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  Monday, December 26, 2005

Euro Roundup: Belinelli still strong in EL
By Luis Fernández

Many href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> leagues href=/profile//> didn’t href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Christmas, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> roundup href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> lighter href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> usual.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2005 href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> stands href=/profile//> above href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli. href=/profile//> Playing href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> intense href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> executing href=/profile//> pressure href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> opposing href=/profile//> guards, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> limiting href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> moved href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball, href=/profile//> paid href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> visit href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mid-range href=/profile//> area, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> practice href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> slashing href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> complete href=/profile//> (more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> usual) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> significant href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna’s href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> materialized href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals.

Less href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Yotam href=/profile//> Halperin href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Union href=/profile//> Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> fell href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> Kaunas. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> decisions href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> driving href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket.

Partizan href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> officially href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week’s href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pau href=/profile//> Orthez, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> shared href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> record. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> recipe href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> success href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> demanding href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> At href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> it’s href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shine, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists; href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> stat href=/profile//> line, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> start.

Not href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> consolation. href=/profile//> Again href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> outing, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> fouled href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> joined href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> NIS href=/profile//> Vojvodina href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Milenko href=/profile//> Tepic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> steals.

Second href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Buducnost href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Mega href=/profile//> Ishrana href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> winners href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Nenad href=/profile//> Mijatovic. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> generation href=/profile//> mate href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Zdravlje href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Superleague, href=/profile//> Samara href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> victories. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Sibirtelekom, href=/profile//> Andrei href=/profile//> Komarovski href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Nikita href=/profile//> Shabalkin href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Facing href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> Ugra href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Nikita, href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> loan href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> spending href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> CSKA, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stood href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Egor href=/profile//> Vialtsev href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Ural href=/profile//> Great href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> Moscow.

Finally, href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández href=/profile//> dropped href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Privatbank href=/profile//> Eka href=/profile//> Ael href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Cyprus, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> EuroCup.

 
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