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  Monday, May 2, 2005

Euro Roundup: Vialtsev & Shabalkin shine in Russia
By Luis Fernández

While href=/profile//> Moscow href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> host href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Superleague href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> continue. href=/profile//> Two href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> stood href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest, href=/profile//> Egor href=/profile//> Vialtsev href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nikita href=/profile//> Shabalkin. href=/profile//> Vialtsev's href=/profile//> Ural href=/profile//> Great href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> business href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> series, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> firepower href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 20.5 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 3.5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> race href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> title, href=/profile//> Shabalkin's href=/profile//> Samara href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 9-13 href=/profile//> positions. href=/profile//> Nevertheless, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> ignore href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> days, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Spartak href=/profile//> St.Petersburg. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> victories href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Samara, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nikita href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds.

It's href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Lithuania href=/profile//> too. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> expected, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Lietuvos href=/profile//> Rytas href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> process. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> direction, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Sakalai, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> definitive href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals, href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Sakalai href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> blow href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> Nevezis href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> bumped href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> reality href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> rolled href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Lietuvos href=/profile//> Rytas. href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> elimination, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> Rytas href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> points.

In href=/profile//> Italy, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> ended, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> Angelo href=/profile//> Gigli, href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> Overcoming href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> voiced href=/profile//> recently href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> conditioning href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> Angelo href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> farewell href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> easily href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Lottomatica href=/profile//> Roma. href=/profile//> By href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 1.16 href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> playoffs, href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> slowly href=/profile//> emerging href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> level. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> Lior href=/profile//> Eliyahu, href=/profile//> who's href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> everyone's href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Galil href=/profile//> Elyon. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> Thursday href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> matched href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Hapoel href=/profile//> Tel href=/profile//> Aviv, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 4th href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> 6-8 href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> SF href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Galil href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 29 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> 10-17 href=/profile//> shooting. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> full href=/profile//> transition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> spot, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> off. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> Yogev href=/profile//> Ohayon, href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Galil href=/profile//> Elyon, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> coached href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> legend href=/profile//> Oded href=/profile//> Kattash, href=/profile//> whose href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> tragically href=/profile//> cut href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> injuries. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> 6-2 href=/profile//> playmaker href=/profile//> Ohayon href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> ago href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Cadets href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> (where href=/profile//> Nemanja href=/profile//> Aleksanderov href=/profile//> emerged) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> established href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 1987 href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> for. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> translate href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> actual href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> modest href=/profile//> contributions href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> playoffs, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Ohayon href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> Galil's href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> age. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Galil href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Hapoel href=/profile//> Tel href=/profile//> Aviv href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> dramatic href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Givat href=/profile//> Shmuel href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> logged href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 41 href=/profile//> minutes.

We href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> faced href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> result href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> one-point href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> homecourt href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Panathinaikos href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> Athens. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> usual, href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> AEK, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

 
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