No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Prievidza (15-17) beat at home bottom-ranked Handlova (7-25) 92-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Prievidza. Handlova was better in fourth quarter 31-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Prievidza forced 20 Handlova turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Willie Powers (187-89, college: Georgia South) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward Joseph Harris (196-87, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Prievidza's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Kevin Bridgewaters (179-84, college: Chattanooga) replied with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 15 for 15 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Ondrej Haviar (194-85) added 19 points in the effort for Handlova. Prievidza have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with B.Bystrica. Handlova lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Top scorers: Prievidza: W.Powers 22+3reb+8ast, J.Harris 16+4reb+1ast, M.Batka 10+4reb, D.Harris 8+1reb+3ast, D.Godbold 7+9reb+1ast, B.Falkner 6+6reb Handlova: K.Bridgewaters 31+6reb+4ast, O.Haviar 19+2reb+2ast, V.Ridzon 14+5reb+1ast, M.Golian 5+3reb, Z.Crimmins 3+2reb, R.Vido 3+6reb
Rather expected game when 3rd ranked Nitra (20-12) was edged on the road by first ranked Levice (24-8) 75-73 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Nitra won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nitra 43-22 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 7 blocks. Nitra was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. Forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Levice players scored in double figures. Swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) replied with 21 points and guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Nitra. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levice maintains first position with 24-8 record. Nitra at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Top scorers: Levice: B.Fields 16+4reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 14+4reb+1ast, R.Grznar 12+5reb+3ast, J.Simmons 11+9reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 7+4reb, S.Nuhanovic 7+8reb Nitra: D.Noel 21+2reb, P.Seman 12+2ast, A.McClain 8+5reb+1ast, P.Sparks 7+6reb+5ast, D.Geiger 7+3reb+2ast, B.Tomek 5+2reb+1ast
5th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (15-17) fell to sixth ranked Nova Ves (16-16) in overtime by two points 105-107 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SKP Banska Bystrica. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SKP Banska Bystrica won third quarter 29-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where SKP Banska Bystrica used huge pressure winning it 21-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 14-16. Nova Ves made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. SKP Banska Bystrica was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Maurice Acker (178-87, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists. The other American import point guard N'Gai Evans (188-88, college: Wright St.) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Bosnian guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian) replied with 21 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89) added 13 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for SKP Banska Bystrica. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nova Ves moved-up to fifth place. SKP Banska Bystrica at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 17 games lost. Top scorers: Nova Ves: M.Acker 34+2reb+9ast, N.Evans 23+3reb+3ast, T.Frost 17+7reb+2ast, V.Hovanak 16+2reb+1ast, A.Mandic 10+4reb+3ast, O.Ulman 5+2reb+1ast B.Bystrica: M.Ahmetbasic 21+4reb+7ast, E.Clemons 17+3reb+7ast, J.Hughes 16+7reb+1ast, M.Rendla 16+3reb, S.Jankovic 15+1reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 13+13reb+2ast
Very predictable result when second ranked Komarno (21-11) rolled over at home 8th ranked Svit (9-23) 100-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. Komarno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Svit's 42. They outrebounded Svit 48-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. Komarno looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Svit was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Amin Stevens (198-90, college: Florida A&M) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Kevin Thompson (205-89, college: Morgan St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Horace Bond (203-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Svit. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svit's coach David Solomon gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Komarno maintains second position with 21-11 record having just three points less than leader Levice. Svit lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 23 games lost. Top scorers: Komarno: A.Stevens 28+8reb+3ast, M.Bilik 17+4reb, K.Thompson 14+17reb+1ast, C.Lowe 13+2reb+10ast, V.Simpson 9+2reb+7ast, O.Soska 6+6reb Svit: W.Channels 22+10reb+7ast, R.George 14+1reb, H.Bond 12+12reb, M.Micka 11+1reb, I.Cvitanovic 7+3reb+1ast, R.Findura 5
Dynamic BG Beograd adds Sedmak to their roster, ex Handlova - 4 days ago
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Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) added to their roster 32-year old Slovakian ex-international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-111kg-85, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Handlova in Slovakian SBL league. In 45 games he had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Sedmak played at Banijas (D1) in UAE league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Slovakian League championship title in 2013. Sedmak was also voted Euro... [read more]
Dynamic BG Beograd (KLS) added to their roster 32-year old Slovakian ex-international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-111kg-85, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Handlova in Slovakian SBL league. In 45 games he had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Sedmak played at Banijas (D1) in UAE league. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Slovakian League championship title in 2013. Sedmak was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2012. He represented Slovakia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 17.2%, FT: 73.3%. Sedmak's career allowed him to visit three different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia. Sedmak has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Balkan) and Czech Republic (USK Praha, Novy Jicin, BK Decin and MMCITE Brno).
Anton Gavel selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Slovakians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Anton Gavel (189-84). He contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the seventh-ranked EWE Baskets in the German BBL in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Slovakians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Anton Gavel (189-84, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the seventh-ranked EWE Baskets (16-14) 90-83 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game.
Gavel scored 7 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals in 22 minutes on the court.
FC Bayern Muenchen (27-3) is placed third in the BBL.
It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Gavel averages: 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 81.3% in 30 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Slovakian and German.
Gavel played for the Slovakian senior national team five years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Belgium). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Spirou Charleroi (14-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Fusek's good performance Spirou Charleroi was badly defeated 82-66 on the road by the higher-ranked Limburg United (#6).
He scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
It's Fusek's first season with the team.
Fusek's overall stats this year are: 3.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 73.0%(27-37) and FT: 66.7%.
He is in the roster of the Slovakian senior national team.
#3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Dusan Pandula (196-84, currently plays in Czech Republic). Pandula led BK Pardubice to a victory over the leader Basketbal Svitavy (16-16) crushing them 90-62 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night.
He was MVP of the game. Pandula scored 16 points and added 4 assists in a mere 18 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BK JIP Pardubice (23-8) is placed second.
Pandula has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 73.1% in 18 games.
He played for the Slovakian national team five years ago.
#4. Point guard Roman Marko (194-86, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help Basketbal Svitavy (16-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Marko's very good performance the first-placed Basketbal Svitavy (16-16) was defeated 70-62 in Pardubice by the second-ranked BK Pardubice in the Places 7-12 group.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points.
Marko's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.1apg and 1.3spg.
He used to play for the Slovakian national team
back in 2013.
#5. U18 international power forward Milan Szabo (204-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BK Prostejov B (11-14) in their game against USK Praha B (14-11) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division).
Szabo recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes.
BK Prostejov B (#3) lost 54-60 in Praha to the leading USK B in the Places 13-20 group.
It was BK Prostejov B's third consecutive loss in a row.
His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial.
This year Szabo has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg in 17 games.
He plays currently for the Slovakian U18 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Slovakian passport but never been selected to any of Slovakian national teams:
#1. Experienced Stefan Svitek (203-C/F-77, currently plays in Luxembourg). Svitek could not help Basket Esch (17-12) to beat Racing (26-3).
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Basket Esch was edged 79-76 at home by the leading Racing in the Playdowns 1 group.
It was Basket Esch's first loss after eight consecutive victories.
There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
Svitek is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his seventh year in Basket Esch's roster.
Svitek's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 6.1rpg.
#2.Peter Majerik (207-C-85, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Sokol Slapanice (2-8) 102-87 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) in Friday night's game.
He recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes.
Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Majerik is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Sokol Hradec Kralove's roster.
Majerik has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 4.8rpg in 12 games he played so far.
SBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Inter Bratislava and Kosice - 5 days ago
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Inter Bratislava - Prievidza 99-94 Inter Bratislava posted the second straight victory over Prievidza. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prievidza won fourth quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Inter Bratislava made 22-of-22 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the f... [read more]
Inter Bratislava posted the second straight victory over Prievidza. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prievidza won fourth quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Inter Bratislava made 22-of-22 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international Tomas Mrvis (200-91, agency: 011 Sports) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. Five Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava's coach Oliver Vidin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American-Swedish point guard Omar Krayem (186-88, college: Cal.Baptist) with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (208-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Top scorers: Inter Bratislava: R.Rancik 19+5reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 15+2reb+4ast, N.Barac 15+3reb+2ast, M.Bilik 14+2reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 13+1reb+6ast, J.Kinney 6+1reb+2ast Prievidza: O.Krayem 27+5reb+8ast, R.Dramicanin 22+6reb+4ast, R.Korner 16+6reb+5ast, A.Jones 7+4reb+4ast, M.Batina 7+1reb, M.Jass 5+2reb+1ast
Kosice held off Rieker Komarno to regain the lead in the series. Rieker KN was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 24-10 third quarter run of Kosice. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Milan Ziak (190-88) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Serbian guard Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Wayne Langston (201-93, college: Murray St.) came up with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian guard Boban Tomic (190-88) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for Rieker KN in the defeat. Four Rieker KN players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Kosice: M.Ziak 22+6reb+3ast, S.Matovic 17+7reb+3ast, M.Batka 14+9reb+3ast, L.White 9+3reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 6+3reb+5ast, V.Ivelja 6+2reb Rieker KN: A.Kuffa 12+4reb, B.Tomic 12+2reb+7ast, W.Langston 11+9reb+2ast, F.Cobb 10+3reb+2ast, V.Djordjevic 9+1reb+2ast, S.Bilic 6+3reb
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