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  Monday, April 10, 2006

Euro Roundup: Rudy Fernández, FIBA EuroCup's MVP
By Luis Fernández

The href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> story href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> FIBA href=/profile//> Eurocup href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> earning href=/profile//> MVP href=/profile//> honours. href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (8/10 href=/profile//> FG), href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinal href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> BC href=/profile//> Kiev. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> responsibilities href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> usual, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> turned href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> committing href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> result. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> easier: href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> rolled href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Khimki href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Fernández href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbing href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2004 href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> King’s href=/profile//> Cup, href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> hides href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> games.

Another href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> strongly href=/profile//> claims href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> attention. href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> sweetest href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 14-point href=/profile//> 8-assist href=/profile//> performance, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> greatly href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> precisely href=/profile//> places href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Madrid href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> provisional href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> berth href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> culminates href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> comeback href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> awful href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> start. href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 11.8 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5.7 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> 10, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> impact href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team.

Not href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Spain href=/profile//> too, href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dramatic href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague. href=/profile//> Establishing href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> greatly href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> force href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> middle, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> main href=/profile//> reasons href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> Tau href=/profile//> Vitoria href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> waiting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Panathinaikos. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> Tuesday’s href=/profile//> loss, href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Thursday’s href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals, href=/profile//> starring href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> crucial href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> ultimately href=/profile//> meant href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Tau.

Another href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> performer href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarterfinal href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Panagiotis href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> Olympiacos href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tie href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> 1-1, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> wait href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greeks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Tel href=/profile//> Aviv, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> A1, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds.

On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> front, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> teammate href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Vasilopoulos, href=/profile//> Costas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis, href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> PAOK href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Apollon. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> perhaps href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> overcome href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> disappointment href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> struck href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> generation href=/profile//> mate href=/profile//> Loukas href=/profile//> Mavrokefalidis href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds.

This href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> NBA-ready href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> Sefolosha. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> tools href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> allow href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> shows href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> significantly href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Angelico href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> enjoying. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> verge href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> securing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> spot, href=/profile//> Biella href=/profile//> rolled href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> VidiVici href=/profile//> Bologna, href=/profile//> partially href=/profile//> thanks href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Thabo href=/profile//> delivered.

Excellent href=/profile//> showings href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Oleksyi href=/profile//> Pecherov href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> French href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> twice href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week, href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Paris href=/profile//> Basket href=/profile//> Racing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Rouen href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blocks, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Things href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Clermont, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Paris href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> managing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> score href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 52 href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> netted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Pecherov, href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> hasn’t href=/profile//> found href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> rhythm, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> leadership href=/profile//> sooner href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> later.

Also href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> Ali href=/profile//> Traore href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Roanne href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Le href=/profile//> Mans. href=/profile//>

An href=/profile//> unusually href=/profile//> quiet href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Balkans. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> stuff href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Croatia, href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Kovacevic href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> Slavonski href=/profile//> Brod href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Zagreb. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> Franko href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Dubrovnik.


 
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