Regular Season Round 24: Flamengo - Franca 86-91 (29-26, 16-12, 25-24, 16-29)
Date: February 16, 2013 Undefeated Flamengo (22-1) recorded its first loss in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-8) 91-86. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Flamengo's 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vivo/Franca made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-87) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Guilherme Teichmann (204-83, college: Tulsa) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Vivo/Franca's coach Aluisio Xavier Ferreira used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who recorded 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and international swingman Vitor Benite (190-90) added 15 points respectively. Five Vivo/Franca and four Flamengo players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Vivo/Franca is looking forward to face Joinville (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo will play against the league's second-placed Brasilia (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Franca: J.Luz dos Santos 22+5reb+3ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 15+2reb+3ast, G.Teichmann 14+9reb+2ast, L.Mariano 14+5reb, L.Meindl 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kurtz 7+1reb Flamengo: M.Vieira 26+8reb+6ast, V.Benite 15+3reb+3ast, E.Machado 13+3ast, C.Silveira 12+6reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 7+1reb+3ast, G.Yeye Torres 6+2reb+4ast
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