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  Friday, January 28, 2005

European Roundup: a stellar Fran Vázquez
By Luis Fernández

Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> greatly href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga's href=/profile//> chances href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> options href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> regarding href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> advancement href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-16 href=/profile//> stage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//>

Taking href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Opel href=/profile//> Slyliners, href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> typical href=/profile//> mid-rangers href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks.

In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> qualified, href=/profile//> Ender href=/profile//> Arslan href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Turkish href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> performance, href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> confident, href=/profile//> succesfully href=/profile//> distributing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> quickness href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> jumpers. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> ended href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals.

It href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> bolting href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Star href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> join href=/profile//> Partizan, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> appeared href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> step href=/profile//> back. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Olympiakos, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> surrounded href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Predrag href=/profile//> Samardziski, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebound, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> matter, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> ugly href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> belt.

Having href=/profile//> rebounded href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> Johan href=/profile//> Petro href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> momentum, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> traveled href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Russia.

AEK href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> amazing href=/profile//> everyone, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Maccabi href=/profile//> Tel href=/profile//> Aviv, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one-point href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> powerhouse, href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> triumph. href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> performance, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists.

Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Panathinaikos href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-16. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Dusko href=/profile//> Ivanovic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> liking href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> skill href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> displays href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> basis.

Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> overtime href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> Zagreb.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mention href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> guest, href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Veremeenko, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> St. href=/profile//> Petersburg href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Lemesos href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian's href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> 12-0.

 
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