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.
Edi Sinadinovic (193-88, agency: Aspire Sports), recorder in assists in two leagues (Estonia and Bosnia&Herzegovina) and one of the best point guards in Czech NBL leaves the team because of financial problems. He played very good season with very good percentage shooting from the field. In 16 games in Czech Republic he had 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg this season. He was the best 3PT player of the team with 34 scored 3PT from 88 attempts (38.6%). He had almost 50% of shooting for 2PT. In 61... [read more]
Edi Sinadinovic (193-88, agency: Aspire Sports), recorder in assists in two leagues (Estonia and Bosnia&Herzegovina) and one of the best point guards in Czech NBL leaves the team because of financial problems. He played very good season with very good percentage shooting from the field. In 16 games in Czech Republic he had 12.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg this season. He was the best 3PT player of the team with 34 scored 3PT from 88 attempts (38.6%). He had almost 50% of shooting for 2PT. In 61 attempts he made it 30 to the bucket for 49.2%. About shooting from free throw line he is very stable also this year (86.7%). His best game of the season was against Prostejov, when he flushed 26 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists with 3/6 for 2PT and 4/7 from 3PT line. He stayed perfect for FT with 8/8 for total index of 29. The last season Sinadinovic played at Sloboda Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 14 games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.0apg (top 4) and 1.2spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention. He also played that season for Zdravlje in Serbian 2MLS. In three games he averaged remarkable 21.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg. The other team Sinadinovic played was MZT Skopje in FYR Macedonian Prva Sinadinovic also spent pre-season at Partizan (KLS) in Serbian league that year. His team won Macedonian Supercup in 2016. Sinadinovic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia), Croatia, Estonia (Valga), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK/Argous), Romania (Targu Mures and Pitesti), Serbia (Masinac) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).
Allen's 28 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
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24-year old guard Bryon Allen (193-G-92) had a great game in the last round for league's best team CEZ Nymburk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and four assists for CEZ Nymburk in his team's victory, helping them to crush NH Ostrava (#12, 4-15) with 21-point margin 104-83. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic league. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considere... [read more]
24-year old guard Bryon Allen (193-G-92) had a great game in the last round for league's best team CEZ Nymburk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had the game-high 28 points adding six rebounds and four assists for CEZ Nymburk in his team's victory, helping them to crush NH Ostrava (#12, 4-15) with 21-point margin 104-83. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic league. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be CEZ Nymburk's top player in his first season with the team. George Mason University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allen is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 57.6% FGP and 47.1% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Dusan Pandula (196-SF-84) of league's second-best BK Pardubice. He is Slovakian in his 3rd season at BK Pardubice. In the last game Pandula recorded impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led BK Pardubice to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#9, 6-13) 112-73. BK Pardubice's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 16 matches. Pandula is one of the most experienced players at BK Pardubice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to another BK Pardubice's star - forward Joseph Wall (199-F-89). Wall scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of BK Pardubice, helping his team with a 112-73 easy win against the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#9, 6-13). BK Pardubice is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-3 record is not that bad... Wall has a very solid season. In 19 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.9ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, FGP: 51.0% and 3PT: 40.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) of MMCITE Brno - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 6. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Lukas Palyza (202-F-89) of BK Decin - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Lamb Autrey (191-G-89) of BK Pardubice - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89) of Prostejov - 22 points and 6 rebounds 10. Tony Meier (204-F-90) of CEZ Nymburk - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Champions League: Nymburk defeat visiting Monaco - 2 days ago
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Nymburk - Monaco 76:66 Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions. Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading int... [read more]
Nymburk - Monaco 76:66
Nymburk celebrated the 9th victory in Basketball Champions League Group A. They upended group's leaders Monaco to gain 9-4 record. Five players scored in double digits for the Czech champions. Nymburk rallied to an 18:13 lead at the first break. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Czech team piled up a 40:29 halftime lead. Monaco however pulled closer in the third term. The French powerhouse narrowed the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth stanza. But Nymburk used a 24:16 run in the final term to ice the win. Bryon Allen (193-G-92, college: George Mason), Petr Benda (203-C-82) and Eugene Lawrence (184-PG-86, college: St.John's) chipped in 14 points each for the winners. Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) responded with 19 points for Monaco. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) banked in 16 points in the defeat.
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