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  Monday, January 16, 2006

Euro Roundup: Tiago Splitter Back in the Spotlight
By Luis Fernández

It’s href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> secret href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> created href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Tournament href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Americas href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> summer. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> bad, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> shorthanded href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> degree. href=/profile//>

This href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> strung href=/profile//> together href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Alta href=/profile//> Gestion href=/profile//> Fuenlabrada href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mention href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> easy, href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> top-notch href=/profile//> rivals.

Another href=/profile//> exhibition href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Snaidero href=/profile//> Udine. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bolgona’s href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Calabria.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> Luigi href=/profile//> Datome href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Montepaschi href=/profile//> Siena href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Panathinaikos, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> minutes. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greeks, href=/profile//> Dusan href=/profile//> Sakota href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> action href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> competition, href=/profile//> answering href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Olympiacos href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> winless href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Istambul href=/profile//> wasn’t href=/profile//> exactly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> easiest href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> run. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> usual, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> reds’ href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> showing: href=/profile//> Panagiotis href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

Ever href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> Tanoka href=/profile//> Beard href=/profile//> recovered href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> injury, href=/profile//> Paulius href=/profile//> Jankunas href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> importance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> decrease. href=/profile//> However href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> grab href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> Athens.

It href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> story href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Partizan: href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> co-leaders href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> (although href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> uncomfortable href=/profile//> there) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> improving href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> accuracy, href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Real href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Siroki. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Bosnians. href=/profile//> Finally, href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Balkan href=/profile//> competition.

Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana’s href=/profile//> crisis href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> FMP href=/profile//> Zeleznik href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> easily. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Slovenians href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Yotam href=/profile//> Halperin, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game.

Jure href=/profile//> Lalic href=/profile//> enjoyed href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> what’s href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> Helping href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> victories, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> EuroCup href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Slask href=/profile//> Wroclaw, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Red href=/profile//> Star.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> reliable href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> victory, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Atlas, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds.

 
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