Lugano Tigers remain LNA title holder. They overcame Geneve Lions in the fifth decisive game of the championship series tonight to clinch the third LNA title in a row. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with 31 points to pace the winners. Lugano controlled the pace right from the start. The Tigers built a 23:18 lead ten minutes into the encounter. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Lugano established a 47:37 halftime advantage. The Lions slowed the hosts down in the third term. The visitors managed to get within 9 points at the final break. But Lugano fired 27 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to a well-deserved win at the end. Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) finished with 14 points, while Rod Brown (186-PG-78, agency: Two Points, college: W.Michigan) added 13 in the victory. Christopher Dunn (189-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: W.Virginia St.) answered with 18 points for Geneve Lions. Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, college: E.Carolina) had 16 points in the loss.
Lugano Tigers celebrated Swiss Cup title. They narrowly defeated Monthey in the Final. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Two Points, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Lugano thus defended their Swiss Cup title. Monthey opened the game at the St. Leonard Arena on a high note. They established a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Monthey stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 44:33 halftime advantage. But the defending champions put up the pressure on their opponents in the third term. The Tigers limited Monthey to just 14 points in the third term erasing the deficit. The teams entered the fourth frame tied at 58. Lugano used all of their experience in the final seconds to secure a narrow victory at the end. Rod Brown (186-PG-78, agency: Two Points, college: W.Michigan) produced 14 points, while Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) added 12 points in the victory. Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) topscored for Monthey with 27 points. Terry Smith (185-PG-86, college: Mercyhurst) nailed 12 points in the loss.
Lugano Tigers knock down Fribourg to clinch League Cup title - Feb 6, 2012
Lugano Tigers - Benetton Fribourg 92:75
Lugano Tigers defended their League Cup title. They knocked down Benetton Fribourg in the Final yesterday. Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) scored 27 points to lead the winners. Lugano erupted for 29 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Tigers ensured a 46:33 halftime advantage. Fribourg tried to turn things around in the third quarter. They cut the margin at 7 points 58:65 at the final intermission. Lugano went on a 27:17 run in the fourth stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) posted 19 points, while Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) had 16 points for the winners. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.) answered with 22 points for Fribourg. Ronald Yates (201-F-83, college: St.Peter's) finished with 19 points in defeat.
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