The men's handball team Dinamo Bucharest was defeated, on Wednesday, away from home, by the German team Flensburg-Handewitt with the score 37-30. The match counted for Group B of the Champions League. Following this result, the Romanian team fell on the last place in the group, with only 4 points from 7 games. Also on Wednesday, the Ukrainian team Motor Zaporoje defeated the Hungarian team Veszprem 29-27. Next Thursday, Dinamo will play the return match with Flensburg-Handewitt, in Bucharest.
In Group G of the Champions League in men's basketball, U-BT Cluj-Napoca obtained on Wednesday, on home turf, a dramatic victory against the Israeli team Hapoel Holon, with the score of 106-101, after two rounds of extra time. The best player of the hosts was the American Brandon Brown, with 20 points, a recovery and eight decisive passes. In the same group, on Tuesday, the Italian team Happy Casa Brindisi defeated the Turkish team Daruşşafaka Istanbul 82-73. Top of the ranking is U-BT Cluj-Napoca, with 7 points from 4 games, followed by Hapoel, with 5 points from 3 games, Happy Casa Brindisi, also with 5 points, but from 4 games, and Daruşşafaka, with 4 points from 3 games. The outstanding games between Daruşşafaka - Hapoel Holon will take place on December 7. U-BT Cluj-Napoca will play the next match on December 15, at home, with Happy Casa Brindisi. The winners of the groups qualify directly in the second phase of the groups, in which 16 teams will play. The teams on the 2nd and 3rd positions will play tiebreakers to be split and move on to the next phase.
We continue with men's basketball. CSM CSU Oradea qualified to the second phase of the groups of the FIBA Europe Cup competition. The Romanian team defeated on Wednesday, at home, after extra time, the Hungarian team Szolnoki Olajbányász, with the score 78-70, in their last game in Group H. In the final ranking of the group, Legia Warsaw ranked first, with 12 points, followed by CSM CSU Oradea, with 9, FC Porto, with 8 and Szolnoki Olajbányász, with 7 points. In the next phase, Oradea will play in Group K, together with Trefl Sopot, from Poland, Sporting Lisbon, and Parma Basket, from Russia, or Benfica Lisbon.
Now volleyball. The Romanian men's volleyball champion, Arcada Galaţi, qualified for the 16th finals of the CEV Cup. Although it was defeated away from home by the Czech team Lvi Prague, with the score 3-2, in the second leg of the preliminary round of the competition, the team coached by Sergiu Stancu goes further thanks to the 3-1 win in the first round. In the 16th finals, Arcada Galati will be up against the French team Chaumont, the first game being scheduled in France. (LS)