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European “B” Division Championships

Brno, Czech Republic

04 – 12 September 2010
by Allan McAleese

 

 

On arrival at Vienna airport on Friday 03 September I was collected by a representative
of the LOC and conveyed to the official’s hotel which was the Austerlitz Best Western, Brno. 
This hotel is quite close to the city centre and was a good base for the competition. 
The teams were accommodated in the larger though equally suitable Voronez 2 hotel which
was 5 minutes by car from the University complex and the Campus Bohunice sports hall.

 

All other officials and the teams arrived on Saturday 04 September. 
They were all collected and taken to their respective hotel with competence.

 

Following training and chair checks on Saturday and Sunday the Opening Ceremony took
place at 7.00pm on Sunday. 
Speeches were made by Hana Valova (Chairperson of the Organising Committee),
Roman Onderka (Mayor of Brno) and myself to open the Competition. 
Immediately after the ceremony, the first game took place – Czech Republic v Austria.

 

Game 1              CZE  v  AUT

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

14

24

46

70

away

11

32

48

64

 

Unlucky Austria, leading at half time 32 : 24 they lost the game in the last period when
Petr Tucec scored 16 of his 24 points and the free throws would not go in to the basket.
Only 6 of 23 were made. Mehmet Haiyrli scored 30 points, but this was not enough.
The game was decided in the last minute in favour of the home team. 70 : 64 at the end.


Game 2              SUI  v  LTU

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

14

28

49

62

away

6

19

29

48

 

Both teams started very nervous. The first throw that goes into the basket was at
the end of the third minute. Afterwards the first period runs better for Switzerland.
The second period both teams scored.
But in the third period Lithuania could not stop the run of the swiss team.
In the fourth period Lithuania scored better,
but Switzerland was too strong and won this game.


Game 3              SLO  v  NED

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

Home

16

34

46

51

Away

22

34

60

78

 

Difficult start for the team of Netherland.
After a 6 point lead after the first quarter Slovenia scored better by Nedzad Budimlic
who entered easy in the under the basket. At halftime nothing was decided.
In the second half Netherlands played more concentrated in defence and scored very good
with Koen Jansens ( 27 points at the end ). So finally they created the distance to 27 points!


Game 4              AUT  v CRO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

Home

22

40

56

69

Away

18

35

53

59

 

Croatia had a better beginning. But Austria changed the result at the end of the first period.
In the second period the result changes often. In the first half Austria could not stop the creation
players Demirovic (13 points, at least 29 points) and Stimac (11 points, at least 17 points).
On the other side the top scorers Hoglinger (13 points, at least 18 points) and Theissl (12 points,
at least 14 points) could not be stopped by Croatia.
The third period runs up and down for both teams. I
n the fourth period valuable players were fouled out (Croatia: Stimac third min, Demirovic eights min,
Austria: Theissl fifth min.). Croatia tried to stop the run of Austria and their best scorer in the second half Hayirli (15 points).
But the game was decided in the last two minutes by the Austrian team


Game 5              POR  v  RUS

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

Final

Home

7

14

23

34

Away

18

30

42

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy game for Russia leading whole the time. Portugal missed to many shots, so at halftime Russia was in front by 16 points. Pushed by Litvyak (14 points), Matveev (16 points )and Poliakav ( 17 points ) Russia won 63 to 34.


Game 6              LTU  v  BIH

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

4

18

26

40

away

18

37

54

73

 

From the beginning it was an easy game for Bosnia & Herzegovina. The team dominated the game all the time. In the winning team five players scored with 10 or more points.


Game 7            CRO  v  SLO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

18

28

40

64

away

19

30

42

52

 

Very close game till the end. Both teams knows each other very well, so they try to neutralise the important players on the court. The score often changed till the last 2 minutes, when Slovenia get foul problems. The important players Nedzad Budimlic and Slobodan Banjac had to leave the court and that gives the advantage to Croatia. The game ended with a wonderful 3 point shot by Ante Stimac.


Game 8            RUS  v  SUI

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

17

27

45

55

away

18

30

47

61

 

Every time it was a really close game. In the first half there were 27 fouls called. But no player was fouled out through the whole game. Switzerland never could stop Andrey Litviak who made 27 points. On the other side Nicolas Hausammann made 17 points and Matthias Suter 16 points. In the last minute Russia tried to make three-point-shots, but they could not score and Switzerland was the happy winner.


Game 9           BIH  v  POR

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

14

29

48

68

away

12

23

42

54

 

Better play by the Team of Portugal in this game, they fought for each ball and played a better team defence. But it was nothing to do against Elvir Modronja who scored 31 points under the basket. Till the end of the 3. quarter the distance was all the time 6 to 8 points. When the player of Portugal lost their forces, the Bosnian team put the difference to 14 points and won by 68 : 54.


Game 10           NED  v  CZE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

21

35

57

77

away

17

25

39

45

 

At the begin it was a close game. But the defence of the Netherlands against the high pointers of the Czech team was successful. And the Czech team never could stop the top scorer Koen Jansens who made 24 points (he did not play in the fourth period). In the fourth period the team of the Netherlands made one point after the other and the Czech team was not strong enough to stop them.

 

Game 11           SLO  v  AUT

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

18

29

45

64

away

15

27

37

61

 

 

 

 

 

Another close game with two excellent shooters one on each side. Gregor Gracner scored 30 points for Slovenia.  Mehmet Haiyrli scored 33 points for Austria,  but that was not enough to win this game. The distance was made in the third quarter, when Slovenia took an advantage by 8 points. In the last quarter Austria could reduce this advantage only to 3 points distance. So Austria lost again a game after a good presentation on court.


Game 12        RUS v BIH

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

15

35

46

56

away

20

38

55

71

 

A close game in the first and second period. In the third period Bosnia & Herzegovina was the faster team and made 6 points more than Russia. When Evgeny Ermolinskiy from team Russia was fouled out the advantage was by Bosnia & Herzegovina. At the end of the fourth period Russia tried to reduce the score by 3-point-shots. But that was not successful and Bosnia & Herzegovina could win the game.


Game 13      CZE  v  SLO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

14

35

48

66

away

19

34

48

70

 

Big surprise in this game. Slovenia had the better start and stayed in front along this first quarter. When Nr.6 Gregor Gracner got foul problems the czeck team comes back and at half time there was a one point lead. After three quarters nothing was decided( 48 : 48 ). With a surprising Bostjan Ceglar ( 16 points ) Slovenia again takes a little advantage and stayed in front till the end of this game.

 

Game 14      NED  v  CRO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

Home

16

42

71

99

Away

10

24

30

38

 

The Netherlands had an easy game. After a few minutes they were in front. Croatia never had a chance to win this game. Therefore all players of both teams get the chance to play. And all players from the Netherlands scored.


Game 15       LTU  v  RUS

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

Home

16

24

35

47

Away

14

27

47

68

 

Good start for the team of Lithuania, 2 point lead after the first quarter. Then Russia scored better and at half time they were 3 points up. In the second half Russia played full court press and so Lithuania lost to many balls, 20 : 9 advantage in the third quarter. At the end easy victory for Russia.


Game 16        SUI v POR

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

Home

21

38

54

72

Away

16

32

48

63

 

From the beginning till the end it was a hard work for Switzerland. After three minutes Portugal made the first points in this game. Afterwards both teams scored and after seven minutes the score sheet shows 11:11. The first period ended with a five points advantage for Switzerland. In the second period both teams were fighting face to face. Also the third period was exciting. No team could score better than the other team. After five minutes in the fourth period Switzerland had an advantage of 6 points and Portugal tried to close up. In the last two minutes Portugal made three of their four 3-points-shots. But Switzerland had with Maurice Anmacher a good free-throw-shooter. And therefore Switzerland had the better end. It was the best game of Portugal with their top scorers Helder Silva Martins (23 points) and Hugo Lourenco (16 points). The best scorers of Switzerland were Nicolas Hausammann (19 Points), Maurice Anmacher (19 points) and Matthias Suter (15 points).


Game  17       BIH v SUI

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

12

22

28

36

away

16

31

44

63

 

Good Start for the Bosnian team, but when Coach Donner changed the defence Switzerland gains more and more balls and scored better. At half time Switzerland was in front by 9 points. In the second half the advantage grew up to 27 points, so Switzerland could give the possibility to all players to win experience. 18 points from Hausammann and Aumacher and 15 points  from Suter let Switzerland win 63 : 36.


Game  18       POR v LTU

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

15

29

49

66

away

25

47

57

68

 

Until the fifth minute of the first period it was a closed game (9:10). Then Lithuania was the better team. In the second period Portugal had a bad defence and made bad passes. Therefore Lithuania scored better and was 18 points in front. But now Portugal fought and had with Hugo Lourenco a scorer who made his free throws one after the other. In the fourth period the fight of Portugal never ends. After three minutes the score sheet shows 57:58. The rest of this period was so exciting. Lithuania scored now better and 1:30 minutes before the game ends the score was 61:68. But Portugal tried to close the game. 10 seconds before the end (Lithuania was 2 points in front) Portugal passes into the zone. The shooter missed the basket, rebound for Portugal, a new shot missed the basket with the rebound for Portugal and a last shot. But this shot also missed the basket. And Lithuania was the winner. The top scorers for Portugal was Hugo Lorenco (30 points) an for Lithuania were Raimondas Stanislovaitis and Saulius Kulboka (each 22 points).


Game 19        CRO v CZE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

23

39

54

77

away

10

28

49

75

 

Amazing game by both teams with the better end for Croatia. After a good start in this game Croatia got foul problems. Their best scorer Demirovic became his fourth foul and was substituted. Now Czech Republic, with very good playing Tucek game back in the game winning the second and the third quarter. In the last quarter the score changed very often. When Demirovic came back Croatia take an little advantage till the end of this game. 29 points by Petr Tucek and 20 points by Adam Erben were not enough to decide this game for Czech Republic for on the other side Demirovic scored 30 points and guard Ante Stimac 21.


Game  20       AUT v NED

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

17

28

40

46

away

22

39

61

85

 

 

 

 

 

Only at the beginning it was a close game. Then Austria never had a chance to win this game. The Netherlands sometimes played a full court press. Austria was not strong enough to close the game. In both teams all players get the chance to play. It was an easy victory for the Netherlands.


Game 21     CZE  v  POR

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

16

41

61

71

away

15

25

39

52

 

 

 

 

 

Only in the first quarter Portugal could play on the level of the team from Czech Republic. When the Czech team brought their passes to the big players Tucek, Erben or Pliska the Portuguese player had possibility to stop them. 24 points from Tucek,who played only 22 minutes, 19 from Erben and 12 from Pliska gave the advantage to the team from Czech Republic. For Portugal only Lourenco and Concalves scored more than 10 points.


Game 22     LTU  v  AUT

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

16

27

44

56

away

14

33

54

76

 

 

 

 

 

Until the fifth minute of the third period it was a game face to face. Then Austria scored better than Lithuania. After six minutes in the fourth period the difference was 10 points (50:60). Then Lithuania had no more force to stop Austria. The Austrian players Mehmet Hayirli (24 points) an Andreas Kraft (23 points) made more than half of all Austrian points. The top scorer of Lithuania was Vytautas Skucas with 22 points.


Game 23   NED  v BIH

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

20

36

53

75

away

11

15

37

51

 

 

 

 

 

Pushed by coach Van der Linden to an aggressive full court press the Netherlands team scored very quick by Koen Jansens 8 points in a row. The Bosnian team had no answer so at half time there was a 21points lead. When the Netherlands reduced the speed Bosnia and Herzegovina scored a bit better. 53 : 37 after the third quarter. At the end large victory for the Netherlands who will go up to A Division.


Game 24        SUI v CRO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

19

37

59

75

away

15

27

42

59

 

 

 

 

 

Switzerland had a better start. After three minutes they were 6:2 in front. And with this difference the second period started. After four minutes the valuable player Ademir Demirovic (CRO) had three fouls. The advantage of Switzerland grows up to 10 points. In the third period Croatia was not strong enough to come close. And in the middle of this period two important players of Croatia Ademir Demirov and Ante Stimac had four fouls. But Switzerland could not stop this both players who scored each 25 points. And Croatia could not stop the Suisse players Nicolas Hausammann (18 points) and Mathias Suter (26 points). Switzerland played stronger and will go up to Division A.


Game 25     LTU  v POR

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

17

22

33

55

away

18

25

39

53

 

 

 

 

 

Leading nearly all of the game Portugal lost against Lithuania in the last minute. After a weak second quarter( 5 : 7 in favour of Portugal )the Portuguese team ended the third quarter with 6points in front. In the last period Lithuania came back, while the player of team Portugal missed some lay ups. In the last minute Lithuania came in front and stayed it till the end. 55 : 53 for Lithuania.


Game 26    CZE  v AUT

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

20

36

49

74

away

18

36

47

55

 

 

 

 

 

In the first three periods no team was really in front. Sometimes both teams made easy points, sometimes they missed easy points. In the last period Czech team defended better and Austria had to do quick shots. The Czech team made 25 points in this period, Austria only 8. On both teams all players were on the field.

 

Game 27     RUS  v  SLO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

15

26

41

56

away

11

25

34

49

 

 

 

 

 

In the first half both teams had many steels and many turnovers, but scored not so good. So a small advantage for Russia. In the third period Russia scored better and Slovenia missed their shots. 6 points advantage for Russia. In the last period both teams scored 15 points, so Russia won this game and will be fifth in this competition.

 

Game 28    BIH  v  CRO

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

20

37

55

67

away

12

25

41

47

 

 

 

 

 

After three minutes Croatia was with six points (2:8) in front. But then they could no longer score like Bosnia & Herzegovina. Croatia could never stop Elvir Modronja (BIH) who made at the end 31 points. Bosnia & Herzegovina was to strong and BIH never could close the game. BIH won this game and is the third in this tournament.

Game 29  NED  v  SUI

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

final

home

24

34

48

61

away

12

22

37

52

 

 

 

 

 

Both team started this game determined to win but it was the Netherlands who were ahead at the end of the first quarter 24:12.  Switzerland were able to contain their opponents for the first two minutes on the second quarter and reduced the deficit to nine points.  The Netherlands though recovered and restored the 12 point lead by half-time 34:22.  In the third quarter the Swiss reduced the deficit by one point and in the final quarter again outpointed their opponents but all to no avail as the Netherlands finished the game victorious at 61:52.

 

The twenty nine games were all highly contested and provided good entertainment for the many spectators who came to watch.

Following the final game on Saturday 11 September the first three teams were presented with their medals.  Ron Coppenrath (IWBF-Europe) presented a memento to Hana Valova before closing the Tournament.  A farewell dinner was held in the team hotel and all who attended had a great night.

All teams and officials were conveyed to their respective departure points with the usual efficiency and another successful tournament was over.

This was my first time in Brno and I hope to return again.  The superb organisation by the LOC makes the job of a technical delegate here so easy.  Thank you Hana and all your committee for this.  Thank you to the many yellow shirted volunteers to whom nothing was too much trouble and the table officials and statisticians who carried out their tasks efficiently.  Finally thank you to the supporters, some of whom had a long trip to follow their team, and made the atmosphere exciting.

 

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