Serbia & Montenegro68-80

19-17, 17-27, 20-26, 12-10

Czech Republic

 

Date: 21.09.2003, 16:30hGroup:  AVenue:   Pyrgos (GRE) Spectators: 300
Referees:  Serge De Coster (BEL), Peter Bodnar (HUN)
TEAM LEADERS
Serbia & Montenegro Czech Republic
Gordana Kovacevic (24)PtsLucie Blahuskova (20)
Slobodanka Maksimovic (12)RebLucie Blahuskova (13)
Gordana Grubin (5)ASRomana Hamzova (5), Hana Horakova (5)
Gordana Kovacevic (2), Ana Jokovic (2)STRomana Hamzova (4)
Slobodanka Maksimovic (1)BSMichaela Feranciková (3)

GAME REPORT

21.09.2003
Serbia & Montenegro 68 Czech Republic 80

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Gordana Kovacevic and Ivana Vecerova
Serbia & Montenegro coach Miodrag Veskovic may be having a re-think about the teams he think are capable off winning the European title after running into a balanced Czech Republic outfit on Sunday.

In his pre-tournament press conference, Veskovic suggested that Russia, France, Spain and his own side were the national sides with serious hopes off a title.

The Czechs hammered inferior opponents Greece and Israel on days one and two, respectively, so the game against Veskovic and company was a perfect chance for them to make a statement about their chances.

They made a very loud one, in fact, by prevailing 80-68 with Lucie Blahuskova leading five players in double figures scoring with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Jan Bobrovsky, a long-time player for the men's national team who is now the Czech Republic women's coach, was all smiles after this contest.

"We knew we were playing a talented and experienced team and we played hard," he said. "We practiced playing against a zone and when they tried to come back, we maintained our lead."

His players trailed by a basket after the first ten minutes but turned on the style in the second quarter to lead 44-36 at half-time.

The lead was 16 by the end of the third when the game was for all intents and purposes over.

"We played bad defence and the Czechs shot well from the outside," said Veskovic, whose team scraped by France on Saturday for their only triumph so far.

The Czechs were 30 of 66 from the field, including six of 16 from three-point range.

His team didn't help their own cause by missing nine of their 20 free throws.

"Their defence caused us a lot of problems and we missed a lot of shots and free throws," Veskovic conceded.

Gordana Kovacevic of Serbia & Montenegro led all scorers with 24 points.

After a rest day, Veskovic's troops return to the Group A fray on Tuesday with a game against Greece while the Czechs take on France.

COACH QUOTES

21.09.2003
Quotes Serbia and Montenegro - Czech Republic

Miodrag Veskovic, Head Coach, Serbia and Montenegro

"We played bad defense and the Czechs shot well from the outside. Their defense casused us a lot of problems and we missed a lot of shots and free throws."

Gordana Kovacevic, Serbia and Montenegro

"From the start we had problems with the tempo of the game. They were quicker than us and we tried to match their speed but we couldn't."

Jan Bobrovsky, Head Coach, Czech Republic

"We knew we were playing a talented and experienced team and we played hard. We practiced playing against a zone and when they tried to come back we maintained our lead.

Zuzana Klimezova, Czech Republic

"This was another great team effort. We have a lot of players who can score and if one player gets shut down somebody else steps up."

"We had a bunch of players with double digits in scoring today and we are pretty hard to stop."

"The starting five did a great job and all the players pick up on that. That's how we play and it is a lot of fun. "

Top performers

Serbia & Montenegro Czech Republic

Gordana Grubin

 

Lucie Blahuskova

19Pts20
3Reb13
5AS0
1ST1
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

Serbia & Montenegro Czech Republic
26/55FG M/A30/66
21/46 (45.7%) FG2P M/A24/50 (48.0%)
5/9 (55.6%) FG3P M/A6/16 (37.5%)
11/20 (55.0%) FT M/A14/17 (82.4%)
27 (9-18) Reb (O-D) 37 (14-23)
13AS18
17TO13
8ST11
1BS7
18PF21
68Pts80

PHOTO GALLERY

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Kovacevic, G. 348/1457.18/1457.10/00.08/1080.00110320224
5Manic, K. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
6Stankovic, B. 120/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0000411010
7Mandic, L. 190/30.00/10.00/20.01/250.0044111001
8Bjelica, M. 134/757.14/666.70/10.00/00.0112001038
9Grubin, G. 347/1070.04/757.13/3100.02/633.31235410319
10Radunovic, H. 70/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011110010
11Matovic, I. 70/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0112010020
12Drljaca, L. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
13Maksimovic, S. 355/955.64/850.01/1100.00/20.057121401411
14Jokovic, A. 211/520.00/30.01/250.00/00.0112102003
15Vilipic, D. 111/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0000020002
TOTAL26/ 5547.321/ 4645.75/ 955.611/2055.0918271317811868
CZECH REPUBLIC
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Veselá, J. 221/425.01/425.00/00.00/00.0224121232
5Vecerová, I. 285/862.54/666.71/250.00/10.03144201511
6Uhrová, M. DNP
7Hartigová, M. DNP
8Bednárová, M. DNP
9Horakova, H. 304/1233.31/425.03/837.57/887.50225220318
10Hamzova, R. 323/837.51/333.32/540.05/683.31345140313
11Feranciková, M. 366/1250.06/1154.50/10.00/00.03472303212
12Borecká, I. DNP
13Blahuskova, L. 359/1560.09/1560.00/00.02/2100.049130111420
14Gudzaraidze, Z. 172/728.62/728.60/00.00/00.0123123014
15Vitecková, E. DNP
TOTAL30/ 6645.524/ 5048.06/ 1637.514/1782.414233718131172180
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Serbia & Montenegro Czech Republic

Gordana Grubin

 

Lucie Blahuskova

19Pts20
3Reb13
5AS0
1ST1
0BS1
34Min35

TEAM STATS

Serbia & Montenegro Czech Republic
26/55FG M/A30/66
21/46 (45.7%) FG2P M/A24/50 (48.0%)
5/9 (55.6%) FG3P M/A6/16 (37.5%)
11/20 (55.0%) FT M/A14/17 (82.4%)
27 (9-18) Reb (O-D) 37 (14-23)
13AS18
17TO13
8ST11
1BS7
18PF21
68Pts80