoh Astronauts Amsterdam (NED) - Racing Paris (FRA) 60-61 (Spinks 18+12reb, Lieverst 9+6reb – King 17+8reb, Julian 14+8reb). Attn: 1,600
Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE) - Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) 64-87
(Burke 18, Sanders 12+8reb, Kruse 12 – Ellis 26+8reb, Chatzivrettas 18, Dinkins 17+5ast). Attn: 1,122
BK Ventspils (LAT) - Porto Banco Mello (POR) 47-77 (Nicholas 15+10reb, Buskevics 11 – Miller 24+18reb, Gomez 17+7reb, Grant 14+10reb). Attn: 2,050
BK Slovakofarma Pezinok (SVK) - Zepter Slask Wroclaw (POL) 79-86 (Naglic 20, Ristanovic 18, Andruska 12 – Stelmahers 24, Zielinski 21, Wojcik 17). Attn: 2,000
Telekom Bonn (GER) - Kinder Bologna (ITA) 56-67 (Phelps 17 (2/3, 1/3), Beechum (0/3, 0/5), Tomic 13 (4/4, 1/3), Josipovic 6 (1/2, 0/1), Musch (0/1); Klepac 8 (1/2, 1/1), Pastore 6 (0/1), Behnke (0/1), Rohdewald, Braun 6 (2/3). All.: Soce - Rigaudeau 20 (6/10, 1/5), Danilovic 15 (4/4, 2/4), Stombergas 5 (1/4, 1/3), D.Andersen 2 (1/1, 0/1), Binelli 9 (3/8); Ansaloni 2 (1/1), Sconochini 2 (0/2), Ekonomou 12 (3/6, 0/1), M.Andersen (0/1). N.e.: Ruini. All.: Messina.), Attn: 2,800
Radnicki Beograd (YUG) - Darussafaka Istanbul (TUR) 77-66 (Nadfeji 16+12reb, Nedic 16+7reb, Stojkovic 13+3reb – Ansley 22+7reb, Guler 13). Attn: 1,000
Sakalai Vilnius (LTU) - KK Split (CRO) 86-97 (V.Sirvydis and R.Jarutis in 20's , D.Salenga 18 - Tvrdic 27 pts, Zizic and Zemljic in 23's, Vujcic 20)
In the in the beginning of the game fight went point to point - result was 6:6, 9:9 , 14:17 . It was very hard to "terminator" R.Matulis (198cm) and E.Priudokas (196cm) play against croatians N.Vujcic (211cm) and A.Zizic (207cm) . The tallest "Sakalai" player is S.Kuzminskas (209cm, 1982) but he will be able to play in European cup games after few years. "Split" centers and power forwards look effective to compare with "Sakalai" : N.Vujcic (211cm) , A.Zizic (207cm) , H.Henjak (211cm) and J.Poljak (214m). "Sakalai" played first Saporta cup game without ex head coach R.Paulauskas and american PG J.Rich (now "Alita"). N.Vujcic in the first half was irrepressible (he scored 14 pts). R.Matulis was not able to stop him , because it was his best game. In the first half "Split" players grabbed 26 rebounds and "Sakalai" - only 14 . Then croatian team won length 7:0 and finished the half : 38:50. In the second half "Sakalai" after Salenga and Jarutis 3 pointers reduced difference till 55:59. But "Split" team won one more length 6:1 and kept advantage in all 2 half because they had the advantage of height and fought for balls better than competitors . The biggest advantage "Split" had at the end of the game - 75:91 , but "Sakalai" as usual successfully played in the last seconds of the game . "Sakalai" had no chances even to equalize the result although in group they lost only 3 times ("Split" - 4 times). However it is not the same team which played in group. (Mindaugas Veromejus)
“Split” scored 4 “dry” points in the beginning of the game and didn’t lose the preponderance. The score was equal 2 times 6:6 and 9:9. “Sakalai” was trying to catch up with “Split”, but when the difference was small, Croatians increased their advantage. Lithuanian team was playing well. It is difficult to do something against the team, which has even 6 higher players than the highest “Sakalai” player R.Matulis. It was much easier to score for “Split” players and this team grabbed much more balls then “Sakalai” because of the height advantage. In addition, “Sakalai” has financial problems, coach R.Paulauskas, legionaries J.Rich and T.Mason left this club, so the team became weaker. In the meanwhile, “Split” became stronger, because D.Zemljc started to play in this team. Even 4 players from “Split” scored more than 20 points and all of them are higher than 199 cm. (Gediminas Lukasevicius)
Plannja Basket (SWE) - Frankfurt Skyliners (GER) 63-74 (Banks 22+7reb, Coates 20+8reb – Roller 24, Kelecevic 15+8reb). Attn: 2,402
Plannja without Aulander and Skyliners missed Nurnberger.
Adecco Milano (ITA) - Krka (SLO) 62-55 (Portaluppi 22 (3/4, 4/7), Michelori 6 (3/5, 0/1), Richardson 7 (2/10, 1/3), Nailon 10 (3/6, 0/2), Baldi 2 (1/4, 0/1); Johnson (0/1 da 3), Mapelli, Gizzi 9 (2/10, 1/5), Jeremic 6 (1/3), Montanaro. All.: Crespi - Petrov (0/1, 0/2), Viskovic 2 (1/3), Grum 5 (1/1, 1/4), Scekic 16 (4/6, 2/2), Nakic 18 (2/6, 2/8); Drazovic (0/1, 0/2), Jevtovic 5 (2/2), Drobnjak 9 (2/2, 1/2). N.e.: Smodis, Stakic. All.: Sunara). Attn: 1,117

Game 2, 18/01/2000
AEK Athens (GRE) - Savinjski Hopsi (SLO) 68-44 (Muursepp 11, Kakiouzis 11+5reb, Hansel 9, Hatzis 9, Koronios 9, Bowie 4, Tsakalides 4, Dikoudis 6, O'Sallivan 2 - Kadic 2, Kobale 2, Udricht 3, Nikitovic 4, Ovcina 17+17reb, Yosipovic 7, Timer 3, Sizey 6)
Only 500 spectators attended “the game for nothing”. AEK secured the place in the 1/8 final in the first game, when they beat Savinjski Hopsi in Slovenia by 35 points. Now it was only formality. Tau Ceramica will be much more challenging opponent, which AEK will have to face in the next stage.
Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR) - Achilleas Kaimakliou (CYP) 95-66 (Cohen-Mintz 14+6reb+6ast, Williams 13, Hamilton 11 (6 as), A.Katz 11, Lexer 11, Turgeman 9, Waldman 9, E. Katz 9, Arapovic 4, Tamir 4 - Horvat 32 (2:6/14, 3:5/9, FT:5/5), Stefanovic 14, P.Kyriakou 10, Karampatakis 4, Shakallis 4, Georgiou 2. Played but didn't score: Kaskiris, Triantafillides.). Attn: 2,500
That was an easy practice for Hapoel. The real games will start in the 1/8 finals , where Israli team will meet Lietuvos rytas (LTU).
As expected, Jerusalem crushes the Cypriots, maybe the weakest team which made it to the 1/16 round. Derrick Hamilton came back after his forced-spell, and showed how happy he is to get back to the team with a series of dunks, blocks and assists (HJM finished with 32 assists!). Another statistical note: Jerusalem made 13 shots out 17 from perimeter range! (Sagi Levanon)
KK Zadar (CRO) - Cherno More - Sodi Varna (BUL) 99-70 (Komazec 6, Stewart 16, Popović 3, Perinčić 19, Žuža 6, Krunić 2, J. Ružić 11, Ercegović 7, T. Ružić 6, Rađa 23 - Farmer 4, Bojađijski, Natov  15, Stojanov 2, Hughes 12, Valčev, Šiškov 6, Pavlov 1, Drumev 5, Stojkov 25)
Croatians did not leave the shadow of the chance for Sodi Varna, and proved to be one level better team. Almost 30-points difefrence tells everything about this spectacle. Now Zadar can focus on the game against Racing Paris (FRA).
Pamesa Valencia (ESP) - Charleroi (BEL) 82-75 (43-38) (Beard 19+10reb, Rodilla, Hopkins 18+6reb, Markovic 17, Albert 5, Luengo 4, Burgos 1, Maluenda and Alonso - Morton 17+7ast, Jerome 12+8reb, Goethals 12+4reb,  Varner 11, Cleymans 9, Weatherspoon 6,, Marion 4, Beeuswaert 2, Defosse 2, Rion ). Attn: 6,000
Pamesa Valencia had another easy game and despite that Belgian team tried very hard get the victory, they were not able to do it. Spanish team will face Chalon (FRA).
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (LTU) - Bosna Sarajevo (BIH) 103-73 (Slezas 18, Elliott 16, Macijauskas 15 – Halimic 14, Leric 14, Dzuho 12). Attn: 1,900
The second home game was way better for Lithuanian team. Bosnian team had no solution for great performance of Lietuvos rytas. Lietuvos will face Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR) in the 1/8 finals.
To compare with first game in Sarajevo "Lietuvos Rytas" leaders A.Giedraitis and E.Elliott played much better and Halimic who was irrepressible in first game have'nt possibilities to shoot from beyond the 3 points arc like he did in first game. "Lietuvos Rytas" forwards and centers were much better under the basket  although A.Okunsky was'nt very good. G.Aidietis two times made smashing dunks and "Bosna" have'nt any posibilities to reduced difference. In the second half "Lietuvos Rytas" increased the advantage till 16 points - 87:51. But then "Lietuvos Rytas" coach let to play bench players and "Bosna" won length 17:5 and reduced difference till 92:68. At the end of the half "Lietuvos Rytas" second PG G.Kadziulis played great - he scored 3 pointer and then by smashing dunk ended the game .Final result - 103:73. (Mindaugas Veromejus)
Maccabi Raanana (ISR) - Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP) 67-71 (30-32) (McCarthy 17+5reb, Radovic 15, Salters 11+5reb, Kantor and Sela 6, Steinhouer 5, Velez 4 and Pachoutine - Espil 20, Mills 13+8reb, Foirest 11, Garbajosa 10+6reb, Oberto and Bennett 7, Esteller 5 and Rodriguez) Attn: 1,200
Very tough game. 6-points advantage after the first game was definitely too small for Tau Ceramica. So Spaniards had to take that game very seriously in order to advance to 1/8 finals. Despite Tau Ceramica attacked from the first minutes, they were not able to get bigger points distance. But 4-points victory satisfied them a lot and now they will have to be ready for the game against AEK Athens (GRE).
Ra'anana had to win by 6 to qualify to the next round. It was close alright. Tau controled the boards (32-21) especially because of a weak day by Steinahuer. However, Ra'anana tied the game a couple of minutes to the end, but the much more experienced Spaniards were more accurate in money time, and completed a 2-0 sweep. (Sagi Levanon)
Hoop-Pekaes Pruszkow (POL) - Chalon (FRA) 88-77 (Jeklin 18, Dryja 16, Bagatskis 14, Stern 9+14reb – Ostrowski 21+6reb, Gatlin 15, Robinson 14). Attn: 3,500
It was not the first time, when Poles could not stop Ostrowski. 19-points difference from the first game was too big for Pruszkow to catch up during the home game. Despite 11 lost, Chalon advanced to 1/8 finals, where they will meet the best Spoanish team this season Pamesa Valencia.
Racing Paris (FRA) - Ricoh Astronauts Amsterdam (NED) 75-70, OT (62-63, 31-36) (Sciarra 30+5ast, King 21+5ast, Julian 17+11reb – heinen 15, Lieverst 13, Spinks 13+6reb, Mc Guthrie 12+6ast). Attn: 2,000
Dutch teamn was very close to a big sensation, and the game appeared to be the most exciting in Saporta games tonight. Ricoh Astronauts went to Paris as underdogs are they had to win the game at least by 2 points. The regular time was finished with their two points victory, which means overtime. However here host team showed more experience and won th ewhole event 75-70. Racing will face KK Zadar in 1/8 finals.
Iraklis Thessaloniki (GRE) - Norrkoping Dolphins (SWE) 119-80 (Sauer 25 (5/5 3p) +9reb, Ellis 13+9reb, Markopoulos 4, Pesic 10, Dinkins 18+6ast, Hatzivrettas 11, Huppman 12+7reb, Nahar 18+5reb +1x3, Diamantides 1, Papadopoulos 7 - Kruse 21 (5x3p) +6reb+6ast, Prtic 13, Kemoury 13, Person 2, Pin 6, Burke 9, Kostour 7, Kilayder 3, Markus 6)
Greek team should call it “an easy practice” having almost 40 points victory over Swedish team. Norrkoping was not able challenge Iraklis, and only trio Kruse – Kermoury – Prtic mainaged to give small resisatnce. 7 Iraklis players scored in double figures. Iraklis will meet probably Split (CRO) in the 1/8 finals.
Porto Banco Mello (POR) - BK Ventspils (LAT) 80-75 (Nuno Perdigão 6, Paulo Pinto 12, Greg Grant 14, Jared Miller 18,  João Rocha 7; Pedro Lourenço 7, José Pedrera 6, Raul Santos 2, Miguel Miranda 6 e Paulo Cunha 2 - Aigars Vitols, Jimmy Polk 6, Janis Laksa 14, Yomance Nicholas 10 and Aigars Zeidaks 6; Andriy Kapinos 7, Aleksandrs Sturms 6, Sandis Buskevics 10, Maris Laksa e Kristaps Purnis 16)
After the miracle game in Latvia, Porto played much worse at home. But even here Ventspils was not able to challenge Portuguese champions. Maynbe Portoi should consider playing their home games at …Ventspils.
Zepter Slask Wroclaw (POL) - BK Slovakofarma Pezinok (SVK) 84-81 (41-45) (Wojcik 23, Stelmahers 19, Mc Naull 17+8reb, Szybilski 10 – Naglic 21, Abndruska 19, Ristanovic 18, Lewis 16). Attn: 4,500
Zepter can say about good luck. Motivated Pezinok completely surprised host, which was expecting an easy victory. Slovak champs won the first part by 4 points and Slask Zepter had to speed up in the second half to secure the onlt ticket for Polish team in the 1/8 finals. Slask Zepter will play there against Adecco Milano (ITA).
Kinder Bologna (ITA) - Telekom Bonn (GER) 87-69 (40-31) (Danilovic 23+7reb, Rigaudeau 16, Stombergas 13, Ekonomou 12+5reb – Beechum 26, Braun 11+10reb). Attn: 6,303
Despite Kinder slightly lowered their level comparing to the beginning of this season, they are still considered as the main favorite for the Saporta Cup winner. The game against Telekom Bonn confirmed only their high goals for thi sseason. German team tried to challenge former Euroleague champions only in forst 20 minutes. Then the game belonged to Italians. Their next opponent in the 1/8 finals will be Frankfurt Skyliners (GER).
Even if the qualification to next Saporta round was almost sure, Kinder had to check the shape and the performing of Stombergas and Ekonomou. Both the players responded well, and now Kinder can look to next games with a sure mind. But there are persisting rumors that the team is looking for an imporrt center to strengthen the roster under the boards (and to respond to Paf towering Vrankovic too). (John Smith)
Darussafaka Istanbul (TUR) - Radnicki Beograd (YUG) 75-60 (Guler 14, M.Kahyaoglu 12, O.Kahyaoglu 11, Kanan 10, Green 10 – Nadfeji 17+9reb, Stojkovic 15, Obradovic 14+6reb). Attn: 2,750
Darussafaka managed to catch up with the 11-points difference from the first game and won the second fight by 15. Their next opponent Porto seems very unpredictable, so it should be an interesting game.
KK Split (CRO) - Sakalai Vilnius (LTU) 89-80 (37-37) (Subotić 7, Tanta, Tomeljak 8, Vujčić 15, Žižić 2, Zemljić 18, Poljak 12, Tvrdić 20, Henjak 7, Badžim – Gronskis 6, Priudokas 8, Salenga 7, Pazdrazdis 7, Pleta, Skaisgirys 12, Sirvydis 26, Matulis 14+13reb, Budzinauskas). Attn: 2,500
Split can celebrate their Saporta Cup 1/8 finals, while they were better than their Lithuanian opponents and won the second game too.
Split Croatia osiguranje made another win against Sakalai 89:80 (37:37) and now they will play in 1/8 of Saporta Cup against Iraklis. With the new coach Petar Bezelj, players of Split delivered an important victory. But it was very tough game for Split players since they were under very big preassure. They made some childish mistakes, and in some segments of the game they looked like they were playing together for the first time. But the final result is the most important and everything else will be forgotten as soon as posibble. (Zeljka Visosevic)
Frankfurt Skyliners (GER) - Plannja Basket (SWE) 71-58 (Collier 20p. 5reb., Guarasci 13p. 8reb. 6/6FG, Frisch 11p. 5/8FG, Kelecevic 8p. 6reb. - Gehrke 20p. 5/6 3p. 77%FG, Banks 13p. 6reb., Aulander 7p., Lundahl 7p)
Easy game for Skyliners. Their another oppenent in the 1/8 finals will be much stronger, since Kinder Bologna belongs still to the European elite.
Skyliners lead early in the game, through Alexander Frisch, who had some good moments in the first half, scoring nine of his eleven points that night. Plannja had a lot of turnovers and their shooting selection was more then doubtful. Only Torbjorn Gehrke shot one three pointer after another, but this didn’t helped the team, because their offensive game was weak that night. A solid Gary Collier kept the Skyliners out of trouble in the second half, when he scored most of his 20 points, leaving no doubts, that the Skyliners will face Kinder in the next round. Peter Guarasci also performed well, after he was sidelined against Alita and Zalgiris. Kai Nuernberger is also back after an ankle injury, but he's now at 50%. Plannja-Coach Magarity said after the match, that his team was not able to defend inside, giving theirt opponents an easy job. He said also that Plannja had a great season in the Saporta Cup, beating some top teams and advancing the first time to the play-offs. Skyliners-Coach Koch said, that his team was in both games better then Plannja, and he's looking forward to the Kinder-game, where he see's his team with a chance of 30% or less, winning this match. (Kris Santiago)
Krka (SLO) - Adecco Milano (ITA) 57-56 (36-36) (Nakic 17, Smodis 14+8reb, Viskovic 11+9reb – Nialon 18+9reb, Richardson 9+7reb, Portaluppi 9+5reb). Attn: 1,500
Tough game, since Krka wanted to win it very hard with the 7-points difference. But Milano controled the game not allowing the host get bigger advantage. Krka won it, but it was their last Euro game this season. Adecco Milano will play against Polich champions Slask Zepter in the 1/8 finals.
About Adecco, Lee Nailon this time was in a UP night, and used well his skills to guard Smodis, who was absent in first match, and was the main problem to solve for Adecco.
Now, maybe that Milano will keep the roster so, after some days in which the technical staff has been hiypotizing a two import guards roster, releasing Nailon. (John Smith)

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