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  Monday, January 30, 2006

EuroRoundup: Belinelli, Splitter &Halperin on fire
By Luis FernŠndez

A href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli. href=/profile//> First href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Strasbourg. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> didnít href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> there: href=/profile//> Belinelli href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Climamio's href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Cantý, href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> stronger href=/profile//> rival, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (8/13 href=/profile//> FG href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> 4/8 href=/profile//> 3FG), href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Our href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Carlo href=/profile//> Sandrinelli href=/profile//> reports href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> "he href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> finding href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> touch href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> downtown href=/profile//> again, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> types href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> shots. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 3rd href=/profile//> quarter, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> largest href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> (including href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> triple href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> feet href=/profile//> beyond href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> line), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> generally href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> moments href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> happens href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> received href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> ovation href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> crowd href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> complimented href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Cantý's href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game.

The href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Livorno, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Biella's href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (on href=/profile//> 8/12 href=/profile//> FGs href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> 3/5 href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> treys), href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> steals; href=/profile//> perhaps href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Swissí href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season.

What href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter! href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> marquee href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> article href=/profile//> published href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> ago, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> dominant href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> caliber href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut. href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> shows href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> simply href=/profile//> amazing, href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> Perhaps href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> types href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> enjoy href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> freedom href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> weapons href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> isnít href=/profile//> displaying href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> (at href=/profile//> least, href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> basis), href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> slashing href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> shooting, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> one-on-one href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> post.

Ivan href=/profile//> Koljevic href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> roundup href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> showings. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Caja href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Fernando, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Lagun href=/profile//> Aro href=/profile//> Bilbao href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> Another href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> RodrŪguez, href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> delivered. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> couldnít href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> powerhouse href=/profile//> Winterthur href=/profile//> FC href=/profile//> Barcelona.

Finally href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Olimpija. href=/profile//> Yotam href=/profile//> Halperin href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> First href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> Athens, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Then href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> brought href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> losses, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pivovarna href=/profile//> Lasko, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Israeli href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> credentials href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> love href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> June.

As href=/profile//> usual, href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> defeat href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> bright href=/profile//> spots href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Ulker, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbing href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> departure href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> late. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Helios. href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists.

Cibona href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> horrible href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Winterthur href=/profile//> FC href=/profile//> Barcelona href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Luska href=/profile//> Andric, href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> 6-10 href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> intensity href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> moves href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> mid-ranger href=/profile//> displaying href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> mechanics. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> worse href=/profile//> stat-line href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> teammate href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Markota, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> worthy href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> attention. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Jure href=/profile//> Lalic href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zadarís href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Vojvodina. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> fouling href=/profile//> out.

There href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> share href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zalgirisí href=/profile//> frontcourt href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Tanoka href=/profile//> Beard href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> injury. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> Paulius href=/profile//> Jankunas href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> deliver href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> double-double href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Bamberg. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> France href=/profile//> Oleksiy href=/profile//> Pecherov href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> adaptation href=/profile//> process href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> performances. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Paris href=/profile//> Basket href=/profile//> Racingís href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Brest.

A href=/profile//> remarkable href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Russia href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Anton href=/profile//> Ponkrashov. href=/profile//> Even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Spartak href=/profile//> St. href=/profile//> Petersburg href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> strongest href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> SuperLeague. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Unics href=/profile//> Kazan, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> later, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dominant href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow. href=/profile//> Ponkrashov, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> (heís href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 1986 href=/profile//> kid) href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> featured href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Eurobasket.

 
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