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  Friday, February 25, 2005

Euroleague's top-16 on the move
By Luis FernŠndez

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Euroleague's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> top-16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> just href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> started. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Four href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> groups href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> four href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teams. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Only href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> make href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinals, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> every href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> is href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> almost href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> final, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> particularly href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> those href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> home.

Nikolaos href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zissis href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> key href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> role href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> biggest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> surprise href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> top-16's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Scoring href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 17 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> grabbing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dishing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> AEK href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Athens href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Benetton href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Treviso, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> one href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hottest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Europe href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> right href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> now. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Perhaps href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Italian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> suffering href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Italian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Cup's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hangover.

MickaŽl href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gelabale href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> solid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> coming href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> bench href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> even href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> if href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> couldn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> completely href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stop href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Charles href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Anyway, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 12 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> helping href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Real href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Madrid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> secure href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> home href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Scavolini.

Prokom href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Trefl href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> wasn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> good href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> enough href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rival href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Efes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pilsen. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tune href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ender href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Arslan href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> delivered href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> great href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performance href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> limited href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> succesfully href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> directing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> set href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> offense, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> superb href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> making href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> few href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> mistakes. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals.

In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> FIBA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Europe href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> League, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> eightfinals.

As href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> expected, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Dynamo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> St.Petersburg href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> got href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> easy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Cez href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Nymburk, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vladimir href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Veremeenko href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contributed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Similar href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stats href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Kresimir href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Loncar, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> having href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> His href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> BC href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Kiev href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> got href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> too, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> closer href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> one, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Paris href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Basket href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Racing.

 
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