Czech Republic: Trio Of Losses But Ron Stays Positive

22.06.2005

The Czech Under-20 basketball team have suffered three defeats in in their build up for the forthcoming European Championships.

In a Russian international tournament, the Czechs went down 76-56 to Turkey, were beaten 81-68 by Russia and lost 68-60 against Greece.

However coach Frantisek Ron tried to remain positive.

"I am satisfied with our performances in this tournament. We played very strong teams which will play in the European Championships," he said.

"We had good results against Turkey and Russia and I had a very good opportunity to test my players in hard games.

"The last game versus Russia was probably the best one from my team in this tournament despite the loss. I am satisfied with my team in this game."

The Czechs will now travel to Greece to continue their preparation for the European Championships, which commence in Russia on July 8.

The Czechs will face Lithuania, Italy and Belarus in Group B of the Championships.

Ron added: "I know what we have to change in our preparation and what we have to work on. We have a lot of work in the offence mostly."


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