The game between Frisco Sika Brno and ZVVZ USK Praha is a clash of two best teams in the Czech Republic this season. They met just about week ago in the Final of the Czech Cup tournament with ZVVZ USK Praha winning easily on neutral venue. This time it was supposed to be a different story as Frisco Sika Brno hosted the game in the league. In the first quarter both teams traded baskets with lead changing every minute. It was also all offense as it ended with an one point edge for ZVVZ USK Praha 26:27. The score was close until last 4 minutes of the second quarter. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) and Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) led the charge as the home team ended a quarter with a 16-3 run and established 15 point lead at halftime (53:38). ZVVZ USK Praha was in danger of losing their first game of the year in the league as they entered the game with a perfect 24-0 record. After Tereza Peckova scored from the inside late in the third, the lead increased to 17 (69:52) with less than 3 minutes to play in the quarter. From that point everything went just wrong for the home fans. ZVVZ USK Praha ended the third with a 10-0 run as Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 6 points in that spurt. Same player scored again from a long range to give her team 71-74 lead with 4:45 to go. From that bucket ZVVZ USK Praha never trailed in the game. Tereza Peckova could have tied the score with a three with 13 seconds to play but she missed it and Eva Viteckova sealed the victory from the line (78:83). It was a very disappointing evening for Frisco Sika Brno as they were really close to handle their major rivals their first defeat of the season. Jasmine Thomas scored 23 and Tereza Peckova added 19 for the home team. Eva Viteckova scored 23, Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) netted 18 and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) recorded a double-double 11 points and 14 boards for ZVVZ USK Praha.
Valosun Brno celebrate ZBL Bronze medals - 1 day ago
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3-4 Place Nymburk - Valosun Brno 56-59 Valosun Brno rallied past Nymburk to clinch ZBL Bronze. Worth to mention a great performance of Eva Kopecka (173-96) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds and American center Stephanie Madden (186-88, college: Langston) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Russian-Ukrainian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-89) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Ukrainian center Taisia Udodenko (... [read more]
Valosun Brno rallied past Nymburk to clinch ZBL Bronze. Worth to mention a great performance of Eva Kopecka (173-96) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds and American center Stephanie Madden (186-88, college: Langston) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Russian-Ukrainian center Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-89) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Ukrainian center Taisia Udodenko (190-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Basketball Nymburk's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Nymburk: A.Khomenchuk 18+6reb+3ast, E.Pavel 15+9reb, T.Udodenko 14+11reb+1ast, E.Mircova 4+4reb+1ast, S.Ursu 2+3reb+5ast, M.Hamplova 2+1reb Valosun Brno: S.Madden 17+5reb, E.Kopecka 16+6reb, M.Satoranska 7+5reb+1ast, M.Solopova 2+7reb+5ast, R.Moussa 2+2reb, V.Remenarova 1+4reb
Petra Kulichova's triple-double lands her Player of the Week award among Czechs playing currently abroad: - 13 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Czechs who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Petra Kulichova (198-84). She was the major contributor in Botas' victory against the closely-ranked Adana ASKI in the Turkish KBSL in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Czechs who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Petra Kulichova (198-84, currently plays in Turkey). She was the major contributor in Botas' victory against the closely-ranked Adana ASKI (10-15) 85-78 in the Turkish KBSL in Saturday night's game.
Kulichova had a triple-double by scoring 19 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and passing 10 assists in 45 minutes on the court.
Botasspor Adana (11-14) is placed ninth in the KBSL.
It was her team's first victory after five consecutive loses.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Kulichova averages: 9.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 60.9%(103-169) and FT: 27.6% in 24 games she played so far.
She played for the Czech Republic senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international power forward Romana Stehlikova (189-85, currently plays in Slovakia). Stehlikova led Good Angels to a victory over the fourth-ranked Samorin (0-12) crushing them 85-51 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday.
She was MVP of the game. Stehlikova scored 15 points.
Good Angels Kosice (11-1) is placed first in Places 1-4 group.
It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Stehlikova's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(72-127), 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 70.6%.
She played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.
#3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Michaela Stara (175-90, currently plays in Greece). Stara could not help Niki Lefkadas (12-9) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Niki Lefkadas was badly defeated 76-60 on the road by the second-ranked Athinaikos.
Stara was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 3 steals in 31 minutes.
They ended the series of four consecutive victories.
Stara's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Stara has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 71.4% in 20 games.
She played for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.
#4. Swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88, currently plays in France) contributed to a 2-point Hainaut's victory against the fifth-ranked Lattes Montpellier (18-4) 72-70 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game.
Hejdova scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (10-12) is placed eighth in Play-Off group.
This season Hejdova has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.7apg.
She used to play for the Czech Republic national team
back in 2015.
#5. Former international center Kamila Stepanova (191-88, currently plays in France) managed to help Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole in a victory against the sixth-ranked Mondeville (12-10) 81-68 in the French LFB last Saturday.
Stepanova scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court.
Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (16-6) is placed seventh in Play-Off group.
It was Villeneuve D'Ascq's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Stepanova's first season with the team.
This year her overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games.
Stepanova used to play for the Czech Republic national team
two years ago.
#6. Center Renata Brezinova (190-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point La Spezia's victory against one of league's weakest teams Battipaglia (4-18) 61-59 in the Italian Serie A1 on Tuesday night.
She recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Carispezia La Speziais placed fifth in the Serie A1.
Brezinova's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3spg.
She is a former U20 international player as she played for the Czech Republic team seven years ago.
#7. Former international center Edita Sujanova (190-85, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Petra Kulichova in the Turkish KBSL last game.
Sujanova was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Adana ASKI in their game against Botas (11-14). She cannot count it as her best performance.
Sujanova recorded only 2 points and had 3 steals in 12 minutes.
Adana ASKI lost 78-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) Botas.
It was Adana ASKI's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
This year Sujanova's total stats are: 4.4ppg and 3.0rpg in 25 games.
She used to play for the Czech Republic national team
six years ago.
#8. Guard Tereza Brantlova (172-82, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Crusaders (14-0) in their game against Nottingham Wildcats (13-3) in the British WBBL. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Brantlova recorded only 3 points in 14 minutes.
The league leader Crusaders was crushed 74-52 in Wildcats by the leading Nottingham.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Brantlova has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 13 games.
She used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team
back in 2002.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Czech Republic passport:
#1.Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen to win against the fourth-ranked TG Neuss (14-8) 76-69 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) last Sunday.
Flasarova scored only 4 points.
BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in North group.
It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Flasarova has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg.
ZBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Sokol HK and USK Praha reach Finals - 20 days ago
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Sokol HK - Valosun Brno 78-73 Sokol Hradec Kralove held off Valosun Brno to sweep the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded Valosun Brno 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for center Lenka Pazderova (188-84) who led her team to a victory scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Andrea Ovsikova (178-89) helped adding 11 points. Sok... [read more]
Sokol Hradec Kralove held off Valosun Brno to sweep the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded Valosun Brno 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for center Lenka Pazderova (188-84) who led her team to a victory scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Andrea Ovsikova (178-89) helped adding 11 points. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach Romana Ptackova used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American center Stephanie Madden (186-88, college: Langston) with 18 points and Slovakian forward Veronika Remenarova (188-97) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Valosun Brno players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Sokol HK: A.Ovsikova 11+4reb+3ast, K.Minarovicova 11+4reb+2ast, L.Pazderova 11+9reb+1ast, K.Rosenbaumova 9+4reb+2ast, T.Kuthanova 9+2reb+2ast, M.Matuskova 8 Valosun Brno: S.Madden 18+4reb+2ast, E.Kopecka 14+5reb, V.Remenarova 13+8reb, T.Peckova 11+6reb, R.Moussa 7+2reb+3ast, M.Satoranska 5+1ast
USK Praha outgunned Nymburk to secure championship series birth. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basketball Nymburk to just 3 points in first quarter and to 11 points in first half. USK Praha held Basketball Nymburk to an opponent 22.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 56.7 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Basketball Nymburk 43-25 including a 35-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. USK Praha players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Latvian center Anete Steinberga (190-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) who led the winners and scored 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international Tereza Vyoralova (175-94) accounted for 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. USK Praha's coach Natalia Hejkova felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Romanian power forward Elisabeth Pavel (191-90) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Romanian Sonia Ursu (176-93) added 11 points respectively for Basketball Nymburk in the defeat. Top scorers: USK Praha: A.Steinberga 17+4reb+1ast, A.Hanusova 14+3reb+1ast, M.Xargay Casademont 10+7reb+2ast, K.Elhotova 9+2reb, T.Vyoralova 9+5reb+7ast, K.Elhotova 6+1reb Nymburk: S.Ursu 11+3reb+3ast, E.Pavel 11+5reb+1ast, E.Mircova 5+7reb+3ast, A.Khomenchuk 4+2reb+1ast, L.Sipova 3+2reb, L.Bartakova 2+3reb+2ast
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