Sunday, March 08, 2009

Aimar On Target For Benfica, Davis Cup & NBA

Pablo AIMAR scored to help Benfica beat Naval 2-1 and hold on to second place in the Portuguese league. AIMAR set Benfica on the way to its first away win for three months by firing home in the third minute after the Naval defense failed to clear a free kick by Jose Antonio REYES.Naval equalized in the 53rd minute through substitute MARCELINHO's angled shot, only for Kostas KATSOURANIS to head home following another REYES free kick in the 74th. Benfica, aiming to win the title for the first time since 2005, trails defending champion Porto by two points, with nine games of the season remaining.

In Greece, AEK Athens demolished Panserraikos 5-1 with goals from Ismael BLANCO (2) and Nacho SCOCCO. Mauro POY penalty was enough for Skoda Xanthi to earn a 1-0 win over Panthrakikos.

Davis Cup - Argentina Whitewash the Netherlands

Argentina completed a 5-0 rout over the Dutch in Day 3 after their first round meeting. Martin Vassallo ARGUELLO defeated Matwe MIDDELKOOP in straight sets 6-2 & 6-4. Juan Ignacio CHELA ensured that Argentina finished off with a perfect score after overcoming Thiemo DE BEKKER with ease, 7-5 & 6-2.

Tito VAZUEZ and his men will travel to the Czech Republic for their quarter-final clash in July. VAZQUEZ is aware that without the players that missed this first round, chances of victory are dramatically reduced.

He will probably keep MONACO perhaps doubles specialist Arnold-KER, but the return of DEL POTRO, NALBANDIAN and ACASUSO will be something to work on in order to ensure that the team spirit Argentina is currently building will not be harmed, as a new era dawns for one of the top contenders to the Davis Cup.

NBA News - Another Double-Double from Scola & King Chapu

Luis SCOLA, alongside YAO Ming lead the Houston Rockets to an easy win over Memphis Grizzlies before their embark on a tough road trip. SCOLA posted his 25th double-double of the season, 18 points, 14 rebounds, to extend their home court winning streak to 12 games with a 93-83 win.

“We need to get all those games you should win, against teams that have no chance to make the playoffs,” SCOLA said. “Those are games, especially at home, that you have to have.”

Andres NOCIONI produced his best ever performance in a Sacramento Kings jersey as he posted 23 points, 5 rebounds & 2 assists in their surprise 114-106 win over the Denver Nuggets.


johnny said...

Good for Aimar ! I was thinking just yesterday, where the hell is Aimar these days ?! I had lost track of him !

Dave said...

Luis Scola has been on a tear for the last 15 games. He's been scoring 14+ppg and adding 10.6rpg for the Rockets in just over 32 minutes a night. Fantastic play. I think he's been the Rockets second best player behind Yao for the last month.

I love how the Rockets have been playing since Tracy McGrady went down injured. They're playing through the paint with their frontcourt -- with Yao, Scola, and Artest all smacking people around in the paint. They're dominating the backboards and their defense has been superb. The Rockets are playing some excellent basketball.

I can't believe Aimar is playing in the Portuguese league. A player of his caliber should be playing in one of the top three leagues. That's disappointing. I loved watching Aimar play when he was at Valencia -- his intelligence and vision where a joy to watch.

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