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  Friday, May 13, 2005

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

Written href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Kristian href=/profile//> Hohnjec

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

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

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

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

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

 
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