Flamengo drop first playoff match to Bauru in Brazilian basketball

09:38, April 25, 2011      

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Home team Bauru beat Flamengo 87-85 in the first game of the quarterfinals series on Sunday in the New Brazilian Basketball league playoffs.

Flamengo's Marcelinho Machado was the game's leading scorer with 30 points. In the final and decisive minutes of play, the sharp shooter committed his fifth foul and was eliminated from the match. Machado's brother Duda was the team's second leading scorer with 14 points. The team's star forward and former NBA player Rafael "Baby" Araujo left the match in the second quarter complaining of back pain.

Flamengo will host Bauru in the following two games of the best- of-five series. Game 2 will be held on April 26 followed by Game 3 on April 27. Game 4 will be held at Bauru on April 29. If necessary, Game 5 will be held at Flamengo on May 1.

In another quarterfinals match, Franca beat home team Sao Jose 86-79 on Sunday. Franca will look to close out the series at home. Game 2 will be played at Franca on April 26 followed by Game 3 on April 27. Franca finished the regular season of the NBB in first place.

In the other quarterfinal match-ups, Pinheiros hold a 1-0 game advantage over Joinville while Brasilia take a 1-0 game advantage over Uberlandia. Game 2 in both respective series will be held on April 26 while Game 3 will be held on April 27.

Source: Xinhua
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