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  Monday, February 27, 2006

Euro Roundup: Italians Still Strong
By Luis FernŠndez

Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> celebrating href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> remarkable href=/profile//> statistical href=/profile//> production. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> couldnít href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> opposition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> categories href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> played. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fight, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> result href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weaker href=/profile//> Navigo href=/profile//> Teramo. href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> stat-line href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time.

For href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> victories href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> scoring. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> netting href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Ulker, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> lower href=/profile//> Lega href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Livorno.

Solid href=/profile//> outing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Carpisa href=/profile//> Napoli, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Angelico href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> meant href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> on-the-road href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> Cup href=/profile//> champion.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> showcased href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend, href=/profile//> amassing href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> missing href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pamesa href=/profile//> Valencia, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> skilled href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Dimos href=/profile//> Dikoudis, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> semi-hooks href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> Important href=/profile//> triumph href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Akasvayu href=/profile//> Girona. href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> FernŠndez href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> contribution href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

The href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> unspectacular href=/profile//> performances. href=/profile//> Perhaps href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> delivered href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Yotam href=/profile//> Halperin, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Manuchar href=/profile//> Markoishvili href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> point, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> Union href=/profile//> Olimpija href=/profile//> couldnít href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> NIS href=/profile//> Vojvodina href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> mediocre href=/profile//> season.

Another href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> Partizan, href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> fell href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Bosna href=/profile//> ASA. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> streaky href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shooting, href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> landscape href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Goran href=/profile//> Dragic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Geoplin href=/profile//> Slovan href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> useless href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> FMP href=/profile//> Zeleznik href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> competition, href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> led, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> always, href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> punished href=/profile//> Primorka href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

Three href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Franko href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Split, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> track href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> latter href=/profile//> stage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 20-point href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Alkar. href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> adder href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> 8/8 href=/profile//> shooting. href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Kovacevicís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> qualified href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Zagorje href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> Kovacevic href=/profile//> logged href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> turnover.

Mirza href=/profile//> Teletovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Telindus href=/profile//> Oostende href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Spirou href=/profile//> Charleroi. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> teammate href=/profile//> Damjan href=/profile//> Rudez href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> scoreless href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> netted href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Verviers href=/profile//> Pepinster. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> disappointment href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far.

In href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> Oleksiy href=/profile//> Pecherov href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> dreaming href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> absurd href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Paris href=/profile//> Basket href=/profile//> Racing href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Dijon, href=/profile//> Pecherov href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> moments, href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> mostly href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> tips-in href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> pointers. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> Pecherov href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> eye href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> eye href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> Mario href=/profile//> Bennett href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> teammates href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> side. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 28 href=/profile//> minutes.

A href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> SuperLeague href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> Spartak href=/profile//> VGUES. href=/profile//> Coach href=/profile//> Messina href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> Vasily href=/profile//> Zavoruev, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> answered href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds.

 
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