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  Friday, May 13, 2005

Ukic vs. Tomas showdown in the Croatian League
By Luis Fernández

Written href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Kristian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hohnjec

In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 11th href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Croatian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> championship's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> were href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> treated href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> great href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> show href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Trnsko, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> where href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zagreb href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Split href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> faced href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> each href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> other href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> important href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> season, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winner href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> take href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> all href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> situation. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zagreb href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> won href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 103:99 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> after href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> double href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> overtime href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> secured href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> spot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Adriatic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> league href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> next href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> season. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Split href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> little href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> chances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> do href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> same href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> thing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> after href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> loss; href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> needing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> beat href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Cibona href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zagreb href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> order href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> qualify. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> really href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> epic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dramatic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> I've href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> seen href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> season href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Balkan href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> area. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> not href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> only href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dramatic, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> also href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quality href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> brilliant href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> sequences. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> reason href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> why href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> mention href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> is href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> obviously href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> because href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marko href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Roko-Leni href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ukic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> thier href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> best href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> front href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> several href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> NBA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scouts, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> arrived href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zagreb href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> take href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> talented href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Croatian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> players. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

Both href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ukic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> great. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marko href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> looked href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> little href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> down href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> form href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> recently, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> came href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> back href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> huge href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performance href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> when href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> needed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> all href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> court; href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shooting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> jumpers, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> creating href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teammates, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> grabbing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocking href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shots href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> importantly, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zagreb href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> end href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2nd href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> overtime. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

Tomas's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> appearance href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> uncertain href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> before href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> because href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> leg href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> injury, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> still href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> like href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> warrior href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> aggressive href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ever, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> both href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> offense. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> This href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> really href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> great href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marko, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> my href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opinion href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> career href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> best href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> far, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> even href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> if href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scored href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 43 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hemofarm href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Adriatic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> league href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> season. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Still, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> looks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> like href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> withdraw href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> year's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> draft href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> because href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> buyout href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> situation, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> unless href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> impresses href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> workouts href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> secures href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> place href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Top href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15.
href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>
His href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stat href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> line: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 44mins href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 33pts href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (9-20 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> FG) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6rebs href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5ast href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3stls href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3blks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

Tomas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hero href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ukic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> also href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> deserves href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> compliments. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> After href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so-so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> half, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stepped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2nd href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> part href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> when href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Split href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> came href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> back href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> point href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> deficit. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Roko-Leni href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dominated href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 1st href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> overtime href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scoring href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> missed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> potential href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game-winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shot. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> doing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> regular href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stuff, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> beating href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defender href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> off href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dribble href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> distributing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ball href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> controling href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tempo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Just href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> like href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> takes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> responsibilities href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> clutch href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performs href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> well href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> under href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> pressure. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Without href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> doubt, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> is href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> MVP href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Croatian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> league, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> averaging href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> around href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 25 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 7 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> per href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Really href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> impressive href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> numbers, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> just href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> like href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> been href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lately. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> With href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> these href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> kind href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> could href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> earn href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> himself href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> place href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lottery. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> my href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opinion href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> has href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> chances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> do href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> than href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marko href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tomas. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

Stat href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> line: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 48mins href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 34pts(11-24 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> FG) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebs href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4ast

 
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