Unquestionably the biggest surprise of the early going in the Mattoni NBL has been the impressive 8-1 start BK Nova Hut Ostrava. Since 2000 BK Nova Hut Ostrava has only had one top-five league finish and the only postseason success they have had of any sort has been a 1007 Czech Cup Finals appearance. That is not to say that the club does not invest into putting a good product on the court, as perennially they field a competitive mix of foreign imports as well as up-and-coming Czech talent. However this season seems to have brought together the right ingredients for a very special season. First year Head Coach Dusan Medvecky and his club received very high praise after defeating BK Decin 82-70 in Decin on Wednesday as Decin and Czech National Team Coach Pavel Buda labeled them as a team he could definitely see playing in this season's finals. The mix of veteran leadership at point guard with Rahsaan Ames (184-PG-78, college: Shaw) and youthful exuberance from Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) have mixed with the frontcourt duo of Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88, college: Tarleton St.) and Justin Greene (203-F-89, college: Kent St.) has proven very potent. However, signaling out just one player on a team which goes nine-deep and has everyone of those nine players averaging five points per game or more is difficult. But, third-year forward Jeremiah Wilson has had just the kind of start to this season which merits noting. Wilson, 6-8, has played at an All-Star level thus far, averaging 12.3 points (second on the team), while leading BK Nova Hut Ostrava in rebounding (8.8rpg) as well as connecting on 39.1% from three-point range. After finishing his collegiate career at NCAA2 Tarleton State, the 24-year old Wilson has played in Argentina, Chile and Australia prior to moving up in level to the Czech Republic this season with BK Nova Hut Ostrava.
Q. How did the opportunity to join BK Nova Hut Ostrava come about? A. This opportunity came as a surprise, when I found out about BK Nova Hut Ostrava I was in the process of training with the (NBDL) Texas Legends, but when my agent informed me about the chance to play in the Czech Republic in Europe I had to take advantage of this opportunity!
Q. Prior to joining BK BK Nova Hut Ostrava, what did you know about the Czech Republic and NBL? A. I didnt know much about the NBL here in Czech, or much about the Country in general I just knew that the quality of basketball would be more competitive because its a part of Europe.
Q. What do you feel has been the key to your and the team's success so far? A. The main reason that the team is successful so far is because of our defense! We also know the role that each of us has to play in order for our team to win. The reason that I am having a decent season so far is because of how hard I will play every game, I have to do whatever it takes for me and my team to succeed.
Q. You have had quite the journey professionally the last two seasons, from Argentina to Chile and then Australia. How have those experiences helped prepare you for this season in the Czech Republic. A. The previous countries I have played in helped me out in all different ways, Playing in Argentina and Chile help me play alot tougher and stronger and prepared me for how physical FIBA basketball will be, while Australia helped me display alot of my offensive skills and showed me what it takes to win a Championship.
Q. Since college you've definitely developed your three-point shot more while still maintaining a proficiency for rebounding. Was this something you felt was necessary to succeed at the pro level? A. Yes! Rebounding and Three-point Shooting has always been two of my main strengths but three-point shooting wasn't a big part of my role at Tarleton State, but I knew I would have to upgrade my shooting all-around to become a successful professional basketball player, Rebounding takes effort and thats what I like to contribute to the team.
Q. How have you adjusted to life in BK Nova Hut Ostrava? What is the biggest difference here versus living and playing in say Chile? A. I have adjusted well so far, there really isnt that big of a difference for me in the countries except for the understanding the language, I could adapt quick to the spanish language but Czech is little harder to understand.
Q. Your expectations for the rest of the season? A. My expectations are to keep improving as a player and a team and win a Medal for this season.
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 (and one of the top in the league) with 34 scored 3PT from 88 attempts (38.6%). He had al... [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 (and one of the top in the league) 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 - 4 days 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 - 5 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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