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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Partizan Pounds CSKA in Opener




BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Partizan Belgrade demolished CSKA Moscow 87-72 in a European league men's basketball quarterfinal best-of-three series opening match.


After a slow start Tuesday, Partizan quickly built a 20-point lead and led at halftime 49-24.


The Muscovites' MVP Valery Daineko was quickly neutralized and was substituted, although he still finished the game as his team's top scorer with 16 points, which says little for the performance of his teammates.


Partizan center Dejan Tomasevic scored 19 points and Haris Brkic and Miroslav Radosevic each added 17.


CSKA looks to even the series in the return match Thursday in Moscow, where the team is unbeaten this season, but Partizan has home-court advantage for the final game, if necessary, April 2.


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In Bologna, Italy, Kinder Bologna beat neighbor Teamsystem 64-52 in its European Cup derby Tuesday, but the quarterfinal tie was marred by a huge fight involving virtually every player on the court.


The brawl was triggered with just over two minutes remaining in the game by a clash between Kinder's Yugoslav center Zoran Savic and Teamsystem's talented wing Gregor Fucka.


After one of the umpires called a foul, Fucka threw the ball at Savic, who then threw a punch at his opponent.


The rest of the players joined in, including the entire Teamsystem bench and three players from the Kinder bench. Play stopped for almost 10 minutes while the two referees tried to restore calm.


Eventually, the referees ejected Kinder's Savic, Alessandro Abbio and Riccardo Morandotti along with Teamsystem's Fucka, U.S. teammate Carlton Myers and the rest of the bench.


That left Teamsystem with only three players to finish the game -- U.S. playmaker David Rivers, Stefano Attruia and Irish pivot Dan O'Sullivan.


Kinder, with five players left on court, wrapped up its victory to take a decisive step toward the final four in Barcelona next month.


Guard Hugo Sconochini led Kinder with 20 points while Rivers added 17 for Teamsystem.


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In Treviso, Italy, Benetton Treviso boosted Italy's hopes of placing two teams in the final four when it beat Turkey's Efes Istanbul 67-57 in a quarterfinal first leg game Tuesday.


Treviso led 36-28 at halftime against a depleted Turkish side that sorely missed its best player, Petar Naumoski, who was out with a fractured cheekbone.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)