#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Planasa NV to a victory over the closely-ranked CB Clavijo (2-3) 71-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Starosta was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Starosta also added 3 assists in 35 minutes on the court.
Planasa Navarra (3-2) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Starosta is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Starosta averages: 15.6ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2apg in the five games he played so far.
He played for the Czech Republic senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla could not help Blusens Monbus (4-2) to beat CAI Zaragoza (3-3).
He scored 9 points.
But Blusens Monbus was badly defeated 76-58 on the road by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#12).
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Pumprla's first year with the team.
Pumprla's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(10-18) and FT: 75.0%.
He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.
#3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky was not able to help Cajasol (1-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cajasol lost 73-82 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket.
Satoransky was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 passes in 29 minutes.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Satoransky's first year with the team.
Satoransky has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 73.9% in the six games.
He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.
#4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (0-2) in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2) in the NBA.
Vesely recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Washington Wizards were defeated 94-84 in Cleveland by the Cavaliers.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Vesely's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic national team
back in 2010.
#5. International shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Olin Edirne (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jelinek's good performance Olin Edirne was badly defeated 81-62 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#3).
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Jelinek also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
It's Jelinek's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg.
Jelinek plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.
#6. Center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Ourense (0-1) crushing them 84-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday.
Hampl scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line).
B.C. River Andorra (3-0) is placed in the LEB Gold.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
Hampl has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 6.2rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.
#7. International center Ondrej Balvin (216-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tomas Satoransky and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game.
Balvin couldn't help Cajasol (1-5) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-1).
He scored 8 points in 16 minutes.
Cajasol lost 73-82 on their home court in Sevilla to the much higher-ranked (#3) Valencia Basket.
This year Balvin's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.8rpg in the six games.
He is also Czech Republic national team player.
#8. Center Ales Chan (216-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apoel (0-1) in their game against Keravnos (2-0) in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored only 4 points.
Apoel was edged 68-66 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos.
Chan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Chan's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
He used to play for the Czech Republic national team
back in 2010.
#9. U18 international small forward Jan Svandrlik (196-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Clinicas Rincon (2-2) in their game against Oviedo CB (2-1) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Svandrlik recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Clinicas Rincon was defeated 74-59 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oviedo_CB (#5).
Svandrlik's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg.
He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic U18 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Czech Republic passport but never been selected to any of Czech Republic national teams:
#1.David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help Rovinari (3-3) in their last game. Despite Steffel's very good performance Rovinari lost 89-96 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Timba Timosoara.
He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Steffel also added 5 assists and 2 blocks in 40 minutes.
It was Rovinari's third consecutive loss in a row.
Steffel belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2 with 9.8rpg.
This year he also averages: 15.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the six games he played so far.
#2.Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) managed to help AZS Koszalin in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Kotwica (1-5) 72-61 in the Polish TBL in Saturday night's game.
He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 26 minutes.
AZS Koszalin (4-2) is placed fifth in the TBL.
Skibniewski is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.8apg.
He also averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg in the six games.
#3.Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to help Etha (0-1) in their game against Krka (1-0) in the EuroChallenge.
Englicky recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Etha this season.
The third-placed Etha was crushed 100-73 in Novo Mesto by the second-ranked Krka in the group A of EuroChallenge.
#4.Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Batumi (0-3) crushing them 94-63 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday.
Hoger scored only 4 points in 18 minutes.
Olimpi Tbilisi (2-0) is placed fourth in the Superleague.
This year Hoger's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games.
#5.Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Lan Mobel ISB's victory against the eighth-ranked Palma (2-2) 97-86 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia (1-0) is placed in the LEB Silver.
Fohler's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.7rpg.
#6.Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Komarno win their game against the league outsider Svit 86-74 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game.
He scored 6 points in 17 minutes.
This year Kratochvil's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the five games.
#7.Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A. Kremen cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 14 minutes.
His team was edged 68-66.
This year Kremen's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.
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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