Brno Sports Weekly Report — Rejuvenated mmcité1 Basket Brno Preps for Big Game on Saturday
Jakub Jokl is shooting close to 65 percent from the field this season for mmcité1 Basket Brno. Photo credit: Jan Russnák.
Brno, Jan 1 (BD) — HC Kometa earns nine points by outscoring three opponents 17-5; Women’s Volleyball starts up again; Žabiny Brno resumes season Friday; and the Brno sports results and schedule.
Another Chance to Prove Itself
mmcité1 Basket Brno
has won three of its last four games. Now comes a big test that could
again move the team up in the standings and provide another boost of
confidence: eighth-place BK ARMEX Děčín comes to Campus Square on
Saturday at 6 p.m.
Brno (3-13) beat
host GEOSAN Kolín (2-14) on Sunday. The final score was 76-87 after
Brno dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Kolín 7-27. Lukáš
Stegbauer and Jakub Krakovič led the way to the team’s first road
win of the season. Stegbauer hit 5 of 9 3-point attempts. Krakovič
was 8 of 11 from closer in. Both had 17 points.
This victory moved
Brno into a tie for 10th place with NH Ostrava. Earlier in December,
Brno beat USK Praha and BK JIP Pardubice. Brno also took third-place
Dekstone Tuři Svitavy to the buzzer.
Brno lost against
each team in the league and Ústí nad Labem twice in the first 12
rounds of the Kooperative NBL season. There is an outside chance that
the team could move even further into the middle of the standings in
the remaining six rounds of the first part of the regular season. If
they were to pass Děčín (7-9), which would likely require beating
the top two teams in the league, Brno would return to Group A1 for
the second phase of the regular season and be guaranteed another year
in the top league. Last year was the first that they played in that
The more probable
scenario would be for Brno to play in Group A2, where there is a risk
of relegation to a lower league. The games would be among the ninth-,
10th, 11th and 12th-place teams.
Dominates Three Home Games
HC Kometa beat HC
Sparta Praha, 5-3, on Boxing Day Thursday. Then the week got even
Brno beat HC
Vikovice Ridera, 3-1, on Saturday and demolished HC Energie Karlovy
Vary, 9-1, on Monday.
“I thank the
players for their performance,” said Kometa coach Kamil Pokorný
after the nine-goal performance against Karlovy Vary, which the team
website called the biggest win of the team’s modern history. “They
really enjoyed it along with the fans.”
Seventeen goals in
three games is not bad. Allowing just five in those three games is a
nice step forward for the defense, too.
however, are the nine points that team added to its season total. HC
Kometa are now tied with Mladá Boleslav for fourth place with 54
points. Liberec (63 points) is atop the standings. Sparta (61) is
second and Plzeň (56) is third.
Peter Mueller led
the way in the game against Karlovy Vary, scoring three times and
assisting on three more goals.
“From the first
substitutions, I felt that, not only our line, but the whole team
played perfectly and exactly according to the plan,” Mueller was
quoted as saying on the team website. “We played how we wanted and
it was fun for all of the lines.”
In six games since
returning from two months of injury recuperation, Mueller has seven
goals and seven assists.
The victory over
Sparta was an important step because the team had lost four-of-five
Kometa hits the road
on Friday to play Mountfield HK at 6 p.m. They return to DRFG Arena
on Sunday to host PSG Berani Zlín at 3 p.m.
The VK Brno Šelmy
enter 2020 as the top team in the Uniqua Extraliga Ženy standings.
The Šelmy have 43
points and they will continue their fight to stay on top at Šternberk
on Saturday at 5 p.m. Olomouc has 38 points. Ostrava is in third with
32. Olymp has 28, Prostějov has 27 and Liberec has 25.
Královo Pole, which
is seventh place in the league, will start the new year at home
against Olomouc. The game is Saturday at 6 p.m.
On Jan. 11, the two
Brno teams will meet at 6 p.m. when VK Brno hosts Královo Pole. The
previous inner-city match was won by the Šelmy, three sets to one,
on Nov. 2.
Volejbal Brno, the
men’s team in town, is tied for third in the Uniqua Extraliga Muzi
standings. The team resumes its season at Kladno on Jan. 13 in a
match that will be nationally televised. Two days later, Brno hosts
Liberec at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15.
Re-start Season this Friday
The Renomia ŽBL
continues this week when Žabiny Brno (6-6) travel to sixth-place DSK
Levhartice Chomutov (6-6) on Friday.
Žabiny will then
host seventh-place Loko Trutnov (3-9) on Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
KP Brno (10-2) has a
longer holiday break. Their next league game is when they host BK ST
– U19 Chance on Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m.
The league has six
more rounds before late February when it will split into two groups,
with the top team, probably longtime dominant team USK Praha,
guaranteed the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Group A will have home and
away games for the second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place teams.
Group B has a five-round system for the sixth-, seventh-, eighth-,
ninth- and 10th-place teams to determine the teams that
will stay in the top league; in other words, it will determine the
team that will have to play the top team from the second league to
KP Brno looks like
it will make Group A.
Žabiny Brno is in
fifth place. Their remaining league games are against teams below
them in the standings, plus BLK Slavia Praha (7-5), which is just a
tick above, and, on Feb. 1, KP Brno in Královo Pole.
The No. 1 seed, the
Group A teams and the top three teams from Group B will eventually be
sorted into quarterfinal series as part of the playoffs.
Quick results for
various Brno professional and recreational sports for the past week.
Home team listed first (where applicable).
Volleyball: Královo Pole X Olomouc, 6 p.m.
Basketball: mmcité1 Basket Brno X BK ARMEX Děčín, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 5,
Basketball (Alpe Adria Cup): KD Hopsi Polzela X mmcité1 Basket Brno
— Hockey: HC
Kometa Brno X PSG Berani Zlín, 3 p.m.
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