Czech basketball players won the European Championship in Prague over the Netherlands 88:80 and scored their first victory in the third match in Group D.
At the O2 Arena in front of 8063 spectators, Jan Veselý, the match’s top scorer, contributed 24 points, and Martin Peterka scored 20. Jannik Frank led the resistance of the Dutch, who remained unwinnable with 22 points.
Tomas Satoransky, captain of the Czech national team, did not participate in the match. Two weeks after injuring his right ankle, he played the opening match against Poland (84:99) on Friday and remained on the bench today, just like on Saturday against Serbia (68:81). He didn’t even warm up with the team before the match.
On Tuesday, from 17:30, coach Ronen Ginsburg’s men will play Finland, and on Thursday they will face Israel at the end of the group.
Tomasz Kislink responded with three pointers to a quick opening basket by Dutch bowler Worthy de Jong, and after two successful strokes by Jan Veseloe and a basket by captain Vojjeh Hroban, the Czechs took a 7:2 lead. The home team waited 105 seconds for the next goal, but then, thanks to Veselý points The four and a successful Ondřej Sehnal finish, they already had a 13:5 lead. In the eighth minute, Martin Petrica gave the Czechs a double-digit lead for the first time in the tournament with three points, and David Jelinek made it 24:12 with another long shot.
At the turn of the first and second quarters, the Dutch reduced the difference to four points thanks to Jesse Edwards, who scored six points and made Frank’s basket. However, the Czechs came back again and thanks to Veseló’s four points, Kislink goal and Petrík’s superb finish, they took a 34:22 lead. Ginzburg’s 14-0 pick capped a 50-27 lead before the break. Petrka scored 11 points with three tresses, including one with the horn. Vesselo scored three more points, and Kislink managed nine points and eight assists in the half.
Ondřej Sehnal stopped the start of the third quarter 0:5 with a breakout. But the Dutch continued to assert themselves. De Jong and Leon Williams responded with a triple by Petrka again with another shot from distance.
However, the failure of the Czech team continued. The Dutch scored 13-0 and, thanks to two three-point attempts by de Jong and one from Kee van der Forest de Vree, came to six points.
The Czechs entered the last quarter with a margin of 66:57. Jelinek returned the double-digit lead to the home team, which immediately made it 71:59 with a triple pointer. However, the Dutch maintained their appetite for shooting even after the third quarter, where they scored 30 points, and reduced the score to 69:73. Vecello responded to her and advanced by seven points with two baskets. And at 79:76, he took the lead with both conversions six seconds away with 50 seconds to go.
The opponent slipped back to 78:81, but Peterko’s three pointers with 21 seconds left was finally decided. The result was further improved by the 1960s by Jaromir Pohaček and Kislink’s breakthrough. Williams eventually corrected the result.
European Basketball Championship:
Fourth group (Prague):
Czech – Netherlands 88:80 (24:14, 50:27, 66:57)
Czech Republic lineup and points: Veselý 24, Kyzlink 12, Hruban 8, Sehnal 5, Kří – Peterka 20, Jelínek 10, J. Bohaík 6, Balvín 3, Krejčí. Most points in the Netherlands: Frank 22, de Jong 13, Edwards 12.
Errors: 21:16. Free throws: 11/14 – 24/19. Triples: 9: 9. Follow-ups: 37:25. Viewers: 8063.