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  Monday, March 20, 2006

Euro Roundup: Belinelli Strong in Clutch Time
By Luis FernŠndez

Not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> prospects. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> fit href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> taken href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> attention. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> on.

Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Efes href=/profile//> Pilsen href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> alive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top-16 href=/profile//> stage. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks.

For href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli, href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Bipop href=/profile//> Carire href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> Emilia. href=/profile//> Our href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Carlo href=/profile//> Sandrinelli href=/profile//> tells href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> it:

Belinelli href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> non-existent href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> quarters, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 3rd href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> generally href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> uncomfortable href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> beginning, href=/profile//> ending href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> trailing href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 10.
Belinelli href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> nervous href=/profile//> (he href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> technical href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> calls), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> rhythm href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shot. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> diminutive href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> Terrell href=/profile//> McIntyre href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Carra, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> difficulties href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> screens.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 4th href=/profile//> quarter, href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> confidence: href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 4/5 href=/profile//> shooting, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> talents, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> often href=/profile//> see. href=/profile//> Early href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> period href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> nailed href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> off-the-dribble href=/profile//> shot, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> slashing href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lay-up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> foul, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> cut href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> deficit href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 5. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> 2-3 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> decisive, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> (hitting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> pointer href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> fouled href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> another), href=/profile//> alongside href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> inspired href=/profile//> Sani href=/profile//> Becirovic, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then, href=/profile//> answering href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> unbelievable href=/profile//> 30-feet href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> McIntyre href=/profile//> (to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> Reggio href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> minute href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> off-balance href=/profile//> 3-pointer href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> corner. href=/profile//> Then href=/profile//> Becirovic href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> throws href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> 3-point href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> eventually href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 1.

All href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> outing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Belinelli, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> afraid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> pressure, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> catch href=/profile//> fire href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> moment href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> ways href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> earlier href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> hand, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> confirmed href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> length, href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> fundamentals, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> suffers href=/profile//> guarding href=/profile//> smaller href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> quicker href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> tends href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> remove href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> mentally.


Not href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tell href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> front. href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> FernŠndez href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes.

Partizan href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> dominance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Hemofarm. href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> share href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> responsibility href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> triumph href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> dishing href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists.

Olimpija href=/profile//> Ljubljana href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Eight href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> unexpected href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Helios, href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weakest href=/profile//> squads href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition. href=/profile//> What href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> happen href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> statistical href=/profile//> delivery href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Yotam href=/profile//> Halperin href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Domen href=/profile//> Lorbek. href=/profile//> Olimpijaís href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steal, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Heliosí href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> netted href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists.

In href=/profile//> Serbia, href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic href=/profile//> provided href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Borac, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Napredak href=/profile//> Rubin.

A href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> Oguz href=/profile//> Savas href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//> Even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> prospect, href=/profile//> mainly href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> (regardless href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> improvement href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> area), href=/profile//> heís href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> piece href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Ulkerís href=/profile//> rotation href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> serious href=/profile//> threat href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> post. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Turkish href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> mathematical href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> (although href=/profile//> minimal) href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> advancing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> finals. href=/profile//> Things href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> front, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Ulker href=/profile//> leads href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Turkish href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> There, href=/profile//> Savas href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Tuborg. href=/profile//> Meanwhile href=/profile//> Semih href=/profile//> Erden href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> delivering href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Fenerbahce href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> comfortable href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> ITU.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Superleague, href=/profile//> Dimitri href=/profile//> Sokolov href=/profile//> erupted href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 14-point href=/profile//> 15-rebound href=/profile//> performance. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> captured href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whopping href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> anything href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Lokomotiv href=/profile//> Rostov href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Unics href=/profile//> Kazan. href=/profile//> Equally href=/profile//> ineffective href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Nikita href=/profile//> Shabalkinís href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Dynamo href=/profile//> Moscow href=/profile//> Region. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> didnít href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> Samara href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> escape href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> mediocrity.

Our href=/profile//> French href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Malek href=/profile//> Ait-Kaci href=/profile//> brings href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> notable href=/profile//> performances: href=/profile//> href=/profile//> Michael href=/profile//> Mokongo href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> ( href=/profile//> 4/8 href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> fg href=/profile//> ), href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> steal, href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Lonnie href=/profile//> Cooper. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> Chalon href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> 81-87 href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pau-Orthez, href=/profile//> Mokongo href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> useful href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Another href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Ali href=/profile//> Traore href=/profile//> (6"9, href=/profile//> 1985) href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (8/11 href=/profile//> FG), href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1 href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> minutes, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Roanne href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Clermont. href=/profile//> Traore href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> skills. href=/profile//> While href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> blocker href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> man. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> range href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shot.


We href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Olympiacos href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> delayed href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> rival, href=/profile//> Larisas, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Kazlauskas href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> youngsters href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Renaldas href=/profile//> Seibutis href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists.

 
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