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  Monday, May 1, 2006

Euro Roundup: Ante Tomic Getting Production
By Luis Fernández

In href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> media-wise href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> action href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> front, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> concerning href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> strongest href=/profile//> leagues. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Balkans, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> didn’t href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> competition's href=/profile//> rhythm.

Ante href=/profile//> Tomic href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> spotlight href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> performances. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> books, href=/profile//> Zagreb href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> significantly href=/profile//> weaker href=/profile//> competition, href=/profile//> physically href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> demanding, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> Ante href=/profile//> surely href=/profile//> feels href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> comfortable. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Zagreb, href=/profile//> Tomic href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Borik, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> (in href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time). href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Franko href=/profile//> Kastropil href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> Back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Tomic, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> manages href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer, href=/profile//> there’s href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> reason href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> couldn’t href=/profile//> reproduce href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League.

In href=/profile//> Serbia, href=/profile//> Zoran href=/profile//> Erzeg href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> enjoyed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> surprisingly href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> week. href=/profile//> Well href=/profile//> escorted href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Dragan href=/profile//> Labovic href=/profile//> (17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals), href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Mornar, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> settled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 9 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//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> brand href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> champion href=/profile//> FMP href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> feeds href=/profile//> Borac href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> loaned href=/profile//> players).

Partizan href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> victories. href=/profile//> First href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Vojvodina, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Masinac, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> blocks.

Rudy href=/profile//> Fernández href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Spanish href=/profile//> ACB href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> DKV href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Llanera href=/profile//> Menorca. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whopping href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Joventut href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> successfully href=/profile//> fighting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> home-court href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> deeper href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> postseason href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grab href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> berth href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> (meaning href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> awesome href=/profile//> showcase href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Rudy, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> decides href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> year).

The href=/profile//> buzz href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> declaring href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> affecting href=/profile//> Sergio href=/profile//> Rodríguez. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> usual href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> (2/9 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> field), href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> piece href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Adecco href=/profile//> Estudiantes’ href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Caja href=/profile//> San href=/profile//> Fernando. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> closer href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> securing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> recent href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> distributing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> deserves href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> praise. href=/profile//> He’s href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> ridiculously href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> basketball.

In href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> Costas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> PAOK href=/profile//> couldn’t href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Makedonikos. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> Pape href=/profile//> Philippe href=/profile//> Amagou href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Le href=/profile//> Mans href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> couldn't href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upsetting href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Hyeres-Toulon, href=/profile//> meaning href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> options href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> (or href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> fourth href=/profile//> seed href=/profile//> berth href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit) href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> virtually href=/profile//> vanished.

Zalgiris href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> qualified href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> LKL href=/profile//> Finals href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Siauliai href=/profile//> 2-0 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> surprisingly href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> overtimes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> winner, href=/profile//> Arturas href=/profile//> Jomantas href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> Siauliai href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> Jomantas href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> born href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1985 href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stands href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> 6-7 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> complete href=/profile//> player. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> shortcomings href=/profile//> arise href=/profile//> mainly href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> form href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> marginal href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> NBA-wise. href=/profile//> Anyway, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> Paulius href=/profile//> Jankunas href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Zalgiris, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbing href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds.

 
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