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Brazilian Ace Pays Dividend For Ukraine's Kyiv

17 December 2005

BC Kyiv made a quiet move before the start of Round II in the EuroCup which is already having major implications for the team in its bid for European glory.

Kyiv brought in Brazilian international Guilherme Giovannoni, who has spent the last three seasons in Italy's Lega A but was a player looking for more playing time.

His impact was immediate.

Guilherme made a quick impact by scoring 12 points in 17 minutes on court.

He was three of seven from the field, including two of three from three-point range, and he also pulled down four rebounds as Kyiv won 90-63.

It marked the first time Dynamo St Petersburg had a lost a game in Europe after its formation last season.

It also served as partial revenge for Kyiv, who lost to Dynamo in last year's FIBA Europe League final.

Guilherme spent 2003 with Benetton Treviso, 2004 with Lauretana Biella and then returned to Benetton this season, where he was a reserve in David Blatt's team.

Kyiv coach Renato Pasquali knew the player as he was a former assistant at Benetton under Ettore Messina, and had a place open when the Italian team decided they could live without the player.

"It was easy to adopt for me because I know Renato Pasquali's philosophy while he knows my abilities," Guilherme said to Ukrainian newspaper Sport-Express.

"I am glad to help my new team in time for the first game.

Some Kyiv fans think Guilherme is similar to his former Benetton team-mate Marcelo Nicola, an Argentinian who was one the best players for BC Kyiv last season when they won the Ukrainian title but lost to Dynamo in the Europe Cup final showdown.

"I know that fact," Guilherme said.

"We also have many similar features while playing on the court. I'd like to become the same valuable player as Marcelo was for Kyiv last season."

"Guilherme's appearance has made the huge impact for the team performance," said BC Kyiv president Olexander Volkov.

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