We have seen it before. All Slovak derby between Good Angels and Pieštanske Čajky. All Swedish duel between Umea and Lulea. All Latvian battle between Liepāja and TTT Rīga. Czech-in for Moravia showdown!
Quick facts: Moravia is a historical region in the East of the Czech Republic. It`s named after river Morava. It`s well known as the best land route from the Northern European plain to Southern Europe.
Local time: Central European Time 17:00 = Brno 17:00 = Ostrava 17:00 = Pieštany 17:00 = Amsterdam 17:00 = Minsk 19:00 = Rostov on Don 19:00 = Syktyvkar 19:00 = Novosibirsk 23:00
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What`s at stake?
Žabiny Brno eye second consecutive Final Four. Last time out Brno delivered surprise, by beating a higher positioned A3 Basket team from Umea, Sweden 159-143.
SBŠ Ostrava enter the playoffs for the first time. It`s a success story already. Duel against Brno is another chance for North Moravia team.
Road to the playoffs
Undefeated. A perfect 7-0 record. Best defense in competition with only 57.1 points allowed (followed by the Pieštanske Čajky 58.1 and Dynamo Novosibirsk 63.3). Viktor Pruša`s and Jakub Gazda`s team is performing on a high level.
Žabiny posted five double-digit wins – against Dynamo Moscow, Pieštanske Čajky, PINKK Pecsi 424, Liepāja/LSSS and Orange Lions. Brno team came out victorious against Nika Syktyvkar (78-71) and Horizont Minsk (81-72) too.
SBŠ Ostrava impressed too, by scoring four times more wins than last year. Ladislav Pavlat`s team won two out of three games at Košice – over the hosts 64-60 and Astana Tigers 70-58. They lost against EWBL finalist Tsmoki Minsk 52-67.
The home stretch wasn`t that lucky. Ostrava suffered two double-digit losses at the hands of Dynamo Novosibirsk 73-86 and Rostov Don SFEDU 67-82.
Another roller coaster followed soon after. SBŠ Ostrava delivered a heart breaking blow at Kibirkštis MRU 71-69, leaving the hosts out of the playoffs. North Moravia team finished the regular season on a high note, with a 64-61 win over Olimpia Grodno and a 2-0 record in Vilnius!
Both opponents are fighting on three different fronts, competing for four titles: Czech championship or Renomia ŽBL, Czech Cup, EWBL and Central European Women`s league (CEWL, managed by ČBF – Czech Basketball federation).
Žabiny Brno have a 6-1 record – with one game left – in the Group B of the C, while SBŠ Ostrava occupy the fourth place with a 1-5 record. Žabiny won at Ostrava on October 23, 2019 (final score 82-73) and also at home on December 15 (88-66). The Frogs lost at Satu Mare, Romania on December 11 (66-75).
Brno has nine wins and six losses in the ŽBL. Žabiny are streaking – they have four consecutive wins since December 14, 2019, including a 59-55 road win over city rivals KP Brno on February 1.
Next games: February 12 (vs Slavia Praha #5), February 14 (at Strakonice #10), February 19 (vs Marburg; CEWL), February 22 (vs Slovanka #9).
SBŠ Ostrava sit in the eighth place with a 4-10 win and loss ratio. Ostrava lost a home clash against Žabiny on November 6 (54-81) and suffered a 65-86 road loss on December 14. Ladislav Pavlat`s team won its last encounter against Slovanka MB on January 26 (71-65).
Next games: February 12 (with Loko Trutnov, #7), February 15 (at KP Brno, #2), February 19 (at Chomutov, #6), February 22 (vs Slavia Praha, #5).
Last but not least – Žabiny Brno won the Czech Cup! Four teams – KP Brno, Sokol Hradec Kralove, Žabiny Brno, Slavia Praha – competed for the trophy on January 25-26, at Kutna Hora.
Brno won the semifinal clash against archrival KP Brno 82-71 and then triumphed in the second overtime over Sokol Hradec Kralove 93-90 (13:21, 34:20, 14:18, 16:18, 6:6, 10:7). What a game!
Schedule (local time only)
(A1) Žabiny Brno – SBŠ Ostrava (B4)
Thursday, February 6, Brno, 17:45
Sunday, February 9, Ostrava, 17:00
(A2) Pieštanske Čajky – Rostov Don SFEDU (B3)
Wednesday, February 26, Rostov on Don, 19:00
Saturday, February 29, Pieštany, 17:00
(A3) Nika Syktyvkar – Tsmoki Minsk (B2)
January 30, game one: 69-75
Wednesday, February 12, Minsk, 17:30
(A4) Orange Lions – Dynamo Novosibirsk (B1)
Wednesday, February 19, Amsterdam, 20:00
Friday, February 21, Amsterdam, 12:00
Žabiny Brno/SBŠ Ostrava – Tsmoki Minsk/Nika Syktyvkar
Dynamo Novosibirsk/Orange Lions – Pieštanske Čajky/Rostov Don SFEDU
THE PLAYOFFS 2019
(A1) Tsmoki Minsk 122-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
(A2) A3 Basket 143-159 Žabiny Brno (B3)
(A3) Rostov Don SFEDU 177-166 Lulea Basket (B2)
(A4) Olimpia Grodno 121-188 TTT Rīga (B1)
THE PLAYOFFS 2018
(A1) Good Angels 151-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
(A2) Al Riyadi 123-144 Dynamo Moscow (B3)
(A3) Lulea Basket 172-173 Udominate (B2)
(A4) Liepājas Papīrs 108-179 TTT Rīga (B1)
Final Four history
Rīga 2016: TTT Rīga, Basket 90 Gdynia, Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk
Košice 2017: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Basket 90 Gdynia
Rīga 2018: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Udominate Basket
Rostov on Don 2019: TTT Rīga, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, Žabiny Brno
Final Four experience
Tsmoki Minsk 2016 (first time), 2019
Rostov Don SFEDU 2019 (first time)
Žabiny Brno 2019 (first time)
Playoffs: January 20 – March 1, 2020; best-of-two
A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4
Final Four: March 21-22
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