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  Monday, March 21, 2005

Weekend Roundup: A slew of excellent performances
By Luis Fernández

Some href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Tomas href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Zagreb href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Star href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> caliber, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> sound href=/profile//> impressive, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> equally href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> collecting href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> process. href=/profile//> Stopping href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Sarajevo, href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> Ivan href=/profile//> Koljevic's href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Buducnost href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> capable href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Bosna's href=/profile//> noisy href=/profile//> court.

Domen href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> fire href=/profile//> lately, href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Helios href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> reached href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> figure. href=/profile//> Mile href=/profile//> Ilic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> lately, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> digits href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> (all href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Reflex, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> secured href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Eight href=/profile//> berth). href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Pivovarna href=/profile//> Lasko href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Hasan href=/profile//> Rivzic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks. href=/profile//> Roko-Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> speak href=/profile//> of, href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Slovan, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> pace href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League.

Partizan href=/profile//> Belgrade href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> classic href=/profile//> Balkan href=/profile//> duel href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> Zagreb. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> dishing href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> Mickaël href=/profile//> Gelabale href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> asking href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> draft's href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Lleida. href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> teaming href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Garbajosa, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> Manresa's href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Unicaja.

Another href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> hotter href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> matched href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> prolific href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> samples href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> remarkable href=/profile//> plays, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> At href=/profile//> least, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Tau's href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> engine, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> reliable href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> Italy href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> roundup href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> prospects. href=/profile//> Angelo href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> health href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> slowed href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> lately. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Livorno. href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani, href=/profile//> besides href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> problems, href=/profile//> suffers href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> natural href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> rawness, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grab href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Armani href=/profile//> Jeans href=/profile//> Milano.

Solid href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> PAOK href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Panionios. href=/profile//> Costas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Panagiotis href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks. href=/profile//> Panathinaikos href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Olympia href=/profile//> Exalco, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Obradovic href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Dusan href=/profile//> Sakota, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> answered href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis' href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Aris. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists.

In href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> noticeable href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Ian href=/profile//> Mahinmi, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> Le href=/profile//> Havre href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Clermont.

 
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