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Lugano hammered in Euroleague basketball

Bologna's Adrian Autry, right, is blocked by Dusan Stevic of Lugano during Thursday's game in Bellinzona Keystone

The Lugano Snakes have been roundly defeated by Bologna in the third round of the Euroleague basketball championship. Before a 3,500-strong crowd in Ticino's cantonal capital, Bellinzona, Lugano were beaten 72-100.

Thursday evening’s defeat put Lugano in fifth position in the league’s Group A. There are four groups of six teams each. The four best teams qualify for play-offs.

Lugano’s track record in the Euroleague has been mixed so far. They lost against Peristeri of Greece 85-68, last week. But, the Ticino squad won against Zadar of Croatia in mid-October.

Bologna have won all of its matches to date, and are the group favourite.

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