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  Friday, February 11, 2005

Euro Roundup: Suárez and Tripkovic shine
By Luis Fernández

It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague's href=/profile//> preliminary href=/profile//> round, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> meaningless, href=/profile//> meaning href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> opportunity href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> kids href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> stuff.

Despite href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> youth, href=/profile//> Carlos href=/profile//> Suárez href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> proving href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> whenever href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> receives href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> meaningless href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Olympiacos, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> lacks href=/profile//> strength href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> promising href=/profile//> youngster.

Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> brilliant href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> (has href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 10.7 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> age href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 18) href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> needing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> strange href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> injuries href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> suffered.

Axel href=/profile//> Hervelle's href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> lately. href=/profile//> Garbage href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> aside, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> basically href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> jumpers, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> gaining href=/profile//> consistency. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> winners href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> netted href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (mostly href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> jumpers href=/profile//> too) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> boards.

Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> wanted href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> hopes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-16, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> part. href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> minutes. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> useless, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Montepaschi href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> Scavolini href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> winning, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Istambul href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> spite href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter's href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> reference href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> stretches href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Sadly, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> minutes.

The href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> preliminary href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> too, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> drawed href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> attention href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> eighth href=/profile//> finals. href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> St. href=/profile//> Petersburg href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> ago, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> continuing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> roll, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> completed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> 14-0 href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> rolling href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Iraklis, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Veremeenko href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds.

BC href=/profile//> Kiev href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> expected, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> secured href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> berth href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Sofia. href=/profile//> Kresimir href=/profile//> Loncar href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> dished href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Ukranian href=/profile//> team.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ULEB href=/profile//> Cup, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> eighth href=/profile//> finals, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> die href=/profile//> contest href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> everyone.

DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pamesa href=/profile//> Valencia href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> tried, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> (with href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> system, href=/profile//> based href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> aggregate href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> matches, href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> happen). href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> wonderful href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> leave href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> sidelined href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> weeks.

Meanwhile, href=/profile//> PAOK href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series, href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cholet. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Costas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Panagiotis href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos href=/profile//> shined, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward. href=/profile//> Those href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> basically href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> alive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> heading href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarter-finals.

 
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