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  Friday, April 1, 2005

Euroleague: Field Set for the Quarterfinals
By Luis Fernández

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

Maccabi href=/profile//> Tel href=/profile//> Aviv
Scavolini href=/profile//> Pesaro

Panathinaikos
Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen


CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow
Ulker href=/profile//> Istambul

Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso
Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria

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

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

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

Tau's href=/profile//> rival href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals, href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> rolled href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Prokom href=/profile//> Trefl href=/profile//> Sopot href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> delivering href=/profile//> production. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> fouling href=/profile//> out, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Watch href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> weeks. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> size, href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> skills, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> manages href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stock href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> boost.

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

 
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