Czechs Maintain Winning Record


The Czech Republic looked unbeatable for the second day running on Saturday as they hammered Poland 64-47 in Bursa.

Less than 24 hours after their resounding victory over France, the Czechs took a while to hit their stride but once they did, there was no hope for the Poles.

Michaela Pavlickova led four Czechs in double figures with 16 points and she also had eight rebounds.

Eva Vitecková (Czech Republic)
Eva Vitecková
Pavlickova was the key figure in an early spurt.

After Poland drew level at 13-13 with 1:55 to play in the opening frame, Pavlickova  and the Czech Republic went on a 10-2 surge to take control.

Eva Viteckova started the run with a jumpshot, and then Pavlickova buried back-to-back three-pointers.

She capped the run with a lay-up off a feed from Jana Vesela as coach Jan Bobrovsky's team led 23-13.

But Poland were resilient and fought back with an 11-1 run - they sank a trio of three-pointers in the spurt - at the end of the second quarter to close to 31-29 at half-time.

During the fightback, Agnieszka Bibrzycka made a pair of shots from behind the arc.

The Czechs emerged from the changing rooms at half-time the more determined of the two teams and thanks to Viteckova assumed command.

She nailed three three-pointers over a span of 2:40 and her team went on a 14-2 run to start the third quarter to lead 45-31.

Poland never threatened again.

Czech boss Bobrovsky had predicted before the start of the EuroBasket that Poland could upset the field if they were to win the additional qualifying tournament.

The Poles edged past Slovakia and Ukraine to make it to the final round but they have now lost two straight to open their Group A campaign.

Nothing came easy inside for Poland and they finished the game a woeful eight of 39 from two-point range.

The Czech defence forced them outside and they did manage to hit nine of 14 (64.3%).

Bibrzycka top-scored for Poland with 13 points.

Poland now take on Germany in a must-win game for both sides as they have a combined four defeats between them.

The Czech Republic will take their perfect 2-0 record into a game with Greece.

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