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  Friday, December 31, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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