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  Monday, May 30, 2005

Euro Roundup: Ukic finishes the season in shape
By Luis Fernández

Zadar href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> defeating href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> 2-0. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> usual, href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Banic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> amassing href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> captures href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second. href=/profile//> Roko-Leni href=/profile//> Ukic href=/profile//> kissed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> goodbye, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> dimes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> one. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> shape. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> semifinal href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> tied href=/profile//> 1-1. href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Tomas href=/profile//> connected href=/profile//> 29 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zagreb's href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cibona, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 0-2 href=/profile//> result href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Etosa href=/profile//> Alicante, href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tie href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series. href=/profile//> Following href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> steps href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Fran href=/profile//> Vázquez href=/profile//> recovered href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> double-doubles: href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> qualified href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> Badalona href=/profile//> 3-1. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 1-1 href=/profile//> start, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> superior href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> power, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> glass, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> frustrate href=/profile//> Joventut. href=/profile//> Axel href=/profile//> Hervelle href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> strategy, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> Pat href=/profile//> Burke href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Belgian href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> (3 href=/profile//> offensive) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> (5 href=/profile//> offensive) href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fourth.

In href=/profile//> Greece href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinal href=/profile//> stage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> Athens href=/profile//> facing href=/profile//> Maroussi href=/profile//> Honda href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> 2-1. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> Yiannis href=/profile//> Bouroussis href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> (surprisingly, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinals) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> steady href=/profile//> Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> AEK.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> Super href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> Belgrade href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> effort: href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Atlas href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Hemofarm. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Things href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> worse href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Buducnost, href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Ivan href=/profile//> Koljevic. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Star href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Atlas, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Buducnost href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> defeats href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> record.

Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> youngster href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> shining href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> French href=/profile//> playoffs, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Chalon/SaĂ´ne href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Paris. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second.

In href=/profile//> Slovenia, href=/profile//> Pivovarna href=/profile//> Lasko href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> swept href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Sloga. href=/profile//> Hasan href=/profile//> Rivzic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 18, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games.

 
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