Without a doubt, the most surprising team this season in the NBL has been BC Kolin. At 12-2 on the season, the team currently sits among the leaders of the league and is led by forward Richard Field. In his first full-season in Kolin, Fields, a Michigan native, leads Kolin in scoring (15.1ppg) and rebounds (6.4rpg). However as evidenced by our interview, the teams success is largely a collective effort as Head Coach Predrag benacek has created an atmosphere where all players have an important role and can maximize their talents within the team system. After spending the first three seasons of his career in Iceland, Fields is now helping lead Kolin into uncharted prominence in the NBL. With a heavyweight schedule coming up in December, the team will face Pardubice, Prostejov and Nymburk in three of their next four games, the opportunity is there for this club to show that they belong and will stay among the best teams in the league this season.
Q. This is the fifth-year the club has been playing in the top division and your start has been the best ever. At 21-2 on the season, what are the thoughts and emotions of the team heading into the second half-of play? A. We are just taking it one game at a time, I am happy to be in this position which no one around the league expected us to be. We obviously want to finish in the top six. For an automatic playoff spot. So that is really are main goal going into the second half.
Q. What has been the key to the team's success so far? A. I believe its all about chemistry; we all get along very well and all are focused on the most important thing which is winning. Nobody is looking to fill the stat sheet for their own individual goals. Another reason is our coach, he allows everyone to play their game within the team structure.
Q. For you personally, your start has been very impressive. What were some of the reasons you decided to come back to Kolin and how has the experience been since you arrived last year? A. One the reason is my coach (Predrag Benacek), he is what we as Americans call a players coach. What that means is that he allows you to play your game, which allows you to play and feel more freely on the court. He allows us to play basketball and doesn't have us feeling like we are robots in the games. Another reason is I only played a half a season last year, because I started the in Iceland I wanted to play a full season in Czech. The experience has been good since Ive been back, I know what type of coach I am playing for. Also, just knowing the Czech culture, it makes things a lot easier.
Q. Before the season began, the big news was that Terry Smith would not return. Losing the league's leading scorer, as well as point guard Brad Jones, did the team adjust its style of play with you and Rashaan (Ames) and Chad (Barnes)? A. Well, the rest of the team, we had all played together before so we really didnt have to adjust much. Now adjusting to Rashaan and Chad may have been different. Both of these guys are past-first, shoot-second guards. This helps open up all the options we have on the team. Everybody for the most part gets involved in the game.
Q. How would you describe the level of play in the Czech Republic as opposed to Iceland, where you spent the past few seasons? A. The level of play is much higher here in Czech. I went from being the only American on my team to playing with two others here.
Q. What has been the most significant win or performance for you so far this season? A. I think the Decin win because at that time they were ranked number one in the standings.
Q. Goals for the rest of the season? A. Our first goal is to make to the playoffs then once we are there, try to and go as deep as possible.
CEZ Nymburk repeat as NBL champions - May 24, 2016
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CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 102-53 CEZ Nymburk celebrated the 13th straight NBL title. They fired past BK Decin at home court to complete the sweep of the championship series. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 32. They outrebounded BK Decin 54-27 including a 21-2 advantage in offensive rebounds.... [read more]
CEZ Nymburk celebrated the 13th straight NBL title. They fired past BK Decin at home court to complete the sweep of the championship series. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 32. They outrebounded BK Decin 54-27 including a 21-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. CEZ Nymburk looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by BK Decin's players. It was a great evening for American point guard Chasson Randle (187-93, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. His fellow American import guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis) helped adding 11 points and 8 assists. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and international guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92) scored 12 points. Top scorers: CEZ Nymburk: C.Randle 22+2reb+2ast, V.Hruban 14+2reb, M.Dixon 11+4reb+8ast, J.Vaughn 10+3reb, M.Kriz 9+10reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 9+4reb+2ast BK Decin: F.Kroutil 13+2reb, T.Vyoral 12+4reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 9+11reb, O.Siska 8+2reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 6+4reb+2ast, L.Stria 5+2reb+3ast
NBL Round 2 of Finals. CEZ Nymburk register second straight victory - May 21, 2016
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FINAL BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 63-91 CEZ Nymburk coasted past BK Decin on the road to open 2-0 lead in the title series. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Decin to just 7 points in first quarter. CEZ Nymburk made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while BK Decin only scored twelve points from the stripe. CEZ Nymburk forced 20 B... [read more]
CEZ Nymburk coasted past BK Decin on the road to open 2-0 lead in the title series. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Decin to just 7 points in first quarter. CEZ Nymburk made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while BK Decin only scored twelve points from the stripe. CEZ Nymburk forced 20 BK Decin turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Vojtech Hruban (202-89) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Top scorers: CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 21+4reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 15+9reb+5ast, M.Dixon 14+2reb+4ast, C.Randle 11+1reb, M.Peterka 9+1reb+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 7+4reb BK Decin: J.Jelinek 13+8reb+2ast, T.Vyoral 10+4reb+4ast, O.Siska 10+6reb, F.Kroutil 9+2reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 9+8reb+1ast, S.Jezek 8+6reb+2ast
BK pardubice cruised past Prostejov to secure the Bronze medals. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. Prostejov was better in third quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Prostejov 38-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for BK Pardubice especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Joseph Wall (200-89, college: Seattle Pacific) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Lamb Autrey (190-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency:Two Points) supported him with 20 points and 6 assists. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. CoachTomas Bartosek's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 15 points and 5 rebounds by international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) did not help to save the game for Prostejov. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85) added 12 points and 4 steals for the guests. Top scorers: BK Pardubice: J.Wall 21+7reb+2ast, L.Autrey 20+4reb+6ast, D.Pandula 19+4reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 11+5reb, L.Kotas 9+3reb+2ast, R.Necas 6+6reb+1ast Prostejov: L.Palyza 15+5reb, M.Sehnal 12+1ast, J.Tomanec 12+3reb, M.Novak 9+1reb+1ast, O.Peterka 8+6reb, M.Norwa 7+3reb
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