Basket Brno used an 18-0 run in the third quarter to reach the century mark when it beat Sluenta Ústí nad Labem, 100-72, on Saturday. Brno (12-8) had already earned a spot in postseason the previous week; it is the first postseason for Brno in eight NBL seasons.
There are two more games left in the regular season: home with BK Opava tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. and at Dekstone Tuři Svitavy on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Against Ústí nad Labem, Brno had a six-point lead at halftime. After some back and forth, both the offense and the defense started clicking, scoring 18 straight and keeping Ústí nad Labem scoreless for about five minutes of game time.
Javion Blake led the team with 15 points. Richard Bálint (13), Viktor Půlpán (12) and Šimon Puršl (11) all scored in double digits.
Jakub Nečas, a promising post player, had 10 for Brno, reaching double-digits for the first time in the NBL. It was a nice performance on his 17th birthday.
The top eight teams move to Group A, with each playing home-and-away games with each other team. The top six teams move on to the postseason. The seventh- and eighth-place teams will need to earn their way with an extra step. The ninth- to 12th-place teams from the regular season will move to Group B and play each team twice at home and twice away. The top two teams from Group B will play the bottom two teams from Group A in order to earn a place in the postseason bracket. The bottom team of Group B will play in a relegation series with the top team from the lower league. The postseason is scheduled for April 9 to May 22.
For updated information and the schedule for Basket Brno games, go to the league website at https://www.nbl.cz/. The team website is: https://basketbrno.cz/ Use Google Chrome, right-click anywhere on the page and select “Translate to English”.
Zbrojovka Pulls Out of Relegation Zone
On Sunday, FC Zbrojovka Brno pulled itself out of the relegation zone with a victory that it needed in order to begin to right their season when it beat last-place Opava, 0-2.
Adam Fousek put visiting Brno on the board in the 18th minute with a nice low drive past the keeper to finish a long run from midfield. Then, in the extra time of the game, Jan Hladík took advantage of the late-game offensive desperation of Opava to break past the lone defender and slot the insurance goal into the net.
Zbrojovka is 3-4-10 just past the midway mark of the Fortuna Liga season. Their 13 points is ahead of three bottom teams, who, if the season ended today, would be moved to the lower league: FK Mladá Boleslav (11 points), 1.FK Příbram (10) and SFC Opava (8).
The next game is at Bohemians, which is 5-4-8 and in 12th place, on Saturday at 4 p.m.
For updated information and the schedule for FC Zbrojovka Brno games, go to the league website at https://www.fortunaliga.cz/. The team website is at https://fczbrno.cz/. Use Google Chrome, right-click anywhere on the page and select “Translate to English”.
KP Brno, BK Žabiny Brno Take Break Before Postseason
Kateřina Zohnová scored 16 of KP Brno’s final 19 points but it wasn’t enough for the visitors to get past second-place Sokol Hradec Králové last Thursday.
Hradec (15-2) held on to beat third-place KP Brno (11-5), 79-78.
Zohnová finished with a game-high 21 points. Renáta Březinová, a longtime mainstay of the Hradec Králové organization, finished with 15 points for KP Brno. Emily Potter added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Brno.
The Renomia ŽBL has reached a two week break in the season. KP Brno finishes the regular season with games at home against BLK Slavia Praha on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. and at ZVVZ USK Praha on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.
BK Žabiny Brno (11-6) have just one game left in the regular season: at Levhartice Chomutov on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.
When the 18-round regular season ends on Feb. 20, the top four teams move into Group A, which will play home-and-away games among each other. The fifth- to eighth-place teams will move to Group B, which will play to determine the four teams that will move into the postseason bracket and the best-of-five quarterfinal series (and one team that will play in a relegation series with the top team from the lower league).