Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and NY Harlem (USA) stayed undefeated after the first day of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger, eachvof them scoring 42 points in the first two games of the pool phase.
Novi Sad showed some stifling defense together with their usual well balanced offense in front of Che Bar Prishtina (Kosovo) and local favorites Tricolorii Bucharest. Prishtina and Bucharest will battle today for a place in the Last 8.
Ljubljana had little to worry about against the young Romanians from Bucharest Littles in the game between the oldest and the youngest teams of the tournament. The more experienced Slovenians won 22-7 and completed their day with a 20-13 victory against Winnipeg.
Bucharest Littles and Winnipeg will face each other today for a place in the quarter finals, while Choco Loco is already eliminated and will play for glory against Ljubljana.
After some crazy road trip that included delays, missed flights and long layovers, NY Harlem gathered in Bucharest just a couple of hours before their first game but dominated Pool C. They defeated their main pool rivals, Master Zemun from Serbia, 21-14, in the last game of the day and the Serbians will be today in search of a win against Stiinta Bucharest in order to advance. The Austrians from Gap Amstetten kept their chances alive with one win in the first day, but they’ll face NY Harlem in the last pool game.
The two qualifying places from Pool D are still up for grab, as each of the four teams recorded one win and one defeat after the first day. Sao Paolo from Brazil and Eco Romari Vitez from Bosnia have a slight advantage as they scored 39, respectively 38 points in two games, compared with the less productive efforts of St. Petersburg and Tbilisi.
Second day of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger is ready to start at 5PM local time (Eastern European Time – UTC+2) and can be followed LIVE on the official website www.3la3.ro and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/sportarenastreetball.