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  Monday, May 23, 2005

French League Playoffs: Early Entrants Come up Big
By Jonathan Givony

by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Malek href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ait-Kaci
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All href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> three href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> French href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> league href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> draft href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> prospects href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Early-Entry href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> list href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> started href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playoffs href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> week. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Johan href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Petro href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mahinmi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> been href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> useful href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> their href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> respective href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> teams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> French href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> League href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Thabo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Sefolosha href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ran href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> show href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Chalon-sur-Saone.
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To href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> qualify, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> score href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> then href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opponent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> aggregate href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> sum href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Swiss href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> player href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Sefolosha href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hyeres-Toulon. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> one href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hyeres-Toulon href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> showed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> usual href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> all href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> around href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> compiling href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 12 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5/10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shooting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 9 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> block. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> back href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Chalon, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scored href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 14 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> go href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> along href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> boards href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 33 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

Johan href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Petro href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> didn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> play href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pau-Orthez's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Bourg href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> pts href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> block href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes), href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> came href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> big href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> bringing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> energy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> both href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ends. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5/10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shooting, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> go href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> along href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 11 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> offensive) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 21 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> helping href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> huge href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> home. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

Ian href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mahinmi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> LeHavre href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> created href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> biggest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> surprise href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> getting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> best href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Cholet, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6th href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> seed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> French href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> cup href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finalist. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mahinmi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> key href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contributor href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> connecting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> seven href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shots, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finish href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 14 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> He href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> also href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assist href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> block href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 25 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 84-75 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> win. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mahinmi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> solid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> one href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> best href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> interior href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> duos href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> league: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> internationals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Claude href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marquis href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Cyril href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Akpomedah. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mahinmi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> only href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 13 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> due href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> foul href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> trouble, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> very href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> consistent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defensively href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> during href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time.

 
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