In the final week of FIBA Europe League preliminary round action, CEZ Nymburk center Jiri Zidek collects MVP honours for his performance against Galil Elyon.
The game was a must-win affair for both teams and the prize on offer for the victor; 4th position in Group A and a place in the play-offs.
Zidek is certainly no stranger to winning titles. His own personal medal haul includes an NCAA championship with UCLA in 1995 and a EuroLeague title with Zalgiris Kaunas in 1999.
After spending several years in the USA and around Europe, Zidek is now in his second season with Nymburk. In last year’s FIBA Europe League, the Czech champions recorded a 6-8 record and did not make the play-offs.
This year Nymburk finished 7-5, and in part thanks to Zidek’s performance against Galil Elyon, they are headed for the post-season.
Zidek was in sparkling form against the Israeli visitors, recording 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the 108-95 victory.
Nymburk were in control for most of the game, but Galil Elyon crept back into contention early in the third quarter. With the score 55-47 in favour of Nymburk, Zidek took matters into his own hands.
First he assisted on a Sokolovsky three-pointer and followed that play with three consecutive jump shots (including 2 three-pointers). By the time he had finished, the score was 66-51 in favour of Nymburk and Galil Elyon coach Oded Kattash was forced to take a timeout.
Nymburk take on the undefeated Dynamo St. Petersburg in the play-offs and will be hoping that Zidek retains the hot hand for their three-game series.