After being on the wrong end of a mauling at the hands of Fersped Rabotnicki in the first encounter between the two teams, Czech champs CEZ Nymburk were able to inflict revenge at home.
It was Rabotnicki guard Kenrick Johnson who caused most of the damage in the opening game, scoring 38 points. This time around though, Rabotnicki had nobody who stepped up on offense, highlighted by a 2nd quarter display in which they tallied just 4 points.
The opening quarter didn't suggest that anybody would have trouble putting the ball in the basket. The tempo was fast, and ominously for Nymburk, Johnson looked on form, scoring 5 points and dishing 3 assists.
But the second quarter proved Rabotnicki's undoing. They missed 12 straight shots in the quarter, and when Dime Tasovski finally hit a jump shot at the three-minute mark, they trailed 36-28.
It was Taskovski who made the only other shot for Rabotnicki in the quarter, a jump shot at the buzzer, and at halftime the score was 46-30 in favour of Nymburk.
With most of the hard work done, Nymburk stayed focused in the second half and easily protected their lead.
Nymburk point guard Maurice Whitfield produced a consumate leadership display, finishing the game with 14 points (4/6 shooting, 5/5 free throws) and 11 assists. Jiri Zidek added 20 points and Ashante Johnson contributed a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Rabotnicki shot a combined 35% and not one player cracked double digits in scoring.
Jordan Davitkov head coach Fersped Rabotnicki:
"Congratulations to Nymburk. Today we played only one quarter. The second and third periods were a disaster. Nymburk played very good defense and we weren’t able to score. I hope Nymburk go to the next round of the FIBA Europe League."
Michal Jezdik head coach CEZ Basketball Nymburk:
"We knew we had to win. We started badly, but after improving the defense and making some fast breaks we had a strong grip on the game. It was a very good performance from our whole team.