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Czech Republic: Blazek Angry After Exit

20.01.2006

Angry USK Praha coach Lubor Blazek has admitted it will take a long time for him to get over his side's EuroLeague elimination.

The Czech outfit endured a difficult campaign, which reached its conclusion on Tuesday with a dramatic 66-64 defeat to MiZo-Pecs.

With only one win from their 10 Group A games, USK finished bottom of the table, although one more victory would have put them through.

"I am still very disappointed that we did not go through to the play-offs and I will be angry for a long time," Blazek told www.basket.idnes.cz.

"On the other hand, we did not disgrace ourselves in any game.

"I am mostly worried that we did not win games in Namur or Valencia when we started very well."

Blazek reckons his players needed to develop a more positive frame of mind if they were to stay in the competition and accepts personnel changes may need to be made.

"We could have played in play-offs with one more win. But we still have probably not got the players who have a winning mentality locked in their minds.

"We will probably make some changes in our team but nothing is clear right now."

Despite these reservations, Blazek reckons his side made significant progress in terms of performance compared to the last time they were in the EuroLeague.

"I think we made a step forward compared to our participation in the EuroLeague two seasons ago.

"We were tough opponents in every game this year."

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