|Prokop Slanina delivered his best performance of the tournament when it mattered most|
The Czech Republic saved the best for last at the U20 European Championship and blasted past Montenegro 83-55 to stave off relegation, while the Balkan side will have to compete in Division B next year.
Turning Point: The Czechs came out guns blazing and poured in the first ten points in the game on two-for-two from two-point range and two-for-two from beyond the arc. With the exception of a brief stretch early in the second quarter, when Montenegro reduced to five points, the Czechs kept their foot on the gas and led from a safe double-digit distance the rest of the way.
Game Heroes: Martin Peterka and Prokop Slanina were the instigators of the fantastic Czech start to the game, maintained the hot hand throughout the encounter and combined for 47 points. Peterka finished with 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the floor while Slanina collected a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: The Czechs were superior in every aspect of the game, with the exception of blocked shots. Perhaps the most indicative figure of the smooth flow of their game on Sunday was their 22 assists, to Montenegro's seven. As a direct consequence, the Czech Republic shot at 50.7% from the floor, while Montenegro converted only 36.7% of their shot attempts.
The Bottom Line: The Czech Republic have now pulled off the same feat twice in a row, as in the 2013 edition of the competition, in Estonia, they also won in the game for 17th place and maintained their Division A status. Montenegro finish in 18th place and will return to Division B somewhat surprisingly, after enjoying a quite successful stint in Division A, with five appearances in the top eight, since they were promoted in 2007.