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  Monday, May 23, 2005

Euro Roundup:Strong Start for Splitter in Playoffs
By Luis Fernández

This href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> series. href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> brightly href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> vs. href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria's href=/profile//> frontcourt href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> allow href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mantain href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> production, href=/profile//> reducing href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (on href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> goals href=/profile//> attempted). href=/profile//> Nevertheless, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> captures. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Gran href=/profile//> Canaria href=/profile//> won.

The href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> balanced href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> expected. href=/profile//> Mickaël href=/profile//> Gelabale href=/profile//> provided href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid's href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> seconds href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> definitive href=/profile//> lead. href=/profile//> Besides, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> department href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> consistently. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals.

Surprisingly, href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> (lately href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> overachiever) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> 2-0 href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> F.C.Barcelona. href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> directing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> accuracy href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Estudiantes' href=/profile//> 11-0 href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> closed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> one-point href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> steadiness href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> reflected href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> boxscore: href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second. href=/profile//> Another href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> surprise href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Etosa href=/profile//> Alincante's href=/profile//> 2-0 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga. href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds.

In href=/profile//> Italy, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> over, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> teams' href=/profile//> sweep. href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pompea href=/profile//> Napoli, href=/profile//> giving href=/profile//> continuity href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna's href=/profile//> case, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> Stefano href=/profile//> Mancinelli href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> provided href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> send href=/profile//> Sedima href=/profile//> Roseto href=/profile//> home.

In href=/profile//> Serbia, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Partizan, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> redemption href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> late. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Vojvodina, href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Crvena href=/profile//> Zvezda href=/profile//> (Red href=/profile//> Star), href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> completed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stat href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks.

In href=/profile//> Croatia, href=/profile//> Roko-Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> level, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cibona, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Split's href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Zadar, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Banic href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> luck href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> week, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Slavonski href=/profile//> Brod href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Jure href=/profile//> Lalic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> stunning href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> Slavonski, href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Kovacevic href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> all-around href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Three href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Zagreb.

We href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> stat href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Slovenia, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Hasan href=/profile//> Rivzic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Pivovarna href=/profile//> Lasko href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Krka.

The href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> closed href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> quarterfinals, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> Yiannis href=/profile//> Bouroussis href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> delivers href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

The href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> over, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> Kaunas href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> rolling href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Lietuvos href=/profile//> Rytas. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> position, href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis' href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> weren't href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Sakalai href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> Siauliai href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> 1-3. href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> slight href=/profile//> injury, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> minute href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> reportedly href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> workouts.

 
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