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Benetton Basket Tamoil subs Orlandina Basket, Benetton Olympic Fribourg joins second qualifying round
Oct 10, 2008
Barcelona, October 10th, 2008.
Benetton Basket Tamoil has replaced Orlandina Basket in the 2008-09 Eurocup Regular Season whilst Benetton Olympic Fribourg have progressed to the second qualifying round to face Kalise Gran Canaria, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA Europe announced Friday. Orlandina Basket has not been allowed to play in the Italian League next season and therefore loses its guaranteed spot in the 2008-09 Eurocup Regular Season. As such, Benetton Basket Tamoil, which was initially set to play the first qualifying round, will take Orlandina's vacant spot and join Group C along with Besiktas Cola Turka, BC Khimki and either STB Le Havre, Triumph Lyubertsy or Base Oostende, whichever reaches the regular season group via the qualifying rounds. Meanwhile, Benetton Olympic Firbourg gains a walk over to the second qualifying round. Benetton Olympic Firbourg is set to face Kalise Gran Canaria in the second qualifying round and the winner of the series will reach the Eurocup regular season Group E, that already features Azovmash Mariupol, Lietuvos Rytas and Asvel Basket Lyon Villeurbanne.