Lukoil Academic hammers Benfica in FIBA Europe Cup


Lukoil Academic recorded a victory in their first game of FIBA Europe Cup Second Group Stage, 84-72, against Benfica.

The Bulgarian powerhouse gained a lead by 7 points at half time, 48-41. In the third quarter the hosts limited their opponent to only 14 points, while scoring 24. The Portuguese team cut its deficit to 10, but Lukoil Academic pulled away.

Filip Videnov helped its team to secure the win by 18 points and 8 rebounds. Sasha Zagorac added 15 points, Hristo Zahariev had 11, and Steve Zack finished with 10.

Damian Hollis scored 23 points for the visitors.