Czech Republic Sneak Past Slovenia

26 July 2013
7. Prokop Slanina (Czech Republic)
Prokop Slanina had a team-high 21 points for the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic avoided a second-half scare and the chance of relegation by defeating Slovenia 87-79 in a classification game for 9th to 16th place at the U18 European Championship in Latvia.

The Czech Republic enter the hunt for 9th place, however Slovenia faces a challenge over the final two tournament days in a bid to avoid relegation to Division B.

Jure Ritlop and Matic Rebec combined to ensure Slovenia would at least be competitive against their opponents, but the team's 45% shooting in the opening 20 minutes would not be enough to take a halftime lead as the inside duo of Martin Peterka and Prokop Slanina established a small advantage under the basket while Radovan Kouril worked the offence to the tune of 12 points.

Slovenia shrugged off a sluggish start to the term, suddenly finding their range and burying three consecutive triples to tie the game at the final break, but 18 easy points after three-quarter time allowed the Czech Republic to run out with an eight-point win.

Slanina led a great offensive evening for the Czech Republic, scoring a team-high 21 points and grabbing 16 rebounds as four other teammates scored 14 or more points.

Rebec topped Slovenian scoring with 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists.


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