The Czech Republic finished their group play schedule on Thursday with a 107-69 loss against Croatia. Before the game, the Czechs were eliminated from advancing to the Round of 16, so this game was essentially a lame duck moment for them.
Tomas Satoransky dished 6 assists in the game, but it was overshadowed by a 1 of 7 shooting performance and 4 turnovers. The Croatians were led by former Wizards wing Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 25 points off the bench on 8 of 10 shooting to secure a second place finish.
In short, EuroBasket 2017 was a disappointment for the Czech Republic. A number of their better players, most notably Jan Vesely, sat this tournament out. That put Satoransky in a less than ideal situation. Vesely had his moments and played quite well in the opener against Romania. But the loss to Hungary was disappointing and proved to be the “death blow” to their advancement hopes.
Now that EuroBasket 2017 is over, the Czech Republic will focus on FIBA World Cup qualifiers. By making EuroBasket, they already made the first round. So hopefully, they’ll make more strides in these games so they’ll have a better chance of potentially making the World Cup in 2019.