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  Monday, June 5, 2006

Euro Roundup: Damir Markota Steps Up for Cibona
By Luis FernŠndez

Impressive href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Damir href=/profile//> Markota. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> performance href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> dramatically href=/profile//> risen href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> playoffs. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sweep href=/profile//> Zagreb. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> grabbed href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> rebounds; href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> captures href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> Cibona href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> finals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Zadar. href=/profile//> Itís href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> matter href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> qualify href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> Euroleague.

Cibona href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> one; href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> Balkan href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> Kristian href=/profile//> Hohnjec href=/profile//> tells href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> happened href=/profile//> there: href=/profile//> Markota href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Cibonaís href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> disappeared href=/profile//> until href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> brought href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> Davison href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> fouled href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//> Almost href=/profile//> immediately href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> stepping href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> Markota href=/profile//> nailed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> clutch href=/profile//> 3-pointer href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 91:87 href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 1:56 href=/profile//> remaining href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> clock. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> defenders href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> possession. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds.

Zadar href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> taken href=/profile//> care href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> semifinal. href=/profile//> According href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Kristian, href=/profile//> Hrvoje href=/profile//> Pericís href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> streak href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Thursday href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> 93:90. href=/profile//> Peric href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> pull-ups href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> Split href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> loosed, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> passing href=/profile//> lines href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fastbreak href=/profile//> points. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> miss-match href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Zadar href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> stopper href=/profile//> Juby href=/profile//> Johnson href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> 6-5, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> Zadarís href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (9/16 href=/profile//> FG, href=/profile//> 3/6 href=/profile//> 3FG) href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> turnovers.

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Serbian href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> expected, href=/profile//> Partizan href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> finals href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> sweeping href=/profile//> Buducnost. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Montenegro href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> surprising href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> qualifying href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> and, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> process, href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> Against href=/profile//> Partizan, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> Nenad href=/profile//> Mijatovic href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> stepped href=/profile//> up, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> erupting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defending href=/profile//> champions, href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> shined href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Uros href=/profile//> Tripkovic href=/profile//> appeared href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> (5/8 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three-point href=/profile//> line).

Semifinals href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> march href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Italy, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Marco href=/profile//> Belinelli href=/profile//> following href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> similar href=/profile//> scheme. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> enjoyed href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> performances href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> series href=/profile//> opener, href=/profile//> greatly href=/profile//> helping href=/profile//> Benetton href=/profile//> Treviso href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Climamio href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory. href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> rebounds, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Belinelli href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> steals. href=/profile//> Somehow, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> disappeared href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> resulting href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Lottomatica href=/profile//> Roma href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Carpisa href=/profile//> Napoli href=/profile//> respectively. href=/profile//> Still href=/profile//> enjoying href=/profile//> homecourt href=/profile//> advantage, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> finals.

In href=/profile//> France, href=/profile//> Le href=/profile//> Mans href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> 1-0 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> semifinals href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pau href=/profile//> Orthez. href=/profile//> Pape-Philippe href=/profile//> Amagou href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> meaningful href=/profile//> contributor href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> Belgium, href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> Telindus href=/profile//> Oostende href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> finals href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> 2-0. href=/profile//> Mirza href=/profile//> Teletovic href=/profile//> contributed href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> assists href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> opener.

 
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