Basketball players will try to surprise Lithuania in the fight for the World Cup


Updates: 28.11.2021 12:33

Opava – Czech basketball players want to correct the initial qualifying loss on the field of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday and will try to win the first victory against Lithuania in the fight for the 2023 World Cup at home. they believe that they will be able to surprise their favorite when saying goodbye to Captain Jakub Šiřina. They last defeated Lithuania 22 years ago, and have lost six times since.

“The preparation time is short, but everyone has the same in this qualification. We focused on how it went, and I believe that the magic of the Opava hall will work again and the spectators will drive us. We are not favorites, but we do not want to leave this qualification window with balance 0: 2, “said assistant coach Petr Czudek.

The team will also miss Tomáš Satoranský and Vít Krejčí working in the NBA or Ondřej Balvín and Patrik Auda on Monday, who will not allow coronavirus measures in the country from Japanese clubs. Due to health reasons, Vojtěch Hruban and Martin Kříž cannot play either. The participation of the beer of Jan Veselý from Fenerbahce Istanbul is under the assumption of a shift in the program in the Turkish competition.

“Lithuania is a team of high players and in our positions they will probably be stronger and bigger than us. However, their basketball is also a lot about ranged shooting and we will see what will apply to them,” said Czudek.

After Friday’s 90:97 loss from Sarajevo, the Czechs also want to learn from the aggressiveness of their opponents. They paid not only for the failure in the third part, which they lost by 20 points, but also for the fact that they made 19 losses. “I think we showed a good and organized game in Bosnia in the first half. In the second half, however, our opponent pushed us and broke everything with his aggressiveness. We have to be careful about that now, because we can expect Lithuanians to use it as well and claims, “said Czudek.

“In Bosnia, we made basic mistakes in stopping players and there were a lot of offensive rebounds and losses, after which the opponent gave simple baskets. We are sorry because the match could have turned out differently. We have to avoid that now and be responsible in defense, because these experienced teams can punish, “added the 50-year-old national team assistant.

Although the three-time Olympic medalists and European champions, the Lithuanians also lack the biggest stars in the NBA or the European League, they managed the first match against the militant Bulgaria 89:69. The driving force was the 28-year-old winger Osvaldas Olisevičius, who collected 20 points and 9 rebounds. After ten points, Laurynas Birutis and Gytis Masiulis added.

The Czechs will face Lithuania for the eighth time, but for the fourth time in two years. The only victory came at the 1999 European Championships (78:62). He is also remembered by Czudek, who then collected four points and five assists as a player. Since then, the national team has lost another six matches, most recently in the February qualifying for Euro 74:94.

“They have a lot of players in the team that we know and have played against. But there is a new coach (Kazys Maksvytis) with them, so you know a slightly different handwriting. “It can be seen that they are also playing and they are missing a lot of significant players,” Czudek admitted.

Despite the fact that a maximum of a thousand fans can come, he believes that he will still create a stormy atmosphere in Opava, where he works as a coach. In addition, Captain Šiřina, who also works at the club level in Opava, will say goodbye to his national team career at his 50th start.

“After many years, the national team is returning to Opava and I’m happy for that. There is a beautiful hall and amazing fans who deserve it. as if the hall was full, “Czudek added.

The match with Lithuania in group F will start on Monday at 17:00.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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