Czechs Get Off To Winning Start


The Czech Republic got their EuroBasket qualifying campaign off to a winning start as they downed Bosnia and Herzegovina 70-56 in Pardubice on Wednesday night.

The hosts had been on the back foot in the early stages, but began to establish themselves late in the first quarter and a pair of free throws from Jiri Welsch sparked 14-2 run that continued deep into the second period and saw them turn a four-point deficit into a 24-16 lead.

The visitors came back to tie it up 27-27 on Nihad Dedovic's lay-up with 3:04 left in the half but the Czechs held a one point advantage, 30-29, at the break, and began to pull clear again in the third.

When Jiri Hubalek tipped in Welsch's miss at the 6:15 mark in the third quarter, it sparked a 13-1 run that put the Czechs into a position they would not relinquish again.

Petr Benda led the Czechs with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Ladislav Sokolovsky had 13 points and Welsch 11 and five assists.

Mirza Teletovic led Bosnia and Herzegovina with 10 points while Ermin Jarzin added 10.


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