Win number 20 for Lukoil Academic


Win number 20 for Lukoil Academic
Willie Deane with 36 points and 10 assists
05-02-2008 20:08 | Александър Сотиров

Willie Deane scored 20 of his 36 points in the first half for Lukoil Academic's 20th win in the Bulgarian Championship. The Students overcame 89-79 Rilski Sportist in the first game of the second round of A-1's second phase. Until the game versus Ventspils in the 1/32 finals of the ULEB Cup Lukoil will play all of the games, which are scheduled in mid-week in Tuesday.
 
After a decent first period (27-24), the home side got a bigger lead in the second 10 minutes and at halftime they lead the game with 13 points (53-40).
 
In the second half Zeljko Lukajic gave chance to some of the reserves, but they didn't do really good and the difference went down fast. At one moment, it was only 6 points for the home team. That made Lukajic bring back the starting five on the court, so everything could end up fine.
 
Deane added 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Other two from the home side finished in double digits - captain Todor Stoykov had 16, and Larry O'Bannon added 12 points.
 
Nenad Canak was back in play after a long abscense due to injury problems, as he scored 8 points for 33 minutes. Pero Antic didn't play in this game.
 
Santos Martinez, the new Dominican player in Samokov made his debut, as he was the top-scorer for Rileco with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
 
The other games from this round are tomorrow, as there are two big games - Levski faces CSKA in Sofia, and Cherno More is going to Pleven to play against Spartak. 

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