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  Friday, February 4, 2005

European Roundup: Luka Bogdanovic on fire
By Luis FernŠndez

Many href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> logical href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> leg href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> round, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> qualified href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> crack href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-16 href=/profile//> stage, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.

Let's href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Balkan href=/profile//> duel href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> faced href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cibona. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> lately, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 18.3 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6.3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> recovered href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stroke href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> enthusiasm. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> surrounded href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> netted href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> Cibona, href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Omerhodzic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds.

In href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> local href=/profile//> duel href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> pitted href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Real. href=/profile//> Let's href=/profile//> remark href=/profile//> Carlos href=/profile//> SuŠrez's href=/profile//> performance. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> perimeter, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> fear, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> excelling href=/profile//> moving href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> side, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> MickaŽl href=/profile//> Gelabale href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Axel href=/profile//> Hervelle href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> long-range href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> active href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Frenchman href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Belgian href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (including href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> treys), href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

Second href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Prokom href=/profile//> Trefl href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks.

Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> secured href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> top-16 href=/profile//> berth href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Opel href=/profile//> Skyliners, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> shining href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Scavolini, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists.

Johan href=/profile//> Petro href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> produce href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time: href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> Pau href=/profile//> Orthez href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso.

Finally, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> deserves href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Ersan href=/profile//> Ilyasova, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> knee href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> sidelined href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> months, href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> debut href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> competition, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Ulker href=/profile//> Istambul href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> minutes.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ULEB href=/profile//> Cup, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> eighth-finals' href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> speak href=/profile//> of. href=/profile//> Costas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> on-the-road href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cholet href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> leaves href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> favourable href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> PAOK. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> Marcin href=/profile//> Gortat href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> RheinEnergie href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> confortable href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Ventspils.

BC href=/profile//> Kiev href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Unics href=/profile//> Kazan, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Kresimir href=/profile//> Loncar href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> grabbing href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> rebound. href=/profile//> Equally href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Ural href=/profile//> Great's href=/profile//> triumph href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Dijon, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> leaves href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> group href=/profile//> B href=/profile//> heading href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> qualification href=/profile//> stage. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Egor href=/profile//> Vyaltsev href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists.

 
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