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  Monday, April 11, 2005

Weekend Roundup: Fran Vázquez steps up
By Luis Fernández

with href=/profile//> contributions href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Kristian href=/profile//> Hohnjec


An href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> Jorge href=/profile//> Garbajosa href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Zan href=/profile//> Tabak href=/profile//> sidelined, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> assume href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> responsabilities href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Unicaja's href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> result? href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> 34-point href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> caliber href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> stat href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (missing href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> shots), href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> blocks. href=/profile//> By href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> attempted href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> three-pointers, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> knocked href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> one. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> told href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> DraftExpress href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> improving href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> range, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wouldn't href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> strange href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> consistently href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> arc href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> future.

Another href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Mickaël href=/profile//> Gelabale, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid's href=/profile//> life href=/profile//> insurance. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Caja href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Fernando href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> consolidate href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> leadership href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League's href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Second href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> sweetest href=/profile//> moment href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> rolled href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Breogan href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 40 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tone href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague's href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> performance.

Another href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> finding href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> digits href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> securing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> good. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Forum href=/profile//> Valladolid.

The href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> performances. href=/profile//> Starting href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> recovered href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague's href=/profile//> quarterfinals. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Lottomatica href=/profile//> Roma. href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cantu, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Angelo href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

Uros href=/profile//> Slokar href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> included href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Udine href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> found href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> confidence href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> stability href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Lauretana href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Stefano href=/profile//> Mancinelli href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Erazem href=/profile//> Lorbek href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Climamio's href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> Montepaschi href=/profile//> Siena. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Slovenian href=/profile//> netted href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> younster, href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Belinelli, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> withdrew href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> Hoop href=/profile//> Summit href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend, href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points.

In href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> Zagreb href=/profile//> defeated href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Tomas, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> side, href=/profile//> Roko href=/profile//> Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> wasn`t href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best, href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Split's href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> Franko href=/profile//> Kastopil href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> hours href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> champions href=/profile//> Hemofarm, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> thier href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> trio. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> form href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Mile href=/profile//> Ilic href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> factor href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Reflex' href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Cibona.

In href=/profile//> Lithuania, href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> Sakalai's href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Neptunas. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Paulius href=/profile//> Jankunas href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Siauliai.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Superleague, href=/profile//> Egor href=/profile//> Vialtsev href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Ural href=/profile//> Great href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Unics href=/profile//> Kazan. href=/profile//> Finally href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> visit href=/profile//> Turkey, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Ersan href=/profile//> Ilyasova href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> fouling href=/profile//> out, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Ulker href=/profile//> Istanbul href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Erdemirsport.

 
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