| Intense night in the Czech Republic as a tough duel was only decided in the last minutes. CEZ Nymburk managed to get rid of Brose Baskets on Tuesday night, 71-66, after a thrilling final period in which free throws were decisive in the end. The win allows CEZ Nymburk to improve to a 2-1 record in Group H, while also handing Brose its first loss of the season to also drop to 2-1. Nymburk dominated in the first minutes of the game but the guests managed to build up to double-digit margins, 25-35, ending the first half. It wasnt until the last quarter when a 7-0 starting burst allowed the hosts to jump back ahead for good. Petr Benda and Phil Ricci led thewinners with 12 points apiece while Arthur Lee and Ian Hanavan added 11 each for Nymburk. For Brose Baskets, Predrag Suput and Beckham Wyrick posted 10 points each.
A fast steal and basket by Tibor Pleiss allowed Brose Baskets to jumpe ahead at the start of the game, and Anton Gavel soon joined in with a three to make it 0-5. Radec Nekas finally got CEZ Nymburk going
but Pleiss was active on the offensive end and the guests dominated 4-10 thanks to two threes in two minutes. Arthur Lee and Michal Tremen put Nymburk close again, until four straight points by Petr Benda
finally put the hosts ahead after a 8-0 run, 12-10. The German team woke up with a 0-6 of his own capped by Casey Jacobsen's three. Between Jacobsen himself and Elton Brown, Brose Baskets still manage dto
build a larger edge by the end of first quarter, 14-21 making it a 2-11 burst. Beckam Wyrick made the gap a little wider to start the second quarter for Brose Baskets, but Phil Ricci and Ian Hanavan scored
for Nymburk to keep the hosts in the game. Gavel and Hanavan traded threes for both sides, as Nymburk had one for the five of Brose Baskets at that point. Wyrick had a new bomb for the guests to make it a
nine-point game, 23-32, and then Jacobsen hit his three free throws to put the first double-digit lead of the night, 25-35. Benda and Sokolovsky fired it up for Nymburk, but the hosts' defense was allowing
Brose Baskets for some easy shots, and the first half finished with more three-pointer trading to make it 32-41 at the buzzer.
Benda and Lee started the second half on a positive note for Nymburk trimming the deficit to six points, but Predrag Suput woke in time to get Brose Baskets going. Brown and Necas traded three-point plays
for each team, and then Benda scored to make it 41-46 and put Nymburk close enough. Brian Roberts found some space to hit it from downtown again for Brose Baskets, and the difference on the scoreboard stayed
around there for some minutes. Ricci and Hanavan connected for a 5-0 that cut the cushion back to six points, 53-59, to end the third period. The lest period started as few would have anticipated. A 7-0 run
for Nymburk capped by Ricci's layup, put the hosts back in command, 60-59. Suput responded to the new scenario with a three, and again he scored to keep thing even with the hosts, who led by two after Benda
free throws, 66-64. The game was reaching the decisive moments and Mike Lenzly kept his head cold to hit twice from the charity line, 68-64. More turnovers from Brose Baskets in the final steps of the game allowed more trips to the free-throw line to Nymburk players as Benda and Necas hit one each for 71-64. Wyrick did the same twice for the guests but it was too late as time ran out and Nymburk emerged victorious with a 71-66 decision.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009