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  Monday, January 2, 2006

Euro Roundup: It's 2006!
By Luis Fernández

It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> calm href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe, href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> middle href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Christmas href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> Year href=/profile//> celebrations. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> matches href=/profile//> scheduled, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> leagues href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rest, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> others href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> schedule href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> rounds href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> loaded href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> calendar href=/profile//> (Spanish href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> Lega).

Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> astonishing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> age. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut’s href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Unicaja href=/profile//> Málaga, href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> star href=/profile//> Marcus href=/profile//> Brown. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> before, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Lagun href=/profile//> Aro href=/profile//> Bilbao, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> Ivan href=/profile//> Koljevic href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals.

Marko href=/profile//> Tomas href=/profile//> enjoyed href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far, href=/profile//> amassing href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pamesa href=/profile//> Valencia. href=/profile//> Unfortunately href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> fell href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory.

In href=/profile//> Italy, href=/profile//> Luigi href=/profile//> Datome href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> possibly href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Montepaschi href=/profile//> Siena href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Livorno. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Carlo href=/profile//> Sandrinelli href=/profile//> reports, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> outside href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> improving; href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> treys, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> screen, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> Siena href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 5-point href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> overtime, href=/profile//> rounding href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> scoring-line href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> Plus, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boxscore: href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> crashed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> "official" href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> managing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> alive href=/profile//> touching href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> times. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> focused href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> footwork: href=/profile//> whenever href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Abbio, href=/profile//> Recker, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> McPherson href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> guarded href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> scored. href=/profile//> Generally, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> attitude href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> desire, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> finding href=/profile//> negative href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> aside href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> foolish href=/profile//> fouls.

Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> equally href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Angelico href=/profile//> Biella, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> spoiled href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> party. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Swiss href=/profile//> swingman href=/profile//> gathered href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals.

Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> emerges href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> noticeable href=/profile//> performer href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Cibona.

 
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