|30 May 2013|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|CEZ Nymburk swept their final series to clinch their tenth consecutive Czech championship (photo: CEZ Basketball Nymburk)|
CEZ Basketball Nymburk have cemented their absolute dominance in the top flight of Czech basketball by clinching a tenth consecutive Mattoni NBL title on Wednesday.
For the fourth year in a row, Nymburk defeated BK Prostejov in the play-off final series and just like last season they swept their rivals 4-0 to conquer the trophy, albeit this time they only had to play three games.
Both opponents had agreed ahead of the finals that the first team to reach three wins would be deemed to have won Game 4 by a 20-0 score and therefore clinched the best-of-seven series.
In Wednesday's Game 3, the eventual champions took a 34-17 lead already at the first buzzer and gradually extended the gap to finally prevail 95-70 on the road.
Eleven players wrote their name on the scoresheet for the winners, with veteran forward Radek Necas and Demond Carter scoring a team-high 12 points each, Slovak star Radoslav Rancik adding 11 points, six rebounds and five assists and Czech international Petr Benda contributing 10 points.
"I've really enjoyed the end of the season," said veteran Nymburk guard Jiri Welsch, who returned to the Czech league after a long international career.
"Now we'll get a little rest and in a month and a half we start preparations for the EuroBasket with the national team."
With Nymburk enjoying a decade of domestic dominance, club president Miroslav Jansta revealed that their ambition remains to make the big leap in European competitions, first in the Eurocup and eventually in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
"Next season we might play European games in the [state-of-art] Sparta Ice Hockey Hall in Holesovice [a Prague district]," Jansta said.
Nymburk is a town located approximately 45 kilometres east of the capital, and the team would still play their home games in the domestic league there should they move to Prague for European fixtures.
The Czech champions also competed in the VTB United League this season and finished in eighth place in Regular Season Group B, with a 5-13 record.
VIENNA ARE AUSTRIAN CHAMPIONS
BC Zepter Vienna defeated the Oberwart Gunners 68-55 at home in the final game of their best-of-five series on Wednesday to win the Austrian Admiral Bundesliga title.
Ian Boylan paved the way for Vienna in the title decider with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Shawn Ray added 20 points and five rebounds.
Zepter was founded only in 2001 but have now ended a 21-year wait, as the last time a club from the capital conquered the league title was in 1992.
Reigning champions Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg were eliminated in the semi-finals by Oberwart with a 3-2 score.