Brno Sports Weekly Report — KP Brno Tries to Finish Off Žabiny Brno Thursday
KP Brno and Veronika Remenárová (pictured) travel to Žabiny Brno Thursday for Game 4 of the ZBL quarterfinals. Photo credit: David Titz.
Brno, March 28 (BD) — Regular-season-leading Plzeň up next for defending-champion Kometa Brno; Zbrojovka hosts Karvina in struggle to get out of the relegation zone; mmcité+ Brno continues fighting in Group A2; and the Brno sports schedule.
KP Brno withstood a second-half surge to beat Žabiny Brno on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the competitive and exciting ZBL quarterfinal series.
Game 4 will be played on Thursday in Žabovřesky. The game starts at 5 p.m.
“It will be the same kind of basketball,” said KP Brno head coach David Zdeněk after Game 3 (translated from Czech). “Every player will give it their all in their own physical and mental styles. Nobody will give anything away for free. It is a true rivalry and it is in the playoffs.”
Žabiny Brno hope to force a Game 5 on Saturday. KP Brno wants to finish the series and advance to play DSK Basketball Nymburk, which swept Slovanka MB, in the semifinals.
On Tuesday, KP Brno jumped out to an early lead and maintained it to win Game 3, 74-64. Edita Šujanová led the way with a solid shooting performance, going 3-for-4 from 2-point range and hitting all three of her 3-point attempts. She led the game with 16 points.
“We certainly want to make this more dramatic and extend the series into Easter (weekend),” said Beáta Adamcová, who had 12 points for Žabiny Brno in Game 3. “This time we did not lose physically, which will be important for the next match.”
In Game 2, KP Brno found itself trailing through the first half and into the second. In the fourth quarter, they went on a run, blowing the game — which was 43-43 after 30 minutes of play — wide open to post a deceivingly large spread of victory, 53-72.
Žabiny Brno grabbed hold of Game 1 in the final minute and pulled away to a 53-61 victory.
Technic Brno, which is playing the Play Out Bracket, continued to struggle by losing to U19 Chance, 65-81; at Loko Trutnov, 72-59; and at SBŠ Ostrava, 77-58.
Kometa Starts Semifinals in Plzeň, Return to Brno Wednesday
After 13 days of rest, Brno Kometa will finally take to the ice on Saturday to face HC Škoda Plzeň in a best-of-seven semifinal series of the Tipsport extraliga.
The first two games of the series are in Plzeň on Saturday and Sunday. Brno will host Game 3 next Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Game 4 on Thursday at 5 p.m. DRFG Arena will be packed and all of the games will be on television.
Mountfield HK plays HC Oceláři Třinec in the other semifinal series.
Plzeň dominated the regular season with 107 points, eight more than second-place Mountfield HK, and beat HC Olomouc in the quarterfinals, four games to one.
Brno, the defending champions, swept HC Vítkovice Ridera in the quarterfinals. Including their run through the postseason last year, Kometa is 16-2 in their past 18 postseason games.
Zbrojovka Hosts Karviná in Important Game
Zbrojovka is currently sitting in 15th place of the 16-team HET Liga standings. That means, they are in the relegation zone and, if they don’t start winning games, they will suffer the ignominious fate of dropping into the lower league.
On Saturday, Zbrojovka has a strong change to right the ship. They host Karviná, which is in ninth place, at 3 p.m.
Zbrojovka is 5-4-12 and 19 points through 21 games. Karviná is 6-5-10 with 23 points. There is still a lot of season left and the bottom half of the standings are bunched up with seven teams within four points of each other.
But there are strong teams in the near future. Second-place Slavia Praha, for example, comes to Brno on April 7 for a 1 p.m. start.
Exciting mmcité+ Brno Hosts USK Praha Tonight
Every step forward, seems to lead to a step backward. It’s been that kind of a season for mmcité+ Brno.
Last Wednesday was a perfect example: a beautiful alley-oop slam by Kentwan Smith with two seconds left was negated by the opponent’s buzzer-beating, under-pressure, prayer of a 3-point shot and then, after the overtime period, another last-second shot that finished off the 75-76 NH Ostrava victory.
At least on Saturday, Brno took a step forward by beating Fio banka J. Hradec, 66-90. Dorde Lelić and Canyon Barry both led the team with 19 points.
Tonight (Wednesday), mmcité+ Brno hosts USK Praha at 8 p.m.
mmcité+ Brno (9-20) is coming to the end of play in Group A2. They will move into the Play-Out Bracket in two weeks where they will play against four teams in home and away games. The last-place team will be forced to defend its right to play next season in the Kooperativa NBL against the top two teams of the lower league.
BRNO SPORTS RESULTS
Quick results for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the past week. Home team listed first (when applicable).
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
— Women’s Basketball, Quarterfinal Game 1: KP Brno 53, Žabiny Brno 61
— Men’s Basketball: mmcité+ Brno 75, NH Ostrava 76
— Women’s Basketball: Technic Brno 65, U19 Chance 81
Saturday, March 24, 2018
— Men’s Basketball: Fio banka J. Hradec 66, mmcité+ Brno 90
— Women’s Basketball, Quarterfinal Game 2: Žabiny Brno 53, KP Brno 74
Sunday, March 25, 2018
— Women’s Basketball: Loko Trutnov 72, Technic Brno 59
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
— Women’s Basketball, Quarterfinal Game 3: KP Brno 74, Žabiny Brno 64
— Women’s Basketball: SBŠ Ostrava 77, Technic Brno 58
BRNO SPORTS SCHEDULE
The schedule for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the next two weeks. All dates and times subject to change. Home team listed first (when applicable).
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
— Men’s Basketball: mmcité+ Brno X USK Praha, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
— Women’s Basketball, Quarterfinal Game 4: Žabiny Brno X KP Brno, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2018
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Olympia Blansko, MBS, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
— Baseball: Cardion Hroši Brno X Technika Brno, 2 p.m.
— Men’s Football: Zbrojovka Brno X Karviná , 3 p.m.
— Hockey, Semifinal Game 1: Plzeň X Kometa, 4:20 p.m. (TV)
— Men’s Basketball: SLUNETA Ústí nad Labem X mmcité+ Brno, 6 p.m.
— Baseball: Olympia Blansko X Draci Brno, 6 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball, Quarterfinal Game 5 (if necessary): KP Brno X Žabiny Brno, 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
— Baseball: Technika Brno X Cardion Hroši Brno, 2 p.m.
— Hockey, Semifinal Game 2: Plzeň X Kometa, 5:20 p.m. (TV)
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
— Men’s Basketball: GEOSAN Kolín X mmcité+ Brno, 6 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball: Technic Brno X SBŠ Ostrava, 7 p.m.
— Hockey, Semifinal Game 3: Kometa X Plzeň, 7 p.m. (TV)
Thursday, April 5, 2018
— Hockey, Semifinal Game 4: Kometa X Plzeň, 5 p.m. (TV)
Friday, April 6, 2018
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Cardion Hroši Brno, MBS, 7 p.m.
— Baseball: Eagles Praha X Technika Brno, Krč, 7 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball: U19 Chance X Technic Brno, 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
— Men’s Football: Zbrojovka Brno X Slavia Praha, 1 p.m.
— Baseball: Cardion Hroši Brno X Draci Brno, Hroši, 2 p.m.
— Baseball: Technika Brno X Eagles Praha, Kraví hora, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
— Baseball: Arrows Ostrava X Draci Brno, Arrows, 2 p.m.
— American Football: Brno Sígrs X Brno Alligators, at Ragby Bystrc, 2 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball: Technic Brno X Loko Trutnov, 5 p.m.
The Brno Sports Report is published every Wednesday. All dates and times are subject to change. Most of the stories are about the traditional “English-speaking” team sports — football, hockey, baseball, basketball, American football, rugby, etc. — but it is also about the interesting local spectator and participation sports — tennis, badminton, running, horse racing, swimming, rock climbing, biking, etc. If you have any suggestions for what should be included, please comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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