Czech Boss Pleased With Progress

10 August 2005

Everything is going according to plan for the Czech Republic as they attempt to grab the final qualifying place for EuroBasket 2005.

The Czechs split two games with Sweden last week, winning 77-72 before losing 88-86 in overtime.

Michal Jezdik's men then swept Russia, prevailing 97-69 in Prague's Folimanka Hall on Saturday and 80-63 in Decin the following day.

"We have only lost one game until now, and that one was in overtime, so I am satisfied," Jezdik said.

"I am happy that my team showed very good fitness levels in every game.

"You could see how fit we were in the games against Russia last weekend."

Jiri Welsch is the player grabbing many of the headlines since he competes in the NBA.

He has been traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Milwaukee Bucks this summer.

"The fitness levels of the players who play abroad is much better then what it use to be," Jezdik added.

"At the moment we have only one or two injury worries but our team will be much stronger when all the players are fit."

The Czech national side must win an additional qualifying tournament to reach Serbia & Montenegro where the EuroBasket is being staged.

They must finish above Estonia and Poland in Group A, and then finish top of the second phase against the winners of Groups B and C.

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