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  Monday, May 16, 2005

Euro Roundup: Bargnani's Contributions Continue
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Italy, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> expected, href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pompea href=/profile//> Napoli href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second.

It's href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece href=/profile//> too. href=/profile//> Led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Aris. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> earlier, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> Dusan href=/profile//> Sakota href=/profile//> extended href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague's href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> meaningless href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Panellinios href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> meant href=/profile//> yet href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Panathinaikos.

A href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> St. href=/profile//> Petersburg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> SuperLeague. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Khimky href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Veremeenko href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> lately, href=/profile//> though. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> week, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6.3 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//>

In href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> finished, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Le href=/profile//> Mans href=/profile//> qualified href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Nancy, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Pape-Philippe href=/profile//> Amagou.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> outcomes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> Reflex, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> significant href=/profile//> contributions href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> redemption href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Buducnost, href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> shining href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds.

Some href=/profile//> astonishing href=/profile//> stat href=/profile//> lines href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Croatia href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> Scoring href=/profile//> machine href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Banic href=/profile//> amassed href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Cibona. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> teenager href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Kovacevic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 28 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> Slavonski href=/profile//> Brod href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Sibenka. href=/profile//> Roko-Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> active href=/profile//> scoring, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> besides href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Dubrovnik. href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds.

In href=/profile//> Slovenia, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> surprising href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Manuchar href=/profile//> Markoishvili, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> promising href=/profile//> youngster href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> hadn't href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Playing href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Helios, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> missing href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> goal href=/profile//> (including href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> three-pointers), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory.

The href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> LKL href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> title, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> we'll href=/profile//> focus href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> position, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> Sakalai href=/profile//> alive, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Siauliai href=/profile//> (still href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> 2-1) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists.

In href=/profile//> Israel, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> Galil href=/profile//> Elyon href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> champions href=/profile//> Maccabi href=/profile//> Tel href=/profile//> Aviv href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> ago, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> hammered href=/profile//> 107-83. href=/profile//> Lior href=/profile//> Eliyahu href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (7-11 href=/profile//> FG), href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 28 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> Yogev href=/profile//> Ohayon href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> turnover href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 29 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> action. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> Maccabi, href=/profile//> Yotam href=/profile//> Halperin href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> blowout href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> stat href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> minutes.

 
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