Congratulations from BallinEurope go ahead today to ČEZ Nymburk, winners of the Czech Cup after beating Mlékárna Miltra Nový Jičín, 66-48, thanks mainly to a shutdown 21-7 fourth quarter put in by the new champs. The 2010 Cup makes it the fourth such title in a row for the team.
Official FIBA Europe press release follows.
(FIBA Europe) – ČEZ Nymburk lifted the Czech Cup over the weekend after a 66-48 triumph over Mlékárna Miltra Nový Jičín.
Nymburk only led the Cup Final 45-41 but romped to victory after holding their opponents to just seven points in the fourth quarter. Radek Necas, the Czech international, led Nymburk with 13 points. Nymburk have now won four Czech Cups in a row and six overall.
The winning coach, Muli Katzurin, was very happy after the clash. “It was a very interesting game,” he said. “Before the last quarter, we made some changes on defense and increased the pressure on the playmaker. Jičín scored only seven points in the last 10 minutes so that speaks for itself.
“I don’t know where my players got so much energy to win this way. I am proud of them.
“When you look at our program last week, it’s very hard. And my players deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled the Final.”
Nymburk had thrashed BK B&W Opava 96-53 in their quarterfinal match before scraping a 70-66 victory over BK Prostejov to book a spot in the title game.
Former Nymburk star and Czech international Jiri Zidek was also very complimentary of the players. Zidek, a spokesman at the club who is also a vice president with the Czech Basketball Federation, said, “It was a very challenging program. We had to play three hard games in three consecutive days, but as you see, we coped with it well.
“We used the experience of the Eurocup, especially mental toughness, when the game didn’t go as we would have wanted. At the end of the last two games, we’ve had more energy than both of our opponents.”
The Czech giants will now turn their attention to the Eurocup and their Quarter-Final showdown with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, a team that only narrowly qualified for the competition but is now among the favorites for the title.