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NBL Standings
 1. BK Decin 0-0 
 2. BK Kolin 0-0 
 3. BK Opava 0-0 
 4. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 5. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 6. J.Hradec 0-0 
 7. MMCITE Brno 0-0 
 8. NH Ostrava 0-0 
 9. Prostejov 0-0 
 10. Svitavy 0-0 
 11. USK Praha 0-0 
 12. Usti n/Labem 0-0 
1Liga Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Sokol H.K. 9-1 
 2. Slavoj Litom. 7-3 
 3. Nymburk B 6-4 
 4. Zlin 5-5 
 5. Opava B 2-8 
 6. Olomouc SK 1-9 
Places 7-12
 1. Sokol Prazky 7-3 
 2. Loko Plzen 7-3 
 3. Pardubice 5-5 
 4. Basket Kosice 5-5 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 4-6 
 6. Sokol Slapanice 2-8 
Places 13-20
 1. USK Praha B 14-11 
 2. Sokol Pisek 14-12 
 3. Prostejov B 11-15 
 4. GBA Sparta 9-17 
 5. Novy Jicin 9-17 
 6. Vysocina 9-17 
 7. Ostrava 8-17 
 8. Havirov 3-23 
Stage One Standings
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1. Banco di Srd 0-0 
 2. Enisey 0-0 
 3. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 5. Monaco 0-0 
 6. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Chalon 0-0 
 2. Gaziantep 0-0 
 3. Iberostar Tener. 0-0 
 4. Neptunas 0-0 
 5. PAOK 0-0 
 6. Ventspils 0-0 
Group C
 1. AEK Athens 0-0 
 2. Banvit BK 0-0 
 3. Bayreuth 0-0 
 4. Strasbourg 0-0 
 5. Umana VE 0-0 
 6. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
Group D
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 4. Oostende 0-0 
 5. Scandone AV 0-0 
 6. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
FIBA Europe Cup Standings
 1. AEK 0-0 
 2. Balkan 0-0 
 3. Beroe 0-0 
 4. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 5. Bnei Hertzeliyya 0-0 
 6. Boras 0-0 
 7. CSU Sibiu 0-0 
 8. Demir IBB 0-0 
 9. Dnipro 0-0 
 10. Falco KC 0-0 
 11. FC Porto 0-0 
 12. Istanbul BBSK 0-0 
 13. Khimik 0-0 
 14. Kormend 0-0 
 15. KR 0-0 
 16. Le Portel 0-0 
 17. Mons-Hainaut 0-0 
 18. Nevezis 0-0 
 19. Oradea 0-0 
 20. Parma 0-0 
 21. Rabotnicki 0-0 
 22. Rilski 0-0 
 23. Sodertalje 0-0 
 24. Spirou 0-0 
 25. Stal Ostrow 0-0 
 26. Steaua CSM 0-0 
 27. Szolnok 0-0 
 28. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
 29. Trabzonspor 0-0 
 30. Wuerzburg 0-0 
Alpe Adria Cup Standings
Group A
 1 Zlatorog 5-1 
 2 KK Primorska 4-2 
 3 Vrij.Osijek 2-4 
 4 Klosterneuburg 1-5 
Group B
 1 Helios 2-1 
 2 Arkadia 2-1 
 3 Zabok 0-2 
Group C
 1 Levice 3-1 
 2 Kapfenberg 3-1 
 3 Tajfun 0-4 
Group D
 1 Rogaska 3-1 
 2 Rieker KN 2-2 
 3 BK Decin 1-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha16.9 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 8. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.3 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 5. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 

First Round Schedule
MMCITE Brno 54% Oct.4 BK Kolin
BK Decin 61% Oct.4 Svitavy
BK Opava 59% Oct.4 J.Hradec
BK Pardubice 60% Oct.4 Usti n/Labem
USK Praha 56% Oct.4 Prostejov
CEZ Nymburk 58% Oct.4 NH Ostrava
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First Round Schedule
Din.Tbilisi 50% Sep.19 Joventut
Keravnos 50% Sep.19 Avtodor
Bosna-Royal 50% Sep.19 Ludwigsburg
Karpos Sokol 50% Sep.19 TLU/Kalev
Groningen 50% Sep.19 Vytautas
Sigal Prisht 50% Sep.19 Tsmoki-Minsk
Kapfenberg 50% Sep.19 Benfica
BC Lulea 50% Sep.19 Antwerp
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First Round Schedule
Balkan 50% Sep.20 Oradea
Szolnok 50% Sep.20 Trabzonspor
Demir IBB 50% Sep.20 Dnipro
Boras 50% Sep.20 Kormend
CSU Sibiu 50% Sep.20 BK Pardubice
KR 50% Sep.20 Mons-Hainaut
Bnei Hertzel 50% Sep.20 Stal Ostrow
Nevezis 50% Sep.20 Rilski
Parma 50% Sep.20 Rabotnicki
Wuerzburg 50% Sep.20 Istanbul BB
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Interview with Turi Svitavy Head Coach Lubomir Ruzicka - Jul 12, 2013

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Entering their fourth season of play in the Mattoni NBL, Turi Svitavy are looking to make strides towards greater success in 2013-14. Leading the way for the club is Head Coach Lubomir Ruzicka , who despite being the youngest coach in the competition, has earned the respect of his players and peers as a disciplined and effective head coach. With a roster which will have a much different look than last season (the clubs top scorers Michael Deloach (183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.) and Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) as well as captain Pavel Milos (200-F-79) will not be back this year), Ruzicka knows that the trust and development of his returning squad, as well as the integration of new additions like Ondrej Peterka (195-F-91) will be his main responsibility in ensuring improvement from last seasons 12th place finish.

Q. Now that you have had time to look back on this past season, what were you most satisfied with and what were you most disappointed in?

A. When I look back, I am very satisfied with the way our team managed to handle with the withdrawal of our team leaders from the previous season. Altogether 4 players left (Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson), Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86), Radim Kramny (215-C-85), Jan Spacek (195-SF-89)). Then we managed to get in our team "only" Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) and young Petr Andres (177-PG-93), plus during the season Martin Sykora (192-G/F-81). But these facts did not change our style of game. Moreover, I would say that we had played very attractive basketball during whole basic part. On the other hand, I am very disappointed about the group A2. It did not go well for us, neither in results, nor in the playing aspect. We totally burned out and ended up at 12th position from previous the 9th.

Q. Now entering your third season as head coach of Svitavy, what are your personal goals as coach and then what you feel the team will be aiming for?

A. As a coach, my goal is to still work with the players as Lubos Moravec (185-PG-89), Tomas Macela (178-PG-88), Tomas Teply (193-G-87), Pavel Harcar (202-PF-89), Jakub Sedlak (209-C-89) and to constantly increase their role in relationship with the responsibility for the result of the game. This is my goal. I want to give Czech players as much opportunities as they deserve and at the same time help them to become better and better. Team goal would be surely to fight for the best placement possible and primarily - let our fans to enjoy the game called basketball in the amazing home atmosphere.
During the offseason you are busy with duties ranging from camps to being a member of the Slovakian Mens National Team coaching staff.

Q. What have you been doing so far this offseason, and what else is on your schedule?

A. This year, I filled up the after-season time mostly with the analysis of the previous season. Secondly, I am working on building of the team for the next season. This summer I did not accept any offer to become a member of representation team, because I felt the need of self-realization and self-reflection after the tiring year. A year ago, I set up a basketball camp for children between the age of 13 and 15 called HIGH LEVEL CAMP, where, together with Boris Boris Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) and Peter Balint or with the women's team coach Tomas Vesely , we prepare young players for the life of professional player. That is the work that I really enjoy and a great fulfillment for me.
Q. In June the team announced that the majority of the team will return for next season, but not the trio of Pavel Milos, Pawel Mroz and Michael Deloach. How are you planning on replacing such a productive and important group of players? Who from the current roster do you expect to step up and become the new team leader?

A. Yes, very good question. Pavel Milos finished his career. Michael Deloach had received very good proposals after his great season and then he transferred into Italian team LUCCA. Pawel Mroz accepted lucrative contract in Poland. We have already prepared first transfer talented Ondrej Peterka from Pardubice and we are still intensively working on the other two names. We know already that it will be foreign players and about them we want to have everything very carefully proven. I mean both, their basketball and human qualities. We are not going to underestimate anything.

Q. The financial state of many teams in the NBL was not very stable last season, Svitavy included. What is the state of the team currently and do you feel confident that the club will remain financially solid throughout the season?

A. Financial situation is not optimal in all clubs in Europe. This is just a fact. However now, there is stability in our city and also in the club. I think that we overcame the worst and next year should work very well, with the modest but realistic budget.

Q. For people reading outside of the Czech Republic, what are some of your coaching traits or characteristics? Who are some of the coaches you look up to or get advice from?

A. Ha-ha, good question. I dont like to talk about myself, but I think I belong to the group of demanding coaches. I manage to motivate my players with the good practice to fancy showing up everything in the game. I love basketball twenty four hours a day and that is why I reached the elite of my age in our country. People who know me can tell you how tough I can be, but I put my humanity and heart in coaching as well. This combination is the reflection of my character. Do everything with me with 100% of energy and I will give you 100% of myself back. Some of my icons are coaches like Zjelko Obradovic, Ettore Mesina, Xavi Pascal and many others. I watch all top Europe competitions. Last year, particularly due to my friendship with Anton Gavel, I got to like German BEKO BBL and team Brose Baskets Bamberg, but also team Telekom Bonn, where Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) - my former player in charge plays.

I would also like to say, that I am very happy about the work we did with the previous no name players like Moe Deloach, Pawel Mroz, Lubos Moravec, Jiri Jelinek, etc. All those have been without work and no one wanted to try them in a team. These boys gained a new value now. Engagement of Moe in Lega 2, participation of Lubos in the Pro Skills Camp in Bamberg could be good examples. All these facts are very motivational for me. It means that work for small club, but with the great heart, is meaningful and that we can offer beginning players very good future!   

Kenny Hall
Kenny Hall (ex CEZ Nymburk) joins G.Larissa-Faros - 2 days ago
G.Larissa-Faros BC (A1) added to their roster 27-year old American power forward Kenny Hall (206-104kg-90, college: Tennessee). He played last season at CEZ Nymburk in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 17 games he had 7.6ppg and 4.8rpg. Hall also played that season for ASA Koroivos Amaliadas where in 18 A1 games he recorded 13.4ppg and 6.7rpg. Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Hall was drafted by Delaware 87ers (D-League) in fourth round (55th overall). The former Universi...   [read more]

Bobby Dixon
Turkey nip Czech Republic in friendly game - 2 days ago
Czech Republic - Turkey 66:67 Turkey and Czech Republic clashed in the exhibition clash in Kralovec. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) nailed a late three-pointer to carry Turkey to a tough victory. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) scored 19 points to pace the visitors. Turkey posted a 21:16 lead after the opening quarter. They stayed in front throughout the second frame. Turkey ensured a 33:31 halftime advantage. They boosted the margin at 4-point mark heading into the fou...   [read more]

Joseph Wall
Joseph Wall (ex BK Pardubice) signs at Legia W-wa - 4 days ago
Newly promoted Legia Warszawa (PLK) landed 28-year old American forward Joseph Wall (199-100kg-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports). He has played for the last three years at BK Pardubice in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 43 games he averaged 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to All-Czech Rep. League Honorable Mention. Wall also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 12....   [read more]

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