Update: 20.08.2022 18:11
Hamburg – Czech basketball players lost to Italy 80:96 in the match for third place at the tournament in Hamburg. The best scorer of the match was the author of 20 points Niccolo Mannion. Thanks to 17 points and 11 rebounds, Jan Veselý scored a double double. Coach Ronen Ginzburg’s wards did not follow up on the triumph at the tournament in Pardubice, where they defeated Bulgaria and Croatia.
On Wednesday, the Czech team will face France in the World Cup qualification duel in Paris, followed by another match against Hungary in Chomutov on Saturday. This will be the general for the European Championship in September, one of the main groups of which will be hosted by Prague’s O2 Arena.
The Czechs started not only without Tomáš Satoranský, who injured his ankle on Friday against Germany, but again without another point guard Vít Krejčí (muscle injury). The pivot Martin Kříž also dropped out (back) and Jaromír Bohačík resigned already in the first quarter. Compared to Friday’s game, quarterback Viktor Půlpán was included in the lineup.
Ginzburg’s selection led only after captain Vojtěch Hruban’s opening basket. The Italians scored four points twice in a row and then escaped with a 7-0 run to take a 17-7 lead. Veselý and Patrik Auda responded first, and Martin Peterka followed up Tomáš Kyzlink’s basket with a three-pointer, which reduced the score to 16:19. By the end of the first quarter, the Czech team was losing 18:25. In the Italian team, Stefano Tonut and Simone Fontecchio from Utah of the NBA were the leading scorers with eight points.
At the start of the second half, the Italians gained a 32:20 lead thanks to a seven-point streak. After Ondřej Balvín’s six points and Vesely and Kyzlink’s baskets, the Czech team reduced the deficit to six points, but the opponent again escaped to a double-digit lead. In the 19th minute, Fontecchio took care of the lead by 15 points with a three-pointer.
After halftime, Marco Spissua followed up another three-pointer with a basket with a converted free throw by Fontecchio, which meant the biggest difference so far, 55:36. The Czechs responded with a ten-point streak, which was pulled by three-pointers Veselý and Peterka, as well as Hruban and Ondřej Sehnal, who started due to wrist problems with self-denial. The Italians gradually regained the lead by up to 20 points.
Less than six minutes before the end, thanks to Giampaolo Ricci’s triple, they had the biggest lead of 21 points. The subsequent 15:4 passage for the Czech team, led by eight points mainly by Peterka, brought the score down to 80:90 81 seconds before the end. Tommaso Baldasso had the last word with two threes.
Preparatory basketball tournament in Hamburg:
For 3rd place:
Czechia – Italy 80:96 (18:25, 36:49, 59:75)
Lineup and points of the Czech Republic: Veselý 17, Balvín 11, Hruban 6, Sehnal 2, J. Bohačík – Peterka 14, Auda 11, Jelínek 10, Kyzlink 7, Palyza 2, Půlpán.
Most points Italy: Mannion 20, Fontecchio 18, Tonut 14.
Fouls: 18:16. Free throws: 14/9 – 14/11. Triples: 5:9. Rebounds: 36:27.
18:30 final: Germany – Serbia.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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