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  Friday, December 31, 2004

Euro roundup: Youngsters shine in Spain and Russia
By Luis Fernández

After href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> weekend href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> when href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> European href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> leagues href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> took href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> celebrate href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Christmas, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> countries href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> took href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> advantage href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> off href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> week href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> pan-European href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> competitions href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> play href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> their href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> domestic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> leagues.

Many href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> good href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Spanish href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ACB href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> League href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> week. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Fran href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vázquez href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> delivered href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> great href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scoring href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 21 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> not href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> missing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shot, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> adding href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> help href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Unicaja href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Málaga href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> comfortably href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> beat href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Granada. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> kept href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> good href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rhythm href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tau href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vitoria's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Plus href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pujol href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Lleida.

FC href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Barcelona href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stopped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> march href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gran href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Canaria, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> featuring href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> duel href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Spanish href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> center href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> prospects. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> For href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> side, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marc href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gasol href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 11 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> For href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> losing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> side, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Eduardo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hernández-Sonseca href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contributed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 14 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks.

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> between href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Real href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Madrid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> DKV href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Joventut href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> featured href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> even href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> draft href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> prospects. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Real href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Madrid's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> made href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> difference href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> end, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> two href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> key href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contributors href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> were href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mickaël href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gelabale, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (including href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> spectacular href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dunks), href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Axel href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hervelle, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> seems href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> comfortable href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> everyday href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shot, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 9 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Rudy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Fernández href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> leader href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> DKV href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Joventut href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> didn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> find href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> enough href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> help href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> around. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Especially href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Marcelo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Huertas, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> wasn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> able href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> control href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tempo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> nor href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> be href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> effective href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> directing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> despite href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> those href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had.

Russia href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> also href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> delivered href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> unusual href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> amount href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> noticeable href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performances href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> its href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> youngsters. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vasily href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Zavoruev, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> barely href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> enjoys href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> any href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> almighty href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> CSKA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Moscow href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> kid href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> is href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 17 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> years href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> old, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> after href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> all), href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> spent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 20 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> court, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contributed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Another href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> CSKA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> player, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> loaned href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Samara, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> performed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> well: href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Nikita href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Shabalkin href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scored href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 18 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> grabbed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 11 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finally href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lost href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Lokomotiv href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Rostov.

Better href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> luck href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Viktor href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Keirou href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Unics href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Kazan, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> University href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Surgut. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Keirou href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 11 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> assists. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Finally, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> last href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> weekend, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> always href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> consistent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vladimir href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Veremeenko href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 20 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Dynamo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> St. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Petersburg href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> beat href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Lokomotiv href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Rostov, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> where href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Dimitri href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Sokolov href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> answered href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds.

 
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