Cancel
Group:  E | 17.08.2014, 18:00h
Group:  E | 17.08.2014, 18:00h
66-63
20 - 1617 - 1815 - 914 - 20
20 - 1617 - 1815 - 914 - 20
Venue: Nymburk (CZE) |
Spectators: 1500 |
Referees: Milivoje Jovcic (SRB), Olegs Latisevs (LAT), Piotr Pastusiak (POL)

GAME REPORT


Czechs Fend Off Hungary At Home

6. Pavel Pumprla (Czech Republic)
Pavel Pumprla topped scoring for the Czechs with 14

The Czech Republic held off a late Hungarian assault on Sunday to secure a 66-63 victory at home in the game that concluded the third day of action in Group E of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round.

Following results on Day 3, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Georgia are all tied in first place in the group, with a 2-1 record.

The Czechs, who played without injured Barcelona point guard Tomas Satoransky, were very prudent with their shot selection on Sunday and jumped into the driving seat right away, leading 37-34 at half-time.

Although the hosts had led uninterruptedly from the start of the encounter, they kept feeling the hot breath of the Hungarians down their neck until midway through the third frame, when Ondrej Balvin, with a lay-up, sparked a 12-0 run that would enable the Czechs to grab a 52-39 lead, 1:33 from the third buzzer.

Hungary, not happy with this sudden development, scored the first seven points in the final quarter to draw closer and then David Vojvoda, with a triple and a lay-up on the fast break, gave them their first lead in the game, 58-57 with 3:17 left to play.

However, Patrik Auda instigated an immediate Czech response and, with a mid-range jumper 1:28 from the final buzzer, he gave his team a vital 64-58 cushion which they would hold on to until the end.

The Czech offensive plurality was a key to their success as five players scored in double digits for the winners, led by Pavel Pumprla who collected 14 points and seven rebounds.

Vojvoda was not rewarded for his superb effort, as he collected a game-high 25 points in defeat.

Hungary return home to play Portugal on Wednesday, whilst the Czechs, for whom Satoransky remains doubtful, play Georgia at home.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Czech Republic vs. Hungary

David Vojvoda, Hungary
"It was a good game and also a tough one. Maybe the result is good for our future in this group."

Sztojan Ivkovics, Hungary Head Coach
"It was a very good game. We came back, but in the last two minutes we lost three balls and that is why we lost the game. We have some players that play more minutes in the national team than in their clubs. Besides that, it was nice for me to come back to this country, because I once was a member of a team in Brno."

Pavel Pumprla, Czech Republic
"It was a really tough game. We had some minutes, when it looked we would win quite easy or build on a lead. However, they always came back with some tough shots. We missed some open opportunities and they played great defence as we expected. It was all about fighting and we fought harder and were lucky at the end. We need to bring the winning spirit to the next games too."

Ronen Ginzburg, Czech Republic Head Coach
"We saw a quality game between two good teams. We were three times up by ten or eleven points, but we did not manage to close the game because Hungary has a very good and coachable team, which always came back. In the end it was about agressiveness and spirit and we also played good defence. We missed [Tomás] Satoransky, but other players took over his role. We have a hell of a group, I think this is the most difficult group in the qualifications. You see the results, even today Portugal with Georgia. So it will be a fight until the last seconds of the last game."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.5%

25/55
FG
M/A

42.4%

25/59

47.5%

19/40
FG2P
M/A

45.2%

19/42

40.0%

6/15
FG3P
M/A

35.3%

6/17

52.6%

10/19
FT
M/A

77.8%

7/9

35

11/24
RT
RO/RD

33

11/22

14

AS

9

15

TO

15

10

ST

6

3

BS

1

14

PF

22

66

Pts

63

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