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Lugano basketballers face crunch match in Madrid

The Lugano Snakes are preparing for what could prove a decisive game against Estudiantes Madrid in Thursday's Euroleague basketball action.

The match marks the halfway point of the qualifying stage and involves two teams with very similar records. Both Lugano and Madrid go into the showdown with two wins and two defeats from their four previous Euroleague matches.

The Spanish side came desperately close to recording their third win of the campaign last week, but were eventually beaten 81-72 by group favourites Fortitude Bologna.

Madrid had led by 11 points at the end of the third quarter but were unable to hold on following the introduction of the Italian side’s star player, Galanda.

Madrid’s own stars include two Sydney Olympians, Carlos Jiminez and Alfonso Reyes.

A win for Lugano would be a major boost to the Swiss team’s aim of finishing in the group’s top four qualifying places.

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