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  Friday, February 25, 2005

Italian Cup: Benetton Treviso repeats
By Luis Fernández

Written href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Fracasso

From href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 17th href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 20th href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> February href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> finals href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> played, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> die href=/profile//> elimination href=/profile//> style href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Sunday.

The href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> contest href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> Armani href=/profile//> Jeans href=/profile//> Milano, href=/profile//> Fortitudo href=/profile//> Bologna, href=/profile//> Montepaschi href=/profile//> Siena, href=/profile//> Lottomatica href=/profile//> Roma, href=/profile//> Vertical href=/profile//> Vision href=/profile//> Cantu', href=/profile//> Roosters href=/profile//> Varese href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bipop href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia.

This href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> edition href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> supposed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> scouting href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> prospects, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> quality href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//>

Unfortunatly, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> prospects, href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia's href=/profile//> Angelo href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Treviso's href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani, href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> play: href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> sidelined href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> injury, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Bargnani, href=/profile//> who's href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> pubalgia, href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.
href=/profile//>
Other href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek, href=/profile//> Stefano href=/profile//> Mancinelli href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> impress href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> unexpected href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//>

A href=/profile//> note href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Suns href=/profile//> draftee href=/profile//> Milos href=/profile//> Vujanic, href=/profile//> whose href=/profile//> turnover href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> seconds href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> costed href=/profile//> Fortitudo href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Speaking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> itself, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> cup href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hottest href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> country, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 74-64 href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> surprise href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> heart href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Also href=/profile//> intersting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Bipop's href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> McPherson: href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> DePaul href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Suns href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> surprised href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> trademark href=/profile//> freakish href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> abilities href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> streak href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> pointers. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> midset href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> years.

 
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