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  Monday, April 4, 2005

Weekend Roundup: Tripkovic Vs Ukic
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> exceptional href=/profile//> duel href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend: href=/profile//> Roko-Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> Roko href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> (30 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists) href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> unstoppable href=/profile//> one-on-one href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Uros' href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> two-point href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> star href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> buddy href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals.

Marko href=/profile//> Banic href=/profile//> certified href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Zadar, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Buducnost, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> individual href=/profile//> performance, href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> surpassed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 20-point href=/profile//> barrier, href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> (the href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> 18-10), href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> speak href=/profile//> volumes href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> impact href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> spark href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria. href=/profile//> Every href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> required href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> raise href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> intensity href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> (in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> matched href=/profile//> arguably href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now) href=/profile//> providing href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> intimidation, href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> worried href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season.

Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> undersized href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> producing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> break, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> Mickaël href=/profile//> Gelabale href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Girona.

In href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> all-around href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Chalon/SaĂ´ne href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Vichy. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> rewarded href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> weren't href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Olympiacos.

 
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