Europe defeated the Americas 94-84 on Thursday (26 September) in the first of a series of international basketball games in Rio de Janeiro.
Europe defeated the Americas 94-84 on Thursday (26 September) in the first of a series of international basketball games in Rio de Janeiro. Further games are scheduled in Sao Paulo, Brussels and Rome.
The Americas, drawn from star players in North. South and Central America, found that the European all-stars had quickly developed between coordination and teamwork. In the face of this, the Americas had to rely mainly on individual brilliance.
Yugoslav centre Kosimir Kosic was top scorer for Europe with 21 points. Puerto Rican Raimond Dalmao managed a similar total for the Americas.
SYNOPSIS: A new-style intercontinental basketball championship in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. An all-star team from the Americas -- north, south and central -- took on the top European players.
The Americas, in the white, provided much of the most entertaining individual play. but they found the Europeans had quickly developed better coordination and teamwork. The Europeans took an early lead, and stayed ahead. Here, though, it's the Americas scoring.
The Rio game was the first in the European-American championships. Further games are scheduled in Sao Paulo, Brussels, and Rome.
During this second half, as the Europeans maintained their lead, the Americas ran into trouble from fouls. Three players -- one from Brazil, one from Argentina and one from the United States -- had to leave the game after five personal fouls.
Europe on the attack again -- and scoring through their centre, Dino Meneghin from Italy. The top European scorer of the evening was Yugoslavia's Kosimir Kosic, with a personal tally of twenty-one points.
The Europeans maintained their dominance throughout, and finally ran out winners by ninety-four points to eighty-five.