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  Friday, April 1, 2005

Euroleague: Field Set for the Quarterfinals
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Euroleague's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Top-16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> is href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> now href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> history, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> already href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> know href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> eight href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> advancing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> what href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> their href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> road href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> title href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> look href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> like:

Maccabi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tel href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Aviv
Scavolini href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pesaro

Panathinaikos
Efes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pilsen


CSKA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Moscow
Ulker href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Istambul

Benetton href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Treviso
Tau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> be href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> three-game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> format, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> gets href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victories, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> advances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Final href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Four.

Now, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> let's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> check href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> best href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> week's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games.

Tau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> got href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> qualification href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> harder-than-expected href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zalgiris href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Kaunas. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> With href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Spanish href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> trailing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> entered href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> provided href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> needed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> intensity, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounding href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> changed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> course href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contest. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Martynas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Andriuskevicius href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> little href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> action, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> even href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> if href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> barely href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> produced, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> could href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> see href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> both href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> players href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> face href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> face, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> trying href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> post href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> him href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> As href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> result, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazilian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> attempt href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocked, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> giving href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> evidence href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> problems href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> facing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> big href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> players. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Anyway, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 8 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (7 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> them href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> offensive) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists.

Tau's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rival href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinals, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Benetton href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Treviso, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rolled href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Prokom href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Trefl href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Sopot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> expected href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Andrea href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Bargnani href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> kept href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> getting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> consistent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> delivering href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> production. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> before href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fouling href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out, 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-/> Watch href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Italian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> during href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> next href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> few href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> weeks. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> A href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> guy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> size, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> athleticism href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> skills, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> if href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> manages href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> get href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> consistent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> could href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> give href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stock href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> boost.

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> other href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> same href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> group href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> logical href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> outcome, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Efes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pilsen href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> AEK href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Athens href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> leaving href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Greeks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> spite href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> great href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tournament href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> they href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Nikolaos href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zissis href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> said href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> goodbye href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> year's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Euroleague href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> another href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> solid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> His href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opponent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> PG, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ender href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Arslan, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> kept href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 9 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> recovering href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> average href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Top-16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performance href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> general. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> chance href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shine href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Panathinaikos.

 
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