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Podgorica (Montenegro) – Czech basketball players ended their unsuccessful qualification for the World Cup by defeating Montenegro 70:88 in Podgorica. The home team, on the other hand, celebrated advancing to the championship, which will be held at the turn of August and September in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
Photo gallery: Qualification of basketball players for the World Cup 2023
The best scorer of the weakened and rejuvenated Czech team was 20-year-old Ondřej Hanzlík from Girona with 17 points, who made five three-pointers. Nikola Ivanovic collected the same number of points for the winner.
Although the Czechs took the lead in the beginning thanks to Ondřej Balvín and today's captain Patrik Aud, it was the last time against a highly motivated opponent in front of the stormy atmosphere of the Morač Sports Center. The Montenegrins completely dominated the opening quarter.
From the score of 2:4, they demonstrated an eight-point streak, which was followed by another even nine-pointer after Tomáš Kyzlinka converted one of three free throws. At the end of the first ten minutes, the Czechs were already losing 11:31, and it was only at the end of the first quarter that they scored their first successful three-point attempt thanks to Hanzlík.
The home team had the match firmly in their hands. In the second quarter, they took a 25-point lead with a six-point streak. Hanzlík responded with a three-pointer, and from then on, Ginzburg's team corrected the score to 25:45 with a 7:2 run. But by halftime thanks to Nikola Ivanović's three-pointer, they were down by 25 points again.
After the break, the home team escaped twice with the largest difference of 27 points. Although Ginzburg's selection corrected the situation with an 11-0 streak, which was framed by Hanzlík's third three-pointer in the match, Tomáš Kyzlink broke the curse of the other Czech long-range shooters. However, with another nine-point streak, the home team left no doubts about their progress.
At the beginning of the last quarter, David Böhm joined Hanzlík and Kyzlinka with a successful three. But the home team again escaped to 26 points. Hanzlík took care of correcting the score to 68:82 with two threes in a row, and in the end the Czechs pulled the loss below 20 points. After participating in the World Cup in China in 2019, where the Czechs reached a historic sixth place, the Montenegrins celebrated their second ever promotion.
Qualification of basketball players for the 2023 World Cup:
Montenegro – Czech Republic 88:70 (32:14, 50:25, 70:46)
Most points of Montenegro: Ivanovič 17, Radovič 16, Perry 14.
Czech line-up and points: Kyzlink 12, Auda 10, Balvín 9, Půlpán 2, Šafarčík – Hanzlík 17, Karnik 11, Bálint 2, Böhm 5, Kovář 2, Slavík, Švec.
Fouls: 18:18. Free throws: 21/18 – 19/13. Triples: 8:9. Rebounds: 41:42.
France – Lithuania 70:63, Hungary – Bosnia and Herzegovina 87:77.
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