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  Friday, February 25, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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