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  Friday, March 4, 2005

Euroleague: Zissis and Lorbek carry their teams
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> excitement href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague's href=/profile//> Top-16. href=/profile//> Every href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> heartbreaking href=/profile//> ones href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> starring.

AEK's href=/profile//> dream href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> reaching href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> alive, href=/profile//> totally href=/profile//> alive, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Top-16. href=/profile//> Once href=/profile//> again, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> ever, href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> piece href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greeks, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> one-point href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Turkish href=/profile//> powerhouse href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> AEK's href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 70-point href=/profile//> game) href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> treys; href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> effectively href=/profile//> directed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 13-point href=/profile//> comeback href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> quarter. href=/profile//> No, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> story. href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> balance href=/profile//> buzzer-beating href=/profile//> miraculous href=/profile//> turnaround href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> pointer href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> balance href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> posesion href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> Just href=/profile//> amazing.

Another href=/profile//> youngster href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> magical href=/profile//> game: href=/profile//> Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Panathinaikos. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> matter href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> life href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> death: href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> week, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> loss, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home, href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> overcome. href=/profile//> Facing href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> defensively href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greeks, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Matjas href=/profile//> Smodis, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> reference href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> frontcourt href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Bologna, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> setback href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> countryman href=/profile//> Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> became href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> quarter, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> aggressive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> department href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.

 
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