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  Friday, April 8, 2005

Euroleague quarterfinals: Bargnani vs. Splitter
By Luis FernŠndez

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> results href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Top-16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> delivered href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> extremely href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> interesting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> matchup href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> facing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> promising href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> prospects href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 1985 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> international href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> class: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Andrea href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Bargnani href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Both href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Benetton href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Treviso href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> advanced href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> four href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> six href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> youngsters href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> having, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> if href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> not href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> prominent, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> least href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> significant href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> roles. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> looked href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> like href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> one href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> closest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> thrilling href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> series href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (remember, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> three-games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> long) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stage.

Nevertheless, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Treviso, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> saw href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fiercely href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rolling href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Benetton href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Treviso href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> point href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Spanish href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 38 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ahead href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Italian.

Of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> course, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stars href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> were href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> others: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Luis href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Scola, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> amazing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> paint href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scoring href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 34 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (15/16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> field!), href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Arvydas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Macijauskas, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> deadly href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> long href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> range href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finish href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 21 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (19 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> third href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter!) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> or href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Josť href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Manuel href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Calder√≥n, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> unstoppable href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> driving href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> basket. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> But href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> gave href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hand href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> too, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> being href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> intense, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> solid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fighting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebound. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> only href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 7 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.

Andrea href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Bargnani href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> another href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victim href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tau's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> massacre, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> settle href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points 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-/> Although href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> can href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> say href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> looked href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> terrific href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> when href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> knocked href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> down href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> three-pointer href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stepped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> into href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> court.

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> different. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Italians href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> weren't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> going href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tolerate href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> similar href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> outcome, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> result href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> closer. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> context, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stepped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> key href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> presence, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> again href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tau's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> cleaning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> boards. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> really href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> effective href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Denis href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marconato href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> chasing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> any href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> near href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> basket, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> certifying href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> recent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> improvements href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounding href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> department. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Late href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fourth href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> line, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> couple href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> bad href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> decisions href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> forced href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ivanovic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> send href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> him href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> bench. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Too href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> pressure href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> such href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> young href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> guy. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Anyway, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 8 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 7 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks.

Regarding href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Bargnani, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> went href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> even href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> unnoticed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> than href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> previous href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Coach href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Messina href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> didn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> want href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> take href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> any href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> risks, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> him href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> only href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes.

Tau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finally href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> won href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> advanced href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Final href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Four href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> be href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Moscow href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> May. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> other href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> qualified href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> already: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> last href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> year's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winner href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Maccabi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tel href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Aviv href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hoster, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> CSKA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Moscow. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> last href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> spot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> still href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> no href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> owner, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Panathinaikos href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Efes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pilsen href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> having href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> open href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fight href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Greeks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lead href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 1-0).

 
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