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  Monday, February 13, 2006

Euro Roundup: Euroleague's Regular Season Is Over
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> Euroleague’s href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> Many href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> tried href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> leave href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> impression href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> matches href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> performances.

An href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Strasbourg, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter. href=/profile//> Reproducing href=/profile//> similar href=/profile//> achievements href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> plus/minus href=/profile//> category, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> French href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 20-2 href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> decided. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> impact href=/profile//> widely href=/profile//> exceeded href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stats, href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds.

Panathinaikos href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> machine href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> visit href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Madrid. href=/profile//> Putting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> practice href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> creative href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> backcourt, href=/profile//> Dusan href=/profile//> Sakota href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> showcase href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> touch, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> keeping href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> (including href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> three-pointers, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> consecutive). href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> rebounds.

Olympiacos, href=/profile//> virtually href=/profile//> qualified href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> round, href=/profile//> surprised href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Milano href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> kicking href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greeks, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Panagiotis href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> share href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> responsibility href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds.

For href=/profile//> Partizan, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> wasn’t href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> thrill href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> First href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> meaningless href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> goodbye href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> competition, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> solidify href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> leadership href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weakest href=/profile//> teams, href=/profile//> Zagreb. href=/profile//> Anyway, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> big-three href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> shined. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russians href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatians. href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Finally, href=/profile//> Luka href=/profile//> Bogdanovic href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> facing href=/profile//> Zagreb.

Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> best: href=/profile//> score. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana, href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Slovenian href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Manuchar href=/profile//> Markoishvili href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> injury href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> sidelined href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> months href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> indeed href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> decisively href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Olimpija’s href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists.

Another href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna’s href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> Kaunas. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> clear-cut href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> top-10 href=/profile//> team.

Even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> brought href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> bunch href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> performances, href=/profile//> perhaps href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> ones href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> competitions.

After href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> single href=/profile//> minute href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> action href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Ulker, href=/profile//> Luigi href=/profile//> Datome href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Montepaschi’s href=/profile//> blowout href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Air href=/profile//> Avelino href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> Lega, href=/profile//> staying href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> amass href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (career href=/profile//> high), href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> (career href=/profile//> high), href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Impressive href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> outburst, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> limited href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time.

Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> positively href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> isn’t href=/profile//> falling. href=/profile//> Suffering href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> horrible href=/profile//> 1/10 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> free-throw href=/profile//> line, href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> outstanding href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> department, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> career-high href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> captures. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> practice href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again, href=/profile//> gathering href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> career-high href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> Angelico href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> couldn’t href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> victory.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic href=/profile//> erupted href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 39 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Borac’s href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Ergonom. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> production href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> scary, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> characteristics href=/profile//> limit href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> potential, href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> youngsters. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> MVP href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Championships href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> joke. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> teammate href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> competition, href=/profile//> Nenad href=/profile//> Mijatovic, href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Buducnost href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Atlas href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists.

A href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> SuperLeague. href=/profile//> Starting href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> monster href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Dimitri href=/profile//> Sokolov, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> disappointing href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Lokomotiv href=/profile//> Rostov’s href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> Ugra.

Not href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Anton href=/profile//> Ponkrashov href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Dinamo href=/profile//> Moscow href=/profile//> Region, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Spartak href=/profile//> St.Petersburg href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> prove href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> exceptional href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> ability. href=/profile//> Finally, href=/profile//> Nikita href=/profile//> Shabalkin href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> double-double href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Samara’s href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Spartak href=/profile//> VGUES.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández href=/profile//> seemed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> cool href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> start. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> form href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 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//> leading href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Granada. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Addeco href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> helpless href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Carlos href=/profile//> Suárez href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> stood href=/profile//> up, href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals.

The href=/profile//> Lithuanian href=/profile//> LKL href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> secrets href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Paulius href=/profile//> Jankunas. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> dominating href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> there, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> helped href=/profile//> Zalgiris href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebound, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Nevezis.


 
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