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Basket Brno: Moravian giants aiming for the finals

Basket Brno have won 9 of the last 11 games in the Narodni Basketbalova liga – Czech National Basketball league – and is well positioned for a strong finish in every tournament.

Czech Republic has a strong basketball tradition, being one of original eight founding members of FIBA in 1932.

Basket Brno predecessor – Sokol Brno – was founded in 1926.

The Hawks established themselves as the top Czech team after the Second World War, by playing in the Europen Champions Cup finals in 1964 and 1968, as well as the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1974.

After the Velvet Divorce – peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993 – Brno won three consecutive Czech titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

They have a strong team this year too and will fight for the medals in every competition.

Basket Brno after February 5 have edged out all of their opponents, except ERA Basketball Nymburk.

Nymburk has won 18 (!) consecutive Czech titles, starting from 2004.

The favorites have a 34-1 record, followed by Basket Brno (24-10) and a top Sylesian team Opava (24-11).

Basket Brno put up a good fight at Nymburk on February 16, losing by six points 86-92.

Eight days ago they suffered a 79-93 loss at home.

Basket Brno holds advantage over Opava (1-1, +7) and need to win tonight at GEOSAN Kolin to finish second in the regular season.

The leaders

Basket Brno is a well balanced team – six players average 10 or more points.

Hunter Mickelson and Šimon Puršl form a solid frontcourt duo.

Mickelson has a team high 14,2 points in the NBL.

Kansas standout also has collected a team high 7,4 rebounds.

Puršl follows with 11,2 points and 5,3 rebounds.

Rashad Kytel Madden has scored 13,7 points, grabbed 4,6 rebounds and dished 3,1 assists.

Viktor Pulpan is the premier ball handler.

He had 10,2 points and 4,9 assists, as well as 3,9 rebounds.

Roman Marko`s experience helps too – he averages 8,8 points and 4,4 assists.

Richard Balint has scored 10,3 points, including a 40,6% accuracy from the three point line.

Basket Brno added Ukrainian guard Oleksandr Mishula in early March.

He averages 12,6 points in 19:05 minutes of play and brings additional firepower for the Moravians.

Final Four 2022

Wednesday, April 6, semifinals

16:30 Šiauliai/7bet – Basket Brno

19:00 Anwil Wloclawek – Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits

Thursday, April 7

16:30 Bronze medal game

19:00 ENBL final

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