Czech's Hope To Regroup

30.09.2007

By David Hein

Defending champions Czech Republic will be out for blood in their Group E qualifying round showdown with Lithuania after being upset by Germany at the 2007 EuroBasket Women.

The Czechs are still clearly in line to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-1 record, but the loss to Germany exposed holes in their armour which Jan Bobrovsky's team would like to patch
Iveta Marcauskaité (Lithuania)
Iveta Marcauskaité is leading her team in scoring and rebounding.
up right away.

Lithuania meanwhile suffered yet another loss – this time to Latvia – but know their victory against Germany in the preliminary round may get them into the quarters.

Still, the 1997 title-winners are far from being title contenders the way they've played so far.

Last Time Out: The Czechs were shocked by Germany 54-47 while Lithunia were destroyed by Baltic neighbours Latvia 76-46.

Key Match-Up: Petra Kulichova vs Iveta Marcauskaite- The Lithuanian likes to play away from the basket offensively, and that may free up her team-mates from Kulichova's lost-post defense presence, which has seen her block 2.3 shots per game.

X-Factor: Jana Vesela- The Czech wing player was harrassed by the German defense into just 4-of-10 shooting and six turnovers. Look for the Gambrinus Brno star to bounce back in style.

Key Stats: After shooting 49%, 44 % and 48% in their first three games, the Czechs were held to a frustrating 30% against Germany.

Sounding Off: Czech coach Bobrovsky said- "The Lithuanians are not as weak as the result against Latvia might suggest. Our problem will be to get the players back on the right track after the German shock.”

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